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Corrie Street 15 Oct. 2017

Conflict Management

You could see it coming a mile away. Still it was good. Conflict between the bar staff, and Toyah asserting her credentials: I’ve got a diploma in conflict management. Liz, present customer and former bar manager, rolling her eyes.sean-snipes-about-eva.

Tuesday, Eva and Sean are in a snit with each other. It’s about a lot more than who’s going to replace the empty keg. It’s Eva feeling guilty about Sean and her other mates being out of a job at the factory due to her revenge plot. Although he doesn’t know for sure, Sean suspects that Eva had something to do with the factory break-in and the subsequent loss of jobs. At least she should clear the air, he seems to think, say for sure one way or the other what she knew and when she knew it.

sean-flicks-towel-at-evaSo they’re sniping at each other about bartending minutiae – clearing tables, washing glasses, replacing kegs. Their sniping is not subtle. Both are too much the prima donna to do any performance low-key.

Their spat is embarrassing for Toyah and Peter, still finding their way as pub owners and staff managers. Especially with Liz there. They, you know, can see an invisible clipboard in her hand, checking off what they are doing wrong and how the whole place is going to pot.

conflict management with toyahLiz offers to sort things out with Sean and Eva. No, Toyah says, I can do it. I’m a trained therapist, trained in conflict management. Liz snickers. Come on, Sean, come on Eva, let’s sit down and talk this through.

Toyah put her therapist voice on and tried to initiate discussion. To little avail, Sean and Eva sat sullen and silent. Maybe Toyah would have had better luck if she’d used a talking stick, as Sally has done with her cat pepper mill. This method of facilitating discussion also worked surprisingly well for Sophie in mediation efforts.eva-and-sean-make-up

But instead of Sally and her cat stick swooping in, Liz did. Look you two, leave your differences the other side of the bar, slap a smile on and get on with your job. Now! And Eva and Sean apologized, said they hated liz-with-arm-around-toyahfalling out with each other, babe, and got back to work. Toyah seethed.

Book-learning versus old-school common sense, in the traditional Corrie mode. An easy jab, maybe, but still a funny moment.

Corrie Street 8 Oct. 2017

Wedding Dress

eva in wedding dress about to wed aidenThe star of the Connor double wedding was the dress. Eva’s wedding dress. In the back room of the Rovers, in Adam’s law office, at the altar, in the water fountain and finally on the window ledge. The wedding really became the tale of the adventures of a wedding dress. It was a character in its own right over three episodes at the beginning of the week.eva-and-maria-in-fountain

Eva could wear a burlap sack and make it look good. But the dress did look magnificent on her, and she in it. A lot of story was written around the actual events of the wedding. Tense and sad and funny – a lot happened during a double wedding that didn’t happen.eva-in-wet-dress

But pretty much I just watched the dress. Its last appearance was it falling into a sheet being held by wedding guests. That was Tyrone’s emergency plan to catch Eva if she fell or jumped.

Standing on the window ledge, shouting that she loved Aiden, her foot slipped. She panicked and froze, unable to get herself back in the room. Aiden ran upstairs to pull her in. But the lace on the dress skirt snagged on the window frame.eva-in-window-sill

Eva cared about her fabric comrade in arms so wouldn’t let Aiden just pull it and her through the window. She did not want to rip the lace. So she told Aiden to untie the back and pull her out of the dress back into the room. Without her in it, the lace unsnagged and the dress came loose and fell to safety.dress caught on wires

According to an interview with Catherine Tyldesley in what’sontv, Eva’s wedding dress had five stunt doubles. I hope costume protection observers ensured that none of the six dresses were harmed in the making of these episodes. I hope too that the beautiful location survived as well. It is Kingsley Hall, home of the Earl and Countess of Derby, in Prescot, Merseyside.dress falls

Corrie Street 3 Sept. 2017

Man U

kirk says eva is man uKirk to Jenny: “Eva’s Man U and you’re Weathy County.” He totally nailed it but, oh boy, what a thing to say.

Eva suggested a double wedding for her and Aiden and Jenny and Johnny. Not something Jenny would want ever with anyone. It’s her day and she wants to be the star. Sean says, if it were him, he’d only agree “if the rival groom were absolutely hideous.”

jenny-glares-at-kirkKirk agrees it would be hard for anyone standing next to Eva because she is “like a goddess.” Having already made things bad, he then digs himself in further with his soccer league analogy about Manchester United and Weatherfield County teams.

