Sunday 26 December 2010

Sunday Comments, December 26

I hope you all had a lovely and peaceful holiday!

Lines of the week:
  • Dev "I got stuck in a jumper!" (sweater)
  • Leanne to Peter "So you think i want to spend the rest of my life with some useless lush? Grow up!"
  • Sunita "It's your birthday. What else can you give a man that has everything!"
  • Norris about Gail: "If there is such a thing as Karma, she must have been very wicked in her past lives"
  • Steve: "There are some things you don't want in your head. And your mum molesting someone half her age is one of them."
  • Norris about Gail: "Another chat? They're not going to break out the Garibaldis, they've hauled her in for questioning. She didn't go willingly, either, I thought they were going to haul out the tasers!"
  • Kelly laughing at Teresa "I have never loved another woman as i love carla Connor at the moment"
  • Graeme: "Thanks for ringing, Candy!" Kirk: "That's ok"
  • Norris "whatever happened to concern for your neighbours!"
  • Trev to Norris: "If I told you where to put your bin, would you do it?
  • Mary: "Any news of Gail?" Emily: "No. Just the old news. Recycled. Endlessly"
  • Norris "There's only one place this monstrosity is going" Mary "He seems a little unsure" Emily "Maybe it'll grow on him!" (HA!! Best line of the week!)
Becky didn't think it was so weird that Liz was flirting with Ciaran but we all know, he's not serious, it's just the way he is. Meanwhile, Becky miscarried. That's tough. But why would Steve think Becky would react any differently? He's just as bad for keeping stuff from her when he's upset. Having said that, Becky was irritating me with her over the top reaction but i guess it is typical of Becky. Some really nice scenes between Liz and Becky. Nicest scene of the week i think.

Tina is really having a hard time with Joe's death. I want to know where her mother is! She did talk to her on the phone but you'd think her mother would come see her. I think going to the lake to see where her dad died is not such a bad thing really. All the things she's uncovering about what David did (text, flowers) that Gail took the blame for, mind you, is starting to gel together in Tina's mind as a conspiracy.

Gail wishes she'd taken time to really enjoy being with Joe but let's face it, he didn't really make that easy. I do feel for Gail in one way, losing her husband but on the other hand i have no sympathy for her for lying and making things worse. And looky there, the police know about the life insurance policy taken out just after the wedding. THey're using that as pretty hard evidence. Ever hear of handwriting experts? Joe certainly wasn't one, so it's a pretty safe bet an expert could tell it wasn't Gail's writing. Gail also gets all affronted because she's the talk of the local gossip but what does she expect?

Kelly was laughing out of the other side of her face when Teresa won the job hunting bet and got a job as Underworld's cleaner. She tried to sabotage Teresa but that didn't work either. Kelly's being more obnoxious than usual, don't you think?

Norris and Dev share a birthday? I think Dev got a much nicer gift than Norris did but he's still a drama queen for grumbling about gifts people were kind enough to give him. Ok, A packet of toe spreaders, a callous knife and bed socks were a bit naff but considering how much he complains about his feet, is it any wonder? Mary bought him a hairpiece!! For once, I actually laughed at a scene with Norris in. No surprise to see him trying it on in the gents'.

Peter signed himself out of rehab and finished early. Again. Now is he in denial or is he really ready to tackle sobriety? I can see why Peter would be angry that George is off with Simon. I don't trust George either! He has no right to keep Simon. Peter's instincts are spot on. Was this George's plan all along or is he just a control freak? Peter wasn't drunk, he was just angry that George had Simon and wouldn't give him back. Dev is such a girl! What does he do to feel better? Retail Therapy! Meanwhile it looks like Sunita is missing him. I didn't suppose Sunita would be too crazy about Dev telling his troubles to his staff but why shouldn't he? Molly is a friend as well and Sunita would be talking to her friends about it all if she has any. Typical, though, Dev runs to the Rovers to see Sunita and finds her chatting and laughing with her ex.

I laughed at Kirk and Graeme both getting the other's mobile number instead of Candy's. Daft as a pair of brushes but Graeme at least had one clue once he realized Candy ripped both of them off, but i didn't think the two of them actually were matey enough to go out on the tiles together.

Ok, we're now going to see Stape moan and whine about not being a teacher. Wait until you see where that's going to lead. And, for one last word in praise of Graeme Proctor, read my assessment of an old soul in a young body.

Sunday 19 December 2010

Corrie Christmas

My fella is a musician and graphic artist and every year he writes me a song for one of my Christmas presents. Usually it's a song about us and our relationship but this year he's written one about my Coronation Street obsession and called it Corrie Crazy. You can hear it here, and check out my blog here for the lyrics and a photo of the two other Corrie related items he gave me this year!

Sunday Comments, December 19

Lines of the week:
  • Mary "Google ganglions, Natasha"
  • Connie about Jackie "She's a bit full on" Jack "You ain't seen nothing yet!"
  • Gail: "What on earth has he got us all into?" (No, YOU have got you all into it by not going along with the plan.)
  • Carla: "I'm just the lowly cleaner" (Even in marigolds and a tabard, she still looks too posh to be a cleaner!)
  • Jackie about Molly: "She's done up like Joan Collins at Elton John's Christmas Party." Tyrone: "Don't be weird, or any weirder than usual."
  • Jackie to Molly: "You're a plate faced slapper with elevator knickers." (she is, you know. The slapper bit at least) Molly "It takes one to know one" Jackie "Exactly!"
  • Lloyd to Liz "And I thought bitter only came on tap"
  • Molly about Trev "That's a bit of all right?" Sunita "You're not wrong, kid" Dev (churlishly) "He's a binman"
  • Jackie to Dev "How does it go? Prices up, knickers down"
  • Steve about Liz giving Ciaran the glad eye "Can't leave her alone for a minute" Becky "She's an optimist, i'll give her that!"
So Joe's fingerprints fingered him as the dead body. (Does anyone else think the writing on the boat makes it look like Gail Farce? seems a bit appropriate!) Anyway, he's dead for sure now. David actually seemed upset to have to tell Tina such an awful thing. He hated Joe but i'm sure he didn't want him to go away in this manner. Gail and Tina identified the body. Horrible thing for anyone to have to do let alone a teenager. For Gail, it must be old hat. (sorry!)

I laughed at David pointing out to Gail that she would probably be better off doing the exact opposite to what she thinks is a good idea. He's probably right. But no, Gail insists on finally telling the police the truth. You know what that's going to sound like, don't you? David makes matters worse by throwing away Joe's mobile. So Gail's running around the house looking for the phone. I"d have rung the phone if i couldn't find it and knew it was in the house somewhere. It sounds so strange, though, hearing David defending Gail, and being worried about her getting into trouble.

So did Simon hit Josh or just push him? Is George trying to manipulate things to get Simon? You bet he is. Yet Leanne, though she seemed suspicious, fell for his "vacation" trick. Will they come back from Spain?
Carla has her hair changed a bit, she's got bangs (a fringe). Kind of suits her. And she's certainly made an impression on Trev who's made more than one set of eyelashes bat! He *is* rather dishy, isn't he? Plot Device alert! There's no way anyone would have left a coffee spill on the floor of the factory all morning, Hayley or Julie wouldn't even if the others would. It might be dried on but Carla looked like she'd been scrubbing the paint off the floor when Trev came in and though she was the cleaner.

