Wrong Side of 40: Wed Oct 28, 2009 Corrie Episode Review

October 28 2009

Written by Daran Little, directed by Tony Prescott.

Tyrone is still complaining that Molly’s gone off him again, after he thought it was all sorted.  Kirk tells him it’s his own fault for not putting his foot down.  She does walk all over him.

Pam tells Molly that she doesn’t understand her or what she’s playing at.  Us neither!  Pam tells her it’s never easy being married, but it’s worth working towards and that Tyrone’s a good man.  Molly replies that so is Kevin.  Oh yeah, except for the cheating-on-his-wife-part.  Oh, but it’s different – you’re in love, this isn’t an affair, it’s special – you’re special.  Whatever!

Tyrone goes to his good mate Kev to complain about what’s going on with Molly.  He seriously thinks that Molly thinks he’s cheating on her with Minnie.  Kevin assures him that Molly does not think he’s cheating.  Tyrone tells Kevin that he just wants he and Molly to be happy forever.  Guilt much, Kevin?

Pam has tried her best with Molly but to no avail, so she’s moved onto Kev.  She goes to the garage to confront him about his and Molly’s affair.  She does her best to shame Kevin, and MAN does he look shamed!  For shame!  Pam tells him that Molly’s barely out of her wedding dress and Kevin’s got his oily hands all over her.  Oh, I’m so loving Auntie Pam right now.  Kevin protests that he loves Molly, but Auntie Pam tells him to save it – he’s not talking to some slip of a girl right now.  She knows guys like him – wrong side of 40, stuck in a rut, looking for a bit on the side to spice up their existence, full of “I love you,” taking advantage of young girls etc.  He hardly took advantage, but she doesn’t know that.  Pam gives him her final word, “stay away from Molly or I shall bring your whole world topelling down on your smug, selfish head.”  Does anyone think Auntie Pam’s got some anger against men?  Hehe.  Kevin did nothing else but stand there with his mouth gaping open in shock.

Kevin marches over to Dev’s and asks Molly how Pam knows.  She tells him how Pam caught them kissing, and how she felt relief telling Pam about their love.  Somehow I don’t think Kevin feels relieved.  Kevin’s have a good old fashioned freak-out over it, but Molly reminds him that people will find out sooner or later – since they’re in love.  Kevin walks away in a huff.

Kevin meets up with Molly later and accuses her of telling Auntie Pam about them on purpose because she wants it out in the open.  Molly says she wants a life with Kevin and thought he wanted the same thing.  Kevin insists that she go tell Tyrone right now that she’s leaving him.  Molly says she hates how seperate their lives are when they’re back on the street and wishes it was as it were when they were on holiday together.  Well, life’s not a holiday dear.  Kevin tells her it’s not a game, and people are going to get hurt so she needs to get real.

Michelle’s in her scant negligee painting her toe nails, when Ryan reminds her that Ben’s coming by soon.  She tells Ryan that Ben can get used to how she dresses around the house.  Oh, he will.  She also says she doesn’t want to hear any of Ben’s religious mumbo-jumbo.  Ryan tells her that Ben’s perfectly normal, but Michelle thinks that normal for a teenage boy should be getting drunk on lager and being in a race to lose his virginity.  Ryan sneers that he’s glad he’s got such a good role model.  Haha.  Ben arrives and definitely notices Michelle’s “attire.”  I’m guessing his own mother sleeps in flannels?  Haha.

Michelle’s frustrated that the builder isn’t there, and wants the boys out of the flat since she’ll be taking a bath and playing fleetwood mac and doesn’t want to hear video games.  Wow, should I be worried that Michelle and I have a LOT in common?  Haha.

Well, seems the new builder has arrived and is escalating the ladder outside the kabab shop whilst Michelle is singing her heart out to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” in the tub.  Only the builder slips and falls and his ladder goes flying, but luckily he’s grabbed hold of the window of Michelle’s flat from the outside.  Is anyone out there thinking, “Bill wouldn’t have slipped?”  Yeah.  Michelle hears the noise, puts a towel on a runs to the window to find a good looking man just hanging from it.  What’s that song?  It’s Raining Men!  It’s as though he fell from heaven.  Michelle pulls him in before he falls, but in the process loses her towel.  Perfection.  Once again, who goes into a bath in full makeup?  Must be a Carla sitz.  Michelle is embarassed but the builder tells her not to cover up for his sake.  Wow, I must not also that I don’t think I’ve seen this kind of nudity (side-boob) in Corrie ever.  I bet Michelle’s glad that that’s not Bill after all stood in front of her!

