In the opening scene, Beth is discussing how she always squeezes the toothpaste from the bottom of the tube, in order to get as much use out of it as possible. And that is what tonight's episode did. Every thin drop of story was wrung out in what was most definitely a bridge episode.
The bulk of tonight's episode was, of course, dedicated to the aftermath of the discovery of Callum's body. However, I can see this aftermath going on for way too long and becoming afterlongdivision. Jason bumps into Sarah on the Street, having been released from questioning and shouts the odds. She can't even look him in the eye as she brushes her way past. Todd advises him that threatening people is not the best way to prove his innocence and later seeks out Sarah to talk to her himself. However, her mind is elsewhere and she does not want to be questioned by her ex-boyfriend of many moons ago, especially when today, 1st June, should have been the twelfth birthday of their son Billy. It is after this that things take a turn for the worst, and the downright strange. While out on the cobbles, Billy (the Vicar one) tries to strike up a conversation with her but she's distracted when her mind sees something. Shoving baby Harry into the arms of Billy, she runs off into the next street, scream-crying Callum's name. Surprisingly, Callum is nowhere to be seen. She's imagined him- or as she later puts it, she's seen his ghost. Todd has become heavily involved, obviously wanting to clear his brother's name, and pays another visit to Sarah that evening. She lets him into the flat and begins to spout a bunch of claptrap about hidden worlds and ghosts. She's started to believe that people can see the dead. When Todd tries to make sense of what she's saying, she bursts into a fiery meltdown and throws him out of the flat, leaving him shocked and suspicious. She even does that very soap thing of slamming the door and proceeding to slide down it, her face awash with tears. I'd love to know whether that particular action is written in the script. I've seen countless episodes close with that now cliché "slide down the door while crying" thing.
|"Did you see someone?"|
|"You not having hair of the dog, Sinead?"|
"Oh well, I heard you were three sheets to the wind last night"
|"On a day for getting my priorities right... I bought you this"|
|"Well, you know what they say. If something's too good to be true, it usually is"|
Honestly - I didn't enjoy this episode. It was weak in story and as threadbare as Liz McDonald's tights. Sarah's apparent insanity is interesting though and Tina O'Brien must be praised, not only for her performance in this episode but throughout the whole of Sarah's latest trauma. I am also very much enjoying Todd as of late. Oh, and Todd and Billy, my two favourite Corrie men, seem to be growing closer, something which I applaud wholeheartedly. There was some good comedy from Mary and Norris, but I'm not really slating this roof storyline to go anywhere. Also- one thing that bothered me about tonight's episode was the timeframe. I'd assumed that tonight's episode was set on Tuesday, as Chesney kept making reference to the night before. However, it was most certainly set on Wednesday, as Sarah pointed out. Does this mean that Monday's episode was set on Tuesday? But I'm sure they made reference to the Bank Holiday. I don't know. My head hurts now!
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