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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.

Gail says that is not true“Oh, that’s not true,” she says after David speaks aloud a truth he doesn’t want to know. Max would 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.

david says yeah it isIt’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 Gail 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.

A good boy

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


owen pulls lamp from dumpsterFly-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 Fiz’s house while doing the rebuilding. Owen is looking to see what is usable. He and Tyrone wonder about Steve says lamp looks familiarthe 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 that Roy said he’d seen the lamp before.

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, Tracy sees lamp is gone from skip“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 Fiz. 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

The List

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 the list 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

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 showing it to them. Instead 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.

dancing-at-Tower-BallroomSo Hayley and Roy went back to the closed Tower Ballroom – and it opened for them.  Fate or serendipity, helped by the practical action of the card reader in contacting her son, the ballroom manager.

Fortunes of the house of Platts

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 murder her and her children.

been-second-bestDavid 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 working philosophy.

Making Becky proud

I-know-what-you-didIt’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.

ballroom-dancingAfter watching Kylie bring everyone’s lives down 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.

Terror by peanut

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!

…dig two graves

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

Workin’ 9 to 5

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 fretting 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).

David’s epilepsy vis à vis the baby

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's epilepsy - 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.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 13/13)

Honeymoon Suite

Probably Kylie could do better than Nick, but he’s a vast improvement on David.  So this was my favourite shot of the week.Nick-Kylie-honeymoon-suite

The repercussions of this will be horrible, so I truly hope Kylie and Nick had a good time in Heartbreak Hotel.

I’ve noticed that changes in Kylie’s makeup have kept pace with changes in her character.  As her actions have matured, so too has her look.  She’s gone from street streel to sophisticated lady.  Note that David’s look is also still in keeping with his character – nothing has changed.

David hugs KylieKylie has outgrown David.  She does love him, I believe, partly for whatever drew her to him in the first place and also because he treated her as a person with a brain and a heart.  But she doesn’t fully realize that he really doesn’t have either of those himself.

Comparing Kylie and Barney

He is a mummy’s boy who has reason to believe that tantrums will get him anything.  He Kylie and Barney Young David-with-Barney rabbitlikes having pets.  In some ways, Kylie replaced Barney the rabbit.  David likes her as long as she goes along with everything he wants and tells him that he is truly as wonderful as his mother has always told him.  That, presumably, is what Barney did although we’ll never know what the rabbit really thought.  Kylie was a kind of pet for him, someone less able to cope with the grown-up world than he is, someone who made him look responsible.

But, unlike Barney, Kylie let him know that she had aspirations outside his purview.  She wanted to join him in the world of hairdressing but he was absolutely opposed to that.  Kylie-hotel-barSo she got a job elsewhere.  She did so initially to spite him, but she grew into it and grew into herself.  David became frantic to bring her back into the hutch he’d made for her.  ‘Have to be a daddy, NOW!’  Stamp feet stamp feet stamp feet.

And Gail’s advice to Kylie?  ‘What’s the harm in giving him what he wants?’  She dressed it up in more therapist-type wording about relationship give-and-take so it sounded more like good counsel than Mummy-talk.  Kylie has come to respect Gail so she actually listened to her.

Kylie’s own decision made the most sense to me if she wanted to avoid a David tantrum: play along to keep the peace and stay on the pill.  It’s just too bad others found out.  More ‘therapy’ from Gail, and Kylie feeling guilty about deceiving her husband.

Nick-Kylie-wake-upNow Kylie has found out that there is another man who respects her abilities and recognizes her heart.  Problem is he’s David’s brother.  So Kylie feels double guilt now.  And you know that Gail will continue her protection of her boys.  If Gail actually took an objective look at her kids and compared them with Kylie, she might see that it’s Kylie she ought to be protecting against them, especially David.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week

David Prat

So many scenes this week in a story quickly developing in the mind of a silly boy.  David David asks Kylie about having babies while she is at workthinks a baby is just what he needs.  Yep, David, makes sense to me. You are living in your mother’s house with a wife and stepson because you don’t make enough money to rent an apartment. And yet you think it’s a good idea to expand your family.

I had started to think David actually was growing up and growing a brain.  Then this started.  Fortunately, Kylie’s apparent maturing process seems to be real.  She realizes that “a baby of our own” is not what they need.  They need to get on with their chosen Kylie setting up tables at Bistrocareers, save some money and deal with the child that they already have, and think about a baby when they’re not living with his mother.

Despite having taken the waitress job at Nick’s Bistro mainly to spite David, she’s come to enjoy it.  She also is taking pleasure in realizing that she can do something well, without scamming or cutting corners.  It utilizes her energy and her quick mind and she gets to dress up and look like Audrey Hepburn.

In a lovely moment, Kylie explained her feelings about her job to Gail:  “Every night it’s like being on stage.”  I’d Kylie and Gail in kitchen discussing waitress jobnever thought of it that way until she said that.  It is a realistic grasp at the stars for a back street, wrong side of the tracks girl who has never believed she could have aspirations.  She can perform and be seen at her best.  It’s been great for her self-esteem.

And that’s what is burning David’s backside.  He feels left out because she’s doing David in a snit yelling at Kyliesomething where she is not reliant on him and she’s enjoying it and doing it well.  But to complain about that would appear childish. So he developed this urgent need to procreate thinking that wanting a child would appear a reasonable and “adult” wish – a manly-man act.  Except when she didn’t leap up and down with joy, he proceeded to whine, pout and go off in a great big sulk.

Kylie pursuing David prat as he leaves the RoversAnd poor Kylie has dealt with him surprisingly patiently.  She didn’t throw a strop and take off.  She explained why rushing into having a baby wasn’t a good idea and asked what this meant about his feelings for Max as his son – a reasonable question, even fear, for her to have.

Gail dispensing marital advice to KylieGail has had myriad opportunities to tell David what an absolute prat he is being.  But no. She chose to ask Kylie how much she loved David and how much she would give up for him.  Kylie took the cue, and told David she would agree to try for a baby.  But you could see the anguish in her eyes when she saw her dreams going up in smoke.  And they’re for once not crazy dreams.  She just wants to learn the restaurant trade by working in it.

Kylie volunteers to babysit - David PratBut she’s a smart girl and it was a treat watching her volunteer herself and David to mind the Brown/Stape babies.  And to see David’s David prat left unwillingly holding the babyunhappy sulky face as she did so. Then, oops, she forgot she had to go to work.  Enjoy your baby practice, David!