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A visiting order from a jailbird in soapland can only end in tears. And so it begins when Tracy receives a visiting order from Rob who’s banged up in the big house for the murder of Tina. She dolls herself up and pops to the prison where Rob gives her sweet talk. What he really wants to know is what’s going on at Underworld after he spots a picture in the Weatherfield Gazette and reads about Jonny Connor joining the knicker-stitching gang. Another visiting order wings its way to Johnny who dons his dapper waistcoat and takes himself to jail. Rob tells Johnny he knows he knocked up their mam about 9 months before Carla was born and reckons he’s Carla’s dad. Johnny agrees that he had a one-night fling with Carla’s mam in the backseat of a Vauxhall Cavalier (classy!) but defies Rob to show him proof that he’s Carla’s dad. The fact that Johnny goes all shifty and sweaty provides Rob all the proof that he needs. Blackmail is afoot and Johnny heads back to Weatherfield with much on his mind.
It’s Nick and Carla’s engagement party in the Bistro. Carla’s gone all curly-hair and sparkle for the event, a look I much prefer to her straight-hair and blackness. Johnny finds out that Liz McDonald has got a thing for Errol Flynn in the old Robin Hood film and buys a new green shirt for the party to impress.
Leanne takes Simon to their counselling session and Robert goes with them, for Simon’s sake. Mind you, Tracy finds out and she’s not best pleased. There’s more disharmony in the Barlow house when Nessa wheedles her way into Ken’s bed and stays overnight. The next morning she rewards Ken for his sexual prowess with a cooked breakfast and compliments him on his timing. I nearly choked on my cocoa. Tracy is up in arms with Nessa the imposter getting her claws into Ken, but Ken seems content even if no one else is. Audrey’s still jealous and when she finds out that Nessa wants her hair done for Carla’s engagement party, she gives Nessa a hairdo from hell. But never mind Nessa, never mind her hairdo, the Renshaw twins made a reappearance in this scene. Not only that, they spoke too! In unison!
There was another great scene between Amy and Nessa when Amy warned Nessa not to messa with her grandad, before demanding that Nessa take her out to the Christmas markets and spoil her with goodies. Channelling a potent mix of Tracy and Blanche into young Amy is a dream to watch.
And that’s just about that for this week.
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This week’s writers were Julie Jones (Monday double); Ben Tagoe (Wednesday); Simon Crowther (Friday double). 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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