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Corrie Street June 15/14

Truth and Consequences

Tuesday, all scenes of three stories. Opening with what looks like Tina dead nearly - she gets up againTina dead in the builder’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.

Corrie Street June 1/14

It’s complicated

A good story is like a good sausage: you enjoy it without thinking about how it’s made. This week two scenes, both pivotal in moving their stories along. One caught you up in can't-you-guess it's complicatedthe drama and the characters and in the other you saw the wheels going round.

Peter coming home after missing Carla’s first ultrasound scan. “You were out – come on, that’s your cue, you were -“. “Drinking” he says, “It’s complicated”. Carla, not knowing the half of it, denies that there is any complexity in an alcoholic drinking.

we-have-no-chanceCarla’s hurt and rage is emotionally exhausting to watch. I can’t imagine what it felt like for Alison King to act it. And Peter trying to not slur his words and carefully moving his feet so he doesn’t fall over, trying to convey the enormity of what he is dealing with without telling her what it is he’s dealing with. His affair with Tina, his guilt over that, and with Tina’s presence. She is everywhere he is all the time.

He crumples on the floor, the baby scan photo in his hand. Evidence of another reason for him to feel guilty. Another reason to stop crying-on-floordrinking or keep on drinking depending on how he looks at the reality of a baby while his other child will not speak to him. A baby with the wife he loves while he continues a love affair with another woman.

Nearly three minutes at the end of Monday’s episode. Everything in Peter’s life is colliding and collapsing in on itself. This story is reaching a crescendo. And it’s doing it through fabulous acting and writing that propels action while maintaining character integrity. Writing wheels greased so they are noiseless.

Plot propelled

Another story headed to culmination this week, propelled by needs of the plot. Maria tells audrey-crosses-to-fiz - complicatedAudrey that she and Tyrone are in love. Audrey realizes something is seriously off with Maria, and runs across the street to tell Fiz. That put Fiz in pursuit of Maria and Tyrone, in time to misinterpret a hug. So we reach the crisis, but the action that moves it along does not keep with character.

I don’t think Audrey would make a bee-line for Fiz simply on the strength of what Maria said. She would think about it, maybe ask Gail’s advice. If David had confirmed that yep, where-to-start-actuallyMaria was being weird, maybe she was decide this was serious enough to break Maria’s confidence and tell Fiz. And that would have been very simple to write in, just with a mention by Audrey that “David said”. The action would still have moved along the same path but would have stayed true to Audrey as we know her. Wheels clunk-clunking their words out of sync with their character.

Corrie Street Feb. 9/14


aftermath Carla and Anna at bedroom doorCarla and Anna in Hayley and Roy’s room, afterwards. Their shock, realizing Hayley is dead. She lies curled in Roy’s arms. He isn’t aware they’re even in the room. They see the glass on the bedside table, used. They know what happened although they say not a word to each other or Roy.

anna-puts-glass-awayAnna takes the glass and washes it. She didn’t hear the stern warning Hayley gave Roy: don’t touch the glass, this was my action alone. Anna finds Fiz at the Rovers and breaks the news to her and all in the pub. (In the pub tableau of small groups assimilating the news, especially poignant was the thought-filled sadness of Emily, Rita, Dennis, Norris and Deirdre. They all know first-hand how it feels to lose the person closest to you.)

When Fiz goes to Roy’s, you see the differences in how people handle crises and who roy-with-hayleymight be actually of more help. Carla and Anna knew something was up even before Hayley took her fatal drink. Both felt Hayley had acted oddly the last time they had seen her. Anna had some warning; Roy had told her weeks ago that Hayley planned to kill herself. So let’s focus on Carla and Fiz. Neither of them knew Hayley’s intentions.

