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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Apr. 22/12)

Sweet Revenge

Becky's revenge - Deirdre rushes to Tracy crying in street I’m sure everyone who has ever lost a love to a lying, two-faced schemer stood up and cheered when Becky got back at Tracy.  I sure did.  What a wonderful moment when Tracy’s treachery was revealed.  It was made sublime by Becky leaving it until the reception, after Steve had pledged Tracy his troth in their very beautiful wedding.

Becky watches as Steve and Tracy pronounced wedShe decided to keep quiet until after the marriage when Steve told her that he truly believed her capable of causing Tracy’s miscarriage.  When Steve’s delusions are shattered, he’s trapped, legally “chained to that cow” as Becky put it.

She still almost backed out, though, not wanting to hurt him Tracy enters bathroom with Becky and Kyliethat much.  Tracy’s smirking suggestion of ‘X’ as her new middle name made Becky see clearly again.  After dropping her bombshell, she walked away and, like a weeping Bet Lynch, Becky in her leopard skin jacket left in a taxi.  Steve chased her to the airport to beg her forgiveness, then watched her leave with her new man and son.

Steve watches Becky board planeThe whole week was great.  Three storylines struck me as having classic Corrie, and soap, elements.  First, the Tracy/Becky dénouement had evil deeds being eventually repaid, something that soaps do well because of their long story arc.

It also had a particularly Corrie aspect.  Despite having earlier involved the police in order to expose Tracy, Becky did not take the Becky writes down what Gail tells her about clinic computerincriminating medical record to them.  She relied on her neighbours.  That fits perfectly with Corrie’s tradition of people helping themselves instead of going to the authorities.  Don’t trust the rozzers, as Kylie says.

Fish Story

Second, the Owen/Faye/Anna/fish story giving an exposition of all sides of the issues. Continuing serials can do this better than other television forms. Especially explaining without giving a pat answer, which Corrie does very well.  Owen presented a good case Owen discusses Faye with daughters and Royagainst Faye:  that her revenge on him was calculated cruelty and violence directed elsewhere, to living creatures.  Where might this stop, with her wielding an AK-47 in the street?  Anna presented the other side. What Faye did was unconscionable. But it wasn’t Owen’s place to discipline her, especially with corporal punishment and especially doing so in anger.  I agree with her but I also thought – what about “it takes a village to raise a child”?  Surely, that doesn’t just mean comforting and cuddling, it also means everyone has the duty to correct wrongdoing.

And Owen asking his daughters’ opinion of him as a father and of childrearing methods in general – wonderful.  The Katie giving her childrearing beliefsdiscussion was thoughtful and presented all sides, from personal experience and general philosophy.  I particularly loved Katie, teenage mom of infant, saying “I’ll never…” and Owen saying “I’ll remind you of that when…”

Poor Leslie

Lesley cowering on floor and Eileen trying to comfort herThird, Eileen/Paul/Leslie exploring the trauma of Alzheimer’s and the strain put on caregivers.  This is an important story, fraught with pitfalls just in the telling.  Obviously taking Leslie to Eileen’s was a mistake.  Leslie should have stayed in the familiar surroundings of her home.

I can see a production reason for what Corrie did:  saves building a set of Paul and Leslie’s living room.  But, in the nice way that art (and its production) and life can reflect each other, it is also very easy in real life to make mistakes like this.  In caring for those with Alzheimer’s, you learn by trial and error.

Becky enjoying flight first classFabulous writing, acting and storyline development all week.  And if Becky never returns to the Street, I’ll always picture her in Barbados, having a wonderful life and watching her new son grow up.  Sweet revenge indeed.  And for now, I’m consoled by having Kylie as Becky Mach 2.Steve outside festooned Rovers watching plane leave

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Apr. 1/12)

SPOILER

 

vicar at Webster houseThe minister comes to see Sophie and Sian about their blessing and goes to the Barlow house by mistake.  He talks to Tracy, she finds salvation and publicly confesses all her wrongdoings.

 

April Fool!  Unfortunately.

I’ve been amazed for a long time at what Deirdre will tolerate from Tracy.  I’ve been amazed at what she will do to protect her.  It has often seemed misguided and not really doing Tracy any favours.

