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Sunday 31 October 2021

Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

Another one bites the dust.  Of course Natasha died.  Of COURSE.  First of all, she's a sparky, funny woman, young and attractive, with a good business brain, played by a charming and talented actress.  That can't be allowed to continue.  For some reason Corrie absolutely hates that kind of woman, and so she must be culled for the good of the nation.  What a waste of an interesting character.  (As @yeahfuego pointed out on Twitter, this is yet another in a long line of Corrie parents dying and leaving their children alone).  And what a horrible way to die, alone in hospital, from a bullet wound that wasn't even intended for her.  Didn't Natasha have any parents, siblings, friends?  Did she bring up Sam in a bunker, like Brie Larson in Room, and they only emerged in the last year?

And of course she had to die, because they wanted to get Sam in the show properly.  I hate it when you can see the contrivances, the joins, as the scriptwriters beat the story into shape for a desired outcome rather than letting it happen naturally.  Sam could've carried on visiting his dad, no problem.  Maybe Nick could've got joint custody, so he stayed in Victoria Court a few days a week.  Maybe Natasha could've got a job offer in That London, but didn't want to disrupt Sam's schooling, so she left him with his dad in Manchester.  Maybe there could've been a nice, charming storyline, something that makes us all happy.  But no: this way, Sam gets to be emotionally traumatised, Nicky gets horrific flashbacks to his own father's murder, and Leanne gets to revisit the horror of her son's death and her fear of mothering again.  Wonderful.

Incidentally, and they've constantly skipped over this, but Nicky never actually got real confirmation that Sam's his son.  When Natasha first left the show, as far as everyone was concerned, she wasn't pregnant; then she turned up with a child ten years later and said it was his.  I think the experience of Michael over the road has taught us all to say "that's lovely and everything, but how about we have a quick DNA test before things get serious?"  It'd be sort of hilarious if some other bloke turned up, said "I'm Sam's real dad", and snatched him off to Marbella.  

Have you seen this man?  During the first Friday episode in "Horrornation Week", Imran left everybody in the Bistro to go to Victoria Court in search of Nicky Tilsley.  He also said he'd check up on that little girl they'd fostered a week before and had already abandoned to babysitters so they could get drunk at a Hallowe'en attraction.  He walked out and... vanished.  We've not seen or heard from him since.  Is he ok?  Did he fall down one of the sinkholes and nobody's noticed?  Admittedly, there is a space-time aberration between Viaduct Street and Victoria Street.  We know this for a fact, because in the same episode, Leanne set off for Victoria Court, but Nicky was able to visit the Bistro, chat to Toyah, walk over to his flat and then discover Natasha's wounded body all before Leanne actually turned up.  Has Imran fallen into a wormhole?  Is he in another dimension?  Or maybe he got sick and tired of all these whining Battersby women and got a cab into town and stayed there.  I wouldn't blame him.

Sean is actually even worse than we previously knew.  Long term readers of this blog or followers of my Twitter feed will know that I was obsessed with Carol, Sean's homeless pal.  To recap: Sean was temporarily homeless, and Carol took him under her wing, helped him get food and shelter, and protected him from violence.  Then Sean got a roof over his head and he wandered off and left her to rot on the streets.  Carol reappeared earlier this year, and Sean repaid her kindness by getting her in debt to his pyramid scheme and causing her to take a drug overdose.  In short, Sean is the worst.

But wait!  It turns out he has new depths to plummet to!  Because Asha and Nina were looking for a particular homeless person, because of an unbelievably daft twist in the Corey saga that left me sighing in pain.  Sean offered to contact someone he knew in the homeless community, and I think we were all expecting Carol to turn up.  And then, Dudley walked through the door.  Who?, I hear you ask.  Well, exactly.  It seems that Carol wasn't Sean's only pal during his time as a gentleman of the road.  There was this Dudley too, meaning he's blanked multiple people now he's got a job and a home, and so is even more unpleasant than we thought.  Ever feel like giving something back, Sean?  Helping Billy out with the soup kitchen, something like that?  Didn't think so.

