Pull the Plug: Fri Feb 19, 2010 Corrie Episode Review

Written by Mark Wadlow, directed by John Anderson

Open to Joe’s body floating on the lake currently unnoticed. David wants to pull the plug on the whole charade, but Gail’s firm – they must protect Joe.

Tina receives the flowers from “Joe” and she doesn’t want them. She doesn’t want expensive flowers she doesn’t like a day after her birthday. She preferred a phone call, obviously. Tina’s upset that her father’s spending money he hasn’t got on flowers when she’s left to fend with a loan shark.

Speaking of which, Slick Rick starts banging on Gail’s door. He doesn’t get what he wants so he goes across the road. Tina answers the door and she gives him the card that “Joe” sent attached to her flowers and tells him it’s the only contact she’s had with her dad in over a week. Slick Rick isn’t amused and demands his money, but Jason tells him he’s getting nowt from them and to shove off. What’s Slick Rick to do now? What anyone would do – coat a newspaper in excellerant, shove it through Tina’s mailbox and throw in the match. I was just wondering when this situation was going to go from worse to terrible. Jason smells the fire and puts it out just in time to see Slick Rick smile and drive away from the street. Jason tells her he’s phoning the police. FINALLY! Someone is phoning the police. Who thought that Jason would be the genius in all of this?

Tina sends a text to Joe: “Your loan shark just tried to kill me, please call” thinking it’d get an immediate response. Of course, David picks up Joe’s binging phone in his kitchen and shows Gail the message. Even THEN Gail won’t call the police. A young woman’s life is less important that Joe going to prison in her mind? Wow, my opinion of Gail, which wasn’t very high to begin with, has just gone down to basement level.

Tina tells Gail how Jason’s phoned the police and has told them everything – to Gail’s horror. The police are on their way and want to interview Gail also. Tina can tell from Gail’s paper-thin face that something’s going on. David tells Gail she needs to tell Tina the truth. Gail confesses all to Tina, and says she only lied to protect Joe. I can’t imagine what Tina is thinking right now. The cops arrive and Gail tries to convince Tina they can’t tell anything. Tina’s not sure she believes a word of it. Gail tells Tina that if she tells the police, they’ll look for Joe, find him, and he’ll go to prison. Tina utters, “good.” I second that “good.” You know, if I didn’t know he was dead already.

Meanwhile, up at the lakes, a border collie named Lottie has found Joe’s body washed up in the reeds.

If I had a dime, for how many times the police showed up at Gail McIntyre’s place of residence. Do you know how many times the police have shown up at mine in my life? Zero, but then I’m not nearly as interesting as Gail McIntyre, or as stupid. Gail confesses to the police that she’s indeed been having trouble with a debt collector. Gail lies to the police about Joe’s whereabouts and tells the police that Slick Rick won’t take no for an answer. Tina confesses that the loan shark has visited her a few times, but this was the first time he really threatened them. The police tell them that they do know the loan shark, and they’ll be taking him in for questioning. Tina keeps mum on Joe’s crazy plan to the police, for Gail’s sake. After the police leave, Tina wants more answers. Tina wants to know where Joe is NOW. Tina worries that anything could happen to Joe, just wandering around the Lake District. Gail tells Tina that what keeps her going is the knowledge that Joe could walk through the door at any minute. Not bloody likely, as Lottie’s owner has called the police who are now arriving at the site of Joe’s body.

Tina tells Jason all what Gail has told her about Joe’s plan in the Rovers. Jason figures Joe’s not doing a very good job of pretending to be dead since four people know he’s alive, plus he’s sending texts and flowers. Tina figures that’s why Joe hasn’t rung – to keep up the charade. Jason figures Joe’s plan has gone belly-up and he won’t come home since he’s too embarassed. All the suddent Tina had a terrible thought and rushes to have a word with Gail. Tina wonders if Gail telling Joe that she wouldn’t go along with his plan was too much for him to bear and he really tried to kill himself. Gail assures Tina that he’d never do that. Tina tells Gail that if Joe’s not back by Monday, they phone the police and tell them everything and Gail agrees.

Eileen, Jesse and Sean stare at Jesse’s winnings just sitting on the table. Eileen figures it’s a scenery changing amount of money, Jesse a car changing amount, and Sean a wardrobe changing amount. Eileen figures they should take a two week holiday with the money. Jesse feels like it’s not even real. Oh really, have they never seen money before? Jesse doesn’t want to squander it all at once, but save it for something special. Eileen assumes that’s her, but it’s clear from Jesse’s face that it’s not.

