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Corrie Street Feb. 14/16

Campaigning means to engage in: a, military operations for a specific faye-getting-pregnantobjective, b, a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose, c, competition by rival political candidates and organizations for public office (Dictionary.com). Sally’s campaign for council, I think, fits all three usages – together, at one time.

She seems already to be progressing with what might be called a scorched earth strategy, and her official campaign hasn’t even started. She has not declared herself an official candidate for office testimonial-for-one-of-my-pamphletsyet. She is just feeling the situation out.

Oh dear Lord, what will she do when she actually is a candidate – with a Team, with brochures and buttons, when she is knocking on the doors of people she does not know and, more importantly, who do not know her? I am waiting with bated breath, hoping she files the papers and runs – like General Sherman over Georgia.

you-were-rummaging-around-food-banksAt the café, trying to enlist Anna’s help, she managed to offend every individual in Anna’s family and every social group of which they are representative. Single parents, the working poor, teenage mothers, those with mobility issues, the military and those with PTSD. “You are the jackpot, really, politics wise!” It was an offence tour de force.

Last week in a practice run at meeting her public, Sally had a brief chat  gary-saw-his-bezzy-matewith Alex who is working at the café. “It’s nice you’ve got a job,” she said in the voice she uses to convey her open-mindedness and inclusiveness. According to a Bluenose Corrie post, “some disability campaigners say that Coronation Street was showing itself to be anti-employment for disabled people” by Sally’s remark.

Having snorted with laughter at the episode’s quick little reference to Sally’s monumental insensitivity, I snorted with disbelief at the killed-right-in-front-of-himobjection to it. Seeing it this way suggests lack of familiarity with Coronation Street. There would be cause for outrage if Sally did not offend Alex. Then he would be being discriminated against for receiving different treatment than everyone else on the Street. I think Sally can say, with justification, that she is equal opportunity all the way when it comes to offending people.

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Corrie Street Nov. 29/15

johnny and sally in roversDemotion, lateral move or promotion? It all depends on how you spin it. In Thursday’s episode, a new career direction for Sally was introduced and played out in several scenes. They were all perfect, and the most perfect of all was Johnny and Sal (“do you mind if I call you Sal?”) having a drink in the Rovers, sorting it out.

Johnny says there are one or two stitchersJohnny was trying desperately to dig himself out the very big hole he had dug for himself. He was attempting to explain to Sally that moving her to the sewing pool was not a demotion, rather it was evidence of how valuable she was as a machinist and as part of the management team. She would be their eyes and ears on the factory floor, an “our girl in Havana” agent Sally says she is not going to name namessupplying intel to the office. She’d be part of management too as supervisor of the machinists.

For Sally, that made up for a lot. She had just returned to work after her honeymoon and met her new boss for the first time. Her desk was right beside his in the office, isn’t that nice! Johnny tells Sal she would be our girl in havanaJohnny looked horrified and pained. No, he couldn’t have that, he told Carla in desperation. Her voice! Makes your ears bleed! She has to be outside the office door. Carla said ok, you tell her.

Johnny gave her a load of poppycock about why she was no longer Sally says you really mean it is a promotionneeded as a PA. Sally winkled out his real reason for demoting her from her desk to a sewing machine. Insulted and unhappy at her machine, not sewing, threatening labour tribunal action. Take her for a drink and fix it, Carla told Johnny.

And that’s how they came to be sitting at a table in the Rovers. As characters and actors, they were perfect and I watched them at both levels. It was hard not to. The pleasure actors Sally Dynevor and sally smiles and dreams of powerRichard Hawley were taking in playing off each other was jumping right off the screen. And their lines and actions were perfect for their characters. The dynamic between the characters and the professional rapport between the actors was a complete joy to watch.

Corrie Street Oct. 25/15

Sally's wedding with rita and sophieIt was the Bistro, not the Chapel of Love, but Sally was gonna get married. No guests, an officiant who had to get off to another wedding in a basketball court, and no sign of a groom, but Sally was undeterred. “Build it and they will come” was her mantra.

She had thought of that while going through her DVDs and finding Tim’s favourite, Field of Dreams. Yes, build it. They will come. So she Sally's wedding faye waitscarried on with the wedding plans. He will come, she assured all doubters.

