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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Nov. 20/11)

Marc & Marcia & Bambina

The scene that made me shriek with delight this Tuesday was Kevin’s surprise gift to Sally seeing her Fiat 500Sally.  A beautiful little red Fiat 500, giftwrapped!  I just wanted them to keep the camera on the car.  My delight quickly turned to horror as Sally shrieked at the happy salesman to take it back.  No, Sally, you don’t know what you’re saying, no no, keep the car!!  Keep Kevin.  Give the car to me – Kevin too if it’s a package deal!

I thought, she’ll come to her senses.  The car will win out.  But then she flew into Kevin, and even said “the colour stinks”!  No, it’s beautiful!  It’s a brand new little Bambina.  Red!  What more could you want?

It was hard to concentrate on the show after that.  The image of the little orphan car wearing its bow was burned into my brain.

Marc as Marcia

Marc and Audrey in police station Marc as Marcia in police stationBut then I saw Marc, bruised and bloodied, slumped on the bench in the police station in dress, necklace and blonde wig.  The look of surprise then realization on Audrey’s face as she recognized the battered lady on the bench was the suave man she had come to the police station to help – priceless.

Then the beautiful scene that put even the Fiat 500 out of my mind (briefly).  Marc, cleaned up as best he could, explaining about being a transvestite and about his late wife and her acceptance of him and his alter-ego Marcia.  And Audrey understanding, remembering people in her life who were “different” but made her feel “fabulous” for just being her.

Audrey consoling Marc with a hugShe had jumped to the conclusion that many do: that cross-dressing is only something gay people do.  So she remembered her gay friend, Lionel the colourist.  I wished I had known Lionel, just from how she talked about him.  Sadly, he was one of the too many who died of AIDS in the 1980s.

That was a time when living with AIDS wasn’t talked about; dying from AIDS was the only option.  It was very frightening for gay men and for anyone who knew and loved a gay man.  Audrey’s far-away look as she talked about Leonard brought it all back for me.

And Marc was equally concise and effective at explaining straight male cross-dressing to Audrey.  He also conveyed the fear of telling a partner about it, about the fear of rejection Audrey telling Marc he must tell Claudiaand the joy of acceptance.  I also wished I’d known his late wife because she sounds like a lovely lady to have made him so happy in her life and so sorrowful at her death.

I hadn’t really had any thoughts one way or the other before about Marc, other than wondering what he was doing in the storyline with Audrey and Claudia.  Now I like him, feel like I know him, and I hope he and Audrey become lasting friends.  If he tells Claudia about his cross-dressing, I hope she is as understanding as Audrey was.  But, after all, she’s a hairdresser too so, as Audrey said, she also ought to have lots of experience with “people of all types.”  I’m counting on you, Claudia.

Big Jim

Jim telling bank teller to put money in bagFriday note:  I do not believe this bank robbery and Jim story.  He wouldn’t be that stupid, so he wouldn’t.  There are a million other ways to get out of this cockamamie story about the pub ownership.  Jim’s character didn’t need to be sacrificed in schedule-driven writing to accommodate actor and production plans.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (May 15/11)

Meowrr!

Lots of ‘cats’ on the Street this week!  So many scenes to choose from.  I had one picked 'cats' Audrey telling Gail off at partythen saw Friday’s episode, which gave me another two options. So here are the runners-up, in order of appearance.

Audreh’s birthday party at the Rovers.  The whole thing was wonderful, but Audrey telling Gail off was superb.  “You don’t exactly Claudia and Rita, listening to Audreypick ‘em do you?  Murderer, followed by a suicidal drug addict.”  In the middle of their catfight, a hush came over the crowd.  When Audrey realized everyone was listening, including the lovely and plastered Rita and Claudia (gigolo co-clients), she told the entire room exactly what she thought about her life, and theirs.

Gail, aghast at her mother telling her off - againThen, Friday, when Gail and Audrey were making amends, it didn’t exactly work out the way they planned.  Audrey told Gail “I reckon there’s a great big poster of you on the wall in the local loony bin with your mobile number underneath”.  Gail made a wonderful moue of shock; her eyes and mouth equally round.  “How dare you!  I’ve not long buried the man I loved.”

Sally and Molly in shopAnd then the prize cat of ‘cats’.  Sally is back!  Oh, not just physically, but the true essence of Sally.   In her new running togs, she popped into the shop for a bottle of water to keep herself hydrated.  Molly, with rounded belly of possible Kevin baby, compares men with training dogs, “promise them something at the end of it and they’ll do anything [pause] – a pint usually did the trick,” when Sally bemoaned getting Kev to run with her.  But that, funny as it was, was only the warm-up.

