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Corrie Street 28 Jan. 2018

Register Registry

sinead-wedding-dressMonday it’s Chesney and Sinead’s wedding at the Register or Registry Office. Whichever, it didn’t happen. What a surprise – not!

I also felt like who cares as long as it gets over with. The whole will- they-won’t-they triangle with Daniel seems to have gone on forever. Then on the actual wedding day, I mainly thought please, let it end because my eyes hurt looking at the dresses.

beth-sinead-and-mariaThose dresses were truly a marvel of tacky. They out-tackied Beth and Kirk’s wedding, where the theme was ’80s tacky. For Sinead’s day, Beth’s dress set the bar high. No other outfit could compete with that wall of sequins. The guests’ hats and accessories were back-up singers for the soloist of bling.

Sinead didn’t do bling with her dress. It would have been better if she had. At least it would have matched Beth’s. Instead, Sinead went retro-flower child. Absolutely the most hideous thing I have ever beth-dress-and-hair-bowsseen. When she and Beth came out the door, I didn’t know where to look. Beth’s dress was physically painful to look at, and Sinead’s was aesthetically painful. It was “ouch” followed by “WTF???”

So, good call on the costumes. But the rest of the wedding? It fell flat for me. All the components were there. The bride turning up late enough to cause worry. Threats of disruption, actual disruption, tears and confusion.

Components of a Corrie wedding

There was also the funny chatter among the guests, including a running joke. This one was about whether it’s Registry or Register sally-and-sophie-fascinatorsOffice. Ok, I googled it.  Officially it is the Register Office, commonly called the Registry Office. But no reason was given for several pairs of wedding guests to all have this linguistic quibble at once. The only explanation I could think of was this had been a debate at the writers’ table and someone said ‘we could write that in!’ Yes, you could. You could also write in an explanation so that we all get the joke.

at taxi to register office sinead-sees-danielI hadn’t really thought about Corrie weddings having definable elements, until I saw them. And that’s it – you shouldn’t see them. This was like a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces weren’t cut smoothly. They fit together but the joins are visible.

The new production team at Coronation Street can do a wedding properly. Aiden and Eva’s wedding had all the elements I mention. daniel-watches-sinead-leaveBut the pieces were stitched together well so the seams didn’t show. The whole hung together as perfectly as Eva’s wedding dress. Sinead and Chesney’s? More like Sinead’s wedding outfit, I fear. The elements are there, but they don’t match.

Corrie Street Sept. 6/15

Scout Leader Dougie

After the introduction of Dougie last week, I looked forward to the Dougie says there is a stream with troutcamping trip in the wilds of Wales. He is Lord Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys manual personified. With him having a group of townies to teach about the great outdoors, this camping trip was going to be great fun.

Great if you’re watching from a safe distance, that is. Dougie is one of those people I pray to never have to go near in real life. But watching other people deal with him? Wonderful!

Able to make fire by rubbing a stick, making bunny burgers from a making-firerabbit he caught in a trap he made with a pointy stick, having plasters in his pocket in case of wood whittling accidents, Dougie is prepared. A full-blown love of his “mistress” Nature and the knowledge to survive and enjoy all things she can throw at you – that is what Dougie wants to share with everyone. I kept expecting him to break into song – Edelweiss maybe, or Springtime for Hitler.

Scout Dougie and SineadBy the time they were well into their extreme wilderness camping excursion with Dougie, I wasn’t the only one for whom he evoked aspects of the Third Reich. Off on his own in the woods, Chesney wanted only to escape “Mein Führer” as he called him. Even Sinead admitted that she had tired of “Mr. Know-it-all.”

Dougie points out death cap mushroomDougie went way too far with his ridiculing of Tyrone over everything. He ceased being entertaining, and became simply a bully. At the end of the week, and the end of the trip, his daughter forced him to back off at least toward her and Craig.

Were Dougie and Caitlin simply a camping trip interlude? It would have been a pretty boring vacation for the campers and audience if lovely-crispsthey hadn’t met anyone new. An opening was made for their reappearance on the Street, with Craig and Caitlin’s promise to stay in touch. Do we need more new people? Much as I like them both, I don’t think so.

