Relentless Intrusion: Mon June 20, 2011 Corrie Episode Review



Written by Chris Fewtrell, directed by John Anderson

Sylvia thinks that Roy and Hayley need to kick out Becky and that they’re “parenting skills” with her are terrible.  She hopes they do a better job with her real grandchildren asJune-20-2011-Sylvia-sex-change Hayley and Roy give each other strange looks.  Later, Sylvia grills Roy on why they never had children.  He lies and says they never wanted any.  Sylvia doesn’t buy this and assumes there must be some kind of impediment.  Roy says the only impediment is him trying to prepare breakfast in the face of her relentless intrusion.  Sylvia snoops around about Roy and Hayley’s childless situation and goes straight to the source: Norris.  Norris is kept mum by Rita, but he does divulge that the Croppers did try to adopt.  Sylvia figures she’s missing something now since Roy said they didn’t want children.  Sylvia thinks that Roy must be firing blanks.  At the cafe, Sylvia tells the Croppers she’s been rummaging around and has found Hayley’s prescription for hormone pills.  Sylvia assumes that Hayley is using them to help her through menopause, but at first the Croppers think she knows about the sex change and is taking it surprisingly well.  The Croppers later try to figure out how to tell Sylvia the truth.  Hayley decides that they’ll tell Sylvia after tea June-20-2011-steve-sad that evening. Later, Sylvie returns with an Aloe Vera plant for Hayley thinking it’ll help her skin during menopause.  Tracy overhears this as she walks into the cafe, and of course lets the cat out of the bag that Hayley is not going through menopause, rather she is a transsexual. 

Over at the Rover’s, Steve’s dealing with the invasion of Stella and her family.  He looks as though he really hates his life and wishes things were how they “used to be” whatever that is.  Stella gets on Karl about finding a job.  Karl finds Lloyd in the cafe and says he just talked to Fat Brenda and she said they’re looking for more drivers, so he asks Lloyd for a job.  It looks like if his references check out, he’s good to go.  Karl finds Becky behind the counter at the cafe and assumes she works there.  He tells her that he’s got a job with street cars, and Becky immediately pounces on him in her tarty way but Karl makes a getaway.  Becky sees Steve on her way to the shops and she gives him a bitter June-20-2011-karl-beckyreception.  Get rid, Steve! 

At the Rover’s later, Tracy comes into the pub and tries to “warn” Stella about how rowdy the Rovers can be and how Steve is a very “hands on” employer.  Puh-lease, as if  that’d turn her off anyway if she even believed it!  Stella quickly brushes her off and Steve is impressed.  Then, Becky walks in.  Becky sizes Stella up, but Stella tells Becky she’s boxed up her things, and she doesn’t want any trouble.  After a momentary stare-down Becky quietly orders a pint.  Steve is really impressed now as Becky bottles it.  But not for long.  Becky is drunk as a skunk and attempts to throw herself at Karl again.  That is, until Stella catches her taking a chunk of his behind in her bejewelled ale-scented hand, among other things.  Becky calls Stella a sour-faced old bag and Stella tells her to leave.  Becky treats Stella like crap until Steve walks in and asks what the hell is going on. 

June-20-2011-eileen-parenting Little Dylan is still not eating since he misses his mum too much.  Later, Marcus was supposed to go back to work and drop Dylan off with Maria only he thought Dylan was looking a bit under the weather so he took him to the medical clinic instead.  Since he had to take the afternoon off to take him to the clinic, he decided to just cancel his whole shift and take Dylan to the pictures instead.  Maria sees Sean later and tells him that Dylan is with Marcus and how he had taken him to the clinic.  Sean freaks out and says he should have been there to comfort Dylan and Marcus had no right keeping it from him. 

Peter stomps out a fag to throw the football around with son Simon, only until it accidentally hits Carla who happens to be walking by.  You’d have never thought that Peter was disabled and almost killed but 6 months ago.  Carla flirts with Peter before giving him the ball back.  Leanne and Peter come into the pub later, and Stella apologizes for keeping them waiting and gives them drinks on the house.  Leanne asks if she’s sure since she didn’t keep them waiting that long – but Stella responds that it’s been far too long.  Peter tells Leanne about Carla’s run-in with Simon’s football. 

Meanwhile, it seems like Carla has been flirting with Frank who has been busy bringing in good potential clients. 


Written by Simon Crowther, directed by John Anderson

Becky is being kicked out of the pub, but she claims it’s her since she’s married to Steve.  Becky accuses Karl of being all over her this morning, but Karl disputes it.  Becky  blubbers in the back room to Steve about how he used to be loyal before they were married, but now that they are, he’s not.  Becky’s still very hurt about Becky’s “son” being taken from her.  Eva walks in and Becky assumes that she’s been sharing Steve’s bed until Eva quickly corrects her.  Becky lies to Steve that she slept with someone else last weJune-20-2011-roy-braceek and Steve shouts at Becky to get out.  Later, Stella tries to convince Steve to work things out with his wife and tells Karl that she’s still cool on him. 

Roy tries to put out the fire burning in his mother’s gut after she found out that Hayley used to be Harold.  He tells her that everyone accepts Hayley as she is, but Sylvia is silent.  When Hayley returns from Freshco’s, Sylvia leaves the room and Hayley wonders what it’s about.  Hayley wants to talk to Sylvia but Roy advises against it.  Hayley has more problems to deal with as Becky returns to her cafe sanctuary.  The Croppers try to tell her to make up with Steve as well.  Becky notices something is wrong, and the Croppers tell her.  Sylvia comes down and Hayley tells her to sit down – they need to talk.  Hayley tries to talk to Sylvia about her situation but Sylvia is not taking it well and cannot wrap her head around it.  Roy figures that this is all about her history of constantly being ashamed of him.  Sylvia says that she was never ashamed of him, just disappointed in him.  Wait, isn’t that sort of the same thing?!  Roy reminds his mother that Hayley June-20-2011-sean-eileen and he have welcomed her into their home and she’s got no where else to go, so she best just keep quiet and accept it.  Well, not in so many words but you catch my drift.  Later, up in the flat, Becky tells Sylvia that Hayley is “just Hayley Cropper, simple as that.”  Becky is all done up and goes to find Steve.  Steve comes into the cafe instead completely angry at Becky.  Becky admits she lied about sleeping with other men, but Steve is very upset still.  He tells Becky he’s filing for divorce since he hasn’t got any fight left. 