Sally showing opinion of small housesWhen Molly says that Eileen is interested in buying her and Tyrone’s house, Sally gives a slight shudder.  “Those tiny yards!  I could never go back now, after having a garden.  I mean, where would I put the chimnia?”

Oh, Sally is a nightmare of pretentiousness.  I didn’t realize until I Sally bemoaning tiny yardsheard these words come out of her mouth how much I’d missed her. Now, with Eileen wanting their house and Molly desperately wanting to move, Tyrone desperately not, Kevin keeping his head low and Miss Sally back and firing on all cylinders, it’s going to be fun.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Apr. 24/11)

The Dinner Party

Sean touching his son’s face onscreen, Cheryl after her husband battered her – moving moments.  But Ken telling pre-dinner party in Roversdinner guests Audrey and Lewis, “Tracey always says how much she misses her mother’s home cooking, her stuffed marrow in particular.”  Like Audrey, I knew:  “yum yum.”  This is going to be good!

What followed Ken’s statement was a tiny three-act play. Set into Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes, it starred Ken and Deirdre, Audrey and Lewis.

The Barlow dining room, after their (and our) appetites had been whetted in the Rovers.  Not really Audrey’s though.  She seems to not be a fan of stuffed marrow.  (I don’t know why the writers picked on the poor squash, any type of which is delicious when stuffed and baked.  I guess it just sounds funny – yum yum, marrow!!)

dinner party in Barlow dining roomAudrey seems on edge with Deirdre.  And something’s been whetted for Deirdre; she’s sparkling with rapier-like wit and flirtatious asides to Lewis.  Audrey glowers at both her stuffed marrow and Deirdre.  Ken figures a discussion about the last election will loosen things up around the old dinner table.  Lewis, with his usual insouciance, simply says, “I didn’t vote.”  Well, Ken comes up out of his chair – “not vote!!??”  Things are not improved when Ken gives Lewis his clincher argument – “how can we complain about how the country’s run?” and Lewis simply smiles his lovely gigolo smile and says “But I don’t.”  And there you have it, that topic of conversation done.

From there on, although it doesn’t seem possible, it goes from bad to worse.  Deirdre provides conversational distraction by asking if Audrey wants ketchup, then asking if the marrow isn’t too runny.  Audrey says “I must get the recipe”.  Deirdre is dying to bring Lewis’ line of work into conversation, so says that Ken used to be a male escort.  They all nearly choke on their teeth, or marrow.  Ken accuses Deirdre of being a tad tiddly and suggests she just drink straight from the bottle, Deirdre lighting Lewis' cigarettesaying “you’re turning into your mother”.

Mercifully, the meal and after-dinner chat finally end.  The third act of this little comedy of manners occurs outside as Deirdre is having a well-earned cigarette.  Lewis, the man for all women, apparently also indulges from time to time.  He lights that cigarette like a true smoker.  Deirdre says she’s been naughty teasing about escort work, Lewis says “a very naughty girl.”  Deirdre, with a smoldering look, says, “if I had to pay for your services or his, I know who I’d choose.”  Lewis smolders right back.

Audrey, coughing, saying taxi is hereAudrey comes outside right then and is horrified to see him sucking back on the smoke.  She coughs, flaps her arms to keep the smoke away, “oh, put that out, oh oh” etc etc.  Deirdre offers to copy the marrow recipe right then, Audrey looks like a treed animal.  She makes her escape into the house.  With a wonderful come-hither look over his shoulder to Deirdre, Lewis follows her in.  Deirdre looks very pleased with herself, it’s been a good night’s work.  Presumably Ken is inside, wondering if he ought to raise the ceilings so that a library ladder in his new study is justified.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 30/11)

Needs a home

"With a bit of sparkle, she'd be quite pretty", Becky looks at ChloeTuesday, Becky reaching to the computer screen, to the girl with the challenging eyes.  Chloe, 9 years old, seven siblings most of them in Scotland, needs a home – a forever home.  Steve and Becky are looking at a website of children available for adoption.“ You’d think they’d be all puppy eyed wouldn’t you.”  Becky sees herself in Chloe’s eyes and story.  Steve sees her too.  Please pick Chloe, please please, I say to my screen.

I know it wouldn’t work – not right now.  Becky’s on too much of an emotional rollercoaster, in an emotional wringer, whatever way you want to put it.  She’s had too little time to get used to the thought of having a baby, then losing a baby, then losing another she didn’t even yet know had existed, then having to think about never  being able to carry a baby to term at all, ever.  A bad womb, a womb that kills babies.  Not an easy thing to accept about your body for any woman, ever.

