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Corrie Street Dec. 6/15

Taking Leave

simon says mum as leanne leavesLeanne walks out Ken’s front door, taking leave. Simon runs out behind her and stops in the doorway. His face goes from angry to surprised, lost and frightened. Young man to child in an instant. But he can do that, can’t he? Often and quickly.

The end of Wednesday’s episode, and I held my breath all the way through the (fortunately for me) short scene. As Leanne walks away, close up of simon saying -i swearSimon asks her to stop, to not leave him. She stops and slowly turns toward him. He says if she walks away, he will never speak to her ever again. He swears that on his grandfather’s life. Leanne turns away from him and continues walking. He cannot see the look of unbearable sadness and fear on her face. But we can. We can also see it on his.

Leanne had decided unilaterally that Simon should go live with Ken leanne-looks-at-simonfor a while. She is trying to avert violence in their household. She had come close to hitting him and understandably was very upset about that. Leanne also knows, but is more reluctant to say, that it is likely that he will hit her again.

Man-child

Simon seems to have absolved himself of all blame, all responsibility leanne-turns-away-from-simonfor the hits and shoves that he has inflicted on her. Is that the response of a child? “Not my fault, yours.” The response of an abuser? “You made me do it.” Both? Simon is a man-child right now, big enough to inflict real physical damage and immature enough to have no firmly-rooted impulse control or taking of responsibility for his actions.

Leanne taking leave, as Simon watchesPeter gave him one piece of good advice before leaving, that a real man never hits a woman no matter what. Simon remembers a lot of stuff about what his father has said and done, but apparently not that.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Sept. 9/12)

Love Hurts

It’s the story of Kirsty and Tyrone I guess, more than any one scene this week. Although Kirsty listens to Tyroneevery scene where Kirsty gets or might get annoyed or has an implement of any kind in or near her hand is scary. After her return, that meant pretty much every scene she was in. And Tyrone, desperate for love and a baby, willing to sacrifice himself, his friendships – everything to keep a madwoman happy.

On Friday, two scenes illustrate both points. They happened after Kirsty found out Tina and Tommy knew about the way she vents her stress.

First scene: Tyrone walked in the house and Tyrone looks at iron and goes no nearer KirstyKirsty was there ironing clothes. He looked at the hot steam iron more often than he looked at her. So did I. He made a move once toward her, as if to hug her, but stopped short at the sight of the hot iron between them. I’m sure he was more relieved than I was when she unplugged it and put it away.

Second scene: over a meal, Kirsty once again says she’s willing to get help. But she can’t bear the fact that anyone else knows about what she does. That she loves him but it won’t work, Tyrone and Kirsty talk over takeout mealblahblahblah. Not with Tina and Tommy knowing and watching her every move. And Tyrone once again falls into her trap. He says that he will totally cut off contact with Tina and Tyrone, anything to make her happy and let him have his little family. And you can see the self-satisfied glint come into her perhaps truly remorseful eyes. If he does it, she’ll have total control over him. And she seems to need that.

This is an excellent storyline remarkably well done by Alan Halsall and Natalie Gumede. steam rising from iron in Kirsty's handThey beautifully portray the complexities of two people who want to love and be loved but have some self- (and other-) destructive issues that neither want to actually deal with. The thought of a baby being added to this mix is horrifying.

Kirsty blames her dad

I missed the episodes when Kirsty’s parents were there and she explained that her dad beat her and her mother. Maybe I’d feel more Tommy confronts Kirsty about taking her work home with hersympathy for her if I had seen those. As it is, I see only the pride that is keeping her from getting help that she knows she needs. I am relieved that she is no longer a cop. Interestingly, Tommy is the only one who has explicitly connected the dots about that and her being abusive. She is a bully and that’s not what any police force needs on the streets.

