Monday, 17 March 2014
Coronation Street double episode review, Monday 17 March
Todd wants Marcus and Todd is determined to make him his, no matter what the consequences. Despite Marcus' protestations, it doesn't appear at all in doubt that Marcus is strongly attracted to Todd - and it is not hard to see why. Todd is good-looking, fun, witty and determined. Quite an irresistible mix, especially when compared to Maria, who, lovely as she is, has a child who makes for a huge responsibility and though she's sweet, well, she's perhaps a little limited, much as I feel disloyal in saying this.
Todd's plan's success is Maria's ruin and how well Samia Ghadie acted her part tonight. Her utter distress was totally credible and her concern for Liam and what she would tell him was causing her as much distress as the effect of Marcus' actions on herself. Her decision to get revenge is immediate. 'I'm going to hurt him like he's hurt me.'
Audrey says that, 'He'll give you a hug and stab you in the back' which is what Maria feels as she says with disbelief that she thought Todd was her friend, yet she was playing gooseberry and she didn't know it.' She realises that he set up the 'showdown in the show home.'
Todd is completely unrepentant, obviously so, as this is what he wanted. In response to Eileen's comment about breaking up a family, Todd replies, 'They weren't a family, they were a farce.' Now, despite Eileen's 'over my dead body' Marcus is staying the night at the Grimshaw's. Sean gently persuades Eileen by saying, 'Just one night' and Todd thanks him, though Sean is swift to tell Todd that he's not doing it for Todd. Jason can't bear it and heads off to Eva's.
In the Bistro it becomes clear to Leanne that her mother, Stella, has her eye on Kal. Though she denies it and says that she can look if she wants, Leanne is not convinced. Given the lingering looks, it appears that Kal has his eye on Leanne. Interesting to see Nick jogging round the cobbles and it's almost impossible not to speculate as to what might happen with Nick, Kal, Leanne and Stella. Don't worry Stella, there's always Kal's Dad or Dev. Does Kal have a mum?
Roy goes to pick up Hayley's ashes and when asked by the assistant if she can help, he tells her he is only window-shopping. Only Roy could come up with such an answer. Clearly, Fiz is hurt that Roy seems to be avoiding her and everyone else who is a member of the human race. He's busy though and is turning his flat into a replica of the Woodhead line that ran from Sheffield to Penistone to Manchester. Chesney is clearly impressed but Fiz tells Roy that he can't live like this. 'Why,' he asks her. 'There doesn't seem much point anymore,' he tells her. as his visitors leave, he takes Hayley's ashes out of the cupboard and puts them on the shelf, Hayley's name invoking the forgotten character, Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. The others he mentioned are all from Greek and Roman mythology too. They were Aurora,Pandora, Electra, Juno, but I couldn't get the other two and would really appreciate it if someone could fill us in.
Roy's comment about the ritual of collecting people's ashes typifies his attitude to the afterlife. Hayley has gone and he is irritated by the 'romanticised nonsense' of the ashes 'the calcified remains of some bones don't equate to the real person.'
So to Tim and his anxiety about the return of Kevin. Sally plays a canny game, knowing full well that Tim feels threatened by Kevin. He tells Sally that he loves her and Sally rewards him by saying that she loves him and that there is no chance that she and Kevin will get back together.
As Rita says, 'We're all fools when it comes to love.'
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