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This week on Coronation Street has been one of the show’s “big weeks”. It’s been on every night, squeezed in between the finals of an ITV, er, ‘talent’ show. Every year it’s the same – crazy stunts, crazy stories and plot lines all over the place. This year was no different. But did I enjoy it? Every single minute! And so without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Coronation Street update – condensed as best as I possibly can into a readable chunk.
It’s Carla and Nick’s wedding and Tracy sabotages Carla’s flower order by sending the bridal bouquets to Crewe. Johnny finds out what’s she done and locks Tracy in the storeroom at Underworld to stop her doing any more damage to his daughter’s big day. But Tracy sets the fire alarm off and is rescued by Aidan. She arrives at the Bistro just in time to ruin Carla and Nick’s wedding and any chance of future happiness for them both. Carla’s already had a wobble in front of the registrar in the Bistro and she tells Nick she’s slept with Robert. It’s hard for Nick to take but he gets his head around it with help from David in the backyard at the Bistro. David reminds his brother that he slept with Kylie but David got over it, in time. And so Nick heads back into the Bistro to marry Carla and that’s when Tracy arrives with what she thinks is a bombshell.
“Sorry to rain on your grenade,” says Nick when he tells her he already knows that Carla slept with Robert. But Tracy has more ammunition and reveals to everyone that Carla gave her the money so that Robert to buy the Bistro. Nick wobbles but doesn’t fall and carries on and marries Carla, despite knowing this. However, when he stands to give his speech at the top table, he demands to know from Carla when she slept with Robert. He now knows that when Carla proposed to him she was doing so out of her guilt over her fling with the chef. Carla denies all and so, in a heartbreaking scene, Nick thrusts a white napkin at his new wife, he needs to see her face when she lies so that he can compare it with what she looks like when she’s telling the truth. “Tell me it’s red,” he implores her. “Tell me!” She can’t say anything, and Nick knows she’s lying about Robert and the proposal. I cried a little cry at this point.
Nick walks out of the wedding leaving Carla in tears. She gets into her car to drive away and when she revs up the engine, Tracy Barlow is caught in her headlights so she drives the car straight at her, intending to knock her down flat. At the last minute, Carla swerves the car but hits Cathy instead who’s taken to hospital with concussion. But Carla’s actions have much worse consequences when Tyrone’s tow truck swerves to avoid Carla’s car, and he drives the truck into Gail’s annexe. The weight of the truck is too heavy for the floor and it sinks… into the manhole where Callum is buried. His corpse is exposed and the cops swarm all over the Street.
Elsewhere this week, Cathy asked Roy to marry her but in all the wedding action of looking after Carla this week, he hasn’t yet given her an answer. Carla goes to hospital to visit Cathy and Roy, to try to apologise to them both, but Roy’s anger and hurt is palpable and he tells her to go. As Carla says her goodbyes on the cobbles to the Connors, Roy arrives just in the nick of time in the Weatherfield Wayfarer. “You need to learn to love yourself as much as we all love you,” Roy tells her before she is driven away in her dad’s car, in tears. I felt this was a very disappointing end to one of Corrie’s most powerful women of the last 10 years.
My personal highlights from this fabulous ‘big week’ are as follows:
- Gail slapping Carla hard across the face at the wedding reception when she finds out she’s been unfaithful to her Nicky-boy.
- Jenny Bradley dancing around the factory to “Trapped” while Tracy Barlow is locked inside the storeroom at Underworld.
- Audrey at the wedding reception: “I don’t see how things can get any worse for this family.” (before Callum’s body is found).
- Amy Barlow channeling both Blanche and Deirdre in decrying her mother’s actions at the wedding. A wonderful, powerful scene.
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This week’s writers were Mark Burt (Sunday); Julie Jones (Monday); Debbie Oates (Tuesday); Joe Turner (Wednesday); Jan McVerry (Thursday). 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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