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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 26/11)

Lancashire Fusilier

Ches and Roy beside lancashire fusilierThat was the most fabulous wedding I’ve ever seen on Corrie or any other show.  Roy and Hayley on a Lancashire Fusilier. I can’t possibly pick one scene – every one was great.

The singalong on the bus: evocative of old Corrie episodes where they’d rent a bus to go to Blackpool or somewhere.  Those participating in the moment, and those sniping.  Norris grizzling about everyone being so silly. Sally at Claire about everything, and Rosie getting digs in at John the tour leader.

Roy as John and Ches blindfolded him to take him to the train.  Roy obviously never played any trust games – he did not take well to being blindfolded and relying on others.  But his pleasure at seeing the train and learning he’d be riding shotgun in the engine – wonderful.

Roy shovelling coal inRoy and Ches in overalls in the engine, Roy shoveling coal into the burner and Ches saying “faster, faster”.  They both were having so much fun.

Mary, not a guest at the wedding although her dress was there, stole every scene she was in.  Her good wishes to Hayley when the bridal party was leaving the Street was frightening, guilt-producing, yet touching.  Double-meaning in everything she said so you felt both fear and sympathy for her.  Hayley conveyed that confusion of reaction beautifully.

Mary at tracks, hand on the lever Mary’s motorhome following the wedding bus was ominous.  Mary sitting by the tracks waving, hand on a train lever was not a good sign.  Later, in the Rovers, worried about the wedding, her comment to Ciaran about what her mother always said was heartbreaking:  “our Mary will never even make bridesmaid.”

And Sophie and Sian

Sean looks at Sophie in surpriseSophie was obviously tormented by the denial by her and Sian of their relationship, and that she was allowing Claire to be called “mad” and a child abuser.  And the cock crowed three times.

Later that night, she told her father that what Claire said was true, that she and Sian were together.  Good for you Sophie.  Sean’s reactions were great too, first when Claire made her announcement his sidelong surprised look at Sophie.  Then later, when Sally was going on about her daughter being “normal”, Sean’s questioning of her definition of normality.

Bridesmaids pumping handcar along trackAnd, after the bride and bridesmaids realized they were stranded in the countryside, no longer with the rest of the train!  Hayley, gown blowing behind her, standing on the handcar as her bridesmaids pumped the handles – priceless.  They sped along the track, getting Hayley “to the church on time”

Head table, as Roy finishes his speechThe scene that made me cry, though, was Roy’s speech.  With Sophie and Sian in the background, denying the ‘outing’ of them that Claire did, Roy talked about the world catching up to him and Hayley.  Eleven years earlier, he Sophie listens to Roy's speechsaid, he and Hayley wanted to legally commit to each other but the law did not allow it.  “We have remained still and the world has turned to meet us… The world can change its rules, its laws and its opinions as frequently as it chooses but I will remain standing beside you.  That will not change.”  Perfect.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (May 1/11)

The Wedding Planner

Mary telling Hayley nonono to small event roomMonday, Mary leaping at Hayley in the fancy hotel’s small event room when Hayley says she prefers it to the large ballroom.  Hayley is especially pleased to see the steam train yard outside the window, remarking that Roy would like that.  ‘Who cares?’ is Mary’s reaction.

“It’s your wedding day, not a trainspotters’ outing.”   It’s your day, it doesn’t matter what he thinks, it’s about you, you, all about you, your chance to shine, Mary tells Hayley it's your day, book the ballroomyour chance to be the princess, the fairy tale dress in the fairy tale ballroom, “the day you’ve thought of since you were a little —  since you were small.”

Even before her  ‘your day’ tirade, she had summarily dismissed the small room.  Not the Cinderella ballroom, so not good enough.  “Intimate is sales speak for you couldn’t swing a cat, but by the look of the décor they’ve had a damn good try at it.”   The poor hotel manager!  He looks offended, but also terrified.

Mary leads Hayley away from hotel managerMary is brilliant.  It must have been hard for anyone on the set or near it to keep from laughing out loud during the taping.   She is positively frightening.  You knew, when Hayley agreed to look at Mary’s wedding planning book, that it was going to become hideous.  Mary outdoes herself in this scene.  Considering how scary Mary is at the best of times, that’s saying something.  Run Hayley run!

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Apr. 10/11)

A Proposal

a proposal - Roy to Hayley on bended kneeMy pick for the week is not the small, unexpected quirky moment.  I’m going straight to the Big Event – Roy’s romantic proposal of marriage.  It was lovely, weepy-making and also quirky even if expected or at least hoped for.

In a smoke-filled room with shattered glass on the floor, Roy got on one knee and asked Hayley to be his wife, again.  No, they weren’t in a pub evading no-smoking laws after a bar fight.  It was their living room after he’d had a cooking disaster.  As he attempted getting down on his knee, Hayley fussed at him about shards of glass and what are you doing, be careful.  She did not see what he Hayley smiles and says yes to Roywas trying to do.  But her smile when she heard his words, and realized his meaning, and her immediate heart-felt ‘yes’!  Priceless.

He had worked on preparing the event all day, with Anna’s help.  He’d carefully planned the menu and timed Hayley’s arrival.  But she had a horrible day.  The factory girls wanting her to find out what was going on with their jobs, the factory and the new contract.  Nick, up to his eyeballs in worry trying to sort it out, didn’t have time for her.  Carla took off with Trevor to South Africa for the World Cup and recuperation after her ordeal with Tony.  No jobs, no factory, no new contract, and everyone wanting answers from Hayley.

