|"My Craig is a little angel I'll have you know. You don't get to be anti-bullying ambassador three years in a row for nowt. And he'll probably win that Nouvelle Peace Prize one day"|
The Brown-Sutherland-Tinker (is Craig still a Tinker?) clan carry on camping and the Logan vs Platt storylne carries on dragging.
I am enjoying the infamous camping storyline at the moment, even if sometimes, a little of the humour seems contrived. The famous four wake up in the tent together and Kirk has accidentally cuddled up to Fiz during the night. Instead of having a laugh at something obviously entirely innocent, they all make a big drama out of it. Beth is not pleased to have found her husband snuggling with that 'flame-haired temptress' and gives him a telling off.
Dopey Tyrone is desperate to upstage Dougie Ryan in survival techniques. After all, he does have that one badge from the scouts. Dougie rounds the happy campers up and invites them to come wild camping. It is a tradition that he and his daughter, the quiet and artistic Caitlin. Dougie is appalled when Caitlin announces she will not be joining him this year. She has found a friend in the equally sensitive Craig.
Dougie is not happy about leaving his daughter alone in the woods with a boy, but Beth quickly jumps to her angel's defense. I was looking forward to this storyline, but I'm not overly enjoying it. And I'm just going to say this- I don't like celebrities in soap. I was considering writing a separate article about my opinions on this, if that would appeal to anyone.
And who should turn this storyline round tonight? The ever-fabulous Beth Sutherland of course. She lives up to her maiden name and encourages Kirky to go skinny dipping with her. The actual dip goes well, but things go awry when they are getting dressed again and Beth realises a wasp has shot right up her lovely pink tutu! Definitely the saving grace of tonight's episode. It only got more dreary from here.
|"There's summit in me pants. Don't just stand there gawping! A wasp or summit! Help me get 'em off! It's just bit me!"|
As we know, Jason has got involved in the tangled Platt drama. Jason is a sweetheart but he should have kept his nose out. Callum has David up against the wall by the scruff of his neck, so Jason intervenes. However, this backfires terribly later on when Callum arranges for poor Jason to be attacked. Max has been waiting for Callum to collect him all day, and finally spots him on the Street.He spots him and follows him sneakily into the ginnel. Unseen Max witnesses the frightening attack and the episode ends. Is there now possibly an end in sight for this storyline? I suppose we still have the element of the footage of Bethany delivering drugs to drag us along further. I think the main problem is I don't love to hate Callum. He makes me cringe because he's just such an archetypal villain. We all love to hate Tracy Barlow-or at the moment, the old Tracy Barlow. Overall though, the Callum storyline has been interesting with lots of twists and turns. I am looking forward to seeing Max (hopefully) back with David and Kylie.
|"Big hero, ey?"|
Elsewhere, Alya makes her offer for the factory to the Carla to a shocked Sally. The ensuing bidding war between Alya and Sally is bound to make for hilarious viewing. The fashion graduate vs coffee maker. I love that Sally has delusions of grandeur. It adds a hilarious dimension to her character. She somewhat echoes Annie Walker, although Sally would probably deem running a pub too common!
I apologise for what must have seemed like a very critical and 'whingey' review. I didn't particularly enjoy it. I am however, looking forward to Friday's episode. There was also a lovely scene between Erica, Carla and a bottle of red. An interesting friendship. Kudos to Lisa George as Beth for lifting the entire episode.
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