Apple and Tree

But Thursday’s episode when Deirdre continued to keep her Deirdre keeping quiet while Becky begs for truth - apple and treemouth firmly clamped shut about the truth of Tracy’s miscarriage absolutely appalled me. I don’t think the writers are changing Deirdre’s character in this storyline; it’s just taking what she has done before to a new level of scary motherhood.

Becky at the Barlow house, with only Tracy and Deirdre there and all three of them knowing most of the truth, and Deirdre allowed Tracy to continue blaming Becky for the miscarriage.  Becky, heart in her eyes, pleading for Tracy to tell the truth, saying Tracy ok you’ve won, you’ve got Steve.  Deirdre very upset about not speaking up, but not speaking up.  Not saying Tracy enough is enough, you can’t do this.  Oh, she said it Tracy telling Deirdre to say quietafterward to Tracy when they were alone, but not really very forcefully.  And one manipulative little peep from Tracy about “I’ll have nothing to live for” was enough to shut her up.

I don’t believe it’s fair to automatically blame the mother, or father, when a child goes horribly bad.  But if Deirdre can help Tracy conceal the truth about this, well, I think we’re seeing where Tracy learned her conniving and lying skills – from her mother.  Deirdre’s silence makes her as culpable as Tracy.

Deirdre glaring at Tracy after confrontation at school playIf anyone knows the depths of Tracy’s inner psychotic self, it is Deirdre.  And that’s not just because Deirdre is her mother, but because she is the only other person that knows that Tracy killed in cold blood.  Tracy told her mother, with a smirk if I remember correctly, that Charlie Stubbs had not been attacking her when she killed him, that she just killed him.  It was pretty hard for me to accept as reasonable that Deirdre would keep that information to herself.  But Charlie was dead and sending Tracy to prison for life wouldn’t bring him back.  You still might want to think about whether you are doing the right thing in “protecting” a murderer even if she is your daughter.  You might be next in her sights.  So ok, Deirdre has a misguided notion of a Steve tells Becky 'best performance' while Tracy acts fearfulmother’s protective role.

But totally scuppering Becky’s life and reputation?  I do not see that doing that, or allowing that to happen, is justifiable in any way.  And this incident with Becky and even the murder of Charlie Stubbs, are not the only horrible things that Tracy has done to destroy other people’s lives and that Deirdre knows about.  Deirdre is harbouring a sociopath and by doing so she’s made me think that, this time, it is fair to blame the mother.  The tree is likely to be near where the apple lands.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Dec. 25/11)

Mother of the Year

An anonymous call to Child Services, Max taken back into care “while we investigate.”  Becky breaking Barlow door in - mother of the yearBecky wrung the truth out of Kylie, her first suspect, and believes she didn’t do it.

That leaves Tracy.  It is a reasonable assumption.  So Becky grabs a sledge hammer from Owen’s truck and proceeds to bash the Barlow door in.

Owen, Jason & Steve watching BeckyMeanwhile, Owen, Jason and Steve stand around with their fingers – well, doing nothing useful to stop her.

After she finally breaks the door through, she goes after Tracy.  Tracy cowers, oh I’m so frightened (she who had no compunction about killing her former lover with a large Ken trying to stop Beckyornament), Steve still stands around, absolutely useless, and Ken is the only man with the wherewithal to try to physically restrain Becky.

She manages to bash pretty much all the furniture and most of the ornaments in the Barlow dining room.  Eventually Steve sees his glass smashing on Barlow sideboardway clear to tell her it was he who phoned the social workers.  Why didn’t he do that in the first place?  He had plenty of time to do so.  He could have stopped her rampage.  But he didn’t.  He did absolutely nothing.  Afraid of Becky or Tracy?  Tracy is my bet.

So, of course, Becky would be deemed unfit to have custody of a child after that little performance.  Oh, I just feel so sorry for Becky.  If she were the “real” mother, and if foster dad taking Max from Beckysocial services weren’t involved, her actions would be seen as the epitome of motherhood – a mother Grizzly protecting her cub.  But she’s not, and they are.  So instead of Mother of the Year for her, there’s a lot of tut-tutting from them and, well, of course he’ll be better off with someone else.

