Friday, 4 October 2019

Coronation Street Episode Review Friday 4 October

Evening Corrie fans, it’s Kelly here with your Friday night review.

Up in her bedroom Asha is googling make-your-own home skin lightening cream, she quickly shuts her laptop down as Dev walks in. Still furious with her for stealing his credit card, he tells her she’s grounded and banned from the Bugsy Malone rehearsal. When Mary makes the very valid point that taking part in the school play was supposed to improve Asha’s confidence, Dev backs down and lets her go. Mary (who has also stepped in as stage manager) accompanies her to the rehearsal wearing her best Sally Bowles scarf ensemble. Unfortunately, a grounding might have been better as it all goes a bit Mean Girls. Pastel-Blue accompanied by one of her cronies corners Asha, accuses her of stealing the boy she liked and calls her ugly. As Asha runs off followed by a worried Mary, she cries that she’s quitting the show as she believes the bullies are right and she is ugly.

Over at the Websters Annie Lennox Debbie, who clearly didn’t get the memo that it’s a bit chilly in Manchester in October, is still trying to persuade a reluctant Kevin to take her £200k inheritance. Kev is unconvinced saying he doesn’t need the money. He may have a point, I seem to remember him winning about the same amount on a scratchcard about 10 years ago. What did he do with that money? I think we can safely say that it wasn’t invested in a new designer wardrobe. Finally, Kev agrees he will take the money but will divide it between him and his three kids. So that’s a maternity break trip to the far east sorted for Sophie. Rosie will probably spend hers on a Brazilian butt lift and a new trout pout.

Meanwhile Fizz has started her first day at Gary’s dodgy furniture shop. She spends the morning loitering in a corner and wittering in on about repurposing and upcycling in her nauseating child-like voice. Gary just about tolerates it, but when she makes some notes in his little black book of whose legs to break, he loses it and shouts at her and she immediately quits. I surprised she lasted that long to be honest. If I had to listen to Fizz for a whole morning it’d be a straight choice between stapling my own ears shut or removing her windpipe with an antique backscratcher. However, a bit later in the pub Jade persuades Gary to give Fizz her job back so that she can stick around looking after Hope.

At the Connor/Preston residence, the Queen of the Universe is flouncing about because her job with pervy Ray is now unbearable. She fesses up to Robert about Ray making a pass at her which makes him frown in a sort of mildly constipated way and plan some sort of daft revenge involving applying for a chef’s job at Ray’s company under the name of Steve McDonald(?) Everything about this is daft actually. Why wouldn’t Michelle just quit? She says it because of the Bistro franchise, but this was only mentioned about two weeks ago. It can’t have been set up that quickly.

Elsewhere Paul is still intent on leaving especially after an oblivious Gemma invites him to dinner with Bernie and Kel. Billy tells him running away is the worst thing he can do and begs Gemma to talk him out of it. She succeeds, and Paul agrees to stay but he tells Billy he still wants to forget about everything that happened with him and Kel.

Back at No.7  having heard about the bullying Dev goes to see Asha on her bedroom. He asks her what is going on, but when she clams up he rips open her parcel and finds the jar of skin lightening cream. He’s horrified as his daughter lifts her sleeve to show him bleeding and peeling arm. She tells him everyone in Mumbai uses it and it’s just like a white girl using fake tan. When she seems determined to continue using it Dev rips down all her posters of light-skinned Bollywood stars. Downstairs he breaks down to Mary telling her it’s all his fault for taking her to India. When they go to talk to her, they find her and all her things gone. Luckily, she’s only made it as far as Amy’s where she meets a firm but sympathetic Liz. After giving Asha a motherly ear, she tells Dev that he needs to listen to his daughter. Swallowing his pain Dev gets her to open up to him and Asha tells him that the skin lightening burns and hurts but it’s all worth it because she hates what she sees when she looks in the mirror. It’s heart breaking.

And that’s it for this week.
What do we think Jade’s game is Corrie fans? Given the ridiculousness of the current plots I’m calling long-lost and never before mentioned sister of John Stape back to wreak her revenge on his widow. You heard it here first.

Tell me what you think in the comments or on twitter @mskelstar.
See you a fortnight byeeeee.

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dhvinyl said...

Love it...this week and every week, and pleased to have an Annie Lennox ally.

CK said...

When is Michelle leaving again?

dhvinyl said...

Not soon enough! She’s not a bad actress but the scriptwriters have played havoc with her and turned her into a hate character. Robert meanwhile is yet another wooden actor and I’m hoping his departure is irreversible.

dhvinyl said...

Not soon enough! She’s not a bad actress but the scriptwriters have played havoc with her and turned her into a hate character. Robert meanwhile is yet another wooden actor and I’m hoping his departure is irreversible.

Anonymous said...

I do believe that John Stape is Jades sister and plotting her revenge

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