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Corrie Street Mar. 29/15

Portugal

if-you-do-not-tell-josephRoy was the most useful person in the leaving-for-Portugal saga. As usual. When the taxi was due to pick up Katy and Joseph, Ches was making chips in the doner shop. Roy came in, café pinny still on, and asked if he weren’t going to see them off. When Ches said he couldn’t face it, Roy said emphatically that he must, that he’d regret it forever if he did not.
coming-upOut the door Ches went, asking Roy to mind the shop. The impatient customer awaiting his chips was not happy about the turn of events. But Roy is used to dealing with snappish customers. “Coming up.” So Ches had the chance to tell his son he loves him.

The rest of Katy and Joseph’s family? Owen and Izzy finally came around to wishing Katy well. That was after telling her that taking Joseph away would do him irreparable damage. What about his family, his home, how-much-do-i-love-youhis homeland? He needs dad, grandparents, aunts and cousins just a door or two away. Never mind the advantages for him that Katy rhymed off – sea and sun, a new language, a house and granny already in place, a chance for his mother to build a career. Doesn’t matter. And Katy? Doesn’t matter. She must put Joseph first and foremost. And what’s best for Joseph is Weatherfield.

not-sure-myselfAfter playing the Joseph card as long as possible, Izzy and Owen turned to their plight. But what would they do without her there everyday all day? How could she do this to them? Only Anna kept out of it. And, aside from Chesney, Anna has the only good reason for not wanting Katy to go. The plus of vacations in Portugal, for her, is offset by the presence of Owen’s ex-wife.

Sinead joins in the fun of running other people’s lives. She decides that Joseph cannot go, waving-as-taxi-leavesand that Ches agreed to it only because she is a burden. So she makes poor Kirk take her home from the hospital. At the house, she decides to stand up in order to reach the biscuits. She falls and goes back to hospital in an ambulance. Her progress is set back considerably and the stress on Ches is increased considerably.

waving-goodbye Katy leaving for PortugalAll this to keep a young woman from going to Portugal in search of a better future and a chance to get to know her estranged mother. It isn’t like she and Joseph are off to cross Antarctica by themselves.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 17/13)

Backfire

You do something enormously stupid.  So you come up with a plan that gets you out of it and, even come-on-katybetter, makes it seem somebody else’s fault.  You will look like a hero, maybe even a martyr, and somebody else will look like the schmuck.  Somebody, say, like Chesney.  Perfect.  What could go wrong?

Thursday Katy learns the art of covering your tracks.  But she needs more practice to become successful at it.  She is angry at Chesney because he is not thrilled about her working at the kebab shop, leaving him with baby Joseph.  She’s become interested in Ryan because, well, he’s not Chesney.  Her friends think Ryan’s hot so she’s looking at him with new eyes.  He deejays, has fun and pays her compliments.  Chesney works at a market stall and whines about lack of money.  Katy is just a teenager, stuck with a baby, a stack of dirty dishes and a sister-in-law whining about her boyfriend banged up in jail.  Yep, Ryan would look good.

Katy-and-Ryan-kissAfter she and Ryan kiss in the back of the kebab shop, she realizes she has to get out of temptation’s way.  Conveniently Dev walks in so she says she quits, that Ches doesn’t like her working.  She’s angry at Ryan, at Ches and, most of all, at herself.  So she stomps home and says I quit – are you happy now.  She plays the martyr card, taking over feeding of the baby and saying I’ll bring your pipe and slippers as soon as I’m done here.

Katy overplays her hand

take-over-thanksThe lesson she’s about to learn is, in this situation, don’t overplay the martyr.  She doesn’t know that Fiz and Tina have been telling Ches that he’s wrong to expect Katy not to work, that almost all couples must both work and share child-care just to make ends meet.  So when she sits glowering about the injustice Ches has does her, she isn’t aware of how the wheels are turning over in his head.

Katy-Ches-DevOn his way to get take-out, he stops by Dev’s and pleads for her job back.  Dev finally agrees and comes back to the house with Ches.  Both are very pleased with themselves.  Dev is giving a flighty young girl a second chance. Ches is showing that he can change his thinking and isn’t still swimming in the primeval swamp of male chauvinism.  Tada!

Fiz and Tina are witness to the entire thing – Ches fairer-than-thatcomplaining about not having a wife at home, Katy unwillingly giving in to his unreasonable expectations, then his change of heart.  “Can’t say fairer than that, Katy,” says Fiz.

No indeed, Katy, you can’t.  What you must learn in the art of shifting blame is don’t provide a way for the other person to remedy the situation that you have set up as their fault.  all-happyHad she tamped down her appearance of anger before she walked into her house, she may have achieved the outcome she wanted.  Walk in saying, you’re right, I can’t bear to be away from Joseph.  He’s only little once, we’ll get by on what you make, etc.  She then provides Ches with no option other than to say thank you, are you sure, you can work if you want to.  That is the “martyred saint” approach, safer than the “angered martyr” that she chose.  But success in such deception, and deflection, takes time to learn.  And she’s still very young.