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Saturday 24 February 2018

Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

Roy is making Vetch happen.  Personally I would never play Roy Cropper at Scrabble; it's like challenging Stephen Hawking to a quick go at the Countdown numbers round.  But Carla, bless her, attempted to calm his nerves with a soothing game, overruling Kate's queries about his more questionable word choices on the reasonable grounds that he knows more than the all the Connors put together.  If you're wondering, it's a herbaceous plant of the pea family.  You're welcome.

A studio complex is a dead ringer for a hospital.  That's the Tony Warren Building at ITV's MediaCity complex doubling for Weatherfield General there; the show spends so much time in hospitals these days I presume they just leave the signs up all year round.  It was a great location for Carla's two dads - surrogate and biological - to bond over their shared love for the raven-haired minx.  I'm very curious about which bits of Carla's history Roy filled in for Johnny - that time she was tied up in a burning factory by her psychotic ex?  Her first husband's death in a car crash with a prostitute in the boot?  The many, many times she sold a percentage of the business to someone awful and nearly went bust? 

Shout out to the incredibly rude patient sucking on a tab while stood by no fewer than three "no smoking" signs.  My taxes are paying for your NHS treatment, mate; you'd best not be in for anything lung-related. 

Eileen is the most gullible woman in the Western Hemisphere.  I generally have a lot of time for Eileen.  She's spent her life being trodden on by men of all shapes and sizes, and it's left her with a world-weary cynicism I can relate to.  But even I'm losing patience with her inability to see the bleeding obvious even when it's right in front of her nose.  There's the continuing Phelan drama, of course, where everyone hating his guts doesn't give her a clue he's a wrong 'un.  When Liz McDonald - a woman whose romantic history is an out of control dodgem ride between losers, criminals and good old fashioned idiots - is telling you that your husband is awful, you should really pay attention.  Then this week, Billy put his swift recovery from the ravages of opiate withdrawal down to a stroll round the churchyard; it took her a whole 24 hours to work out that wasn't totally feasible, so Billy said he was just pretending, and she believed him.  Hey Eileen - there's this Nigerian Prince I know who's got a few million going begging; send me your bank details and I'll give you a share.

You don't get much juice out of a bag of kale.  Johnny was far too busy trying to make healthy veggie drinks using his industrial juicer to pay attention to Jenny Bradley, which is of course a crime.  Kale smoothies will just make you gassy and turn your teeth green; Jenny has a trikini and wants to whisk you away from your awful whiny children to a life of sangria by the pool - how is this even a contest?

Still, Jenny feeling marginalised means we get reams of AWESOME JENNY BRADLEY FACES, so while their marriage suffers, the audience wins.

A villain can still break your heart.  Pat Phelan is, by any reasonable metric, an absolutely appalling human being.  He's a rapist, a murderer, an arsonist, and judging by the amount of time he spent sloping around the Street this week rather than doing any building work, he's terrible at his job.  Yet Connor McIntyre's brilliant performance means he's utterly captivating and charming with it.  Who didn't feel a little bit moved when he delivered a quiet, regretful soliloquy to his deceitful daughter?  A single tear rolled down his cheek as he said he could never see her or his unborn grandchild ever again, and I wondered if just once a Corrie villain could be allowed to get away with his crimes.

If you have any idea why Ali wouldn't want to see the woman who's ignored him for ten years, please let me know on Twitter @merseytart.  Or better still, tell Michelle herself, since she seems to think she's done absolutely nothing wrong.

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Humpty Dumpty said...

Love Jenny Bradley/Connor. Masterpiece performance by an actress who knows that a little goes a long way. No grins or gurns to camera, wonderful stuff. Jenny, Sally & Tim are the only characters I care about. Can't see how Eileen can stay on the Street when Phelan's crimes come out unless she's the one who tops him. 'So, so sorry' just won't cut it.

Connor McIntyre gives an amazing performance. Can we all (me, included) stop saying that as though it excuses one of the most preposterous storylines Corrie has ever had? Such a shame we didn't get some understanding of why Phelan has turned out the way he has. We didn't get a backstory at the beginning because he wasn't meant to be a permanent character but there were points along the way when we could have had some clues. We saw he was superstitious when Todd teased him about ghosts. That went nowhere. Rape is a horrible crime and yet viewers aren't outraged by it. Solely down to the actor's performance which hints that there are reasons for his abusive, violent behaviour. Did Phelan learn how to manipulate and bully from his father? I want to know more about his religious beliefs. Does he really believe he can escape divine punishment even if he can fool the authorities? Too late now but such wasted opportunities.

Louby said...

Re Michelle and Ali, not only does she think that they should have a normal relationship, in spite of not having one before; the way to sort out any problems is to cook him a curry!!! I daresay that he will find out about Rory, be full of remorse, then it will be all happy - until Ryan turns up anyway.

Anonymous said...

To answer the question about if this time a villain should be 'allowed to get away with it?,I say no.
Phelan shedding a crocodile tear over not being able to see his grandson made me think instead of Anna who he raped and later framed for the attempted murder who's not able to see her grandson and whose daughter left town with her father scared that Phelan will come after her next!
I also thought about Luke and Andy who'll never have a chance to become fathers or Michael whom Phelan let die never have the joy of being a grandfather[he was very good with Max and Lily after their mum's murder] to Gail's grandchildren.
The 'poor Phelan' scene was sickening and too little too late!
I want Phelan to get his comeuppance now!

Anonymous said...

My father was a crown vetch enthusiast. I believe he discovered it on a trip to the UK and, upon returning to his home in the US, used it to control erosion in his yard. Apparently by doing so, he contributed to the crown vetch invasion in North America. My dad was also very good at Scrabble.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so, Dozy Rosie - she was in the solicitors office when Phelan planted the earring.
There's also the scenes in the church where Phelan got a few things off his chest in confession - let's focus on which church that was (obvs not Billys) and seeing a character develop from that.
Yup, it's been going on for so long, it's not just boring, it's 'Oh Gawd, not another Phelan looking/acting hard done by'.
Also - his ex wife. I'm guessing he's also made sure she doesn't say anything either. One has to wonder what part of Weatherfield is she buried under?
There's so much in the other little things he's done that adds up to the bigger things.


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