Monday, 24 August 2015

Coronation Street Double Episode Review 24 August 2015



So Weatherfield’s Charlie’s Angels is formed tonight. Liz, Erica and Lloyd in the backroom at The Rovers discussing their past loves was entertaining to a point, but felt a little contrived.  We do learn that Lloyd misses Andrea despite the theft of his prize record. He leaves her a voicemail.

There is no getting away from it – Carla’s guilt concerning the fire, her desperation to escape that guilt by developing a serious gambling habit, has ended in dreadful losses at the factory. She must have known in her rational mind that this would happen, but has been putting off the fateful day. She now has to face it full on.

The accounts are in a dreadful state. ‘Proper horror story these accounts,’ comments Aidan. Saddened and a little at a loss, which is hard for Carla, she confesses to Nick the truth concerning her finances. It is impossible to over-estimate how hard this must be for Carla – a woman whose financial independence she values more than most. It is also true that she is proud of her business acumen and her tireless hard work and determination to make Underworld work. She also feels some responsibility towards her staff, as the wages are their livelihood. Sally tries to be helpful by making it seem less serious than it actually is.  She says it’s not even a blip, but a blipette.’  Sally is wearing a new suit – she ‘likes to dress for success,’ and tells Aidan, ‘I am second in command to the head honcho. If there’s anything you need I am your go to girl.’

Reality hits when Carla is doing a tour of the factory with Aidan, to let him see what’s what. A man turns up to repossess her car. Aidan is visibly shocked to learn of the rotten state of Carla’s financial problems. He decides, for now to head off.

Nick becomes annoyed with Carla. He tells her to stop indulging in self-pity and to get herself together. He also mentioned her responsibility to her employees. Carla dismisses his concern by saying, ‘They backed the wrong horse.’ But we know that she doesn’t really feel as dismissive.

Still, in the bistro Nick does his best to persuade Aidan that if he helps Carla they will be able to make Underworld a success once more. Aidan makes an interesting comment on Carla. ‘She loved a scrap, back in the day. It’s as if she has no fight left in her.’

Soon Aidan and Carla reach a deal – and of her workforce she says they are ‘extremely skilled, too gobby for their own good, but they can’t half stitch knickers.’  I just wish the workforce could have heard her.

Gail and David are convinced that it is the right thing to do for Max to go to the police and tell them what he saw regarding Jason being beaten up. Kylie is less sure that it is a good idea, afraid that Max will be traumatised further, but she soon agrees that he should do it. Max plays a blinder.


Callum, who believes that he can wrap Bethany around his little finger is alarmed when she says she will not provide an alibi for him concerning the assault on Jason. He is angry with her and quite frightening too. He heads off to see Sarah, in The Rovers, and slips something into her drink.  Callum is really showing his true colours now. He employs his faithful puppy, Gemma to get Bethany into the car, saying that she needs Bethany to help her. Once ‘captured’ Gemma tells Bethany that Callum wants her to say that she was with Callum and Gemma at the time Jason was beaten up. Bethany refuses. Then, Gemma shows Bethany a video of Sarah completely out of it, which terrifies Bethany. Bethany does as Callum and Gemma ask.

On returning home, the Platts are semi-celebrating, certain that Max’s testimony will land Callum in jail. Kylie utters a word of caution. ‘Don’t get carried away, Callum’s not behind bars yet.’  Sarah says, ‘It’s over, we’re done.’ Gail even considers cracking open the Twiglets. Little do they know what Bethany has done.

Eileen and Tony are keeping a vigil at Jason’s bedside. Eileen is making a deal with God, as we all might be tempted to do in a similar situation, whether atheist or believer. She promises she will be kinder, less sarcastic – in fact she would give anything. It was heartwarming to see Tony and Eileen hug and heartbreaking to see Jason lying there.

It’s worrying times for Tyrone and Fiz. The doctor informs them that Hope has a lump in her abdomen and will need a scan to find out what it is. The doctor tells then that in 9 out of 10 cases the lump is nothing serious. Tyrone confides in Kevin who is kind and understanding.
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17 comments:

Catman said...

