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Corrie Street 20 Aug. 2017

Romeo in Overalls

Yes, Dev can be a buffoon. But love and loyalty run deep in him. Erica dev calls kevin romeo in overallsand her Romeo in overalls, his friend Kevin, hurt him to the quick.

Dev can be full of himself and neglectful of others. His image of himself often doesn’t match the reality. Insecurity? I think so. But it doesn’t take much for him to realize that his self-absorption is hurting others. Maybe he doesn’t know how to handle it but he does know how to acknowledge it. And he tries to make amends.

Erica has been dissatisfied with him and their life for a while – too settled, too ‘ok’. Tending the counter in a backstreet shop isn’t for her. Being taken for granted. Like Dev, she wants to shine, be the star of the show.

So she sought a new stage to showcase her awesomeness – Kevin Webster. You may well ask, why him? He was around and was readily available. That’s the only reason I can think of.

Kevin was dissatisfied with his home and love life because Anna is still dealing with physical and psychological trauma. In short, he ain’t getting none, physically or emotionally. So his eye started roving, dev says mary cannot believe erica caresand there was Erica. Looking good, wanting him and not backward about coming forward.

But when it came to crunch time – a rendezvous in a hotel – a phone call from Anna caused Kevin to go home. Nothing happened with Erica. But the intent had been there. Anna found out and pretty much took the thought for the deed. But she forgave him.

That left Dev being the only one in the dark. Erica was going to end it with him this week. Probably not tell him about Kevin, only that it dev-puts-hands-over-facewasn’t working. Then he got a buyer for the gym, which gave him the cash. He could build a new empire. Expand the kebab shop business, and put her in charge. No, never mind, she had nothing to tell him, everything’s fine. Business expansion? Sounds great.

Then Mary overheard enough to figure out what had happened with Erica and Kevin. She told Dev. He was devastated. But he also saw quickly that she would have been willing to stay with him and be happy as long as she was benefiting from his business plans. And he saw that she had been quite willing to sell Kevin out for those plans. dev-gets-up-to-leaveHis gym buyer is the same guy that had talked to Kevin about buying the garage. That conflict between business and friendship bothered Dev. But not Erica. Kevin might be her Romeo in overalls but, as she said, “all’s fair in love and property sales.” Dev didn’t know then how much of her truth she was speaking.

Corrie Street Mar. 20/16

Que sera sera

erica-comes-from-back-room‘Whatever will be’ is Dev and Erica together. I hope. Tuesday, Erica stopped pussyfooting around and went in for the kill. She was helped by Liz and, especially, Mary.

During a girls’ night out the previous evening, Erica admitted that she had feelings for Dev. Liz and Mary convinced her that Dev felt the same way about her. So do something about it, they urged. Next day, Dev put a monkeywrench in the works by bringing a woman to the shop and arranging to meet her later at the Rovers.

dev-kareen-maryKaren (pronounced Kar-een) was obviously keen on Dev as was he on her. Time for Team Erica to make an assault. Assault and insult they did. Liz was the wheelman, behind the bar checking on timing and notifying parties when it was time to move in. Mary moved in on the table where Dev and Kar-een cozied up and played getting to know you.

kareen-listens-to-maryWhile Dev was getting drinks, Mary expressed her horror at the turnstile that was Dev’s bedroom door, said that the nanny saw much more than she wished to, and got in lovely digs about all that probably being okay with Kar-een. “You look very easy – [harrumph] – going.” And it worked, Kar-een stomped out, telling Dev she wasn’t going to be a notch on his bedpost.

Liz signalled Erica, time to come out. From the back room emerged erica-kisses-surprised-devErica, done up to the nines. Wolf whistles from the guys at the bar and she went straight for Dev. “Que sera sera” she said as she grabbed him. Mary helpfully provided the translation. Liz poked her in the ribs to shut up.

Their night evidently went well, but next day Dev was distant. Erica, having made her stance however, wasn’t about to back off. That evening they again left the Rovers together.

liz-and-mary-delightedI like Dev, and I like Erica. I think they work together well – as actors and as characters. They are plausible together and they, I think, will be fun. Dev has been rattling around far too long without a storyline. He plays the fool well, but he can do much more than that. We all have seen Dev – the aging playboy who doesn’t want to admit that it all hasn’t been what he’d hoped for and expected, and time is running out. He and Erica have a lot in common. She has enjoyed a que-serafree-spirited, adventurous life. But she also knows that descent into ‘past it’ is not far away. For both of them, it’s time to make time count.