Michelle gets a chance to put a robe on a builder-boy tells her that he could have broken a leg if she hadn’t come along, then calls Michelle his angel in a tower.  Builder-boy’s name is Jake, and he asks Michelle for some brandy to get rid of the shock.  Michelle seems unusually uncomfortable with this situation.  I doubt Rosie would be.  Jake continues to lay it on thick, reckoning that Michelle is the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen.  Michelle tells him to get back to the roof, as her bath is getting cold.  Jake leaves, but not without asking Michelle if she’s single.  Michelle confirms that she is, then Jake does something bold – grabs her for a kiss.  Oh, he’s a smooth one.  Michelle pushes him away and tells him to get off.  Jake just smirks and tells her that if she wants him, she knows where to find him.  He’s a little shy, don’t you think?

Maria stops by the Kabin and tells Norris, and Joan, that she’s going on holiday to Cypress with baby Liam to see her parents.  Norris thinks taking a baby on a plane is a bad idea, because there’s always some child screaming his head off on a plane he’s been on and it’s extremely annoying.  After Maria leaves, Norris takes the opportunity to fill Joan in on the gossip of Maria’s life.  Norris tells Joan that they’re a very close-knit community there.  Haha, I love this kind of irony that Little injects in the episodes.  Norris is still having a very rough time of it with Joan, a.k.a. Speak No Evil.  He’s already begun writing up a “situation vacant” card to put in the window again when Rita calls to tell him how wonderful her holiday is.  He has a great time laughing and conversing with her over the phone, there’s some big shoes to fill in that shop assistant position.

Kirk’s over, and Tony tells him that he’s looking forward to getting closer to his future brother-in-law.  Kirk asks him what his policy is on hiring family members.  Oh Kirk!  Tony tells Kirk there’s nothing available at the moment.  When alone, Kirk tells Tony that Maria’s been smiling a lot more since Liam’s been born, and that it’s down to Tony, so he gives his thanks.  Tony tells Kirk that he loves Maria more than he’s ever loved anyone.

Later, Tony complains to Maria about having some indigestion or hunger pains.  He looks in pain.  Of course, he always seems to look in pain.

Disturbia: Thu July 23, 2009 Corrie Episode Review

July 23 2009

Written by Debbie Oates, directed by Dominic LeClerc.

Open to Claire in hospital, again. Ashley brings every item that Claire owns to the hospital for her. A blow-dryer is really useful in hospital. One must always keep up with one’s personal appearance, even under duress. Honestly! It’s almost like he’s packed up all of her things and has taken them out of the house… Claire makes Ashley promise that he’ll have his vasectomy as soon as possible. He settles for them discussing their options as soon as they get out of there.

Later, Ashley gets a call from the hospital that Claire has disappeared off the ward. *groan* Oh, no, what now? This is going to be so sad. Good lord, Lloyd and Ashley drive up to the hospital only to find Claire standing on the roof of the building looking forlornly into the skies. Ashley runs up to the roof. Claire says the air must be thinner up there, since it’s harder to breathe. She’s looking, that’s all. Claire is a deeply disturbed woman. When are they going to lock her up and throw away the script? Ashley tries to coax her back inside. Claire reflects that there’s so many people in the city and they’re all getting on with their lives, and mostly, they’re dying. Ashley is just freaking out, but Claire insists she just needed some fresh air. She asks Ashley to just sit with her. Claire blames herself for miscarrying and thinks that the baby must have realized she didn’t want it, so it took off. Claire is more upset that she doesn’t “feel” anything, and she thinks she should. She feels shamed for not feeling bad about losing her baby. Claire says she gets terrible anxiety even thinking about another pregnancy. Claire’s afraid of being crazy again just like after Freddie. It doesn’t seem to me she ever stopped being crazy! Claire is still haunted by her post-natal depression. Okay, I get that. But, why do WE have to re-live it all? Old news. She is a real Debbie Downer! Uh oh, looks like the police have arrived to bring her down formally. Ashley makes an excuse for Claire telling the police that it was his fault, they needed some privacy to talk and it was the only place available. Ashley mans-up and tells Claire he’ll get the vasectomy. Claire gets her way, once again.

