Hello! It's just Jordan with this week's Wednesday review. Corrie has been a little all over the place recently thanks to the football so I've missed a few reviews. But here I am, here to review what was an okay episode.
It's breakfast time at number 8 - or it should be. Max is refusing to eat his breakfast and slopes off to his room. Gail rather proudly announces that she has a shopping date with Michael, while Bethany does anything but proudly announce the plans for her day. Being a member of the Platt family, she's got something to hide. As the rest of the family go about their day, Bethany sits staring nervously at her phone. Lauren has been texting her abuse, as usual. Most of the texts are inaccurate jibes at Bethany's weight, hence her sudden interest in the gym. Kylie has popped into town to return some cushions (and buy some more) and when she returns she notices Bethany's phone lying open on the sofa, complete with fresh messages from you guessed it - Lauren. A fantastically acted scene between Kylie and Bethany unfolds, as the sixteen-year-old opens her often locked box of worries to her aunty. She reveals to Kylie that she knows she has failed her GCSEs thanks to the lack of focus she suffered brought on by the current thread of the ever-tangled Platt family drama. Guilt begins to wash over Kylie, especially when Bethany tells her that she is not to blame. Kylie attempts to help Bethany with the bullies but she is having none of it, declaring it her own problem. This all culminates in Kylie later rejecting David's advances in the bedroom and storming out of the house, unable to take anymore. As the other Kylie says, it's better the devil you know. However, at least one of the Platts had a good day. Gail finally managed to sink her claws back into Michael. That wasn't predictable at all.
|"Bethany, I'm sorry. I really am"|
"Why? It's not like it's your fault"
Leanne is looking very green in her lovely pink dressing gown. After hurrying Simon out of the door to school, she hurls towards the bathroom. It's morning. She's sick. Oh yes, the lovely tart with a heart is now expecting. Another Battersby is on the way. The question is, this being a soap - who's the one that put it there? Wanting to shut herself away in the flat all day, Leanne - now dressed in a bright canary yellow jumper - answers the door to Steph, who is trying to talk her back into working at The Bistro. Leanne won't listen to Steph's very logical plea, but does offer her a brew. What followed was a contrived stereotype being dragged in with all of its stubborn mite. Steph offers to make the cups of tea and just happens to knock over a cup of water, so she needs to mop up said water with a piece of kitchen roll. She needs to deposit said kitchen roll in the bin and in doing so, obviously spots the used pregnancy test. Nosey Steph takes it upon herself to question Leanne and over a brew Leanne explains to her how it was merely a false alarm. A false alarm of Eva's. I am not sure where she thinks she is going with this but it is sheer ridiculousness on her part to call a real pregnancy a false alarm and blame it on her sister who isn't even in the country right now. Desperate people do desperate things I suppose. Even when Steph suggests that it could have been Leanne's, poor Leanne nervously denies it and laughs her off.
|"So it was just a false alarm then?And nobody else knows about it?"|
"No. And I'd rather keep it that way."
"Yeah, don't worry. Mum's the word. Or not in this case"
Elsewhere, Not-So Sweet Caroline is about to be caught out, as Freddy rightly predicted earlier in the episode when discouraging Sophie from spilling the beans. As we know, Caz has been lying to girlfriend Kate for months now about her injury which she has already recovered from. Things begin to slowly unravel when a fabulously firm Scottish army woman turns up at their flat. They're at the Bistro, so Sophie points her in the right direction, something I'm sure she'll later regret. Caz is comically horrified to see her army officer turn up at the Bistro when she is about to enjoy a leisurely meal with Kate. Just as Kate walks in, Caz signals for her to wait. Not giving a hoot that it is inconvenient, the stalwart plonks herself down after reminding Caz that she has missed a physiotherapy session, amongst other things. When the army woman marches off, Kate is curious but Caz spins another lie to add to her web which seems to pacify Kate. The mood changes quickly however, when Caz spits out an army-like command that they both elope. Kate is unsurprisingly against the idea, considering she called off their wedding only a few months ago but eventually agrees to consider it. Caz is not my favourite character; I hate her. But we are not supposed to like her - this is the sign of a great performance so far by Rhea Bailey.
As well as this, Freddy sweetly tried to play matchmaker between Ken and Audrey. He tells Ken to invite Audrey to the theatre and then he himself invites Audrey for a drink to explain the situation. However, clichés whirred yet again as Ken walked into the Rovers just as Audrey was rubbing Freddy's arm while thanking him. You think Ken would've learned by now, but no. He sighs and walks out.
|"Is now not convenient for you?"|
"Not exactly, no"
"Oh dear. Never mind"
A decent episode, despite the clichés. I would've liked to see more of the Billy/Todd storyline develop as that's my favourite right now but I really enjoyed the scenes between Kylie and Bethany tonight. Brilliant performances by Lucy Fallon and Paula Lane. I can feel the tension building for next week. Kylie's always wanted a happy ending. She should be so lucky.
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