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Corrie Street Mar. 13/16

Business Negotiations

Maybe I’m missing something in the negotiations over Nick’s sale of bistro-ken-tracy-robert listen to leannethe Bistro. I don’t see what the fuss is about with Leanne’s 11th hour offer. Actually, it is a 12th hour offer, as in too late. She made it after Nick had accepted Robert’s offer and they had made an appointment with a lawyer to draw up the sale papers. Therefore, too bad for her and too bad for Nick if he prefers her as a buyer. Robert’s offer was accepted without conditions, therefore it stands.

Even if Leanne’s offer was higher, for the full asking price, it shouldn’t invalidate the deal agreed upon by Nick and Robert. Nick had carla-nick-leanne talk to robertoriginally told Robert that he wanted to offer the Bistro first to Leanne. Robert asked for first refusal, presumably after Leanne. Nick agreed. Leanne did not make an offer, so Robert did. He offered 90% of Nick’s asking price. Nick asked for time to consider it and await other offers. None came, so Nick accepted Robert’s. He did not add any caveats, say, ‘unless Leanne makes an offer’, ‘unless I get the full asking price’. He simply said yes to Robert. That’s where we were when Leanne came in with her offer also of 90%.

So now Robert is throwing up his hands because he can’t raise the tracy-robert question leannemoney to up his bid. Tracy is scheming to get the extra 10% out of Carla. Nick is saying he needs time to consider the offers. Being identical, what is there to dither about? He would prefer to sell to Leanne, as he made clear at the beginning, but he already agreed to sell to Robert.

I have expected Robert to simply say ‘let’s see what the lawyer says’. Well, I didn’t expect it as such, because I know that the storyline needs the tension between Tracy and Carla. But I don’t like having to stretch my credulity in order to watch another aspect of a storyline – its principal motivation – play out. If Leanne’s offer had been for more carla-nick-leanne-smilemoney, if they got into a bidding war – it still wouldn’t seem legally credible but it might make it a bit easier to go along with. It makes me wonder how any of them have stayed in any business if they pay so much attention to personal feelings and so little to legalities.

Corrie Street Feb. 28/16

Grass

Tuesday, a thump-thump-thumping sound might have been heard in leanne with policethe Weatherfield Police Station: Les Battersby turning in his figurative grave. His daughter Leanne was there to grass up her son.

During a football game, Simon seriously injured another player. Was it just in the course of play or was it deliberate? No one knows for sure, but Simon tells Zeedan that he had intended to hurt the kid. Zeedan then tells Leanne. She asks Simon and he gives mixed messages in his replies. With his recent history of violence toward her, she cannot simply take it on faith that he did not intend harm.

So, against every maternal instinct and every predisposition in her Battersby genetic structure, she goes to the police. She tells them leanne-in-stationeverything, not just Simon’s attack on the boy but also his violence toward her . I don’t think she’d planned to do that. Maybe, once she started, she couldn’t stop until she had got the whole story out. Maybe the police became her counsellor, her confessional.

The police question Simon. He says he did not intentionally injure the boy. In the end, it turns out that is the truth. A parent had recorded the game and caught the moment of the fight. It was an accident. Simon is surprised and angry that no one automatically believed him. view into interrogation-roomHe, however, conveniently overlooks his initial statement to Zeedan that led to everyone’s erroneous assumption. He blames his mother, piling more guilt on top of that she already feels for not having believed in him and for turning him in.

Peter criticizes Leanne’s parenting

He phones his dad so that Greatest Absent Father in the World Peter can rip into Leanne about the horrible things she is doing to his son. And somewhere Les Battersby is smiling to himself and saying to Leanne, ‘that’s what you get for being a grass.’

Too bad Simon only knows his father’s family. If he knew his adoptive mother’s family, he would learn that there is nothing he can do that would shock them, no bad behaviour that they had not already done, leanne starts to grassand they would likely be able to teach him quite a lot that he’s never even thought of. Leanne has wanted to be a good role model for him. That has meant keeping her sketchy past and that of her family from him. Perhaps it’s time to let him know that his family has some big bad-boy shoes, and he can’t hope to fill them.

Corrie Street Dec. 13/15

Barlow Childrearing

“Get out, you poisonous little bitch!” Robert to Tracy at the close of Robert tells Tracy you heard, get outTuesday’s episode. Words to put on a loop and play over and over again. Tracy was at the Bistro, needling Leanne yet again about Simon’s out of control behaviour.

Too bad the words had no lasting impact on Tracy. Despite the immediate shock, her soul-searching next day was confined to coming up with justifications for her behaviour. And, of course, worrying about whether Robert was interested in Leanne. He must, in Tracy reacts to Robert saying you poisonous little bitchher mind, since he kept defending Leanne. But Robert is loyal. He told her that, after all he had thrown away for her, he would hardly walk out on her now. Reassured, she could go back to crowning herself mother of the year.

The Barlow children, Amy and Simon, don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of growing up to be decent people. Amy is learning well the “poisonous” arts. She is being taught by a master.

