From the opening credits right through to the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado tooling down the cobbles, the live episode was fabulous. Quiet drama with Roy and Cathy balanced high drama with the younger Platts and Callum.
My only criticism? I’d have liked to have more time with each of the many events going on. Individual things, like Craig nervous about a first date that, sadly, didn’t happen. And big events, like two lavish parties.
A birthday party for Roy at the café had a beautifully done Orient Express theme. And the clothes! Everyone looked absolutely fabulous. And a huge going-away party at the Rovers for Lloyd.
The two parties merged. Gary decided to go teetotal so passed his drinks to Anna. Her two-handed drinking led to words with Sally and she blabbed what she’d overheard about Sally kissing Kevin. Tim stormed off.
Roy swerved both parties because he had spent the earlier part of the day with Cathy – in Blackpool. She didn’t know its significance. She talked about wanting to dance at the Ballroom. Just like Hayley. Cathy wanted him to go wading. Just like Hayley.
Alone in his flat, he displaced his distress with complaints to the Weatherfield bus service. Carla confronted him, talked sense and sent him off with Rita’s rum babas to catch Cathy. The bus schedule was thrown off again, with a well-timed flat, so he and Cathy could sort out their feelings and histories. They started making a history for themselves, with rum cake and a kiss.
Main Event: Callum
Of course, the main event happened at the Platts’ house. Sarah thought she could outsmart Callum. She tried to record him saying something incriminating. I doubt that Sarah could outsmart a kitchen cabinet. A struggle ensued, Kylie beaned Callum with a wrench, he died.
Panic until David came home and thought of a plan. Take Callum in his own car and dump him in the canal. Could have worked, except Tony and Todd came up with another plan – steal Callum’s car and torch it. That left the Platts with a body, no car – but a big hole in the garage floor. That’s where Callum went.
CBC’s ad for the episode showed Callum chasing David and Kylie down the street. I thought, gee, thanks for saving me the trouble of watching! So they got me.
On Friday, there were two sights I would never have thought possible. Both came out of what happened earlier, in the live episode.
Sally crossed the street in a bathrobe, and did not care who saw her. And Roy entered Audrey’s salon, and sat as a client in her stylist chair.