Marcus finally returns home with Dylan.  Sean lays into him about not being able to get get a hold of them and that he’d nearly called the police.  Marcus realized that he hadn’t turned his phone back on after the pictures, but Sean is still upset.  Marcus blames Sean for feeding Dylan a dodgy burger the other day and Sean figures that maybe two dads is too much and he should be doing this on his own.  Marcus tells him to decide.  Later in the pub, Sean apologizes to Marcus. He says Marcus makes parenting so easy, but Marcus just tells him not to panic.  Marcus suggest they go out, since Eileen is babysitting. 

The aunties are finally leaving Coronation Street.  The ladies argue between each other – to the last minute I suppose.

DC Redfern pays a visit to Carla in the pub and doesn’t like his interrogation.  Peter sees the man bothering Carla and goes over to try to settle it as Leanne tells him to stay out of it.  DC Redfern is sent away when he realizes Carla is drunk anyway.  Peter obviously still has feelings for Carla and Leanne gets jealous about it. 


– So far, the only member of the new family that I like is Karl, the boyfriend.  Stella and her daughter seem rather forced and fluffy. June-20-2011-stella-trouble

– Roy: “I’m not particularly good with children.”  Sylvia: “Well, you’re not good with adults either, but you manage.”

– Sylvia, about Roy and Hayley: “I must be missing something here.” Norris: “She’s not the only one.”

– Steve: “My days of fearing women are well and truly over.”  PFFFFFTTTT.

– How cute are little Liam and little Dylan?

– Is that the biggest Aloe Vera plant you’ve EVER seen?!


– All Sylvia ever does is complain, complain, complain!  Girl needs a mute button!

– The whole Sylvia thinking that Roy and Hayley would have children was an obvious ploy to reveal Hayley’s sexuality.  Seriously, Roy is about SIXTY and Hayley isn’t exactly a “spring chicken” herself.  Did she seriously think these two would have a baby at this point?! Just ridiculous! 

– Does anyone else find Eva useless and annoying?  We already have ONE Rosie Webster.

– I really enjoyed the aunties last time they were on our screens, but this return I found them just quite annoying and irrelevant.

Dennis Tanner and the Missing Tenner: Thu June 16, 2011 Corrie Episode Review


Written by Damon Rochefort, directed by Graeme Harper

Steve’s not so sure Becky will return, after what he’s done.  But he’s onto more important things: custody of Amy and manipulating Tracy into giving it to him.  Tracy lays into June-16-2011-crazy-barmaid Tina about being upset over losing Graeme and Tina’s not having it.   Tracy is sucking up to Steve because she is still under the impression that he will promote her to bar manager.  Steve lets her think this and even gives her the rest of the afternoon off – but only so he can have her out of the way when he interviews for the position of bar manager.  Tracy tells what she thinks is good news to mum Deirdre, who is more concerned with progressing to glazing her own pots.  Tracy leaves her mother to picking up Amy but not before calling her selfish. 

Meanwhile, back at the Rovers Steve is interviewing bar manager candidates in the back.  He interviews a dodgy giggler named June-16-2011-steve-by-tracySheila who thinks that the Rover’s is a palace and “Ben and Jerry” her mastiffs (or “backup”) will love the yard!  “Next!”  Luckily for Steve, Stella arrives and she even manages to get Tommy to properly ask Tina out on a date.  Stella quickly manages to wrap Steve around her little finger – although that’s not an challenging feat.  She tells him that she’ll have to have live-in accommodations or she cannot take the job, before he’s even offered it.  He agrees to her terms since it’s “only him” up there now and she tells him she’ll let him know if she’ll accept his offer before the end of the day. 

The solicitor arrives at the Rovers with Steve’s custody agreement ready to sign and Tracy walks in dressed to kill.  Well, not literally – not this time.  Tracy is more interested in her and Steve going for a romantic dinner than signing some longJune-16-2011-tina-drunk agreement.  She agrees to sign it and doesn’t even want to read it all because Steve has enticed her with the thought of going to a romantic dinner at a new Italian restaurant.  Later, Stella arrives at the Rovers and Tracy ask who the hell is she and is in for a shock when Stella informs her that she’s the new bar manager.  Tracy says to Steve that he promised her that job, to which he basically said “get stuffed” told her the job was taken and that she was fired.  Tracy says that he’ll regret that, but he says he’ll take his chances.  Go Steve!

At Nick’s bistro, Tommy continues to buy Tina shots of tequila at her boozy insistence.  When she goes to the little girls room, Cheryl – who has been basically the third wheel on their date at arms reach – tells Tommy that Tina’s drinking away her sorrows and he should be a gentleman.  It hadn’t occurred to me that he was being any less of one at this June-16-2011-norris-judy-garland given time.  What every guy likes to hear out on a date with a girl he likes – “she’s not trying to have a good time, she’s drinking herself into a coma to block stuff out.”  When she returns, Tommy says she’s had enough and offers to walk her home.  Of course, she gets insulted asking if he thinks she’s twelve and that if he doesn’t want her, someone else will!  Tommy just can’t win with this girl!  (Or any girl for that matter).  Tina stumbles out into the street in broad daylight knocking about the topiaries until Tommy comes out and walks her home.  She apologizes to him and says he’s not such a bad guy underneath it all. 

Norris gawks as he sees Sean and Marcus arrive with Dylan in tow.  Norris wouldn’t trust Sean to look after a stray cat never mind a baby!  Over at Eileen’s, little Dylan is overwhelmed by his new home as everyone tries to get him to eat Julie’s spag bol, and he has to say goodbye to Mummy on the phone.  Later at the Rover’s Norris gossips about Eileen and all the gay men she takes in with Rita, Dennis and Sylvia.  Sylvia figures that the way that young people are these days two men would have just as much a chance atJune-16-2011-gary-worried raising a baby than anyone else.  Norris (figuring she knows that Hayley was once Harold) says that she must have an opinion about it.  Rita tries to keep Norris quit, realizing that Sylvia has no clue.  Especially when Sylvia wonders why Roy and Hayley didn’t have children of their own since Hayley is “that type.”  Dennis continues to “look” for that missing tenner to buy everyone drinks.  Must be in his other jacket. 