Molly has been living in the flat about a month. Wouldn't she just walk over the road to the Post Office counter and have her address changed? Andddd Jackie's back!!! Poor Connie thought she was doing Tyrone a favour telling his mum. Her Royal Pinkness is back! I gotta say i love Jackie Dobbs! She's horrible and awful and over the top and great in small doses! And she's got Molly's number, too. Tyrone really does believe that Molly just stopped loving him. That part is true but there's soooo much more to it. And Tyrone must be messed up, he thinks Jackie's changed.

Norris is on high gossip alert, between this new fella Audrey's been seen with and the police visiting Gail. As soon as he scurried into the pub, Audrey wanted to know what he was hoping to find out! LOL!

The Aunties farce continues. Sunita darns socks? Sounds like an excuse to me. She probably needs a little alone time. Liz asked Lloyd who the aunties were. She served them "vegetarian" hotpot 24 hours earlier. Well it looks like the inevitable, Dev and Sunita will get back together but instead of going slowly like she wants, he's telling the children, telling his friends, bringing her flowers... Dev... ok, flowers are too much. How about a holiday to Disney instead? I think it's more than just enthusiasm, i think he's a control freak. Or just highly selfish and self centred.

Gary's friend has his eye on Rosie. Trev's brought two adorable kittens home for
Janice only she's allergic. It must be love! Ciaran just can't help himself flirting and you'd think he wouldn't flirt with Liz who's plainly falling for his patter. You'd think he'd have learned from the upset he went through with Bev. What did Becky expect Liz to do, with her swinging the lead and Steve running around waiting on her, Liz is doing it all herself though Michelle is supposed to be working there. We've not seen her much until she has to share bar time with him. Funny, that. Ciaran is a lovely addition i think but Trev... Phwoar!! :))

I laughed at Gary and Quinny making fun of "old fashioned" names. Oh dear, Quinny's soldier brother has been seriously injured in Afghanistan. I bet that makes Gary's toes curl. Quinny's reaction was quite good, shock, disbelief. Wait, there's seagulls in Weatherfield? Imagine it. David advising someone NOT to lie!

And that's the end of February (in the UK). You can read more obvservations about the month's events here. Be warned there are a few upcoming spoilers.

Saturday 11 December 2010

Sunday Comments, December 12

Lines of the week:
  • Tina texting "Your loan shark just tried to kill me. Please call." (try calling yourself!...yes... i do know.)
  • Eileen to Jesse: "You're an animal lover, a parrot lover. I want an Eileen lover." (And you deserve it, too!)
  • Steve to Eileen: "You can't have the time off because you're rubbing it in far too much."
  • Gail: "You're angry, David, I can see that." (That's the only thing you can see.)
  • Norris: "I don't gossip!" *koff* Mary "Of course you do! You'd be very poor company if you didn't!"
  • Jesse "I think the world of you, Eileen" (no words of love then. Big sign there Eileen!)
  • Gail about Joe: "He'll be home soon." and "He must be out there somewhere." (But not quite how you thought)
  • Becky about Tina: "Mouthy cow. I like that in a woman." (You would!)
  • Jason: "Whatever you like, Mrs. Grimshaw." Tina: "My God. That sounds minging."
  • Deirdre to Audrey: "You've got more bling on than Barbara Cartland."
  • Liz: "He's probably wondering what Camilla Parker Bowles is doing in Weatherfield." (Great in-joke. The resemblence is remarked on a lot!)
  • Dev "I love to mow, weed and hoe.."
  • Nick to Tina "You're the daughter of the man married to my mother" (stepsister, wouldn't that be so much easier to say?)

Though i'm glad to see the back of Joe, i can see this storyline is going to drag on eternally. *sigh* How can you have a successful faked death if you haven't got a missing persons report or a boat floating abandoned in the lake? Someone isn't thinking this through very well. It's time to get the police involved because the threats are escalating to trying to burn the flat down! It's just not on! and then David texts Tina using Joe's phone and sends her flowers? Talk about digging an even deeper hole and it's going to come back to bite him, mark my words. In amongst all this, David is having a hissy fit because Tina is marrying Jason. That aside, David seems to be the only one talking sense, for once, pointing out that Joe can't love Gail very much if he's putting her through this. And it doesn't make sense anyway. Why fake your death to get the insurance money if you can't be declared dead for seven years!

Gail protests that she wouldn't put up with a man beating her but i think she just might. She certainly puts up with everything else men throw at her, at least emotionally. I think she's inherited Ivy's blinders. And Tina...complaining because her father hasn't had a birthday present for her yet she knows he owes his soul to the loan shark. So when she does get flowers (from David pretending they're from Joe) she complains they're too expensive and they're not flowers she likes anyway. Selfish cow. She doesn't believe the "fake your death" excuse when they finally have no choice but to tell her. Her logical conclusion is that he committed suicide, considering the crushing debt and history of depression, but by the end of the week, though, Joe's body was bobbing about in the lake. He's dead, Jim! Er. do you not think it's odd that he sailed out quite a long way away from the cottage, Gail certainly couldn't see the boat from it, yet his body bobbed to the surface within a stone's throw of the cottage?

Dev is such a faker! moaning about his back and then leaping up to the bed. There's more ducking and diving and trying to fool the Aunties again this week but honestly, they can't be that stupid. Hilarity ensues. Meanwhile, as one couple inch slowly back together, another is marching apart.

Jesse and Eileen seem to be doing the slow dance to the end, don't they? Mind you she's being inordinately rude to him lately, especially about his job. It's no wonder he's considering his parents the most important people in his life and Eileen surely can see where she stands. Why did Eileen think Jesse would pick her over his parents? Well her rudeness aside, he's been attached to them by the apron strings all along, anniversary or not. And it was pretty childish of him to be quoting divorce statistics to Tina and Jason, newly engaged. He complained, he was miserable, Eileen deserves better and i'm glad she found her self respect and chucked him out.

Becky is certainly taking advantage of the pregnancy too, ducking and diving work, and Steve must know this but is happily pandering to her.  The Auntie who's son is a dancer in Vancouver with a Norris has got a point... young people really do talk about every tedious detail of their life on their mobiles. I hear them on the bus all the time. How much tea was drank in various places on screen this week? Bucketloads! Natasha has the hots for Nick and she's not even met him yet!

Audrey has booked the smooth and ever so slick Lewis again. She seems to be a sucker for his silver tongue. It was pretty funny seeing Liz and Deirdre and Audrey eyeing Lewis and him picking up Audrey and not Liz. Of course it was a set up but didn't it set the other two's complexions a bit greenish?

Nick seems to have his eye on Carla. I don't think she'd give a little weenie like him the time of day, frankly. He used to run the factory *for* Mike Baldwin? Mike Baldwin taught him everything he knows? Mike Baldwin sacked the little toerag, if you may recall. He wasn't much more than a toady.

