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Corrie Street Apr. 17/16

It’s been like time travel, hearing Izzy and Gary and now Anna freak out about marijuana and drug dealing and the slippery slope. ReeferReeferMadnessPoster-wikipedia madness! Over a bit of weed.

Where have these people been, I’ve wondered. Have they not heard the debates of the past how many years about the medicinal uses of marijuana, the legalization, the dispensaries where people with prescriptions receive their allotted dosages? Marijuana is talked about a lot in media and general discourse, but as “medical” more so than “recreational”.

With her chronic illness and high levels of pain, I would think Izzy would know all about what is au courant in the medical community for long term pain relief. And, at least here in North America, that’s medical marijuana. I’ve even seen posts on social media recently about its value for chronic pain relief for your dog.

And Izzy hadn’t discussed its possible benefit for her with her doctor? Instead she went to a decidedly sleazy bar and met a guy who sold her oregano. Good heavens, I had no idea that old trick could still work on anyone.

Izzy holds up tiny bag of marijuanaThen Gary gets her some. Problem solved, until she needs more. The next lot that Gary buys is way stronger. Tell your friend to use less, the guy warns Gary. Ya think? The teeny-tiny amount alone ought to be a clue. Izzy heeds the warning, but whatever else is in it is very powerful and she is totally disoriented by it.

Anna walks in, of course, and sees the state of Izzy and the evidence ashtrayin the ashtray (and presumably the smell). Off she goes with Jake, telling Izzy she’s in no fit state to care for a child. Until she gets herself sorted out, Jake will not be back.

So later in the week Izzy does what she should have done in the first place. She goes to her doctor and asks about a prescription for medical marijuana. She is turned down, as not qualifying for some reason. Now she will have to turn elsewhere for pain relief, in other buzzed out Izzy tells Anna it was different beforesleazy bars or with other high-powered opiate prescription painkillers.

Presumably we’ll be crawling into the underbelly of illegal or legal drug use along with her in the search for pain relief. It’s a real story about a real problem. If the writers had simply turned events in the plot around, it would be more believable. It should have started at the point it ended at this week, with Izzy asking her doctor about medical marijuana as an option for her.

Corrie Street Mar. 6/16

Hmm, believe Phelan or Anna? I think Tim is the only one with his phelan-passes-timhead screwed on right. Looking at the damage Anna did to Phelan’s van, Tim tells Kevin that he figures Anna had her reasons. “Well, I know Anna, and she’s a good woman. Whereas him – he’s been on the street five minutes. I know who I’d trust.”

To argue Kevin’s side for a minute, it does seem that Anna went temporarily insane. Bashing the windshield in with an axe, breaking off mirrors, totally destroying the vehicle for apparently no reason. Kevin has dealt with a crazy not long ago, he knows people can do things that hurt others for reasons that make no sense to anyone else.

kev-and-tim-look-at-damage Anna did to vanBut. Anna has given him some of the reason she dislikes and distrusts Phelan. He knows there is more to it. Should he not give her the benefit of the doubt? Or redouble the effort to get the whole story? Maybe she owes him the whole truth. After all, Phelan has seemed to be nothing other than a good worker and friend to Kevin. Anna knows that Phelan has already ripped off Kevin, she even knows how he did it. She just can’t prove that he wrecked the garage wiring so that he could get work fixing it.

been-on-the-street-five-minutesIf she told Kevin the true story of Phelan’s evil, she might save their relationship and might save Kevin’s business. But he might not believe her. He might believe she was a willing participant in the sex for debt trade she made with Phelan. After all, Owen and Katy did not believe her and they benefited from her action.

So she is simply asking Kevin to take her words and actions on faith. But Tim is the only person who does. I guess I’m a little surprised that i-know-who-i-would-truston such a small street, the backstory of Phelan and the Armstrong-Windass family doesn’t resonate for other people. Why doesn’t Jason remember more about the animosity and difficulties that had to be obvious on the street? Phelan was very much present at that time, as were bailiffs emptying the Armstrong-Windass house, and Owen and Gary shouting and fighting. Even if no one else knows what exactly happened, I think Jason would remember that there were problems and Phelan was in the middle of them.