Gary waits for Izzy after work but is told that she already left to see an old mate of hers.  Later, he finds her in the cafe and gets angry that she wasn’t at work when he was waiting for her.  He goes all crazy possessive when she tries to introduce him to her mate, Will.  He gets even more upset when he finds out that she’s going out with Will and her old Freshco mates for tomorrow.  Izzy is, needless to say, put off by his attitude. 

Julie’s still on her hunt for Brian and figures if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.  How hard would it be to track this guy down?  You know his name and Fiz would know where he teaches.  It’s not exactly a needle in a haystack situation here.  Unless he’s gone into hiding from John Stape!  She figures her potential romance is like something out of some serendipitous romance film.  Eileen likens it to “Dumb and Dumber.”


– It’s amazing how much Steve McDonald gets done without Becky in the way!  She’s gone for only a few days and already he’s taken back control of his pub and his daughter.June-16-2011-sylvie-rita  

– Steve manipulating Tracy like that was a dirty move, but Tracy deserves it, so “highlight!”

– Norris’s comment about not being able to even look at a turkey baster any more after knowing how Dylan was conceived.

– When Steve asks Tina if she could bring he and Stella two teas and some biscuits or perhaps some cakes and she asks “is this Downton Abbey?”  No, it’s not because if it were Liam Connor would still be on our screens!

– Norris’ distaste of the cheapskate Dennis.

– Rita, to Sylvia in the Rovers: “Come for a drink?” Sylvia: “What gave it away?”

– Norris, re Eileen: “There were more gay men come through her door than at Judy Garland’s funeral!”

– OH that look of shock when Tracy realized she’d be duped by Stevey-boy!  ATTA boy!June-16-2011-norris-dennis


– Tracy making fun of Graeme for washing windows for a living.  Puh-lease, as opposed to what she does? Whatever that happens to be at whatever time?!  I would take 100 Graeme’s for 1 Tracy any day.

– Have you ever seen someone roll their eyes for SO long as Tina did when Tommy told her that he likes to dress up for a beautiful woman?  Ha-ha. 

– I don’t really like or condone Gary’s possessive behaviour, but you have to admit he looks cute when he’s angry!

Dim Sum, Lose Some: Mon June 13, 2011 Corrie Episode Review



Written by John Kerr, directed by Graeme Harper

Tina wakes up in tears on the sofa in her newly reclaimed flat.  Meanwhile, Graeme and Xin wake up in a mess on the sofa at the Platt’s.  Kylie blasts Tina, but is reminded byJune-13-2011-rita-tea-tina an offended looking Xin that Tina’s still her friend.  Wow, if that’s how Xin treats her friends I don’t want to be her enemy.  Perhaps there’s a REAL reason she didn’t want to get deported back to China. Gail not liking to have Tina hurt, after all she’s been to reminds Graeme of it.   Xin tells Graeme  Rita is arrives at the flat to comfort Tina where Tina tells her how much she hates Graeme and Xin.  Tina figures Graeme didn’t love her enough.  Tina goes to work, but Kylie and David come in and Kylie can’t stand by rub Tina’s face in Graeme leaving her for Xin.   Kylie pushes Tina too far and the June-13-2011-graeme-xin-sofa two girls cat fight until Steve breaks them up and almost fires Tina over it.  Graeme later returns to the flat to get some of his things and Tina grates him over where they slept together, but Graeme says he did care about her and that it’s not his fault he fell in love with Xin.  Graeme felt he was always a safe bet for her and that she never needed him – but Xin does.  Tina threatens Graeme to report he and Xin to immigration.  She tells Graeme to get out, and he leaves.  He goes right to Chez Platt and tells Xin to pack her bags they must flee since Tina is going to call them in.  Graeme lets Gail in on their secret and now she understand why they’re there.  They frantically pack, but Gail says that she’ll have a word with Tina.   June-13-2011-eileen-marcus

Sean is being a big girl about working back at the factory where he could be “inches away” from where a dead body was.  Marcus also accuses Sean of being a wimp, but tells him some good news. He’s been due some tax money and wants to treat Sean to two weeks in Las Vegas, which grabs him quite nicely.  Sean gets a call later with some bad news.  Violet’s been in a car crash and she’s injured.  Violet’s grandmother is watching Dylan in the meantime.  Later, Sean confides in Eileen that he wants to look after Dylan while Violet’s recuperating but he’s afraid of what Marcus will think about it since they just got back together.  Eileen encourages him to just as Marcus, but later she goes behind Sean’s back and tells Marcus of the situation.  Good news, because Marcus June-13-2011-sylvia-eyesight would love to have Dylan around and tells Sean as much. 

At the factory, the girls are mostly freaked out by their returning to work in someone’s former grave.  Business as usual, Carla as usual wants folk to forget it and work.  Julie says it’s all a bit peculiar, so Carla points out where she thinks the body was.  Fiz actually returns to Underworld as we all thought she would, since she hasn’t got one of those money trees in the backyard like Gail McIntyre.  Eileen points out later that Fiz was really brave for coming in after all that’s happened.  Fiz was really only slighted by two people: the predictable Sally Webster and the prickly Sylvie Cropper.  June-13-2011-steve-tracy

James visits Sophie at work to tell her that the charity has forgiven her and he wants her to come to an event tonight.  Sophie tries to tell him that her parents have banned her from helping the needy since it’s a waste of time.  She tells James she’s sorry and he says so is he, since she had so much more to offer.  Yeah, more money.  Later, Sophie meets James at No.1 and offers her an unpaid job with the charity.  Sophie takes this unpaying job since she never knew what to do with her life and no one else has ever offered her anything.  No one?! She can come to my place and clean for free…how’s that for an offer?! Sophie completely disregards her parents opinions on her charity work and accepts. 

Steve’s solicitor comes by the Rovers to get him to sign that custody agreement that he wanted to have drafted up before.  The solicitor asks if he’s sure that Tracy will agree to it.  Steve says to leave Tracy to him.  He reinstates Tracy at the Rovers, plus makes her think she’ll be getting a bar manager position. 