If the Alahan house is a 3 bedroom house, then the twin must share a room if the Aunties are installed in the third bedroom. Roy needs to reduce the hours of his staff. Wouldn't it be better not to have them all working at the same time and

Sunday 5 December 2010

Sunday Comments, December 5

Lines of the week:
  • Peter "I don't suppose Sorry's going to help?"
  • Gail "I bet whoever called it that (boom) was just hit in the head by it" (Phrase of Doom, anyone?)
  • Peter "If i was seriously drinking i'd be on the whiskey" (you mean that bottle that you already finished?)
  • David to Gail "You married yet another head case!" (and still she defends him)
  • Sunita "I'm remembering why i divorced you!"
  • Tina about Joe: "He's a dead man next time I see him." (Um, yes)
  • Audrey: "I'm THE Audrey of Audrey's!"
  • Nick: "Expecting romance by a roaring fire, ending up with a sausage roll in the pouring rain"
  • Peter: "Help me!" (finally!)
  • Deirdre: "I'm sure he's found somewhere warm and dry." Leanne: "Depends on what you mean by dry!"
  • Sunita "They (the children) don't do baths, they do tsunamis!"

Ohmygod Joe is such a loser he couldn't even fake his own death properly! David figured his mother had lost her marbles going sailing in February and look where it got her? Joe was that horny to get away and of course that's when the phone rang off the hook. You notice he also rented a big SUV to tow the boat as well. I guess if Gail's in for a penny, she, or her credit card, are in for a pound or three! Joe told the loan shark to give him a week and he'd have it sorted. He wants Gail to use the life insurance to pay off the debts and later, after a few years, he'll send for her. Now if you were an insurance company, and someone took out a big policy, made one payment and then wanted the payout, wouldn't you be suspicious? Anyway Gail was horrified at Joe's plan and fought him. Because she fought him, he hurt his arm and because he hurt his arm, he couldn't get back on the boat when the boom knocked him over.

I really do think Joe has lost his marbles completely with all the pressure and desperation. It's got to be illegal, what the loan shark is doing and Gail can't imagine lying to everyone. Geez, if she thought being married to a homicidal maniac was bad, at least she could be open and honest about that. Did you see that couple that witnessed Gail and Joe's argument? Remember that they saw Gail on the boat with Joe and drove away before he threw her back off. It'll come back to haunt her. I don't know why Joe didn't just chuck the mobile into the lake, too.

Gail doesn't think Joe did the right thing but she thinks he'll come to his senses and come back. Nothing David can tell her can change her mind. Lying to say Joe stayed behind because he'd got some work yet he's not answering his phone. And David giving her tips on how to lie lol and the lies just get deeper and deeper and now Nick is back on the scene, obviously lost his job and flat so he thinks Joe and Gail had a row.

I can't say i'm sorry to see the back of that whinging whining Joe, though. He's been a loser from the start. Ok, ok, i know people fall on hard times and they should be supported by their friends and families but he's just been a total idiot! This loan shark business should have been taken to the police at the first threat but Noooooooo. We have to put up with this face for months! I've got a blog post that delves into this a bit more over here. (There is one future spoiler mentioned!)

The morning after the night before, and the wreckage after the hard hat party is spread across the Barlow fields. Ken is regretful and a bit smug and Leanne is heartbroken that Peter's drinking again and feeling guilty that her dream contributed. Deirdre figured there was one positive, with Blanche still in Portugal. I guess we find our bright spots where we can. George has his mitts on Simon and wasn't giving him back. I wonder if that was his plan all along or if it was just a lucky result.

Poor little Simon, having to see his dad drunk and pathetic. Chris Gascoyne played a very good and believable drunk, though, didn't he? How did Peter get all those bottles and cans of beer stashed in the betting shop office when he'd only been off the wagon 24 hours and was out roaming the streets for most of it? Peter's lucky George hasn't called Social Services! Peter tried to convince Leanne he is only drinking because he can't see Simon and tried to make a deal with George, he'll go into rehab if he gets Simon back. Any little excuse except the real reason. He is addicted. This is really being handled well, I think. Much better than being reformed and recovering after one bout and never slipping again. No amount of talking to him is working, either. He wasn't ready to accept he needs the rehab and he needs help until Simon rejected him and he saw fear on his son's face.

Sunita used a pretty lame excuse to go see Dev. Why? Because her old aunties are coming and nobody ever told them that she's divorced. It's been nearly 5 years, and nobody has slipped up or anything? Hard to believe they've never called Sunita in that time, not asked to speak to Dev, or had an excuse why not every single time and they've not been suspicious? A bit contrived, really. Lucky for Dev, he was there when they arrived so he jumped right in with his plan to pretend they were still married in front of them and Sunita didn't have a choice then. But pretending they're married? You can just see where that's going, can't you? Probably the reason for the ridiculous storyline. Um...Auntie Grishma is apparently 72. She's Sunita's great-aunt. Sunita's parents must be pretty young for one of them to have an auntie that age or someone's lying about their age! and "They" came to the wedding yet one of them was introduced to Dev as if it was the first time.

I did wish that Joe's and Gail's phones would pick a ring tone and stick with it or at least choose one more modern. Do any phones still have that ringtone anymore as a default? You could see it was a fairly new style phone. I also don't think Joe's phone would still have a charge a day after both Tina and Gail were ringing it non stop. At least two people had a good week. Tina and Jason got engaged! It's a cute little ring but it's almost not even there!

Sunday 28 November 2010

Sunday Comments, November 28

Lines of the week:
  • Molly "If you ever need me, you know where i am" (That means YOU Kevin!)
  • Betty (looking at Michelle and Liz's cleavage) "Some things never change behind the bar!"
  • Becky to Steve "I married ya cause I like living with Liz!"
  • Steve "You mean we might have poisoned the oldest barmaid in Manchester?"
  • Ciaran eyeing Michelle, to Peter "If i'm not back in 30 minutes, make your own plans!"
  • Janice to Sean and Julie "Shotgun? You two wouldn't even add up to a water pistol"
  • Ciaran to Carla "Where's the boyfriend?" Carla "Husband. He's in prison for murder. Insanely jealous" Ciaran "She's kidding right?" Peter "Yeah, he's not been convicted yet"
  • Peter "Here she is, Night of the Living Dead"
  • Betty "I've seen gargoyles with a pleasanter look than yours!"
  • Gail "I thought this was a Valentine's treat, not a geography lesson"

  • Deirdre to Ken "What's the view like from that high horse?" Ken "It's very clear" Deirdre "I should keep your eyes open. Because once you fall off, it's a long way to the ground!"
  • Steve "I've got a good mind to go down to that wine bar and drive a JCB through a window!" (**HA!!)
Becky's pregnant and Steve is over the moon but Becky's not. Now she's going to have Claire on her case as well but Claire was supportive. Sounds more like Becky does want the baby but is scared to death she will be a crap mother due to her upbringing and she knows she can go off on a mad rampage herself at the drop of a hat. She doesn't always take pressure well. Thing is, she really is a good mother already but feels because Amy isn't hers, it's different. IT's not, you know. It's harder to be a step mother. Steve couldn't help but tell his mother but it's only fair, Becky told Claire (who probably told Ashley!) and Roy and Hayley and Steve told Betty and the news is most definitely getting around! That baby book she got off Claire sure took her aback!