Poor, poor Becky.  She was the best thing ever for Max, and he for her.  And Steve?  She was the best thing for him too.

Surprise! The Aunties

Sunita's aunties find out Dev's lossesIn the Canadian time-line, we got a lovely Christmas present this week from summertime Weatherfield:  the return of the Aunties from India.  They are just a delight, as long as you are not a family member and they do not choose to visit you!

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Dec. 18/11)

Paradise Lost

Dreams seemingly attained: Paradise found.  Awakening to reality: Paradise lost.  Three scenes this week showed this, in very different ways with different levels of drama.

Tyrone loses

Tyrone at Webster houseTuesday, Tyrone going to see Kevin, telling him that it was taking too much of a toll to keep fighting him, keep hating him.  It was doing more damage to him, Tyrone, than Kevin was worth.  Let’s get along as work partners.  But I’ll never be your mate.  Wise words from Tyrone.

He’d had more than he ever imagined Tyronepossible:  a home, wife, child, his own business co-owned with his best mate.  That mate, Kevin, destroyed Tyrone’s paradise.  Now Tyrone has the guilt of his anger almost causing Kevin’s death.  You can be justified in despising someone for their actions, but you will pay just as high a price as they will.  The disappointment and rancour hurts you as much as their actions have.

Becky’s children

Then Friday, Becky seeing her dream walk away.  Max, taken back into care, while social workers sort out the mess caused by Kylie putting a For Sale sign on a child and Becky says goodbye to MaxBecky and Steve meeting her price.  Becky has had to deal with Tracey pretending to be a responsible parent of Steve’s child.  She’s had to deal with Steve believing Tracey and being worried about being a good father.  She has had to deal with Steve making it clear that Amy is his child, not Becky’s, and that Max, whatever he is to Steve, is Becky’s concern.  She’s had Tracey threatening to take Amy away, and is trying to cope with her own grief over that as well as Steve’s.  While Steve continued to push her away:  ‘like it matters to you’ type statements.

But she’s still got Max, until Steve takes a gamble on getting Child Services involved.  Becky packs up toy train setTell the truth, he thinks, then no one can blackmail anyone.  Good in theory, but David decides to do the same thing.  None of them win, especially not Max.  He’s uprooted again and sent to a foster home.  I only hope it’s the same one he was in before.  Poor little child, poor Becky.

An English teacher

The unraveling of John Stape.  Fiz finding out what he’s been doing and where Ches has been.  The rescue after John takes off from the Hoyles’ basement.  The camera work was great, showing him Fizz holding Hope in baby roomscurrying down the ginnel to his back door.  Maria screams, police arrive. John is gone.  Out the back, Maria says.

The final moments when Fiz sends Ches home to Katie and carefully locks and bolts the door.  You know then that John is in the house.  But where?  I never thought of the attic, and don’t know how he got from the back yard upstairs.  But my blood ran cold when the camera moved upward from Fiz Paradise Lost - John in attic reading Miltonsleeping in her bed to John, above in the attic, reading Milton’s Paradise Lost.

All of this happened because he wanted to teach again.  All he ever wanted to do was be an English teacher.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Nov. 13/11)

All About Becky

Wednesday, Becky going at Kylie then the Platts, followed by Becky going at Liz, and Becky on bench looking at skyfinally, the fabulous moment of Becky throwing Liz’s favourite clothes in a puddle. And as the driving force for all this, Becky taking control of her misery by grabbing a big bottle of whiskey and getting plastered. Bad Becky is back!

I loved Becky this week. Not everyone did, I see from Tvor’s blog. Some see her as immature and selfish. Yes, she is. But.

Her husband has the ex from hell and she lives next door. His child sometimes lives with them. While Becky wants and is expected to be a mother to Amy, she can never usurp Liz saying to becky looting their neighboursTracy’s position as “real” mother. Her controlling mother-in-law, who detests her, lives with them and is her boss. Or is it business partner? Whose house is it, whose business is it? Both are in the same space, and who’s in charge is always contentious. That situation alone would drive a saint to the brink.