Carla had an uneasy feeling from when Roy wheeled Hayley in to the factory for an evening visit. Just out to take the air, Hayley what-I-wanted-to-saysaid, but Carla knew something was up. With Fiz, Hayley specifically asked her to come with Tyrone and the children. Fiz came in her lunch break, Tyrone had to stop a job he was in the middle of, and they hauled the kids out of daycare. Baby Ruby had a sniffle so they didn’t want her near Hayley. Hayley had to shout give me that baby, an unpleasant scene that Hayley felt bad about after. Despite these uncharacteristic actions, Fiz saw nothing worrisome.

carla-and-anna-exchange-looksSeeing Hayley so unexpectedly dead, Carla put two and two together very quickly. She and Anna stood quietly with quick looks at each other as if communicating how best to deal with Roy and what they knew, and with Fiz. Fiz howled about how upset she was, if only she’d known, what she’d wanted to say, she’d thought there was time, etc. Roy felt compelled to say “sorry” to Fiz. As if her comfort was more important than his, even Hayley’s.

carla-anna-with-royIn the aftermath, Carla was there, mentally organizing what needed to be done and carefully watching Roy. She stood quietly, spoke of practical matters when warranted, touched Roy only briefly when it seemed appropriate. Fiz followed him like his shadow. Glommed to him, saying what can I do to help, I’m so upset, and on and on. Not for a second did she back off, listen to Roy or even truly look at him, or stop imposing her needs and wishes on him.

The irony of this is that it is Carla who is believed by others, and herself, to be no good in an emotional crisis and to lack empathy. Fiz is thought by others, and herself, to be the roy-listens-to-fiz-cryepitome of caring and sharing, in tune with the emotional life around her. Especially with Roy and Hayley, it is Fiz who has the longer and closer history. But in a crisis of these proportions, I know whom I’d want around me, and I think Roy would agree: Carla. Fiz would make me want to jump off a cliff.

Corrie Street Jan. 19/14

Something Beautiful

you-will-have-me-to-answer-to something beautifulWhat was rather beautiful this week was Liz telling Peter what’s what in her pub.  She followed him to the men’s room to have a few words with him.  Those words were at first demure; it’s my responsibility as landlady to look after my employees etc.  Then she got more specific, and grabbed him around the throat and told him to stop messing about with Tina.  Oh, thank you Liz!

liz(A note about Liz – I think she is becoming a landlady in the mold of Bet Lynch with a bit of Annie Walker mixed in.  Her hair has memories of Bet’s piled locks but her dress of late is a bit more refined.  In all, it’s a good look; authoritative with a bit of glamour and excess, reminiscent of Corrie past.)

Whether Peter will listen to her is another matter.  It’s not likely Tina will listen either, to herself or Liz.  Both Peter and Tina seem set on a crash course for disaster.  It’s in keeping with his character, and normally wouldn’t be for Tina.  But she has had a horrible year so it is not too far a stretch to see her coming totally off the rails.  We have watched appalled as she zeroes in on Peter, knowing, as does she, that her “attraction” to him is an obsession destructive to her, him and Carla.  Ain’t no good going to come out of it.  But it hasn’t stopped her.

tina-and-peter“Something rather beautiful” was Peter’s answer to Tina’s question “what have we done?” as they lay together in bed.  What they had done was a quickie in Peter’s marital bed while Carla (his bride of what, a month?) was out.  The preceding scene – the one that showed us why Carla was out – magnified the ick factor of this.

Carla was visiting Hayley.  Sick, frightened and depressed, Hayley was in bed with the Carla-Hayley-talkcovers pulled over her head, absorbing her doctor’s prognosis of weeks to live.  She didn’t want to see anyone.  Carla barged in over Roy’s protests.  She got in bed with Hayley and, lying covered up side by side, they talked.  Hayley cried and Carla cried and consoled her.  It was the best thing she could have done.  She and Hayley comforting each other in their sadness was truly something beautiful.

peter-cleaning Carla came home emotionally drained and distraught about the apparently imminent loss of someone who has become a very important friend to her.  She found Peter busily cleaning the apartment.  What a wonderful man!  He’d even put a load of laundry in – the bed linen.

Corrie Street Dec. 22/13

Weddings and Debts

Peter and Carla’s wedding was fabulous – beautiful location, beautifully garbed guests, carlastunning bride, gorgeous groom. Tension everywhere, for viewers and characters alike. Would Peter succumb to the many glasses of champagne attractively arranged right beside him? Would he succumb to Tina, also always attractively arranged right beside him? Turns out, no to the former and yes, or at least way too close, to the latter.