Delayed by more questions and complaining on her way home, Hayley was late.  Unlike her usual cheery self, she was fed up with everybody and everything and just wanted a nice bath and early bed.  Roy, holding dinner in Hayley comes in the cafe, to Roy and Anna's reliefthe oven, first was fretful over dinner being ruined.  Then he began panicking, afraid that Tony still had some evil in store for her.

She arrived in the café, to his and Anna’s great relief.  But the smoke alarm went off upstairs.  It was her turn to panic.  Roy knew the cause, but she didn’t.  She flashed back to the factory burning, screaming at Roy to please don’t go upstairs.

Roy fanning door in smoke-filled apartmentHe did, to find their apartment full of smoke and the smoke detector blaring.  Fanning the door, getting frantic trying to shut the noise off, getting his burned Dutch apple pie out of the oven.  He stepped back, bumped the table and knocked the vase of flowers onto the floor.  It shattered far and wide.

Hayley, still Hayley cleaning up glass, remembering Amsterdamfrightened, came upstairs.  When she saw the Dutch baked apple cake, he explained he’d been making a reminder of their time in Amsterdam.  She recalled her feelings then.  Her overwhelming despair of ever becoming the woman she felt herself to be instead of the Harold she was born, of ever being with Roy again, the man who had loved her as Hayley.  Then Roy finding her and still loving her as Hayley, Harold or Santa Claus.  In Amsterdam, she did become Hayley, with “all that to-ing and fro-ing down there” as Julie later so wonderfully described it.

Hayley and Roy embrace as a newly engaged, married, coupleAnyway, after that moment of Hayley remembering how hard it was getting to where she and Roy now are, they sat on the couch amid the shattered glass.  And he proposed.  He didn’t have to say and nor did she, but they, and we, know that this time she will have her fancy wedding dress and the big party.  It isn’t just about life insurance policies now.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 27/11)

Red Dress Redux

Hayley with the red dress Roy gave herMy “aahh” moment was Hayley opening the gift from Roy when it wasn’t even her birthday.  When Roy fumbled and bumbled his way into the Windass home to leave the present for her, saying it would take him a while to arrange, I’d thought he was going to sprinkle rose petals on her bed, as Anna had suggested to him.  And maybe he did.  What we saw was Hayley, downstairs, opening the box he’d left.  It was a red party dress.

Like Hayley, I almost cried.  And, aside from the romance of it and how difficult it must have been for Roy to go dress shopping, it was absolutely beautiful.  I think, in future, she should choose her wardrobe with his help.  It is a much prettier dress than the red salsa number she chose.

Tony taunting CarlaRobbie, Tony's evil friendIt is great to have Tony Gordon back and just as bad as ever.  I like his prison friend Robbie, even if his smiling open face does conceal just as much evil.  He looked familiar to me, and Corrie Canuck gave the answer.  He is James Fleet and was on The Vicar of Dibley.


Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 20/11)

Red Hot Hayley

Haley admiring new red dress in cafeHayley, delighted with her dress purchase.  Roy saying “I find it hard to see you in it.”  The hurt you feel when you’re all excited by something and someone you love throws cold water on it.  Hayley was already angry with Roy, and hurt, for his totally ham-handed proposal of marriage.  Then, to perk herself up, she decides to splurge on a fancy red dress, a dress that is totally unlike her.

Haley trying on dress at dance classYes, Roy is right.  But that’s not the point.  I’d go even further and say the dress looks absolutely hideous on her.  At least Roy didn’t say that.  Of course, he didn’t get the chance to see it on her.  Thank goodness:  he might well have said it.

So in this little scene, Hayley is mad about Roy’s reaction to the dress and, by extension, to his perception of her as a woman.  Women’s feelings about their partners’ opinion of their looks can be a minefield at the best of times.  But, of course in Hayley’s case, she also has the legacy of her previous life as Harold to influence her feelings of self-worth.

Usually Roy is very sensitive to her, both as Hayley the woman and as Hayley a transgendered person.  When they originally married, their marriage could only be a civil union, ‘blessing’ type of ceremony.  Now that they can marry in the eyes of the law, he wants to do that.  But he’s thinking only of it as a legal validation of what they already did.  Hayley wants to wear a fancy dress and have a party.

Haley throws dress back in bagSo this dress, her flashy salsa number, stands in for the wedding dress hopes in their fight in the café.  I don’t think Roy is thinking about Harold or whether the red dress would look good on Hayley or not.  He’s only thinking it’s not the sort of thing he’s ever seen her wear, I think.

I hate seeing them fight.  I hate seeing her frustrated by Roy’s problems with speaking of his feelings.  And I hate seeing him frustrated by not being able to tell her how he feels, or at least tell her he doesn’t understand why she’s so upset.  They are such a lovely pair that truly complete each other and make a sum greater than the parts.

Hayley leaning on Anna for emotional and practical Eddie, muttering, while making teasupport is nice to see.  And it’s funny, watching the private eye rolls as either of them talk about their husbands.  When Anna says “just like me and my Eddie” you can see Hayley give a ‘yeah, whatever’ kind of look.  Eddie has had a few good moments since the crisis started.  The best was when Hayley arrived, suitcase in hand, at the Windasses.  While Anna consoled Hayley, saying “you two are meant to be together”, Eddie muttered “like no one else would want either of ye.”  Nasty?  Yes.  Pot and kettle?  Yes again.  But funny?  Oh yes.