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Corrie Street 15 Oct. 2017

Conflict Management

You could see it coming a mile away. Still it was good. Conflict between the bar staff, and Toyah asserting her credentials: I’ve got a diploma in conflict management. Liz, present customer and former bar manager, rolling her eyes.sean-snipes-about-eva.

Tuesday, Eva and Sean are in a snit with each other. It’s about a lot more than who’s going to replace the empty keg. It’s Eva feeling guilty about Sean and her other mates being out of a job at the factory due to her revenge plot. Although he doesn’t know for sure, Sean suspects that Eva had something to do with the factory break-in and the subsequent loss of jobs. At least she should clear the air, he seems to think, say for sure one way or the other what she knew and when she knew it.

sean-flicks-towel-at-evaSo they’re sniping at each other about bartending minutiae – clearing tables, washing glasses, replacing kegs. Their sniping is not subtle. Both are too much the prima donna to do any performance low-key.

Their spat is embarrassing for Toyah and Peter, still finding their way as pub owners and staff managers. Especially with Liz there. They, you know, can see an invisible clipboard in her hand, checking off what they are doing wrong and how the whole place is going to pot.

conflict management with toyahLiz offers to sort things out with Sean and Eva. No, Toyah says, I can do it. I’m a trained therapist, trained in conflict management. Liz snickers. Come on, Sean, come on Eva, let’s sit down and talk this through.

Toyah put her therapist voice on and tried to initiate discussion. To little avail, Sean and Eva sat sullen and silent. Maybe Toyah would have had better luck if she’d used a talking stick, as Sally has done with her cat pepper mill. This method of facilitating discussion also worked surprisingly well for Sophie in mediation efforts.eva-and-sean-make-up

But instead of Sally and her cat stick swooping in, Liz did. Look you two, leave your differences the other side of the bar, slap a smile on and get on with your job. Now! And Eva and Sean apologized, said they hated liz-with-arm-around-toyahfalling out with each other, babe, and got back to work. Toyah seethed.

Book-learning versus old-school common sense, in the traditional Corrie mode. An easy jab, maybe, but still a funny moment.

Corrie Street July 24/16

Remembering Deirdre

On Thursday and Friday, characters and audience were remembering Deirdre. They and we, of course, were also remembering her remembering deirdre tracy-at-gravestoneportrayer Anne Kirkbride. Her photo on the Barlow sideboard is never far from our view, but it was nice seeing it close up again.

More than words and a raised glass of red marked the passing of actress and character. Remembering Deirdre and communing with her brought dramatic action about. Reconciliation and new beginnings in honour of her spirit – in two storylines.

Tracy and Amy reconciled at her gravestone. Robert, acting as tracy-sees-robert-and-amypeacemaker and friend, brought Amy there and went out for pizza with them after. It had been Deirdre’s death that brought him back into the Barlow family and, for better or worse, he does care about all of them.

tracy-amy-and-robert-on-streetTracy brought Todd and Billy together, also for better or worse. She told them to sort themselves out. And she’s right. Despite the huge potential for damage, they need to end their dance around each other and their feelings.

The damage will be huge for Sean. A man dumps him again, a man who is good with and for him. He knows, despite Billy’s protestations, that someone else is involved. When he finds out it’s Todd! That doesn’t bear thinking about.

Todd, Billy, Sean

Watching Todd, Billy and Sean this week has been hard. Todd honestly doesn’t want to see Sean hurt. That evil-Todd-back-from-London has gone, at least for now. He isn’t toying with people, just tracy-takes-billy-to-toddtrying to mess up as many lives as possible, as he has done before. He does hurt Billy, but for the greater good, to keep things as they were. Todd denies the feelings he had admitted to when drunk, tells him he’d got the wrong end of the stick, and tells him to go away, go back to Sean. And that was to protect Sean, to make Billy stay with Sean, to keep them together.

And Billy, man of God, is torn between loyalty to the promises he’s billy-looks-at-toddmade to Sean and his new feelings for Todd. Lying about everything, hiding and deceiving everyone. His own duplicity and Sean’s present and future pain burdens him. But he can’t stop his feelings for Todd, and he knows that Todd reciprocates them.

