Monday, 26 September 2016

Corrie Weekly Update - Sept. 19 - 23

This week, the weekly summary is written by Richard Whitbread, a long time fan and Corrie update writer. He's filling in for Flaming Nora while she's on her holidays. Take it away, Richard!

Hi, some long term readers may remember me as I have been here before - but not for many years. It is a great honour to be allowed to sit in the naughty, sorry update, chair and I am working on the biscuits left by Glenda.

We ended last week with Pat Phelan being walked down the police station. When Eileen returns from the spa trip organised by Pat she tears into Todd as the police had come whilst she was enjoying the whirlpool! Anyway once again Pat has outsmarted Todd who leaves his mobile behind in the Rovers and Todd decides it is time to revert to his bad old ways, so he dumps the poncing in the flower shop and accepts Pat's offer to join the scam, particularly when the alternative was Vinny rubbing Todd out permanently, on the condition that Eileen and Jason are not ripped off. Pat has some nice new brochures and Todd is soon selling to everyone in sight - Rita should invest her savings, Sharif as an investment - he was walking along the Street with Sonia and she would like to live somewhere like that (!) but even Todd (who is living at home again) draws the line at the heavy sell with Alex, nothing however stops Pat. Pat tells Todd that Vinny will scarper with the deposits and take the blame but they will split the cash three ways and agrees Eileen / Jason will get their money back.

The Bishop phones "Mr Harrison" on Todd's mobile which Sean answers on the abandoned mobile in the Rovers. Sean apprises Billy that maybe Todd was the mystery parishioner and a quick check of the phone's call history proves the point. Billy dumps Todd (which leads to his about turn already reported) but he still questions his position with the church and continues his sabbatical. Eva (once again displaying her best assets) apologises to Sean and all is well again between them.

Kirk gives Beth some hope of a reconciliation and she will fight for her man. Later in the week we become aware that she has been charged with being a bigamist and will be going to court soon.

Alex is desperate to buy a Phelan flat and needs £15k deposit. Roy rightly refuses so Cathy goes to see Alex's father, Nigel, who shuts his door in her face. On Wednesday Cathy is desperate to see Nigel again and completely forgets Roy's birthday. She and Yasmeen manage to get into Nigel's house and whilst he has funded his daughters at University he has not supported Alex saying darkly that Cathy needs to look at the source of Alex's money - which turns out to be from the location where Cathy's husband and Nessa enjoyed their affair implying that Cathy's late husband is actually Alex's father. Cathy revisits Nigel and several things become clear - one that the lad is indeed the son of Cathy's late husband and Nessa, that Nigel forced the husband to fund a trust which is paying out - which is why Cathy's family finances never added up and that although he is not his son Nigel did love Alex. BTW what I cannot work out is why Cathy does not have £15k as she must have sold her house by now?

Anna, Ken and Alex suss that Cathy has forgotten Roy's birthday and arrange a "surprise" party for him (at the cafe) about which Roy knows. Everyone is invited but told to pretend that they do not know that Roy knows. Cathy is most surprised by the surprise party. Confused - you will be!

Sharif takes advantage of Yasmeen's absence to take advantage of Sonia in his marital bed. Both seem to enjoy the encounter although Sonia bad mouths Yasmeen which Sharif does not like. Later he comforts Sonia and apologises whilst she is washing up and he has his hand on her back when Alya thunders through the house and she sees that her father is being very familiar with the lodger. Alya later voices her suspicions that Sharif is flirting with Sonia to Zeedan {he does not believe her} and Rana (who has suddenly turned up), who does believe her. Alya takes it upon herself to tell Sonia that she is outstaying her welcome - being there longer than it takes for a fish to go off. Sonia then puts pressure on Sharif to invest in a flat for her. Subsequently Alya voices her concerns to Sharif and he tells Alya that it all happened many years ago when he made a small mistake and alleges he has been blackmailed by Sonia ever since (we know this is nonsense but Alya sort of swallows it). He also tells Alya that he is buying the flat for her but is using it to keep Sonia silent rather than ruin his marriage in the short term.

