#118 For the first time, I've found myself muttering out loud at one of the characters' actions onscreen. I've done it twice now, almost involuntarily. Both times something like a longhand version of OFFS. After the accident with his lorry, I felt for David as he watched things go from bad to worse. It was nicely played by Tom Richards who brought a little pathos to things but in a very subtle way with his facial expressions. And I believed he was genuinely regretful not for himself but for what he was failing to do for his family. But then Pat shows up, talks down to him and Beryl, then David immediately takes her side by agreeing to do what she wants regarding the wedding. That alone was enough to irritate. But what has compounded this is that his first thought afterwards is about how to get everyone to cover up to make it look like their decision rather than Patricia's. I get that he doesn't want to upset Angela, but for the love of God. After all Patricia's done, it just doesn't make sense. Had I been Beryl I'd have been straight on the phone to Angela to set her straight after David blamed Beryl's "condition" for changing the plans. I sort of love that I've gone from concern to annoyance regarding the same character in the space of an episode or so (and don't even get me started on gullible Gordon). It's almost like the Bobby and Pam lack of communication thing where the writing is contrived but the performances sell it. And because S&D has been so strong on character, when the writing takes a more plot-based, almost one-dimensional tone it feels a little like the characters have betrayed the viewer as well as the people with whom they're interacting. Which somehow makes it even richer in terms of character. It must be working, because my blood pressure has been right up.