And he did. Craig and Kevin went to see Tim at Anna’s flat. With Anna’s help they chivvied him into going to his own wedding, the one he had said was off.

Even Sally had given up hope. In they walked, the groom and his best Sally's wedding Tim walks inmen. A few guests, hurriedly gathered up from the pub by Sophie, joined the party.

Craig grabbed some flowers to use as boutonnieres. Tim held his in his hands like a bouquet and walked down the aisle to where Sally waited. Kevin and Craig fell in line behind him like bridesmaids.

Sally's wedding happensHe handed his single flower bouquet to Sally. And they were wed. I think it has to be one of the loveliest and funniest weddings I’ve ever seen on Coronation Street.

Corrie Street Apr. 12/15

Cordon Blech

Sally Webster on Friday. Dramatic moments happened, and events crucial to story arcs. Above it all, Sally shone.

very-cordon-bleuAt the Bistro, thinking about steak tartare. To Tim’s opinion that raw steak “sounds minging “, Sally says “it’s very Cordon Blue – or is it Bleu?” “Cordon Blech is more like it” says Tim, so drawing the Sally Glare of Cognoscente Disapproval.

Turns out Tim hadn’t invited her there for dinner, just a drink. Maybe a stop at the chippy on their way back to the Rovers for very-happy-to-stayanother, cheaper, drink. Before leaving, they see Carla with a client. Carla firmly and repeatedly rebuffs Sally’s chitchat and offers of assistance . Tim finally manages to drag her away.

Anna and Owen are at the Rovers. Owen unwillingly, he’d like to take advantage of their empty flat (nudge wink). Anna will drink anything or do anything to avoid going to their empty flat, even sit with Sally. standards-at-freshcoThey’re celebrating, Anna says, Owen has a job, Sally says “Oh, it’s about time!”

Sally on grocery shopping at Freshco’s: “As for ‘do you need a bag?'” Tim inserts his answer to such a silly question, “I know, how are you going to get your shopping home, on your head?” Sally looks at him as if he were a slug: “I’ve always got my bags with me, my bags for life. I’m very green.” I have carried my own shopping bags for years, but I considered stopping. I don’t want to be Sally!

i-just-have-to-take-stockShe moved on to the reasons shop staff are inept and/or rude: bad parenting. Whereas she has two brilliant girls who are a tribute to her parenting skills and the value of an education at a good school. Anna asked sardonically what was that Oak Hill educated daughter doing, “modelling, isn’t it?” “Lingerie,” Sally muttered.

the-sign-of-good-parenting-is-itAnna finally had enough. Better to return to the empty flat with amorous Owen than strangle Sally. As they headed home, the big event was revealed to them. A frantic Craig, asking for them to come with him. Faye was having her baby.

A teenage hidden pregnancy, the return of Platt daughter and granddaughter – big plot developments. Sally demonstrating belief in her own social superiority? Not new, but so beautifully done.

except-in-her-caseThe creation of situations for Sally’s pearls of wisdom was somewhat contrived. Leaving the Rovers for the Bistro meant seeing Carla, and also disappointment in her expectation of a fancy night out. Then back to the Rovers so she could sit with people she doesn’t like. Still, seeing full-on Sally was worth it.

Corrie Street Dec. 14/14

Ruby Tuesday

red-lips-sofaThe week had a lot of gems, but the sparkliest of all was Tuesday’s ruby red lip sofa. It’s too bad it wouldn’t fit into Kevin’s house. He doesn’t care whether it matches his wallpaper, or any aspect of his house whatsoever. Jack could have coloured his heart out on it and no one would have cared. But it ended up at Sally’s instead.

Now Sally does care about whether things look nice. She knew that the great big set of sally-sees-sofalips did not fit with her decor. “A monstrosity,” “Mick Jagger blowing a raspberry” – these were her first, unstudied and accurate comments on it. However, after a consultation with Dr. Google, she discovered it was “by Le Coeur, their Manhattan line” and worth a bundle. After that, they’d take it from her only by prying the genuine Italian cowhide from between her cold, dead fingers.

