Tonight we open with the continuation of the Tony/Liz fiasco. It would appear that Liz does indeed have a brain in that hair and has been putting on an Oscar-worthy performance in order to con the conman into giving her the pub back. She had everyone fooled- including me- and she spectacularly threw him out in Monday's episode. Tonight, we learn that Eileen seems to be going soft in her old age and has let Tony stay, but wastes no time in pressing him for answers about his plans over the breakfast table. Upon seeing that he is still around, Tracy takes great delight in ripping him to pieces. It doesn't take Tony long to realise that, quite rightly, Weatherfield is no place for him anymore. Before he leaves, he reveals to Jason that he and Todd torched Callum's car, presenting the truth as a 'leaving gift' for his son. Packing up his belongings into his van, he bids farewell to Eileen and Jason and drives off into the distance. Liz watches from the upstairs window of the Rovers, closes the curtain and begins to cry.
|"Your brother and I- we stole Callum's car and torched it" |
Two major storylines cleverly intertwined tonight. The residents of the Street leave their houses to an alarming piece of graffiti scrawled over the wall of the Bistro. Leanne looks horrified and upset to see the word 'WHORE' in bright red spray paint; she thinks she knows exactly who put it there.
Luke also thinks he knows exactly who did it. When Jamie turns up at the garage, Luke wastes no time in accusing the Jamie, who was in fact innocent. Jamie had merely popped round to the garage to blackmail Luke into racing, making it absolutely clear what will happen to his racy photos of Steph should he not race. Steph walks into the garage during the confrontation and demands an explanation. The boys fumble for an excuse and a frustrated Steph leaves.
|"Oi! Leanne, if you're thinking about going back into business, you might |
wanna re-think your advertising strategy"
Unfortunately, Leanne's instinct turned out to be correct. The bottle of spray paint she finds in Simon's bag confirms her fears. As usual, Simon creates a brick wall and fails to see what he has done wrong. He throws some harsh insults at Leanne and she finally reaches the end of her tether and raises her hand to him and comes dangerously close to hitting him. Both Leanne and Simon look as shocked as each other. She later laments to Eva and feels that Simon deserves better. Despite being the victim herself, Leanne sadly believes that it is the other way round and thinks that the solution is to send him to live with Ken. You know, all the way over on the next street. I am enjoying this storyline. Jane Danson is a great actress and Leanne is a brilliant character. The writers have done a fab job with her lately. They know she is not a comedy character. She is a character who is going to strongly endure drama after drama after drama. Long may it continue!
|"How could you be so cruel? Do you really hate me that much?"|
"I just wrote what everyone thinks about you"
|"He needs you. You're his mum"|
"Si needs me like a hole in the head"
Elsewhere, the totally thrilling drama of the Connfusing Conngregation of Connors 'conntinues' (sorry, I couldn't resist!). This week, we have been introduced to Caz Hammond, who is Kate's very clingy fiancée. Caz turns up at Kate's work, declaring she wants to spend 'every available second' with her and joins her for lunch. Later on, when Caz is entertaining the rest of her very-soon-to-be in-laws, Kate confides in Michelle that she thinks things are moving too fast. She very wisely tries to dispel these feelings by accepting Caz's offer that they set the nearest possible date for the wedding. If you read my reviews often, you'll know that I'm not a fan of the CCC. It just seems they don't really fit in yet and their stories aren't particularly interesting just yet. This is, of course, with the exceptions of Carla, who I believe is one of the greatest Corrie characters of all time and the wonderful Michelle, who has cemented herself firmly on the Street since her pop career went...pop.
|"This sounds stupid"|
"Darling, I'm married to Steve. Stupid is a way of life"
"Okay. Don't get me wrong, I love her to bits. I'm over the moon that she's here.
But it's also really intense"
I didn't enjoy this episode as much as the last few, but it still had a few good moments. Tracy had two comically bitchy appearances and there was a cute scene with the adorable Billy, which told us of a vicar's inability to go on holiday, due to Christmas, Easter, the Arch Bishop's advent party and the backlog of funerals that Christmas creates.
As always, thanks for reading!
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