Corrie Street July 12/15

Julie’s Confrontation

i-shall-do-the-dishing-outHow was Julie going to handle it? After overhearing Dev tell Talisa he loved her, obviously Julie couldn’t just go on playing happy families. But the cat fight confrontation is not her preferred way. More subtle, at least as subtle as the open book that is Julie can be.

julie-greets-dev-and-talisaAnd she did it! Susie Homemaker, with apron and all, when Dev and Talisa returned. You’re late, must have have busy, had lots to discuss, lost track of time. Talisa and Dev looked increasingly uncomfortable and guilty as sin.

anything-stand-outAt the dinner table, with pointed comments and questions flying out of Julie, Talisa cracked first. She has less to feel guilty about. What Julie hadn’t heard was Talisa’s rejection of Dev and her advice that he put his house, with Julie, back in order sharpish.

do-not confrontation of Dev by JulieDev realized it was all over for him, a non-starter with Talisa and no way back with Julie. At least he didn’t have Mary there, with a well-justified ‘I told you so’ look aimed at him.

Corrie Street Sept. 29/13

Sunita Redeemed

Miss a few episodes and all hell breaks loose!  We returned to two weeks of Corrie Hayley-homerecorded so feasted on two or three episodes a night to get caught up. Hayley and Roy’s story has been painfully wonderful and wonderfully painful. Nice to see Ozzy the dog have a star turn in Audrey’s story of being a houseguest, a welcome one for Ozzy and Liam, not so much for Maria and Marcus. Ozzy also came to Max’s birthday party. It seemed to me the fastest way to get Max out of his sulks would have been to take Ozzy upstairs to him.

Downfall of Karl

has-karl-got-to-do-with-itThe scene for me, from this week, was Dev and Jason deciding which of them would confront Karl. The big story of the week, of course, was the downfall of Karl.

The long scene where Craig tells his story was brilliantly done. From having-a-cigthe first part where Beth literally hauls Craig to Dev’s shop through to her realization that the situation is much more serious than him stealing sweets or Dev maligning her child and then to Beth and Dev listening with horror as Craig tells all.

When Jason comes in and Dev says “we’ve got him”, both are quietly pleased that they were vindicated in their suspicions. Jason wants to head to the registry office and save Sunita was mother-of-my-childrenStella – he was involved with her, he tells Dev. Dev quietly trumps that card, “and Sunita was the mother of my children”. Both men showed the strength of their dignity and sorrow in this scene, with neither flailing about nor shouting.

Stella needs rescue

stella pounds on doorEventually, both do ride to Stella’s rescue. And she needs it.  One of those police officers ought to suggest a refresher course to her on how to get out of your own premises in a hurry. During the fire, she was unable to open the upstairs window either by unlocking and lifting it or by breaking it. This time, trying to get out the front door, she pounded at the glass right beside the lock. A quick turn of that knob and she’d have been outside.

Somehow the finale of the story was unsatisfying. I don’t know exactly why or how. That Dev, regaining consciousness after the blow to his head, sent a text to Jason – even signing it – seemed odd. Wouldn’t a 999 call be more likely? And we didn’t see Craig again after the detective took him in to give his karl-saves-craigstatement. It really was Craig’s story. And presumably it was what he said that caused the police to arrive at the pub. Even a moment in the interview room with the detective realizing his story was credible would have been enough. It also was Karl’s story. Perhaps another moment in the cellar when he realizes he has no choice but to give himself up would have explained to us why exactly he chose to come outside.

karl-and-stellaI am sorry to lose Karl. He played a wonderful villain. But he would have been an excellent long-term layabout in the tradition of Stan Ogden and Jack Duckworth. We have had a lot of villains in recent years and not so many of the classic Corrie idlers. I think Karl could have become one of the greats.

Karl Cam

karl camMy favourite camera shots ever were at the end of last week: first Karl then Gloria* looming into the faces of the two unlikeliest school “bullies” in the world. I was delighted that Corrie Canuck made a “Karl cam”.

*For reasons unknown to me, CBC’s online episode cut the final moment that had Gloria frightening the children.  What, another programme is going to start?

Corrie Street Jun. 30/13

Understanding Changes

Another week when it’s difficult to choose one scene only.  Is it the new producer or just timing of storyline arcs or, with student david listening on stairssummer holidays at hand, are they clearing out old stories to make way for ones involving young people?  Even the oh-who-cares Ryan and Katy story is looking interesting with them maybe moving into Owen’s flat, cozily being “just the three of us.”