Then Johnny tells her, that like it or not, she has to do it for Eva’s sake. No!!! She agrees in the end, but hardly graciously.

This wedding, if it happens, is going to be fun. It has all the potential jenny furiousanyway, and Kirk just topped it off. If there might be any way on earth that Jenny might ever willingly share the stage with Eva, Kirk’s words, Man U – Weathy County, will keep popping back in her mind. Bridezilla will not be an adequate term for Jenny.

Add to that Maria as Eva’s unwilling and unhappy bridesmaid, and both the wedding itself and the lead up to it should be wonderfully bitchy. Unfortunately, Maria is suspicious of what’s up with Eva and Adam. I so hope that those suspicions, which she has shared with Aiden, don’t derail the wedding.

eva-walks-through-factoryEva is going into this for revenge and public humiliation of Aiden and Maria and, now, his entire family. And she has the wherewithal to do it. Spectacularly, like a goddess. Like Man U at the top of their game.

Corrie Street 23 July 2017

Dead Man Walking

Eva asks Leanne why are you hereHe’s a dead man walking. So said Leanne about Aiden on Thursday after seeing him with Maria outside the spa. Ok, let’s see the Battersby girls take him down.

I know, technically, Eva is not a Battersby but I think she is one in spirit. We need Toyah to reappear so she can get in on this too. He doesn’t stand a chance, and neither does Maria. I am looking forward to it.

Eva shakes her head in confusionEva made a brilliant move in the guise of girlie friends and bridal chat. Aiden gave her a day at a spa for herself and a friend. He wanted to get her out of the way so he could spend time with Maria and, by the way, tell her that Eva was pregnant. So Eva goes to the salon and asks her bestie to join her. Maria had no choice. So off they drove for a day of pampering.

Aiden came out on the street just in time to see Maria’s VW bug pulling away, with Eva in the passenger seat. David was happy to fill him in: “Your mistress is about to tell your girlfriend how you can’t leanne looks out window at where aiden had been with mariakeep it in your pants.”

And, indeed, over a glass of wine at the spa restaurant, Maria was just about to do that. But when she told Eva she needed to tell her something, Eva said she also had news. And then both of them were preempted by Aiden coming in with some lame story about thinking she’d brought Sean for her girlie day.

Eva recovered faster than Maria did, so got out her “news” first: that she was pregnant. If Eva hadn’t known about Maria and Aiden make him wish he had not been born - dead man walkingalready, their faces would have told her. Aiden looked like he wanted the floor to swallow him up, and Maria looked horrified and angry. Neither are the reaction you’d expect. Eva didn’t miss a beat; happy happy ‘we’re thrilled, aren’t we babe’.

So out the door goes Maria. And Aiden after her. That’s when Leanne arrived, just in time to see a very emotionally-fraught eva looks resolute in plandiscussion between the two of them. She had come there to stop Eva playing her game of deception and revenge. But, after seeing Maria and Aiden, she’s in. “The two of us are gonna make him wish he’d never been born.”

Corrie Street 16 July 2017

Pregnancy Test

Eva goes into her bathroom on Wednesday to take a pregnancy test. We go in with her. It was one of the most intimate moments I can ever remember on Coronation Street.

eva sits on tub edge with pregnancy testAs Eva sat on the edge of the bathtub waiting for the results, we could have a look around. Lots of shampoos, conditioners and body wash bottles in the shower caddy and tub edge. What you’d expect for Eva and Aiden. Crowded, but all neatly arranged. Also what you’d expect for Eva and Aiden.

Dev renovated the apartment fairly recently. The bathroom looks right for its history: a flat above a shop redone to rent out. Nicely done but not fancy. I recognize the sink, and know where to buy it in Canada. It’s not expensive, but looks good and doesn’t take up a lot of room.

The set design and prop people turned around what I feared would be a horribly cheesy soap “twist”. An unexpected pregnancy at the exact moment that somebody is going to dump somebody. I had figured that either Eva or Maria (or both) would get pregnant. Then I read “as we all know…” that Eva was. Knowing beforehand, I dreaded the big revelation even more.

But being inside the bathroom with Eva changed my feeling about the story. I liked nosying around the room as she sat waiting. I like the little touch of Eva-glam she added to an ordinary room. The black and white photo in its sparkly frame.

aiden-and-eva-glam-photoThen a twist that hadn’t been shared happened. That made it more interesting. She isn’t pregnant, at least according to the test, but is pretending to be. Just to make Aiden squirm.