Ciaran's back! Peter was reluctant to admit to his old drinking buddy that he's off the sauce. But it didn't take being around his mate for 5 minutes and Peter was diving into the bottle again, on the sly. Ciaran proceded to pour on the Blarney to Michelle but, having Irish roots herself, she seems immune. He tried it on with Carla too, but after she told him about her murdering husband, he backed off. Especially when it was confirmed as true! I'm actually glad Peter is off the wagon again, only because most of the time in soaps, an alcoholic gets help, gets sober and it's never really an issue ever again. This slipping is more realistic i think. As much as Peter doesn't think he would ever drink again because of what happened to Simon, alcoholics sometimes still think they can handle just one drink.

Well, they can't and neither can Peter and he ended up ruining the bar party and that's Leanne's dream gone up in a boozy cloud of smoke. And to make matters worse, Ken witnessed it, too, making his view from the high horse even higher. (I'm sure it must be against regulations to have a party in a construction site!) It's too bad, he finally started to think that his attitude was only adding pressure to Peter and it probably was.

Lots of awkward with Tyrone and Molly both visiting Sally. Does nobody work these days? Why would either of them stay if they've come to see Sally and she's lying down? For someone that doesn't want Molly anywhere near, Kevin sure goes around Molly a lot. Janice is looking for a lodger and look who it is! Trevor the binman! It didn't take her long to fancy him, and why not! He's gorgeous! Why is Mary upset that the yogurt is "live"? She knows loads about all kinds of things, why wouldn't she know that it comes in all sorts? Deirdre is always so funny when she's drunk!

Happy Birthday Betty! 90 and still working! But is she really the oldest barmaid in Weatherfield? What were the odds that there was actually another one over 90 still working? Pretty slim, it seems to me. Anyway, she might have been a little older than Betty but probably just jealous that her boss never thought of putting her in the paper! And she stuck around at the party. I bet she wouldn't have that many locals at the Parson's Arms that would club together for a party for her!

Why did Tina tell Joe she could put her flat on the market and give the money to Joe? She just finished telling him she had a buyer for it so isn't it already on the market? Mind you, i think the loan shark is the one she thinks is the buyer. Joe's conversation with his daughter seemed to have a bit of finality to it. Was he really saying goodbye? What sort of plan does he have up his sleeve and will it have something to do with that insurance policy?

**If you will recall, when Steve and Andy first moved into the Street, they jumped on a JCB (earth mover on the construction site for the new side of the street) and drove the blade/bucket of it through Alf Roberts' shop window!

Sunday 21 November 2010

Sunday Comments November 21

Lines of the week:
  • Tyrone "No fear... no fear...."
  • Kelly "Sorry to break up Nerds Aloud..."
  • Sophie "Good as gold? Dad do you actually know how old we are?"
  • Gail about Joe "He's just in a slump" (which has lasted most of the time she's known him)
  • Joe to Gail "When it comes to the male of the species, you're the equivalent of Tutankhamen's curse!!!!"
  • Joe "I can explain" (pathetic but it worked)
  • Michelle "she might be a brainless slapper but that's Kevin's daughter you're talking about!"
  • Rosie "I'm nil by mouth" Sophie "and nil by brain"
  • Steve "You are MY WIFE ..." (then start acting like a husband!)
  • Kevin "They've been good as gold all afternoon" Sophie "Good as Gold?!! Dad, d'you actually know how old we are??"
  • Gail "I just feel that you've been lying to me!" (Feel? FEEL???)
  • Graeme "I'm not staring. I'm drinking in your loveliness" (yeah, but she loves the attention, really)
  • Dead as a doornail... door knob? Everyone getting them confused!

Becky is acting out but i think mostly she's reacting to Steve being so childish. These two need a course in how to communicate because they do love each other to bits. And first he's spending 1000 quid on golf clubs then he buys a motorcycle and acting like a twit. Rubbing Becky's face in it by flirting with Kelly, her old adversary, really was a low blow. He better be careful. He could get his wish to be single if he keeps on like that! He got bladdered and couldn't even stay on the bike! Doesn't he look a prat in those leathers? I do wonder why Steve went all over the neighbourhood looking for Becky and never tried the cafe! Most obvious starting point, i would have thought. But Finding out that Becky's mum died, not
from Becky herself, though, kind of took him back short. For all her blustering about her non-relationship with her mother and though her mother wasn't much of one, Becky still ended up crying into Amy's bathrobe. It's still a wrench.

Finally she sat and talked to Steve like a grownup. She's even admitted she's pregnant. Maybe that will get the pair of them talking again. But with all the things she said about not wanting kids, is she even going to keep the baby? If she does terminate, i think that would probably drive Steve out the door.

Poor Tyrone. He's just devastated. And all alone in that house, the only noise being his snappy rice breakfast cereal! Kirk's advice was strangely appropriate, though. Use your head instead of your heart.

Sophie and Kevin have made up and Rosie didn't have the boob job. (Who calls their surgeon by his first name?) She was nervous, really. I expect though Kevin went with her, that was probably a rewrite and i am guessing that it would have been Sally originally if the actress hadn't gone off on sick leave. You didn't really think she'd go through with it, did you? And her getting upset about her mum's illness is probably one of the few times you really get to see Rosie with genuine feelings.

Dev keeps working on Sunita but then still doesn't think about anything but himself when he thinks he'll be the one to suffer if a reconciliation went wrong. Of course he tells everyone else he rejected Sunita, not the other way around. Twit. You noticed Mary singing about the Eye of the Tiger with a line that was akin to stalking being sung quite vigorously!

How would letting David rent the salon flat be making it akin to helping Gail bail out Joe? If she didn't, David would find somewhere to stay or Audrey would just take him in anyway. Gail keeps saying she wants David to stand on his own two feet, i expect that meant he should just persuade Audrey himself but wouldn't living in the flat do that? She wants to move and him having a place to stay would facilitate that. She never minded sticking her beak in on behalf on one of her chicks before! What Joe tried to do by selling the house to a broker is basically what you do with an old car when you sell it for parts. Well it backfired on him when Gail found out what he was doing. That and all Audrey's niggling little points. The penny might actually be dropping and she's going to pull the house off the market.

Joe really can be a nasty sod, can't he? He has shown flares of this side of him in the past, too. Quick tempered and vicious tongued. I'm not one to advocate violence but it seems to me after his remarks about David deserving a medal for trying to kill his mother, he had that slap coming. But you know? for her hitting him that hard, he never even flinched let alone have his head jerk backwards even a hair!

What *really* gets me annoyed is how Gail then turned around and blamed herself for Joe's outburst. She didn't lash out at Joe in any way. And she wonders why she keeps getting involved with total losers. Joe keeps scurrying around out of sight of the loan shark and making furtive phone calls to the insurance people. So now you know why he saved that sheet of paper on which she was writing her new married name. Now he wants to go out on the boat with Gail. No money. But he wants to go for a second honeymoon on a boat. He's using Gail's money seeing as he can't pay Ted back what he borrowed from him.