And it’s not what Tyrone needs. In the final scene of the week, Tyrone cut his friends Tyrone walks past Tina and Tommy on streetdead. He told Tommy he only wanted to see him with the loan repayment and for them both to stay away from him. I wonder what it’s going to take for him to think, if not of his safety and sanity, but of the protection of the baby that is soon to arrive. If Kirsty wants to blame her father for what she is doing, Tyrone ought to remember that her dad beat both his wife and his child.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Feb. 12/12)

I saw my scene Tuesday and wrote about it. Friday put my impressions in a different perspective. So here’s both, about Carla, with observations on Friday first. 

Playing with Fire

Carla breaking off engagement with FrankWhen Carla realizes she can’t go through with marrying Frank, she tries to tell him “gently”. She wishes to spare his feelings and protect her business. It doesn’t go well. She must tell him she loves Peter in order to convince him. Frank then rapes her.

Carla lying on floor after rapeMercifully for us, they only show before and after. But it’s enough to see it was done in cold fury, not passionate anger: to debase and dominate her. Don’t mess with me, lady, he’s saying in the cruelest way there is.

“I’ll do anything for you”

He Frank saying you made me do itleaves her on the floor, and goes to his car where he prepares to run down Peter. It’s the same spot where he “protected” Carla by saying he’d been driving when Carla, in the same car, struck Stella. “I’ll do anything for you,” he told her at the time. She didn’t think about the flip side of such ‘devotion’.

Frank in car watching PeterCarla plays on the knife’s edge of attraction to “the bad boy”, wanting to exert control yet have a strong man at the same time. With Frank, it backfired in the most horrible violation of her person. No one deserves that. I hope he is caught and stopped.

Tuesday (before Frank rapes Carla)

Frank has everything a woman could want: he’s handsome, suave, has money and good taste. And, meeting Carla’s apparent tastes, he also has a strong streak of control freak and possible psychopathic tendencies. However, he is missing the one thing that is the deal breaker for her: a wife. I have wanted to write about Carla and her obsession with other women’s men for a while. She gave it to me on a silver platter Tuesday.

Carla telling Peter she loves himI like Carla. She would scare me in real life. At the safe distance of a tv screen, though, I find her complex, strong and interesting. But the little speech she gave Peter Tuesday, about how she knew he really loved her, not Leanne, because of The Kiss! Get real, lady, I said to the tv, he’s a man and he’s got a pulse. Of course he returned your kiss. He’d probably do more than that if you pull a stunt like that again. It does not mean he “loves” you or that you “love” him or that the two of you would last more than five minutes together. It means he’s a man and he’s not dead yet – that’s all!

“Undying love”

Carla telling Peter you careHer unattached lovers and husbands have all been murdering lunatics with control issues, starting with Paul Connor. Her “undying love” for Paul’s brother Liam only was revealed when Liam had impregnated Maria and was marrying her. She rebounded to an unmarried man, Tony, another murdering lunatic with control issues. A quick interlude trying to mould Trevor into suave, wealthy businessman. Then bouncy bouncy to Peter who has problems saying no to pretty women. That’s how he ended up married to two of them at once.

Peter leaving the roomHe’s now trying to be a responsible husband and father. Just let him be. But no, she won’t until she’s managed to split him and Leanne up and cause Simon to lose another mother. Then there will be five minutes of let’s play house. If Peter continues to be “good Peter” she’ll quickly tire of him and enforced motherhood. If he goes back to “bad Peter”, she will not tolerate playing second fiddle to alcohol or other women. I actually can’t see her playing second fiddle to anything, including his son or his business. She’d have Simon packed off to boarding school and Peter as yet another “partner” in the factory. That way, she’d be in control.  Until another married man crossed her path…

Back to Friday (after the rape)

Maria with Carla asking if Frank did this I hope Maria can help Carla heal, and that they can help each other. They’ve got a lot of history for women who aren’t friends. Their recent lives are entwined through the same men. Carla should have called the police, but it’s karmically good that she called Maria.