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Corrie Street May 25/14

Crossed Lines

anna-prepares-to-tell owenYou knew Anna was not going to tell Owen about her deal with Phelan, the one that got Owen out of Phelan’s debt if not the bank’s. You knew something always was going to happen just when she had steeled herself to tell him the real terms of Phelan’s agreement to let Owen and Gary off the hook. A secret nearly but not quite coming out is ‘soaps law’ but, this time, I almost hope she keeps it to herself.

izzy-katy-garyHe is not going to understand. She realized that when Izzy, Gary and Katy, all three upset, barged in just as she was ready to do it and he was ready to listen. Izzy told them she had borrowed from the charity money and got caught before she could return it. She got no sympathy from her father. There are lines that cannot be crossed no matter what, Owen told her. Anna recoiled as she realized that her sleeping with Phelan in order to get her family out from under pay-that-money-backservitude to him was likely another uncrossable line.

It was a nice oblique way of bringing the two stories together. Izzy has been going out of her mind with worry and guilt since she started dipping into the donation funds in order to pay bills. She is an honest person and this has been a difficult choice. Similarly, Anna is essentially an honest person and her guilt about Phelan has been more than she can bear. It is affecting her life with all her family, and especially Owen who interruptedbelieves that his business failure must be the reason she is so distant with him. What else could it be? The only way to convince him it isn’t is to tell him the truth, which is an even worse option.

She almost told Roy and I was half hoping she would. Surely Roy would understand and give good counsel, and at least it would be told. A burden shared is a burden halved and all that. But Roy has a clearly defined sense of morality and little experience in the grey area of situational ethics. What if he didn’t, couldn’t, understand? She would feel even worse, and it would be out there and likely always come between them.

some-things-you-do-not-doIzzy might be a good choice for confidante, I’ve thought. She knows Phelan was coming on to Anna so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise. But she is Owen’s daughter and would her loyalty to him trump the compassion and understanding she has for Anna? Plus this whole situation resulted from Gary winkling out from Izzy what she knew about Phelan and Anna. Izzy isn’t very good at keeping secrets and if Gary knew this one! Too much of a risk.

My advice to Anna is see a professional. Go to a counsellor and get it off your chest. He or anna-rethinking-decisionshe may have good advice on how to deal with this and, if not, would at least be duty-bound to keep your secret. Going on as she has been is not viable, but there are not a lot of options for confession either.

Corrie Street May 18/14

Foster Care

Friday Maddie showed maybe there is more to her than meets the eye. I have been Maddie gives Ben one sixty changealternately bored and irritated by her and Sophie – please get off my screen! – pretty much since her arrival in Weatherfield. The Dickensian tough but vulnerable urchin that the character seems to be modelled after is done best by Dickens. Seeing this week that her story was about to ramp up again, I considered fast-forwarding through those scenes. But then she and her brother repaid me for not doing so.

a-better-homeSitting in Mary’s RV, which Maddie had broken into, trying to plan a future after a series of rash actions, Maddie’s heartache tapped even my sympathies. I could feel her hurt and loneliness, and the desperation of her love for her little brother. And now he’s going to move with his foster parents to Devon. That might as well be in the Antipodes for all Maddie knows about geography or could find the means to travel to, even if she knew where it was.

your-mad-maddie-daysIt crossed my mind that if Mary came in right then, after she got over the shock of a break-in, she’d understand what was happening because it was so palpable. Even Sophie, for once not being shrill and know-it-all, added to the complexity of emotions swirling in that small space.