Simon looked cute in the hard hat, the fashion award of the week, I think! Amazing how it seemed to fit his little child sized head perfectly! The bar is starting to take shape and Leanne wants to have a hard hat party before it opens for the publicity. I shouldn't think that would be legal, if it's not sanctioned for occupancy yet by the council permit people. Meanwhile, George is making inroads into persuading Peter to send Simon to a private school. He figures it's an "in" to Oxford... well he can get that anyway if he's smart enough.

Trevor the binman. He *is* rather gorgeous, isn't he? We haven't seen the last of him! Kelly might love motorbikes but riding it with her legs flung out to the sides is only going to have her flying off it! If Becky's mother died living rough and had next to no possessions, A. how did they identify her and B. how did they find Becky's mobile number? Her mother certainly wouldn't have had it if they'd not had contact for years.

You probably didn't notice but the car that Kevin and Tyrone were working on earlier in the week is the same car they were working on 3 weeks ago. See?

And Here's a bit more commentary on what happened in Weatherfield in January (UK timeline, which we're seeing now).

Sunday 14 November 2010

Sunday Comments, November 14

Lines of the week:
  • Molly "Everyone's already looking at me like i've stomped on a kitten" Pam "'appen you 'ave!"
  • Dev about Matt "He was a womanizer... God's Gift" (pot? Kettle?)
  • John "never a dull moment, especially with Roy" (I do hope he was being facetious!)
  • Ryan to MIchelle "If you're trying to embarass me it won't work. I'm too used to it!"
  • Jack "Widows, nuns and lesbians...steer well clear of em"
  • Rosie: "I can't wait to tell John Stape that he's paying for my new boobs. He'll feel like a pimp!"
  • Julie: "I can tell it's going to be one of those days when I have to have a little cry before I can thread the needle"
  • Kevin to Sally: "It's made me realise how much I love you" (And that's the first truth he's told Sally in months! Ok, but you know what I mean
  • Kevin to Sophie: "Why does this God of yours do this in the first place?" (To make you see what an ass you've been, maybe? Guilt, much, Kevin?)
  • Molly to Tyrone "I don't love you" (awwwww)
  • Jack to Tyrone "They always come back, lad, you just gotta give them some time"
  • Norris "It's horrible being the bearer of bad news. It's exhausting!" (Norris you old gossip, you love it!)

Joe's gone and done it. He's got a new life insurance policy! Did he insure them both or just him i wonder? Ha! David sure scuppered the house sale and everything he said was true, well more or less. Stape isn't a paedophile but his history is certainly pretty jaded! Then Joe was eyeing up the charity collection jar with it's tenner and collection of coins, as if that was going to help him any. He's already ticked off Peter by suggesting money up front for a "Maybe" job and Bill isn't going to go that route either. A desperate man will take desperate measures. (Does anyone wish the thugs had actually caught Joe?)

Molly's gone and done it, too. She left Tyrone and he thinks, rightly, she had an affair but wrongly, he thinks it's with Dev! I suppose Dev offering her a free flat didn't help but really. Dev? I nearly burst into tears right along with Tyrone! She was horrible to him! IT really would have been the best if Molly had just left altogether. Leaving Tyrone and staying in the street at her job and living there, it's just torture and it's just not fair. If her father would have let her work at his bakery, that's where she should be and shouldn't have let Dev talk her into staying. It just gets worse. Ty begged Kevin to talk to Molly and she kept trying to persuade him to be with her by blackmailing him into giving Ty her wedding ring back! It seems Fiz finally remembered she's good friends with Tyrone except how would she even think Tyrone would ever turn vegetarian? Hasn't she seen him chowing down a full English in the cafe?

Molly is still delusional, she thinks because she's left Tyrone that Kevin will come round. Pam told her straight and don't you love Pam? I'm firmly on Team Pam!

Aw, Lloyd and Teresa shook hands on not getting serious but did you see her face fall when he turned away? The cancer, so much for anonymity when Betty broadcasts all the donations! Mary is still hovering around Norris and has talked him into letting her help in the Kabin. I thought Tina still worked there?

Rosie is still planning on having a boob job. Did you see the photo on the shelf behind Sophie of Rosie back in her school days? A sweet little schoolgirl? Good news for Sally though, they seem to have got it all and it hasn't spread. Just radiotherapy to get through now to make sure! Kevin's drunken rant against God is understandable. It's hard to understand how bad things happen and people want someone to blame. Kevin feels if God helped make Sally well, He shouldn't have let her get sick in the first place.

Sunita and her fiance has broken up... how on earth can Dev even keep a straight face calling Matt a womanizer? So Sian's father is sending her to stay at her Mother's in Southport and Ryan takes a righteous strop over it, trying to emotionally blackmail her. Poor kid feels bad enough as it is.

Becky and Steve are still at daggers drawn. I don't think she quite got it right, doing all the bar work to spite Steve lol!

Awww Jack really is still broken up over Vera's death, isn't he? And Betty knew... thus, the little kiss. Oh i see Sian's father is a total ignorant idiot! I don't think Gail really has to consult David for permission to sell the house. He's 18, he can live on his own! Ok, yes maybe she should have at least been more up front with him but object or not, it's not like he's a little kid to be considered.

Monday 8 November 2010

Corrie Crazy is official!

Just got the official word and here it is, Corrie Crazy airs on December 9 at 8 p.m. on CBC. Find all about why Coronation Street is so popular with Canadian fans! You may remember reading all about the experiences that Graham and I had and those of my friends Mark and Deborah right here on this blog. Now you can see the end result along with lots of other Canadian Corrie fans who all got their 2 minutes in the limelight too! I am looking forward to it though I may watch my part through my fingers!

Sunday 7 November 2010

Sunday Comments, November 7

Lines of the week:
  • Norris "I'm being shadowed by a moon-faced munchkin in a large motor home"
  • Norris "First time i've started a meal with dessert" (you haven't lived, Nozzer!)
  • Mary "I've got 2346 photos!" (Holiday snap hell!)
  • Joe "We could bring the boat" Gail "So you could push me in and claim on the insurance?" (Omen!)
  • Rosie "These breasts and my brain is my passport out of this dump!" (Seriously?)
  • Rosie "O! M! G!" (that pretty much says it all)
  • Kelly "It's discrimination!" Janice "Cos yer black?" Kelly "Nooo coz I'm single!"
  • Emily to Norris "You're comparing yourself to an annoying little bluebottle (fly). I can see the comparison"
  • Norris "For a sec there, I thought you looked like Hannibal Lecter" (She did!)
  • Graeme about Rosie "You make her sound really shallow" David "She IS really shallow!"
  • Gail "I'm not thinking of popping me clogs any time soon, are you?" Joe "Of course not" (*cough*)
  • Kelly "Typical, they just go and make me look stupid" Fiz "That's not hard!"
  • Tyrone "Loyalty, Kev, you taught me that" (oh if you only knew!)
Oh i HATE hearing women say they can't live without a man! Gail always picked losers and it's not changed any. Now they have a honeymoon on the lake and are planning to bring the boat there. Uh oh Joe's looking up life insurance stuff online. And it's so frigging obvious, isn't it? Gail practicing her signature and decides they don't need life insurance so Joe is going to forge her signature! Someone does need to explain the concept of life insurance to Gail, however. She's been a widow often enough, you'd think she'd have figured it out by now. Gail, love, your husbands die! It's only prudent! I think Nick is flirting with Tina to wind up David more than anything else. He also seems to enjoy seeing Tina squirm but i don't really think he's really after her. So far he's actually a bit of a dislikeable pratt but Nick Tilsley always was. The new actor, Ben Price, seems pretty good though. And Ew, first he says his mother looks so good he'd marry her himself and now this week, he's all over David! Yeah, yeah, he was kidding both times... wasn't he?

