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Corrie Street 6 Nov 2016

Too much

eva-gemma-choose-all-we-doNot a scene this week. Too many, too much. It was extremely good, so this is both a compliment and a criticism. Edge of seat exciting, but too much to fully appreciate the separate parts.

Last week, we were left hanging with Ken. Was he alive or dead? Alive, barely, in hospital. Whew! Peter was still around. But Tracy found out he and Ken had been arguing just before the stroke. That was it – Peter, get out. Then she, Amy and Simon appear by Ken’s bedside. She tells him that they are there for him, always and ever more. Yikes! I half expected Ken to grab his pillow and smother himself.gemma-superimposed-on-hospital

But Ken and the Barlow clan were quickly overshadowed by David Platt’s car. First, Kevin welding right beside it. He had not noticed the cans of gasoline in the back. It’s a hatchback, it’s not like they too much for him peter-in-hospital-family-roomwere hidden from view. Sparks fly and Kevin says how happy he is that Anna is moving in with him. Words of Doom.

David escapes from the Bistro cellar and carries on with his plan to blow himself, Clayton and the courthouse sky-high. But his old clunker won’t start. All the Platts and others circle the car, screaming at David to stop.peter-superimposed-on-hosp-room

Lily escapes from babysitter Fiz’s back yard. She heads to the street, just of course as the car starts. David’s got his foot to the floor and the car takes off – straight toward Lily. Gary grabs her, car flips, gas doesn’t immediately explode. David crawls out, Gary and Lily are trapped underneath.

Everybody lifts the car and Lily and Gary are pulled out. Gas explodes. The Rovers is demolished yet again. Anna catches on fire.tracy-and-kids-with-ken

Meanwhile at the hospital, Ken regains consciousness but cannot speak. People go in and out of his room.ken-superimposed-on-shower

I wanted to savour each of these storylines. In the car scenes, I wondered about Ken. Then with Ken, I wondered about the crash. Stepping outside the story, I wondered if these were special episodes marking some anniversary that I didn’t know about. Because that’s what Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday felt like. A really big shew, as Ed Sullivan would say.david-superimposed-on-hosp-monitor

Usually in Coronation Street, music plays in the scene to which it belongs. The juke box in the pub or a radio on in a house. Music overlaying other scenes is an unrealism they usually do not do. But at the end of Wednesday’s episode, I liked “All We Do” continuing from the pub through the final shots. We saw the state of the central characters, and the music helped assimilate the whole.anna-surrounded-by-equipment

Corrie Street Sept. 4/16

Swing Set

slide at o'connell parkLooking at a photo on my wall of the slide at O’Connell Park in Sussex, near the swings. Swings! Bethany broke the swing set! Bethany thinks she’s fat. It doesn’t matter that it was missing a bolt, she thinks her weight broke Lilly’s swing set.

That happened half a day after I’d watched Thursday’s episodes. I’d seen her open the package she had received. I’d realized the bottle of pills she quickly hid were diet pills. I recognized that, ok, Bethany’s storyline about bullying and body image is going to start up again. bethany on swing setBut I hadn’t connected it with the breaking swing.

I was worried about the bolt that was left over. It’s not just an extra, I thought. I was surprised, but glad, that Lilly refused to test drive her new swing set. If it was going to break on someone, it was good that it was Bethany. She’s old enough to take the fall without real damage, and also young enough.

swing-collapsesBut, for her self image, she was absolutely the wrong person. The laughter of the others echoed a bit maniacally, like it would in her mortified head. And Max teasing, “Bethany’s fat.” Exactly what Bethany thinks.

David’s laughter was a release for him, one he clearly needs. I don’t david-grips-boltknow how tightly wound he is. Way too tight if he grips a bolt so hard it cuts his hand as deeply as that one did. Maybe, like me, he was glad it wasn’t his little girl on the swing.

Despite the laughter, it might have been just an embarrassing moment for Bethany. It was, after all, in her own back yard with only her family and Craig around. And he, as he told her later, knows what it’s like to be picked on.

