Monday, 1 August 2016

Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 1st August



The Platts attempt to put the fun into funeral at Kylie's send-off, with bright clothes, burgers and chips, and pop music. Audrey is not keen on this latter choice, thinking the "Pussydoll Cats" unsuitable for a funeral, but by the end of it, she says it felt "very Kylie." Max does the eulogy, saying that his mum brought chips to school when the kitchen went junk food-free, how she'd read him silly poems when he was scared and that she'd do anything for him. Aw.


You can't have a funeral without a bust-up and here we have two. Todd, angry that Jason has had an accident following a drunken, miserable night on the Khaosan Road (presumably), has it out with Sarah about his misconception that she killed Callum. When she persuades him that it wasn't her, her gaze moves to the hearse containing Kylie's body. Todd, despite his could've-gone-to-Oxbridge brains, is more Watson than Holmes and assumes that she's looking at David, leading to the two of them squaring up at the burial. Didn't David ever wonder why Todd was blaming Tony for Callum's death? Todd's still got the wrong end of the stick, assuming David messed with Sarah's head to make her think that she killed her ex. When Sarah blurts out the truth, David has to work quickly to neutralise Todd: appealing to his good side - let Kylie's memory rest in peace for the sake of Max and Lily, his self-interest - the police will arrest him for his lies, Jason and Eileen will never speak to him again, and his fear - "You wouldn't last five minutes in prison," says David, who, to be fair, has seen the inside of a young offenders institute. None of this is any good; "Nice try, David," spits Todd as he shoves David, before barging out of the house.


Still, you can't blame Todd for thinking that David persuaded Sarah she killed Callum after the sadistic stunts that David has pulled in the past, a bit like you can't blame Sean for thinking Todd is going out with Billy as "another one of your sick jokes". After the burial brawl, Sean, who instead of just texting Todd, quits the pub in the middle of a shift, leaving Tim (!) and Rita (!!) to run the bar, to fetch the Toddster home, sees Billy trying to calm him down and works out what's going on. Sean asks Billy if Todd is "A soul you can win from the dark side" wondering "Wasn't I bad enough?" No, but you were whiny enough, Sean. I did feel for Sean in these scenes, as Billy finally falls of his pedestal when Sean realises that he's "just a man". Oddly, Billy says that he and Todd are not sleeping together. What? Not even after that kiss? And didn't Billy give up on celibacy when he was dating Sean?


Anyway, Jason's had an accident, so Eileen books flights to go be by his bedside in the Thai hospital. Phelan, whose face is a picture of boredom during Sean's melt-down, doesn't know when to keep schtum and tries to use the Sean situation to oust Todd from the house, but Eileen is not Anna and gives Pat what for. "It's not your place to comment! That is enough!" she shouts, before demanding that Phelan leave chez Grimshaw instead of her son. You almost Phel for Pat in this scene: he moved into number 11 for free bed and board and the opportunity to take over the builder's yard and instead gets dragged into all the Grimshaw drama.
  
Back on the cobbles, unfab Macca is lurking around, waiting for Gemma (who totally redefines funeral-wear with her clashing mini-dress and jacket, neon pink hat, and earrings as big as her arm) in order to threaten her some more. She is rescued by Craig, who insists on calling the police, much to Gemma's consternation. I hope this storyline leads Gemma to moving away from the estate and onto the cobbles.


Meanwhile, back at the wake, Norris is trying to sell Emily's stuff on ebay, for which Rita blames Spider. Shouldn't Emily be back by now after her six months in Peru? Tim is quite interested in any antimacassars that might be going begging for Sound of Music impersonation purposes. He finds ebay a bit confusing though, he once bought a signed Glenn Hoddle photo for Sally, thinking it was Glenn Medeiros. Norris makes up for his Norrissness by bringing two jars of sweets from the Kabin for Max, but let's leave the last word to Gail: "I'll miss her."

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12 comments:

Joseph Billington said...

I thought the intergration of "Todd's Discovery" was highly inappropriately timed. The funeral and subsequent scenes should've been focused on Kylie's good times not Callum. Todd's sudden approach to the circumstances surrounding Callum's death was very unconvincing. On the plus side, I absolutely loved the scenes between Gemma and Craig. The beginning of a wonderful friendship? I also loved the scenes in the Rovers.

Anonymous said...

Corrie really had me going tonight - I thought - WOW - they did a beautiful episode for Kylie's funeral - I even had tears in my eyes - I was so glad that Corrie had returned to the old Corrie we know and love - then WHAM - here comes Todd and the bust up with David at the funeral - 5 minutes to ruin what had been a beautiful episode - so now we're back to the same old misery, nastiness and fighting. Boring. Same old, Same old.

Anonymous said...

Please, for the love of all that is holy, can we please, please, please put all this boring Platt crap to bed already!!

Cobblestone said...

What on earth was going on at the Rovers? Okay, Eva was at the funeral, but where were Liz, Steve & Michelle? Only Sean was regular staff and he walked out mid-shift. Rita and Norris? Tim? None have ever been seen running the place before and it seemed very odd. Although I thought Tim looked very comfortable behind the bar ...

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing Cobblestone. Very confusing.

Anonymous said...

Who is the picture of the young guy of that you show...I do not recognize him and I did not see a note of explanation.

Anonymous said...

Anon 15:47, read the paragraph below the picture - it's Glenn Medeiros - an American singer and songwriter of Portuguese descent who achieved chart success in the late 1980s and early 1990s (thanks Wikipedia).

Anonymous said...

Where did Eileen get the money from for flights to the Philippines? Not exactly a cheap destination to get to.

Anonymous said...

Tim and Sally could be the new Jack and Annie Walker? Well, Sally would like to think she's as 'grand' as Annie and Tim is genuinely convivial :)

Anonymous said...

It's not the first time that Liz and Michelle went AWOL before a wake after a funeral,they took off before Hayley's wake leaving Steve alone serving everybody.
Todd is becoming a villain in my eyes,funny he didn't seem concerned about his lie when Jason left fearing for his life but now it's Sarah's fault?

Pat said...

Agree with anon 2016. Todd had been becoming more likeable, showing more concern for other people, but he has just become as nasty as he ever was. Why go and make a scene in the middle of a funeral where there are children? How is what happened to Jason David's fault?Todd was the one who framed Tony and upset Jason.

Shells said...

Whatever the timing, Todd vs David is pretty brilliant. Two of the best actors on the show, both of whom play the "dark side". That's a fantastic rivalry, and I hope they give the actors a chance to run with it and challenge each other.

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