December 1987, and the contest is on between the Corkhills and the Grants to see who can have the most miserable Christmas. The Corkhills get off to a head start when they receive a card from Doreen somewhere in Bristol telling them to get on with their lives without her. Billy has a heart to heart with each of his kids, and agrees to let Rod the Plod contribute financially to the household and to start treating Tracy like a grown up. In spite of their troubles, they resolve to have a family Christmas, but then Rod agrees to pound the Crimbo beat, Billy gets some unexpected work that takes place all over the holidays, and Tracy and Jamie fall out after he makes a crack about her mum having another fella. So Tracy is left sitting on the sofa with her nan, pulling crackers and listening to anecdotes about Brycleem. Over at the Grants, the plan is for Bobby, Sheila and our Claire to drive to their Margaret's in Basingstoke on Christmas Eve. On the way, Bobby, fresh from an office party, is pulled over by the police and breathalysed. After he tests positive, the family return the close, where Bobby and Sheila bicker and he storms off to the pub. Barry follows him down there and they have a heart to heart about our Damon. (Barry also sets eyes for the first time on Boring Sue, the woman he will push off a scaffolding to her death once the show has turned to crap.) Meanwhile, Sheila sits at home, seething quietly.
I fear the Monsters of Reality will soon be on my tail ...Originally Posted by Final Terror