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Corrie Street Nov. 3/13

Houses of Cards

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. That it 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

Make ’em count

“Spit it out, Nick! Heave it out of ya, b’y!” String your few words together so they tell he-is-talking make your words countsomebody 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 words that did count, 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.

Corrie Street Aug. 25/13

Facing Consequences

David saw Nick, and saw what his vengeance had wrought. He likes playing out the nasty facing consequences David-sees-Nickgames he thinks up in his head but doesn’t imagine how serious the outcome might really be. He saw his brother all bashed up, in critical condition after brain surgery. All because it had seemed reasonable in his little head to exact revenge for what Nick and Kylie had done to him.  His game didn’t go according to plan. The consequences were far greater than he had intended. He might end up without a brother, he realizes.

Nick unconsciousIt is always about David for David. He’s like a cat with a mouse; the cat’s fun is over when the mouse dies. Seeing an unconscious, battered and bandaged Nick made him realize his Nick-baiting days may be over. And he has the problem of avoiding questions about “what happened”. He may be sorry for what he caused, but he isn’t about to take responsibility for it.

Leanne presses him about what caused Nick to drive erratically, as David said he had. He says Nick’s phone rang and that must have distracted him. Oh no, Leanne his-phone-rangrealized, she had phoned Nick. My husband thought that David’s choice of that explanation was an innocent clutching at straws, finding some reasonable sounding excuse. But I don’t trust David as far as I could throw him. I believe he well remembers that Leanne called Nick as they sat by the side of the road arguing. He knew full well, I believe, that saying maybe it was a ringing phone would shut Leanne up and make her stop the questioning.

I do feel sorry for David in the same way I feel sorry for children who are upset after they David-enters-NIck's-roompull the wings off flies and then see that the fly will die. He is truly distressed about what he has caused. But, unlike children who learn from their cruel mistakes, I’m not sure that David will ever stop holding a grudge against Nick, Kylie, his mother and the entire world for anything that ever goes wrong in his life, regardless of whether he has caused it.

Corrie Street July 21/13

Best Served Cold

David is trying to abide by the proverb ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ – meaning take try-again david served coldyour time in avenging a wrong, it will be all the more effective and enjoyable. But he is having trouble because he has trouble with “delayed gratification.” That is the psychological process that occurs with maturity, of realizing that you can’t always get what you want immediately. Maturity and David are not yet on a first-name basis.

He is trying.  It’s been a few weeks since he found out about Kylie’s one-night-stand with everybody-is-against-meNick and the fact that she is not sure about the paternity of the baby she is carrying. He decided to take his revenge on Nick, not her. As he said to Tina, he can’t risk losing Kylie. But, once he confronts her about her infidelity, he won’t be able to forget what he knows. Of course he can’t forget it anyway. So he is displacing his anger:  instead of destroying his own marriage, he will destroy his brother’s. It’s working, but not quickly enough for David to keep his composure.

people-in-this-familyHe finds a second repository for his anger, his mother. In an absolutely frightful scene, David amuses himself and exorcises his demons by tormenting his mother. Starting with snide remarks while Gail makes their dinner and he eats peanuts, he moves on to throwing peanuts at her. In a ghastly escalation he physically moves in on her, still holding the bag of peanuts and still chucking them one by one, hitting her face and upper body. He laughs while he’s doing it, demanding she play catch with her mouth, look-back-on-your-childhoodbut Gail is frightened by the twisted brutality he shows her in his “fun”.

The camera stands in David’s place as he backs her into the kitchen cupboards. We see what he sees, his mother’s face wrenched in terror. I fully expected to see her hand search for a knife on the countertop, any weapon to stop him coming at her, pushing her farther and farther into the corner. And the camera switches so we see as Gail sees – an enraged yet cold attacker-son coming at her relentlessly.

didn't-get-on-did-weThe game of terror stopped after Kylie’s entrance to the kitchen to see what was going on. Just a bit of fun, according to David, just relieving some stress. A very weak apology and explanation to his mother, at Kylie’s insistence; stressed out over money, working too hard, anxious about the new baby. Kylie is frightened, but willing to buy it for the sake of peace. Gail – not so much. She has seen Psycho Dave’s a-lieviolence before. She has been his victim before. Despite her usual willingness to overlook and explain his patent lunacy, she is too shaken by this. She leaves the house for the safety of Sally’s. If I were Kylie, I’d be right behind her!

There is another saying David might want to remember: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” David will be his own worst enemy in exacting a slow revenge, pleasurable and safe for himself she-dropped-her-nutsif no one else. He will, I think, destroy not only Nick’s marriage but his own and his relationship with his mother. He’ll destroy himself as well.  He does not have the degree of self-control, or introspection, necessary to be an effective Machiavelli and make others suffer while he prospers.

Corrie Street May 26/13

day-after-he-nearly-cutMy ‘aha’ moment this week was Wednesday, when Rita wondered why David was so exhausted.  “But he’s a young lad, he should be able to manage a blow-dry and an hour or two waiting tables.”  Yes, Rita, thank you!  I’d been thinking the same thing.

We never actually saw David finish a double shift.  Maybe he did so in days we missed on the street.  What we saw was him starting his evening shift at the Bistro, doing something low-blood-sugarklutzy or looking tired and Nick sending him home – with pay – to get some rest.  Then Audrey sent him home – with pay – from his day job at the salon after he nicked Dennis’ ear repeatedly during a hair trim.   She then popped in to check on him less than an hour later and woke him up from the sleep she had recommended he get!  Probably David would be a lot less exhausted if his grandmother, mother and wife just let him alone to work and stopped pay-his-flaming-wagesfretting at him.

Anyway, I was at the screaming point before Rita gave voice to my objections.  He wasn’t actually finishing any of his double shifts.  What is the problem here?  Or, as Rita put it, “Does a day’s work, half kills him!”

Then it was as if the writer of the next episode read what Rita had said.  Hmm, that person may have realized, yes, David is a strong young man and he hasn’t appeared to be actually working even one job, let alone two.  And, even if he had, why would this be so difficult for him so proves-what-we-have-been-sayingquickly?  We need a reason for his extreme exhaustion (apart from the relentless nagging from Gail and Kylie).

So David’s epilepsy is revisited.  That is good.  He was diagnosed with the disease after he appeared to have deliberately tried to run down his best friend Graeme Proctor.  That got Evil David off the hook for attempted murder, but then his epilepsy was never again mentioned.  Until now.  David, reasonably enough, is wondering if there are tests so that they can know if the baby also has epilepsy.  Kylie, Nick and Gail don’t want the baby tested at all for anything at any time.

We all, viewers and writers alike, have known that somehow the baby had to have tests that would show paternity.  David was diagnosed with epilepsy and has been living with it david-having-seizuresince late 2010, so why not use that from the start of the current storyline?  It would be a realistic continuation of character history.   It is awkward, if not sloppy, writing to dwell on his overwhelming exhaustion with no adequate explanation.  Just a line from Gail to David or even Audrey or Kylie about the worry of stress compounded with epilepsy would have sufficed.