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Thursday 31 October 2013

Coronation Street episode review, Wednesday 30 October

As Hallowe'en approaches on the Street, Faye sets about arranging her party. Sally and Tim can’t come, as they’ll be spending the evening with Brian and Julie - a dinner party straight out of a horror film, and Tim's worst nightmare. However, despite ordering Faye to arrange it, Grace announces she can’t make it either, and the party is promptly changed to Friday on her account. This now means Sally and Tim can go, much to Anna’s annoyance. However, Grace’s manipulation of Faye doesn’t go unnoticed by Owen who tells Anna that she has nobody to blame but Grace. Faye’s friend may continue to impress Anna, but Owen is not convinced.

Eileen is none too happy to find Lloyd in the pub when he has turned down her offer of a drink earlier in the day, but they make up over pint of Newton and Ridley’s finest, and all is well with the world.

Beth asks Sinead to sew underwear for her on the sly to help her win Employee of the Month, and thus £100. We wouldn't expect vanilla Sinead to approve of her aunt’s scheme, and she predictably says no. In an effort to convince her, Beth reminds her of the things she has done for her in the past, like covering for her when she’s out with her mates, writing a note pretending to be her mam to get her out of PE, and offering her a spray tan. Is this a different Sinead we’re hearing about? She sounds infinitely more exciting, but there is absolutely nothing about her character that would indicate any of these would be plausible. However, she bizarrely agrees to help her cheat, resulting in uncharacteristic behaviour that is difficult to believe in.

Hallowe'en can be a scary time, but surely the most terrifying prospect from tonight’s Corrie was the sight of David Platt looking in The Kabin window asking Rita, “You ain’t got any jobs for fighter pilots or brain surgeons have you?” Hasn’t the Demon Barber of Coronation Street done enough damage over the years? Think of the mayhem he’d unleash if he had access to brains or planes. Thankfully there are no such vacancies. Rita sympathises with him without knowing the full story, and despite being tempted “just for the look on your face”, he doesn’t tell her. Rita finds herself in the Rovers with Liz as both try to piece together the truth without much success.

Liz acts as voice of reason to stubborn Tina who finally pays for the window damage to Barlow’s Buys, and despite Tracy’s insistence, Rob doesn’t charge her for the laptops Tracy broke deliberately.

Domestic bliss continues for Tina and David, and he even jokingly proposes marriage until he’s reminded that he’s already married to Kylie. Out of work, he certainly looks the part of house husband with his tea towel slung over one shoulder and the dinner on.

Stella is thrilled to get a call from Leanne to say she’s coming back. Over at the Bistro, Gail tries to push Gloria for news to no avail, and is firmly told, “same family, different branch”. If that’s her attitude, why are they all working together to keep the Bistro going?

When Leanne does arrive back on the cobbles, the first thing she sees is Nick, Kylie and the kids going into the house. Judging by her face, things aren’t going to be straightforward. Gail is delighted to see her, but fails to pressurise her into visiting Nick straight away. She runs to give him the good news, but can only tell him that Leanne has promised to visit him later in the day.

Gloria asks her why she’s back, and is told she is there “to find out”. When Simon arrives with Peter, he runs into Leanne’s arms. It is disappointing and implausible to witness Leanne unwilling to commit to Simon about their future. Was it not this type of uncertainty which she was at pains to remove him from? “We’ll just have to wait and see” is a reply heard by Simon many times, and now he is hearing it from the mother who promised a secure future for him.

As Nick waits anxiously for her visit, Kylie is there to reassure him, and convince him to be patient, advising him not to mess things up by rushing to see her first. She continues to be a rock for Nick, tying his shoelaces, offering him a friendly ear, and being the voice of reason as Gail irritates him and fusses around him.

Leanne is finally on the way, but first she encounters David drinking from a bag of cans on the steps of Underworld. What’s all this about? Two minutes ago he was giving Nigella Lawson a run for her money in Tina’s cosy kitchen, and now he’s drinking on the street like he has nowhere else to go? Leanne confronts him about what he has done to Nick and congratulates him on destroying their lives. Despite the pain he claims to be in, he seems nonplussed, and she marches on to confront Nick.

Kylie’s success at getting meddling Gail offside when Leanne arrives is sadly the only source of humour in this episode. Nick tells Leanne he wants them to try again, and she tells him she can’t. Her reason for coming back was to find out “what I can and what I can’t do”, and Simon is mentioned as an afterthought. She says she can’t move back in with Nick, and might never be able to, leaving him despondent.

It was a grim note to end what was frankly a grim episode. Coronation Street has always been famous for its ability to combine laughter and drama, and this is central to its appeal. I live in hope that there are happier times planned for its characters so it retains the tried and tested formula we know and love.

By Emma Hynes
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Unknown said...

Great review as usual, and I 100% agree. I've been finding Corrie rather boring lately and for once in a very long time, I'm wondering how it will content against other soaps. More so, EE. With all of the changes that are being made both on and off screen I do wonder if Corrie can maintain its ratings crown and wins at awards. It needs a boost, some warmth, humour, shocks, something different before it becomes tired. The Roy & Hayley storyline is the only storyline that seems to be holding the soap together unfortunately. And I wish they'd do something with Sinead's character. Katie's a fab actress as seen on Waterloo Road but gosh, she's boring! Katy & Chesney was a good pairing and was humourous and fun, Sinead's making Ches seem even more boring than before.

I really hope they pull things out of the bag and soon as when Corrie get it right, that's when its at its best. And I haven't seen/felt that in a while...

Frosty the Snowman said...

Of course Vanilla Sinead is going to be another talented seamstress and we can see that she of course like almost every other resident in the Street will get a job at Faktray. Sooo predictable. And how pointless and annoying is Gloria butting in to St Ella's phone call to Leanne - SHUT IT. I dont think I have ever known such a superfluous character.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Sinead 'has a past'?
One can only hope....

Anonymous said...

Where does Leeann get off being so judgemental? She ran over to Peter's when she thought he would take her back. She had an affair with Nick when she was with Peter and last but not least she used to be a prostitute and stripper.

Anonymous said...

The scene in the café where Sally and Anna were carrying on about missing money was stupid IMO. As if nobody would think to look around to see if indeed the money had fallen on the floor. No, they just started slinging muck back and forth much to the delight of Faye and her demonic friends. Has Tim screwed all the common sense out of Sally or has she really become that desperate?

Emma Hynes said...

Thank you! :-) You're right, Corrie at its best is unbeatable.Here's hoping for the warmth, humour and special something you describe.

Anonymous said...

I would never eat at Roy's if Anna was the person behind the counter. She touches her hair wayyyyy too often ... and that piece that's always hangin' down .... don't tell me there's never any of her hair in the food!!! Blech!!

~JB in Canada

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, those were my exact thoughts too when I watched that episode.

Anonymous said...

Of course Anna is defending Grace, she's Owen's partner, isn't she? She'll buy anyone's crap.

I hope that Kylie and Nick get together and that miserable Leanne is left out in the dark, with the son-that's-not-hers and no job!

ChiaGwen said...

Sophie and her petulant attitude need a good kick in the back-side. Half-reclining with her knees up behind the counter, her 'the world owes me happiness' attitude and snarling at David does not make 'worker of the year'. This characer is SO past her sell-by-date, pointless and useless!


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