|"When I think about Amy, I'm scared for her. And I know that Deirdre was scared for her too"|
Tonight, we are launched straight back into the action at Number 1 after Ken caught Tracy and Robert getting into the action. Ken is dismayed and eventually reveals to Tracy in a fit of anger that she is the reason her mother spent the last weeks of her life away from home. According to Bev, Tracy's carousel of escapades was what stopped Deirdre from returning sooner. Tracy's affair with Liz's boyfriend Tony made Deirdre feel she could not face her best friend.
The performance of the episode, in my opinion, goes to Kate Ford. Never before have I felt empathy
for the girl who I think is quite clearly the biggest soap bitch of all time. Until now. I think Deirdre's death will cause Tracy to change her ways. Peter arrives at the house just after Ken's outburst. Train delays caused him to miss the funeral. I find the relationship between Peter and Tracy very interesting. The connection they have together is very different to connections they have to anyone else. Tracy knows Peter and Peter knows Tracy. She tries to defend herself by lashing out at Peter and Ken and is quick to point out that all three of them have made big mistakes.Peter uses Tracy's one weakness-Amy- to get through to her, telling her that she is Amy's blueprints for life and that could go either way. Right now, Amy only has a reckless, despised woman to look up to as a mother. After giving her a few harsh home truths, Tracy collapses into a fit of tears at the dining room table.By the end of the episode, Tracy shows utter remorse. I think this is a genuine first. Could this spell the end of our favourite bitch?
Next door, at the pub, the residents share memories at the wake as well as the usual conversations about one's own funeral. Eileen doesn't care about her funeral and Norris compares himself to JFK. There are some charming- and for some- nostalgic scenes, several classic Corrie moments are referred to. The anything-but-quiet life Deirdre lived is celebrated and in this episode we are treated to references to Mike Baldwin, Jon Lindsay, Wendy flamin' Crozier and 'that loveboat down the canal'.
|"They were on and off more times than the light in Beth Tinker's fridge"|
There is catty tension in the Rovers between Bev and Audrey. If you've been a Corrie viewer for long enough, which I haven't but I do my homework, you'll know that Audrey and Bev parted on bad terms. Back in 2006, Bev was engaged to Fred Elliot and on their wedding day, whilst Bev was waiting at the church, he dropped down dead at Audrey's house. Fred and Audrey had history and Bev had always suspiciously resented the fact that Audrey had been the last person to see her fiancé alive. They have a heated discussion in the Rovers loos and Audrey sighs her way through a reconciliation. She manages to convince Bev that what happened was a 'pure tragedy.' Deirdre had often spoke about how they should clear the air and the two decide to give Deirdre her wish, putting the past behind them.
|"If there's one thing this week has proven, it's that life's too short. And I'll not deny Deirdre her wish. Not today"|
Bringing the episode to a close, an uncharacteristically drunken Emily slurs her words and joins Liz, Rita, Norris Bev and Eileen in one final drink to the neighbour they loved.
|"It's a Shiraz. Bold, strong, big-hearted and takes no prisoners. It were Deirdre's favourite."|
Overall, a very good episode which added dimensions to the story of Deirdre's death and was refreshingly lighthearted in places. It was also an added bonus to see Emily and Rita have bigger roles in this episode. Two Corrie icons remembering a Corrie icon.
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