Sophie presented the other, rational point of view about ‘care’ in both the official and loving senses. Also about legalities in the form of social services and police. That opened do-you-want-to-go-to-devonthe door for Maddie to ask her brother what he wanted. And he told her; he loved Maddie but he wanted to be with his foster parents. Although I expected and would have liked to see Mary arrive and be the peacemaker, it worked out very well without her or any ‘adult’. The principals in this story – Maddie, Sophie and Ben – sorted out this complex and sorry situation by themselves. That was very nice to see.

cuffing-maddieOf course, we couldn’t have anything as simple as Maddie and Ben presenting themselves to the authorities and explaining. There had to be a confrontation and arrests of both Maddie and Sophie. Sophie’s arrest seemed to be mainly for shrieking, and maybe that ought to be sufficient legal cause. That laid the groundwork, however, for another quite moving scene back at Sally’s when Sophie’s screaming subsided into pleading and enough what-i-was-going-to-saytears to bring some to my own eyes. And, praise the Lord, when Maddie returned, she seemed sufficiently scared by what had happened that she managed to “keep her gob shut” as Tim has often suggested she do.

I was sorry to see Tim pack his small bag and leave at the end of that eventful day. But I could see his reasons for doing so. I hope he returns. If Maddie is going to continue being sofa-surfingpart of the Webster family, I want Tim to be there to inject some common sense into their drama. He makes Sophie more tolerable and is a fabulous foil for Sally. Also, he would be most helpful for Maddie in what might be her ‘one step forward two steps back’ growing up process.

Northern Dancer

There are some athletes so well known that, fan or not, you can place the name without thinking. Gordie Howe, Muhammed Ali, Michael Jordan, Northern Dancer.

Northern Dancer wins Preakness, great athletes50 years ago, the little Canadian Thoroughbred Northern Dancer won the Preakness. Two weeks earlier he’d won the Kentucky Derby, setting a record at 2 minutes broken only by Secretariat (1:59.40) in 1973 and Monarchos (1:59.97) in 2001. Three weeks after the Preakness, he finished third at the Belmont so his name is not on that very short list of Triple Crown winners. But his performance on the track made him famous, and a Canadian hero.

He won 14 of his 18 starts, had two seconds and two thirds. After winning the 1964 Queen’s Plate, he retired due to injury. He then went on to make his real mark in history, as a sire. His name is in the pedigree of three-quarters of all Thoroughbreds alive today. Of the 635 foals he sired, 80% made it to the track, and 80% of those became Northern Dancer statue at Woodbine wikicommons 2008winners. His progeny also were impressive as sires and dams of great racehorses around the world.

His own breeding was excellent, sired by Neartic with Natalma, but he was a small horse, too small it seemed to be successful on the track. No bidders were interested when he was up for auction as a yearling. So owner and breeder E. P. Taylor, of Windfields Farm and founder of Argus Corporation, kept him. After he had made his abilities clear, Taylor turned down all offers to buy even a part interest in him. Northern Dancer repaid that loyalty, literally, with a stud fee of $1 million and plenty of takers. Northern Dancer lived at Windfields Farms in Oshawa and Maryland, where he died in 1990 at the age of 29. His body was returned to the Oshawa farm for burial.

click for Amazon link to Northern Dancer by Kevin Chong
Click for Amazon link

There are a lot of wonderful books about Northern Dancer and there’s a new one out. Written by Kevin Chong, Northern Dancer: The legendary horse that inspired a nation puts the horse’s story in the context of Canadian culture and collective consciousness in the 1960s. The country was finding its way as a nation, trying to form an identity separate from Great Britain and from the elephant beside us, as Pierre Trudeau called the US. Northern Dancer wasn’t just a phenomenal horse running in the most prestigious races in world, he was our phenomenal horse. And, looking at it the other way around, he wasn’t just a great Canadian horse, he was a great horse among the best of America’s horses.

Throughout Northern Dancer’s two-year-old season, New Brunswicker Ron Turcotte had Northern Dancer photo wikicommonsridden him. But when he went to the US, the horse’s connections wanted a known (read American) jockey. Bill Shoemaker first rode him, then switched to Hill Rise for the Triple Crown races. Newcomer Bill Hartack took over on Northern Dancer, beating Shoemaker and Hill Rise by a neck in the Kentucky Derby. Hartack remained the Dancer’s jockey. Ron Turcotte rode him one more time, for his retirement appearance at Woodbine.  Turcotte went on to become a household name himself. He rode Riva Ridge to victory in 1972’s Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes and, a year later, Secretariat to a Triple Crown.