At the end of Friday’s episode, Kevin maybe is seeing the side of what the hell are you doingPhelan that he hasn’t seen, or wanted to see. With Tim’s words still in his head, I hope, he sees Phelan turning away from a frightened Anna backed against the wall of the café. I hope this time he takes Anna’s story, complete or incomplete as it may be, on faith.

Corrie Street Feb. 14/16

Campaigning means to engage in: a, military operations for a specific faye-getting-pregnantobjective, b, a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose, c, competition by rival political candidates and organizations for public office (Dictionary.com). Sally’s campaign for council, I think, fits all three usages – together, at one time.

She seems already to be progressing with what might be called a scorched earth strategy, and her official campaign hasn’t even started. She has not declared herself an official candidate for office testimonial-for-one-of-my-pamphletsyet. She is just feeling the situation out.

Oh dear Lord, what will she do when she actually is a candidate – with a Team, with brochures and buttons, when she is knocking on the doors of people she does not know and, more importantly, who do not know her? I am waiting with bated breath, hoping she files the papers and runs – like General Sherman over Georgia.

you-were-rummaging-around-food-banksAt the café, trying to enlist Anna’s help, she managed to offend every individual in Anna’s family and every social group of which they are representative. Single parents, the working poor, teenage mothers, those with mobility issues, the military and those with PTSD. “You are the jackpot, really, politics wise!” It was an offence tour de force.

Last week in a practice run at meeting her public, Sally had a brief chat  gary-saw-his-bezzy-matewith Alex who is working at the café. “It’s nice you’ve got a job,” she said in the voice she uses to convey her open-mindedness and inclusiveness. According to a Bluenose Corrie post, “some disability campaigners say that Coronation Street was showing itself to be anti-employment for disabled people” by Sally’s remark.

Having snorted with laughter at the episode’s quick little reference to Sally’s monumental insensitivity, I snorted with disbelief at the killed-right-in-front-of-himobjection to it. Seeing it this way suggests lack of familiarity with Coronation Street. There would be cause for outrage if Sally did not offend Alex. Then he would be being discriminated against for receiving different treatment than everyone else on the Street. I think Sally can say, with justification, that she is equal opportunity all the way when it comes to offending people.

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Corrie Street Jan. 31/16

Nothing jumped out at me all week – until Friday. Construction work construction work - jason and phelan with maskby the low bid contractor started at Kevin’s new garage. Problems also started almost immediately with a power line getting cut accidentally. But the biggest problem isn’t going to be shoddy workmanship as Jason had predicted.

A worker with his face hidden behind a mask and goggles took them off to introduce himself to Kevin. “Pat Phelan. Nice to meet you.” I didn’t see that coming!

kevin-meets-pat-phelanIt makes me very happy when I can avoid all spoilers, including the ones hidden in statements like  “since x is leaving” or “as we know, x is returning”. I knew that Phelan likely would be back at some time, and that was okay. He is such a good villain that I looked forward to his return. Didn’t look forward to it as such: I wanted to see him again and didn’t want to.

Because he’s such a good villain, he is truly scary and upsetting. He does horrible things to people’s heads and lives. Anna has just got her phelan-introduces-himself-to-kevinlife back on a relatively even keel. I like her with Kevin. Dealing with Sally about that will be traumatic enough for Anna. And now Phelan is back? Might as well just kiss her new relationship goodbye, and check Anna into the psych ward right now.

If you’re not familiar with this odious man’s previous storyline with the Armstrong-Windass household, type ‘Phelan’ in the site search box on the left sidebar for my posts about it.