Eileen’s very excited thinking that Jesse’s going to take her on lavish holiday, since she heard Jesse on the phone to a travel agent’s this morning. She gets home and Jesse hands her a little box with a watch inside. Eileen thinks it’s lovely and thanks him. Eileen sees an Egypt travel brochure on the table and gets her bubble burst when John tells her he’s taking his mum and dad. Eileen is clearly, clearly disappointed. Jesse thought he was being kind, but Eileen tells him to the wrong people. Jesse hopes she’s not asking him to choose between her and his parents. Eileen tells him that’s exactly what he’s asking, and he should take HER to see the pyramids and if not, they’ve got no future. She gives him an ultimatum: take me or don’t bother coming back. Harsh, but fair. Jesse, of course chooses his parents over her. She tells Jesse to take his parrrot and go, but Jesse says he can’t take John to Egypt. Eileen tells him through gritted teeth that John’s not stopping at hers. John leaves and says goodbye to Eileen, and Eileen doesn’t even look at him as he walks out the door with John in tow. Eileen admits to Sean that she’s relieved that Jesse’s gone. Sean thinks it’s all a big misunderstanding.

Gary’s home this weekend and Anna’s excited about it. Anna’s not happy to hear that her and John’s hours are going to be reduced since Roy’s Rolls isn’t immune to the credit crunch. Gary returns home to slack from John about some ‘bright young lads shouldn’t be risking their lives in war’ garb. Gary has brought a buddy home with him. Soon Gary’s friend spies Rosie Webster, and Gary tells him he and her go way back. Gary’s friend doesn’t even believe him. Gary’s mate tries his best on Rosie trying to sound like a real soldier. Rosie asks if he’s been to “Afgaviistan” or Iraq, and the mate lies to her that he has.

Over at 5 Grasmere, Audrey picks up the phone to a telemarketer, while watching TV alone at home on the couch. She pulls out a business card from her valet and calls you-know-who. In what seems like a second, Lewis is over at Audrey’s in his best turtleneck sweater. Audrey fibs that she had a previous engagement that was cancelled and she was all dressed up with nowhere to go. She then tells Lewis that she doesnt’ know what to do with him now that he’s there. Oh, I’m sure that’s not true. Lewis suggests they go to the Rover’s since it’s Audrey’s local haunt. Lewis has a plan for something special and tells Audrey to call her pals and makesure they’re all at the Rovers, it’s a surprise. Audrey walks into the Rovers all done up, alone. Suddenly, Lewis walks into the pub. Deirdre notices Lewis eyeing Audrey up in the bar. Oh, very, very fun. Lewis comes over and keeping up the ruse, pretends to recognize Audrey from her councillor days. Audrey’s friends look shocked to see this man just pouring himself over her.

HIGHLIGHTS

– Eileen, Jesse and Sean sat drooling over Jesse’s winnings. Have none of these people seen money before

– Jason being the one with the most sense to finally call the police in all of this Slick Rick nonsense!

– Steve telling Eileen that seeing her in a good mood is against the natural order. Don’t worry Steve it probably won’t last long.

– Eileen telling Steve she might need a fortnight off from work at very short notice, thinking she might be going on holiday, and Steve asking if she’s going to prison or something. I love the banter between these two.

– Audrey fibbing to that she had someone cancel on her last minute for an engagement and found herself “all dressed up and no place to go.” Beautiful.

– Gary’s friend comments that the landlady, Liz, is the hottest thing in the Rovers. Gary tells her to be his guest since Liz’s got a thing for younger men. Zing! I don’t know if that was all a compliment or an insult?

– Liz’s miffed face when she realizes Lewis wasn’t looking to chat her up, but Audrey.

LOWLIGHTS

David as the voice of reason. How far gone is your scheme that David Platt becomes the voice of reason? Think about it!

– Tina realizing that her father has left her to deal with his loan shark – one way or another.

– Gail finding out that Slick Rick tried to kill Tina and she still won’t go to the police! What is wrong with that woman?

– Poor Eileen having to tell Jesse that she doesn’t want a parrot lover, she wants an Eileen lover. Will there ever be an Eileen lover?

– Poor Tina telling Joe she loves him while the paramedics are zipping his body up in a bag.

Lo Looking forward to: Rita’s return, she was supposed to come back soon, no? NOT looking forward to: Tina’s broken heart when the body of her father is revealed

Sparkle and Fade: Thu Feb 18, 2010 Corrie Episode Review

Written by Peter Whalley, directed by John Anderson

Eileen’s giving Jesse cheap shots about there not being enough room for him in her place. This should end well. Jesse doesn’t find it funny at all. Eileen’s even making of his career, which Jesse finds even less amusing.