Freda is gone and Mary's back! Yay! I love her! She's absolutely bonkers! But why was she being so coy and hiding around corners? and How many moon-faced munchkins in large motorhomes does Norris know? You'd think he would have recognized her but he didn't seem to. Laughed at Norris being afraid to enter the campervan for fear of never coming out alive! Mary certainly seemed to have a few adventures. If Norris doesn't want anything to do with Mary romantically, why did he seem a bit jealous when she told him about that Spanish fella. I don't understand why Mary would have been surprised it was cold in Scotland. It's January in the show's timeline! I guess that trip of hers over half the world or whatever it was didn't make her very worldly.

Happy Anniversary! So much for Molly's promise to be a better wife. She dumped Tyrone within hours and poor Ty! It kind of cements Molly as the villain. Breaking Tyrone's heart is like kicking a puppy! Tyrone, loyal lad that he is, turned down that job to support Kevin. What does Molly do? Throw a strop and plan to walk out. Ken doesn't learn a blessed thing, does he? But he's got George having doubts. Too bad Ken never did learn to support his son. Peter is protesting how he'll absolutely not touch a drop. Soap law and the Soap Opera Phrase of Doom tells us otherwise. That's not a spoiler, that's just the way things always work!
Graeme says he can get back up on a ladder next week. But his wrist isn't bandaged anymore and he seems to be walking just fine. He was kind to Rosie though salivating at her bus stop poster for drain cleaner! HA! So much for glamour shots! He's got it bad for her, though even though he knows it's so wrong!  And the truth about Rosie wanting a boob job came out. Poor Sally! Rosie or should i say Helen Flanagan acted the fakest crying i've ever seen! But i did laugh at Graeme crying in sympathy. Anyway, the gurls are starting to notice something's up. Well, Sophie did anyway and their suspicions that there's marital problems pushed Sally and Kevin to tell them the truth about Sally's illness sooner than they thought they would. That has to have been a very hard scene for a lot of people to watch and didn't they all do a good job of it!

I'm sure it must seem unfair to the workers that Sally gets unexplained time off and Kelly kicked off the worst. And you gotta love her, even after she found out about Sally, she was unrepentent. She doesn't think she should pretend to like Sally now she's ill. Kelly is what she is and what you see is what you get and she's no hypocrite. But it wasn't about the girls liking Sally all the time, it was sympathy and support. It could have been any one of them and they know it, most of them.

HiyaLowa got a big Hiya on his horse didn't he? What a Diva! Dev's flat is most definitely not kiddie proof and that really wasn't a lot of ruckus and noise for 20 kids was it? Hmmm looks like there might be a few cracks in Sunita and Matt's relationship. Maybe Matt isn't as confident about Dev being around so much? And isn't that the doctor from the Rosamund Street clinic? She came quite a long way to see Asha!
Happy Birthday Ryan. And was there any mention of her bio son Alex with the same birthday? Was there 'eck. Sophie and Sian made up at least. Seriously, Michelle. a toast cake? Don't knock yourself out or anything!

Why is it that sometimes, normal speaking between people in the pub or cafe can be heard in the whole establishment and other times, someone 4 feet away can't hear a blessed thing? Hmm, Hayley's going to take dance classes? Our unfortunately uncoordinated Hayles? oh well, i imagine she'll have fun at least.  Oh God. Eddie in his dirty dressing gown, bare legs and grotty socks!!! And oh my, can you believe Eddie made Gary a cake shaped like a hand grenade? LOL! Good thing it was tasty! Gary's off to become a soldier. It's a bit surprising to have a going away party for Gary when nobody in the neighbourhood likes him and he's got no mates except for Chesney! David stuck a target on his back. It sure backfired on him though and so it should!

Saturday 6 November 2010

DVD Review: Coronation Street Romanian Holiday

This year's Coronation Street DVD release from E1 Entertainment is Romanian Holiday and it's probably the best Corrie spinoff I've seen yet. That's mainly because it features the wonderful Roy and Hayley with a bit of Becky thrown in for good measure and the secondary characters are very funny as well. The premise is a wedding invitation. The Croppers are invited to Romania to the wedding of Frankie Barlow to a footballer who's playing in that country. They then are asked to house sit for a few days while the newlyweds are on honeymoon. Typically, things go horribly wrong. I have the region 2 dvd and wrote a summary with screen captures of the storyline over here.

The DVD is now released in Canada and will play on any North American dvd player. E1 has kindly offered me a copy of the DVD to review. In addition to the main storyline, there are two short documentaries. One has interviews with the cast members and the other describes the behind-the-scenes goings on, with what goes into putting the production together with the help of a Romanian crew as well as the English one. There's input from the writers and the directors, as well. I always enjoy these and I wish the documentaries were a little longer. These "extras" are on the Region 2 DVD as well.

Romanian Holiday is available on Amazon for $19.99 at the moment, and other online sites and you can get it at department stores, electronics and music shops that sell dvds as well. Wal-mart and Zellers often have them a little cheaper and you can try Costco as well.

Last year, Out of Africa (episode summary) was released and is still available.

Sunday 31 October 2010

Sunday Comments, October 31

Lines of the week:
  • Kelly "Half the blokes thought i were a drag queen and the other half thought i were a Diana Ross lookalike booked as entertainment" (You know, i can kind of see that!)
  • Becky "I want to see a film where a fat, balding, middle-aged pig dies in a chainsaw accident"
  • Steve to Ashley "Men can't force women to have babies but women can force men NOT to have babies" (You know he's got a point!)
  • Peter to Joe's request for cash "Tell me, what have I done to make you think I'm soft in the head?"
  • Graeme "I don't think Gail could cope with another one like David."
  • Joe "I'm not about to spontaneously combust!" (too bad)
  • Audrey to Gail "It's so lovely you getting a second chance at your age." (fifth?)
  • Lloyd "Joe's a very lucky man" (in whose universe?)
  • Becky "I don't have to get wasted to have a good time!"
  • Ted to Jo "Any last minute doubts?" Joe "Only whether i'm good enough for her" (I can answer that one. You're not.)
  • Nick "If you weren't my mum, I'd marry you myself" David "That is so wrong on so many levels" (it was kind of ick wasn't it?)