Eva’s decision to play Aiden turns a predictable plot into one of revenge. If it’s how it continues to play out, it will be fun to watch. Both Aiden and Maria deserve everything that Eva can throw at them.

Props and sets provide a context for the characters and action. Tony Warren told a story about Coronation Street at its beginning. Two stagehands arguing while dressing the corner shop set. ‘You don’t put salt next to bacon in Salford shop windows,’ one said emphatically.

eva-in-bathroomSuch attention to detail, thankfully, is still alive and well. We learned about characters with this bathroom scene, getting a glimpse from a different perspective into personalities and housing.

Corrie Street 2 July 2017

Dancing to disaster

eva dancing to disasterThe last moments of two episodes: two characters dancing to disaster. Both visually just wonderful. I didn’t think anything could top Eva’s dress and mariachi band on Tuesday. But, wow, Daniel at least matched it on Friday! Cocaine with vodka chasers. Both wildly partying, for wildly different reasons. Both headed for disaster.

Eva’s mariachi band

Eva decided to take the bit in her teeth and propose to Aiden. mariachi parade outside bistroJohnny innocently suggested it. But, oh, I wish she’d thought a moment about it. About Aiden’s very very obvious reluctance to marry her. It’s not like she’s been exactly subtle about wanting a ring on it.

Aiden didn’t turn up for dinner with her at the Bistro. That’s because he was busy with Maria in the men’s toilets at the Rovers. Oh, icky beyond belief.

eva and band in roversBut Eva didn’t know that. She learned only that he was at the Rovers, so she moved the party there. In a flamboyant red dress, dancing down the street, leading the mariachi band and dancing supporters. Oh, she is just too wonderful. Even knowing she was dancing to disaster, the little parade was fabulous to watch.

Daniel’s ‘stuff’

daniel snortingFriday, while Daniel was waiting tables at the Bistro, Tracy managed to completely wind him up. After he told her that she was a vile cow, Robert told him to go home. But before that, he’d overheard a customer talking to Robert. An old friend, reminiscing about their good old druggy days and suggesting they resume them.

Later, and well in the bag, Daniel sees the guy on the street. Robert sent him to daniel with buzz onget some ‘stuff,’ he says. He’ll pay you later, he says. Ok, guy says.

Scene switch to Daniel’s flat. Self-loathing, drugs and rock and roll. Daniel partying all by himself. Scary, and fabulous. Finally he flops on the sofa, gets the shakes and passes out.

Down below, Ches and Kirk come out of Dev’s shop. Someone’s having a good time, Kirk says, due to the music blasting out of the daniel dancingflat. End of episode.

Googling, trying to find the song playing, I saw that Coronation Street received complaints about this scene when it aired in the UK. Too bad! It was a jarring look at self-medication by a person in pain.  It sends a message while staying consistent with the character and story. And that’s the most effective way to do it.

Corrie Street Feb. 21/16

What can you say about Eva’s karaoke performance of Hey Big eva-strikes-pose for karaokeSpender at the creepiest dinner party imaginable? Nothing, except va-va-voom!

Richie Rich O’Driscoll and his wife are slimy, pretentious snobs. They are the upscale twins of Pat Phelan and his now ex-wife. Eva got dragged to their house by Aidan for what she thought was a party and turned out to be dinner. Her dress said ‘Party’. The other women’s dresses, while quite glam, did not.

She and Aidan arrived late. Richie and Mrs. Rich did not let that go eva sings the-minute-you-walkoverlooked. Plenty of gibes from them, and snooty looks from the other guests. Poor Eva looked like she wanted the floor to swallow her up.

It got worse as the episode progressed. Richie put a big bowl on the table and told everyone to put their car keys in it. No, it was for phones. So rude when guests can’t stay off their mobiles. Even with the explanation, it still seemed like the prelude to a mate-swapping orgy from another era.

eva sings to richie as other man watchesThat feeling continued when Mrs. Rich invited everyone to adjourn to the lounge for the evening’s entertainment. She brushed past Aidan and Eva and purred “we need a bit of fresh meat,” and pinched Aidan’s behind. Oh, run as fast as you can, these people think they live in MadMen!

eva leans over richie and singsIn the retro glitter lounge, there were overstuffed chairs and sofas on which to lounge. And a karaoke machine. Time for the newcomers to show their stuff, Richie Rich said. Aidan demurred, not his thing.* Richie upped the bullying. Too bad, he said, all the possible O’Driscoll orders flying out the window. He and his smarmy smile said “our guests sing for their supper.”