Jesse complains to Julie about all of his valuable probs, “collected over a lifetime,” might be ruined due to rain since they’re outside now. “Collected over a lifetime.” Let’s hope his life doesn’t ever flash before his eyes in that case. Jesse tells Julie he’s on a downward spiral.

Jesse goes to waste his money, presumably, on a horse at the bookies and ends up winning. So much for the downward spiral theory. I can safely assume however that a man like Jesse is most likely never right about most things. Because he then goes and puts those winnings on another horse thinking it’s his lucky day to which Michelle, pulling him a pint, points out that he’s not likely to win twice. Well, looks like it is his lucky day since that horse won as well! Jesse tells Eileen that he’s gone and put that winnings on yet another horse. He’s got a feeling. Will he do it? He’s done it! Jesse says he knows when to leave, and he’s taken his winning. Jesse’s won upwards of four thousand pounds! This puts a smile on Eileen’s face as they break out into a rendition of “The Gold Diggers Song (We’re in the Money).”

Gail is still wittering on about “doing something” about Joe. Gail apologizes to Audrey over telling her to get out last night. Nick isn’t as accepting of the apology since he hasn’t rung Gail back yet. Audrey inquires about when Joe’s coming back, but Gail says she’s not sure. It’s Tina’s birthday today though, and Audrey wonders if Joe’s remembered. This should set off some red flags. Joe’s not exactly father-of-the-year, but he’s still not the type to miss his only child’s birthday.

Meanwhile Tina confesses to Jason that she thinks her dad might be stopping away to avoid the loan shark. Jason says he wouldn’t just leave her and Gail to deal with it. Oh, think again.  Tina is certain that her father will give her a ring on her birthday. David comes into the shop later to give her her birthday gift of perfume from he and his mother. That was nice of him. Tina also tells David that she’s expecting a call from her dad today and if she doesn’t hear from him, she’s going to suspect something’s terribly wrong. The walls are closing in.

Audrey tells Natasha that Nick’s already gone back to Nottingham since he had a fallout with his mother. Natasha seems disappointed since she hasn’t even met him yet. David is busy sending a text to Tina on Joe’s behalf to get Tina off the scent. Tina is satisfied to see that her father has texted her, finally.

Tina’s having her birthday chips in the Rovers and Jason seems to be a little jealous that Tina’d been talking to David and he and Gail got her perfume for her birthday. Tina stops by to talk with Gail and thanks her for the perfume, only to find that it was David who got it for her, not Gail as she’d assumed. Tina tells Gail that she got a text from Joe and Gail is shocked and delighted at this news. Oh no, she doesn’t think that Joe really sent it, does she? Gail confesses that she hasn’t heard from Joe, and asks Tina if Joe said how he was or not. He only texted her “happy birthday.” Oh, Gail. I’m sorry, a text wouldn’t cut it for me on my birthday.

Meanwhile, we’re being shown shots of Joe’s body sunk under shallow waters in the lake. I’m not an expert on this or anything, but don’t bodies FLOAT in the water? He doesn’t appear to be anchored down by anything.

Cheers to Tina turning a year older over champy. Norris doesn’t understand why birthday’s are so celebrated, since everyone has them. He’s had a lot more than most, also. Tina sees David drinking alone at the bar, and tells him that she’s heard from Joe – one measly text. Tina tells him she’s going to go “up there” and find him. Tina wants to know from him or Gail as to where exactly Joe is working. David says he doesn’t know. How long can he and Gail keep this up for? It’s a rotting fish, and it’s only going to smell worse. David immediately goes to order a big bunch of flowers for Tina on her birthday, presumably from her father.

David returns home and Gail tells him the good news – Tina’s heard from Joe. Gail is relieved and tells David that Joe must have gotten a new phone in order to text Tina. She figures that Joe has given up on his ridiculous plan to disappear. She also figures he’s staying away to save face. How many excuses can you make? David breaks the news to her – he sent the text from Joe’s phone and signed it Dad, and then he’s also ordered flowers for her on his behalf. Oh, Gail! She questions just what Joe is playing at. She doesn’t understand why he can’t even send a postcard or do something to let them know he’s alright. Why hasn’t anyone questioned whether or not he IS alright? It’s been two weeks, after all. Gail is finally feeling the anger.

Meanwhile, the body has popped about water and begun to float.

Mary asks Norris if he’d like to go for a drink later to catch up on gossip. Norris isn’t too keen and says that he doesn’t gossip. Oh, ha!