But he took a photo of her as she hit the ground and shared it on craig-takes-photosocial media. A thoughtless act, not intended with any malice, but one that cannot be taken back. Bethany was right to be upset about it. It would give loads of ammunition to those horrible girls at school. And taking it down after the fact does no good. It’s out there and probably had already been reshared. Removing it gives it greater significance than it had.

bethany-on-groundSo good writing and good construction, Corrie people. The two events – the swing set breaking and the diet pills – come from different angles back to Bethany’s storyline of teenage angst, self image and bullying.

Corrie Street Aug. 28/16

Goodbye to Kylie

Her funeral was the formal goodbye to Kylie. But after all that, late at david says goodbye to kylienight, David said his own goodbye at her grave. He needed to be with her. He needed to not have to be strong for his kids, to not have Gail, Audrey, Bethany, Sarah wittering around him asking if he was ok. Just cry and pour his heart out to her, lying in the ground.

The Funeral

The funeral and the circus that accompanied it took a lot out of him. He was a part of some of the circus. In the street while paying respects to the hearse, Todd confronted Sarah about what he had done to protect her. Finally she realized that he thought she had killed Callum and had blamed Tony only to protect her. No, she said, david-head-down-at-graveshe hadn’t killed him. Who did then? She nodded her head toward the coffin, meaning Kylie had. But Todd looked at the person standing behind it – David.

So a big confrontation between Todd and David at the cemetery with Todd vowing he would go to the police and clear Tony’s name. He was willing to protect Sarah at the expense of his own brother’s happiness, but not David.

David feared that Todd would do what he said and turn him in. He also feared that Todd would learn that it was in fact Kylie who had done the murdering. He also wanted to keep the whole thing from his whole family, planning to sort Todd out on his own. Stress, on top of making nice at the funeral and seeing that his kids were ok. Stressful just standing by your little son’s side as he gives a eulogy for his mother. Hoping he’d be ok, hoping that the doubting family wouldn’t be proven right. They weren’t. Max did fine. His words about his mother were lovely.kylie-platt-cross

Funeral Side Stories

After breathing a huge sigh of relief that all went off well, David didn’t know half of what else was happening. Sean came to the church just in time to see Billy breaking up the fight between Todd and David. Billy then held Todd back, just a little too long, a little too close, with a little too much care. Sean knew exactly what was happening and why he’d been dumped.

And Kylie’s mourners from The Dog and Gun didn’t show up at the funeral, but they did send flowers. David saw those and stomped david-talks-to-kyliethem to shreds. Macca turned up on the street afterwards, and attacked Gemma. Craig saw, intervened and called the police. He feels his action redeemed his inaction the previous time, when Kylie was killed. Gemma warned him about the perils to him and herself about involving the police. But, in gratitude to Craig perhaps, she spoke to the officer truthfully about what happened.

The funeral was a colourful goodbye to Kylie, literally and figuratively. David did right by her in his planning of it. But now, with the public mourning done, how does he cope?david-clenches-hands