Debts repayment

But the scene that I woke up in the make-a-fresh-startmiddle of the night worrying about was the closing minutes of the week. Christian coming to make amends with Hayley. He’d appeared a few times, always missing Hayley but always running into Fiz who would puff herself up into her biggest mamma Grizzly look. Protecting Hayley from the hurt that comes with Christian. Breaking Hayley’s confidence by telling him about her cancer. Warning Roy whenever Christian was about.

Roy posted like a sentry hovering-royto block Christian’s access to Hayley. Oh let him be, I pleaded, don’t you know how important it is to Hayley that she reconcile with her son. Let her decide if that’s possible or not.

Finally she got the chance. Roy allowed Christian to see her. Sensibly, she sent Roy out of the room so he wasn’t standing over her shoulder like a guard dog snarling every time Christian twitched or opened his mouth. It photos-of-kidslooked so promising, their discussion. Christian’s apology for not understanding, for not being willing to discuss, maybe forgive. He had pictures of his wife and kids. Then the wonderful moment: ‘would you like to meet them?’ My heart melted, just like Hayley’s did.

five-thousand-pounds would cover debtsThen he gives the caveat, the kick in the teeth. Thing is, he got in debt while unemployed and a family costs a lot to provide for.  £5,000 should cover it, could she give him that. It’s for the kiddies after all. Where’s the guard dog and mama Grizzly when you need them?

Christian, I guess, had hayley-listens-to-money-requestdecided Hayley might be the answer to his financial woes, and a quick parade of the kiddies would be enough to get her help. Even after learning she was dying, he still went ahead with his bait and hook plan. My heart froze, just as it looked like Hayley’s did. You are a bad’un, Christian.

Wedding dance

Back to the wedding, for a quibble about writing. We knew there had to be a Peter and tina-and-peterTina too-close encounter. It came after the bride had collapsed in a drunken but elegant heap on the dance floor. After she, still in her lovely gown, is tucked up in bed, Peter returns to the empty ballroom. The detritus of the party is all that’s left.

We’ve seen Roy and Hayley arrive home. Party animals Sally and Tim have had time for another roll in the hay at home. But Tina is still lurking about the empty manor house? Ok, she and Peter have to steal a forbidden kiss. But Tina is not a stalker, and only a stalker would have remained after all the other guests had left.

The scene would have been more believable if we had seen extras dancing in the background, maybe through a order-of-servicedoorway in another room and heard the DJ playing “save the last dance for me”. Or something to indicate that, no matter how late it is, some people are still there partying. Fiz should have been spotted, since she had been insistent earlier on overseeing Tina’s movements. A wonderful and horrible scene with Peter and Tina, but one marred by unbelievability.

Corrie Street Jun. 16/13

Four for Four

The first four episodes this past week each had more than one contender for “the scene”. Four scenes - Izzy cries able-to-see-him-soonI cannot narrow it down any further than one from each day.

Monday: Izzy’s face as she realizes the newborn is not crying and the nurse hustles him off. Equally good was Izzy standing at the incubator holding the hand of the tiny infant inside it.

Tuesday: Owen giving way to his fear and sadness. “Vulnerable and venerable” my husband called Owen after seeing him lose his carefully constructed and maintained façade of bravery and bravado. With Anna, he can give voice to his inner fears and self-see-him-lying-in-the-incubatorrecriminations. He blamed himself for “pushing” Izzy and Gary into this surrogacy. Of course he didn’t. He was adamantly opposed when they said they were thinking of it and he gave valid reasons for his objections. But he did make it possible. They had the idea and he had the ability to figure out how best to do it as well as the resources to make it happen.

Owen is the quintessential male in the schema of gender roles found in Men are from Mars, Women… Venus. Mr. Fixit, taking a problem and solving it. Now, with the baby’s prognosis for survival not great and the mess Izzy and Gary have made of their relationship, he blames himself for taking their hare-brained dream and making it a reality.

Wednesday: Tina entering the nursery where Izzy and Gary are fighting beside the baby’s he-might-have-your-eyesincubator. She lays down the law to them.  They will sort out their problems somewhere else and, until they do, neither of them will see the baby. She has deliberately tried to avoid bonding with the child she was carrying. But she will defend him against anyone, including his biological parents. Good for her.