National pride in equine athletes

Northern Dancer created “own the podium” decades before the slogan was test-marketed. His win in the Kentucky Derby was a moment of national pride and self-Northern Dancer Canada Post stamp 1999definition that lasted much longer than the two minutes he took to run the race.

Tomorrow, at Pimlico in Maryland, California Chrome will be trying to match what his great-great (and great)-granddaddy Northern Dancer did in 1964. All Californians, I’m sure, are proud of their home-bred Kentucky Derby winner. So too is this Canadian Northern Dancer fan.

Click to hear a great interview with Ron Turcotte and Kevin Chong on CBC’s The Current.  There is also an excellent post about Northern Dancer’s history and effect on Canada at The Vault: Horse racing past and present.

 

Corrie Street May 11/14

Toothpaste

“You can’t put toothpaste back in the tube, can you?” That’s what David tells Maria when toothpaste-back-in-the-tubehe sees that her use of a misunderstanding is spiralling beyond her control. She has not a clue what he’s talking about. It has been truly painful this week watching Maria trying to be master manipulator. There are reasons for this.

First, the character. Poor Maria, as Todd toothpasteput it so well, is pretty, vapid and desperate. She is trying to regain happiness and a perfect opportunity dropped in her lap – Tyrone the good, and memories of carefree youth. But it requires strategy and Maria cannot strategize her way out of a paper bag.

Second, the logic. The text message that started this sorry tale came from an unidentifiable caller. That’s why Tyrone thought it was Kirsty with a blocked phone number. Major panic ensued, especially after a second text. So Fiz, woman of action, david-with-phoneredialed the number. By convenient coincidence, David answered Maria’s phone and twigged. However, there is a lot unexplained in all this. I thought the phone number was not visible. Next day, Maria explained to David that she had replaced her phone and had a new number unfamiliar to Tyrone. Maybe this was due to the writers seeing the ‘oops’ in their writing. But only an unfamiliar number doesn’t adequately explain why Tyrone freaked out so much so quickly. Why not hit redial right away if you have a number?

Third, the cliché. Unfinished conversations leading to misunderstanding do happen in real life. But they are an overused and ridiculed staple of soaps. A lot of action on Corrie Street recently has reminded me of American soaps, and I’m not used to that. Pregnancies or pregnancy scares from wife and girlfriend at exactly the same time, as happened to Peter. A discussion or admission of something goes awry because one person interrupts maria-trying-to-explainor forestalls what the other is trying to say. The moment is lost, wrong conclusions drawn. We saw that this week with Nicholas as Leanne tried to tell him about Kal.

And that’s how the whole thing started with Maria and the texts. Tyrone, normally the most polite of men, kept cutting Maria off when she was trying to explain that she had sent the original text. She’d get two words out and he’d talk over her, until she realized his misunderstanding might be the wedge Maria-takes-opportunitybetween him and Fiz that would help her. Then, of course, as David said, a whole truckload of toothpaste came out of the tube and it became way too late to put it back in. Explaining herself would be embarrassing and, as the tension between Fiz and Tyrone increases, Maria’s chance to get Tyrone increases also. But this type of sneaking around and plotting isn’t Maria’s forte. Neither should it be Coronation Street‘s.

Corrie Street May 4/14

Tina’s War

say-that-again Tina's warPeter is slick with the ladies. He has proved he can juggle wives, lives and emotions. But when Tina girded herself for battle, Peter didn’t stand a chance. Tina has nothing to lose. She had already lost Peter, so one final surge would either leave her exactly in the same position or would win her the prize.

She started her preparations at Audrey’s salon. ‘Give me the works’ was her instruction, and I could hear the bell toll for Peter and his marriage. It was the first time that I can remember someone coming out of Audrey’s Peter-watches-Tina-in-Roversactually looking different than when she went in. Looking good, with armour of make-up and hair mousse in place, Tina sought her quarry.