Corrie Street Aug. 7/16

It is fitting that Kylie died protecting her friend. Her loyalty was fierce. Her defence of those she cared about was also. She killed for Sarah’s sake, and died for Gemma’s.david-holds-kylieI didn’t see it coming. Seeing her with bloody hands clasped over her chest, I thought it was Gemma’s blood. I thought Clayton had attacked Gemma with the knife. So thank you, those who knew, for keeping online lips zipped.kylie-tells-david-she-loves-himHer death was a powerful scene. Long, but that was okay. We needed time to think this through, to come to terms with it. I knew that actress Paula Lane was leaving but didn’t know how she was going to be written out. I didn’t like the thought of her going to jail for killing Callum, but it would mean she could return.david-looks-for-ambulanceGoing to Barbados? Much better. It was nice to think of Kylie and Becky on the beach, sipping umbrella drinks. Even if Kylie and David split up, there still was a way back for them and for Paula Lane.kylie-looks-at-davidAs she lay dying, I didn’t even mind her not telling David a key point – who did it. Not once saying, by the way, Macca’s friend Clayton did this. Gemma knew, Craig saw the whole thing. It was okay that Kylie spent her last moments telling David that she loved him, loved the kids. Take all the time you need, David and Kylie, to say goodbye. This is sorted.gail-with-david-and-kylieBut I forgot a key element – class history. The writers did not. Gemma clammed up, no way is she a grass. Craig planned to tell what he saw, but his mother stopped him. She is familiar with the code of survival: you saw nothing, you know nothing. The way to take care of yourself and others is by yourself, you do not bring the authorities into what is your business.kylie-criesIn the end, the old boundaries gave way, At David’s urging, Gemma agrees to help bring Clayton to justice at the hands of the state. She fears retribution from her old friends and, on principle, hates grassing them up. But Kylie died for her. Gemma has no other way to repay that. Craig went against his mother’s advice. He wants to do right by Kylie and her kids. He believes the police are best equipped to find her killer. What he saw will help them.  His conscience will not let him keep quiet.kylie died David catches Clayton, and nearly kills him. A shout from Max makes him stop, and that pause gives Clayton time to escape. Soon after, the police arrest him. And Max has got a lot for a child’s mind to absorb. A violent bio-dad – murdered, a mother – murdered, a step-dad brought to the point of murder himself.

Corrie Street Sept. 13/15

Gail, David, Kylie and Max hustle along the street, Callum gets out of gail-says-ignore-himhis car as they pass. Max cringes and hurries away from his father. What’s up, Callum wonders, surprised at Max. Kylie and Gail try to keep the little party moving along, away from Callum.

But David just can’t resist Callum’s jibes. He stops and turns back. He wants to wipe that smile off Callum’s face. Max saw  kick Jason. That politeness-costs-nothingis why he wants nothing to do with him. And soon the police will know, and you won’t be smirking then will you.

No, no, don’t do it! Keep walking! Kylie is trying to get across to David, trying to push him along away from Callum. I’m praying for the same. Kylie doesn’t want Callum to get a heads up that they are going to the police station. I don’t want to witness one of the biggest soap clichés ever: blabbing your guts and thereby allowing the villain to thwart your plans.

wipe-that-smileNeither Kylie nor I got our wish. David blabbed, Kylie worried about what Callum would do now he had warning, and I felt deflated. I don’t expect to see hackneyed dramatic devices in Coronation Street writing, heavy-handed in their furthering of a plot. There’s been a few lately, and that’s too many.

In this case, it was especially unnecessary. Max’s behaviour itself was for-god-sakeenough to clue Callum in that something had happened that wasn’t to Callum’s advantage. He could probably figure out for himself what it was. A word, or flinch, from Bethany or Sarah, both nearby and easily located, might confirm it.

Alone, either of them might have told him whatever he wanted to know. Neither of them know enough to keep their mouths shut. Neither does David on his own, but he does know how high the who-the-police-are-going-to-believecustody stakes are and Kylie was right beside him almost dragging him away from Callum. There was no need for the ‘I’m going to expose your evil ways and you’ll be sorry’ type lines that make soaps the butt of jokes (and that got Tina killed).

Later in the week, there were great scenes. Beautiful suppressed annoyance from Roy about Cathy leaving toast crumbs in the butter. Mary bullying everyone to seek their artistic muse. Sean and Sally discussing modes and means of listening to music. Tony struggling to support his son and Eileen instead of taking revenge on those who nearly he-saw-you-attackkilled Jason. Finally and gloriously, the week’s end with Tony slamming the wits out of Callum. Despite all these small gems, I couldn’t get the click-click of a plot device turning over out of my head.

Corrie Street May 24/15

gail-comes-downstairsDavid on Monday, at the kitchen table late at night, thinking. Gail comes downstairs with advice: go to bed, you need your rest. With perspective, reminder, accusation: I barely slept last night not knowing if I’d see you or the kids again. And, finally, with motherly optimism or motherly delusion.

