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Corrie Street 10 June 2018


Robert’s stag do in Wednesday’s episode. Less than a handful of guys who don’t know Robert all that well gathered in the Rovers in mid-afternoon. On its own, a bit lame, even seeming a bit shoehorned in. But in costume? That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.five stag guys

There was a warning signal just before. Ryan told Steve – there’s a theme, come as a pop star. A heads up for the audience too. It might be good, some of them have been, I told myself. But events having themed fancy dress has become somewhat of a Corrie trope.

connor-brothers-as-gallagherThe highlight, I suppose, was Michelle’s warring sons each coming as an Oasis Gallagher brother, in identical costumes. Totally coincidentally, according to Ali and Ryan when they saw the other. Oh sure, makes sense to independently choose to dress up as one of an always-linked warring duo.

Where’s the off switch?

I restrained myself from turning off the television. Watch the rest of the episode, I told myself, can’t be too hasty.

Next episode, the hen party arrived. They too were in themed costumes. I’m not sure what the theme was, or what the costumes were for that matter. Michelle or Carla said, but I missed it. I was too busy trying to figure out their costumes. And I couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to rewind and watch again. Maybe it was Robert?

jenny-dressed-as-robertI did catch Jenny telling Robert that his suit looked better on her. His suit? It fit her perfectly, and she’s half the size of him. What’d she do, stop at Underworld and recut and resew it?

Another need to restrain myself. Watch to the end of the episode. Watch to the end of the week. See how you feel. So I did, and felt the same way. Coronation Street has become too crazy. Watching is too much work.

Where’s Aiden?

Meanwhile, poor Aiden still isn’t buried! His funeral hasn’t even been discussed. I’ve lost track of how many episodes now equal one steve-as-boy-georgeWeatherfield day but it has to have been long enough to have him cleared for burial. He was mentioned a few times. Good thing too because I’d actually forgotten all about him. It feels like ages ago that he killed himself. It’s only been two weeks.

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


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.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Oct. 28/12)

Doctors Cat and Zhivago

discussion dinner at Sally'sA cat talking stick and the hope that Lewis would burst through the café door as if he’d just crossed the Russian steppes. The show was book covers for me this week.

Sally explaining cat talking stickMonday saw Sally using skills as a facilitator that she must have learned from some self-help book. She did it very well, I thought, and seemed delighted to be putting theory into practice. Using the cat pepper grinder as a “talking stick” was brilliant, as were the cat salt and peppers themselves. Oh yes, I googled them, hoping they were available for sale but I couldn’t find them.

Ryan with catThe evening of speaking openly and freely hasn’t really improved anything for Michelle and Ryan but that’s not Sally’s fault. Things became remarkably worse quickly, with Tracy pregnant and with Tracy and Ryan both moving in with Steve and Michelle (and Amy – where’s she?). I don’t think I can bear watching hijinks in a ‘blended’ McDonald-Connor household and can only pray it ends quickly.

Russian Night

All kinds of stuff happened, including Lewis going walkabout from the train on which he and Audrey were returning to England.  Audrey decided to face the gossip and attend Emily’s birthday party. It was being held at the café during Mary’s Russian Night extravaganza. Gail decided to suck it up and give her mother moral support by going with her to the Bistro’s “competition”.Audrey and Gail leaving Russian Night

I knew Lewis would return to Audrey. And, as Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago played and Norris (the Weatherfield branch of the KGB as Audrey telling Norris the truth about the mystery visitorNick put it) grilled Audrey, I waited for the door to blow open and Lewis, preferably wearing a big fur hat, to blow in. Alas, it didn’t happen. Instead, Audrey told Norris the truth, as she feared it might be, and she and Gail left. She groused about being a fool and her leopard not having changed his spots after all.