Well that's one question answered. Sarah isn't coming to the wedding because Bethany has chicken pox. Why isn't Gail crushed? You'd think she would be but said she wanted a low key wedding anyway. It's your DAUGHTER and GRANDDAUGHTER! That's hardly high key though with Sarah it could be high drama. And the loan shark has returned and we will be treated to Joe shaking and grimacing and whining again. And why isn't Gail excited to be marrying the man she loves? Maybe because weddings are pretty much routine to her these days ;) Meanwhile, Rick is making sure Joe and his family are being threatened. Surely that's illegal? Can't Joe just go to the police? And if you declare yourself bankrupt, can loan sharks still come after you, legally i mean?

Joe's so desperate he's asking Peter for an advance of wages on a job he hasn't even got yet! He even cadged cash off Ted to pay some of what Rick says he owes. Is there no lengths to which he will stoop? Apparently not and even the wedding day is ruined for Joe when Rick lurks in the back of the pub. (Gail's fifth wedding to the fourth husband, married Brian twice, by the way) I was a bit surprised at the guest list at the wedding. Not even Gail's best friend Sally? And Graeme? Was he David's date?

Man, David and Nick sure tossed around a lot of old baggage didn't they? Seems a bit hypocritical of Nick accusing David of causing all kinds of family trouble and him being there to put a stop to it. Where was Nick all those years? Nottingham isn't that far away. Nobody can dredge up dirt like family, eh?

Molly's pushing for Tyrone to get a job out of Weatherfield but i fail to see how working for someone else is a step up from being half owner of a business that seems to be thriving. And they would never hire him without checking references and the only reference Tyrone would have is his current employer. Kevin.

That was an awful lot of noise Joe and Rick made banging about the garage door right under Rita's window and right outside Gail's house and nobody saw or heard? Rita sends a postcard from a round the world cruise and the photo on it? A picture of the boat. You'd think she would find something a bit nicer from one of the ports of call.

Must be hard for Hayley to hear Becky banging on about not wanting kids when Hayley would give anything to have one. Steve and Becky really are acting childishly aren't they? They don't know how to properly communicate and when they do, each seems to be too involved in their own side of things to try to see the other's.

I see illness hasn't affected Sally's sense of snobbery at all. Dressing up to see the surgeon! Nice to see Carla being very supportive but then as a woman, how could she not be? And have you ever noticed, it's easier to let your emotions out with someone more objective? Do you get the feeling that Michael LeVell was having a hard time doing the scenes where he was telling his father about the surgery and procedures? I thought he was, in particular, more than just acting so i wonder if the cast by that time those scenes were filmed knew that the actress was going through the same thing. He and Sally Whittaker (now Dynevor) are good mates as you would if you'd been working together as long as they have.

Ken, petition, anti-bar, grousing about George, private school, yadda yadda yadda. Deirdre's right, Ken would have done much better to support Peter. By fighting him every step of the way, he only pushed Peter into George's moneybags. Bins aren't being emptied because they're too full? Huh? You'd think Jason could get a couple of hours off for the wedding but then again, if he can't, then Tina shouldn't be so stroppy about it. Oh look Mary's back and she's not happy to see that cozy photo of Freda and Norris! Stalker, much?

My god, someone turned the vocal key on Amy and she said several whole sentences albeit still in that autobot voice. I'm sorry, i'm sure the little girl is very sweet but she's not a natural actress is she?

Did you notice Joe walking around the Kabin while eluding Rick? No Post Office by the door anymore and a previously unseen window pointing right at Gail's door. I've looked at all my photos and aside from the big picture windows on the front and side, i can't see where that blind-covered window would be. Hmm maybe it's the opening that they use to set up the window display. It's the only possibility.

Sunday 24 October 2010

Sunday Comments, October 24

Lines of the week:
  • Molly on New Year's in the Rovers "Out with the old and in with the old"
  • Ryan about the Christian rock group "They smash up hotel rooms but leave the Bible in the drawer after"
  • sally "I don't want to be a condition, i just want to be the same person i always was" (*sniff*)
  • Bill to Kevin about Molly "You make it sound like some kind of accident!"
  • Sophie to Sian "What was he? the main course?"
  • Ryan to MIchelle "It's all right for you to put it about but not all right for me to be with the one i love" *slap* (she *is* a hypocrite!)
  • Molly "What's she got that i haven't?" Kevin "Cancer. You stupid girl"
  • Sally "Molly, you're dull!" Molly "Sally, you're drunk!" Sally "Molly, you're right!"
  • Becky to Claire "From now on keep your nose out of my marraige. Or i'll break it."
  • Rosie to Kevin about Sally "She's got a hangover, not cancer" (ulp!)

Dude! Tyrone's too sexy! Molly doesn't think so. She's brooding over Kevin dumping her while Kevin is worried sick about Sally. Molly was ready to dump Kevin but he dumped her very thoroughly so now she's panting after him again. He got the worst kind of reality check but it's snapped him out of his infatuation pretty swiftly and i'd have been extremely disappointed in him if he hadn't. It's no wonder that Kevin is upset, since his mother died of cancer but this is caught early and Sally is a major character so you know she'll be ok in the end. I can't believe Kevin told his father about Molly, though. Good lord, his dad should have taken a wrench to Kevin's backside when he heard that but he sure gave him a deserved dressing down! Excellent stuff!

Molly wasn't keen to go to the Rovers for New Year's until she heard Kevin and Sally would be there. Then she dressed up with a plunging neckline so he'd know what he was missing and she's still giving Tyrone the runaround. Our poor dim little mechanic nearly guessed she was seeing someone else but her amour Kevin convinced him she wasn't. It's just so obvious! Yet Molly is really making it all about her, flashing her cleavage at Kevin and is convinced that maybe Kevin is making the cancer up because Sally doesn't look sick. Oh just give her a few weeks when the chemo starts! Well Molly just sealed the deal on how Kevin really feels about her

Rosie wants a boob job? Oh *that's* going to go over well with her mother who might lose one or both of hers! Graeme is quite smitten with Rosie, even wearing Auntie Pam's knock off aftershave by Alvin Klein (lol!) Hey! Peter, Leanne and Simon were playing Kerplunk! I bet lots of you had that when you were kids! Natasha dumped Audrey for a hog roast! *snort* So she called the gigolo!!! Lewis certainly is a smooth operator isn't he? He knew she was nervous about hiring him and talked her through it all, telling her exactly what she needed to hear. It was a nice little scene after Audrey's date when she went to Gail's and they more or less made up over Joe.

Yeah. So Michelle gave Ryan a hard time about having sex with Sian and then turned around and skipped off to a posh hotel with a man who is almost a stranger. Nice example, eh? Not only that, Liz let her go on the busiest night of the year. That's completely unrealistic. Aw and Sophie found out she was dumped by Sian for a dvd and a teenage shag. Did anyone see Escape to Victory? It was all over the telly on Corrie on New Year's Day! I quite like those little running "jokes" and references sometimes.

Nick seems a bit keen on Tina but he's far too old for him and anyway, how much can poor David take anyway? Bad enough losing his girlfriend to his sister's ex-husband. But for her to go for his brother? So what do we think of NuNick? I think he's a far better actor if nothing else. The character was always a bit of a pratt so it remains to be seen whether he's changed any.

Steve wants a baby and Becky doesn't. Claire already knows so now Steve knows too. So what's he going to do about it? Looks like he's going to sulk. Then Becky told off Claire and Claire got into an argument with Ashley over fancying Leanne. Anyway, STeve and Becky are certainly up against a roadblock, But does Mother Nature have other ideas?