Becky & Steve look at adoptive children website - needs a homeIt’s too soon to take a 9 year old as your own.  You’ve got too many open wounds, and likely so does she.  It’s too soon to hope that your wounds can help heal hers, and hers yours.  But Becky, having psyched herself up for motherhood, wants a baby now!  And, if she can’t adopt a baby, this little girl has spoken to her.

Becky would be a perfect match for Chloe, for pretty much any child who has knocked around in the child welfare system.  She could both understand and not be taken in.  But it’s too soon.  Chloe would be a rebound child.

In a follow-up scene, Steve recognizes that and also gets cold feet for Amy’s sake.  He doesn’t articulate it verySteve says "I'm not saying never" to adoptionwell, but I see his point.  It’s one thing bringing a baby into the world of another child.  That child is the older sibling then.  It’s a different thing bringing in a child that’s older than the already present child.  Different dynamic for everybody.  I think Becky could cope, I’m not sure Steve could.

And at this point, they haven’t even thought about the vetting process they’d have to undergo.  They see themselves as a stable married couple, sure, with some ups and downs in their past.  I shudder to think what a social worker would see.   Hayley and Roy thought they were ideal adoptive parents too, and so did most of the viewing world.  But Social Services didn’t think so.  I maintain Social Services was wrong and some children and a wonderful couple have paid for that error, but it’s the child services people that get to make the rules.  I don’t want to see Becky crushed by those rules too.

Audrey and escorting

Audrey leaving, after Rita says "get out"In another story – my assessment of Audrey’s maturity was wrong.  She doesn’t totally understand ‘escort’ protocol.  I felt sorry for her and embarrassed for her at the ball and terrified by her when she went to Rita’s house on the attack.  But wow!  Tuesday’s confrontation wasn’t a cat fight, it was tigresses going at it!

The Lady Audrey, at the ballAnd the dress Audrey wore to the ball.  She looked so beautiful.  I hate where this story seems to be going but Audrey and Rita, and Claudia, have been magnificent.  And poor Emily, caught in the middle of Audrey and Rita – “I’m not declaring war on Poland, luv,” Audrey said.  Perfect.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 16/11)

SWF looking

Rita & Audrey talk in salon - SWF lookingFriday, Audrey and Rita had an interesting conversation about paying for companionship. To the news that Lewis is an “escort” hired occasionally by Audrey, Rita’s reaction was what probably most of us think – “a gigolo!” with a titter of laughter. Audrey denied there was any gigolo-related activity going on, just someone to talk to. “On the meter,” Rita scoffed. She told Audrey that she could find men for companionship or whatever without resorting to paying for them. Audrey doubted the likelihood of that.

Lewis & Audrey "off the meter"It was a sad scene, two widow women talking about finding interesting single men. But more than that, it was reassuring. These women know that they are “of a certain age”. But their age was not something they discussed. Audrey said you watch a movie and fall in love with Gregory Peck or Cary Grant, an oblique temporal reference. They are smart women who know their own minds and know the state of available male-hood in their neighbourhood. Their age and past history of relationships were not the issue, rather a way of giving perspective to their opinions.

Renting companionship

Dramatically, and as discourse, it was thought provoking. Rita’s shock and hint of titillation at the thought of hiring a man was countered by Audrey’s dispassionate assessment of her situation and the purpose of Lewis in her life. You rent a movie for entertainment of an evening, why not rent an evening of good conversation?  Why not indeed – it can be pretty hard to come by.

Norris busy with his new camera phoneWhat strengthened her thesis was that she did not tell Rita that Lewis was “off the meter” when Norris had seen him and Audrey together. Had Rita known that, she would have seen the whole thing differently. She probably would have said, oh so you’ve become friends outside of “work” then. But Audrey didn’t say it, and therefore she kept the discussion on the plane of payment for services, with the type of service being the point.

SWF – 1.0 and 1.1

Sian & Ryan head to the bedroomThis civilized introspective look at being single and having needs for companionship was beautifully placed in the show. Following it was a continuation of a scene that dealt with the same topic, more or less, from the other end of the spectrum.

It started in the episode before. Ryan had suggested that he and his girlfriend and Sophie, in a blind-date Sophie interrupts everyone's planssituation with a friend of Ryan’s, watch a movie at his place since his mother was out. Ryan and Sian watched maybe 5 minutes of the film before heading to the bedroom. Yuck.  Friday, Sophie and Ryan’s friend are still watching the movie while Ryan and Sian are behind closed doors. So Ryan’s friend figures it’s time to put the big moves on Sophie. Double yuck.

It was realistic, as those who choose to remember their teenage years of raging hormones know. And it was cheap and disgusting, as anyone who is past those years also knows. But, dramatically, it was a superb counterpoint for the scene with Audrey and Rita analytically and emotionally looking at the need for human contact.