Becky is no saint. She’s got a vicious temper and a basketload of insecurities. Lashing out is her way of handling frustration, stress and fear of rejection. She knows it, doesn’t Bloodied Becky at Platt's front doordeny it and knows it’s not a good thing. A quote in The Tao of Horses applies to Becky as well as horses: “If you knew a horse, you could depend on him and if he was going to do something bad, you could depend on him to do that too.” Transparency of action and motive is valuable in people as well as horses. Becky has it; those around her, not so much.

Bad Becky living in a madhouse

Steve has become more mature and rational, but he can be spineless Liz saying you've got no idea what you've just doneand inconsistent. He’s ready to call Becky out on her foolishness, but flip-flops whenever he stands up to his mother or Tracy. Liz is trailer-trash enough to recognize, and dislike Becky’s trashiness but doesn’t see, or acknowledge, it in herself.

Decision-making in the Rovers, both business and residence, is contentious. Because management is split between Steve, owner, and Liz, manager whose name is over the door. Why her name? Because Steve has a criminal record. Steve was young and stupid, just like Becky, got caught and did time, just like Becky. Does anyone talk about that? Nooo! Steve is now Responsible Businessman. It’s good that his past is overlooked. But he had no good reason for his foray into criminality. Becky, if you accept that upbringing influences behaviour, did. Her criminal history is far from forgotten.

becky hauling kylie by the hairBecky can only stake her position in the Rovers through Steve. He needs to back her up as equal partner at home and in business.

And Kylie, the sister from hell. Becky’s guilt over leaving her years before led her to forgive Kylie scuttling their chance to adopt.

Through Kylie, Becky has the chance bad becky in street holding Liz's dressesto be a mother to Max, but it hasn’t been clear-cut. Like Tracy, Kylie won’t just go away but won’t do her full share of mothering either. Becky has been a good mother to Amy and Max, to her surprise as much as anyone else’s. But no one gives her total credit or support in that.

Nothing in Becky’s life is secure or simple. She changed her ways and expanded her new family circle. But she sees the ground constantly shifting Liz's dresses in puddleunder her feet. And she reacts in true bad Becky fashion. Do whatever is necessary to protect what’s important and, if that fails, lash out at everyone.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Aug. 21/11)

Cheap Tricks

cheap tricks - Kylie waiting and Steve's cab pulling upThursday just before a commercial break:  Kylie, obviously still in the Greater Manchester area.  Oh no, I groaned, I thought she was gone.  I like Max and the story of Becky wanting a child, wanting Max.  But Becky and Kylie have gone back to their roots – back to the trailer park.  Kylie never left it and I’m tired of her and her conniving sleaziness.  She makes me want to take a shower to rid myself of the contact slime.

She, and the whole storyline around her, embodies cheap tricks in all senses of the term.  Now she’s trying to sell Max to Becky and Steve.  No matter what you think of that, he’s not hers to sell.  “The Social” is still involved: he’s theirs to sell or give away, whatever.

Becky saying goodbye to Max as Kylie leaves RoversI doubt they’ll see Becky as being number one on the potential mother list, especially after her stunt of pretending to be Kylie.  Her history, police record, explosive temper and smoking probably already put enough nails in the adoption coffin. If not, deliberately deceiving the social worker in order to cover for her sister would be the final one.  I’ve rooted for Becky as an adoptive mom.  I think she’d be great.  I’ve hoped someone in social services would look beyond the rulebook and see that.  But even I can’t believe they would or should look past that stunt.

Dmitri meeting BeckyAnd Dmitri, the lovely looking young man from Cyprus who Kylie has dragged back with her.  Funny, but another cheap trick having him speak absolutely no English and Kylie alternately bullying and coddling him.  I’m not sure if he’s a plot device or part of the set design.

Writers’ cheap tricks?

Ashley looking at his prunes and yoghurt breakfastThere have been other cheap tricks in the writing this week.  Claire feeding Ashley yoghurt with prunes when she thinks he has angina.  Fair enough that she figures cut down on fat in his diet, but prunes?  Why?  Only because prunes are funnier than any other fruit, the kinds you would be more likely to eat with yoghurt.  Even she makes a face while pretending to enjoy her healthy breakfast.  Getting a proud meat-eating butcher to eat a breakfast of yoghurt and fruit would be incongruous and funny enough on its own, you don’t need to hammer the point home by having prunes involved.

