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Corrie Street July 12/15

Dishing Out

i-shall-do-the-dishing-outHow was Julie going to handle it? After overhearing Dev tell Talisa he loved her, obviously Julie couldn’t just go on playing happy families. But the cat fight confrontation is not her preferred way. More subtle, at least as subtle as the open book that is Julie can be.

julie-greets-dev-and-talisaAnd she did it! Susie Homemaker, with apron and all, when Dev and Talisa returned. You’re late, must have have busy, had lots to discuss, lost track of time. Talisa and Dev looked increasingly uncomfortable and guilty as sin.

anything-stand-outAt the table, Julie is dishing out dinner along with pointed comments and questions. Talisa cracked first. She has less to feel guilty about. What Julie hadn’t heard was Talisa’s rejection of Dev and her advice that he put his house, with Julie, back in order sharpish.

‘I told you so’

do-not confrontation of Dev by JulieDev realized it was all over for him.  A non-starter with Talisa, and no way back with Julie. At least he didn’t have Mary there, with a well-justified ‘I told you so’ look aimed at him.

Corrie Street May 17/15

Rovers In and Out

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 without-asking-me-and-billy-firstthe complaint to council. 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.

A meeting with the Bishop

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. Hard to remember any complaints when such a sweet little face is in front of you.

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 women together.

Corrie Street Mar. 1/15

Talking Stick

Too bad Dev couldn’t have listened to my mother’s advice: you can’t have more than one julie-hopes-they-are-both-hungrywoman running a kitchen. I’m sure she’d extend that to a shop as well.

Dev went to India, leaving Mary in charge of the children and house and Sophie in charge of the shop. He left Julie in charge of a vague everything. So, wanting to do a good and thorough job, she tried to take over everything. It’s soon open warfare between the three women.

i-was-really-hurt Julie talkingThe children pointed out the animosity evident between Julie and the others. To her credit, she listened to them and realized that, whether she liked it or not, things were not going well for her with Sophie and Mary. It was time to make amends.

Meal with wine and a stick

A lovely meal prepared for them (although with no advance warning and in the middle of Sophie’s work shift), a bottle of wine, and a talking stick. The air would be cleared. And it was.

feel-underminedSophie is skeptical about the stick, mentioning Sally’s not so successful attempt at negotiations using one (a wonderful scene from October 2012). But with a firm grasp on the stick, she articulates her complaints about everyone and everything, including Julie’s interference. It is magic, she decides.

Mary listens and talks honestly without needing the stick. She and Julie sort out the insecurities that underlie their jealousies about the children.

am-attracted-to-clever-menJulie broaches the subject of Mary’s possible feelings for Dev. Mary says of course she cares for Dev – then realizes Julie means romantic feelings. This gives Mary a great laugh, which then leads to an explanation that gives all of us (except Julie) a great laugh. “I’m attracted to clever men!” she tells Julie. Poor Julie feels relief, but wonders how it is that she’s yet again been insulted by Mary.

Corrie Street Feb. 1/15


Can’t pick one: three excellent episodes, countless excellent scenes. The bus crash, of loading-buscourse, from lead-up to aftermath – perfect in acting, writing, lighting and camera work.

Everybody dressed up for their big night out. I was glad Tracy was included. I felt sorry for her – alone and broke and the others going to a bash at a hall she and Rob had looked at for their wedding. But I was sorry Beth got left behind.

on-the-busThe drive. The atmosphere in the bus is toxic. Road-trip singsongs barely covering sniping that was ratcheting up. They aren’t going to get there, I thought. They’ll start clawing at each other, a great big catfight inside a small box.

Boy Racers

Instead it’s ‘boy racers’ taking everyone’s attention. They cut Steve off. Then he passes so they come alongside, jeering. It’s hard to ignore that. Steve accepts their challenge. They up the stakes, passing then slamming on the brakes. To avoid rear-ending them, Steve must swerve. Into a tree. Crash.van crash

Steve wakes and crawls out of the van. He sees the cliff, and what’s below – way below. Does he act? Call for help? No. He goes into a fugue state. Julie and Sean rouse and clamber out. Moonlight, mist, rocks, and a still figure – it looks like Wuthering Heights. Then Julie comes alive. She phones for help and pulls people from the van. Her billowing skirt is her bandage supply.
The bus slips toward the cliff edge slowly. Tracy sees Carla inside, hurt. Help her or not? Hard decision. Forced by the others coming near or maybe decency, she gets Carla out.tracy-looks-in-bus

At the Rovers…

Back at the Rovers, those left behind have rovers-cell-phonesbeen having fun. They had an awards ceremony for themselves. Then Beth gets a call from Kirk. Everyone whips out their cell phones to call their person on the bus. Streetcar cabs take them to the hospital. Rita and Norris sit at the bar of an empty pub.

At the hospital, the desk nurse deals with everyone asking about everyone all at once. Then Steve tells Michelle he’s been diagnosed with depression. It’s a surprise to her (okaaay). julie-sees-devSally warns Maddie about PTSD (“Gary Windass went doolally”). Touching moments as someone sees the person they seek. Everyone seems to be fine physically, except Sinead. She is conscious but cannot feel her legs.