Of course Peter was at the Rovers, and of course he noticed. He tried to keep his emotional distance – have a good time, shouldn’t let that go to waste – but he didn’t have the sense to keep his physical distance. He had to go out back for a smoke. How many times had he chased Tina out to that same patio when she was putting garbage out or getting cases of whatever? Had he been thinking strategically, he’d have gone out the peter-kisses-tinafront door to the sidewalk for his smoke – somewhere public, somewhere even Tina wouldn’t risk standing very close to him, kissing him, telling him she’d be home alone all night.

If Carla had been at the Rovers, she would have known something was up with Tina. If Tracy had seen Tina and witnessed her interaction with Peter and their mutual disappearance out back, she likely would have detected something amiss. But alas, no woman with her radar up was there and paying you-can-say-stopattention. Steve should have known. But, like Peter, he fails to see the nuances of female wiliness. Like Peter, he is just as likely to fall into the trap.

And so of course Peter went to Tina’s place. He did not need to, should have known that doing so was the stupidest thing he could possibly do. But I think he had the best intentions, to tell her he planned to stay with Carla and Carla only. Probably he had a bit of cockiness about it too: he knows how to tina-in-bedroom-doorwayhandle women. He can pick them up and he can let them go and do both with style and grace.

But for all his skills as a Lothario, he was a babe in the woods once inside her apartment. Not a snowball’s chance that he was coming out of there in time to make the movie and dinner with his wife and child. After he finally left, he did the only thing that seemed reasonable to him at the time: go to the factory, find a bottle and get peter-drinking-in-factorywasted. But he should have stayed there all night. Going home to the wife and child in the state he was in showed just how rattled he is by all this.

G. Frederick Anger UEL

painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey C19th Wyoming Valley PAIn colonial times [Georg] Frederick Anger, a native of Germany, lived on the Susquehannah River in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. During the American Revolution he joined Butler’s Rangers at Fort Niagara. Following the war, Frederick Anger settled in Bertie Township, Welland County. The following is his Claim for Revolutionary War Losses heard by the Commissioners of Claims at Niagara on 23 Aug 1787. (AO 12 Vol. 40 P. 335-338)*

To the Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament for enquiring into the Losses and Services of the American Loyalists:

Loyalist-Settlers-Niagara-Falls-Library-nflibrary.ca_nfplindex_The Memorial of Frederick Anger late of Susquehannah River in the County of Northumberland and Province of Pennsylvania but now of Niagara in the Province of Quebec.

Humbly Sheweth:

* That your Memorialist, at the beginning of the late unhappy Disturbances in America, was settled on the North Branch of the Susquehannah River in Northumberland County Province of Pennsylvania where he was in possession of a good Farm with Buildings thereon erected, live Stock, Farming utensils, Household Furniture etc., the whole valued at £372.18, New York Currency;

* That understanding Parliament had taken into Consideration the distressed State of the Loyal American Subjects and purpose granting them such relief as may appear Just and Reasonable in proportion to their Losses;

Your Memorialist in behalf of himself and Family humbly prays that you will be pleased to grant him such Relief as may appear Reasonable and your Memorialist shall ever pray.

State of the Effects lost by Frederick Anger late of Northumberland County in the Province of Pennsa. at the time he made his Escape to the British Army in the year 1778, from which period till the Close of the War he served the King in Colonel Butler’s Rangers –  300 Acres of Land, Cattle, Grain, Hogs,Household Furniture, Farming utensils etc.,£372.18 New York Currency.

August 27th 1787

Evidence on the Claim of Frederick Anger late of Pennsylvania

Claimant Sworn,
Says he is a native of Germany, went to America 30 years ago. Lived on the Susquhannah when the Rebellion broke out, joined Colonel Butler, served Seven years with him as a Private. He had two Sons in the same Regiment.