Corrie Street Mar. 29/15

Portugal

if-you-do-not-tell-josephRoy was the most useful person in the leaving-for-Portugal saga. As usual. When the taxi was due to pick up Katy and Joseph, Ches was making chips in the doner shop. Roy came in, café pinny still on, and asked if he weren’t going to see them off. When Ches said he couldn’t face it, Roy said emphatically that he must, that he’d regret it forever if he did not.
coming-upOut the door Ches went, asking Roy to mind the shop. The impatient customer awaiting his chips was not happy about the turn of events. But Roy is used to dealing with snappish customers. “Coming up.” So Ches had the chance to tell his son he loves him.

The rest of Katy and Joseph’s family? Owen and Izzy finally came around to wishing Katy well. That was after telling her that taking Joseph away would do him irreparable damage. What about his family, his home, how-much-do-i-love-youhis homeland? He needs dad, grandparents, aunts and cousins just a door or two away. Never mind the advantages for him that Katy rhymed off – sea and sun, a new language, a house and granny already in place, a chance for his mother to build a career. Doesn’t matter. And Katy? Doesn’t matter. She must put Joseph first and foremost. And what’s best for Joseph is Weatherfield.

not-sure-myselfAfter playing the Joseph card as long as possible, Izzy and Owen turned to their plight. But what would they do without her there everyday all day? How could she do this to them? Only Anna kept out of it. And, aside from Chesney, Anna has the only good reason for not wanting Katy to go. The plus of vacations in Portugal, for her, is offset by the presence of Owen’s ex-wife.

Sinead joins in the fun of running other people’s lives. She decides that Joseph cannot go, waving-as-taxi-leavesand that Ches agreed to it only because she is a burden. So she makes poor Kirk take her home from the hospital. At the house, she decides to stand up in order to reach the biscuits. She falls and goes back to hospital in an ambulance. Her progress is set back considerably and the stress on Ches is increased considerably.

waving-goodbye Katy leaving for PortugalAll this to keep a young woman from going to Portugal in search of a better future and a chance to get to know her estranged mother. It isn’t like she and Joseph are off to cross Antarctica by themselves.

Corrie Street Nov. 23/14

Parental Disappointment

simon-pleads-with-peterFriday saw leave-takings, and sad hearts. Peter took his taxi ride off the street. He is off to Portsmouth to get himself together. Cilla is off back to Wolverhampton, with ches-watches-from-windowFiz. Both Peter and Cilla have damaged relationships with their children. They succeeded in repairing some of the damage done, but not all, with the help of others.

Peter Barlow

Soon after getting out of prison, Peter realized he needed to get away. Carla was not go-back-to-normalgoing to forgive and forget, he had no job or prospects, the temptation to drink was there, he couldn’t let his very wary son down again or his ever-hovering father. Even the Barlow house was a constant reminder of Rob, and therefore Tina. Time for a fresh start.

Simon pretended he didn’t care when he a-right-cowheard his father’s news. He’s built a huge defensive wall around himself. But that wall collapsed and he pleaded with Peter to stay. Out to the bench for chips and a talk they went. Along came Carla. She quickly saw what was going on and fixed the impasse father and son were at.

Carla asked Simon to be honest about his feelings toward her and carla-hugs-simonshe paid him the same respect by doing the same about him. Peter was horrified, but it did the job. Simon saw that he was not the only one with mixed feelings about people and that events, past and present, couldn’t just be magically swept away. Sometimes life sucks but, with luck, there are others around you who feel the same way and together you might muddle through.

Cilla Battersby-Brown

cilla-and-fiz-at-bistroAt the same time as the Barlows were sorting out packing and life’s vagaries, so too were the Battersby-Browns. But no Chesney coming to the good-bye party. He has accepted that, this time, his mother is genuinely ill and in need.

Ches has tried to keep that in mind while thinking about his own childhood. But that childhood is not ches-and-sinead-in-kebab-shoplong ago. He does have a bit of distance to give him some perspective, and what it tells him is that maybe his mother does regret her actions. But she still came back to them only because she needs their help – just like always. He has had to come to that conclusion all on his own. He hasn’t had the help from others that Simon got from Carla.

cilla-gets-in-carWith soft heart and good intentions, Sinead has pleaded with him to forgive Cilla. And Fiz, so happy to have yet another person on a short leash, quickly forgave, forgot and moved on to her controlling form of fussing over.