Corrie Street Dec. 27/15

liz, anna and erica decorate treeMonday, girlfriends hanging out. Liz, Erica and Anna. Nice to see. At the beginning of the episode, they discuss the theme of Liz’s Christmas tree. At the end, they discuss going man-hunting at a singles’ night.

Over the years we’ve often seen Liz with friends. She seems like someone to whom girlfriends are very important. Scenes with her and liz puts angel on treeDeirdre over the years were some of the best ever. She is friends with other women on the Street, of course, but none of them gel with her character quite as well as Deirdre. Until Erica arrived.

Erica and Liz became friends in Spain. But after Erica’s arrival on the girlfriends Liz, Erica and Anna discuss singles nightstreet, their friendship got sidelined for Erica’s involvement with Nick. Thankfully, that ended fairly quickly. When Erica returned, she rattled around like a spare part. She and Dev? I like the idea. Their characters suit each other, and I think the actors work well together.  But, aside from romance, it’s nice to see Erica’s return to her roots on the Street – hanging out with Liz.

erica-smiles-at-doubtful-annaAnna definitely needs friends, for her own sake and ours. Her storylines primarily involve her family. That’s ok but it’s nice to see her branch out a bit. Especially when, of late, her family-related stories mainly have involved her either shrieking at someone or wringing her hands in her apron.

anna-says-she-will-goLiz and Erica are well-matched, similar in age, style and chutzpah. Anna is not in their league really. She defines herself in terms of work and being a mother. She has had to. She has had major problems both with finances and with both her children. She’s been through a lot, and it’s little wonder she always seems frayed at the seams.

liz-is-pleased-anna-will-goIt’s time for her to have some fun, and Liz and Erica are just the women to help her do that. I hope they take her on as a project.

Corrie Street Apr. 26/15

Is there a human disorder that mimics the mating behaviour of the praying mantis? If so, maybe Anna Windass has it. Every time a child comes into her life, her mate must go. First Eddie Windass when Faye arrived, now Owen when Faye’s baby is hardly home from the hospital.

I know these situations resulted from the actors’ decisions to leave the show, but poor Debbie Rush has reason to be developing a complex over her character driving away her men and then huddling protectively over her brood.

It started Monday, when Anna had a fit about Owen encouraging Faye to say what she really wants about the baby. Anna will not allow Faye to even entertain the “wrong” decision, giving the baby up for adoption. At least she finally admitted that to Owen; that, in her mind, there is only one “right decision.”

Then, within the same argument, she told Owen that was it, she wanted him to leave, that she had too much to worry about what with the baby and all to also worry about him. Out the door he went.

He stayed at Kevin’s, then hung around hoping to change Anna’s mind. Izzy advised him to go to Portugal for a visit and let Anna think, maybe even miss him. He decided to do that and, after being firmly told again by Anna that there was no chance for them, he also decided to accept a job in Aberdeen.

Then, somehow, the whole separation became his fault. When Faye was upset that Owen and Anna might split up, Anna told him that he had to tell her that they were separating and he was leaving. He had to do the breaking of Faye’s heart, as if it all were his idea.

Anna is exhausted from pretty much single-handedly looking after the baby, although everyone (except Faye) has offered to help. She is worried about Faye. Anna has no money and now two children dependant on her. And she kicks out the man she says she loves and who doesn’t want to leave her.

The only difference between this story and that of Eddie’s departure is that Eddie did not want them to keep Faye. He put a ‘me or her’ choice to Anna, and Anna chose Faye. Other than that, it’s déjà vu all over again.

Corrie Street Apr. 19/15

Faye, on Tuesday, tells her mother: “I just wanted him to like me.” Heartbreaking. No wanted-him-to-like-mematter how far back in memory it now is, I bet every woman watching remembered this.

