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Corrie Street July 10/16

calm sarahThe best thing for me this week was the end of drama. A calm Sarah. “She’s off her head” still described her but it was due to hospital drugs by Thursday. Lots of nice, calming drugs.

On Monday Lee was seriously questioning his wisdom in taking her hostage. He wanted to use her to get money from his brother Billy. It wasn’t working out quite sarah-says-callum-is-aliveas planned. He had his hands full just physically coping with her hysterics. Sarah went nuts at his attempt at mind-games. She totally believed him when he told her that Callum was still alive. Lee had wanted to just get her upset enough, and Billy upset enough, that his brother would pay up to get her back. After a few hours, Lee probably would be happy to pay to get rid of her. (O. Henry’s short story The Ransom of Red Chief comes to mind. Click to read.)

Lee hadn’t realized quite how close to the edge Sarah was or how lee and sarah fight as david bursts instrong she was. David heard Sarah’s screams and broke through the door to save her. He saved Lee as well. “She attacked me,” he told David, “she’s off her head, her.” Lee may be a scumbag smack-head, as David said, but he knows when a plan has backfired badly. He was happy to have David take Sarah off his hands.

doped-up-sarahBack at No. 8, the ‘men in white coats’ (a woman paramedic, actually) managed to talk Sarah into an ambulance and get her to hospital. We next saw her there, with a lovely smile in a lovely drug-induced daze. I thank the marvels of modern pharmaceuticals.

Corrie Street June 19/16

Friday, Part 2 of Todd Grimshaw, Detective. He knows Sarah is the sarah-and-todd-on-stepskey to finding out how Callum Logan turned up, dead, under the floor in the Platt house. And there she sits, weeping.

It’s my fault, she tells him. I know he’s dead, I saw him. Hmm, saw him dead? David interrupts and takes Sarah away before Todd can find out more. Todd quickly adds two and two and nearly gets four. His conclusion is that Sarah killed sarah-sobsCallum, likely in self-defence.

It’s a rock and a hard place for him. He wants to prove his brother’s innocence and can, thanks to Sarah. But it means throwing Sarah under the bus and he doesn’t want to do that.

The Hardy Boys take the case

He tells the one other non-Platt who recognizes that something is seriously off with Sarah – Billy. Confidences shared with him, a vicar, hardy-boys-billy-and-toddhave some legal or at least ethical protection. And, like Todd, Billy is willing and able to think things through analytically. He thinks back on what Sarah has told him. He thought Callum had raped, or attempted to rape, her. In light of Todd’s news he wonders, was she trying to confess to murder.

todd-says-sarah-could-not-killI like this Todd. He is taking action and thinking, not just wringing hands and pointing fingers. I like this Billy too. Like Todd, he is trying to find the truth. I hope that Sean does not see them with their heads together and add two and two and get a hissy fit of jealousy.

I also hope the Sarah weeping machine soon grinds to a halt. The where-does-that-leavescreeching, sobbing, haunted looks. Her moments of catatonic blank silence are a relief. I can see why she’s so freaked out, and I don’t think I’d be in any better shape in her situation. But it’s wearing.

My husband asked me how the Platts were doing this week. I told him about Sarah’s meltdown. He said, “Leslie Nielsen in Airplane. The plane is crashing and a woman sarah-on-bench-billy-and-todd is hysterical, screaming and screaming. Leslie Nielsen says ‘Let me take care of this’ and slaps her. Then you see all the other passengers lined up behind him, waiting their turn. ” Here’s the scene. And yes, Sarah kind of makes you feel like that. Get a hold of yourself.

Corrie Street Apr. 3/16

Friday, Sarah in the flower shop with Todd then a follow-up scene with Sarah, Todd, Tracy, David and Mary. Sarah might have an early baby, five weeks early.

todd-brings-sarah-teaTodd sees Sarah struggling to pick up dropped bags at the bus stop when she returns from a shopping trip to town. Seeing she looks exhausted, he takes her to the florist shop for a cup of tea. There he says that people seem to have forgotten that Bethany wasn’t the last child born in the Platt family. There was their Billy as well, the baby who died soon after birth. But he doesn’t forget, he tells Sarah. He’d be 11 now, nearly 12, Todd says.

todd-talks-as sarah-shows-painTodd breaks off his speculation about what Billy would be doing, if he were alive, when he notices Sarah’s discomfort. No, it’s not what he’s saying, Sarah says, it’s the baby – he’s coming. Too early, like Billy.

Skip through a few scenes back to the florists. Tracy is there and is horrified that a moaning pregnant woman is in the middle of her retail space, putting customers off. In comes a customer, Mary, looking for a small conversation piece for an occasional table.

tracy-upsells-flowers-to-mary“How much are you thinking of spending – 20, 30, I could do something amazing for 40” Tracy says over the wailing of Sarah. But Mary’s attention is on the medical emergency in front of her. She’s not a nurse but “I’ve seen a lot of telly,” she assures Sarah. She calls for towels and hot water and begins rolling up her sleeves. She wants to locate the baby’s head, she informs Sarah. The want-you-to-breathe-deeplyambulance siren can be heard, just in the nick of time.