Beth, I think, could help Ches understand his mother and his relationship to her. But she is still trying to figure Cilla out herself cilla looks back at houseand, like Carla, Beth doesn’t do touchy-feely. Maybe Simon and Ches would be the best support group for each other. They both know what it’s like to be let down by parents but still go on loving them.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 17/13)

Backfire

You do something enormously stupid.  So you come up with a plan that gets you out of it and, even come-on-katybetter, makes it seem somebody else’s fault.  You will look like a hero, maybe even a martyr, and somebody else will look like the schmuck.  Somebody, say, like Chesney.  Perfect.  What could go wrong?

Thursday Katy learns the art of covering your tracks.  But she needs more practice to become successful at it.  She is angry at Chesney because he is not thrilled about her working at the kebab shop, leaving him with baby Joseph.  She’s become interested in Ryan because, well, he’s not Chesney.  Her friends think Ryan’s hot so she’s looking at him with new eyes.  He deejays, has fun and pays her compliments.  Chesney works at a market stall and whines about lack of money.  Katy is just a teenager, stuck with a baby, a stack of dirty dishes and a sister-in-law whining about her boyfriend banged up in jail.  Yep, Ryan would look good.

Katy-and-Ryan-kissAfter she and Ryan kiss in the back of the kebab shop, she realizes she has to get out of temptation’s way.  Conveniently Dev walks in so she says she quits, that Ches doesn’t like her working.  She’s angry at Ryan, at Ches and, most of all, at herself.  So she stomps home and says I quit – are you happy now.  She plays the martyr card, taking over feeding of the baby and saying I’ll bring your pipe and slippers as soon as I’m done here.

Katy overplays her hand

take-over-thanksThe lesson she’s about to learn is, in this situation, don’t overplay the martyr.  She doesn’t know that Fiz and Tina have been telling Ches that he’s wrong to expect Katy not to work, that almost all couples must both work and share child-care just to make ends meet.  So when she sits glowering about the injustice Ches has does her, she isn’t aware of how the wheels are turning over in his head.

Katy-Ches-DevOn his way to get take-out, he stops by Dev’s and pleads for her job back.  Dev finally agrees and comes back to the house with Ches.  Both are very pleased with themselves.  Dev is giving a flighty young girl a second chance. Ches is showing that he can change his thinking and isn’t still swimming in the primeval swamp of male chauvinism.  Tada!

Fiz and Tina are witness to the entire thing – Ches fairer-than-thatcomplaining about not having a wife at home, Katy unwillingly giving in to his unreasonable expectations, then his change of heart.  “Can’t say fairer than that, Katy,” says Fiz.

No indeed, Katy, you can’t.  What you must learn in the art of shifting blame is don’t provide a way for the other person to remedy the situation that you have set up as their fault.  all-happyHad she tamped down her appearance of anger before she walked into her house, she may have achieved the outcome she wanted.  Walk in saying, you’re right, I can’t bear to be away from Joseph.  He’s only little once, we’ll get by on what you make, etc.  She then provides Ches with no option other than to say thank you, are you sure, you can work if you want to.  That is the “martyred saint” approach, safer than the “angered martyr” that she chose.  But success in such deception, and deflection, takes time to learn.  And she’s still very young.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 18/12)

Sleep tight big fella

Words for both Schmeichel and Lloyd at the end of Monday’s Ches talking to ill Schmeichel sleep tightepisodes: sleep tight big fella.  Thank you, Carmel Morgan, for two perfect episodes.  Sad and perfect.

The death of Schmeichel was beautifully done.  Ches talking to him while waiting for the vet, telling him how frightened he was, how much he needed his help through the next stage of his life, telling him he loved Gary, Kirk and Ches with Schmeichelhim.  And earlier, Kirk speaking up for Schmeichel’s right to not suffer, saying “I don’t know all the words for the body parts in Latin or owt, but I know a dog who’s had enough when I see one… If he could talk, he’d say Ches dude, no more operations, thanks but no thanks.”

