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Monday, 30 January 2023

Coronation Street Episode Review Thursday 26 January 2023

Over on the mean Street in Weatherfield we find that Alya has come out of surgery for a punctured lung and has not yet breathed her last.  We get a brief visit to the Kate Oates Memorial Hospital with Alya coming round from her operation.  She is clearly still in a lot of pain when Daryan turns up.  Despite the operation and pain the pressure for beds is immense and Alya comes home where Sarah tries to get them to accept that Max was not responsible.  Alya is not interested but is later well enough to spot that Speed Dahl is closed and she sends Stu and Yasmeen back to work.

Fiz and Tyrone are home again and apparently last night went well.  Hope hits them with a shopping list for Cilla but Ty is not impressed telling Hope that if she wants to spend money on the chinchilla then she has to find a way of earning it.  A little later Kirk is looking for a dog sitter for Peanut and Fiz suggests that Hope might be interested.  Kirk and Peanut visit but Peanut is not entirely sure about Cilla and there is some apparent growling.  Hope is offered £5 for the night's dog sitting and ups her demand to £10!  However the girls come downstairs and find that Cilla has escaped from her cage and it appears that Cilla is no more.  Peanut is prime suspect - but there are no bites or any other evidence that the dog is to blame.  Cilla is buried in Victoria Gardens and Hope delivers a touching farewell and a spine-chilling threat that her death will not be in vain.

Max believes that Blake will tell the police that he only attacked Alya because of Max's videos and there seem to be an inordinate number.  David tells Adam (with a man bun) and the latter reluctantly agrees to find a solicitor if the police take the allegations seriously.  Even Gail becomes concerned having watched some of the videos.  Dee Dee is not happy with Adam helping Max in this way and whilst I accept that is her view, as a solicitor she also should accept that everyone is entitled to proper legal representation - a point which Adam makes and she storms out of their office.  Max's fears are justified when he is arrested and taken for questioning on the grounds of incitement to an attempted murder.  Max's fears are realised.

Gemma is babysitting Glory for Michael and tells him that she does not have the qualifications or insurance - Michael is desperate and suggests that she minds the baby as a friend and he pays her on the sly.  Chesney has taken some money out of the wedding fund and has put together his own super tasty BBQ sauce, following Dev's encouragement on Wednesday.  Eventually Chesney - under threat from a pair of tongs - admits to Gemma that he has used some of the wedding fund money - but before he can really explain why she tells him he can sleep in Prima Doner tonight.  

In the Rovers, Michael suggests to Daniel that perhaps Gemma would take on Bertie as well and then asks if she would consider it.  Daniel, his mind elsewhere agrees to contact Gemma to discuss it.

Stephen has to grovel to Carla and explains that Gabrielle has ripped him off and uses this to explain his "consulting" role.  Sally has rung in sick and there is a desperate need to ship an order - which is still needing machine time, so Stephen gets stuck in stitching to ensure that the order deadline is achieved even offering to buy a round of drinks in the Rovers once the last 25 pairs of knickers are stitched.  Having made Stephen sweat Carla does not actually sack him.

Christina Boyd has decided to go as she is making no progress with Daisy but Daniel is not prepared to give up just yet when Christina shows him her mother's necklace to be given to Daisy.  He makes a date with Daisy in the Bistro and when Daisy arrives dolled up to the nines he leaves as Christina appears but before going suggests they should at least talk for once.  Daisy tells her mother that she wants to hear nothing she has to say - but does stay.  Christina passes over the necklace but Daisy rejects it.  Christina admits that she was not a good mother and blamed everyone else.  She just did not want to be a mother - she did not like it and could not handle it and she knows they have missed out on everything - but feels that Daisy has had a better life without her and Christina admits that she would do the same again - because she loves Daisy.  Later Daisy returns to Number One wearing the necklace and Daisy admits that her mother was at least honest and is coming to the wedding.  Daisy's stalker is still stalking and finally gets blocked.  

Max believes he has a rubbish life and that whilst he was born in this country no one - including David - ever stands up for him and takes his side.  He had no idea what Blake was planning.  He denies being a racist and he did not want anyone to be hurt.  Max observes that to DS Swain he is just stupid scum.  Swain does not deny the allegation.  He has never had a handout, or a leg-up or extra help.  He has ADHD and cannot get back into his school.  His mother was murdered outside his house when he was nine.  He has had to learn to fend for himself.  He is lonely, so when someone tells you that you are not mad, and that you are not worthless and you are not alone - the hidden subtext is you listen and get sucked in.  A little later it appears that the CPS have been consulted and Max is to be formally charged with incitement to attempted murder.  

Which wraps it up for tonight.  I advise Peanut to go into hiding urgently.  Max needs a real lawyer and quickly.  And given that I assume Daniel's teaching remains reviewable by Ofsted I am not at all sure he would be that keen on handing Bertie over to an unregistered childminder.

Written by Cameron McAllister and Nessah Muthy.  Directed by Miguel Guerreiro.


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