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Corrie Street Apr. 17/16

It’s been like time travel, hearing Izzy and Gary and now Anna freak out about marijuana and drug dealing and the slippery slope. ReeferReeferMadnessPoster-wikipedia madness! Over a bit of weed.

Where have these people been, I’ve wondered. Have they not heard the debates of the past how many years about the medicinal uses of marijuana, the legalization, the dispensaries where people with prescriptions receive their allotted dosages? Marijuana is talked about a lot in media and general discourse, but as “medical” more so than “recreational”.

With her chronic illness and high levels of pain, I would think Izzy would know all about what is au courant in the medical community for long term pain relief. And, at least here in North America, that’s medical marijuana. I’ve even seen posts on social media recently about its value for chronic pain relief for your dog.

And Izzy hadn’t discussed its possible benefit for her with her doctor? Instead she went to a decidedly sleazy bar and met a guy who sold her oregano. Good heavens, I had no idea that old trick could still work on anyone.

Izzy holds up tiny bag of marijuanaThen Gary gets her some. Problem solved, until she needs more. The next lot that Gary buys is way stronger. Tell your friend to use less, the guy warns Gary. Ya think? The teeny-tiny amount alone ought to be a clue. Izzy heeds the warning, but whatever else is in it is very powerful and she is totally disoriented by it.

Anna walks in, of course, and sees the state of Izzy and the evidence ashtrayin the ashtray (and presumably the smell). Off she goes with Jake, telling Izzy she’s in no fit state to care for a child. Until she gets herself sorted out, Jake will not be back.

So later in the week Izzy does what she should have done in the first place. She goes to her doctor and asks about a prescription for medical marijuana. She is turned down, as not qualifying for some reason. Now she will have to turn elsewhere for pain relief, in other buzzed out Izzy tells Anna it was different beforesleazy bars or with other high-powered opiate prescription painkillers.

Presumably we’ll be crawling into the underbelly of illegal or legal drug use along with her in the search for pain relief. It’s a real story about a real problem. If the writers had simply turned events in the plot around, it would be more believable. It should have started at the point it ended at this week, with Izzy asking her doctor about medical marijuana as an option for her.

Corrie Street July 7/13

C14th-Psalter-St.-John's-Cambridge-joh.cam.ac.uk_library_special_collections_manuscripts_medieval_manuscripts_medman_A_K26_K26f10v.htmIn Peter and Leanne’s fight over Simon, I thought of the Judgment of Solomon in determining which of two claimants to a baby was the real mother.  On Friday the tale, with Izzy, went to the conclusion:  one woman deciding to give up the baby to keep him safe.  Had Izzy spoken in Solomon’s court instead of to Gary in the pub patio, I think she would be given the baby Jake/Joe.

I doubt that she will stick with what she said, that the baby should stay with the person with whom he was bonding.  Gary would not accept it and neither would Owen and Anna.  But she showed she is putting the baby first.  She, I think, is the only one doing so.

unspoiltThe turning point for her was Tina saying that the baby was responding to her voice and touch.  The solicitor’s letter, saying there would be a hearing in a few months, confirmed her feeling.   A legal battle could take a year or more.  Izzy realized that by then, if they won, they take the baby from the only person he knew as his mother.  Regardless of biology, she and Gary would be strangers baby-phototo him.  In a moment of clarity, she sees that is unfair to the child.

Earlier, Tina moaned to Tommy that she felt pulled apart by what the baby wanted and what Gary and Izzy wanted.  Codswallop!  It’s the baby who is being pulled apart by what she wants.  He is in an incubator tended by shifts of nurses.   At this point, he soon will grow accustomed to new arms holding him.  Tina’s concern for his needs is a smokescreen hiding her own.  Maybe that’s subconscious but it needs to will-be-our-faultbe brought to light quickly for the baby’s sake.  Maybe also subconsciously, she knows it’s wrong.  She called the baby “Jake” after fiercely telling everyone “his name is Joe.”  A slip in line delivery or a Freudian slip?

Tina is being enabled in her selfishness by Tommy and, surprisingly, Rita.  They know what she is doing is wrong.  They had the chance to say so when Tina asked point-blank what they thought.  Rita let-Tina-keep-himequivocated, saying she had feared this would happen from the beginning of the mad scheme but now she would support Tina wholeheartedly.  Tina then asked Tommy.  What could he say but “ditto”?  Interesting that Dennis’ opinion wasn’t sought.  I think he would have told Tina that she has to honour the deal she made no matter how difficult and that delay will only cause stress for the baby.

Rita later tells Tommy that he has to tell Tina that she should not keep the baby.  What a Gary-disbelievingdifficult spot for Tommy!  And he cannot successfully do it.  Rita stands the best chance of getting through to Tina.  Her relationship with Tina is of a different order than Tommy’s and there is a remote chance that her opinion might be listened to.  By kicking the ball to Tommy, Rita has let Tina and Tommy and the baby down badly.

So in this murky melodrama of maternal izzy-final-frameattachment that feels, unfortunately, all too real, Izzy is the only person truly thinking of the baby’s best interests.  The choice she is thinking of is probably not the best for anyone involved.  But it does come from an unselfish, pure love of the child.