Gary being there for Ches, listening to him talk about Schmeichel – Katie saying to Ches you think you are doing what is best“not an average Great Dane, the Greatest Dane ever”.  Gary helping Ches take Schmeichel home from the vet clinic, not questioning or chiding, just helping, and nodding an apology to the vet.  Even Katie came through in the crunch.  She came back home and just once reminded him of his responsibilities, lack of money etc.  Then she shut up and was as supportive as it seems she could be.

Only two things I would have changed. No one, including the vet, mentioned Schmeichel’s age in regard to the wisdom of any operation.  Eight is old for a Great Dane.  That alone would be cause for concern with surgery or anaethesia.  Other than that, the vet’s advice was spot on.  Also, I wish Kirk had been there when poor Schmeichel was euthanized.  He meant more to Schmeichel and vice versa than Katie.  But maybe her presence was meant to Vet, Katie and Ches after Schmeichel passes awayshow the moving on of Ches’s life with her and not with Schmeichel and Kirk.

The actual death scene was beautifully and sensitively done.  At the final shot of Ches’s face, as Schmeichel’s laboured breathing ceased, part of my mind (the part that wasn’t crying) thought where are they going to go now?  Commercial break?  Can’t go to a noisy or silly scene.  Can’t go to a tense dramatic scene either.  Got to give time for Schmeichel’s demise to sink in.

Cut to Lloyd

Going to Lloyd, morose in his living room with Steve and a few cans for company, was perfect.  Lloyd was emotionally and physically drained, from losing Cheryl and Lloyd grabs Karl in Streetcars officedefending her to Karl.  Earlier in the cab office, Karl had tried to cheer Lloyd up by saying “a free-loading pole dancer with a kid in tow – you’re well shot of her, man.”  I’m with Karl on this, but it wasn’t the time for Lloyd to hear it.  And he needed to release his frustration, so he attacked Karl then fired him.  Steve separated them and sent Lloyd home.

Steve went around (at Tracy’s suggestion) with some beer to keep him company.  Lloyd Lloyd and Steve and beer cans in Lloyd's housetalked about anything other than Cheryl.  He says he overheard Katie say she liked the name James for a boy – James Brown, and she didn’t even know who the child would share a name with.  Lloyd said “my cousin married a woman named Cat Stevens.”   Steve asks “Did she change her name?”  “Why, because Cat Stevens did?”  “No, because she got married.”  “Dunno but she’ll always be Cat Stevens to me.  Then again, so will Cat Stevens.”

After Schmeichel’s death scene, when we go back to Lloyd and Steve, Steve suggests Ches telling Schmeichel I love youthey hit some bars.  Lloyd’s up for it.  I hope they have a good time and Lloyd sleeps well.  He deserves it.  And Schmeichel, rest in peace.  Sleep tight. You are the Greatest Dane.

See my post about Great Dane health issues. And a bit of Cat Stevens (aka Yusef Islam)  – The First Cut is the Deepest. – for Ches and Schmeichel. Lloyd too.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 11/12)

A Boy and His Dog

Rosie reading her story in the GazetteThere were a lot of great scenes this week.  The birthday party from hell with Rosie’s press coverage and Sophie and Sian’s hidden engagement rings. Paul telling Eileen about his wife’s illness and the toll it takes. Sally sniping during the prayer at John Stape’s funeral. Lloyd learning the truth about Cheryl and Chris.  Powerful scenes in a lot of good storylines.  But the story for me was Schmeichel.

Schmeichel on couch with Ches, Kirk and KatieMy heart started breaking early in the week, when Ches said Schmeichel wasn’t feeling well.  At that time, Ches was too busy with Fiz to fully attend to his dog.  That, I think, has come back to haunt him.  Kirk took Schmeichel to the vet.  Ches sees the dog bed out back, and no dog.  The vet kept him in overnight, Kirk explains, looks like liver disease, maybe cancer.

Playing grown-up isn’t as easy as Katie and Katie reads eviction noticeChes had thought.  Bills are overdue, including rent, an eviction notice is served. Katie is getting big as a house and, naturally, is concerned for the well-being and future of her unborn baby.  They might end up with another child as well, if the wheels of justice don’t soon clear Fiz of the murder conviction.  Katie and Ches are only 16 and 17.

