Mary confides to Rita, Norris and Emily that her life lacks the excitement she longs for. She also lacks friends of her own age. Mary is 41 (Thank you Corriepedia) so there are a few people on the cobbles around her age: Michelle, Carla, Beth, Erica. But, Mary is not in the same world as they are. She is with older people because of how she is. Still, you would have had to be in a soap news blackout not to know that as Mary opines her loneliness ands lack of excitement, there will soon be a certain man, namely Brendan Finch, entering the Kabin on a mission for a certain magazine of supernatural content, named The Inexplicable.
Mary is unhappy with the children and unhappy with their father, Dev, too She feels she is being used by them. Later though, in the pub, Dev apologises and tells her what he sincerely believes. ‘You do a wonderful job.’ She is momentarily cheered.
Emily and Rita call Mary over. ‘Ignore me Rita – I’m suffering from an acute case of ennui. Like many French words, its precise meaning is very hard to pin down.’ She continues. ‘I’m feeling dissatisfied, I’m being wasted. I’m nobody and nothing. I’m simply redundant. Maybe it’s my work-life balance – something isn’t fulfilling me. Amy’s 11 years old – she’s got zeal, she’s got ambition, she’s got drive.’ She continues further. ‘Where are the people my own age? I should be hanging out with Carla Connor, Steve and Michelle. I’m a figure of ridicule, an aging spinster with nothing to offer.’
Rita and Emily point out that she has them for friends but that’s not really whar Mary wants. Hearing Mary talk like this is an indication of her insight and her growing self-awareness. It is also profoundly sad.
‘Where’s my exciting hobby, my go-getting friends, my drive?’ she asks. Norris behaves like an insensitive fool. He is sarcastic and unsympathetic.
Mary throws caution to the wind and instead of another Dubonnet, she decides on a dry white wine. Well, it is a start.
Another character, who is experiencing loneliness, is Ken. We have noticed though, the very early stages of a possible romance between Audrey and Ken and I for one fully support this plot line. So Audrey lied about reading one of Russia’s greatest novels. Well, what does it matter? Ken can wallow in great literature while Audrey enjoys something else. After all, a lack of intellectualism in his women has never really troubled Ken. He would listen to Mahler as Deirdre would wash up to The Spice Girls.
Some may say it is too early after Deirdre’s death for Ken to be in a relationship with someone else. Ken, though, doesn’t have decades in front of him and nor does Audrey for that matter. Life is for living, so, with no more ado, these two should get together. After a haircut, Ken suggests they meet in the Rovers. Did anyone else notice how fondly Audrey messed with Ken’s hair before cutting it, then rested her hands on his shoulders? Steve turns up for a trim and reports on Amy’s progress with the violin. Apparently she has ‘an ear for it.’ Better than her tidying skills, it seems about which she is arguing with her mother. It is also revealed that Ken has put together a reading list for Amy and Steve has a list of violin music for Amy. She’ll be glad to get back to school!
Beth’s faux respect to Mr. Connor and Mr. Connor was amusing as was her comment about petty cash for the cake run not being reachable by even Houdini. It is touching that Beth wears a letter C on a necklace, for the wonderful Craig. Beth is being a great friend to Fiz too.
Tyrone is having one of the worst days ever. He’s done the motorway breakdown and then tries to replace the unicorn, which he trod on when he was rushing out to work. Hope is taken ill but Fiz cannot get hold of Tyrone, because he has no charge left on his phone. So, on arriving back at the garage, he learns that Hope and Fiz have gone to hospital in an ambulance, as Hope seems really poorly. Turns out she has picked up an infection and is staying in overnight. Tyrone heads off to the hospital and having difficulty finding a parking place, dumps the tow truck in front of the hospital entrance. It is towed away but Kevin sorts matters out.
As Tyrone gathers together the items that Fiz needs for her and Hope’s hospital stay, including the wrong book, Tyrone picks up a photo of Vera and Jack. What a great support they would be to Tyrone and family if they were still around.
Alya offers to look after Jake for Izzy and Gary. Jake’s parents are most grateful to her and anyway, as she herself says, she will have to get used to looking after him.
When Gary returns home from work, he is surprised to see Alya’s grandparents. Sharif quickly tells him what he has up his sleeve. He calls Gary ‘an industrious and enterprising young man’ and after all, he did fix the tea urn. Sharif offers Gary one half of his share of the gym. Anna and Gary are dumbfounded.
Alya’s guilt at sleeping with Jason, threatens to derail her relationship with Gary. She is restless, moody and unable to take a joke. Gary puts it down to wedding nerves, but he has a shock coming his way.Download our free App | Follow on Twitter @CoroStreetBlog | Like on Facebook | Visit Corrie.net
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