please note this post makes reference to the May 28 episode on CBC
what you need to know: Peter's being investigated by the Royal Bookie Commission, Leanne is sticking around, Lewis says he got 40 hours of community service (lucky Deirdre!) and Frank has an evil plan to move Underworld offshore.
That Frank Foster! First he escapes the rape charges and now he's scheming with the mysterious "Jenny" to grab Carla's share of Underworld, shut the factory and outsource the entire operation (including tea mugs? - ed) to some top secret location where the Olympics were recently held (Vancouver? - ed). The poor skivers at the factory don't even have a clue except for Sally and Mrs. Foster who have twigged to Frank's twitchy behaviour.
I thought Judy (at the Tim Horton's) would be outraged but she wasn't the least bit shocked.
"I'm surprised that Mike Baldwin didn't do this years ago," she said while serving a jelly-filled. "The cost of manufacturing knickers in Weatherfield must be huge compared with what it costs in China or some other country. And let's face it, those knickers aren't exactly haute couture. They're more like snowflakes - no two are alike."
I guess Judy's right. I never thought about it like that before. But nevertheless, it's a travesty to send good British manufacturing jobs overseas (are we still talking about Underworld? - ed). Where are people like Fiz and Julie and Sean (and all those other nameless extras who never say anything) going to find jobs? According to Frank, the only employee left standing will be Kirk - to handle shipping and receiving. Oh the irony!
I'm just glad I won't be there on the factory floor when that sniveling vole, Frank, makes the dreaded announcement:
"Ladies, if I can have your attention for a moment please. I have good news and bad news. The good news is Underworld will be changing its name to "The Happy Productivity Knicker Collective" (or FoxConn for short). The bad news is we'll need a crate of P45s because you lot won't be working there. That's all. thank You."
Oh dear. Somebody stop him.