Incidentally, isn't it lovely to get some location filming again?  I know a tent city round the back of a viaduct isn't exactly the Maldives but it was great to see somewhere other than the set and Salford Quays.  The directors have done their best over the past eighteen months but I don't think there's a single square centimetre that hasn't been used multiple times.  It also means that Billy's soup kitchen no longer has to set up in the loading bay of Victoria Court, which I'm sure will delight all the residents.

Save Aadi!  Aadi is a delight.  (I'm talking about the Adam Hussein version of course, what with the previous versions basically being animated props).  He's smiley and cheery and fun.  But now he's full of angst and it must not stand.  I know having it confirmed that your dad likes your awful sister more than you will be a bit upsetting, but cheer up!  I don't want Aadi being depressed.  I want him trying to boss Evelyn about and suffering under her withering tongue.  I want him making sarcastic comments from the sidelines as Asha has another disastrous relationship.  There was a moment this week where he went from this:

To this once Dev's back was turned:

...and it just about broke my heart.  I blame Dev, of course, because he didn't seem to want to spend any time with his broken son, and he certainly doesn't seem to think he's done anything wrong.  Never mind spurious job titles, give Aadi all the posh crisps from the cupboard then cuddle up with him on the sofa to watch a trashy film while you make Asha do the washing up.  Show him he's a treasure so we can have the happy joyful boy back again.

Put the blame where it's due.  Carla and Jenny lost their minds with fury when they discovered that the sinkhole wouldn't have got bigger if David had got it fixed earlier.  They immediately blamed him for Johnny's death.  Now I don't want to start victim blaming here, but let's run over what happened, shall we?  Leo was in David's back garden looking at the hole.  Jenny went there - of her own free will, onto private property, and against the express advice of the homeowners - looking for Leo.  She fell in the hole.  Johnny went into the same back garden - again, not his property, and again, he was warned off - and physically climbed down into the hole.  He didn't drop down into the underworld, he, a grown adult man, made a conscious decision to go down there, even though he had mobility issues and absolutely no plan about what to do once he was there.  So frankly I think he deserved everything he got and Jenny and Carla should shut their traps.  

You know who should be livid with David and his sinkhole?  Yasmeen.  Because she's living next door to a hellmouth that's growing and her house and garden could be its next victim.  Apparently she has no opinion on this matter, however, which doesn't really make sense, but does any of this?  David mentioned that the water board had come round and pumped concrete under the house to stabilise it; so does that mean it's the water board's responsibility after all?  All the holes that opened up seemed to drop people into sewers so it certainly seems so, but now he's got a huge bill to pay for it, so apparently not?  But then again he agreed with Debbie that it was all Ray's fault for creating it in the first place, and we've still not had it explained to us exactly how you manage to deliberately create a sinkhole in a suburban back garden without anyone noticing.  My conclusion is that the sinkhole is actually sentient, like the Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi.  Ray employed it to wreck David's garden, then got arrested before he could hand over the cash, so the sinkhole is sticking around until it gets paid.  This would also explain how it knew to open up smaller sinkholes only at moments of maximum drama rather than, say, simply collapsing under the weight of the big tent or David's house.  And let's be honest, after the nonsense of the last couple of weeks, a living, breathing sinkhole wouldn't be much more of a stretch of credibility.  Give it a couple of years and Steve McDonald will be marrying it.

The author is tired of telling Toyah Battersby to stop working at the factory because everyone keeps turning to her for counselling advice so she's obviously quite good at it.  If you'd like to take over this role please contact me via Twitter @merseytart.

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Anonymous said...

Totally agree about Natasha. Why couldn’t she have bought the salon and stay on the Street. I loved her character and I think it’s a total waste that Corrie offed her.

Sharon boothroyd said...

Great post Scott. I like to read your wise and witty words instead of looking at 5 photos!
I didn't think Natasha was going to be killed off but I did think Johnny would.
Toyah and Imran have been AWFUL foster parents to little Elsie - asking her to keep quiet in her room while they bicker, and then fobbing her off with babysitters.
Where is Toyah going to live when she leaves and move out?
With Nick and Leeanne I assume, but Sam doesn't want to live at the flat because it's where his mum died.
Why would Imran want to sleep with Abbey? Simply because she was in the right place at the right time?
I thought Gail now owned The Platt house. Incidentally, where has she disappeared to? Where has Izzy gone?
I'm also confused about why none of the other residents came out onto the street with the sinkhole disaster.
In Ena sharple's day, everyone gossiped on street corners when Elsie tanner got up the nines and began courting a new fella.
In 2021, a major disaster hits the street - yet hardly anyone's out, watching the drama!