By the end of the week, a social-climbing battle is being waged within her. She has met the sofa’s previous owner, likes her, and has found out it was sold without her knowledge and that she wants it back. If Sally keeps it, she will be able to show off her ‘designer’ taste. But she will not be able to pursue a friendship with the nice and, more importantly, upscale American woman from a ritzy part of town because she can’t invite sofa-will-not-fither home as long as the sofa is there. One can only hope that a new friendship and sympathy for a wronged wife will win out. Another week of looking at that sofa and we’ll all be having nightmares.

The other gem in Tuesday’s episode was Phil the masseuse. On their spa day, Carla graciously agreed that Michelle could avail herself of the massage skills of the gorgeous Claudio-and-PhilClaudio and she would take the other one, Phil. That’s short for “the bosses reckon Philomena is a bit of a mouthful. Phil-o-men-a, what’s so hard about that? You’d think there weren’t any vowels in it or that you got to do a click. People are just lazy aren’t they.” She is an absolute treat. Surely there is a vacant building near Coronation Street that they could set up shop in.

Carla’s graciousness continues to be tested during the rest of the week, and she meets the challenge. She confronts Tracy who is trashing the factory. Carla defuses a tense situation while bringing them to a better understanding of each other’s feelings toward Rob and considering-sofa-optionswhat he had done. Extremely moving and well done. But the sofa kept intruding in my mind. Hmm, maybe it could work in Carla’s flat. She’s doing well with challenges right now.

Salvador Dali’s Mae West Lips Sofa 1937, from The Guardian.

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Corrie Street Sept. 7/14

Smothering Mothers

all-the-help-he-needsThursday, two mothers, both mad as hatters. The scary scene was the return of hovering, smothering Gail. It’s been nice recently seeing Gail having something to do other than “protect” and “help” the two twisted men who are her sons. Since the arrival of Michael, she seemed to have seen Nick and David as people independent of her. She has even stood up to them when she didn’t like what they were doing.

smothering mothers Gail vows Nick has her help But that all went out the window when Nick confessed that he had been faking his “spells” in order to get back at Leanne. Audrey suggested that maybe he ought to see somebody for counselling. And at that, hovering mamma incoming. “He doesn’t need anyone, he’s got us, his family, me.” Circle the wagons, folks, nobody’s getting at that boy’s head – except mamma!

Even David looked at her as if she’d become unhinged. And he has benefitted and been damaged by david-looks-at-gailher overprotectiveness. Somehow he seems to have come out of the psychological wringer called Mum knowing just how twisted it is. Doesn’t stop him from switching into psycho-Dave, I’m sure, but at least he has some awareness of the Platt family neuroses. I had thought Gail had started to see glimmers of the family dynamics as well, but no. Not when the chips are down and somebody suggests maybe her boy needs someone or something outside the family circle.

sally-looks-at-maddieThe other mad mother of the day was Sally inappropriately and ineffectively speaking on Maddie’s behalf regarding the use of Carla’s car. Maddie had taken the car from the garage, without permission to drive Eccles to the vet. She knew she shouldn’t have done it, but it was an emergency. Eccles had been hit by a car.

personally-speakingSally was worried primarily for herself, that Maddie’s action would jeopardize her position as PA at the factory. So instead of letting Maddie speak for herself or, even better, go to the office by herself, Sally did all the talking. Grovelling to an extent that would have embarrassed Bob Cratchit, probably even Mr. Scrooge, she did Maddie no favours nor herself.

you-do-mean-hermaddie-explains-about-ecclesMaddie acquitted herself well when, as she said, she got a chance to get a word in. Maddie is Carla’s kind of person, I think, and their relationship is one I will be watching with interest.

Corrie Street Nov. 10/13

Someone needs to tell Roy that Hayley’s decision is not about ending her life prematurely every-time-I-thoughtdue to despair.  It is about wanting to find an acceptable accommodation to the decision that her body has taken for her, that her life is ending.  The only choice she has left to make is how that end will come.  With her personal experience and the insight she showed this week, Sally is the only person on the street able to tell Roy that.