The Grandad wars continue. Ken bribing with babysitting with one hand and writing petitions with the other, right under Peter's nose in the pub too! I wonder how the view looks from that moral high ground, Ken?

Dev has decided he wants his family back. Does anyone else wish this story would go away? More and more i find Dev increasingly odious and obnoxious. I am glad to see Sunita back but i wish it were under different circumstances. But it seems the only way we can have her back is if she and Dev get back together so it's inevitable i suppose.

Are you getting tired of Michelle? I got tired of her a long time ago. Overused in ridiculous storylines. Lots of people say Becky is overused and they're tired of her, too. I love Becky and i do think that she's the "flavour" of the month but she's such a good actor and her storylines are very much in character where Michelle's were just pulled out of the air. Here's why i think Becky isn't annoying and why Michelle most definitely is

Sunday 17 October 2010

Sunday Comments, October 17

I'm back! Just in time for Christmas too! Wasn't it a good week? Lots of fun and lots of drama too!

Lines of the week
  • Audrey about Zoe's foot in mouth disease "At least she's pretty"
  • Molly to Kevin "How does the view look from the moral high ground?" (She's getting right up my nose!)
  • Molly "Does it not get any better than this?" Pam "Some folk might say you've got everything" (and she is a bit ungrateful isn't she?)
  • Becky to Steve "You kiss her again like that and Turkey won't be the only thing getting stuffed this Christmas!"
  • Rosie to Sally "Christmas is a time of miracles but i wouldn't hold your breath" (you better hope it is!)
  • Amy "Oh Bol......"(sound effects) Eileen "It could have been worse. she could have said Sh..."(sound effects)
  • Molly "Is this really happening?" Kevin "It's all off. Sally's got cancer" Molly "It's not terminal is it? People get better." Kevin "There is no us. Are you so stupid? It's finished. It was a stupid game. We've just had the biggest wake up call we could imagine. .. My wife needs me. Go on... Grow up!" (YAY! FINALLY!)
  • Becky "I think it's better when they're not your own!" (kids, that is)
  • Connie "Do you think we might hear the pitter patter of of little feet by next Christmas?" Pam "I wouldn't count on it" (I would)
I'm glad Ashley had to pull out of the panto. He really isn't a Prince Charming, is he? In my opinion, Claire is selfish. Just get someone else to play the part, surely she can see how busy Ashley is? (I thought he said he was going to take Kirk on for the Christmas rush?) Ah well, Steve gets to be the substitute Prince but he wasn't very good at it was he? Problem is, he doesn't find Claire attractive but he sure does find Becky in thigh high boots attractive! Claire is also a big bossy boots. But the panto? It was brilliant! Great costumes, great characters...Jesse and Sean as the ugly sisters, Carbuncula and Gorgonzola, was brilliant and nobody could be Fairy Godmother but Betty! Amy stopped the show with "bollocks" which really isn't *that* bad but proof positive that she does swear! It's no wonder she fluffed her song. That child never gets any practice speaking out loud on set!

Why wouldn't Sarah come to her mother's wedding? Well since the actor is no longer on the show, it's likely she won't. Tina is turning into a right stroppy mare isn't she? Why all the jealously about Sarah all of a sudden? Ah but now we find out there's not been a divorce yet. I can understand she'd be a bit narked at him not telling her. David certainly enjoyed the big bust up but his girfriend Zoe got the worst of it and dumped David. He didn't seem bothered. Joe has to impress Nick and says he's going to do everything to make Gail happy. Would that include hiding the fact that a loan shark is on his back?

Tina gets drunk and kisses a handsome stranger. Only he's not a stranger! He's the nuNick Tilsley who's arrived after a call for help from Audrey! Eeek! That could be a bit tricky! Is it realistic that Tina didn't know David's brother's full name? She would have known they had different dads I think. She didn't tell Nick her last name or he might have put 2 and 2 together, probably knowing what David's ex girlfriend's name was (Tina) and that Gail is marrying her father. Crossed purposes. Uncrossed on Christmas day... you! YOU!!??

Sophie's baptism was very nice and so nice that Emily was there to contribute as well. I may not share the same beliefs but i do hope that Sophie keeps to her convictions and stays with the church. It seems to fit her quite well and it's nice to see her following her own way.

Sophie chucked Ben to the curb for making a pass at Michelle. Poor lad! Don't you think Michelle was kind of giving off mixed signals? I don't think she even realizes she does it. If it wears pants and she needs attention, it's fair game, it seems. Meanwhile Molly is behaving more and more possessive and things are getting more and more complicated. Kevin should have told her straight away that Sally swept him off to Paris for the weekend in stead of letting her find out from a photo slide show a week later. That should tell her something about his values and goals in life. He's a family man and no matter what he says, he's not going to leave Sally and i can't believe they were going to dump their spouses on Christmas Day!

Especially now Sally has dropped a bombshell. No wonder she wanted this to be a Christmas to remember. Sally has breast cancer and Kevin is going to realize just exactly where his priorities are. Molly finally has had enough and kicks him to the curb which makes Kevin come crawling back, for a slap at first. He begs, he pleads, she finally agrees and then he's got to stop Molly breaking up with Tyrone hours later. Oh come on, Look at that loveable Tyrone, tubby, topless and singing lovesongs to her on the karaoke machine. Why would Molly want Kevin when she's got this? How ironic having her have to sing "Don't go breaking my heart" just before she was going to dump him.

I don't mind telling you, Sally telling Kevin about her breast cancer had tears in my eyes and i didn't know then what i know now. The actress that plays Sally went off screen a few weeks later with an illness. Nothing was said and there was a media blackout on it. I had a sneaking feeling and in the spring the news came out just as she was coming back to work. Sally Whittaker (now she's going by her married name of Dyvenor) found out she had breast cancer herself and was going through most of the scenes knowing she too had to face chemo. Luckily, the actress has done very well and everything looks really good for her.
Will we have Christmas Ceasefire at the Barlows? Of course not! Too bad Blanche wasn't there, she'd have everyone sorted with a heavy dose of guilt. (Sadly, at this time last year when these scenes aired, Maggie Jones was in hospital and died in early December) Deirdre did her best and Peter finally agreed. Ken gets to spend his Christmas not only with George and Eve but with Janice too! Simon was thrilled with is bike after all so that made Ken's Christmas even if they got a flat tire on the first go. And even though George made a mistake with the wine at dinner, Ken took the opportunity to make a big deal of it when anyone could have done the same thing. I think he was narked that George's Wii present upped the bike.

Tina's hair gets higher and higher. It's a wonder she can even hold her head up! With all the times both Sally and Kevin have cheated on each other, you'd think Sally would have spotted the signs, wouldn't you! Steve is brooooodyyyyyyy! As much as Becky is so good with Amy, do you think you'd like to see her pregnant and in hormone hell? eek! Doesn't look like Claire and AShley are going to have much of an anniversary, does it? I guess with Vera gone, someone has to have a marital row on Christmas day! aw but they made it up in the end.
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