Saturday, November 11, 2006
Friday Update (Posted Saturday With Hangover and Fried Chicken)
Rita Searches for Her Cocoon
When Norris finds that the Kabin hasn’t yet been opened, he knocks on Rita’s front door. It takes her 10 years to undo the deadbolts and with bleary eyes she tells him she’ll be in later. She puts the finishing touches to her face, and then looks wistfully at an old picture of herself back in her song and dance days.
She heads to a place called “Sunnydale Retirement Community.” It’s one of those perfect, pre-fab ‘communities for active seniors’. Her tour guide implies it’s built to support her inevitable infirmity, which of course could be a good 20 years away, he says. She doesn’t look thrilled by the prospect. She notes there are alarm buttons all over the place. Just in case she needs help with a jar of pickles, she says wryly.
She thanks him for showing her around, saying, “it’s been really interesting,” as though she actually means it. Is there a move in Rita’s future?
Fred Searches for Bev
At the Rovers, Betty not so gently reminds Fred that he’s forgotten the chicken and mushroom pies. He’s about to go back and get them when the phone rings. It’s Bev. She’s been abandoned on a country road near Kettering, which, judging by the look on Fred’s face, isn’t very near.
But like a knight to the rescue, Fred jumps in the refrigerated van and one flat tire later, has Bev wrapped in his arms.
Gail Searches for Evidence
It takes every ounce of my will not to fast-forward through the Platt scenes. It starts out with Gail going through David’s school bag. He watches her from the stairs, making sure she’s well into it before asking what she thinks she’s doing. He shouts at her for not believing that he was only walking the dog.
Gail is shocked to learn that drugs. Are available. At school (pause to slap our collective hands to our foreheads). David accuses her of taking drugs and when she says, “I never!” proceeds to run circles around her, using big words to point out that alcohol and coffee are essentially drugs, too. “Now you’re just being clever,” she says. Scene ends with David’s classic, “I’m not schtew-pid.”
Cut to him being all puppy-dog innocent with the cops. He didn’t know there were drugs in Jo’s flat. Oh sure, he smelled something but he just thought she was having a morning joint with her coffee. No, he’d never have taken any. See, cuz he’s tried it (pause to register Gail’s ridiculous look of surprise) and it didn’t agree with him. And what will happen to Jo, and will he have to testify? The cops say likely not. Gail assures the officers David’s learned his lesson, that he is simply too trusting. I swear you can read the smirk in his eyes.
Later at Craig’s (can someone tell me why these two hang out? It’s like the writers were desperate for a confidant for David and by default of age, it’s Craig), David fills him in. The implication is that David knew full well what was going on and he even watered the plants for her. When Craig asks if he got any of the pot, David replies with a sneering, “what do you think?” Then he talks about how he can’t wait to get away from his ‘thick’ family. He wants to go to America.
Emily Searches Her Soul
In one of the most touching and smart story lines of the season, Emily continues to struggle with her faith. Betty, ready to kick ass, is all “an eye for an eye". Emily wonders what Ernest would do. She thinks he’d likely forgive and be glad Ed found God. But Emily can’t find it in herself. She doesn’t want to go to church because the vicar would likely challenge her to forgive. She only feels an unwavering hatred for Ed. With deep sadness, she realizes that she’s not the great Christian she always thought she was.
Eileen Discovers the Real Ed
Ed finally calls. Eileen joins him at the Weatherfield Arms where she catches the barmaid’s attention by loudly referring to him as a murderer. They move to a more discrete corner. He says he didn’t tell her about it because he needed to tell Emily first. He wanted Emily to get to know him as a decent, normal guy. Eileen says that as crazy as she might be, she does want to try to understand him.
He tells her the story of how he murdered Ernest. He and his friend were made redundant and there was no work to be found. They cooked up the scheme to relieve the factory clerk, Ernest, of the week’s wages. Get in, take the money, get out. But it all went wrong. They never meant to hurt anyone. He saw Emily at the trial and he never forgot her. It took him a long time to admit his share of the blame. He was in prison for eighteen, lonely years. And while he never went in for “do-gooders and bible bashers”, he found he couldn’t escape God.
Eileen wishes he had told her sooner. He points out there is no good time for this sort of thing. He doesn’t regret sleeping with her. He would have only done that with someone he loves and with whom he sees a future. However, he would understand if she just walked away….