Becky and Steve smoking on park benchThe first cheap trick I noticed this week was Tuesday, after Becky and Steve were playing football with the kids.  They sit on a park bench and extol the virtues of being out in the fresh air.  Then, simultaneously, they lift previously-unseen lit cigarettes to their mouths and both take a deep draw.  Funny?  Yes.  A little gratuitous dig at them and smokers everywhere?  I fear so.

Fizz looking at wreath on factory stepsAnd finally, a perhaps cheap plot trick (as unwelcome to me as the reappearance of Kylie), funereal flowers appearing on the steps of the factory.  A bouquet with Rest in Peace, followed by a wreath in the shape of a C.  Oh no, the story of Colin buried under the factory floor is going to rear its head again.  You knew it had to, and should, being an unresolved story line.  But with mysterious floral tributes?  Who would do it?  Charlotte?  Yes, she’s a tad unbalanced, but she’d have to be truly deranged to do that.  She’s involved!

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Apr. 3/11)

‘Our Father’?

Becky bashes door of UnderworldA woman battering at the factory door, the menfolk trying to decide whether to help, and nary an official of civil authority in sight.  This image from Wednesday encapsulates the history and ethos of Coronation Street.

It’s always been an insular community where people fix their own problems, and a community where Ashley & other men watch Becky bash doorwomen are the leaders.  Here we have a madman holding hostages inside a building, threatening to shoot them.  The police (for once!) have been called.  But before they get there, Becky takes matters into her own hands.

I thought, as she reached into the pile of building materials, that she was going to get something to use as a battering ram.  Probably if she’d found something substantial enough, she would have.  Instead she started bashing at the reinforced door glass.

Our Father - Tony says the Lord's PrayerMeanwhile, inside, having poured gasoline over everything and with a lighter in his pocket, Tony intones the Lord’s Prayer over and over while Carla surreptitiously fights to loosen the rope holding her wrists.  Tony intones Our Father…, Becky breaks through the glass, everyone else yells.

Maria standing in streetShortly before this scene, Tony has let Maria leave.  He knows that means the jig is up, that she will call the police.  She doesn’t though.  Miss Always-Has-Her-Phone staggers across the street, runs into Roy and tells him Hayley and Carla are being held by a lunatic Tony.

Roy, much to my Roy at door, pleading with Tonysurprise, also doesn’t phone the police or tell her to.  He runs to the factory door, offering himself to Tony in Hayley’s place.  The glass mesh between them acts as a confession booth screen, for whose soul-baring?  Tony’s or Roy’s, or both?  Eventually Maria staggers into the Rovers and tells Becky.  Thank God – I was starting to wonder if she’d go off somewhere by herself to think things over!  While Steve and others just stand there gobsmacked, Becky says “phone the police”. Then she takes off to save her friend Hayley.

Carla holding gun on Tony It all plays out, with police and even the Army by the looks of one guy trying to keep people back. Sharpshooters are posted around the outside of the factory. Meanwhile, Tony and Carla fight inside as the factory burns around them.  Carla shoots Tony but only wings him and loses her nerve before she gets a better shot in.  But she gets out, running into the arms of Trevor.

And a beautiful moment that made my tears fall, Roy telling Hayley that he’s not Tony in fire, just before walking back into the infernovery good at expressing his feelings but that he loves her and only wants to tell her and show her that every day.  And Tony?  Unless it goes the American soaps route and he miraculously escapes the explosion, sadly we’ve seen the last of the lovely but demented Mr. Gordon.

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 (Dec. 26/10)

Loss

Becky leaving Rovers' bathroom stall after miscarriageThe biggie of the week was Monday’s three-scene telling of Becky’s miscarriage.  The look on her face when she leaves the bathroom, the surreptitious tippling of vodka, the screaming out “I had a miscarriage”.  Dramatic, suspenseful and, ultimately, heart-breaking.

Liz tells Becky about Katie's Christmas angelBut my pick comes on Thursday, when Liz sits down for a heart-to-heart with Becky.  She tells her she knows how she feels, and she tells her about Katie.