Anonymous said...

Sharon Boothroyd.In Corrie land, the rule is the bloke us the one who has to move out[Tyrone sadly is an example of this being kicked out of HIS house by Fiz who'll probably let Phil move in],so I bet it's Imram moving out possibly with either the Nazirs or with Adam and Sarah.
I love the poaaibility of Sam not being Nick's son and no longer Gail's 'golden grandchild 'after all otherwise he'll be the only Platt grandchild featured while Lily and Harry remain non grata.

Anonymous said...

Because people have lives now? Back then, they were too busy and if they were to gossip, people would say it is not realistic and repetitive. Cannot win at all.

But yes, Leanne has an interesting challenge ahead of her.

As for Abi, who know why people does things when they are not thinking properly.

Agreed with you that I like to read rather than seeing 5 photos.

Glenda said...


Anonymous said...

Jeanie (anon): I find it odd that the first thing people do on Coronation Street when they suffer a trauma or shock is to sleep with a random other person. I mean, really? Maybe when you're a twenty something but when you're middle-aged? Even when you're twenty father just died, my child just died, I just got some terrible I'll have sex with the first person who comes along! I find it hard to believe that would be so many people's first reaction to terrible news--even when alchohol is involved!

As to poor of the worst things will be seeing sweet innocent Sam turned into a demon child a few years down the road, under the tender tutelage of the Platts and Battersbys. OMG I feel so sorry for him! And Natasha was such a great mother. Hopefully, we'll see Natasha's parents arrive and whisk Sam to safety...why assume he will live with Nick? I seem to remember that when Natasha was on the show before she mentioned her parents at some point-I think they were going to help her with something financial.

Anonymous said...

People assume he'll live with Nick, as Nick if his father! Not rocket science really.
Sleeping with someone wasn't the first reaction to the shock of Seb's death for Abi. Seb died in May, and the trail was in October. Grief effects people in different ways

Anonymous said...

Jeanie (anon)--I'm sorry but I don't think it's a no brainer that Sam would be raised by Nick. Natasha hasn't been given much of a back story but it would make a lot more sense for a sibling or grandparent to raise Sam, than Nick. Someone he has maybe known for more than all of five minutes and who isn't surrounded by criminal elements (Leanne, David, Simon, now Max!). Nick doesn't just "get" him or inherit him, like a possession because he might happen to be biologically related.

As far as the show has revealed Nick has never been legally recognized as his father and has not been established as a primary care-giver. So, the person who is named as guardian in Natasha's will (if she has one) would be the one raising Sam--and that could be a sibling or grandparent.

Now, I agree that Nick will be likely the one raising Sam--that's why they killed Natasha off. But my point was--why assume, just because he is his biological father, when he has no legal standing and hasn't known the child for most of his life?

Humpty Dumpty said...

Natasha was a competent businesswoman so chances are she has made a will and appointed a guardian in the event of her death. Clearly it isn't Nick as people have to agree to be guardians, and he hasn't mentioned it. The guardian would ask where Sam wants to live and he will probably say with his father. This might just be a telephone call or an off-screen visit to the solicitors. Doesn't rule out the grandparents or anyone else disputing the arrangement.

Anonymous said...

I think you're assuming now that Natasha's family are all law abiding, upstanding members of the community. As you say, you don't know her back story, so there could be all sorts of criminality there too.
Also, you're assuming that her family know Sam better than Nick does, and assuming she had siblings. She may have been an only child and not had much contact with her parents. As Natasha said. "It's you and me against the world". That doesn't sound like she relied on family members in the upbringing of Sam

Louby said...

Great review,as always.

A bit of overthinking going on here! Nick's going to get custody of Sam because that's what the script writers want. Logical reasoning passes them by these days.


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