Aidan finds some underwear drawings in a filing cabinet but does not know their origin, although he reckons they might be good for sales. These were the ones put together by Alya and Sinead some months ago (Izzy was originally involved but she ducks out of any further involvement). Aidan talks Alya (who has also suddenly appeared again) into doing some more and perhaps some samples as he thinks he might have a customer and they could do good business. From nothing to two storylines at once for Alya. Aidan later offers Alya and Sinead £60 for the designs which sounds good to Sinead but Alya knows they are worth far more and accuses Aidan of ripping them off.

Freddie brings Audrey some flowers and apologises explaining about Angelica. Audrey feels that they should just be friends and nothing more. Freddie's face tells a different story. Later in the Rovers Kevin talks to Freddie and reminds him it is six months since his wife departed and perhaps he should not listen too much to Angelica. Kev and Ty get Freddie to have another go and he turns up in a sparkling motorbike and sidecar and whisks Audrey away to a country pub for a nice meal.

Dev and Erica are taking the children out and give Mary some time off. There is then a wonderful scene in Roy's Rolls where she insists on Tracy employing her green fingers as replacement for Todd as she has spare time. On Friday Mary is working at the shop and she asks Erica to cook dinner. Erica seems very concerned about this and tells Dev he has to sort Mary out. Aadi and Asha need help with their homework - where are the countries of Africa. Asha asks Erica who does not know whilst Aadi talks to Mary who walks him around the continent to remember the countries. Erica is also strict in not allowing Aadi a partwork as they are not good value for money and they decide Mary must return. The two children then refuse to eat chicken curry cooked by Erica and insist on fish fingers. Mary tells Erica off for feeding them fish fingers and tells Erica how much they enjoy chicken curry - so Erica does know that they were playing up. Dev sits Mary down with her contract and gets to read it - she realises she will have to give up her job at Preston's Petals.

Post the party Roy and Alex have to clean the cafe the following morning. Roy says the place needs a good bottoming and Alex wants to know why a deep clean is called that. Once Cathy returns from Nigel's she explains to Roy, who is not entirely understanding about her absence and he glances sadly at a picture of Hayley.

Which just about covers this week. See you all next week.

Credits - first to ITV many thanks for everything as without you there would be no Street to write about. Director this week was Sean Healy

Monday part 1      Martin Allen
Monday part 2      Mark Burt
Wednesday            Ellen Taylor
Friday part 1          Damon Rochefort
Friday part 2           Simon Crowther

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Rapunzel said...

Sorry for harping on about it, but unless Phelan lets Eileen and Jason in on the scam (risky) I don't see how their money can be saved. Otherwise he will attract suspicion from the Police who will be sure to investigate. In fact I suspect that it's not just Vinny who's planning on doing a runner. And that must have occurred to streetwise Todd. Which also makes me think there is a double bluff going on.

Anonymous said...

I hope you are right, but something tells me it won't end well for Eileen & Jason, after all they do need an excuse as to why Jason won't return.
The highlight of the week for me was Kevin & Tyrone convincing Freddie to take Audrey to lunch in his sidecar. The rest was rather dreadful.
One question for all the viewers out there: was the throw on the back of Nigel's couch the same one that Sally had for years, you know, the beige & white one with the circles in the squares? I'm sure Corrie recycled it for that episode.

Maricha said...

This Phelan scam is getting more incredible every day. Why would all these people suddenly want to not only buy property but buy into his, literally, sight unseen?

Anonymous said...

Eh? Isn't that what happens on sort after bespoke new builds? People pay deposits, site unseen, and take their chances. This is how Phelan/Vinny are selling them. Lots of people do it. It's not uncommon

Humpty Dumpty said...

Vinny has done this many times before and, assuming he's using his real name, it wouldn't be that difficult to check him out on the internet. I've been wondering why Todd didn't previously do this. And while it's true that the principle of buying off-plan means you don't see the product till it's finished, this development is in Weatherfield. No-one seems to have asked to see the actual location. Why are they trying to interest Alex? He wouldn't get a mortgage and Roy would be suspicious of any such discussion. The writers are treating this scam as if Vinny and co are flogging dodgy tellies in the market. Not very believable.

Anonymous said...

sadly, Humpty Dumpty, there are not a lot of plotlines that are believable these days.

Maricha said...

They take a chance but only to a certain extent because the only projects where I've seen lots of early sales were from reputable builders. Like the second or third phase of a project might go like hotcakes but usually the first phase is long finished before all the units are gone.
What credibility do Vinny and Phelan have?

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