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Corrie Street July 3/16

Chief Mourner

gemma in funeral clothesWhen one of the chief mourners dresses like this, you know it’s going to be an interesting funeral. Gemma is in funereal black, and that is the only item that can be checked off in the ‘appropriate’ column.

Having a cuppa at the café beforehand, she stands out like a Victorian peacock of mourning. Alex asks her if she’s a Goth. No, she says, she’s going to a funeral. She does not take umbrage. Given the look she has created, his question makes as much sense as her answer.

pallbearers-processionAt first, the funeral for Callum is just sad. Macca and the other pallbearers follow the robed Billy up the church aisle. The church looks huge – and empty. Such a lot of ceremony before anybody else is even in attendance, I thought. But then I see there are a couple of people sitting up front in the pews. That’s all. The service has started. This is really the high point of the funeral.billy leads procession in church aisle

The cops follow the pallbearers in, then sit behind the mourners so they can watch them all. Callum was murdered, and they are investigating.

sarah enters churchBilly begins the service, still looking like he is facing his executioner. But he muddles through, until the church door opens. It’s Sarah. She has escaped her keepers. The funeral service goes downhill from there.

And, just because she is so wonderful, here is a look at Gemma as she sits in the café mourning the loss of her friend.gemma-sits-in-cafe

Corrie Street June 19/16

The Hardy Boys

Friday, Part 2 of Todd Grimshaw, Detective. He knows Sarah is the sarah-and-todd-on-stepskey to finding out how Callum Logan turned up, dead, under the floor in the Platt house. And there she sits, weeping.

It’s my fault, she tells him. I know he’s dead, I saw him. Hmm, saw him dead? David interrupts and takes Sarah away before Todd can find out more. Todd quickly adds two and two and nearly gets four. His conclusion is that Sarah killed sarah-sobsCallum, likely in self-defence.

It’s a rock and a hard place for him. He wants to prove his brother’s innocence and can, thanks to Sarah. But it means throwing Sarah under the bus and he doesn’t want to do that.

Todd and Billy take the case

He tells the one other non-Platt who recognizes that something is seriously off with Sarah – Billy. Confidences shared with him, a vicar, hardy-boys-billy-and-toddhave some legal or at least ethical protection. And, like Todd, Billy is willing and able to think things through analytically. He thinks back on what Sarah has told him. He thought Callum had raped, or attempted to rape, her. In light of Todd’s news he wonders, was she trying to confess to murder.

todd-says-sarah-could-not-killI like this Todd. He is taking action and thinking, not just wringing hands and pointing fingers. I like this Billy too. Like Todd, he is trying to find the truth. I hope that Sean does not see them with their heads together and add two and two and get a hissy fit of jealousy.

I also hope the Sarah weeping machine soon grinds to a halt. The where-does-that-leavescreeching, sobbing, haunted looks. Her moments of catatonic blank silence are a relief. I can see why she’s so freaked out, and I don’t think I’d be in any better shape in her situation. But it’s wearing.

My husband asked me how the Platts were doing this week. I told him about Sarah’s meltdown. He said, “Leslie Nielsen in Airplane. The plane is crashing and a woman sarah-on-bench-billy-and-todd is hysterical, screaming and screaming. Leslie Nielsen says ‘Let me take care of this’ and slaps her. Then you see all the other passengers lined up behind him, waiting their turn. ” Here’s the scene. And yes, Sarah kind of makes you feel like that. Get a hold of yourself.

Corrie Street Nov. 1/15

Meh

I found no ‘scene’ this week. So here are some storyline comments to fill the space – just as the storylines themselves seemed to do this week.

Corrie Street Nov. 1/15 sarah-upsetI don’t want any of the Platts to go to jail for the offing of Callum. But, after watching Sarah look like a scared rabbit for weeks, I’ll volunteer her. Go to jail, go to Milan, please just make it stop.