Written by Jim Cartwright, directed by Graeme Harper

June-13-2011-gail-xin-groceries Xin freaks out that it’s all her fault that Graeme is leaving Weatherfield but he insists he came there with nothing, and he’s leaving with all he needs.  How long would you give Graeme and Xin?  I’d give them five months max.  Gail goes to see Tina and after a few wise words or two, she gets Tina to agree not to call the authorities on the young lovers.  Tina says that she really loved Graeme, since he took away that black hole that her dad left when he went.  Gail tells her to pick herself up – she’s got to.  Gail tells her that betrayal is one of the worst things to deal with, and doesn’t she know.  Gail convinces her that revenge is not the best answer.  Tina goes over to Gail’s and tells Graeme and Xin that she’s not going to call immigration and gets a thank you from Graeme.  Xin wants to know what she and Graeme are going to do June-13-2011-tina-graeme-goodbe now.  Graeme and Xin have decided that it’s best for them to just leave Weatherfield.  After a final drink with David in the pub, a brief flirt with Gail and her blue dressing gown, a and goodbye to Norris. Graeme can’t but help tease Norris and tells him that he’s going to be cleaning windows in China.  They’re really going to London.  Graeme says goodbye to all in the pub – well, like four people that cared he was leaving.  It was a rather lame goodbye, as though he was just going on holiday for a week or something. 

As is true Corrie style, however, no goodbye is complete without someone running out after you into the cobbles.  So, as Graeme was ready to get into his cab with Xin, a love-torn Tin runs out from the flat screaming his name.  It would have been a sweeter moment had Xin not uttered, “ugh, someone needs to speak to you.”  Yeah, that someone is the June-13-2011-aunties-sinking-ship reason you’re still in the country and have a husband you scheming, selfish little so-and-so.  Tina tells Graeme that he broke her heart, but she could never hate him since he saved her life once.  With that, Graeme gets into the cab with his wife and drives on while Tina is left with only Gail to console her.  The street loses one of the best characters to come by in recent times, in my humble opinion. 

Julie asks Fiz if Brian’s been asking about her.  Over drinks, Fiz admits to Julie that she and John deliberately broke up her and Brian for the sake of secrecy.  Julie asks about Brian’s wife, but Fiz admits that they brought her back into the picture, not Brian.  Julie figures that if it’s real love – it’ll find a away and Fiz agrees to help her track down Brian again so that they can roll of into the sunset singing Neil Diamond tunes, presumably.  June-13-2011-sophie-kev-money

Dev continues to complain about Sunita’s aunties when Sophie comes in and tells Sunita that she’ll be quitting her job at the shop.  She’s tells them about her charity work opportunity instead.  Sunita thinks it’s a great idea, but Dev thinks she owes him that payment-in-advance.  Sunita says that Sophie will just have to pay the back when she can.  The aunties tease Dev saying they can’t blame Sophie, “Rats leaving a sinking ship come to mind?”  Later, Dev informs Kevin that Sophie has quit to do more charity work and Kev doesn’t seem happy to know this.  Later at home, Kevin yells at Sophie for working at that soup kitchen but she tells him that he can’t stop her, so he can stick it with his loads of money. 

Jason pokes holes in Sean’s child-rearing plan pointing out that Sean is a big kid.  Sean gets touchy and leaves. Jason reminds his mum that they’ll be bursting at the seams with a kid running around.  He says it’s not fair on Rosie, but Eileen says that if Flossy Webster doesn’t like it, she knows where the door is.  Hint hint, Jason.  Later, Marcus assures Sean that he can take care of Dylan as a proper father. 


– Nice touch in Graeme going back to the empty butcher’s shop to remember Ashley – the person who really helped him find his way in Weatherfield.

– Eileen joking with Marcus about “tempting him over to the dark side (dating women)” at the mention of a trip to Las Vegas.

– Xin helping Gail with her Freshco bags: “Lucky for you I saw you coming off the bus.” Gail: “Yes, heaven knows how I managed all these years.”

– Gail’s nice sentimental words of advice to Tina, regarding Graeme.

– How Jason lies with his legs up on mummy’s lap on the sofa.  Mummy’s boy for life!


– Does anyone feel sorry for Gail that her home is basically David’s to take in whomever he likes?  Gail has become completely irrelevant to everyone in her life.

– That rotten little Xin: “Tina’s still my friend.”  Did anyone else ever believe the chemistry between Graeme and Xin? I didn’t – completely cold fish. June-13-2011-sylvie-persuasion

– I’m going to TOTALLY miss Graeme, but Xin – whatever.  I’ll be glad to see the back of all those terrible Chinese stereotypes that Corrie writers heavily ink into the scripts, more like.

– Why does it look like Tina’s been borrowing from Gail’s (or Marc’s!) closet?  Not that she doesn’t look nice, but it’s a bit of a change, no? 

– Sylvie assuming because Sian and Sophie are lesbians, they must be vegetarians too?! Is that a bad joke on “not eating meat?”  Oh, Corrie. 

– What is Sophie thinking ditching a paying job for a charity one?  Charity’s all fine and good but you’ve got to be supporting yourself before you can support others!

– Why does it seem like anyone who lives on the Cobbles that has no specific reason for leaving (ie. another place calling them) seems to head to London?  As though to say “we really have NO other place to go, so let’s just take a train to London and we’ll fall in line real quick.”

– That lame goodbye to Graeme in the Rovers!  I will miss him!

The Barmaid and the Idiot: Mon June 6, 2011 Corrie Episode Review



Written by Ellen Taylor, directed by Laurence Moody

In the Rovers, Steve cries to Lloyd that he might have lost Becky for good.  Isn’t that “for good” though?  Roy’s mum comes into the Rovers to tell Steve that Becky’s beenJune-6-2011-sylvie-steve “squatting in her son’s cafe.”  Meanwhile, the Barlow’s, especially Deirdre, fight back tears as they try to make sense of their demolished living room after hurricane Becky stormed through.  Deirdre thinks they should call the police, but Tracy figures that insurance will cover it and tries not to get Becky in trouble?  Tracy wants Steve onside for custody of Amy but Deirdre wants justice for her things.  Steve finds Becky at Roy’s and she’s completely depressed over Max and doesn’t even listen to Steve’s apology.  Becky wonders what will happen to Max now and tells Steve to get out and sobs in the cafe. 

June-6-2011-steve-love-becky Later in the Rovers, Tracy tells Steve she came to see if he’s alright and tells him how she persuaded Deirdre not to press charges.  Tracy tells Steve that she just wants to be a good parent and tells him she’ll bring Amy around later to cheer him up.  At the cafe, Sylvie tells Becky to get out of Roy’s cafe and to stop wallowing.  Sylvie says she knows that Steve loves her and if she’s willing to throw away her marriage then she’ll be the heartless cow in thirty years time.  Trust her, she knows. Becky returns home to find Steve, Tracy and Amy playing happy families in the Rovers living room and looks on in sadness while Steve follows after her. 