He had half a Proprietor’s Right on the disputed Lands on the Susquhannah, gave 72 Dollars for it, his half Right was 2000 acres. Says he went to Susquhannah in 1772. Cleared 20 Acres. Built a good House and Stable.

Lost 4 Cows, 3 Horses, 3 three year old Heifers, 2 two year old, 3 Calves, 7 Sheep, 14 Hogs large one, Furniture, utensils, 60 Bushels Grain, 80 Bushels various kinds of Corn – all lost by the Indians and Rangers.

Michael Showers Sworn,
Knew Claimant, he served in Butlers Rangers from the time that the Susquhannah was cut off by Colonel Butler. He [Anger] had Lands on the Susquehannah. He had half a Proprietors Right, it was then disputed Land. He had a clever House and Barn, about 20 Acres clear, he settled there about 1772. He had a pretty large Stock, taken by the Indians and Rangers.

Decision of the Commissioners

(AO 12 Vol. 66 P. 56)
Frederick Anger late of Susquehanah
Claim
Amount of Property £723.7.6
Determination 7th December 1787
Loyalty. Bore Arms – The Claimant is a Loyalist & Bore Arms in Support of the British Government

Losses.
Real Estate: Improvements on a Farm on the Susquehanah – £35
Personal Estate:  Various Articles of Personal Property 42 – £77
Loss Proved
Resides at Niagara
Summary of Claim for Losses and Disbursement
(AO 12 Vol. 109 P. 74 Certificate No. 915)

Name of claimant: Anger, Frederick; Province Penns; Claim for Loss of Property £723.7; Sum Originally Allowed £77; Total Sum payable under Act of Parliament £77; Balance After Such Receipt £77; Final Balance £77

The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario, 1904 transcribed from Library of Congress MSS 18,662 Vol. XX MSS. 41 in Second Report P. 973 Proceedings of Loyalist Commissioners, Montreal 1787.

Bertie Township Map 1784 includes G. Frederick Anger land
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Before Commissioner Pemberton P. 973 MSS. 41. New Claim Aug. 23. Claim of Frederick Anger, late of Pensylva. Repeats the evidences in AO 12.

* I thank Phillip Schettler for this (Apr. 24/14 comment Anger family tree).  For more information on UEL claims and compensations, see Alexander Fraser‘s United Empire Loyalists, 2nd Report of the Bureau of Archives of the Province of Ontario 1904. 

The map of Bertie Township shows names of land owners in 1784. I have marked those lots belonging to Angers in yellow, Nears (early in-laws) in orange. The lots of my other family lines, the Mabees are marked in green and Adam Burwell’s in blue.

Corrie Street Apr. 27/14

Playing with Fire

The Windass-Armstrongs are playing with fire, literally and metaphorically. Phelan new-foremanpushed Owen too far by hiring a new foreman, overseeing everyone including heretofore manager Owen. Obviously happy to be in Phelan’s pocket, the new guy tells Owen what a safety hazard the site is. As he talks, and smirks, he grinds out a cigarette butt on the worksite floor and lights a new one.

Lit cigarettes amid the new wood, sawdust and shavings gives Owen an idea, a crazy one but understandable. At the end of the day, he tells Gary to go on without him. He piles skids in the middle of the building, then pulls out a Zippo. Fortunately Anna comes in. Owen-holds-lighter-  Windass-ArmstrongsShe was worried when he didn’t come home with Gary, and she knows he’s at the end of his endurance. She coaxes the lighter away from him, then tells him off. What good does he possibly think this is going to do for anyone, etc.

He realizes he had indeed lost his mind. How can he continue taking the physical punishment of the hours Phelan is demanding, the mental punishment of humiliation dished out by Phelan, and the continued strain of total financial ruin? Owen is a good man. A hard man, even a bully, but at heart he has honourable intentions and is willing to do whatever is necessary, good or bad.