Back at the Alahan household, one of the Aunties is suspicious. She looked into Sunita’s bedroom and noticed the airbed, and they’re realizing that Dev and Sunita don’t sleep in the same bed. Blasphemy! The aunties begin interrogating Dev about his and Sunita’s marriage. Grishma (sp?) tells Dev she understands how the “sparkle can fade” in a marriage. Dev starts to sweat and defaults into his high-pitched monotone voice and gets out of that kitchen faster than a bat out of hell. The Aunties talk to Sunita about the sleeping arrangements later, and Sunita tells them that they simply don’t sleep in the same bed but the Auntie’s think that’s just not done. Sunita tells them that they don’t need their help and the extra bed is for Dev’s bad back. Dev confesses to Sunita that he doesn’t know if he can keep the charade up for much longer and wants to stay at his own flat for a couple of nights and asks her to tell a story about a business trip to London.

Carla asks Leanne how Peter’s doing in rehab. Leanne says he started out okay, but now he claims it’s worse than prison and is considering walking out. Leanne’s hoping he won’t, and the rest of her life isn’t going to be like that.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Gail really rocking those “mum jeans.”

– Good ole Eileen and her comic relief.

– Norris’ little song and dance on how “young people” are always telling everybody everything about what they’re doing on cell phones.

– Norris seemingly shocked that Mary would suggest he was a gossip!

– Julie’s fantastic mod vintage dress. I’m going to have to do a street style on her soon!

– Jesse and Eileen’s short rendition of “The Gold Diggers Song (We’re in the Money).”

LOWLIGHTS:

– Eileen making fun of Jesse’s business. It’s funny and all, but if she doesn’t respect the guy, why is she with him? I’m only saying.

– Jesse’s “valuable” props that were collected over a lifetime. Enough said. How much more of a mockery can they make of this man?

– The nosy Aunties snooping in Sunita and Dev’s room. The door was open a crack, my Auntie!

– David texting Tina from Joe’s phone. Ghost-texting is only going to make matters worse.

Looking forward to: Gail finally finding out that Joe’s dead and to stop pretending he’s coming back! Enough is enough already.

NOT looking forward to: Another scene with those nosy Aunties. Isn’t their visit over already? I don’t know who’s more bothered by them, myself or Dev.

Written by Peter Whalley, directed by John Anderson

Eileen’s giving Jesse cheap shots about there not being enough room for him in her place. This should end well. Jesse doesn’t find it funny at all. Eileen’s even making of his career, which Jesse finds even less amusing.

Jesse complains to Julie about all of his valuable probs, “collected over a lifetime,” might be ruined due to rain since they’re outside now. “Collected over a lifetime.” Let’s hope his life doesn’t ever flash before his eyes in that case. Jesse tells Julie he’s on a downward spiral.

Jesse goes to waste his money, presumably, on a horse at the bookies and ends up winning. So much for the downward spiral theory. I can safely assume however that a man like Jesse is most likely never right about most things. Because he then goes and puts those winnings on another horse thinking it’s his lucky day to which Michelle, pulling him a pint, points out that he’s not likely to win twice. Well, looks like it is his lucky day since that horse won as well! Jesse tells Eileen that he’s gone and put that winnings on yet another horse. He’s got a feeling. Will he do it? He’s done it! Jesse says he knows when to leave, and he’s taken his winning. Jesse’s won upwards of four thousand pounds! This puts a smile on Eileen’s face as they break out into a rendition of “The Gold Diggers Song (We’re in the Money).”

Gail is still wittering on about “doing something” about Joe. Gail apologizes to Audrey over telling her to get out last night. Nick isn’t as accepting of the apology since he hasn’t rung Gail back yet. Audrey inquires about when Joe’s coming back, but Gail says she’s not sure. It’s Tina’s birthday today though, and Audrey wonders if Joe’s remembered. This should set off some red flags. Joe’s not exactly father-of-the-year, but he’s still not the type to miss his only child’s birthday.

Meanwhile Tina confesses to Jason that she thinks her dad might be stopping away to avoid the loan shark. Jason says he wouldn’t just leave her and Gail to deal with it. Oh, think again.  Tina is certain that her father will give her a ring on her birthday. David comes into the shop later to give her her birthday gift of perfume from he and his mother. That was nice of him. Tina also tells David that she’s expecting a call from her dad today and if she doesn’t hear from him, she’s going to suspect something’s terribly wrong. The walls are closing in.

Audrey tells Natasha that Nick’s already gone back to Nottingham since he had a fallout with his mother. Natasha seems disappointed since she hasn’t even met him yet. David is busy sending a text to Tina on Joe’s behalf to get Tina off the scent. Tina is satisfied to see that her father has texted her, finally.

