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Corrie Street Oct. 18/15


live episode caddie-by-roversFrom the opening credits right through to the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado tooling down the cobbles, the live episode was fabulous. Quiet drama with Roy and Cathy balanced high drama with the younger Platts and Callum.

My only criticism? I’d have liked to have more time with each of the many events going on. Individual things, like Craig nervous about a first date that, sadly, didn’t happen. And big events, like two lavish parties.

live episode orient-express-cafeA birthday party for Roy at the café had a beautifully done Orient Express theme. And the clothes! Everyone looked absolutely fabulous. Also a huge going-away party at the Rovers for Lloyd.

Parties for Roy and Lloyd merge

anna-two-glasses-champagneThe two parties merged. Gary decided to go teetotal so passed his drinks to Anna. Her two-handed drinking led to words with Sally and she blabbed what she’d overheard about Sally kissing Kevin. Tim stormed off.

Roy swerved both parties because he had spent the earlier part of the day with Cathy – in Blackpool. She didn’t know its significance. She talked about wanting to dance at the Ballroom. Just like Hayley. Cathy wanted him to go wading. Just like Hayley.

Alone in his flat, he displaced his distress with complaints to the roy-opens-cake-boxWeatherfield bus service. Carla confronted him, talked sense and sent him off with Rita’s rum babas to catch Cathy. The bus schedule was thrown off again, with a well-timed flat, so he and Cathy could sort out their feelings and histories. They started making a history for themselves, with rum cake and a kiss.

Main Event: Callum

kylie-with-wrenchOf course, the main event happened at the Platts’ house. Sarah thought she could outsmart Callum. She tried to record him saying something incriminating. I doubt that Sarah could outsmart a kitchen cabinet. A struggle ensued. Kylie beaned Callum with a wrench. He died.

hole-in-platt-floorPanic until David came home and thought of a plan. Take Callum in his own car and dump him in the canal. Could have worked, except Tony and Todd came up with another plan – steal Callum’s car and torch it. That left the Platts with a body, no car – but a big hole in the garage floor. So that’s where Callum went.

CBC ad and sights never before seen

CBC’s ad for the episode showed Callum chasing David and Kylie sally-in-bathrobedown the street. I thought, gee, thanks for saving me the trouble of watching! So they got me.

On Friday, there were two sights I would never have thought possible. Both came out of what happened earlier, in the live episode.

Sally crossed roy-in-salon-chairthe street in a bathrobe, and did not care who saw her. And Roy entered Audrey’s salon, and sat as a client in her stylist chair.


Corrie Street May 31/15

Regards to Tromsø

Writers and crew made good use of their location shoot in Liverpool. liverpool-lightsLast week it was David’s story. This week, it’s Lloyd and the boys having Steve’s stag night without Steve. Then, as it turns out, without Lloyd.

Nothing is going as Lloyd hoped. He wanted to show them his stag-doLiverpool, so planned a minibus excursion. He forgot about Steve’s last minibus trip, when it crashed. So the stag of honour bowed out. The rest go, but it’s not the same.

old-fella-asleepThe great music and party bar he remembers, The Horse and Cart, is not so bangin’ now. It is depressing, even dead. An old man asleep at a table pretty much typifies the place. Oh, I hope we see him again – just prop him up in a corner anywhere anytime.

To the harbour

tyrone-finds-lloydLloyd goes out for a smoke, and keeps going to the harbour front. He buys himself a bottle and sits there feeling sorry for himself. Tyrone finds him and they talk and drink.

Back at the bar, the boys talk about relationships and Jason bemoans sharon-here-is-waiting-for-a-friendhis lack of one. Things look a little more promising when a pretty woman comes in and visibly eavesdrops. She’s meeting a friend who would be great for Jason, she tells Gary. Whooee, Jason’s interested!

A Norwegian trawler

Back at the wharf, Lloyd and Tyrone go aboard a we-are-sailingNorwegian trawler and feel the wind in their hair. The bottle is almost gone by this time, and so are they. When it’s nearly dark, they realize they should go back to the bar. Only Lloyd can’t walk. He falls and tells Tyrone to go get the others and come back for him. Off Tyrone staggers, not sure which direction is which.

so-what-are-you-doing-in-a-gay-barAt the bar, the girl’s friend arrives – name of Leon. Jason explains he’s not gay. They don’t believe him. Sean verifies that Jason is telling the truth. “So what’re you doing in a gay bar?” Well, who’d have thunk it. I wonder if it will be a surprise to the old fella whenever he wakes up.

