Tag Archives: Pat Phelan

Corrie Street Jan. 31/16

Construction Work

Nothing jumped out at me all week – until Friday. Construction work construction work - jason and phelan with maskby the low bid contractor started at Kevin’s new garage. Problems also started almost immediately with a power line getting cut accidentally. But the biggest problem isn’t going to be shoddy workmanship as Jason had predicted.

A worker with his face hidden behind a mask and goggles took them off to introduce himself to Kevin. “Pat Phelan. Nice to meet you.” I didn’t see that coming!

kevin-meets-pat-phelanIt makes me very happy when I can avoid all spoilers, including the ones hidden in statements like  “since x is leaving” or “as we know, x is returning”. I knew that Phelan likely would be back at some time, and that was okay. He is such a good villain that I looked forward to his return. Didn’t look forward to it as such: I wanted to see him again and didn’t want to.

Because he’s such a good villain, he is truly scary and upsetting. He does horrible things to people’s heads and lives. Anna has just got her phelan-introduces-himself-to-kevinlife back on a relatively even keel. I like her with Kevin. Dealing with Sally about that will be traumatic enough for Anna. And now Phelan is back? Might as well just kiss her new relationship goodbye, and check Anna into the psych ward right now.

If you’re not familiar with this odious man’s previous storyline with the Armstrong-Windass household, type ‘Phelan’ in the site search box on the left sidebar for my posts about it.

Corrie Street Apr. 27/14

Playing with Fire

The Windass-Armstrongs are playing with fire, literally and metaphorically. Phelan new-foremanpushed Owen too far by hiring a new foreman, overseeing everyone including heretofore manager Owen. Obviously happy to be in Phelan’s pocket, the new guy tells Owen what a safety hazard the site is. As he talks, and smirks, he grinds out a cigarette butt on the worksite floor and lights a new one.

Lit cigarettes amid the new wood, sawdust and shavings gives Owen an idea, a crazy one but understandable. At the end of the day, he tells Gary to go on without him. He piles skids in the middle of the building, then pulls out a Zippo. Fortunately Anna comes in. Owen-holds-lighter-  Windass-ArmstrongsShe was worried when he didn’t come home with Gary, and she knows he’s at the end of his endurance. She coaxes the lighter away from him, then tells him off. What good does he possibly think this is going to do for anyone, etc.

He realizes he had indeed lost his mind. How can he continue taking the physical punishment of the hours Phelan is demanding, the mental punishment of humiliation dished out by Phelan, and the continued strain of total financial ruin? Owen is a good man. A hard man, even a bully, but at heart he has honourable intentions and is willing to do whatever is necessary, good or bad.

After his death this week, I saw a quote from Cape Breton writer Alistair McLeod: “And then there came into my heart a very great love for my father and I thought it was very much braver to spend a life doing what you really do not want rather than selfishly following forever your own dreams and inclinations.” That, I believe, applies to Owen. And Anna too.

gary-panic-attackGary pukes up, gets despondent, has tantrums and then, more seriously, panic attacks.  Izzy says she can’t take Gary’s moods and ‘wot’s it all doing to little Jake?’. Katy either mouths off at Phelan or speaks platitudes like ‘we all have to pull together’.  Faye gets disappointment after disappointment but does her best to ‘pull together’.  And Anna and Owen just keep putting their heads down and forging through in order to survive.

Both Owen and Anna are barely keeping themselves together, but they cannot show the extent of their despair. The whole family would fall apart if they did. The night before his mad plan to burn the place down, Owen did tell Anna just how desperate and exhausted he was. I found I was holding my breath throughout the scene. Ian Puleston-Davies anna-holds-new-contractconveyed Owen’s words and emotions with frightening intensity.

And Anna’s contribution to resolving the situation? Mother love will stop at nothing. Phelan gives her a choice: prostitute herself and he will let Owen out of the contract and destroy the incriminating video, don’t and he won’t. Rock, hard place.