Monday, 18 July 2016
Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 18th July
This is the aftermath. David is over-coping, playing with the kids, having toast-eating races with Max, but he is haunted by Kylie's last words. Nick is worried for him, "He looks like he's handling it so well," but he and we all know how volatile David can be. He ended up in gaol after smashing up the street, he pushed his mum down the stairs, he pulled a radiator off a wall to get his revenge - and that was just on Graham for going out with his ex-girlfriend. Hell hath no fury like a David bereaved; he's not got through to bargaining and depression yet, let alone acceptance.
Craig and Gemma aren't helping any by lying to the police. They come good in the end: "Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girls' gotta do", but I found it quite realistic that both Craig and Gemma were both terrified of Clayton and what he might do to them. David holds it together until he goes into the salon to get some space and spots Kylie's pink hoodie on a chair and breaks down once again.
Kylie's murder brings back sad and bad memories for the other residents, reminding them of the untimely deaths of Bryan, Maddie, Liam, Jamila and Kal. The floral tributes grow and kindness is reciprocated. Roy is supportive of Maria who in turn offers Caz a place to stay, to Luke's consternation. "I'm not going to find a gay Argentian hairdresser in the kitchen, am I?" he asks. Maria claims that he's being unfair. Well, not really, M.
When Clayton, who has been lurking around the street, shows his face to threaten Gemma, David is after him like a shot, chasing him through the back gardens, pursuing him as Clayton tramples on the flowers outside the hairdressers, and tracks him to the garage, losing, catching, then losing him again in truly dramatic scenes. David stumbling down the builders' yard steps, hunched up from being punched in the stomach, chasing down his wife's killer was amazing stuff. If it's not enough for Jack P. Shepherd to win Best Actor at the Soap Awards this year, then there is no justice. It's only Max calling out for David to stop that distracts him when he is about to smash Clayton with a metal pole, and it's Gemma who persuades him to let the police deal with things. But even Gail telling David to focus on his family rather than hunting Clayton doesn't stop the murderous glint in David's eye.
With four machinists out ("five if you county Aunty Beth"), Jenny sees an opportunity to fill in and flirt - "You won't be disappointed," she purrs to Johnny, but she's a little over-hasty, making a mess of her stitching. She needs to slow down, take her time, play it cool.
Robert, wearing a horrible Partridge-meets-Clarkson beige check blazer and waistcoat teamed with jeans (just...urgh) tries once again to persuade Leanne to come back to the Bistro, but not because he fancies her, oh no. Steph, who is somewhat more sensitive, guesses, as Leanne rushes to the toilet to throw up, that the pregnancy test was hers and not Eva's. Leanne fills her in on her past miscarriage and fertility issues, and Steph offers her support, without needing to know who put the bun in Leanne's oven. This who's the baby daddy story is going to run and run, isn't it?
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