Written by Daran Little, directed by Tony Prescott.
Might I say before I start this review, that I was caught a little bit by surprise of this extra Wednesday episode! Also, what an episode. I don't remember the last time only a one half-hour episode was so action-packed.
Trouble in paradise still as Tyrone is still grovelling to Molly about something that he didn't do, that never happened - cheating on her with Minnie. Auntie Pam is in the picture now and tells Molly that she needs to end this affair. She doesn't get very far with Molly so she goes to Kevin. She confronts Kevin about the affair and chastises him for basically being an oily old man with his hands all over Molly before she's even out of her wedding dress. She then tells him that she knows guys like him - on the wrong side of 40, stuck in a rut, etc - basically summing Kevin up. She threatens Kevin that if he doesn't stay away from Molly that she'll make his whole world come toppling down on his smug, selfish head. Wow! I'm SO loving Auntie Pam right now. Anyone else on Team Pam? Kev later accuses Molly of telling Pam on purpose because she wants to 'out' them. Molly thought that it wasn't a big deal, since they were to be together in the end anyway. Kev sets her straight and tells her it's not a game, and people will get hurt, so she needs to get real. Wow. As Sally would say, "it'll all end in tears."
Michelle's a woman-on-the-prowl fawning around inappropriately in her negligee in front of Ben, who doesn't mind one bit. He's not the only one of that opinion this episode either. The new builder comes and is climbing up a ladder to get to the roof whilst Michelle is taking a bubble bath listening to Fleetwood Mac. Should I be worried about how much Michelle and I have in common? Moving on, the builder loses control of the ladder and ends up holding onto Michelle's window for dear life. Michelle comes to his rescue and loses her towel in the process giving us - what I think might be - the most nudity I've ever seen on Corrie! Builder-boy Jake is all over Michelle and even has the gall to kiss her before he leaves telling her she knows where to find him if she wants more. He's a bit shy, no? Also, when this happened, was anyone thinking, "Bill wouldn't have slipped on the ladder." Mmm hmm.
Norris is having a terrible time with Joan a.k.a. Speak-No-Evil in the shop and has already started making up a sign advertising for the position again when Rita calls from holiday. Norris is more than delighted to hear from her. Whoever fills that position will have some mighty large shoes to fill.
Maria's getting ready for her trip to Cyprus and has Kirk over. Tony tells Kirk that he's looking forward to getting closer with his future brother-in-law. Kirk asks Tony what his policy is on hiring family. Oh, Kirk. When alone, Kirk tells Tony that he believes that Maria's recent happiness has been due to Tony, and he's thankful for it. Tony tells Kirk that he's never loved anyone more than he loves Maria. I don't believe it. Sorry, I don't. I know he cares for her, but I think Tony is in love with love, and that's all. I think his relationship with Maria is some kind of atonement, as though he's trying to 'be' Liam, instead of love her as Tony. I believe he cares for her, don't get me wrong. I just don't believe he's "in love." Later, Tony complains to Maria about having some pains. Could this be foreshadowing? Although, he always looks pained to me.
- The guilty, shamed look on Kev's face when Auntie Pam lays into him!
- Auntie Pam laying into Molly, and especially Kev! I'm the new official captain of Team Pam!
- Michelle fawning around in her negligee. She's so inappropriate, but it's so entertaining! Then she tells her son that the priorities of a normal teenage boy should be to get drunk on lager, and compete to lose their virginity. Mother of the year.
-A good looking builder just dropping through Michelle's window. It's like he came down from heaven, and it's raining men. This never happens to me.
- Norris insulting the Kabin customers in the community then gossiping about them to Joan later, explaining that they're a very tight-knit community. I like these little ironies that Little injects in his episodes.
- Norris figuring there's more sincerity in soft-centres than in nuts and pralines. I'll keep that in mind next time someone buys me chocolates.
- Norris tells Tyrone about Hayley and Roy's trip to Romania, calling it "one of those Dracula Countries." Exactly how many Dracula Countries are there?! He then reckons that Hayley just got used to being turned into a woman, she doesn't need to be turned into a vampire as well. Yes, he went there.
- Molly truly believing that her and Kevin are "in love" and they're going to be together. This will be a hard lesson learned in the subject of disappointment.
- Kev accusing Molly of telling Pam about them on purpose, then for her to "get real", aka to shut up! What a cad!
For those who enjoy the scenic route, check out the full review scene-by-scene here.
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