Emily, whom Rita advises to "grab every opportunity while we can" has a new year resolution, to help Geoffrey with his orphanage. Emily is off to Peru, a reverse Paddington (I hope she takes a bottle of sweet sherry with her, rather than marmalade sandwiches). Norris is annoyed about Emily's new lease of life, and not just because he won't get any rent for six months. He suggests Liverpool "if you must go travelling" and calls her "a silver-topped Che Guevara in wide-fitting shoes", which is funny, but unfair. Rita generously says that he is worried for Emily, but we know that he doesn't want to be left all alone, comfort-eating cheese and pineapple on sticks. It's a pity that Spider couldn't have come back for an episode as Cilla was brought back for Fiz's maternity exit storyline and Rob for the Johnny/Carla revelation. I guess his juice bar in Streatham was keeping him busy.
|Emily trying out the traditional instruments of Peru.|
Talking of Johnny and Carla, the latter is keeping schtum for now, but is spiralling back down into her addictions, red wine and (as we will see) gambling. She forgets Nick's birthday (to Leanne's interfering disapproval) and the best she can come up with is a card from Dev's. Not so much new year new you for Carla as plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
The episode moves into party territory, featuring Ken's tiki hut with plastic lei and flowers and - despite his insistence that a party shouldn't be about what you can get away with - back of the booze cupboard cocktails. I do hope Ken's very busy Hawaiian shirt becomes the new kimono. Over at the Bistro and the pub, we see the lip-locked and the lovelorn. Whereas Aidan buys Eva, in another amazing red dress, "something expensive and fizzy" and snogs her face off, and Kevin and Anna share a tentative kiss, elsewhere Kate (in yet another awful blouse) is upset because Caz has to return to her garrison, Mary because Brendan goes back to his wife, Luke as Maria is away, whilst Tracey longs for Robert, and Audrey for Ken.
Hoping for a better 2016 is poor Steph, still ashamed about the naked pictures (I bet she didn't look at her "Year In Review" on Facebook). I hope the Corrie writers' NY resolution is to write a decent storyline for her and Gandy.
Have a happy new year, everyone!
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