Psycho-Dave is about to return with the revelation by Gail and Kylie that he overheard.  Tina is the only true believer in her closed-loop argument that she has to keep the money paid her for the baby so that she can fight said baby’s parents in court to keep him. A lot of changes and not much logic at work in those stories.

in-heaven-and-earthBut Roy stresses the importance of a clear and open mind.  An orderly hand are mysteriously realigning his condiments.  That, he says, leaves Anna out; the Jackson Pollock of the griddle he calls her for her free-form approach to culinary art.  So if it’s not Anna and not Sylvia, Hayley or Roy himself, who is it?  The spirit world maybe? But Roy is not buying that.  Logic, he says, provides answers.

Earth is understandable in substantive terms he says when Sylvia falls back on the mysteries of heaven and earth as an explanation for everything not understandable.  Heaven is the recourse of those “unable to cope with their own mortality” he says.

He prefers a logical approach to apparent mysteries, he tells Sylvia as he serves Dev and Steve.  He is just in time to hear them discussing the mystery of Sunita’s keys.  inventory-does-not-explicitlyKeys to the pub were found in her hospital room and keys are listed on the inventory of her belongings when she was taken to hospital.  But, Roy asks, were they the same keys?  If there was nothing indicating pub or house or car keys, how can you be sure that the inventoried keys were the same as the pub keys later found by the police?  Dev is gobsmacked.  He’d never thought of that, and off he you-are-a-geniuswent on a renewed quest.  Elementary, my dear Dev, Roy might have said.

In trying to understand his own puzzle, Roy could have caused Dev’s death.  Karl, hearing about Dev’s new plan to find out exactly what the inventoried keys looked like, knows that cannot happen.  So, on the pretext of offering solace, he goes to Dev’s.  He slips gloves on before he enters.  He best-for-you understanding changessees a golf trophy of Aadi’s handy to where Dev sits poring over his time-line graph of Sunita’s movements.  Trophy grasped in his gloved hand, Karl tells Dev it’s pointless to hash and rehash this.  Let it go mate.  And Dev says ok, you’re right, I have to stop.

Karl replaces the trophy on the sideboard and takes his leave.  Back in the ginnel, he throws up, so overwrought is he with what he was about to do.  Craig and Beth see him.  Craig also saw something the night of the fire.  He hasn’t told anyone what it is.  But now?  Seeing Karl in that same ginnel again acting oddly, will he realize he has the missing piece of a puzzle?

The Taoist book of divination is called the I Ching or The Book of Changes.  Many changes at hand on the Street.  Despite Roy’s faith in the power of logic, a combination of divination, if not Divine intervention, along with logic may be needed to sort them out.

Coronation Street Apr. 7/13

I’m going against the tide of what I’ve read this past week.  I’m picking Dev, with the doctor who tells him the seriousness of Sunita’s condition and with Karl in her hospital room.

too-early-to-tellWith the doctor, Dev doesn’t want to hear her words.  He acts like if he continues to question and refute what she is saying, he will force her to say what he wants to hear.  When he unwillingly acknowledges that the doctors cannot do anything to bring her around, he uses threats.  He will get a second opinion, he will sue them for everything they’re worth, etc.

we-are-doingThis is Dev, the personal and professional of him.  He wears his ego, and heart, on his sleeve.  He projects the image, at least to himself, of big time operator.  He can afford the best and takes nothing from nobody – that’s what he wants people to see.  That’s the Dev he needs to get him through this horrible news:  that there’s nothing to do but wait and hope, and the odds are against her.

at-the-cinemaLater, at Sunita’s bedside, talking about the movie he and the kids went to.  The ticket they had for Sunita.  He’s talking to her while directing his words to Karl.  He talks about what happened in the lobby, but not what he thought.  Probably he was angry, watching his kids reluctant to go into the show in case mummy turned up.

maybe-mummy-will-comeAt that moment, his resentment was about her letting the kids down.  But he has been resentful and angry toward her for a long time, since he found out about her affair with Karl.  He got over that and would have taken her back but she rebuffed him.  Then she wanted back with him, but couldn’t say she loved him.  He unhappily turned his back on her.  Just as he is rethinking that decision, she is seriously injured.  Now he can’t tell her he loves her and wants tangles-us-all-upher back, no matter what.

So he just keeps telling her and anyone else around, trying to force her to consciousness by denying nay-sayers like the doctors.  Even Karl, the man who betrayed him with her, is ok as a sounding-board, as a way to talk to Sunita.