So Eva bit the bullet, and then some! She picked the song that close up of eva leaning over richiematched her dress as well as the company around her. She zeroed in on Richie Rich. Hey big spender. I thought he was going to faint, or something. But he also had a calculating glint in his eyes as he sized her up. Mrs. Rich looked like she was enjoying the show just as much as he was. That did not make her seem like a nicer human being at all.

eva turns away from richie at end of song*This was fun because, with actor Shayne Ward’s claim to talent show fame, it seemed like maybe setting up a showcase for his singing. Not so obvious, our Corrie!

Corrie Street Oct. 11/15

What a difference four years and some excellent acting and writing leanne-sees-eva-in-taximakes! Eva Price came home to Coronation Street Wednesday. I was delighted to see her.

She came back in exactly the same state as she had first arrived: devastated, dumped by “a lying stinking cheating man pig.” In 2011 I thought ‘my god, who is this and, please, when will she be gone?’ This time I was, ‘yes! she’s back!’

Arriving in a black taxi, lying-stinking-cheating-man-pigswearing and crying, she fumbled her way out, spilling her suitcase all over the street. Leanne, passing by, saw her and took her home. She listened as long as she could, but she had things to do – we’ll talk later. Same thing when Eva runs into Kylie – good to see you, gotta go, stuff’s happening.

What else is a returned rover going to do with all her mates busy? eva-impatient-at-barGo to the Rovers Return. She has more than a passing interest in the place and the staff, having worked behind the bar herself and her mother being the previous landlady and her deranged stepfather burning it down and almost killing her mother in the process. She has never met Sarah Louise before. And she doesn’t think much of her. The feeling is mutual.

To top off her perfectly brilliant day and life, the first person she glass-of-wine-over-toddknows who comes in is Todd. The instigator of her break-up with Jason. Todd is happy to see her. She offers him a drink. He’s delighted to accept. And then he finds out she means the drink to be on him – literally.

Oh, Eva, a lot of new people have turned up on the street since you’ve been gone.  None are as welcome as you!

Corrie Street (Oct. 6/13)

So many scenes this week, most of them involving Hayley and Roy.  But the one that got roy-and-shoesme was Roy preparing for the birthday party organized for him by Hayley.  Sat at the kitchen table, tie untied, furiously polishing Hayley’s black pumps, he had little time or patience for Anna’s solicitude.  But he told her a lot in his impatience over her concern that he should enjoy the party for Hayley’s sake.  He gave a capsule of history – his childhood, his mother and his relationship with Hayley – while giving those shoes a shine that a drill sergeant could not fault.

factually-inaccurateHis turning twelve had been the occasion of his last birthday party.  Desperately hoping for an ant farm, he received an action figure instead.  A British military figure dressed in WWII US Forces uniform, something that distressed young Roy to no end.  Just as well he didn’t like it, his auntie opined to his mother, playing with dolls might make until-I-met-Hayleyhim peculiar.  He ended up peculiar anyway, he told Anna.  He sent his action figure “to a watery grave” and he never got the ant farm.

He did get Hayley though, the only time he ever got his heart’s desire, and the desperation he feels at losing her is palpable.  So too is his desperation at the thought of spending an entire evening being sociable and the centre of attention at a dreams-and-hopesparty.  But he will do it – for Hayley’s sake.

Later that evening, outside at the back of the Rovers, Roy tells Hayley what she means to him.  Another calmer beautiful moment when he opens the big heart that he usually keeps so buttoned up.  Another roy-back-of-roversmoment of tears welling in my eyes and my husband’s.  This one was his pick of the week.  I liked it a lot too, but somehow the rawness of emotion and breadth of content in Roy’s near-soliloquy when preparing for the party hit me somewhere deeper in my psyche.

eva-at-barMy husband had another pick this week:  any and all the scenes of Eva and her girls in the little red polka-dot dress.  The choked back sobs and “aww” sounds I heard from the chair beside mine during touching Hayley and Roy moments turned more to ‘hubba-hubba’ type noises whenever she, and they, appeared on the screen.  “Those things ought to have a warning flag on them,” he said.