Fiz is happy to be cradling baby Hope again in hospital after the whole John-commits-suicide-or-does-he-disappearJune-6-2011-norris-rita business.  The detective arrives to tell Fiz that it’s been discovered that John was pretending to be Colin Fishwick in a teaching job last year but Fiz plays dumb telling him she thought Colin left for Canada and that’s the last she’d heard.  The detective doesn’t seem so sure she doesn’t know anything but leaves anyway.  Fiz is told by the doctors that she can be discharged now and return home.

Norris’ nose gets bent out of shape when Dennis is “working” at The Kabin.  He reads the paper and the front page news is on the kidnapping and murder slash disappearance of John Stape and are in awe.  Sally comes in and already knowing the news feels it’s terrible that Rosie has to re-live it all.  At least Rosie got some cash – what did Chesney and the Hoyle’s get?!  Norris figures that Fiz was John’s accomplice and Sally agrees.  As usual, Norris is half-right.  Norris asks Julie if Fiz was in on John’s criminal activities.  Julie and Chesney stand up for Fiz to the loose-lipped June-6-2011-fiz-chesney newsagent. 

Later, the detective comes to see Fiz and they tell him that they’ve had a spotting of John and that he’s boarded a ferry.  The detective wants to talk to Fiz about John Fishwick.  Uh-oh.  The detective tells Fiz that someone has claimed Joy’s inheritance with Colin’s name.  Fiz claims complete ignorance to the situation but the detective tells her how he was speaking to a solicitor that said a woman calling herself Mrs. Colin Fishwick claimed Joy’s inheritance on her husbands behalf.  She also attended Joy’s funeral and according to him that woman has long wavy red hair and a young premature baby.  Fiz buckles and tells the detective she’ll tell him everything.  She tells him how John stole Colin’s documents to get a teaching account and how Colin found out and confronted John then Colin had a heart attack and died.  That’s what John told her – he swore he didn’t kill him.  John then was scared that his fraud would come out so he hid the body under the factory floor of Underworld but she didn’t know any of this until just lately.June-6-2011-fiz-arrested   She found John with the body last week when they dug up the body at Underworld and how John coerced her into disposing the body.  Fiz pleads with Chesney that she didn’t know what to do as she gets arrested by the detective.  Fiz is taken into the police car crying for Ches and her baby. 

The Alahan’s are back on our screen for anyone who missed them.  It would seem that Sunita’s aunts are back and here for a visit.  This begs the question – where on earth are they going to sleep?  As Sunita says she barely has room to swing a cat in there.  Let’s hope she never gets a cat.  Dev wants to lie to the aunties about their financial situation and marital situation since on Corrie, lying is always the best policy and first solution.  The aunties arrive and are lied to about why they live in this small house now as opposed to “their” bigger old house.  The aunties complain about sleeping in a camper bed in the Alahan’s so Sunita gives up their bedroom. 

Xin is looking for jobs, but doesn’t want to waitress.  Graeme apologies to Xin for things turning out as they did.  Xin’s attempts at humour are thwarted by a humourless Graeme.  She says she needs to pack and sends him to the Rovers.  Tina is excited for Xin to leave but Graeme is just awkward.  David asks Graeme what’s the matter and Graeme tells him that he slept with Xin.  David thinks this whole thing is absolutely hilarious but Graeme is horrified.  David doesn’t understand why he’s so upset and he should just keep mum about it – unless he’s not sure it was a mistake. 


Written by Debbie Oates, directed by Laurence Moody

June-6-2011-becky-steve-leave Steve begs Becky to come back but she continues to sulk.  Steve tells her that everything could have gone the other way if David hadn’t messed things up.  Everything is always someone else’s fault, isn’t it Steve?  Why doesn’t he just admit that he did this for his daughter, end of.  He coaxes Becky back in for a pint together in a patronizing way but she doesn’t follow.  She comes back eventually and is greeted happily by Amy who asks her to help her with her puzzle.  Tracy takes Amy home on Steve’s request.  Becky says that she hates Steve but Steve figures they’ll get through since they’ve gotten through mistakes before.  Steve tells her to think of the future and how they’d be nothing apart.  Steve says they’ll fight for Max, but Becky knows they’ll lose.  Becky says she can’t be at the Rovers because it reminds her of how Max will never be there.  Steve says they can move to a flat or something. Becky says if they move it has to be somewhere far, far away and completely new.  Becky wants to start a new pub called ‘The Barmaid and the Idiot.”  I’ll let you figure out who’s-who.  Becky wants to leave with Amy but Steve figures he can’t rip her away all of that.  Steve doesn’t want to leave Amy and move far, far away.  Becky thinks they’ll fall apart if they stay around there.  Later, Becky tells Steve she’s been upstairs packing.  She tells Steve not to follow her, and hands him her wedding ring and leaves. 

At the police station, Fiz takes her interview with the detectives.  Fiz tells them the play-by-play of what happened when she discovered John with Colin’s body.  Fiz says the smell was terrible and from John’s face she knew something bad would happen.  She didn’t call the police because John said if she did they’d both go to prison.  Fiz says she’d go to prison over Joy’s money, even though she didn’t keep it.  She tells the police that she wanted to put it back, so she gave it to charity instead.  The detective wonders why John would dispose of a body of someone he didn’t kill just to avoid awkward questions about money.  Fiz begs not to be sent to prison.  The detective asks where Colin’s body is and Fiz tells him the canal.  Fiz is brought to the canal with the police to find out where the body is.  They have divers look for Colin’s remains as Fiz asks aloud what will happen to her now. 

Later at home, Chesney feels bad about just standing there when Fiz was taken away by police and wants to tell her that he’s on her side.  Katy thinks he’s in no state to do so and should just leave a message.  Chesney is enraged that Stape is running around while Fiz’s going down for murder.  Back at the station, the detectives try to suss Fiz out and figure out what kind of person she is.  Fiz blames all on John and how he kidnapped Chesney.  She says she only did it for Hope and how she’d be alone if she was in jail.  The detective thinks that Fiz was being reckless by letting John continue to assume Colin’s identity when she found out about it.  He figures that they BOTH knew that ColinJune-6-2011-grishma wasn’t thousands of miles away in Canada, but a few yards away under Underworld.  Fiz attests that she didn’t know Colin was dead.  They start all over again.  Fiz begs them to let her go but the detective arrests her on suspicion of fraud by false representation.  Fiz’s solicitor tells her not to say anything else. 