Tracy acts as a catalyst, and not in her usual way of tattling to one person behind the other person’s back. She sees Billy and takes him tracy-by-deirdre-gravestoneto the flower shop where Todd is still working. Todd, meet Billy. Billy, meet Todd. Now talk. Was this direct approach to problem solving due to her long talk to Deirdre in the cemetery? I’d like to think so.

Corrie Street May 17/15

all-this-over-a-caravan motorhome says mary“Motorhome!” Mary bellows at Todd when he calls her home a caravan. She has told a crowded Rovers about the council officer who said there had been a complaint and she would have to remove her motorhome.

When Julie comes in, Mary goes on the attack, believing her to be the Judas who betrayed her. Julie has no idea what she is talking about, but she gives as good as she gets. Everyone ducks for cover, except Todd and Sean.

Todd stirs it up as much as he can because, of course, he had made the complaint. Sean believes it’s quite possible that Julie would do something behind someone’s back. She hadn’t waited for permission from him or Billy to alert the newspaper about their incident with the inn-keeper.

Sean is on pins and needles, waiting for Billy to return from meeting with his Bishop about that incident and the subsequent news coverage. When Billy walks in, he and Sean go out back to talk. Poor Billy says the Bishop gave him a choice, keep his relationship with Sean very low-key, in the closet so to speak, or leave the parish. He confesses that he told the Bishop that he and Sean were finished, that Sean had been a mistake. Sean believes he is being dumped. Billy says no, he lied. He doesn’t want to end it with Sean, he doesn’t want to have to hide, he doesn’t want to leave the parish.

Two lovely scenes back-to-back, fittingly perhaps, both at the Rovers. One a showdown between two individuals with many onlookers, the other between only two people, a private meltdown witnessed by no one.

In the same Wednesday episode, we were properly introduced to a delightful new character. The little dog who stowed away in Steve’s cab. Welcome, Cookie, to Coronation Street! You can read about who she really is on Bluenose Corrie.

It would also be wonderful if the council officer stayed around too. She is a treat. Like Mary (and Julie), she wears pastels like armour. Although by the end of the week, the motorhome was towed away, I live in hope we’ll see all three together.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 15/12)

Parenthood

Monday’s theme seemed to be parenting, or not.  Heart-breaking for so many characters.  Three parent-child bonds struck me in particular.

Sylvia and Roy

parenthood - Sylvia talking about the child Roy as he overhears Hayley is at the end of her tether with Sylvia’s remarks about her in loco parentis skills with Hope.  Inferred, but not said, is because Hayley is really Harold, how could she be expected to cope with a baby.

Hayley’s unusual flash of temper causes Sylvia to explain her own feelings about being a parent – of Roy.  It’s not complimentary to Roy, and he overhears.  But through the non-verbal Sylvia and Roy in cafe discuss Roy's childhoodform of communication that they seem to have, they come to understand the other’s position.  They reconcile to the extent that Roy defends his mother against Becky’s wisecracks to her!  Who’da thunk it!!  And Sylvia, with the support of Roy and Hayley, indulges in cooing and cuddling baby Hope.  Oh, I think Sylvia is an absolute prize.  I’m liking her more each week.

Sean and Dylan and Marcus

Sean and Marcus discuss fatherhoodNote my arrangement of the names: Sean, Dylan, Marcus.  That’s how Marcus is feeling – tacked on at the end.  While he is expected to tend for the child as if he’s his own, he can’t cross that invisible line into feeling like a parent.  Seem familiar?  Becky and Amy?  As much as I like Sean, if he doesn’t get over himself and this “I’m the daddy” foolishness, I won’t be blaming Marcus if he heads for the door.

Leanne and Stella and lost baby

Leanne at top of stairs calling after PeterLeanne finds out she’s pregnant right when she’s dealing with her biological mother returning and wanting to play happy families.  She is lashing out unreasonably at Peter about Carla and pretty much everything.  Peter’s response is to go into a huge sulk and talk of going to Portsmouth.  Oh, that makes sense, Peter.  When Leanne realizes she’s gone too far with insulting Peter, she goes to the top of the stairs to call after him.  Trips, falls all the way to the bottom.  Stella sees Leanne at bottom of stepsOf course, Stella is the one who finds her.  In that she’s stalking Leanne, it’s not surprising.