“Oh, that’s not true,” she says after David speaks aloud a truth he doesn’t want to know. Max that-is-not-truewould rather be with Callum.  But it is true, at least at this moment in his life, and her reassurances cannot jolly David out of looking that reality right in the face.

It’s Callum who Max calls ‘Dad’. He calls David ‘David’. There are reasons, ones that don’t mean he loves Callum more or that he truly has a deeper bond with Callum than with David. But those reasons, even if yeah-it-isGail had or could articulate them to David, wouldn’t mean anything to him right then.

What does strike him, with sad force, is that when Max was lost, it was Callum he phoned. He didn’t call David even though he knew for sure David was nearby.

David’s sadness fills the room, as does his air of resoluteness in facing facts. He had gone over the events of the day and looked straight at what it showed about Max’s choices. Gail’s offering of “that’s not true” seemed paltry, delusional, avoiding what is david-sighs-and-looks-awayreal, seeing the fiction you want to see.

Replaying the scene in my mind, though, I wondered if maybe Gail’s perspective, delusional though it may be, is maybe what is needed. Short-term delusions in order to keep long-term bonds.

In spite of every destructive act of David’s, including to her, Gail persisted in seeing him as ‘a good boy, troubled, but he’ll be all right.’ And you know what? She was right.

max-with-callumWhat David did is good, I think, seeing events and motivations as they are instead of how he wants them to be. The logical outcome would be giving Max to Callum. Is that best? Maybe David should borrow Gail’s maternal blinders. Maybe he needs to stuff his encounter with reality in his pocket for a while and see only the Max he wants to see, the Max who is his son for better or worse.

Corrie Street Sept. 21/14

Fly-tipping: dumping garbage where you’re not supposed to. A lamp thrown in a dumpster was cause for a funny small mystery in the larger story of the dodgy flooring and subsequent dodgy efforts to rectify that mistake.

Jason put the dumpster in front of Tyrone and Fizz’s house while doing the rebuilding. Owen is looking to see what is usable. He and Tyrone wonder about the lamp on top. Neither have seen it before. Steve comes along, looks at the lamp and says it’s not his but it looks familiar.

Tyrone goes to see Jason at the yard to discuss compensation. Jason says Roy had seen the lamp too, said it wasn’t his but it looked familiar.

Later that day, the Platts prepare for Max’s birthday party. The lamp is in the kitchen. david-asks-about-lampGail says Michael pulled it out of the skip at Tyrone’s, thought Audrey might like it. David looks at it, puzzled, and says it looks familiar.

Everyone on the street has seen the lamp. Nobody knows how it ended up on the skip but it looks familiar to Steve, Roy and David. What, or who, is a connection between those three? I ran through my mental store of Street history but I could not figure it out.

Then nearly at the end, Tracy looks out the window of Barlow’s Buys. She says to Rob, “Somebody took that old lamp! You know, from my bedroom.” Of course, the connection is that all three men have been in Tracy’s bedroom, willingly or unwillingly.

Years ago, David and Tracy had a little fling. Poor Roy ended up spending the night in Tracy’s bedroom due to a bet she had made. That led to her claiming that he had fathered Amy. Of the three, Steve spent the most time in Tracy’s bedroom. I guess the decor of her room is something, like their marriage, that he would rather forget.

Tracy’s words about the lamp, that “people will take any old tat”, is a lovely summary of lamp-in-skip-againmuch about her. The lamp ended up back in the dumpster, and the other mystery – of why their floor collapsed – was solved for Tyrone and Fizz. Owen was back at the skip, scavenging for usable scraps. No, not for a floor, he told them about the wood, too thin for that, against regulations even.

* CBC programming note:  On Monday Sept 29th and Tuesday Sept 30th, three episodes will air each evening.  Wednesday it’s back to the usual one. These extra episodes will bring Canada to a week behind the UK broadcast.  Thanks, Bluenose Corrie, for this good news.