She didn’t notice the black car parked on the street by Gail’s house. And she didn’t notice the driver in it – Lewis, of course. Although the Lewis drives off streetwindows of the car appeared to be rolled up, he seemed to have heard what she said. And he drove off. And, like Lara, my heart broke.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Sept. 16/12)

Good Parenting

Maybe it’s having only half the episodes to which we’ve become Steve nearing bus stop with Ryan's guitaraccustomed. Maybe it was a week of filler stories – updating us on characters we haven’t seen for awhile and building the bases of new storylines. Or maybe too much Tracy and Michelle and who cares. Whatever, I was hard pressed to find a scene that stood out this week.

The scene that choked me up a bit was Steve finding Ryan at the bus stop and giving him his guitar back. Ryan had hocked it for drug money and Steve bought it back. Steve said ryan seeing that it is his own guitar“your mum and I”, but I suspect this was Steve’s idea. Nicely done, Steve. He didn’t get all emotional, didn’t plead, didn’t preach. Just handed it to him and said he knew it meant a lot to him. When Ryan said he didn’t want it, Steve just said fine, keep it, sell it, do what you want with it, it’s yours and then walked away.

Steve comes back around corner - good parentingBut he didn’t go far, just around the corner enough that he could quickly come back in time to see Ryan break down crying. Then a lovely moment where I actually felt sorry for Ryan, as he cried in Steve’s arms and Steve gave him manly ‘there there’ pats.

Good parenting for Ryan, but for Amy?

Steve consoles a weeping Ryan - good parentingIn those moments, Steve did good parenting. Gave exactly what was right and needed by Ryan. I don’t know what Michelle would have done but it would have involved over the top histrionics and would have just made everything worse.

Earlier in the week, when Ryan went missing from the flat where Michelle had him under house arrest, Steve didn’t show such good parenting with his own kid. Tracy asked him to look after Amy while she went for a job interview. He said yes until Michelle came in a panic because Ryan had gone walkabout. And Steve threw Amy to the wind and said he couldn’t possibly tend her because he had to help Michelle.

What? Ryan is an adult, a stupid one admittedly, but still an adult of legal age. Michelle has been his sole parent for his entire life. Amy is a child, Steve’s child and Steve’s responsibility. And at least on the surface of it, Tracy’s request was perfectly reasonable and justified. Steve has wanted her to get a job; she had an interview and needed his help with Amy. And he blew her off for Michelle and her adult son.

Tracy adjusts new kebab shop uniformPayback is – well, Tracy. She is glommed all over Ryan. Calls herself a cougar. She got herself a job, working with Ryan at Dev’s kebab shop and she created her own fairly easy job of seducing Ryan. This time you asked for it, Steve.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Aug. 26/12)

Employee of the Year

So many good storylines and powerful scenes this week! Sunita’s delusions about Karl and Dev’s heartbreak as she tells him the “truth” as she wants to believe it. Izzy’s miscarriage, her heartbreak over telling Gary that she’s afraid to try again and her anger at her father for, basically, his fears being proven right.

Kirsty attacking Tyrone with vacuum hoseKirsty, the (thanks for small mercies) ex-cop, beating Tyrone with a plastic vacuum nozzle. Sylvia being back, and thanking Roy with an awkward hug for, well, everything. All good storylines and moving scenes.

Kylie, Dispatch Operator

Kylie with feet up in cab officeBut despite the drama and trauma, the shining moment of the week was Kylie, Dispatch Operator. Like Darryl the Rat recently, Kylie needed only a few seconds of airtime Tuesday to totally upstage everything and everybody else.

The sight of Kylie actually being in control of whether or not people got a cab when and to where they wanted to go was scary but wonderful. If I were Steve, I’d hire her full time. I don’t know if she’d ever get a paying customer in a cab but I bet people would call just to hear what she said to them.

dispatch Kylie telling caller to wait“Listen you impatient old bat, I told you he was on his way. So why don’t you make a brew and stop fussing.

“Hello.  Streetcars. How can I help? What number? Is that the one with all the gnomes? You want to get rid, people laugh you know. I’m just telling you the truth —  on its way.”

