|Happy birthday, Andy!|
Hiya! As usual, it's Jordan with this week's Wednesday review. This post is a bit special as it marks my one year anniversary of writing for the blog. How that time has flown!
Tonight's episode started off at number 11 and morning is interrupted in the Grimshaw house when the police arrive. They've come to question Todd again, after he confessed to them in Monday's episode that it was Tony who killed Callum. Of course, we know who really killed Callum and Todd's "confession" was nothing more than a desperate ploy to save his brother from being framed. The ridiculously patronising inspector we've had the misfortune to endure since the case began makes an unwelcome return. After giving a dramatic speech, she suggests that Jason, Tony and Todd were all involved in Tony's murder. She gives this ludicrous proposal with the same smug look she always wears. As the audience who know who killed Callum, it is easy to revel in the fact that she is completely off the mark. It is later implied that this theory has been discarded Jason refuses to believe that his dad, who he is still grieving for, could have possibly killed someone. Over at the café, Eileen is trying to persuade Jason that Todd may be telling the truth. He is having none of it though and Eileen is wrong yet again. When did she become so bad at reading a situation?! The darling Billy has been unwillingly dragged into all of the Callum shenanigans ever since Sarah confessed to him. He vents to Todd about having to go along with Todd's fictitious confession and knowing what Sarah told him is putting him under such pressure that he is now questioning himself, and his faith. This, coupled with the sudden reappearance of his rough brother, is putting strain on his already chemistry-lacking relationship with Sean. Needless to say, Sean is being kept in the dark about details but he knows that Billy is not happy.
|"The longer I go along with this, the more I'm starting to question myself, my faith.|
I'm risking everything I believe in"
"Right. Then, what are you gonna do?"
"I don't know"
The pair decide to go out for lunch at the Bistro to try and rectify things, but just as Sean is ordering his steak, Billy receives an urgent phone call from Todd. He's just found Lee collapsed in the ginnel as a result of a drug overdose. As Billy runs out of the Bistro, citing work as his excuse to leave. Todd helps Billy load his drugged-up long-lost brother into his car to take him to hospital. Later on, Todd and Billy arrive back on the Street and Billy thanks Todd for acting fast and saving his brother's life. Sean just happens to be watching on the corner when he sees Billy and Todd hug. Soapland logic tells him that this means they are having an affair. Not yet, Sean, but I'm sure they soon will be! Billy and Todd work far better than Billy and that disaster of a stereotype.
|"I'm coming with you"|
"Oh right. Who else is gonna help you, eh? Sean? He doesn't even know Lee exists"
The silly saga of Steve and Michelle also played out heavily in tonight's episode. Steve gurned his way through a number of scenes in which he simply acted petty towards and about poor Michelle. Monday's revelation that she kissed Will while he was away has certainly put the pub owners on the rocks. He acts unreasonably towards her, conveniently forgetting that he had a full-blown affair with Becky several storylines ago. This was brushed under the carpet by Steve on Monday though, when he suggested that it didn't matter because he and Michelle weren't married then. So now they've both signed a piece of paper which entitles one of them to inheritance should the other one die, that makes a difference and means Michelle should not be forgiven, even though her act of infidelity was minute compared to his. Brilliant logic there, Steve. His idea that he has been made a fool of is borderline infuriating. Get over it! Near the end of the episode, the wonderful Amy bursts in and asks them why they are being so horrible to each other. Steve reassures her that no matter what happens, he will always be her dad. Well done, Steve. Despite your stupidity and somewhat childishness, you seem to have grasped the basics of human biology. However, a comic moment from this storyline shone through tonight when Tim ignored Steve's wittering to think about his lunch.
|"Every time I look at her, all I can see is that creep with his hands all over"|
"What about dinner- what you having? Hot? Cold? Bread based?"
"Do you know what that feels like?"
"Yeah course I do. I think I'm gonna have chips"
Elsewhere, we welcome the return of the gorgeous Andy who has been away visiting NotDad Michael and Leanne, who had been visiting Peter. It's Andy's birthday and Steph is very eager to see her boyfriend again. However, when they are both at work, Robert cruelly tells them to work rather than celebrate. He's in a dragon-like mood, sniping at everyone in sight. Leanne is no longer a member of staff at the Bistro thanks to Robert but she wants to go back. I'm sure she will though. And anyway, if she doesn't manage to secure herself a job soon, she could easily go back on the game. From serving the punters in the Bistro to servicing punters in hotel rooms. As well as this, at number 5, Craig is ill. Beth initially thinks her Craigey is ill with a stomach bug, but it soon transpires that this illness is self-inflicted. Yep, Craig's got himself a hangover. How? Well, if you think back to Monday's episode when something suspicious was going on at number 4 and Tim wouldn't let Sophie into the house, it turns out that Tim is being naughty while Sally is away. He's been brewing beers- and lots of it. Even Craig has sampled a bit of it- or a lot of it. To make Craig talk about his indulgence, she fabulously holds the radio to his ear and plays cheesy pop til he spills the beans. Beth is initially furious with Tim, but Sophie cleverly settles things by giving Beth some of Tim's home-brewed beer for herself. What a brilliant way to appease a woman such as Beth! She can now indulge herself in very strong beer as long as she doesn't carry out her original threat and tell all to Sally when she returns.
|"What is that?!"|
"Whigfield. Now spill. It's a slippery slope, y'know.
I've seen that Amy Winehouse film"
As a whole, tonight's episode was rather flat. The dramatic twist of Lee being found in the ginnel didn't really amount too much and I fear that there is a long, dragged out road ahead for the Platts/Grimshaws/Billy. But at least we got to see more of Todd and Billy growing closer. The pair of them are just screaming out to be coupled off together. I am very pleased to see Andy return; he has been missed, as has Leanne. It was also great to see Steph back, even though she hasn't been anywhere. I yearn for the writers to give Steph a proper storyline, rather than just waiting tables at the Bistro. Oh, and the less said about Steve and Michelle, the better. Performance of the episode has to go to Lisa George as Beth. Whenever Beth is featured in an episode, a flash of glorious comedy is always guaranteed. I loved her justification of her reaction to Craig's hangover. According to Beth, even though she likes a drink, the whole point of being a parent is to make sure your kids don't make the same mistakes you do. So even in a flat episode, Corrie always has gem-like moments.
Corrie isn't on next Wednesday (see the different schedule here) and the week after I am off holidaying in London, enjoying a week of musicals.
I've had a wonderful first year writing for this amazing blog and can't quite believe it's been a year already. I'm so honoured to be a part of the team here. I read all your lovely comments and would just like to thank you all so much. I'll catch you all in a few weeks!
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