Corrie Street Jan. 26/14

Gail’s parenting style, of helicoptering and martyrdom, gives me nightmares.  So too do gail-reads-listthe products of her mothering.  David has long been the most overtly, and dangerously, screwed up of the three offspring.  But during his recent crisis, Nick’s injury and then Kylie falling apart, I thought he had gained some maturity, insight into himself and others and, dare I say it, empathy.  I liked how he was with Kylie, encouraging and loving.  He also seemed changed toward his mother – appreciative of the difficulty of her position, caught between two warring sons, and thankful for her efforts in caring for his wife and children.  I was happy when he and Kylie reconciled, both of them seemingly a little wiser, a little more humble.

Then he knocked it all in the head.  He no more than had his feet back under the family table than he suggested kicking his mother out.   It wasn’t said in an angry tone, just as a matter-of-fact solution to a slight inconvenience to him and Kylie.  He said does-have-her-good-pointsit in the same tone one might use about a chair that no longer fit the décor or had a spring come loose.  Kylie lamented the lack of privacy that they had as a couple, what with kids around and Gail.  “Do you think I should ask her to move out?”  And Kylie considers.  But then she has a second thought:  no built-in babysitter if Gail left.

And thus began the list making.  The pros and cons of Gail’s presence.  They had fun, dissecting Gail’s personality and actions.  So it defused the heightened emotion of their reconciliation and all the reasons for their original separation:  they were kids enjoying themselves by looking at how another person fit, or didn’t fit, into their lives.

listWe don’t know if they made a decision based on their scorecard.  But they were too thoughtless to destroy it or at least hide it well.  Left half under a magazine on the coffee table, Gail saw it as soon as she walked in.  Of course she read it.  It’s not clear if she knew why, but she certainly knew she was being rated.

She shared it with her mother, which became a funny scene.  Audrey certainly has her own difficulties with Gail and she couldn’t repress her amusement at some of the that-is-completely-untrueobservations made.  Also, Audrey’s light-hearted teasing took some of the sting out of it for Gail and made her see the funny side.  But still!  Audrey might want to reflect on what this says about her grandson and the dynamics of the family of which she is matriarch.  She might want to think about herself, and what might be his assessment of her should she be at his mercy.  What would her future be if David had control of it?

What David wants, when he wants it, is his right, in his opinion.  Yes, Gail made him what he is, as he is wont to remind her she-does-have-a-sense-of-humourwhen things are not going well for him.  But he quickly forgets the good she has done him.  Like this recent crisis he caused and Kylie contributed to:  if not for Gail, there wouldn’t be a well-looked-after little family for him to return to.

Corrie Street Nov. 3/13

One house of cards balanced well; one collapsing.  If we extend the construction tarot-cardsmetaphor, Emily might say that’s because one was built on a foundation of rock and the other on sand (Matt. 7:24-27).  We saw them both on Wednesday in one of the best episodes ever in Coronation Street’s long history.  Different stories, evoking different emotions, but linked with an underpinning of principle.

the-cardsHayley checked off a big item on her bucket list, thanks to a turn of the cards.  The first cards the Blackpool fortuneteller turned up were the Hermit and the Empress.  The former signifies solitude, the latter female fertility. She next drew the Fool, for beginnings, then the Death card, meaning change.  But from her observations, she knew it best to turn that one down without dancing-at-Tower-Ballroomshowing them. She drew the Star card, hope and inspiration, and told Hayley to follow her dream and not let, say, a “closed for maintenance” sign stand in her way.  So they went back to the closed Tower Ballroom and it opened for them.  Fate or serendipity, and the practical action of the card reader in contacting her son, the ballroom manager.