Thursday: Carla telling Rob what is going to happen in order for her to not report his theft to the police. Her performance, as the character, belied Tracy’s earlier jibe that loser-I-grew-up-withbeneath the designer clothes and six inches of makeup, you’re nothing. You could see Carla collect herself, and her strength, and say everything quickly before she lost her resolve.

She needed that focused composure in light of what Rob had said earlier to her, when she caught him out at the warehouse with the stolen silk. Showing himself to be a master manipulator, he turned everything Carla said on its head. He knew exactly where to poke clear-your-lockerto hit her own self-doubts and her love for him, the little brother she believes she abandoned long ago. In the Bistro you can see the look of confusion on Rob’s face. His tricks aren’t working on her. Rob’s scenes this week have been the best I’ve ever seen from him. I like him even less. But I’m fascinated with watching the narcissist, verging on sociopath, side of him reveal itself.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Aug. 12/12)

In Vino Veritas

Peter telling Carla she is wrong in his life“Sometimes you’ll buy a vase or a picture and you’ll put it on the sideboard or on the wall, and it’s ok.  But it’s wrong.  And that’s what I feel when I see you in this flat.  You’re just wrong.”

Oooh boy, Peter gave lots of great material this week but this one blew me away.  Mainly because he absolutely nailed it!  I’m Carla listening to Peter say she is wrong in his lifeglad he finally got drunk.  At least then he saw the truth.  And he said it in such a hurtful way that maybe Carla will actually leave him.  I know she won’t.  She seems to need unavailable men and this makes him at least psychologically unavailable so she will love him that much more desperately.  Sure enough, she was soon crying on Michelle’s shoulder about how much “I love him”.

I wish she would just look at him: what’s important is not that he’s an alcoholic, it’s that Peter at Underworld demanding Carla's timehe’s nasty and immature.  He showed his true colours when, cold sober, he burst into Underworld and interrupted a conference call.  Although she quickly broke off the call, it wasn’t good enough for Peter who got furious because she hadn’t immediately snapped to attention.

World of Peter

When she rightly said everything is always about him, he said no it’s Simon Simon Simon.  Oh yes it is when Simon meets the “me me me” and “it’s all your fault” that comprises Peter’s world.

When Peter allowed Simon to live with Leanne, he said he was going to start listening to Simon’s wishes.  He also looked at Carla and said it would give them more time together.  I thought then, hmm, I do a good deed that just happens to also benefit me.  Convenient.

Peter telling Carla you want Simon awaySo at Underworld, when she got mad about him expecting her to drop everything to tend to him, for him to immediately say you’re probably glad Simon’s gone, you didn’t want him anyway – I could only think somebody doth protest too much. I could see why it would occur to him about himself, but why would it even cross his mind about Carla?

Carla has been remarkably good with a child who doesn’t even try to hide his dismissal of her. If anyone is feeling that they might have pushed Simon out, I think it’s Peter.  But Ken and Deirdre see Peter in streetadmit to that, even to himself?  No!  Peter’s way is to blame everybody else.  It’s Carla’s fault, his dad’s for sending him to Scotland lo those many years ago, Nick’s fault, Leanne’s.  When I saw little Eccles with Ken as a drunken Peter stumbled across the road, I wondered if he’d blame her.

Peter, when drunk, feels sorry for himself – not unusual drunken behaviour.  Peter, when sober, feels sorry for himself – and nothing is going to change then.  Carla would do well to remember words ascribed to Winston Churchill:  when a lady said to him, “Sir, you are drunk!” he replied, “Madam, you are ugly.  In the morning, I shall be sober.”