Tina’s having her birthday chips in the Rovers and Jason seems to be a little jealous that Tina’d been talking to David and he and Gail got her perfume for her birthday. Tina stops by to talk with Gail and thanks her for the perfume, only to find that it was David who got it for her, not Gail as she’d assumed. Tina tells Gail that she got a text from Joe and Gail is shocked and delighted at this news. Oh no, she doesn’t think that Joe really sent it, does she? Gail confesses that she hasn’t heard from Joe, and asks Tina if Joe said how he was or not. He only texted her “happy birthday.” Oh, Gail. I’m sorry, a text wouldn’t cut it for me on my birthday.

Meanwhile, we’re being shown shots of Joe’s body sunk under shallow waters in the lake. I’m not an expert on this or anything, but don’t bodies FLOAT in the water? He doesn’t appear to be anchored down by anything.

Cheers to Tina turning a year older over champy. Norris doesn’t understand why birthday’s are so celebrated, since everyone has them. He’s had a lot more than most, also. Tina sees David drinking alone at the bar, and tells him that she’s heard from Joe – one measly text. Tina tells him she’s going to go “up there” and find him. Tina wants to know from him or Gail as to where exactly Joe is working. David says he doesn’t know. How long can he and Gail keep this up for? It’s a rotting fish, and it’s only going to smell worse. David immediately goes to order a big bunch of flowers for Tina on her birthday, presumably from her father.

David returns home and Gail tells him the good news – Tina’s heard from Joe. Gail is relieved and tells David that Joe must have gotten a new phone in order to text Tina. She figures that Joe has given up on his ridiculous plan to disappear. She also figures he’s staying away to save face. How many excuses can you make? David breaks the news to her – he sent the text from Joe’s phone and signed it Dad, and then he’s also ordered flowers for her on his behalf. Oh, Gail! She questions just what Joe is playing at. She doesn’t understand why he can’t even send a postcard or do something to let them know he’s alright. Why hasn’t anyone questioned whether or not he IS alright? It’s been two weeks, after all. Gail is finally feeling the anger.

Meanwhile, the body has popped about water and begun to float.

Mary asks Norris if he’d like to go for a drink later to catch up on gossip. Norris isn’t too keen and says that he doesn’t gossip. Oh, ha!

Back at the Alahan household, one of the Aunties is suspicious. She looked into Sunita’s bedroom and noticed the airbed, and they’re realizing that Dev and Sunita don’t sleep in the same bed. Blasphemy! The aunties begin interrogating Dev about his and Sunita’s marriage. Grishma (sp?) tells Dev she understands how the “sparkle can fade” in a marriage. Dev starts to sweat and defaults into his high-pitched monotone voice and gets out of that kitchen faster than a bat out of hell. The Aunties talk to Sunita about the sleeping arrangements later, and Sunita tells them that they simply don’t sleep in the same bed but the Auntie’s think that’s just not done. Sunita tells them that they don’t need their help and the extra bed is for Dev’s bad back. Dev confesses to Sunita that he doesn’t know if he can keep the charade up for much longer and wants to stay at his own flat for a couple of nights and asks her to tell a story about a business trip to London.

Carla asks Leanne how Peter’s doing in rehab. Leanne says he started out okay, but now he claims it’s worse than prison and is considering walking out. Leanne’s hoping he won’t, and the rest of her life isn’t going to be like that.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Gail really rocking those “mum jeans.”

– Good ole Eileen and her comic relief.

– Norris’ little song and dance on how “young people” are always telling everybody everything about what they’re doing on cell phones.

– Norris seemingly shocked that Mary would suggest he was a gossip!

– Julie’s fantastic mod vintage dress. I’m going to have to do a street style on her soon!

– Jesse and Eileen’s short rendition of “The Gold Diggers Song (We’re in the Money).”

LOWLIGHTS:

– Eileen making fun of Jesse’s business. It’s funny and all, but if she doesn’t respect the guy, why is she with him? I’m only saying.

– Jesse’s “valuable” props that were collected over a lifetime. Enough said. How much more of a mockery can they make of this man?

– The nosy Aunties snooping in Sunita and Dev’s room. The door was open a crack, my Auntie!

– David texting Tina from Joe’s phone. Ghost-texting is only going to make matters worse.

Looking forward to: Gail finally finding out that Joe’s dead and to stop pretending he’s coming back! Enough is enough already.

NOT looking forward to: Another scene with those nosy Aunties. Isn’t their visit over already? I don’t know who’s more bothered by them, myself or Dev.