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Coronation Street Apr. 7/13

Devastated

I’m going against the tide of what I’ve read this past week.  I’m picking Dev, with the doctor who tells him the seriousness of Sunita’s condition and with Karl in her hospital room.

too-early-to-tell dev hears sunita's prognosisWith the doctor, Dev doesn’t want to hear her words.  He acts like if he continues to question and refute what she is saying, he will force her to say what he wants to hear.  When he unwillingly acknowledges that the doctors cannot do anything to bring her around, he uses threats.  He will get a second opinion, he will sue them for everything they’re worth, etc.

we-are-doingThis is Dev, the personal and professional of him.  He wears his ego, and heart, on his sleeve.  He projects the image, at least to himself, of big time operator.  A man who can afford the best and takes nothing from nobody – that’s what he wants people to see.  That’s the Dev he needs to get him through this horrible news:  that there’s nothing to do but wait and hope, and the odds are against her.

at-the-cinemaLater, at Sunita’s bedside, talking about the movie he and the kids went to.  The ticket they had for Sunita.  He’s talking to her while directing his words to Karl.  He talks about what happened in the lobby, but not what he thought.  Probably he was angry, watching his kids reluctant to go into the show in case mummy turned up.

maybe-mummy-will-comeAt that moment, his resentment was about her letting the kids down.  But he has been resentful and angry toward her for a long time, since he found out about her affair with Karl.  He got over that and would have taken her back but she rebuffed him.  Then she wanted back with him, but couldn’t say she loved him.  He unhappily turned his back on her.  Just as he is rethinking that decision, she is seriously injured.  Now he can’t tell her he loves her and wants tangles-us-all-upher back, no matter what.

So he just keeps telling her and anyone else around, trying to force her to consciousness by denying nay-sayers like the doctors.  Even Karl, the man who betrayed him with her, is ok as a sounding-board, as a way to talk to Sunita.

Dev lives in extremes and believes his own press.  He his-face-just-lookingbelieves his image of himself as a player.   By force of will, he believes, he can have everything turn out right.  He does not do this in a subtle way; there has never been anything subtle about the outward Dev.  The subtlety in Dev’s character is in how important it is for his self-image that others believe in it too.  If others do not see him as The Man, powerful and sexy, he loses it.   Suaveness becomes bravado, sensitivity becomes buffoonery.

just-look-at-herSo we see a bereft Dev, willing Sunita to live by talking about her with the man who stole her from him then cast her aside.  Even if he’d looked up at Karl, standing stone-faced behind him, I doubt Dev could have taken himself out of his battle of will for Sunita’s well-being and seen that, really, all Karl wants is for Sunita to die.  That is the only way to ensure that the secret of Karl’s arson is kept.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Oct. 30/11)

Business

Watched only a bit of Corrie today, so I don’t know everything that dev explains business problems to sunitahappened. But Dev explaining the full extent of their financial problems to Sunita was very moving. And real for any small business person.

He explained that he had forgot to renew the insurance on the Weatherfield shop so that’s why their savings were depleted. He’d been using that money to pay for the repairs.

Then he told her the state of his other shops – his little empire. Road construction in front of one, a Freshcos opened too near another, the flats above another found to contain asbestos. The tenants removed and the rental income therefore as well. And for all the shops, the effects of the recession. Real problems that affect real people.

dev explains what went wrongThe loss of the $5,000 to an unknown robber during the tram crash was just the final blow to business finances already in peril. Sunita is concerned and angry. She’s worried about the economic health of their businesses and their family. Especially when he tells her that, yes, they might lose the house.

Great acting by both of them. Then Dev goes to Steve to borrow money. Steve says he hasn’t got it to loan. Dev apologizes for imposing on him when Steve has his own financial problems. Then asks him to keep their conversation to himself. He may no longer have any money, he says, but he still has his pride.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 23/11)

Movin’ on down

Peacocks & Allahans look at listing for house Dev likesA scene I liked in a storyline that’s not up to par.  First, the scene (a two-parter):  Sunita and Dev in the Rovers talking to Ashley and Claire about living on the side of the street that has, as Dev says, “outdoor loos”.  (Sunita had learned from Kirk that Maria is planning to put her house up for sale.)  Claire and Ashley have lived on both sides of the street, and know whereof they speak.  Claire defends her house, that it’s not “pokey”. Ashley takes the middle of the road – yes it is “a bit” but it’s all right.

I was touched when Dev came around to the idea of living on the street by Sunita’s argument that the moneyDev agrees to call Maria about her house saved could help put the twins through university.  You could see the Dream on his face; his kids doing what perhaps he wished he had.  Now, I just remembered he’s already got one kid, Amber, who has recently started university in London.  Still, I guess you have dreams for all of them and, at times, those dreams can seem impossible and enticing.  And with these kids, he hopes, he’ll see what he didn’t see with Amber:  the childhood before university.

Plot-driving Sunita

But the storyline:  it’s a plot-driven clunker.  Throughout it, I’ve been embarrassed for Sunita.  She is bright and level-headed, yet nothing that has come out of her mouth about this mania to move has made a lick of sense.  Since the beginning, you could see the writers’ planning meetings behind it and you should not be able to see that.  With Sunita back, they want to put her and Dev more in the centre of things, and that means physically closer to the Street.  Ok, they’ve got some mileage out of the unsuitability of Dev’s flat.  Although I don’t remember it ever being described as small before.  It’s a luxury apartment, not a pokey little flat.   Even as that, it may well not be suitable for kids.

Sunita arguing for saving moneyBut Sunita’s arguments that the twins need stability, that their present house means nothing to them.  It’s the only house they’ve known!  What would have no meaning for them whatsoever is Coronation Street!  They were infants when they moved into that house.  And she and Dev moved into it, so it wasn’t too far from the shop before.  Plus, Dev has seven shops.  Why should he be closer to one than the others?

You could pick holes in Sunita’s arguments forever, but the point clearly – too clearly – has been the need to have Sunita and Dev back in the Street.  Ok, but please write it in a way that keeps Sunita’s brain evident.  It’s been bad enough to watch Dev, formerly Mr. Cool and Suave, turn into a buffoon, but now Sunita?

Plot-driving Jason too

Having, in the same episode, Jason fall and suffer amnesia so that he doesn’t remember that Tina has broken up with him?  Everybody has to tippy-toe around to not upset him.  Perhaps it was just an unfortunate coincidence of writing ideas.

But Sunita’s storyline already had me thinking too much about Days of our Lives’ writing.  Please, character-driven, not plot-driven!  There are other ways, more true to character, to get Dev and Sunita to buy Maria’s house.