Peter interrupting Carla and Michelle's conference callMichelle saw Peter threw his tantrum in Underworld.  Michelle saw Carla come back in tears after moving back to her own apartment.  If Michelle had half a brain, she could say, “This was Peter sober.  This is Peter drunk.  No difference.  You’re not in love, you’re in a sado-masochistic co-dependency.  And you are wrong cooking fish fingers in a flat over a bookie shop, you belong in a luxury flat with hideous velvet wallpaper.”   But Michelle doesn’t have half a brain, and Carla is a co-dependent sado-masochist.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 10/12)

Double Drunk Story

Caitlin Thomas wrote a book about her life and marriage to the poet Dylan Thomas.  She Anne accosting Carla while she talks to Peter - double drunkcalled it Double Drink Story.  I thought of it in the scene on Wednesday when Carla is dealing with Peter, drunk as a lord, on one side of her and Anne Foster, also drunk as a lord, on her other side.  For Peter, being drunk and nasty is habitual.  For Anne being nasty is, but being drunk isn’t.  Presumably her overindulgence in drink is due to grief over the murder of her son Frank.

Peter in Rovers sulkingBoth of them going at Carla about different grievances they have.  Carla had enough to handle staying calm while Peter blamed her for all his problems and everything else he could think of.  When Anne grabbed her arm, I thought Carla was going to clock her.  She didn’t.  Soon after Carla shoves Peter from her in Roversshe gave Peter a shove.  I think Anne would have got one fairly soon too.

I was waiting to see how this was going to escalate when the arrival of the police disrupted it.  Carla’s arrest for Frank’s murder ended the dramatic moment for that group of three.

Carla being arrested in Rovers for murderBeing arrested for murder in the middle of a crowded pub is pretty dramatic, especially when it’s the pub in your neighbourhood where you’re a regular.  But I had wanted to see the situation between Peter and Carla and Anne and Carla, and quite likely Peter and Anne unfold as it should.

Two scenes for two

Peter surprised when Carla lashes out at himTwo scenes at Friday’s end were lovely too.  Theatrical set pieces for two; first Peter and Carla, then Lewis and Audrey.  Bookend pieces about relationships and life.  Peter comes home to find Carla burning the factory contract that Michelle had taken.  He yells at her for destroying evidence.  He yells at her because his Carla tired of Peter moaningproblems are way more important than hers.  Simon has again said he doesn’t want to live with his father and that Peter is the world’s worst father.  Carla, in complete incredulity at the extent of Peter’s absorption in his crowded world of himself, says they ought to put that on a mug.   Instead Carla explains her feelings to Peterof telling him to stop acting like a 3 year old himself, she relents and tells him why her own situation is most pressing on her mind at this particular moment.

Across town, another tiny gem is about to unfold.  Audrey goes to find Lewis before he leaves town.  In his grotty little bedsit, she tells Audrey asking Lewis to stayhim about an earlier discussion at the Bistro about “where were you when JFK was killed?”  She tells Lewis where she was and that it feels like yesterday instead of 49 years.  Life passes too quickly and it and love should be grabbed and enjoyed.  And she says “I love you” to Lewis.  Aaahh!

This is my last scene of the week for a while.  Check back in, dear readers, in a month or so.  I’ll be back.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 3/12)

How would you know?

It didn’t take long.  Only a few weeks of sharing hearth and home – and child – and on Peter telling Carla about SimonMonday Peter throws it at Carla.  “How would you know?” is his loving response to her attempt to make him feel better as a parent.  Nice one, Peter.

He has come home after a horrible day with his business records being audited and Simon throwing a hissy-fit about coming home with him.  Leanne picked Simon up Carla chopping onionsfrom school, at Peter’s request.  She took him back to the Rovers and fed him, despite Peter having told her that Carla was busy cooking.  As part of her effort to win Simon over to the “new normal”, Carla was attempting a culinary masterpiece – “spagbol from scratch!”

A tug of war between Peter and Leanne, each Leanne and Peter pulling on Simon's armspulling on one of Simon’s arms, ends with Simon saying he doesn’t want to go back to “her”  (Carla) and he hates his father.  Peter leaves Simon with Leanne and Stella, and goes home to break the news to Carla.  She can cope with that, although disappointed.  What she can’t cope with, understandably, is Peter flinging her childless state in her face when she tries to comfort him.  When he tells her Simon said he hated him, she says “oh, all kids do that” – a common if somewhat uncomforting attempt at consolation.  His response – “Really?  How would you know?” – unfortunately, is also a common response in this situation.