Ken lives in the same household as Amy and spends a lot of time with Simon. One would hope he could exercise some influence in moderation, empathy and control. But then you look at his relationship with his children, and the grown-up products of his tracy with glass of red at bistro, not knowing leanne is enteringpaternal skills. Not a lot of hope there.

Maybe if Deirdre were still alive it would be different? I think Deirdre was able to be a much better mother to other people’s children than with her own. Look at Tracy. Deirdre stood by her no matter what, whether right or wrong. Commendable sentiment, perhaps, but the result is a narcissistic, even sociopathic adult who is now rearing her own child in her own image.

Poisonous or ethical

tracy watches leanne talk to robert at barLeanne, I think, is the most likely to be a good parent. She too is fiercely loyal to her child, and understanding of his fears and problems. But she has a moral code that she has fought hard to develop in herself and she wants to instill in him. She is hampered in this by her own insecurities about not being his “real” mother. Those insecurities are fed by Tracy and by Simon himself. If Peter were around, he’d probably feed them too if it served his purposes.

So the kids are growing up in a moral miasma. The ineffectual flapping who is looking after him, Tracy asks Leanne about Simonabout decency and respect from Ken and Leanne is countered by Tracy’s credo of defend yourself no matter what and attack anyone or anything that threatens you or your own. I pity the poor counsellor who has to take this mess on.

Corrie Street Dec. 6/15

Taking Leave

simon says mum as leanne leavesLeanne walks out Ken’s front door, taking leave. Simon runs out behind her and stops in the doorway.  His face goes from angry to surprised, lost and frightened. Young man to child in an instant. But he can do that, can’t he? Often and quickly.

The end of Wednesday’s episode, and I held my breath all the way through the (fortunately for me) short scene. As Leanne walks away, close up of simon saying -i swearSimon asks her to stop, to not leave him. She stops and slowly turns toward him. He says if she walks away, he will never speak to her ever again. He swears that on his grandfather’s life. Leanne turns away from him and continues walking. He cannot see the look of unbearable sadness and fear on her face. But we can. We can also see it on his.

Leanne had decided unilaterally that Simon should go live with Ken leanne-looks-at-simonfor a while. She is trying to avert violence in their household. She had come close to hitting him and understandably was very upset about that. Leanne also knows, but is more reluctant to say, that it is likely that he will hit her again.

Simon seems to have absolved himself of all blame, all responsibility leanne-turns-away-from-simonfor the hits and shoves that he has inflicted on her. Is that the response of a child? “Not my fault, yours.” The response of an abuser? “You made me do it.” Both? Simon is a man-child right now, big enough to inflict real physical damage and immature enough to have no firmly-rooted impulse control or taking of responsibility for his actions.

Leanne taking leave, as Simon watchesPeter gave him one piece of good advice before leaving, that a real man never hits a woman no matter what. Simon remembers a lot of stuff about what his father has said and done, but apparently not that.

Corrie Street Aug. 30/15

Simon Sez

Simon says sorry, Simon says dad says only cowards hit women. Then not-tell-him-anythingSimon goes off and strikes a woman – his mother – again. Kicks, hard shoves, nearly fists.

So not one scene, but all with Simon all week. Amy Barlow has long been the child who made me tense up every time she came on the screen – not knowing what she might do. Now it’s Simon. My favourite, he frightens me.

No matter how many times he reverts to the scared child and pleads with Leanne for forgiveness, no matter how many times she forgives simon-in-barlow-houseand consoles, next minute he’s turning on her, verbally and too often physically.

It’s difficult, just the two of them. A boy approaching adolescence, wanting to establish himself as a person independent of his mother. A boy who has experienced so much trauma already. She isn’t his “real mother”, he repeatedly points out to her. She holds herself back from reminding him that she’s the only mother he has known.

got-nought-to-do-with-himLeanne cajoles and soothes, tries to understand, reprimands and punishes. Then he kicks her. She, I think, is frightened of him. And with reason. He appears to have no self-control whatsoever. While there may be good reasons for that, the physical target of his frustration is her.

Leanne hides her injuries

She so far has told no one. Excuses are made for her injuries. This week, Simon was hurt when she repelled another attack by him. He cannot-say-anything-everdoesn’t want anyone to know what really happened, so both of them are lying about it. He is holding it over his mother, however, with innuendo. One word from him and she’d be considered a child beater. And even if he says nothing to anyone else, he gives her reminders that she hurt her child. That makes sure her guilt level stays up. Never mind the wounds and bruises that child has inflicted on her body.

Frightening. And we don’t know if Simon knows yet that Grandma nip-out-with-EcclesDeirdre left money for him and Amy. We’re seeing how it’s eating at Amy, who wants to get her hands on it now. How will Simon react? He ought to be proactive because I think Amy is probably already thinking about how she can cut Simon out and keep it all for herself.

Aside from that, it’s nice to see Eccles back, but what’s up with her transformation?