From the perspective of direct experience, Sally gives a way of seeing to Roy.  It was a different Sally – honestly introspective and compassionate.  Lovely.  With both the changes-everythingcharacter and actress having gone through cancer diagnosis and treatment, it was hard to see the line between fiction and reality.  Perhaps that made it even more powerful.

Sally doesn’t tell Roy what he, or Hayley, should do.  She tells him how it felt for her, what frightened her and how she reacted.  What’s it like from the inside and how do you cope:  that’s what he wants to know.  Yes, Hayley could tell him and has tried, but they are too intimately involved with each other and Hayley’s diagnosis.  Sally is far enough removed from him that he can listen to her story more dispassionately.  He wants total-lack-of-considerationto know more so invites her upstairs for tea so they can talk more privately.

He is overwrought about Hayley’s wish to end her life at the time she chooses and about the fight that provoked Hayley’s decampment to Fizz’s house.  Upstairs, he begins to open up to Sally, starts to tell her about their argument.  Hayley is being illogical, doesn’t care about how Roy may feel – he time-for-you-to-fall-outpauses, maybe steeling up his nerve to say what exactly Hayley’s inconsistency and lack of consideration is about.    Sally breaks into the pause to give a load of advice just as easily found in a counseling pamphlet:  it’s not about you and your inconvenience, it’s about Hayley and comforting her fears.  Yes, yes, yes.  Sally, don’t you know Roy well enough after all these years to see that he is struggling with something big and wants to tell you about it?  Evidently not, and the moment is gone.

Unfortunately, the argument between Roy and Hayley is not over.  Hayley, now ill, will biggest-fear-was-dyinghave to again fight the battle over exercise of personal choice.  That is something that you would expect Roy, of all people, to understand.  And maybe if someone a little less closely involved than Hayley pointed out the inconsistency in logic to him, he would grasp it.

Corrie Street Sept 8/13

(Cue organ music) Will David confess his wrongdoings to Leanne?  Will Nick remember love-a-bit-of-SuBoanything when he comes out of the coma?  Will he or David be Kylie’s baby daddy?  Will Karl and Stella’s wedding be derailed by Craig and his backpack full of guilt?  Will Chesney find happiness again with Katy? And, most importantly, will Sally win in the backyard barbeque war?

We were left in limbo at the week’s end.  A lot of stories coming to a culmination or homemoving on to their next phase.  The welcome return of the rovers Hayley and Roy means that Hayley’s story will sadly move forward.  No one scene jumped out at me this week, so I will just make a few observations on some of these stories.

Ches began regretting his decision to get they-for-katy-are-theyback with Katy almost as soon as he’d made it.  Or maybe it’s just my wishful thinking reading that into his expression at the café when Fiz asked him about it.  Oh Ches, Katy is a looker all right and she’s the mother of your child but she will leave you in a nanosecond as soon as another Mr. Studly crosses her path.  And even if she doesn’t, can you really imagine the tedium of her company for years ahead?  Sinead is also a looker, albeit in a more subtle way than Katy, and she has a brain and some gumption.

david-and-leanneDavid’s mixture of regret, guilt and covering his tracks has been interesting to watch.  He may truly be worried about losing his brother, but his Evil David glances every so often suggest that he’s hoping that somehow his actions will never come to light, even if it means that Nick never regains consciousness or at minimum his memory.  Unfortunately for him, Tina has figured out of the whole nasty story (plus imagining even more) and is making him confess.  I’m sure his lizard brain is working on how he can survive this.

Sally-preparing-Rita-drinkingAnd the Garden Party cum barbeque.  It’s wonderful and cringe-worthy seeing Sally back in full grande dame mode.  Rita did the right thing at the party I think:  immediately start drinking herself legless.  And Beth’s expression as Sally set out the tiered cake dishes with canapés was absolutely priceless.  With just one look, she showed that she had never seen such foreign objects before ever in her life, and hoped to never see them again.

I am sorry that Mary decided to grace neither barbeque with her presence.  To show two-barbeques-todaysolidarity with Norris, who had been not been invited, she declined her invitations to both.  But the soirées are not over; she may yet appear.  One can only hope.

Alas, I will miss much of the next two weeks, so I will not be posting here for the next two Sundays.  See you September 29th.

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

Doctors Cat & 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.

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.