And why hasn’t anyone confronted her about it. She looks awful, she’s messing up at work really badly when she sees her way clear to being there. People have noticed but no one, until Billy, has asked what is going on and waited for a real explanation. I don’t think you need to be a trained professional to Corrie Street Nov. 1/15 seanknow that something is seriously off with her. So Billy the vicar notices and promises the seal of the confessional and she’s ready to talk. Along comes Sean, barging into an emotional and private talk. That had to have been evident from the other end of the street. It’s the chance for Sarah to escape, and she does.

How Billy did not turn on Sean in fury, I don’t know. Sean needs some schooling in basic vicar partner behaviour. Like keep your sarah-leavesnose out if it looks like your man might be doing vicar work even if it is outside on the street.

Billy finally got some of the story out of Sarah, and then ran into Todd on the street. He reassured him about Sarah, and touched his arm. Sean was lurking to see what Billy was doing, and so now thinks something is going on between Billy and Todd. Oh please Lord, spare us Sean’s misinterpretations.

Racing storyline and more new people

luke-with-car racing storylineMisinterpretation of a sort by Maria. Wow, there’s a surprise! Why did she give Luke a car to do up as a racer if she is so dead set against him racing? What did she think he was going to do with it?

In order for the “Tell Laura I Love Her” story to play out, Luke needs unhappy-mariaan accomplice. So we have a new character, Luke’s racing partner. He might not last past the racing story and, with luck, that will end soon. Yes, Maria, your parents and the donkeys, indeed the whole of Cyprus, need your help.

Because the street just doesn’t have enough underused characters already, we have new Connors in the factory. I like Johnny, the father. He has great potential for being a real foil for the factory girls and for connors - Carla, Aiden and JohnnyCarla. He has everything needed for a Mike Baldwin. His daughter? I don’t see the point of her, other than to bring in her girlfriend Caz. I guess Sophie, presently the only lesbian on the street, needs fodder for a romantic storyline. I can’t see any other reason for yet another new character.

There, space filled. Let’s get back to some scenes that you can sink your teeth into.

Corrie Street May 17/15

Rovers In and Out

all-this-over-a-caravan motorhome says mary“Motorhome!” Mary bellows at Todd when he calls her home a caravan. She has told a crowded Rovers about the council officer who said there had been a complaint and she would have to remove her motorhome.

When Julie comes in, Mary goes on the attack, believing her to be the Judas who betrayed her. Julie has no idea what she is talking about, but she gives as good as she gets. Everyone ducks for cover, except Todd and Sean.

Todd stirs it up as much as he can because, of course, he had made the complaint. Sean believes it’s quite possible that Julie would do something behind someone’s back. She hadn’t waited for permission from him or Billy to alert the newspaper about their incident with the inn-keeper.

Sean is on pins and needles, waiting for Billy to return from meeting with his Bishop about that incident and the subsequent news coverage. When Billy walks in, he and Sean go out back to talk.

Poor Billy says the Bishop gave him a choice, keep his relationship with Sean very low-key, in the closet so to speak, or leave the parish. He confesses that he told the Bishop that he and Sean were finished, that Sean had been a mistake. Sean believes he is being dumped. Billy says no, he lied. He doesn’t want to end it with Sean, he doesn’t want to have to hide, he doesn’t want to leave the parish.

Two lovely scenes back-to-back, fittingly perhaps, both at the Rovers. One a showdown between two individuals with many onlookers, the other between only two people, a private meltdown witnessed by no one.

Cookie!

In the same Wednesday episode, we were properly introduced to a delightful new character. The little dog who stowed away in Steve’s cab. Welcome, Cookie, to Coronation Street! You can read about who she really is on Bluenose Corrie.

It would also be wonderful if the council officer stayed around too. She is a treat. Like Mary (and Julie), she wears pastels like armour. Although by the end of the week, the motorhome was towed away, I live in hope we’ll see all three together.