After his death this week, I saw a quote from Cape Breton writer Alistair McLeod: “And then there came into my heart a very great love for my father and I thought it was very much braver to spend a life doing what you really do not want rather than selfishly following forever your own dreams and inclinations.” That, I believe, applies to Owen. And Anna too.

gary-panic-attackGary pukes up, gets despondent, has tantrums and then, more seriously, panic attacks.  Izzy says she can’t take Gary’s moods and ‘wot’s it all doing to little Jake?’. Katy either mouths off at Phelan or speaks platitudes like ‘we all have to pull together’.  Faye gets disappointment after disappointment but does her best to ‘pull together’.  And Anna and Owen just keep putting their heads down and forging through in order to survive.

Both Owen and Anna are barely keeping themselves together, but they cannot show the extent of their despair. The whole family would fall apart if they did. The night before his mad plan to burn the place down, Owen did tell Anna just how desperate and exhausted he was. I found I was holding my breath throughout the scene. Ian Puleston-Davies anna-holds-new-contractconveyed Owen’s words and emotions with frightening intensity.

And Anna’s contribution to resolving the situation? Mother love will stop at nothing. Phelan gives her a choice: prostitute herself and he will let Owen out of the contract and destroy the incriminating video, don’t and he won’t. Rock, hard place.

Corrie Street Apr. 20/14

Two Petes

two-petesPeter Barlow in a pub, drinking himself legless, trying to forget his wife is pregnant and his girlfriend might be. Steve comes in to take him home. Peter introduces Pete, his buddy on the next barstool. “Two Petes,” he says, delighted with his own wit.

Steve is not so amused. Especially when they end up sharing a small bed in a small room above the bar so that Peter’s state peter-and-steve-in-bedcould be kept secret. Nor when Peter confesses all to Steve: an affair, with their mutual neighbour and Steve’s employee no less, a baby with Carla and maybe another with Tina.

Later at home Peter is trying to conceal his hangover, and we see just how crowded the world is when you’re two Petes rolled into one. While reassuring Carla that he is delighted about the baby and that of course he didn’t take a drink, his phone is constantly beeping. It’s Tina, but Peter again blames that poor schmuck from AA.

tina-comes-out-of-bathroomWhen Carla goes out the door, Tina barges in. To his horror, she takes the pregnancy test right there and then. He looks like he’s going to be sick. He fears Carla’s return any moment, is terrified Tina’s going to announce she is having his baby and, even worse, is planning to keep it.

Sadly for her, the test is negative. Peter has to conceal his delight. Maybe his pounding head and been-there-and-done-itqueasy stomach helped him with that. He puts on his soulful face and tells her it’s not you, it’s me. He’s no good for her, she deserves someone better, she deserves children and rose petals and bluebirds of happiness, and it ain’t me babe, no, no, no. Yes yes, she says, I want you. And your babies. Oh, you don’t want babies? Ok, just you, that’s all I need. We’ll be happy together.

look-at-meEvery cliché of romance and breaking up was voiced and shown by facial and body gesture by both of them. It was superb. My husband speculated that the writers were asked to compile every dumping line they had ever heard in their lives. I added that they also wrote down every word they had ever said when trying desperately to keep someone. All these were strung together and the script was born.

peter-looks-at-door-as-tina-criesWhy Peter just didn’t tell Tina that Carla was pregnant, I don’t know. Maybe he thought it was more honourable to convince her that he was bad for her. Maybe he just thought it was easier at that moment and he’d worry about the next hurdle – the announcement of Carla’s pregnancy – later. Or maybe lying is so engrained in him that, tina-realizes-it-is-overeven when the truth could get him out of a bad spot, he doesn’t think of telling it.