For Faye, the gamble didn’t pay off. The boy didn’t want to know her afterward, and that was even without knowing she got pregnant. And now she’s got a permanent souvenir, a baby girl.

police-ask-faye-about-fatherIn light of the rest of the week, Faye’s plan for giving birth starts to make sense. Do it secretly and leave the baby at the hospital. Don’t involve anyone else. Of course it would not work as smoothly as imagined, as she learned. But the flap and fuss she dreaded and wanted to avoid is happening. Police, social workers and families.

faye-and-annaFaye found out her mother is not going to “send her back”, as the poor child had feared. Anna, Owen, Tim and everyone rallied around her. The baby will have a loving and supportive family. That was taken as a given by them.

But they didn’t ask Faye if that’s what she wanted. Maybe in the same way that they totally did not see Faye’s pregnancy weight gain, they are not seeing her lack of bonding, even enthusiasm, for her infant. Anna reminds her that the baby is hers and she will be the one responsible for her care, but it sounds much the same as maternal reminders to faye-cries-on-annatake care of your good clothes or those expensive shoes you wanted so badly. No one is looking at Faye, or asking her what she wants.

Faye eventually tells Sophie, and Sophie passes on a hint to Owen. And that’s where we end on Friday: Owen pointedly makes space for Faye to say what she wants to her family and the social worker. Faye takes the opportunity finally. She wants to give the baby up.

anna-holds-fayeShe might do so or not. But you know, whatever the decision, Owen will be the object of Anna’s wrath for even allowing the possibility to be raised. Anna seems to have already decided the future of the baby and Faye, all in the name of love.

Corrie Street Apr. 5/15

Wednesday, Anna tried to have a heart-to-heart with Faye. How are you really, anna-asks-faye-to-talkwhat’s bothering you, what’s going on? Faye said nothing other than everything’s fine. How could she say otherwise? She feels she cannot add to her mother’s burdens, cannot disappoint. She would do both if she told her mother the truth. She’s pregnant. And just turned 13.

When her pregnancy story began to be revealed, I thought oh no, the show’s been there, done that. Sarah Louise, barely in her teens, trying to hide a pregnancy. Then I realized that was 15 years ago. The kids for whom this storyline might be relevant were not even born then. That’s the thing with long running shows. Plotlines, particularly those about perennial issues, need to be recycled for each new generation of viewers.

anna-says-katy-made-a-rash-decisionAnna, in trying to get Faye to open up about her teenage angst, took Faye’s mention of Katy as an entrée into talking about choices and repercussions. Katy, Anna said, “made a rash decision having a baby so young”. She has to consider what’s best for the child in all her wishes and decisions. The move to Portugal may be a dovetailing of the two. “She’s got a chance to get her life back on track. Not many girls in her situation get that opportunity.”

Little does Anna know that Faye is dealing with exactly that situation, only in her case it faye-listens-to-annawasn’t a decision consciously made. She is still so young, with no sign of a boyfriend or even interest in boys, that her being pregnant is not a possibility that would even cross Anna’s mind. So Faye is stumbling toward the birth of a baby. Despite the best help of Craig and the internet, she has made no realistic decisions or plans. She’s just trying to get through it with no idea of what comes next.

bethanyThe return of Sarah Louise’s daughter at the same time is a brilliant juxtaposition. Bethany Platt is a great advertisement for not having a child when you are still very young. Imagine being in your late 20s, only twice as old as you are at present, and being responsible for the daily care and well-being of someone like her!

Corrie Street June 29/14

Owen-says-only-way-she-knowsFriday Owen tells Gary what Anna did. “Laid back and thought of England. Took one for the team.” Gary’s face registers shock; he can’t look at his mother. She pleads for his understanding. He explains he isn’t worthy to be in the same room with her after what she did for him, and neither is Owen. Then he wrapped his arms around her. She leaned into him and cried.

It’s about time one of them gave a big thank you to Anna for what she did. Izzy has been understanding and supportive but has not owen-and-anna-look-at-garysaid a heartfelt ‘thank you Anna for pulling us all out of that mess’. Owen has been distant and nasty. Katy has been nasty. You can understand Owen’s reaction: his wife slept with another man and, to make the humiliation greater, she did it to save him. There is no excuse for Katy. She speaks from the cruelty possessed only by someone with the self-righteousness of youthful inexperience.