At the factory, Carla tries to get into her office to do some work, but is told by Owen that it’s not her office, it’s a building site.  They’re both corrected by police who tell them that it’s actually a crime scene. 

Cheryl is excited about their move into No.13 and has the paint and rollers laid out for Lloyd.  Lloyd gets drunk instead of starting to paint, so much that he steps into the paint tray with his shoe on.  So much for Cheryl’s gift for him doing the decorating of a 42” plasma TV.  He hasn’t even done any work!  But seriously, what did she expect?

The Alahan’s treat the aunties to dinner at Nick’s Bistro where they proceed to outspend each other on their meals.  I’m sure Dev’s wallet is just shrivelling as they talk.  Dev’s cards are all declined at the restaurant and Dev has Sunita take the aunties home.  Dev admits that he has a cash flow issue and he can get Cheryl some money from the bank in the morning.  Sunita suggests to her aunts that they all just chip in but the aunties are flabbergasted at that suggestion.  Sunita admits that the house they’re staying in is the one that they live in and Dev apologizes for lying. 


– Sylvie to Steve: “Your wife has been squatting in my son’s cafe.”

– Dev imitating Sunita’s aunts: “Oh, not married! She’s a hus-sy.”

– Sylvie showing somewhat of a softer side. 

– Amy happy to see Becky. 


– The Barlow’s should TOTALLY have called the police on Becky.  They’re entitled to their insurance claim!  The complete disrespect Tracy shows for her parents home and belongings!  Ugh.

– Did anyone notice that Becky’s looking a LOT how she looked when she first arrived on the cobbles?  Is this on purpose as though she’s supposed to be coming full circle again by time she leaves?  Will Slug show up and take her off into the cider-tinted sunset eventually?  (stay tuned for a post)

– Tracy’s such a manipulative little brat!

– Poor Fiz getting taken away by the police.  Ugh.  I always knew John Stape was a bad’un and she was a dumb’un. 

– Why does Steve always have to be the one to grovel and make excuses for what he does to Becky?  She ruins his life and he’s set apologizing for it.  It WAS best that Max be taken to live in a better place without rowing and obscenities. 

– Poor Carla!  Running that factory has been a nightmare from the start.  First the builders, now it’s a crime scene!  She’ll never make production deadlines now. 

Grab My Baby: Fri June 3, 2011 Corrie Episode Review


Written by Carmel Morgan, directed by Ian Bevitt

Chesney and Maria are with Fiz in hospital – who’s only had bruised ribs and a concussion by the way – after being hit by Owen on the street while running after John (who hadJune-3-2011-john-teach been hiding in the attic the whole time – he likes attics) who held baby Hope captive.  The detective quizzes Fiz on where John might be but she has no idea.  John shows up at the hospital disguised as a doctor with Baby Hope in his arms.  He begs Fiz to believe that he has a plan for them but Fiz is only appeasing him so that she can get Hope back.  John tries to tell Fiz that Charlotte was the one who was “nutters” while Fiz tries to get him to hand over Hope and patronizes him at the same time.  When John turns his back, Fiz manages to press the “emergency” button on her bed. John is completely delusional at this point going on about chopping wood and making their garden grow.  Oh, how sad.  Fiz tries to go along with John but the nurse comes in wondering what’s the matter with Fiz since she pressed her alert light and John realizes she was playing him. He runs away with the baby and Fiz yells to have someone stop him.  The police spot John and he runs to the elevator where there’s a woman talking to him about the rates the hospital charges.  Just another awkward John Stape scene.  John has made his way to the roof and Fiz and crew follow after. 

On the roof, John cries that all he ever wanted to do was teach, but people died because he wanted to teach.  John teeters to the edge of the roof with Hope in his arms.  Fiz tries to talk him off the ledge, but he’s so far gone that the situation looks dire.  John fears how now some strange man will have his daughter calling him “daddy.”  Fiz begs with him not to hurt Hope.  John hands Hope over, watches his wife and baby, then falls back wards off the roof in what looks like a suicide mission.  Below, we can see a pool of blood emerge from John’s head as his body lay still on the ground.  It’s only assumed that he has not survived this fall.  Only, later the police detective informs Fiz June-3-2011-becky-accusation that when they went down to retrieve the body, it had vanished.  How is that possible?  Here is one theory.   

Becky wonders who must have tipped off the social workers.  Of course, her first thought is that Kylie has tipped them off.  Becky storms into the salon and confronts Kylie about ratting her out, but Kylie reminds her that she doesn’t want Max in care either.  

Meanwhile, Ken asks Tracy whether or not she tipped off social services, but Tracy says if she knew what Steve had up his sleeve regarding Amy that she’d have made the call a long time ago.  At the Rovers later, Becky accuses Tracy of calling social services on them.  Tracy makes light of this accusation saying she did no such thing, plus she pokes fun at Becky.  This of course intensifies Becky’s rage and suspicion.  Becky goes into a huge foaming-at-the-mouth fit as Tracy quietly leaves and Steve tells her she’s making things worse.  That’s kind of her thing though, isn’t it?  Becky makes it MUCH worse by smashing through the Barlow’s front door with a sledgehammer.  She makes her way in and proceeds to smash apart the Barlow’s living room while the entire street watches on.  She is SERIOUSLY out of control, Steve BEST get rid.  Could Owen and Jason NOT have restrained her?  Tracy cries and pleads with Becky that it wasn’t her who called social services.  Steve can’t take it any more so he let’s the cat out of the bag and admits that it was HIM who called social services.  Becky at first doesn’t believe him, then falls to a potato-sack heap on the floor in Steve’s arms.  Back at the Rover’s, it’s a shock that Becky hasn’t been arrested for break in enter and vandalism, never mind harassment and aggravated assault, but she’s back pouting with Steve swaning around her making excuses.  Becky leaves the Rovers but not before spitting in Steve’s face.


– Tracy to Becky: “Ask-a me on a Mon-day I say ‘yeees,’ ask-a me on a Tues-day I say…” What was that accent?

– Did anyone else have THIS SONG in their head when Becky was blowing through the Barlow’s front door? 

