Sunday, 14 July 2013

Corrie weekly update: racism, waxing and Omar from the fridge shop

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Term’s ended and campus life is winding down but Leanne still thinks it’s a good idea to host a student night at the Bistro.  Inexplicably, it’s packed out with extras posing as students, who in real life are already on the train home to mother with a suitcase full of dirty washing, only some of it their own.  David rings the cops and tells them there’s drug dealing going on at the Bistro student night and the Bistro, as they say in common parlance around the parish, gets busted.  Well, there’s a ticking off from the cops  after they look for and find no drugs, but the story does get splashed all over the front of the Wethy Gazette by a hack with nothing better to do.

Katy, the pretty plastic looking one with the long and shiny hair, finds out that Ryan’s been cheating on her with some woman in town so she dumps him. At the same time Chesney dumps Sinead and Katy’s straight round to see Chesney and there’s a heart to heart on the sofa.  I did a little cheer when Chesney tells Katy to leave and no, he most certainly Will Never forgive her. I’m team Chesney, me. And I do hope that’s not the last we’ll see of Sinead and we might even see her mother (would she be Beth’s sister?) and her new fella, Omar from the fridge shop.

Paul the fireman is stressed. He’s had a formal complaint made against him at work after he told off a couple of kids for dialing in hoax emergency calls. So stressed is he that he tells Steve in the pub over a game of darts to “play the white man”.   It’s a racial slur that’s not been heard in many years, but a racial slur all the same. Lloyd overhears, tackles Paul about it, calls him a racist and demands an apology. But it’s an apology which Paul refuses to give and he can’t understand why everyone now hates him – and he wasn’t even likeable before.  Eileen tells Paul straight: “I am ashamed and embarrassed. Lloyd did nothing wrong. You did!”  And even Jason chips in with something intelligent, for once, telling Paul: “I don’t think you’re a racist, I think you’re an idiot”.  

Best line of the week goes to Sean when Leanne pops into the pub wondering if her mother is about. (Thankfully for this fan, St Ella has been nowhere to be seen for some time).  Sean’s reply to Leanne to explain St Ella’s absence, with a nod to the back room: “She’s got the mobile waxer in and she’s asked not to be disturbed.”

There’s also been some excellent comedy this week especially with Steve supergluing his hands together when he tried to fix the head back on to Amy’s doll.  Then he goes and puts a wad of cash on a horse called Fizzy Lizzy in the bookies, because “It reminds me of me mother”.  Well, the old nag loses the race and Steve loses his cash, which is perhaps not what he meant.

And finally this week, Ken’s absence was explained away saying that he had to make an emergency trip to Canada to see grandson Adam who’s had an accident. Apparently Adam’s got no other family but Ken.  I’m enjoying Deirdre more without Ken and am looking forward to more while he’s away.

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Frosty the Snowman said...

I agree about Dreary, I think she will come into her own without clunky Ken. What is it about Canada that everyone on the Street seems to go there? Dreary can be hilarious - Gail take note - you are just stupid and annoying. A lot too much information yet again with Eileen and Paul disappearing off to have sex in the middle of the day. Not while Frosty is eating his tea PLEASE!

Humpty Dumpty said...

I'm loving Deirdre at the moment. She's suddenly been given a life outside her obnoxious family and she's got a great comic delivery. All those years of talking to Ken without getting a reply have paid dividends. She now does a lovely 'over the garden fence' monologue eg with Roy after she rescues him. Puts me in mind of radio comedian Al Read in the 60's.

Humpty Dumpty said...

I'm loving Deirdre at the moment. The writers have given her a life outside her obnoxious family and she's got a great comic delivery. All those years of talking to Ken without getting a response have paid dividends. She can do a lovely 'over the garden wall' monologue eg at home with Roy after she rescued him. She puts me in mind of Al Read, the radio comedian of the 60's.

Humpty Dumpty said...

I'm loving Deirdre at the moment. The writers have given her a life outside her obnoxious family and she's got a great comic delivery. All those years of talking to Ken without getting a response have paid dividends. She can do a lovely 'over the garden wall' monologue eg at home with Roy after she rescued him. She puts me in mind of Al Read, the radio comedian of the 60's.

Anonymous said...

I'm loving Deidre's more comical input, especially the interaction between her and the other older

Anonymous said...

Ken's disappearance is definitely the saving of Deirdre - I'm actually looking forward to hearing more from her, for a change. This BS with Paul needs to end, quickly and the revenge of David is also dragging out. Not surprised to learn that Ryan and Katy have split, as she was all ready to play happy families and he was just looking for a good time. However, I am not team Chesney, as I think he's been a complete moron about the entire situation and in the process further driving Katy away. That someone as miserable and feckless at Chesney would have such otherwise attractive women fighting over him is completely ridiculous. Zero charm, zero appeal.

Anonymous said...

The argument they're making for Chesney is that he's a decent bloke. Who would you rather, him or cheating cad Ryan? The problem is there's no one in between :/

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