I'd love to see more of Beth, Kirk, and Craig. I always get a smile when Beth says "My Kirky." Craig, it's my belief, if he stays the course, will one day be a cornerstone to Coronation Street, like Fred or Betty was, and only a handful of others. The kid has charisma that no acting school can purposely teach. Not to say learning the craft is done away with. And it's a pleasure to share thoughts and feelings, whether they're pro or con, about the program. Even more so, reading the thoughts of others. I appreciate the hard work accomplished in this site and say thank you.

Cobblestone said...

I absolutely howled with laughter when Callum did that extraordinary dance down the street, passing Lloyd who was on the phone! I was expecting him to spin round to camera, give us the old jazz hands and burst into 'If They Could See Me Now'! I have never seen anyone walk like that - not at least since 'Are You Being Served' ended. Surreal and in a peculiar way, rather wonderful.

Seriously though - what's to stop Bethany going back to the police to retract her statement as it was given under duress. While she's there, she could tell them HOW she was coerced - Sarah should be pressing charges for the drugging. There's no way he could realistically wriggle out of this.

Anonymous said...

And I pray he doesn't wriggle out of it Cobblestone.

Sad to say, it's come to the point now where I record Corrie - never watch it "live" any more - and fast forward past anything with Callum or Bethany in it.

I just cannot abide Callum's reptile-like sneering face, his voice, anything about him. And can't watch Bethany either, with her rolling eyes and stiff neck.

Anonymous said...

This Callum spiking Sarah's drink is completely ridiculous. When did Coronation Street turn into Hollyoaks?

Joseph Billington said...

How's Aidan going to fit into that office?

John McE said...

Surely, you'd only need a couple of drops to spike a drink - not half a bottle!

And how come, with Liz having been concerned enough about Sarah to send her to the back room to lie down, she let her totter across the street on her own? Then, she was then so dead to the world that Callum could break in, mince about the place, taking videos and talking to Bethany on the phone, and Sarah was oblivious to it all.

Nikki NZ said...

The little girls playing Hope and Ruby are turning into real scene stealers. And Hope even looks like a mix of Fiz and John Stape. Especially John

Nikki NZ said...

Also, could someone please interpret for this Kiwi chick: do you English get "blathered" or "bladdered" when you drink?

Tvor said...

What annoys me is, as always, the police who should be trained to be able to tell a nervous, terrified teenager is lying. They could be using her to set Callum up, let him think she gave him an alibi. they should be trained to be able to tell if a child's story and fear is real. Two stories from the same child in a very short time? Where is Social Services? Why aren't they stopping Callum's visitation until this is cleared up.

ruth owen said...

I think bladdered is the most common term, Nikki NZ

Anonymous said...

They should be called the Plank family. Honestly...what a ridiculous ending to an equally ridiculous plot line. Gail is a moron, David is a bigger one - telling Callum that they're taking Max to the cops etc and after finding Sarah unconscious on their sofa, do what? Nothing at all. OMG this is sooooo lame. Writers need some smacking here.

Rapunzel said...

Thanks Ruth :)

Nikki NZ said...

Thanks Ruth

Nikki NZ said...

Thanks Ruth!

Zagg said...

These writers have made the police look like the Keystone Cops. The whole fake gun thing was so stupid and so easily proven. Any cop in the world would have figured that out. They have sacrificed a credible storyline to make Callum look like some big bad dude with a gang, when the majority of viewers sees him as an ineffective silly goof, lacking the acting chops to even make it campy enjoyable. This is an epic fail for this show. Throw in the nasty,mean girl Bethany and "Stuck at 14" Sarah and you have the trifecta of unpleasant, bad TV.
Please, just make it stop.

Anonymous said...

I wish I knew what Corrie writers are inhaling but it's not working! The plots are laughable and been done over too many times. Could you please try to come up with something original or am I asking for too much? And yes, I'm still recording the stupid show...

Lyn from Ottawa

Lily Bigfield said...

I agree with Cobblestone about Callum's mincing walk, and laughed out loud. What comedy! From hating this storyline, I'm now quite enjoying it for the comedy pfactor.

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