Joe argues on the phone to Len about work-related mishaps. Joe begs Graeme for more fancy-pills. Graeme turns him down, no chance whatsoever. Poor desperate Joe. Joe finds Graeme again and begs. He’s vigorously stroking Graeme’s arm when he begs. Ugh, this is really making me feel uncomfortable. It makes you wonder just how desperate he is… Creepy! Please, please, please, I’m desperated utters Joe to Graeme. Graeme caves to Joe, but makes no promises.

At Underworld, Rosie tells Luke all about these amazing designs she has in her head, only she can’t draw, so what ever will she do? Rosie decides to create a “mood board” to relay her design ideas. I wonder where she figured out how to do that? She presents her mood board and Luke tells her they’ll make a sample. Rosie is elated at this news, Tony is deflated. If looks could kill. Oh wait, the just might. Tony looks on Luke with shame, but Luke throws Maria in Tony’s face. Enough said.

Maria brings Baby-Liam over to the factory for a visit. Julie is in love with Baby-Liam and asks Sean if he’d like to hold him. Sean says he’s drawn a line at the “baby-thing.” Wow, is this alluding to his OWN baby that has since been forgotten? Maria moans to Tony about her over-bearing mother-in-law. Tony’s more than happy to be Maria’s emotional punching-bag.

Tony comes to Maria’s rescue again by sending off her in-laws to lunch for the day and has brought over take-out too. If only he weren’t a murderer. Tony and Maria are enjoying their lunch together like the best of friends.

Maria later breaks the news to her in-laws that Baby-Liam will be christened, but not as a Catholic since Maria isn’t Catholic. The in-laws aren’t happy about that, since Liam was Catholic. Barry tells Maria to go out and get some fresh air, she can leave the baby with them. I wouldn’t! I’d be afraid I’d come back and them and my baby would be gone! Helen is a little too “Hand that Rocks the Cradle” for me. When Maria’s gone, Helen remarks that their marriage wouldn’t have lasted had Liam been alive. Ouch!

Maria goes over to Underworld and tells Tony she needs a break, so Tony coaxes her into a drink at the Rovers.

Norris is vigorously slicing up his loafers with a screw-driver when Frida comes in! I’m sure this just makes Norris’ day! Oh, I see, he’s pretending his old shoes are damaged, thus giving him a reason to wear Ramsay’s trainers. How sly. Ramsay and Emily come in and, apparently Ramsay knows sign language! Well so do I because when I was in school I was in the sign-language choir. It’s not because I didn’t make it into the regular choir, it’s because I found that signing words from popular songs was simply a more cultured activity for an 8 year old. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Moving on, Frida shows Emily her engagement ring. I use the terms “engagement” and “ring” loosely. It’s a black plastic heart-shaped gem that looks like it came out of a cracker-jack box. Makes Fiz’s engagement ring look top-shelf. Frida says her fiance told her that the ring is temporary. Oh, that’s what they all say, then you find yourself buried in it. Frida asks Emily if Ramsay is her fella. Emily says he’s just Norris’ brother. Mmm, hmm.

Hrmm, so it seems that Frida hasn’t actually met her fiance. They’ve been online romancing, and apparently he’s saving up airfare to come next year. Uh, huh. OH! He’s in PRISON! That explains it all! Maybe Fiz should inform her that getting married in prison is a valid option she and her fiance could consider. I should pull this entire scene on my mother, if I didn’t love her so much. Oh, apparently Frida’s fiance is in prison because he’s been arrested for activism! He believes in freedom. Yeah, freedom of items from an electronics shop no doubt! Ramsay had gone to Freshco’s and bought their entire herbal tea selection for Frida. Norris comes in with a fib about his shoes being unrepairable, telling the gang that he therefore has no choice by the wear the trainers. Oh, this ruse is just too much!