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Monday, 20 August 2012

Coronation Street double episode review, Mon 20 August 2012

The surrogacy story really gathered pace tonight and dominated both episodes. Owen is (as ever) in a rage and Anna paints a bleak picture of his friendless, family-less future, unless he is more reasonable. Naturally, he'll be anxious about the planned pregnancy - Katie carrying Izzy and Gary's biological child, but he must surely see that it is an ideal solution. Owen did deal a low blow to Anna, strongly implying that Anna was supporting the surrogacy plan for her own selfish reasons; that she would get a much desired grandchild.

She does recover from this assault and gets the better of him giving him no choice but to agree to the ten o'clock morning meeting. Anna is magnificent in her optimism and control of the situation. Not quite Henry Kissinger, but getting there in her diplomacy. However, Mr. Kissinger didn't have to contend with Owen and his manipulation of Chesney. Owen even tells Chesney that women can die in childbirth. Owen is caught by Gary in his manipulation of Chesney and according to Gary, is intent on pouring his poison into Chesney's ear. Divide and rule seems to be Owen's strategy as Gary accuses him of  'ordering Private Brown to do his dirty work'.

Owen and Anna's family are so intertwined and we are reminded tonight that Gary works for Owen, when Owen orders Gary to leave if he still wants a job in the morning. When Owen's machinations are revealed to Anna, she picks him up most astutely just as he is saying that Katie and Izzy are 'my' daughters, and that is the point where Anna repeats the word 'my' in a kind of demented scream then points out most forcibly that in fact 'they are themselves' which is probably a worthwhile reminder to all parents that all our children's lives are their own,  a fact which can be hard to take at times.

Hayley makes the point when she and Fiz are talking in the factory, that what Katy is offering to do for her sister is 'a wonderfully kind and generous thing' and if Hayley says so it must be so as she and Roy are the moral guardians of all Street matters, knowing instinctively and intuitively what is right.

Some lighter moments were in store for us in particular Julie swooning over Brian 'bedroom -wise' claiming she's never known anything like it. Fifty Shades of Grey now seems to have a contender.

Also the Ryan/Tracy scenes were quite amusing but Ryan must get the title of The Street's most self-absorbed individual. 'Do one!' orders Lloyd in frustration at Ryan's inappropriate behaviour on the switch board. And Ryan does.

Tina is unstoppably determined in her bid to cheer up Tyrone even to the extent of eating her finely aroma-ed curry in a garage with a spoon. A spoon? Oh well, each to their own as  REM's Everybody Hurts plays dolefully in the background.

A question on which to end-  do they still sell stay-prest slacks?  Hayley obviously thinks so...          

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG that baby Joseph is one sweeeettie little pie. He just kept staring at Chesney with his wee mouth wide open..how cute was that? Little scene stealer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you - a wonderful review. You are right - the Windass and Armstrong families are very intertwined now. Looking at Gary and Chesney, an outsider would think they were brothers! It's sweet how both Izzy and Katy ended up with cute redheads!

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain who is going to pay for the surrogacy? There's no way these characters could afford it, unless of course Own is forced to fork out the cash...

Anonymous said...

Watching last nights episodes it dawned on me the main difference between the street now and the street say ten or twenty years ago. Nobody nowadays has a non aggressive conversation. Nearly every scene is compiled of the characters being narked off with each other. It's quite draining- Micky

Frosty the Snowman said...

Fed up with the Clampetts and this riduclous tiressome surrogacy story. Its already sending me to sleep and its only just started, Frosty cannot bear 9 months of this rot and the aftermath if it ever goes ahead, Daft "I read it in a magazine" Katie wont want to part with the bey bey - YAWN. Nice to see Tina being kind for once.

Apple Cobbler said...

The surrogacy plot is far-fetched and uninteresting, and it's another example of Coronation Street trying to be sensationalist and attention-grabbing.

'Fifty Shades Of Packham'...coming soon to ITV2.

Anonymous said...

What happened with big mouth Michelle's vow to 'ignore' Tracy? She doesn't exist etc etc..see's her and starts blabbing. Steve sends Michelle away to say what exactly to Tracy? Knock it off? What a waste of air time. Sack these two..esp Steve..he could go on a lllooonnnggg holiday and would not be missed..not by me anyway. It's like 'Groundhog Day" with that guy..same scenes over and over except with a different woman. Sheesh!

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