It’s nice for the characters and viewers to take a moment to remember baby Billy. Also nice is a very funny moment of an unsympathetic Tracy totally unflapped about Sarah possibly going into labour right then and there. She then shifts to her best sycophantic ‘are you being served?’ routine. That her customer was Mary – what could be better? “You owe me 40 quid,” Tracy tells the moaning Sarah when she early baby - david-holds up hand and says-she-was-gonnarealizes she’s lost a sale. Of course she claims the top end of the amounts she suggested. Mary had totally forgot about her floral conversation piece and was much more concerned about the living, breathing one about to have a baby.

Corrie Street Jan. 3/16

Wednesday the Platt ladies lunch at the Bistro – grandmother, mother and daughter. Bethany bursts through the door. How nice, Platt ladies lunch at the BistroAudrey holds up her glass to clink, we’re four generations.

Bethany ignores her and zeroes in on her mother, and the new addition to the family tree. She had just overheard David, Kylie and Todd discussing Sarah’s pregnancy in the salon.

Andy comes to take drink orders. “She’s pregnant” says Gail. “With steph-says-no-shellfish-thenCallum’s baby” Bethany adds. “I could do you a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail?” says Andy to Sarah without missing a beat. Steph comes to ask what they’d like to eat. “She’s pregnant” Andy tells her. “No shellfish then,” Steph says.

The Bistro is crowded. Billy and Sean eavesdrop on Billy asks Sean do you think-i-should-go-over-therethe discussion at the nearby Platt table. Sean’s ears are almost wagging back and forth. “Do you think I should go over there?” Billy asks Sean who assures him, “No need, I can hear them quite well enough from here.”

The discussion grows heated and loud quickly as Audrey and Gail assimilate the fact of Sarah being pregnant by Callum. Billy summons gail-tells-billy-none-of-his-businessup his vicar courage and goes over to ask if he can be of help. No thank you, Gail tells him emphatically. After he slinks back to his table, she exclaims “The cheek of the man!” Audrey agrees, “Yeah, stickin’ his nose in!”

Evidently the concept of a vicar’s work including counselling and gail-says-the-cheek-of-the-manmediation in family matters is a foreign one to the elder Platts. Sarah knows why Billy came over, but her attempt to defend him are pooh-poohed. Gail informs her with pride, “We make our own mess and we clean up our own mess.”

Continuing her effort to look on the bright side of life, Sarah says that maybe the baby is a good thing. “Up the duff by the monster who gail-reacts-to-sarah-saying-it-may-be-goodterrorized our entire family!” is Gail’s summation.

The Noel Coward-ish lines were beautifully delivered by the actors. Timing and expressions were perfect. Just watching the extras was fun, as other diners in the restaurant looked over to the Platt table then quickly looked away in case they too came under fire.

Corrie Street Nov. 1/15

I found no ‘scene’ this week. So here are some storyline comments to fill the space – just as the storylines themselves seemed to do this week.

Corrie Street Nov. 1/15 sarah-upsetI don’t want any of the Platts to go to jail for the offing of Callum. But, after watching Sarah look like a scared rabbit for weeks, I’ll volunteer her. Go to jail, go to Milan, please just make it stop.

And why hasn’t anyone confronted her about it. She looks awful, she’s messing up at work really badly when she sees her way clear to being there. People have noticed but no one, until Billy, has asked what is going on and waited for a real explanation. I don’t think you need to be a trained professional to Corrie Street Nov. 1/15 seanknow that something is seriously off with her.

So Billy the vicar notices and promises the seal of the confessional and she’s ready to talk. Along comes Sean, barging into an emotional and private talk. That had to have been evident from the other end of the street. It’s the chance for Sarah to escape, and she does. How Billy did not turn on Sean in fury, I don’t know. Sean needs some schooling in basic vicar partner behaviour, like keep your sarah-leavesnose out if it looks like your man might be doing vicar work even if it is outside on the street.

Billy finally got some of the story out of Sarah, and then ran into Todd on the street. He reassured him about Sarah, and touched his arm. Sean was lurking to see what Billy was doing, and so now thinks something is going on between Billy and Todd. Oh please Lord, spare us Sean’s misinterpretations.

luke-with-carMisinterpretation of a sort by Maria. (There’s a surprise!) Why did she give Luke a car to do up as a racer if she is so dead set against him racing? What did she think he was going to do with it?

In order for the “Tell Laura I Love Her” story to play out, Luke needs unhappy-mariaan accomplice. So we have a new character, Luke’s racing partner. He might not last past the racing story and, with luck, that will end soon. Yes, Maria, your parents and the donkeys, indeed the whole of Cyprus, need your help.

Because the street just doesn’t have enough underused characters already, we have new Connors in the factory. I like Johnny, the father. He has great potential for being a real foil for the factory girls and for connorsCarla. He has everything needed for a Mike Baldwin. His daughter? I don’t see the point of her, other than to bring in her girlfriend Caz. I guess Sophie, presently the only lesbian on the street, needs fodder for a romantic storyline. I can’t see any other reason for yet another new character.

There, space filled. Let’s get back to some scenes that you can sink your teeth into.