Corrie Street Jun. 16/13

The first four episodes this past week each had more than one contender for “the scene”.  able-to-see-him-soonI cannot narrow it down any further than one from each day.

Monday:  Izzy’s face as she realizes the newborn is not crying and the nurse hustles him off.  Equally good was Izzy standing at the incubator holding the hand of the tiny infant inside it.

Tuesday:  Owen giving way to his fear and sadness.  “Vulnerable and venerable” my husband called Owen after seeing him lose his carefully constructed and maintained façade of bravery and bravado.  With Anna, he can give voice to his inner fears and self-see-him-lying-in-the-incubatorrecriminations.  He blamed himself for “pushing” Izzy and Gary into this surrogacy.  Of course he didn’t.  He was adamantly opposed when they said they were thinking of it and he gave valid reasons for his objections.  But he did make it possible.  They had the idea and he had the ability to figure out how best to do it as well as the resources to make it happen. Owen is the quintessential male in the schema of gender roles found in Men are from Mars, Women… Venus; Mr. Fixit, taking a problem and solving it. Now, with the baby’s prognosis for survival not great and the mess Izzy and Gary have made of their relationship, he blames himself for taking their hare-brained dream and making it a reality.

Wednesday:  Tina entering the nursery where Izzy and Gary are fighting beside the baby’s he-might-have-your-eyesincubator.  She lays down the law to them.  They will sort out their problems somewhere else and, until they do, neither of them will see the baby.  She has deliberately tried to avoid bonding with the child she was carrying, but she will defend him against anyone, including his biological parents.  Good for her.

Thursday:  Carla telling Rob what is going to happen in order for her to not report his theft to the police.  Her performance, as the character, belied Tracy’s earlier jibe that loser-I-grew-up-withbeneath the designer clothes and six inches of makeup, you’re nothing.  You could see Carla collect herself, and her strength, and say everything quickly before she lost her resolve.  She needed that focused composure in light of what Rob had said earlier to her, when she caught him out at the warehouse with the stolen silk.  Showing himself to be a master manipulator, he turned everything she said on its head.  He knew exactly where to poke clear-your-lockerto hit her own self-doubts and her love for him, the little brother she believes she abandoned long ago.  In the Bistro you can see the look of confusion on Rob’s face.  His tricks aren’t working on her.  Rob’s scenes this week have been the best I’ve ever seen from him.  I like him even less but I’m fascinated with watching the narcissist, verging on sociopath, side of him reveal itself.

Coronation Street May 5/13

Friday, in the café Anna comments to Tina about both of them having “other peoples’ kids, hope you owen-faye-annahave better luck than I’ve had.”

The story of the week was Anna and Faye and Tim – and police and social workers.  Tim having bought a sofa bed, Faye took that as her cue to have sleepovers at Dad’s.  When Anna refused that, Faye escalated it to moving in to Dad’s.  After Anna refused that, Faye alleged Anna had hit her.  After having been removed from her home during the investigation, it finally dawned on Faye that she was being taken very seriously and maybe this was going to have consequences greater than just her getting her own way with her mother.  Waiting at the police station, Izzy, Faye’s temporary guardian, responded beautifully to a difficult situation.  Asked by faye-giving-statementFaye if Anna would go to jail, Izzy said “that depends on you.”  Faye retracted her allegations, and all agreed that Faye was a very troubled child.  I’ll say!  I’d go back to sleeping with one eye open.

Faye got her way in the end, and Anna really had no choice.  Faye has moved temporarily to Tim’s sofa bed.  We’ll see how that goes.  Very real issues affecting adoptive children and parents are being raised in this story.  A Guardian article talks about the new minefields presented by social media like Facebook, which of course was how Faye found Tim in the first place.

Tim gives my husband and me the creeps.  But then so does Faye, so maybe it’s just a family trait.  So as of Thursday, my only dilemma was which gut-wrenching scene to choose.

izzy-gary-tinaThen Friday the story moved to another complicated parentage story – Izzy, Gary and Tina.  Tina had a prenatal class and Izzy and Gary were going with her.  Makes sense they’d go, even though Beth questioned why Izzy was taking time off work for it.  After all, she pointed out, it was Tina who had to know about childbirth.

Beth’s words came to Izzy’s mind, and ours, when they were actually in the class.  Pregnant women and partners all sat on the floor and Izzy in her chair.  Tina and Gary sat on the floor.  Tina, like the other expectant mothers, needed a partner for the exercises people-moving-for-izzyand, of course, for the forthcoming big event.  Izzy realized she was in the way, so she had to navigate her way across a floor filled with pregnant women-and-their-partners to sit in the back, out of the way, out of sight, out of mind.  Tears came to her eyes as she sat off to the side like a fifth wheel.  Beautiful camera work and acting in too-late-to-change-your-mindconveying the emotion.

Leaving aside where this story looks to be heading with Gary getting too interested in Tina, this moment was heartbreaking.  Izzy, feeling extraneous to her child’s development, watching her partner busy partnering with the woman who is carrying the baby.  What, she must be wondering, are the next months going to be like?

izzy-leaving-roomAnna’s comment about other peoples’ kids was fair enough, but she might find she could also extend her sympathy to Izzy.  She too feels like ‘her’ child is not really hers after all.