Realistic that there were no other serious injuries or fatalities? No, but I was happy to suspend disbelief.

Corrie Street Dec. 8/13

We don’t need no education

graceSchool underlay three stories this week. First, bullying children who find their supporters, and victims, by way of schoolyard friendships. Grace has to be the most hideous child ever seen on the cobbles. She surpasses even Faye, vengeful killer of fish, and that takes some doing. Grace zeroes in on the vulnerable – including Faye who, for the sake of being BFFs, remains her accomplice in terror even though she knows what they are doing is wrong.

leanne-sees-simon made up by girlsMary and Simon are their targets of choice. They are easy because they’re both a bit off-base; Mary because of her nature and Simon due to the instability of his present situation. I feared for Eccles’ safety when Tracy hired the children to walk her. Fortunately she came through unscathed.  Simon wasn’t so lucky.

School’s out

Second, as a headmaster Brian has had enough of children and Julie wants to bring his work home with them by fostering one. He told her, before fostering was ever lettermentioned, that he was no longer happy in his job. She did not listen. He has told her in words and body language that he is not keen on taking in a child. She has not listened.

Brian wants a pleasant job in a museum in Wales where the presence of children will be somebody else’s concern. But he won’t tell Julie straight out. He’s caught himself in a snare of deceit. Julie has not helped by persisting in her image of what she believes him to be and refusing to listen to what he tells her. It will not end well for either of them.

Back to school

Third, Steve’s return to night school. Maybe it is just an excuse to get off work, or maybe all-in-the-pastit is due to the mortification he felt in not knowing the war from which the term Armistice Day originated. I thought it was interesting last week that no one, not Steve nor Liz nor Michelle, suggested that perhaps Amy herself should have known seeing as she is the one studying the topic. Also, no one suggested that maybe Amy should have taken at least the lead in her own homework project.

On Thursday, when he was heading off to class, Michelle and Liz finally gave him a tiny bit of support. Michelle even apologized, sort of, for her earlier ridicule of him. Liz’s face steve-leaving-for-schoolshowed some fondness and pride as she wished him well. Her previous reaction, laughing at the very idea of school and him thinking he could do it, made me think it was little wonder he’d done poorly when he was younger if that had been her attitude. Michelle said her teasing had been due to envy. Is that the case for Liz too? Maybe. If so, I hope she admits it to herself and Steve soon. It was nauseating to watch her belittle him, and learning in general.

A recent post on Bluenose Corrie discusses Coronation Street’s portrayal of those who Ken_Barlow_(1960)_(small)have, or seek, higher education. It points out that, from Ken Barlow in 1960 right through to Todd Grimshaw now, those who go to university never comfortably fit in or they become nasty – even mad killers, as in the case of English teacher John Stape.

Here is Pink Floyd’s “We don’t need no education” from The Wall.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Aug. 7/11)

Bring me flowers

flowers dropped to streetThree scenes Tuesday. First, Chesney taking flowers to Katie, and her dad answering the door. Flowers go to the cobbles and Chesney goes to the wall, pinned by Owen who tells him what will happen to him if he messes his “baby girl” about.

His daughters might think Owen is a Owen pins Ches against the wall“rubbish dad” but it’s clear, at least if you’re not his daughter, that he truly cares for them and will protect them no matter what. Chesney got the message.  Didn’t stop him, but he knows to be careful around “psycho” Dad.

Love of Neil

Julie and Brian sing together in RoversLater, Brian and Julie in the Rovers discovering they are a match made in heaven. They share a love for the music of Neil Diamond. Discussion of the lyrics of his deeper songs leads to a little duet. They beautifully sing the last couple lines of “You don’t bring me flowers anymore”. John is horrified.

He had earlier spun an incredible story to former boss Brian about why Owen called him John. Owen had come to John and Fiz’s to see if they knew what Chesney and Katie were up to in their house. Brian, there to pass on a message that Mrs. Fishwick was looking for her son, was understandably confused.

So John made up a story about Mr. Big and a mob-style murder which he, “Colin”, had witnessed. So, in a kind of DYI witness protection, he is living as “John” on the street and is avoiding contact with his “real” family and “real” background. Brian buys it, in fact seems to quite like being part of such intrigue and happily goes on his way to “take control” and “reinvent” his own life.


Brian helps Julie pick up spilled shopping bagsBrian  stops to help Julie with her spilled shopping, spies her Neil Diamond CD, and it’s kismet. John and Fiz spent the rest of the week trying to break them up, Neil Diamond cd amidst Julie's shoppingeven involving Brian’s wife Margaret and the imagery of Glenn Close as a “bunny boiler” in Fatal Attraction to stop this dangerous (for John) liaison. I hope they don’t succeed. I want to see more of Brian and Julie, they are just delightful.

Love of Jack

Then immediately after, at Molly and Tyrone’s, she is still absorbing the news that Jack is dying. Tyrone had to explain why he and Jack were at a lap dancing club. He inadvertently said the words “in the little time he…” then had to finish the sentence “has left.” Shock and Molly embraces Jacksorrow show on her face, as does the love she has for Jack. He comes in the room and she leaps to him, arms around his neck. He says this is why he didn’t want anyone to know. But he’s pleased and comforted by her embrace.