– Even though I do not condone Becky’s behaviour what-so-ever in banging up the Barlow’s living room, it was nice to see Tracy a sobbing mess.  Don’t feel bad for her – just the Barlow’s.

– Steve, referring to Max, to Becky: “We’ll get him back.  Probably.”


– Becky talking about how you have to get on the floor with kiddies etc.  Since when is she the master of parenting?  For the entire six minutes she’s had Max in her care?

– John Stape: “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”  Yeah, too bad today is today.

– The sad, sad story of John Stape.  John: “All I ever wanted to do was teach.”

– Becky staring through the Barlow’s now-kindling-front-door like she was from The Shining, “Heeeeere’s BECKY!”

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Mon May 30, 2011 Corrie Episode Review


Written by Jonathan Harvey, directed by Kay Patrick 

John, Fiz and Colin’s body drive out to some woods in the middle of nowhere, knowing Corrie it’s the Red Rec.  Fiz says she’s sorry she ever met him.  John encourages Fiz toMay-30-2011-john-job-stuff help him find something to weigh the body down with. At the Underworld job site, Chris tells Owen that John had left the factory without putting the alarm on.  When John arrives from a long night of playing “hide the body” Owen lays into him. John snaps and tells Owen to do what he wants, he really doesn’t care and to take his job and stuff it. Fiz feels Colin’s blood on her hands and starts to panic besides John saying “you won’t say anything to Maria, will you?”  Fiz runs off to have a shower, but she can’t just scrub John away as much as she tries. 

Fiz goes to pick up Hope from Maria who asks if she’s okay since she looks like one hot mess.  Fiz angrily insists she’s alright May-30-2011-fiz-john and tells Maria to just go home.  When Fiz is at home, she gets harassed by John to run away again.  He wants to move to the Scottish Highlands but Fiz just wants her nightmare to end.  Fiz screams at John to shut up since his casual attitude towards moving is driving her mad.  Fiz tells him she’s not going anywhere, not now after what’s happened.  Fiz tells John later that all her life she tried to be a good person but this is very bad.  Poor Fiz figures she’s not a nice person which is why bad things happen to her.  Fiz says she’s going to have to do what bad people do, kiss goodbye all her friends around there, leave Chesney when he’s missing and run.  John says he’s sorry but is happy they’re going to run away. Fiz says they’ll leave in the morning.

In the Hoyle’s Cellar of Horrors, Dorothy wonders how they were taken in by him. Chesney says he’s a wolf in sheep’sMay-30-2011-steve-solicitor clothing and couldn’t be more right.  Chesney starts to wonder that if he killed Charlotte and Joy, how many others has he killed?  I’m sure he’s thinking that he could be next.

It’s the next morning at the Rovers and Becky asks Steve why he kicked off yesterday.  She wants to know how much money he spent, but Steve just rolls his eyes and walks away.  Over at the cafe, Steve speaks with his solicitor and tells her how Tracy is planning on taking Amy away forever.  The solicitor says that she’s confident that he and Becky would be granted partial if not full custody of Amy if it went to court.  And right she is – he and Becky have always looked after her, plus May-30-2011-becky-steve Tracy’s got a shady past.  The solicitor says to keep Tracy from leaving in the meantime she’ll apply for a prohibited steps order. 

Back at the Rover’s, Becky gets a visit of her own – but from someone at social services.  The social services lady says she’s just doing a routine check on Max.  Roberta, the social services lady, sees Max and introduces herself as Becky calls Steve for help.  Steve at this point, is at Audrey’s to see Kylie.  Steve tells Kylie that social services are at his place and pretty soon they’ll be over there to talk to her.  Kylie thinks it’s not her problem, but Steve says if they go down, she’ll be going down there with him.  Steve says that he’ll tell her a story about how he and Becky got Max and if she doesn’t back them up she’s going down.  Steve gets to the Rovers and finds a panicked Becky who tells him that social services is here for a ‘routine check-up.’  Steve plays dumb and Becky panics as she thinks they’re goingMay-30-2011-kylie-steve to take Max away.   They speak with the social worker, and she asks about Kylie so Steve admits that Kylie doesn’t live there anymore – that she got married and now lives across the street with full access to Max.  Roberta says she’ll call it a day with them and go in search of Kylie.  Steve gives her the Platt’s address where she works as Becky looks on in shock. 

Kylie meets with Roberta the social worker outside Audrey’s so David doesn’t notice.  Roberta says she needs to talk to her about Max after giving her a rude treatment. Kylie says she doesn’t want to talk about Max.  Roberta says they’ll meet tomorrow morning at her place, and Kylie sarcastically says she can’t wait.  At the Rover’s, Becky asks Steve if he’s deliberately trying to screw things up by telling the social worker the truth.  Becky says he’s an idiot and this changes May-30-2011-tracy-ken-wittering everything.  Steve tells her to stop panicking and leave it to her since he’s got a plan – he’ll tell her later. 

Tracy goes on to Ken about how much better London will be then Weatherfield.  Amy seems excited about going to the “Big Smoke.” Ken tells her not to dress this idea of London up as being in Amy’s best interest, since it isn’t.  Ken points out a valid point: how can this be beneficial to uproot her from everyone she knows.  Ken wants to know how she’s going to afford London, and Tracy somehow thinks that her floral assistant job should cover it.  When Ken asks who will be watching Amy, Tracy says “pals.”  WHAT PALS?!  Some of that must have rubbed off on Tracy, so she looks up accommodations in May-30-2011-graeme-sean-marcusLondon and realizes how expensive they are.  Steve arrives to tell her that he’s seen a solicitor and he’s seeking custody of Amy and she can’t threaten him with social services.  Steve tells her how social services have already been over and they’re  sure that Max will stay with he and Becky.  Steve says no one will believe Tracy when she tells them about the sale of Max, since Kylie is backing them up.  Tracy says she doesn’t care, and it’s “London here I come” for her.  Steve tells her he’s taking legal steps to prevent her from leaving with Amy.  Tracy doesn’t believe him until he tells her she’s lost the fight. 

May-30-2011-sylvie-tonto Xin gets angry at Graeme when he comes back after spending the night with Tina and asks if he slept with her.  He says it’s none of her business, which she takes as a ‘yes.’  Lesson learned here: there is never any benefit to having a wife AND a girlfriend no matter which way you put it.  Graeme tells Xin that last night – they just got carried away, Xin answers.  At the Rover’s, Tina wants to know if Xin has figured out when she’s leaving so they can be back together.  Graeme is tired, but afraid to go home so he just joins Eileen and the boys at the pub.  Graeme follows Sean and Marcus home drunk and tries to stay at Eileen’s for the night.

