Episode 24.3: ‘Well well well, poor Geraldine!’

Fred is going round town visiting shops to buy various things he pointedly says his girlfriend, Suzi Shlovely (a former flame he was reunited with on a recent Mediterranean cruise) wishes him to have. Since stopping receiving cash in exchange for favourable tweets for Constance Sugar’s campaign to become MP, Fred is short of funds and is helped to buy the things he and Suzi want by Debita Webra. Anti-capitalist Debita has recently sold the two million pound mansion gifted to her that she never settled in, and is trying to get rid of the money any way she can.

Gina Pitts has invited council worker Geraldine Davis over for drinks, also encouraging the usually straight-laced Geraldine to take some ketamine. Geraldine has a marvellous time and later goes off to tell fellow council worker, AJ Shaw, who is always telling her to let her hair down. Geraldine finds him at one of the polling stations at the church, she accidentally falls down a well and AJ and Debita have to work hard to get her up from the depths, mostly using AJ’s clothing. When she does eventually tell AJ he is not pleased at all and actually fires her from the council!

Meanwhile, Dottie Davis has been put in charge of Simpkins’ hotel. Dottie finds that after some vandalism and general wear and tear she needs to replace a lot of the hotel’s windows. She does not have the time or the budget to come up with a better solution and, once encouraged by Gina Pitts, goes around town surreptitiously stealing windows to take to the hotel.

During the race to be elected as Newton’s MP, candidates Candi Johnson and Constance Sugar are finding themselves with strong feelings for each other. Candi has been racked with guilt about keeping their affair secret, nearly quitting the race – Constance is finding it titillating and persuades Candi to stay in. But when the results are read out that night, there is only one ballot paper, and that has been spoilt! Later, after a serious conversation with Fred, who tells her some home truths, Constance realises she may well have to choose between love and power.

Gina has taken Dottie Davis to Las Iguanas for some food and drink, Geraldine Davis arrives and is furious to find her sister there – cosying up to the woman who had caused her to lose her job! Candi turns up, letting them know that an ancient Newtown bylaw has been enacted which means they shall both go to Parliament, as joint MPs! This news cannot sidetrack Geraldine, who is so upset with Gina and sister Dottie that she storms off…and falls out of a windowless window!

Will Geraldine have survived the fall??

If so, will her relationship with her sister Dottie have survived the fall??

Will Candi Johnson and Constance Sugar make great colleagues, lovers and advocates for Newtown or will they take Newtown down with them in a fiery inferno???

Memorable Moments:

  • Fred’s visiting of shops all over Newtown; Newtown Garden Centre, B&M, Pets at Home, British Cancer Research charity shop (furniture division)
  • Debita and AJ tying together articles of clothing to throw down to Geraldine in the well
  • Candi and Constance falling in lurrrrve!

 

Episode 24.2: ‘The Seaman Expects’ (200th Episode!)

Episode 24.1: ‘The Newtown People’s Party’

Having learned that Constance plans to run as an MP, Candi and Big Dick Johnson decide to nominate Candi as a rival candidate and put posters up for their newly formed Newtown People’s Party. Geraldine thinks having a slightly criminal candidate will make things more interesting for the election, but AJ puts his foot down and tells her that they cannot be trusted.

At the hotel, Simpkins and Constance are discussing her election chances but unbeknownst to Constance, Simpkins plans to use her potential success to further his own ends… He has also hired Geraldine’s sister Dotty Davis as a receptionist after meeting her at a convention. She is proving to be a workaholic – and so efficient that she hasn’t had a break for days. When Candi learns this, she reports him to the council and Geraldine gets Simpkins’ licence suspended. However, Simpkins has a plan: he hands over the running of the hotel to Dotty and he becomes a mere employee! Geraldine is furious as she has a hatred for her sister going back to when they were children…

Elsewhere, Gina is having a personal crisis. She thinks her best days are behind her and she wants to start spicing up her life so her and Dick decide to role play as an Italian couple (Gino and Ginelli) to get them back in the mood. Meanwhile, Fred has had some bad news – his plan to leave Newtown to work at Kenco International has fallen through. Constance learns this and recruits him as her social media manager to promote her election bid in a ‘Cash for Tweets’ agreement. 

The Johnsons’ door-knocking and threatening of residents has been going well – until Candi learns that their names have not been put on the ballot paper. She knows it can only be one person standing in their way: her ex-boyfriend AJ Shaw!

Will the Johnsons manage to get registered for the election? Will Geraldine and Dotty ever reconcile? And what will become of Simpkins now he can no longer run his own hotel?

Memorable Moments

  • Dotty discussing Constance’s unpopularity with Simpkins: “I don’t think she is lonely: she had a threesome last week.”
  • AJ’s rant about council bureaucracy
  • Candi Johnson’s election motto: “She cares about you.”
  • Constance’s election motto: “She cares about you and cares that nobody cares about you and she will make them care, because she cares.”