Gary-wonders-what-Owen-will-sayWould Gary have been so quickly understanding if Owen were not there slagging off his mother and, by extension, him for getting them into the mess with Phelan? I doubt it. His sense of outrage probably would have kicked in, first toward Anna then toward Phelan. That was why they had all not wanted Gary to know, not wanted him to ‘kick off’ and make things worse. But he found out by Owen calling his mother a whore, with Izzy quickly following up with a warning about “punching first and thinking later”. That made him react the way no one expected: cognizant of his mother’s sacrifice and the Gary-hugs-Annarole his violence had played in the whole thing.

Maybe Gary’s words touched Owen. Later Owen said his piece to Anna, about how he couldn’t get the image of Phelan and her out of his mind, of his own anger and shame. But maybe, with time, he could get over it. Anna was willing to listen to him. Then he said the words I hope he wished he could retract as soon as they were out of his mouth: “maybe I can forgive you.” Anna should need his forgiveness? I think it’s more the case of Owen needing forgiveness from Anna for contributing to a situation that he, Gary, and the entire family escaped only by her prostituting herself for them. With his words, the compassion and love in Anna’s eyes died, replaced by justified fury.

Anna-turns-back-on-OwenToo late, Owen tried to make amends. He had no choice but to pack a bag and leave. Maybe they can find their way through this. I hope so, but Owen needs to get a deeper understanding of what sacrificing for your family really can mean. Anna now will not allow him to have anything less than that if they are to continue together.

Corrie Street June 15/14

Tuesday, all scenes of three stories. Opening with what looks like Tina dead in the Tina-getting-upbuilder’s yard. No, she’s moving – and talking!

Seeing her plunge over the railing was shocking. Hearing her moans, I was relieved. Maybe she lives after all. Rob was actually going to call an ambulance. But then she started talking, telling him what she was going to tell the police, what would happen to him, and Tracy and Peter and Carla. Not the best time to savour the revenge you do not yet have! Maybe wait until you’re in the ambulance, with witnesses. But no, she won’t shut up. Finally Rob beaned her with an iron rod.

My husband muttered, “reminds me of Peter Sellers in The Party, when he’s a movie Peter Sellersextra who just won’t die.” We watched it online, then watched Tina’s protracted death scene again. Tina’s scene is not being played for laughs, but it’s pretty hard not to after you’ve watched the bugler who wouldn’t die.

Meanwhile, Peter is in the back room of the Rovers telling Carla about his affair. He decided to preempt Tina doing so. His explanation and Carla’s reaction were painful to Carla-confronts-Peter-over-affairwatch. Every trite and stupid line ever said in the history of cheating mankind, Peter said. The hangdog looks, the barely concealed defiance when she didn’t reward him for his ‘honesty’. He made my skin crawl. Carla was brilliant; heart-broken and angry. Not likely to forgive him but terrified of being alone and pregnant. Feeling justifiably betrayed but almost letting his little digs of recrimination get to her.

And at the end, with Tina discovered and the police there, the looks Peter and Carla gave each other. They each know they did not attack Tina, but each fears that maybe the other did.

Another confession is taking place across the road, with Anna and Owen. In her fuzzy-bunny bathrobe, Anna tells Owen about the deal she made with Phelan to get him and Anna-pleads-with-OwenGary out of their problem. He gives her a chance to take an easy way out when he says, “so Phelan forced himself on you.” But having come this far in this difficult truth, Anna doesn’t try to absolve herself. Even though she would be perfectly right to say yes, he forced himself, she does not. She says, first by implication and later words, that she did it willingly. And that Owen cannot handle, despite it obviously being a situation of coercion.

Tina, Carla and Anna: three women put in impossible situations by men in their lives. Rob with murder in his heart. Peter vilified. Owen devastated emotionally as well as financially.