|"We're nowhere near Preston!"|
It's Jordan here with an albeit late review of last night's Corrie. At number 5, Fiz is run down with a cold so cannot be at Hope's bedside. She curls up on the sofa leaving the rest of the Dobbs-Brown-Tinker clan to visit the hospital. This sets the story up conveniently for the biggest of tonight's revelations. Just as Beth and Kirk call round to deliver some get-well goodies, an angry elf barges into the living room. That's the same angry elf who demanded money from Tyrone a fortnight ago. He reveals all to Fiz, who was up until this point oblivious to Tyrone's debt. Guilty Tyrone is forced to reveal all to his flame-haired flame, who is shocked, snotty and dismayed. She gives him a few home truths and candidly explains that now they're going to struggle more than ever before.
|"You spent ten grand on a nice Christmas day"|
"Yeah. It could have been her last"
"But it might not be. And now you've given her a miserable future"
Of course, the revelation we were all waiting for last night was the naming of Tracy's Interflora-plastered lower shop over on Sponsorship Street. In preparation for the grand opening, she teaches birthday boy Todd the tricks of the flower trade she knows so well since she worked as an assistant in a flower shop over a decade ago. Foliage must always be used as it's cheap and makes the package look bigger, much like the purpose of Liz's haircare products.
Elle Mulvaney plays a blinder yet again as Amy, who confidently orders the men hanging the sign to do the job to her standard. She's desperate for Robert to be there so Amy takes matters into her own hands, for a small fee. After gaining entry through a defeated Steph, she marches behind the bar and into the kitchen at the Bistro and tells Robert that the canapés he has prepared for her mother's grand opening are just not satisfactory. The positive comments from the select few attendees at the grand opening tell Robert that this is not the case. Tracy insists he stays to hear the speech - in which she mentioned that Britain is officially out of the recession. It's not often Corrie mentions politics. After a schmaltzy speech aimed at Robert, she reveals her new flower shop, officially known as 'Preston's Petals'. Tracy's theory that she will soon become Mrs Preston once again does not go down well with Mr Preston, who calmly walks away after monotonously describing Tracy as incorrigible.
|"Don't worry. He'll be back"|
"For sure. Fiver please"
Elsewhere, Roy's exit was hinted at as he missed yet another phone call about Sylvia's illness and Alex finally made a return to the Street, announcing that he has lost his job and has fallen out with the Loch Nessa Monster. The third of three revelations in tonight's episode occurred in the garage, when Luke revealed to Andy that Jamie has been released on bail, following his arrest for the online distribution of Steph's racy pictures. I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this. I thought the 'revenge porn' storyline had drawn to a close.
We were finally relieved of Connornation Street for one night. Only Michelle, Kate and the Cheekbone Queen appeared, with Carla asking her newly found sister to be her bridesmaid in May and Michelle accompanying them both on a stylish outing for wedding discussion and cocktails, but not before stopping to have a good old dig at poor old Tracy.
|"Oh look! It's the not-so grand opening"|
"Don't worry Carla, we'll be using a proper florist for your wedding."
A good episode with some comic moments. It's going to be interesting to see where the Jamie/Steph storyline is going. The name of Tracy's shop was underwhelming, but at the same time, it was such a Tracy thing to do. And I just adored the in-tandem Connor cackle as they drove off from Tracy's 'not so grand' opening.
As always, thanks for reading!
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