Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 10/12)

Double Drunk Story

Caitlin Thomas wrote a book about her life and marriage to the poet Dylan Thomas. She Anne accosting Carla while she talks to Peter - double drunkcalled it Double Drink Story. I thought of it in the scene on Wednesday when Carla is dealing with Peter, drunk as a lord, on one side of her and Anne Foster, also drunk as a lord, on her other side. For Peter, being drunk and nasty is habitual. For Anne being nasty is, but being drunk isn’t. Presumably her overindulgence in drink is due to grief over the murder of her son Frank.

Peter in Rovers sulkingBoth of them going at Carla about different grievances they have. Carla had enough to handle staying calm while Peter blamed her for all his problems and everything else he could think of. When Anne grabbed her arm, I thought Carla was going to clock her. She didn’t.  Soon after Carla shoves Peter from her in Roversshe gave Peter a shove. I think Anne would have got one fairly soon too.

I was waiting to see how this was going to escalate when the arrival of the police disrupted it. Carla’s arrest for Frank’s murder ended the dramatic moment for that group of three.

Arrest interrupts fight

Carla being arrested in Rovers for murderBeing arrested for murder in the middle of a crowded pub is pretty dramatic, especially when it’s the pub in your neighbourhood where you’re a regular. But I had hoped to see the situation between Peter and Carla and Anne and Carla, and quite likely Peter and Anne unfold as it should.

Two scenes for two

Peter surprised when Carla lashes out at himTwo scenes at Friday’s end were lovely too. Theatrical set pieces for two; first Peter and Carla, then Lewis and Audrey. Bookend pieces about relationships and life. Peter comes home to find Carla burning the factory contract that Michelle had taken. He yells at her for destroying evidence.

He yells at her because his Carla tired of Peter moaningproblems are way more important than hers. Simon has again said he doesn’t want to live with his father and that Peter is the world’s worst father. Carla, in complete incredulity at the extent of Peter’s absorption in his crowded world of himself, says they ought to put that on a mug. Instead Carla explains her feelings to Peterof telling him to stop acting like a 3 year old himself, she relents and tells him why her own situation is most pressing on her mind at this particular moment.

Across town, another tiny gem is about to unfold. Audrey goes to find Lewis before he leaves town. In his grotty little bedsit, she tells Audrey asking Lewis to stayhim about an earlier discussion at the Bistro about “where were you when JFK was killed?” She tells Lewis where she was and that it feels like yesterday instead of 49 years. Life passes too quickly and it and love should be grabbed and enjoyed. And she says “I love you” to Lewis. Aaahh!

This is my last scene of the week for a while. Check back in, dear readers, in a month or so.  I’ll be back.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 3/12)

How would you know?

It didn’t take long. Only a few weeks of sharing hearth and home – and child – and on Peter telling Carla about SimonMonday Peter throws it at Carla. “How would you know?” is his response to her attempt to make him feel better as a parent. Nice one, Peter.

He has come home after a horrible day with his business records being audited and Simon throwing a hissy fit about coming home with him. Leanne picked Simon up Carla chopping onionsfrom school, at Peter’s request. She took him back to the Rovers and fed him, despite Peter having told her that Carla was busy cooking. As part of her effort to win Simon over to the “new normal”, Carla was attempting a culinary masterpiece – “spagbol from scratch!”

A tug of war between Peter and Leanne, each Leanne and Peter pulling on Simon's armspulling on one of Simon’s arms, ends with Simon saying he doesn’t want to go back to “her” (Carla) and he hates his father. Peter leaves Simon with Leanne and Stella, and goes home to break the news to Carla. She can cope with that, although disappointed.

What she can’t cope with, understandably, is Peter flinging her childless state in her face when she tries to comfort him. When he tells her Simon said he hated him, she says “oh, all kids do that” – a common if somewhat uncomforting attempt at consolation. His response – “Really?  How would you know?” – unfortunately, is also a common response in this situation.

Carla walking out door, after Peter says how would you knowThat is too much for her to take. She tells him she’s been vilified by the entire street for everything, including her attempts to do right by Simon, and she storms out.

Peter sits on the couch and feels sorry for himself. Then he hauls Carla’s large bottle of Scotch out of her large purse. Stares at it for a second, Peter pulling bottle from Carla's pursethen drinks straight from the bottle. End of episode. I had hoped for one more scene, of her coming back through the door, grabbing the bottle out of his hands and guzzling it herself, saying ‘I’m not a parent, I don’t have to be responsible for someone else’s life, and that’s my bottle, thanks very much’. Instead, for two days, she apologizes and grovels for upsetting him!

Let’s look at The Parents

Carla has had a lot of people telling her that she’s not maternal material. I wish she’d remind them that they might not want to hold their children up as proof of their parenting skills.

Barlows watch Simon have a tantrum in Rovers

Stella? Not there for Leanne. Looking at Eva, maybe that worked out better for Leanne. Ken and Deirdre, as bio- and step-parents? Ken has kids he never even knew about, few he had anything to do with raising, and none of them being particularly exemplary as human beings. Deirdre? One word, Tracy. Leanne? She won her “sainted mother” wings exactly the same way that Carla is now trying to do – through stepmothering Simon. And Peter? He tried to pack Simon off on anyone when he first got him and hasn’t exactly been father of the year since. So I think all of those who are giving Carla a hard time ought to be boarding up the walls of their glass houses.

Who killed Frank?

At the end of the week, key players have disappeared from public sight and/or said “I’ll kill Frank”.  And he is found dead on the factory floor. Who dun it? Many are in the Frank dead in pool of bloodframe. Those with big arrows pointing to them – Carla, Peter, Sally, Kev – are too obvious. Jenny? Doesn’t make sense, but it’s been suggested at Bluenose Corrie. I think Frank’s mother, another one who should worry about glass houses, is a contender. And there’s Mary – who knows why she would but I’m sure she could rationalize murdering Frank. She’s also my bet for the unanswered question of who beaned Tracy.