Trawler heads for Tromsø

it-were-right-hereNext we see our boys staggering along the harbour apron in pitch black, looking for the trawler. Finally they find the gangplank, and Tyrone sees only open water at its end. They look up and see the ship steaming out.

On board, Lloyd wakes up in his nest of nets and hears the engines. He gets up and staggers to the deck. He sees the lights of Liverpool lloyd-sees-liverpool-in-distancereceding. A crew member comes out of the cabin. ‘What the -?’ he probably says when he sees Lloyd. Next day, on the Street they’re piecing together Lloyd’s disappearance. He won’t be home for a while.  The trawler’s next stop is Tromsø.

Corrie Street Aug. 3/14

Fairy Tale

not-have-to-be-like-thatAndrea turns up, with a bag, at Lloyd’s flat. She is ready to move in and ready, willingly or not, to tell him she is married. But Lloyd has already found out. They ignore the flowers and champagne that were meant to welcome her.

Lloyd doesn’t want to hear her explanations or protestations of love. It was a fairy tale, he says, beautiful girl meets ordinary guy and and fairy tale our-sorry-little-talewants to live with him happily ever after. But fairy tales don’t come true.

They can, says she. Trapped in an ok marriage, she found her Prince Charming in Lloyd. She loves him, wants to live with him, has left her husband. Her suitcase is her proof, she wants the happy ending.

Played for the fool

But Lloyd can’t believe her. Because of his low self-esteem, Steve’s harsh words about her, and the extent of Andrea’s deception, he if-i-did-think-about-itbelieves that once again he’s been played for the fool. He was her bit on the side, as Steve said, and he hadn’t been able to read the signs she had been giving out. So he had blundered on, hoping and believing.

Andrea is devastated. What will she do if Lloyd tells her to leave? He wants to believe her and almost does. He should talk to her husband, he says, try to explain, try to make things right.

She hadn’t told her husband about Lloyd. She had just destroyed his family, she said, why lloyd-grabs-baghurt him more? But Lloyd takes that avoidance of the truth as a negation of him, and Plan B for her. Out, he says as he throws her bag toward the door.

However, a question pops to my mind. Aren’t they on Facebook?  Wouldn’t somebody have checked out somebody else’s profile and have had social media FBcircles collide? Could Andrea so completely hide her two lives from each other for so long?

Corrie Street July 28/13

Race Row

dartboardI avoid on-screen tv guide programme descriptions. Too often, they give away the whole plot: “there, saved you the trouble of watching the show, you’re welcome.” Wednesday, I inadvertently read ‘Race row in the Rovers.’ Huh?

In the final minutes of the show, in a dispute over a dart throw, play-the-white-manPaul asked Steve to be fair, to “play the white man”. Lloyd overheard and took umbrage. Paul snapped back that he hadn’t meant offence, it was just a saying. Lloyd countered that neither he nor his daughter needed to hear racial slurs, especially from supposed friends, no matter how unintentional.

Brian-hear-hearEveryone tried to smooth it over; Paul didn’t mean anything by it, it was a stupid thing to say, let’s just get the drinks in and forget it. The only other person to pointedly criticize Paul was Brian, as a school principal always vigilant about discrimination and bullying. Neither Lloyd nor Paul would back down.

A turn of phrase?

A UK blog writer criticizes the show for seeking a “social issue” story by creating dramatic conflict unrealistically:

‘I suspect in a real working class Manchester pub the conversation would have gone something like:

Paul: “Play the white man”.

Lloyd: “What do you mean you cheeky bastard?”

Paul: “What? I wasn’t talking to you”

Lloyd: “Play the white man? As if you lot are better than us?”

Paul: “Oh shit yea, I didn’t think of it like that, sorry mate, just a turn of phrase. Fancy a pint?”

Lloyd: “Cheers yea, pint of bitter please mate. Fancy a game of darts?”’

Both men under stress

Maybe that would be the case, at least between two friends like these. It’s not like it’s a hear-nonsense-like-thatrandom guy saying something offensive or taking offense, an extra brought in for the scene. This is a group of long time friends. However, both men are very stressed and neither knows about the other’s problems.

Paul is being raked over the coals at work for chastising kids for making prank emergency calls. Being taken to task again for what he sees as over-reactive political correctness is too much for Lloyd-you-tell-mehim. Lloyd is caught in the middle of an argument between Jenna and Mandy, and is still smarting from Mandy reminding him that he had only been a father to Jenna for five minutes so why did he think he had the right to say anything. Use of an old expression, and reaction to its racist connotations, is the spark that set off the underlying anger both feel.