Carla walking out door, after Peter says how would you knowThat is too much for her to take.  She tells him she’s been vilified by the entire street for everything, including her attempts to do right by Simon, and she storms out.

Peter sits on the couch and feels sorry for himself.  Then he hauls Carla’s large bottle of Scotch out of her large purse.  Stares at it for a second, Peter pulling bottle from Carla's pursethen drinks straight from the bottle.  End of episode.  I had hoped for one more scene, of her coming back through the door, grabbing the bottle out of his hands and guzzling it herself, saying ‘I’m not a parent, I don’t have to be responsible for someone else’s life, and that’s my bottle, thanks very much’.  Instead, for two days, she apologizes and grovels for upsetting him!

Carla has had a lot of people telling her that she’s not maternal material.  I wish she’d remind them that they might not want to hold their children up as proof of their parenting skills.

Stella?  Not there for Leanne.  And, looking at Eva, maybe that worked Barlows watch Simon have a tantrum in Roversout better for Leanne.  Ken and Deirdre, as bio- and step-parents?  Ken has kids he never even knew about, few he had anything to do with raising, and none of them being particularly exemplary as human beings.  Deirdre – one word, Tracy.  Leanne?  She won her “sainted mother” wings exactly the same way that Carla is now trying to do – through stepmothering Simon.  And Peter – he tried to pack Simon off on anyone when he first got him and hasn’t exactly been father of the year since.  So I think all of those who are giving Carla a hard time ought to be boarding up the walls of their glass houses.

Who killed Frank?

At the end of the week, key players have disappeared from public sight and/or said “I’ll kill Frank”.   And he is found dead on the factory floor.  Who dun it?  Many are in the Frank dead in pool of bloodframe.  Those with big arrows pointing to them – Carla, Peter, Sally, Kev – are too obvious.  Jenny?  Doesn’t make sense, but it’s been suggested at Bluenose Corrie.  I think Frank’s mother, another one who should worry about glass houses, is a contender.  And there’s Mary – who knows why she would but I’m sure she could rationalize murdering Frank.  She’s also my bet for the unanswered question of who beaned Tracy.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (May 6/12)

It’s not you, it’s me

Leanne crying and furiousPoor Leanne.  Monday after she fled the courtroom, Peter comes looking for her shamefacedly.  As she screams at him, you can see her very heart breaking.  Humiliated by Peter and Carla, but also it being public.  Nasty glossy colour photos handed to her in the courtroom by Frank’s mother.  An audience to watch her life fall apart.

Peter looking shamefacedIn the flat, Peter shuffling from foot to foot:  I didn’t want you to find out this way type of phrases coming out of his mouth.  Oh, you go girl, I was saying to the screen as she told him what a low life he was.

When she paused, I was surprised.  I had forgotten about her affair with Nick.  I was only seeing her as the aggrieved party.  She remembered her infidelity Leanne saying we can get past thisbefore I did, before Peter did too I think.   She stopped raving at him.  You forgave me so I should be able to forgive you.   She sucked up her sense of hurt and betrayal and said we can get past this.  And that forced him to say what he wouldn’t have had to say if she had simply thrown him out.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I love Carla blah blah blah.

Double humiliation.  And then he says you shouldn’t have to leave, I will.  Oh sure, she’ll go on living in the flat above your bookie Leanne with back to Peter as he explains his affairshop, that will work real well.  Watching you come and go, and Carla, and Simon torn apart by his mother being upstairs and his father at work downstairs.  That works all around!

Leanne did the only thing she could do – she left.  And the heartbreaking sight of Simon chasing the taxi down the street screaming for his mum.

Anticlimactic after Leanne leaves

Wonderful acting by them all, it actually made the trial conclusion rather anticlimactic for me.  And all Carla’s little secrets have come out, in the courtroom and after.  And I do not feel sorry for her at all although I did in the past.

Simon running after taxi cryingShe’s still living in the Land of Delusion where she and Peter live happily ever after.  Where?  In her flat?  Over the bookie shop where Peter and Simon’s home is?  And what exactly about Simon?  So far, he’s been shuffled off to grandma and grandpa’s place.  When is Carla going to see that he now is part of her “happily ever after” and he’s not happy about it.