Katie was the baby girl that Liz lost.  She was a day old when she died.  Liz puts a spin on it that’s consoling for Becky and that is really nice of her.  She says, “at least I did get to hold her.” She doesn’t mention the emotional devastation of carrying a baby for that many more months, see it bornBecky sees Liz's pain about Katie and then lose it.  But the look on Becky’s face suggests that she sees that, sees the pain for Liz.

Then, a lovely gift of our delay in airtime, Liz mentions the tattered old angel she puts on her Christmas tree every year.  It’s her memorial to little Katie.  Watching this on the eve of Christmas Eve, I felt my eyes fill up.  Becky and Liz hug, and my tears spill over.

Liz mentions Katie from time to time, but not often.  And when she does, the pain is evident on her face.  It’s not surprising that Liz has never told Becky before.  And Steve?  Maybe he felt it wasn’t hisclose up of Becky & Liz hugging each other after miscarriageplace to mention Katie.  I don’t know.  She was his sister, and he and Andy would have been old enough to know what was going on.

So often we see only Liz’s exasperation with Becky.  Often it’s completely understandable but sometimes, well, she can be very hard on her I think.  But, with this pregnancy, there have been some lovely moments from Liz with Becky and with Steve.  It’s nice to see the compassionate and understanding side of Liz.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Nov. 21/10)

What I really think

Becky shone this week, in every scene with every other character.  aking Kelly on over her flirtation with Steve, taking Steve on, telling Roy and Hayley that her mom had died. Great scenes. Then, Friday, three scenes where I got teary – Becky reading a story to Amy and crying for the loss of her mother; Liz commiserating with Becky over Steve’s behaviour and actually seeming to like and respect her; then the final scene with Becky and Steve reconciling and her telling him she is indeed pregnant.

what I really think - Joe tells Gayle off and Jason and Leann watchWonderful moving stuff. But the scene that has stuck in my head was at the end of Monday’s show. That’s when Joe told Gail what he really, really thought of her. It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

Abandon hope all ye

In good Street style, the argument moved from the house to the street. So everyone got to watch the show. David came to his mother’s defense, as did Audrey who oh deared and tut-tutted her way to Gail’s side. And Joe told them all: Joe pointing to David, while Audrey watches her daughter be told off“When it comes to the male of the species, you’re the equivalent of Tutankhamun’s Curse.” “That doorway should have a sign over it, ‘fellas, abandon hope all ye who enter’.”  “No wonder this one tried to kill you, it was self-defence. The lad deserves a flaming medal.” Poor Gail was devastated, with cause. But it was wonderful hearing the words that so many of us have felt for so long. Even if those words were coming from Joe, another in her series of loser and possibly homicidal boyfriends.

Unfortunately, they made up. At least he told her the truth about his financial situation and the loan shark. But no one on screen has yet asked that question we in the audience have been asking: “Why don’t you sell the boat?” Now that Ted is back, maybe he will be the one to ask it.

People doing stupid things

On the Becky and Steve topic, something I’m glad to see is the portrayal of people doing stupid and socially verboten things. Last week, when Becky returned from her mysterious errand, she sat on a bench with a big bottle of cider and lit one cigarette off the other. Oh, she must not be pregnant, I thought, or she’s decided to have an abortion or has already had it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be showing her doing that. Earlier, she’d turned down drinks and said she was “cutting down” on smoking. If this were an American soap, indeed most of tv now, there would have to be something wrong with the baby at birth. Just to ensure that the message was clear that drinking and smoking while pregnant is bad.

Steve, in his leathers, drops his bike while "leathered"Then, Friday, what brought Steve to his senses was falling over while attempting to drive his motorbike after getting “leathered” in a bar. We could hear the siren in the background, so presumably Steve could too, as he wobbled astride the bike. Fortunately, he couldn’t stabilize it and he, and the bike, fell to the ground.

Before he fell, I thought oh no, they’re going to have him get in a crash, die and/or kill someone else. Or he’ll get stopped and lose his license. Something bad is going to happen because he’s drinking and intending to drive. We must be given the message in a strong and dramatic way. Instead, he called for a ride. Presumably, he’ll go back tomorrow and get the bike.