Ryan, not on dispatch

Lloyd, Ryan and Kylie in cab officeI am not enjoying Ryan, the reason she was on the switch at the cab office. The only improvement I see over the previous Ryan is that his hair is off his face.

Ryan played by Ben ThompsonI couldn’t bear looking at No. 1 Ryan, thinking about the pimples breeding under that wall of hair over his forehead. But in terms of personality, while No. 1 Ryan didn’t have many winning ways, at least he could be excused for being in the awkward stage of adolescence.

No. 2 Ryan has outgrown that phase. Even his mother is finding it Ryan preparing cocaine in bathroom stallhard to find excuses for him although she certainly is doing her best to rationalize his despicable behaviour to everyone. He got marginally more interesting with the cocaine thing, if only to see how Michelle can so quickly accept his excuses, believe his lies, blame anyone else and time after time say ‘ok, he’s learned his lesson now, he won’t do it again.’ Sure he won’t.

And Michelle yelling at Ryan over top of toilet stallthe sight of Michelle leaning over the top of a toilet stall, scaring the wits out of him as he prepared a line. A priceless moment! Ryan is a truly horrible little weasel – he must be if even Kylie has come to dislike him.

Kylie telling caller to get rid of garden gnomesBut I forgive him for everything, for putting Kylie on Streetcars’ switchboard duty. She provided a customer experience that I don’t think even Fat Brenda could match.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 16/11)

SWF looking

Rita & Audrey talk in salon - SWF lookingFriday, Audrey and Rita had an interesting conversation about paying for companionship. To the news that Lewis is an “escort” hired occasionally by Audrey, Rita’s reaction was what probably most of us think – “a gigolo!” with a titter of laughter.

Audrey denied there was any gigolo-related activity going on, just someone to talk to. “On the meter,” Rita scoffed. She told Audrey that she could find men for companionship or whatever without resorting to paying for them. Audrey doubted the likelihood of that.

Lewis & Audrey "off the meter"It was a sad scene, two widow women talking about finding interesting single men. But more than that, it was reassuring. These women know that they are “of a certain age”. But their age was not something they discussed. Audrey said you watch a movie and fall in love with Gregory Peck or Cary Grant, an oblique temporal reference. They are smart women who know their own minds and know the state of available male-hood in their neighbourhood. Their age and past history of relationships were not the issue, rather a way of giving perspective to their opinions.

Renting companionship

Dramatically, and as discourse, it was thought provoking. Rita’s shock and hint of titillation at the thought of hiring a man was countered by Audrey’s dispassionate assessment of her situation and the purpose of Lewis in her life. You rent a movie for entertainment of an evening, why not rent an evening of good conversation?  Why not indeed – it can be pretty hard to come by.

Norris busy with his new camera phoneWhat strengthened her thesis was that she did not tell Rita that Lewis was “off the meter” when Norris had seen him and Audrey together. Had Rita known that, she would have seen the whole thing differently. She probably would have said, oh so you’ve become friends outside of “work” then. But Audrey didn’t say it, and therefore she kept the discussion on the plane of payment for services, with the type of service being the point.

SWF – 1.0 and 1.1

Sian & Ryan head to the bedroomThis civilized introspective look at being single and having needs for companionship was beautifully placed in the show. Following it was a continuation of a scene that dealt with the same topic, more or less, from the other end of the spectrum.

It started in the episode before. Ryan had suggested that he and his girlfriend and Sophie, in a blind-date Sophie interrupts everyone's planssituation with a friend of Ryan’s, watch a movie at his place since his mother was out. Ryan and Sian watched maybe 5 minutes of the film before heading to the bedroom. Yuck.  Friday, Sophie and Ryan’s friend are still watching the movie while Ryan and Sian are behind closed doors. So Ryan’s friend figures it’s time to put the big moves on Sophie. Double yuck.

It was realistic, as those who choose to remember their teenage years of raging hormones know. And it was cheap and disgusting, as anyone who is past those years also knows. But, dramatically, it was a superb counterpoint for the scene with Audrey and Rita analytically and emotionally looking at the need for human contact.