An interesting thing was Jason’s reaction.  His father is black, his mother is white. And JasonPaul is his mother’s boyfriend. You could see the hamster wheel turning in his head as he tried to decide if he should accept that Paul meant no ill will or if he should be offended on his own behalf. No one else seemed to think about Jason having a personal stake in this except, finally, Lloyd who tried to recruit him for his side.


Last week I watched a CNN interview with a prosecution witness in the George Zimmerman trial. She explained the difference in meaning of “cracka” versus “cracker”. “With an a” is not a racial slur; I-am-not-a-racist“with e-r” she didn’t know, her generation wasn’t familiar with the term. But with such nuanced speech differentiation, I could imagine a lot of room for misinterpretation. So too is there with sayings so long entrenched that their meanings can be forgotten.

The use of one such saying in this storyline is an interesting premise for exploring societal sensitivities, made better by it take-that-backinvolving a closely connected family/friend unit. By the end of the week, Paul is more upset about being seen as racist and Lloyd wants to finally take a public stand against racism. So neither will take the first step to reconciliation.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 18/12)

Sleep tight big fella

Words for both Schmeichel and Lloyd at the end of Monday’s Ches talking to ill Schmeichel sleep tightepisodes: sleep tight big fella. Thank you, Carmel Morgan, for two perfect episodes. Sad and perfect.

The death of Schmeichel was beautifully done. Ches talking to him while waiting for the vet, telling him how frightened he was, how much he needed his help through the next stage of his life, telling him he loved Gary, Kirk and Ches with Schmeichelhim. And earlier, Kirk speaking up for Schmeichel’s right to not suffer, saying “I don’t know all the words for the body parts in Latin or owt, but I know a dog who’s had enough when I see one… If he could talk, he’d say Ches dude, no more operations, thanks but no thanks.”

Gary being there for Ches, listening to him talk about Schmeichel – Katie saying to Ches you think you are doing what is best“not an average Great Dane, the Greatest Dane ever”. Gary helping Ches take Schmeichel home from the vet clinic, not questioning or chiding, just helping, and nodding an apology to the vet. Even Katie came through in the crunch. She came back home and just once reminded him of his responsibilities, lack of money etc. Then she shut up and was as supportive as it seems she could be.

Only two things I would have changed. No one, including the vet, mentioned Schmeichel’s age in regard to the wisdom of any operation. Eight is old for a Great Dane. That alone would be cause for concern with surgery or anaethesia. Other than that, the vet’s advice was spot on. Also, I wish Kirk had been there when poor Schmeichel was euthanized. He meant more to Schmeichel and vice versa than Katie. But maybe her presence was meant to Vet, Katie and Ches after Schmeichel passes awayshow the moving on of Ches’s life with her and not with Schmeichel and Kirk.

The actual death scene was beautifully and sensitively done. At the final shot of Ches’s face, as Schmeichel’s laboured breathing ceased, part of my mind (the part that wasn’t crying) thought where are they going to go now? Commercial break? Can’t go to a noisy or silly scene. Can’t go to a tense dramatic scene either. Got to give time for Schmeichel’s demise to sink in.

Cut to Lloyd

Going to Lloyd, morose in his living room with Steve and a few cans for company, was perfect. Lloyd was emotionally and physically drained, from losing Cheryl and Lloyd grabs Karl in Streetcars officedefending her to Karl.  Earlier in the cab office, Karl had tried to cheer Lloyd up by saying “a free-loading pole dancer with a kid in tow – you’re well shot of her, man.” I’m with Karl on this, but it wasn’t the time for Lloyd to hear it. And he needed to release his frustration, so he attacked Karl then fired him. Steve separated them and sent Lloyd home.

Steve went around (at Tracy’s suggestion) with some beer to keep him company. Lloyd Lloyd and Steve and beer cans in Lloyd's housetalked about anything other than Cheryl. He says he overheard Katie say she liked the name James for a boy – James Brown, and she didn’t even know who the child would share a name with. Lloyd said “my cousin married a woman named Cat Stevens.”  Steve asks “Did she change her name?” “Why, because Cat Stevens did?” “No, because she got married.” “Dunno but she’ll always be Cat Stevens to me. Then again, so will Cat Stevens.”

After Schmeichel’s death scene, when we go back to Lloyd and Steve, Steve suggests Ches telling Schmeichel I love youthey hit some bars.  Lloyd’s up for it. I hope they have a good time and Lloyd sleeps well. He deserves it. And Schmeichel, rest in peace. Sleep tight. You are the Greatest Dane.

See my post about Great Dane health issues. And a bit of Cat Stevens (aka Yusef Islam)  – The First Cut is the Deepest. – for Ches and Schmeichel. Lloyd too.