In the hospital, Leanne and Peter are told she has miscarried.  She is devastated, Peter not so much.  Relief?  Guilt?  Disappointment?  All three?  Stella, like a bad penny, turns up.  When Peter is not in Leanne crying while Stella reappears at the hospital room doorthe room, Leanne gives way to her sorrow and sobs her heart out.  Who comes into the room but Stella.  And no, she doesn’t back out of the room.  She sits on the bed.

But just when I’m thinking “Good Lord woman, haven’t you got the sense to go Leanne crying in her mother's armsaway!”, Leanne turns toward her, clearly thinking the same thing I am, but then folds herself into her mother’s arms and sobs.  Maybe at that moment, she’d have done the same if it had been a post sitting on her bed, or Norris.  But it’s her mother.  And her mother, for the first time since Leanne was a baby, has the chance to comfort her child.  Unfortunately, it’s over the loss of Leanne’s own child.

James, Ken and the ’60s

James fights Ken to get phone awayAnd a fourth. On Wednesday James admits all to Ken, and blames him and the 1960s for it all!  It’s a version of a defence I remember using in my own childhood:  ‘I didn’t ask to be born!’  Even after he knocks Ken down and leaves him unconscious on the floor, Ken protects him.  Is that parental love or guilt or just reacting in total disbelief?  I don’t know.

I’m not alone in my picks.  Bluenose Corrie has a post on the same Monday scenes and there’s a comment on Corrie Canuck about Leanne and Stella at the hospital.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Nov. 27/11)

Easter Reunions

Such a treat – seeing so many Corrie people back Friday.  First, Todd Grimshaw and his Todd and Jules with MINInew man Jules, then in London, Violet and Jamie and Marcus.

When Eileen said Todd was coming home, I figured something would prevent it like always.  But no, he arrived, with Jules, in (best of all) a beautiful black MINI convertible.  I liked Jules right off the bat.

Todd embarrassed by Eileen in RoversThen, in a reenactment of Ken Barlow’s first storyline, Todd had major problems reconciling his old life with his new.  Ashamed of his origins, even his mother, in front of his posh lover, he was awkward to his mother and friends, apologized in advance for everything to Jules, and stormed off.  Even Jules, himself condescending about Eileen’s “lunch” or “dinner”, told “Todley” he didn’t like how he was behaving.

London Calling

Jamie, Violet and Sean holding teddyAnd Sean went to London, with a humongous teddy bear, to see Dylan.  Entering on a “domestic” between Violet and Jamie, he went to the kitchen where Dylan was and found his old lover Marcus there also.

Then a lovely tour of London – for them all day, for us snapshots of Marcus Sean and Dylan on bus tourthe highlights overlaid with The Clash’s ‘London Calling’.  Corrie Street again uses a stylistic staple of American soaps – nice in these circumstances but I hope not about to become regular fare.

Back at Violet’s, a heart-breaking scene where she showed her opinion of Sean hasn’t changed since she left Weatherfield.  Despite Jamie leaving her, she cringed at the thought of returning to Weatherfield, where Dylan might learn Sean’s –.  Sean filled in the rest himself, “How I talk?  How I walk?  My gayness?”  He told her that, as she had said, the Violet he knew no longer existed.  She had been replaced by a homophobe.

Marcus and Sean on park bench overlooking LondonThen a visually and emotionally beautiful scene with Sean, Marcus and unwanted teddy.  Sitting on a park bench at night, looking over the lights of London, talking about their lives since they parted.  Being honest, being friends and both opening the door a bit for maybe a future together.

Sylvia calling

Cropper family in cafeA reunion also on the Street between Roy and his mother.  Sylvia has appeared before, right after Roy’s stepfather’s funeral.  Now, Hayley has brought her back to their house and the café where she will “help out” and terrorize the clientele.

She is absolutely stunning with Roy, Hayley and every character she has met so far.  She is utterly believable as the woman who created Roy Cropper.  In his interactions with her, Roy is utterly believable as a son who fought so hard to gain what semblance of normality he has, and now fears remembering his childhood horrors will take it away from him.

Gail calling!

Gail interviewing for job with Nick in BistroAnd I can’t not mention the line that had me almost spray coffee all over the kitchen table.  Gail looking through the classifieds, seeing a course on counseling, saying “I think I’d make a good counselor; people tell me things.”  No, please, not another messed-up human being thinking that their neuroses and psychoses qualify them to counsel other messed-up humans!!  Hire her, Nick, it might send your business down the drain but it will save the mental health of many others.