Meanwhile, in the house of Platts, Kylie finds out right before the baby’s christening that reject-evila) David knew she had slept with Nick, b) David was responsible for the prolonged vendetta against Nick, and c) David caused the accident that nearly killed Nick.  She is horrified.  Nick tells her to forget it and have the happy life that she, and David and Nick and everyone else want.  But she cannot.

you-had-to-have-it-confirmedAt the christening, she snatches Lily from David’s arms, tells him he is a dangerous freak, and to stay away from her.  Some of the story comes out in the church aisle, the rest in the vestry amongst only the family.  Leanne storms out, before the part about the van accident.  Gail turns on David, reminding him of Richard Hillman and the “love” he professed just before he tried to been-second-bestmurder her and her children.  David had one chance to say he had not deliberately caused the van crash.  But instead he dug into his bag of standard excuses and accusations; you never loved me, I’ve always been second best, you tried to abort me, yada yada yada.  David needs the same advice as Nick:  use words wisely!

and-nothing-butIt is Kylie who will suffer the greatest loss, and it is she who will not practice the hypocrisy necessary to keep the life she has made for herself.  Nick and Gail have known enough of the facts to be aware of the slippery moral basis of their “happy families” charade.  But as long as everyone gets what he or she wants, just sweep the nasty part under the carpet, that’s their I-know-what-you-didworking philosophy.  It’s Kylie, the trailer trash part of their respectable lace-curtain home, who says what David did is not right and must be hauled out of the cesspool that is Platt morality and be examined.  She is willing to do that even if the cost is the happy ending that she had finally found.

After watching Kylie bring everyone’s lives ballroom-dancingdown around their ears, including her own, I thought Becky would be proud of her.  Then I realized that, if they weren’t occupied with their own problems, so would Roy and Hayley.  The moral compass for Becky, perhaps indirectly they have also become that for Kylie.

Corrie Street Oct. 20/13

“Spit it out, Nick!  Heave it out of ya, b’y!”  String your few words together so they tell he-is-talkingsomebody something.  That’s what I was yelling at the screen early this week. Words:  make them count!

When Nick regained consciousness, his first word was “David”.  Then “David.  David.  David.”  Saying “David. Tried.  To.  Kill.”  would take the same amount of effort and be enough to make Leanne and Gail wonder what he was talking about.  Instead, they flapped around assuring him that David was fine, only cuts and scrapes, and on and bloody on.  You can’t really blame them; with giving no context at all for his brother’s name, it is understandable that they should think he is concerned for David’s well-being.

nick-and-davidThen when he saw David words totally deserted him.  He got very agitated and distressed, especially when David came near him.  But not a peep from him about why.  Leanne and Gail again flapped around, and came to the not unreasonable conclusion that seeing David brought back the trauma of the accident to him.

not-his-mineWhen he finally managed to string a couple words together, he landed Kylie in it.  “Not. His. Mine.”  he intoned with a hard look at Kylie which Leanne, sitting on the other side of the bed, did not see as she went on putting explanatory words in his mouth.

When Kylie got home, she told her co-conspirator Gail about Nick’s words.  That led Gail to some soul-searching.  A few days later both of them were nervous because David was doing Nick-tending on his own.  What gail-we-just-have-to-sit-tightmight the almost loquacious Nick say to him?  Gail summed up their predicament, que sera, sera was the upshot.  They couldn’t do anything but hope for the best.  They had made their bed of deceit and had to live with the consequences.  Of course, she got in a few digs while dispensing her wisdom.  We lied and hid facts because some of us are trying to protect our chicks while others of us are drunken harlots trying to protect ourselves.  Guess who’s who, Kylie!

And while David, a jangling bag of nerves with his own deceptions and wrongdoings to protect, was attending his brother, Nick did speak.  And finally it was with relevant words nick-says-do-dna-teststrung together in a very clear and understandable manner.  “You.  Tried.  To.  Kill.  Me.”  Yes! ‘Atta boy Nicky, you did it!  Just with the wrong person.

But, as Nick’s ability to speak improved, it became clear that he had a plan in mind, despite saying that his brain was muddled and he couldn’t think clearly.  His plan is to decide what to do about David and the baby after he david-reacts-to-test-demandfinds out whether he or David is the father.  To that end, he told David to get a paternity test done or he will tell the police about the accident.  Clear enough.

With Kylie now in such a state, will she or Gail revisit the idea of paternity testing?  Will we soon see all the Platts scurrying around trying to get DNA samples from the baby and possible daddies without letting the others know?  That would be funny.