Roy complains to Hayley about how he doesn’t want to go away and leave his mother running the cafe.  Sylvie says she hopes he’s not backing out and calls him ‘Tonto.’  Roy says that he doesn’t want to leave since his griddle is temperamental.  I think he meant to say girdle.  Sylvie accuses him of patronizing her and that she has cooked food before.  Then later, asks Steve if he knows how to turn off a griddle. 


– Fiz to John: “I’m sorry I ever met you.” May-30-2011-tina-snore

– Sylvie to Roy: “Hope you’re not backing out, Tonto.”

– Sylvie to Hayley: “Customers are like Afghan’s Hayley, they have to be trained.”  to Steve: “Sit!”

– Graeme accusing Tina of snoring all night long, then her disputing it!  Puh-lease, she totally snores. 

– Graeme drunkenly trying to get Eileen to let him sleep on her couch so he doesn’t have to go home to Xin. 

– Steve telling Tracy “You lose. Laters!” And making the shape of an L with his hands in her face. 


– Don’t know what’s worse.  How they have a dead body in the boot, and John’s enjoying the view of the moonlight or Fiz only NOW wonder that that makes him a psychopath.

– Poor Fiz crying in the shower.  Kirk would never have done this to her. 

– Ken having to deal with Tracy’s wittering on.  Bet he wishes he made that little attic sanctuary a LONG time ago when he had the chance.  There’s something about the way Ken Barlow always looks as though his face is saying “I’m too old for this crap.”  Almost how Steve McDonald is getting. 

– What on earth kind of friends does Tracy have in London?! Especially after she became convicted of murder?

– I feel so terrible for social workers.  They do so much and get treated like crap by such low lives all the time. 

Turn Back Time: Sun May 29, 2011 Corrie Episode Review


Written by Jan McVerry, directed by Kay Patrick

Fiz sees the body that John has dug up at Underworld and immediately tells him they have to get out of there and the police can deal with it.  Only it’s not so simple sinceMay-29-2011-fix-john-body   John has a certain attachment to this body, doesn’t he?  John panics and tells her “no police.”  Fiz assumes that John just doesn’t want to be on the police radar after his own past crimes.  She is even scared that the body could be Chesney’s.  However, she soon finds that John indeed has something to do with this body – because it’s the body of Colin Fishwick.  John claims that he never killed Colin, he dropped dead, but he and Charlotte buried him to hide their lies.  Fiz is disgusted that John waved her off to work each morning knowing she’d be stomping on his friend’s  grave all day.  Fiz tries to tell him May-29-2011-maria-chris he’s on his own now, but John reminds her that she’s in this too because she took Colin’s mum’s money.  John accuses her of being a loose cannon.  Fiz doesn’t want to listen to anymore, but feels she has no choice. 

Maria is freaked out when John and Fiz run back into the house in a panic.  Fiz (again) covers for John in front of Maria and pretends that John botched a job on the work site and that he better fix “it” before Owen finds out. Maria offers to ring Chris, but they both scream “no” in unison to tell her not to.  Fiz asks Maria to take the baby for the night, and she does.  When she leaves, John tells her they’re in this together now.  If he goes down, she goes down with him.  They need to get rid of that body.  He looks in the attic and asks Fiz if the curtains will handle the body weight or if they need to use Chesney’s tent.  Oh, dear. May-29-2011-tracy-likes

Becky tries to convince Steve that there is no way that Tracy will want to leave “Hotel Barlow.”  She tries to propose reverse psychology, but Steve’s not bothering.  Becky says that Tracy likes three things: attention, money and men.  They need to starve her of attention, and let her realize how expensive London is.  Sooner or later she’ll realize that the writing is on the wall.  Steve feels like Amy will have a father that didn’t put up a fight and he can’t take that chance – this isn’t a game.  May-29-2011-steve-rvoers Steve says that as long as Max will be fine that’s all that counts.

Steve basically loses it, and kicks everyone out of the Rovers without even letting them finish their drinks, empties the till, then storms out.  Becky tries to go after him, but Max yells at them for shouting again and she goes to care for him while Steve leaves.  Later, Dev finds Steve gambling away all the money that he has left at the casino.  He gets Steve out of there reminding him that Becky has brought him down all this time and that’s why he’s there throwing his life further away.  When Steve gets back to the street, before he goes back home, he steps into the phone booth and calls social services anonymously about Max Turner staying at theMay-29-2011-graeme-xin Rovers and how it’s “not right.”   

Graeme is seen doing up his pants with his shirt off – can we all assume something happened here between he and Xin?  Xin tells Graeme he’s a good person and that’s why she loves him – but he doesn’t think so.  He leaves needing some fresh air.  In the Rovers, the party set that got kicked out of Graeme’s and Xin’s complain about all that went down.  Graeme goes to knock on Rita’s door to see Tina.  Rita lets Tina in and they and Dennis all listen to Graeme grovel for Tina’s affections.  Graeme says if he could turn back time, he would.  Tina smiles and takes him back. Back at the flat, Tina sobs over “fake” photos of her and Graeme’s life together as a married couple. 

At the cafe, Hayley tells Roy that they’re going camping for ten days, and he has no choice in the matter.  Sylvie has offered to run the cafe, with the “uppity” Anna. 


– I like the divide between Becky and Steve – let’s hope it carries on. 

– Eileen knocking Norris in the back with her swinging handbag. 

– I found the argument between John and Fiz whether or not to use “curtains or Chesney’s tent” to transport Colin’s body quite humorous.  May-29-2011-hayley-roy

– Funny direction where Steve comes out of Dev’s, and John about to come out of his place, goes back in when he sees someone.  Secrets and lies, secrets and lies!


– Wow, Steve was just cleaning out that till like a mad man!  If only his mother could see this.

– Fiz is finally realized – when it’s so late – just what kind of a psycho John is.

– How could Fiz believe that the body is Chesney’s?  It’s completely decomposed, Ches only went missing a week ago. 

– John manipulating Fiz into thinking she’s just as guilty for killing Colin. 

– Does it always seem like the Croppers are planning their holidays around terrible events culminating on the street? 

– Did Graeme sleep with Xin then directly go over to stay with Tina?!