Dev lives in extremes and believes his own press.  He his-face-just-lookingbelieves his image of himself as a player.   He believes by force of will he can have everything turn out right.  He does not do this in a subtle way; there has never been anything subtle about the outward Dev.  The subtlety in Dev’s character is in how important it is for his self-image that others believe in it too.  If others do not see him as The Man, powerful and sexy, he loses it.   Suaveness becomes bravado, sensitivity becomes buffoonery.

just-look-at-herSo we see a bereft Dev, willing Sunita to live by talking about her with the man who stole her from him then cast her aside.  Even if he’d looked up at Karl, standing stone-faced behind him, I doubt Dev could have taken himself out of his battle of will for Sunita’s well-being and seen that, really, all Karl wants is for Sunita to die.  That is the only way to ensure that the secret of Karl’s arson is kept.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Oct. 30/11)

Business

Watched only a bit of Corrie today, so I don’t know everything that dev explains business problems to sunitahappened. But Dev explaining the full extent of their financial problems to Sunita was very moving. And real for any small business person.

He explained that he had forgot to renew the insurance on the Weatherfield shop so that’s why their savings were depleted. He’d been using that money to pay for the repairs.

Then he told her the state of his other shops – his little empire. Road construction in front of one, a Freshcos opened too near another, the flats above another found to contain asbestos. The tenants removed and the rental income therefore as well. And for all the shops, the effects of the recession. Real problems that affect real people.

dev explains what went wrongThe loss of the $5,000 to an unknown robber during the tram crash was just the final blow to business finances already in peril. Sunita is concerned and angry. She’s worried about the economic health of their businesses and their family. Especially when he tells her that, yes, they might lose the house.

Great acting by both of them. Then Dev goes to Steve to borrow money. Steve says he hasn’t got it to loan. Dev apologizes for imposing on him when Steve has his own financial problems. Then asks him to keep their conversation to himself. He may no longer have any money, he says, but he still has his pride.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 23/11)

Movin’ on down

Peacocks & Allahans look at listing for house Dev likesA scene I liked in a storyline that’s not up to par.  First, the scene (a two-parter):  Sunita and Dev in the Rovers talking to Ashley and Claire about living on the side of the street that has, as Dev says, “outdoor loos”.  (Sunita had learned from Kirk that Maria is planning to put her house up for sale.)  Claire and Ashley have lived on both sides of the street, and know whereof they speak.  Claire defends her house, that it’s not “pokey”. Ashley takes the middle of the road – yes it is “a bit” but it’s all right.

I was touched when Dev came around to the idea of living on the street by Sunita’s argument that the moneyDev agrees to call Maria about her house saved could help put the twins through university.  You could see the Dream on his face; his kids doing what perhaps he wished he had.  Now, I just remembered he’s already got one kid, Amber, who has recently started university in London.  Still, I guess you have dreams for all of them and, at times, those dreams can seem impossible and enticing.  And with these kids, he hopes, he’ll see what he didn’t see with Amber:  the childhood before university.

Plot-driving Sunita

But the storyline:  it’s a plot-driven clunker.  Throughout it, I’ve been embarrassed for Sunita.  She is bright and level-headed, yet nothing that has come out of her mouth about this mania to move has made a lick of sense.  Since the beginning, you could see the writers’ planning meetings behind it and you should not be able to see that.  With Sunita back, they want to put her and Dev more in the centre of things, and that means physically closer to the Street.  Ok, they’ve got some mileage out of the unsuitability of Dev’s flat.  Although I don’t remember it ever being described as small before.  It’s a luxury apartment, not a pokey little flat.   Even as that, it may well not be suitable for kids.

Sunita arguing for saving moneyBut Sunita’s arguments that the twins need stability, that their present house means nothing to them.  It’s the only house they’ve known!  What would have no meaning for them whatsoever is Coronation Street!  They were infants when they moved into that house.  And she and Dev moved into it, so it wasn’t too far from the shop before.  Plus, Dev has seven shops.  Why should he be closer to one than the others?

You could pick holes in Sunita’s arguments forever, but the point clearly – too clearly – has been the need to have Sunita and Dev back in the Street.  Ok, but please write it in a way that keeps Sunita’s brain evident.  It’s been bad enough to watch Dev, formerly Mr. Cool and Suave, turn into a buffoon, but now Sunita?

Plot-driving Jason too

Having, in the same episode, Jason fall and suffer amnesia so that he doesn’t remember that Tina has broken up with him?  Everybody has to tippy-toe around to not upset him.  Perhaps it was just an unfortunate coincidence of writing ideas.

But Sunita’s storyline already had me thinking too much about Days of our Lives’ writing.  Please, character-driven, not plot-driven!  There are other ways, more true to character, to get Dev and Sunita to buy Maria’s house.