In real life, sad news this week. Marguerite McDonald died in Ottawa August 24th. The first host of CBC Radio’s The House, she had been married to the late Harry Elton, Coronation Street‘s original producer. Condolences to her family.

Corrie Street Nov. 17/13

Steak and Burgers

that-I-love-youThe week ended with a tentative, but lovely, reconciliation between Leanne and Nick. It was Gloria who pushed it, with some uncommonly sensible talk from her.

Leanne returned to town to see how she felt about Nick. Couldn’t forgive him, she decided. After she witnessed him coming unglued at the kids’ Hallowe’en party, she joined her mother, Tina and Gloria at the Bistro. While they chatted, she stared into space, brooding.

got-steak-at-homeGloria did an astute assessment and pushed her to talk. She couldn’t get past his one night stand, especially with it being Kylie, Leanne told her. Gloria agreed, why go out for hamburgers when you’ve got steak at home? Exactly, Leanne said, glad to have her grandmother side with her. “But the steak wasn’t at home, was it?” Gloria added, puncturing that little balloon of sanctimoniousness.

Leanne went over to the restaurant counter to mope, head in hands. Gloria pursued her and continued the discussion out of earshot of Stella and Tina. Sympathetically, she could-have-hurt-you-some-moreagreed Leanne had every right to be hurt and angry at Nick’s actions. But, she pointed out, the reason he was alone in the hotel, available for Kylie or anyone else, was because Leanne was not with him on what was to be their wedding night. The fact that Nick had turned down Eva when she offered herself on a plate showed that he had not intended to stray from Leanne. But he had learned in a cruel way that Leanne had pretty much offered herself on a plate to Peter right before she was supposed to be at you-ran-upstairs-to-peterthe church marrying Nick. Think on that, lassie!

And think Leanne did. It can take several thinkings and tellings for something to sink in. Earlier in the week, Gail had said much the same thing to Leanne. That Nick wouldn’t have had the chance to sleep with Kylie if Leanne hadn’t stopped en route to her wedding to see if her ex was still available. The words of Gail and Gloria perhaps reinforced Leanne’s recall of her own words when she first suspected Nick had been with someone else that night – that, given leanne-hugs-nickher actions, it was understandable that he’d seek solace elsewhere. It’s ok, she had said then, we both erred.

She says much the same to Nick now, this time filmed-itknowing all the facts.  She means it, I think. I hope they can reconcile. I hope too that she wipes the floor with that dreadful child Grace when she attempts her planned trick on Simon and Nick.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Feb. 24/13)

Mother-in-law

Forgive me for reminding you of this song, Mother-in-Law (click to hear).  But it popped saved-up-enough gail mother-in-lawinto my head while Gail was pleading with Nick to take her in.  She was homeless, she said.  She was his mother, she how-longsaid.  Throughout her speech, she never once looked at Leanne, Nick’s wife, standing right beside him.  Leanne, however, was looking at her and looking daggers at Nick when he caved in.

Then came my pick for best scene of the week, more accurately I guess, sound.  The scene Nick-looks-to-kitchenwe can only imagine since it took place off-screen.  When Nick told Gail she could move in, Leanne looked at Nick in horror then flung herself through the door to the glass-breakingkitchen.  The sound of crashing glass and crockery followed.  I don’t think it was just dishes and glasses falling, I think they were being thrown across the room.

I don’t blame her.  Gail has not even been civil to her before or since Leanne and Nick’s wedding.  They are still newlyweds, adjusting to living together and making a family life with Simon.  Their relationship was far from easy before the wedding(s) and they need time to sort themselves out.  We’ve never seen Nick’s flat so we don’t know how large it Leanne-laughsis.  But he rented it for himself only so I doubt it’s more than adequate for the three already in it.  And then the mother-in-law expects to move in.  Not because she truly has nowhere else to go, only because she is angry at her other son and his wife.

Gail has reason to be angry.  David and Kylie are not-a-mother-on-earthacting abominably to her.  Whether or not they buy the house, it has been Gail’s house for all of David’s life.  Adjustments in living arrangements need time and discussion by all three adults.  But there’s the rub:  David and Kylie are not adults.  Despite lurches into apparent maturity, they still are just playing at adulthood.

If I’m a lodger…

holed-up-in-the-box-roomThat was underscored in Friday’s episode when Gail lets them know that if she is being treated as a lodger, she will act like one. No, she’s no longer taking Max to school, no, she won’t iron David and Kylie’s shirts but she will leave her ironing board up and let them use her iron until they buy their own.  Kylie be-doing-thisand David both are astounded and furious.  After all she’s always done all the work – she’s mum and grandmum.  No, she says, you say I’m a lodger.

She is taking the fight to them, something she should have done at the beginning instead of running to Nick, crying to him to bail her out.

take-it-off-my-rentAt least events of the week have answered the question of how many bedrooms there are upstairs.  But two and a “box room” still doesn’t really explain how Gail has had so many of her children and their lovers and children living there all at the same time.