Corrie Street Apr. 13/14

Readers’ Comments

We had a little sensitivity training Thursday with Beth reading online comments beth-at-laptopabout her.  If we ever want to post a smart-ass remark about someone’s appearance, clothes or words, the memory of Beth’s face should stop us. The posters were being funny, they thought.  Wouldn’t want to run into her in a dark alley.  LOL.  They are posting into the great void of cyberspace, showing how clever they are.  They are not thinking that the object of their wit may be reading their comments.  Seeing the effect of trolls and rude people from the other side of the screen was discomfiting.

craig reading commentsBut it wasn’t just Beth who was hurt.  Craig, already reading the comments when she came home, didn’t know where to stick his head as he saw his mother’s face register disbelief and humiliation.  Kirk shuffled from foot to foot, knowing whatever positive words he said wouldn’t make up for the callous remarks she was reading.

beth-with-paperBeth felt good.  She’d done a good thing, and unexpectedly was rewarded both with money and public acknowledgement.  And small-minded people were determined to cut her down.  The ones online were strangers.  But even those she knew thought they’d put her in her place.

Norris couldn’t wait to tell her what had been written about her.  This isn’t surprising, coming from Norris.  Maybe he even did her an unintended favour.  She had warning that readers-comments-sectionshe wasn’t going to like what she saw.  Before Norris bustled into the Rovers intent on ruining her day, Beth had shown Michelle the newspaper article.  Michelle’s response was to give her eye sockets an extreme workout.  She rolled her eyes, crossed and recrossed her arms, and scoffed at the Weatherfield Gazette equaling ‘the world.’

Granted, Michelle doesn’t like Beth, and happy Beth can be just as irritating as angry rubbing-shoulders-with-hello-magBeth.  But Michelle is the landlady of a pub, and she was at work when Beth talked to her.  Whether she cared or not about Beth or her news, as a bartender and business owner, Michelle ought to be polite to a customer.  All she managed was an insincere “good on you” in between sarcastic jokes.

To be honest, when Beth chased off the purse-snatcher, I thought she’d probably dipped her hand into the bag and grabbed the money.  She could then blame the guy for taking it. It would be in keeping with her character.  So too is Norris’ petty nastiness and weatherfield-gazetteMichelle’s sarcasm.  The comments online unfortunately also are in keeping with real-life comments sections.

In Friday’s episode, Craig balanced the opinion by posting complimentary comments.  What a sweet boy.

Corrie Street Apr. 6/14

Welcome Home, Kevin

rita-greets-kevinMy choice of scene this week is all the ones with Kevin.  Welcome home indeed, Kevin.  His reunions with friends and neighbours seemed to have real emotion in them as well as what was scripted.

Michael Le Vell has had a difficult two years but, thankfully for him, it is over.  He’s back for now where he belongs – in the bosom of the Webster family, or near it at least.  Kevin met Tim and Maddie, not in the best circumstances for any of them.  Maddie stole his bag from the street and, soon after Kevin discovered the theft, he saw kevin-grabs-timthe front door of Sally’s house open.  Rushing in and seeing a strange man on the floor fiddling with electronics wires, Kevin grabbed the man in a headlock.  It was Tim, trying to fix something. The poor man has been petrified anyway about Kevin’s return.

Tim has discovered he likes the domestic life he shares with Sally and Sophie and the return of an on and off ex-husband and father is a threat to that, he fears.  I like Tim with Sally too, odd couple that they are.  I especially like the conspiratorial sally-explains-timfriendship between him and Sophie.  He brings out a spark of the Sophie-that-was, a quick-witted funny girl who we hadn’t seen in a long while.

The new earnest and dreary Sophie still appears, with Maddie.  I don’t get their relationship, any more than I ever got Sophie and Jenna together.  Maddie, with her bad-girl attitude and fits of pique, wears thin quickly.  And, despite having survived on the streets for however long, she doesn’t appear to be overly bright.  She tried to hock the goods she stole from Kevin around the kevin-smiles-at-streetcorner at Barlow’s Buys.  You’d think she’d go to a place where she’d had dealings before, and outside the immediate neighbourhood of the theft.  But it put her thieving in Kevin’s direct orbit and Kevin’s involvement in Maddie’s story might make it, and her, more entertaining.

If you want to know about Kevin’s future, click here.  If not, don’t!