Ches reluctantly accepts Owen’s offer of a loan for the rent.  He even asks if Owen At vet's office Ches arguing with Owenwould also loan the money for Schmeichel’s biopsy.  No, Owen says, not for a dog.  Be a man, son, you’ve got a baby coming.  Owen is right, of course, but he doesn’t realize what Schmeichel means to Ches.  He, Katie and Anna, the other principles in this story, did not know the lonely little boy who was saved by that dog.  They know he loves Schmeichel, but I don’t think they can know the depths of reliance he has on him.

Kirk and Ches with his dog Schmeichel in clinicAt the vet clinic, Kirk said to Schmeichel “Daddy’s here” but that doesn’t fully describe the relationship between Ches and Schmeichel.  Since Ches was a child, Schmeichel has been his dependent but also his friend and support.

Ches’s mother has come and gone, the man he loved as a father – Les Battersby – has come and gone.  Even Fiz has left him, now due to circumstances outside her control but earlier too, when she put John Stape ahead of Ches.  Only Schmeichel and Kirk have Kirk comforting Chesbeen steadfast for Ches throughout all his growing up years.

I hoped that Kirk could get through to Ches, that euthanasia for Schmeichel is the best option.  Kirk knows that, but can’t get the words out right, and he believes Ches will make the right decision.

Schmeichel after biopsy with Ches and Katie in clinicChes needs someone older and wiser to tell him he’s not doing Schmeichel any favours and sometimes death is kinder for all.  Owen, even if he understood all that Schmeichel means to Ches, can’t do it.

Ches has a chip on his shoulder toward Owen.  He feels he has to prove himself to Katie’s dad, prove that he’s just as much as man as Owen is.  Well, Ches, you’re not.  You’re a kid and you’re facing one of Schmeichel with Ches in clinic penthe hardest things in life – the decision to kill your best friend.  It never gets easier, you just learn that sometimes it’s the only thing to do and that keeping your beloved animal alive is something you’re doing for yourself, not your pet.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Aug. 7/11)

bring me flowers

flowers dropped to streetThree scenes Tuesday.  First, Chesney taking flowers to Katie, and her dad answering the door.  Flowers go to the cobbles and Chesney goes to the wall, pinned by Owen who tells him what will happen to him if he messes his “baby girl” about.  His daughters might think Owen is a Owen pins Ches against the wall“rubbish dad” but it’s clear, at least if you’re not his daughter, that he truly cares for them and will protect them no matter what.  Chesney got the message.  Didn’t stop him, but he knows to be careful around “psycho” Dad.

Love of Neil

Julie and Brian sing together in RoversLater, Brian and Julie in the Rovers discovering they are a match made in heaven.  They share a love for the music of Neil Diamond.  Discussion of the lyrics of his deeper songs leads to a little duet.  They beautifully sing the last couple lines of “You don’t bring me flowers anymore”.  John is horrified.

He had earlier spun an incredible story to former boss Brian about why Owen called him John.  Owen had come to John and Fizz’s to see if they knew what Chesney and Katie were up to in their house.  Brian, there to pass on a message that Mrs. Fishwick was looking for her son, was understandably confused.

So John made up a story about Mr. Big and a mob-style murder which he, “Colin”, had witnessed.  So, in DYI-style witness protection, he is living as “John” on the street and is avoiding contact with his “real” family and “real” background.  Brian buys it, in fact seems to quite like being part of such intrigue and Brian helps Julie pick up spilled shopping bagshappily goes on his way to “take control” and “reinvent” his own life.

He stops to help Julie with her spilled shopping, spies her Neil Diamond cd, and it’s kismet. John and Fiz spent the rest of the week trying to break them up, Neil Diamond cd amidst Julie's shoppingeven involving Brian’s wife Margaret and the imagery of Glenn Close as a “bunny boiler” in Fatal Attraction to stop this dangerous (for John) liaison.  I hope they don’t succeed.  I want to see more of Brian and Julie, they are just delightful.

Love of Jack

Then immediately after, at Molly and Tyrone’s, she is still absorbing the news that Jack is dying. Tyrone had to explain why he and Jack were at a lap dancing club. He inadvertently said the words “in the little time he…” then had to finish the sentence “has left.”  Shock and Molly embraces Jacksorrow show on her face, as does the love she has for Jack.  He comes in the room and she leaps to him, arms around his neck.  He says this is why he didn’t want anyone to know.  But he’s pleased and comforted by her embrace.