Friday, 5 August 2016

Liz McDonald's Achilles Heel

Cross posted with permission from State of the Street.

With the latest rumours suggesting that Charlie Lawson may bring Big Jim McDonald back to Coronation Street, there are fans jumping for joy and other fans cringing. I'm one of the former. People accuse the character of Jim as being a "one trick pony", coming in to do the same things over and over. He'll try to get Liz back, she'll be tempted, he'll mess up, argue with Steve, probably do something stupid and leave. Lather, rinse, repeat.

And maybe it will go down like that, with lots of Jim's sayings to pepper the pot. "The Big House", "So it is", "I'll tell ye this and I'll tell ye no more", "Ach to be sure" and calling Liz "Elizabeth". It ought to be a drinking game! Fans of Jim squeal when one of his familiar sayings slips out. You feel let down if one's missing, in fact.

As far as being a one trick pony, when I look back, there are many, many characters that are just the same. Stan Ogden, anyone? (Drink, cower under Hilda's wrath, cook up schemes, evade work where possible. Repeat. And the same could be said about Jack Duckworth)



But the main reason I would love to see Jim back for a visit is the chemistry that has always been there between Lawson and Bev Callard as Jim and Liz McDonald. It's there with Simon Gregson as his son, as well. They all three just leap off the screen when they're in scenes together. It's not just familiarity that comes with acting together for a long time, either because it was evident even in the early days of the McDonald clan.

Jim and Liz were always a fiery couple. Jim had a quick temper but Liz had a volatile one as well. She was never cowed by him and stood up to him frequently, especially if she was defending one of her lads against their father's rages. It became too much, Liz started to look elsewhere, and they divorced but Jim is the love of Liz's life. He's edgy and a bit dangerous and she likes that in her men. I think that's why she seemed so suited to Tony Stewart. They are exciting and she knows they're probably going to let her down in the long run but she just can't resist.

Jim swept her off her feet as a teenager and they married when she got pregnant. She may have regretted that she was more or less a single parent because of his duties in the army but they had that passion that never really left and that's the passion she remembers when he comes around, even after years away. They fit together like two halves of a pair of scissors. 



Will we see Jim return? There's always a possibility as long as Jim is alive and the producer and writers cook up a story. As much as Steve and Liz keep washing their hands of Jim and his monumental mistakes, Jim is still Steve's dad and Liz will always be in Jim's heart. She'll always be tempted even though she knows he's not good for her. Jim is Amy's granddad and they love each other. I think conversations between Jim and Amy as she is these days would be a joy to behold.

I'm definitely in the Yay camp. I'll tell you this and I'll tell you no more, Bring Back Big Jim!


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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more Tvor, love Jim so I do.

Scott Willison said...

Jim was sentenced for seven years in 2011, and he may have got his sentence extended after the business of him supplying booze in prison. Then again, Tracy Barlow literally murdered a man and she's now a successful florist, so who knows?

(PS Love Jim. Totally on board with him coming back).

Rapunzel said...

He must be due for parole so he must. I love him and was quite bereft when he got sent down again the last time. But if he is to return, please bring him back for good this time.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and please make him and Liz a couple again, they belong together.

Anonymous said...

Can not take to Liz or Jim, so yeah get them back together and pack them off to spain letting steve get out from his mothers apron strings. Let the pair of them go and interfere with Andys life for a while. Can they take Maria too and where has Ozzie the dog gone?

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!!

C in Canada said...

Jim is one of my favorites, so he is! I'd love to see him back and get back together with Liz.
Your post is spot on!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see him up against Phelan, that could be quite interesting.

Ancient corrier said...

Ooo! Anonymous 14.14 I like that! As much as I don't like Jim I would gladly put up with him if he got rid of Phelan.

Zagg said...

I love Jim! Yay, I hope he comes back and gets back together with Liz. They were made for each other.

Humpty Dumpty said...

How would that work out Peter and Jim both coming back?? Could be great to watch but I think it's unlikely to happen. The last storyline with them in prison was ridiculous otherwise I agree that Liz and Jim are made for each other.

70sStreetFan said...

I''m one of the Nay camp who'll be cringing at all his catchphrases,so I will!

maggie muggins said...

I think we're due a visit from Big Jim! Just no criminal activity please. Humpty Dumpty, that is a thought about Peter's imminent return. I can hardly recall the gist of the prison back-story, except they clashed badly. Would the writers handle that well? Pitted against Phelan would be great.

Anonymous said...

Always liked Jim, and love Liz - they are one of those Burton and Taylor type couples, can't live with / can't live without etc, and I reckon we need a bit of true romance in Corrie!

Canadian watcher said...

Great opportunity to continue exploring depression, which is often inherited. Jim could be diagnosed, as it would explain a lot of his prior bad behaviour and loss of self-control, when the parole board insists he go for anger management counselling prior to release. A chance for him and 'Steven' to reconcile once understanding dawns (maybe they wind up on the same medications), and of course for 'Elizabeth' to finally have a good reason to forgive all.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe how many people say Liz and Jim belong together when actually he abused her. True romance?! Closer to battered woman syndrome if Liz goes back for another helping.

Can't stand Jim myself--not a big man at all but a blustering bully, coward and blackmailer--the type who WOULD hit a woman or verbally and emotionally terrorize a son. Much prefer a villain like Phelan or a bad guy like Tony.

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