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As Tracy tells Rob that she’ll wait for him when he comes out of prison, inside the Barlow house, Robert asks Ken for Tracy’s hand in marriage. This was a lovely scene, as just as it should be. Ken warns Robert that Tracy’s hard work, but Robert knows that already as he wed her once before. What was it Oscar Wilde said about remarriage being the triumph of optimism over experience? Anyway, before Robert can pop the question, he gets a visiting order from Rob in the nick. Off he goes, wondering what Rob could possibly have to say to him. In the olden days, when two men fought over a women there’d be pistols at dawn, a duel of sorts. Or there might have been a punch-up at least. As this is a prison visiting room with no physical contact allowed, there was no duel, no fist fights, just bitchy words across a table between two alpha males. Rob tells Robert that Tracy doesn’t love him, she’s told him as much. Robert storms out with a dignified air. I like Robert, can you tell?
When he gets back to Weatherfield, Tracy’s waiting for Robert to propose after she finds an engagement ring and in the middle of the Rovers with everyone listening, Robert gives a speech, but the words are not those that Tracy wants to hear. He tells her he knows she’s been visiting Rob in the nick behind his back and under his nose. When Ken finds out he chucks Tracy out of the house and on Christmas Day too.
So Tracy and Rob’s engagement is off but Tyrone and Fiz’s is on. Tyrone goes all out and splashes the cash to bring Lapland to Weatherfield for Hope’s Christmas Day. There are men dressed up as reindeers, a Santa Claus, trees, lights, carol singers, sparkles and twinkles and all manner of everything bright to bring a cheer to little Hope’s face as she battles her cancer. Wrapped up in the spirit of it all, Tyrone gets down on one knee and asks Fiz to marry him. In the spirit of it all, she agrees. Ooh, just wait until the bill comes in for this little lot, it’ll fair wipe the smile off Fiz’s face.
Poor Sinead didn’t have a lot to smile about this week. She thought the engagement ring that Tyrone had bought was from Chesney, for her. She got all excited then embarrassed then deflated when she realised it wasn’t for her. Chesney also looked embarrassed, perhaps pondering on whether Sinead isn’t the girl for him.
Over at Underworld, Aidan lost his highlighter pens. I’m very much enjoying the new Connor clan, all of them, in fact. Aidan, Kate and Johnny have been welcome additions to the Street, the factory and to the show itself and there was a touching scene when they decorated their Christmas tree with their late mum’s baubles. Johnny’s twitchy about the news being revealed that he’s really Carla’s dad but for now, this week, it was the calm before the storm, further endearing the whole lot of the Connor clan to me.
At Sally’s on Christmas Day, she’s looking forward to a quiet day alone with husband Tim and a new pair of pants. But their seasonal shenanigans are foiled when Kev’s turkey won’t defrost and he ends up at their house for Christmas dinner too, along with Anna and Faye and Sophie and Jack. Anna and Kevin find themselves under the mistletoe in Sally’s conservatory but are interrupted just as they lean in for a kiss.
Elsewhere this week, David bumps into Callum’s mum Marion when he’s out Christmas shopping. I don’t know what the point of this was, but it might be poignant later on, m’lud, so I’ll chuck it in here. He and Kylie make up, as predicted.
And finally this week, Craig and Tim have a meal in Roy’s Rolls to celebrate their window-cleaning office Christmas do. A lovely little touch.
And that’s just about that for this week.
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This week’s writers were Simon Crowther (Monday double); Jan McVerry (Wednesday); Jonathan Harvey (Christmas Eve); Julie Jones (Christmas Day hour-long). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.com/2008/11/exclusive-all-current-corrie-writers.html
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