Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Update - November 8, 2006 - The Chronic Edition

Chronically Bad Mum

We open with Tracy trying the sell Charlie on the idea of her daughter living with them but Charlie's having none of it. Charlie suggests Tracy talk to Amy to and get her to make other arrangements.

Later at the Barlows, Deirdre and Blanche are trying to get Tracy to show a little responsibility by having the courtesy to phone whenever she plans to stay out all night. Deirdre adds that she doesn't mind bathing Amy and putting her to bed but she feels a little taken for granted (ya think?). Tracy says what are families for, if not to be taken for granted? And off she trots with Amy to the park.

Later on, the Barlow Elders have their weekly strategy meeting on the ongoing Tracy-is-a-Shit-Mother situation. Ken suggests that if they voice their displeasure with her staying out all nights, everything will come right in the end. Neville Chamberlain used a similar tactic once.

At the builder's yard, Tracy shows up with Amy, giving Charlie the full-on Foster Parents Plan treatment: "Look at this child..." But despite being able to care for her for less than the price of a cup of coffee a day, Charlie's having none of it. Tracy asks if he is doing this to show her who's boss. He asks if she's been talking to Shelley. Tracy denies it (not entirely true, Shelley did warn her last week) and says she'll talk to her family.

Later at the Elder Barlows, Tracy tells them that she has decided that children come first. Ken is delighted that Tracy has come to her senses.

*insert sound of needle screeching across a record player here*

And that's why Amy should live with the Elder Barlows. Deirdre tells Tracy that if she does this, someday, she'll make sure Amy knows someday. Tracy says if she does, she's never speaking to her again. There must be a downside.

She arrives at Charlie's, sans child, and she and Charlie celebrate by eating each other's face.

Chronically Unforgiven

Norris is jumpy around Eileen, not knowing what to say to her. Emily suggests there isn't much to say and Eileen has enough on her mind without worrying about Norris.

At the Kabin, Norris tells Steve that Ed killed Ernest. At Streetcars, Steve tells Lloyd that Ed killed Ernest. At the Rovers, Lloyd tells Kelly, Sean, and Hayley that Ed killed Ernest with the added notion that Ernest may not have been the only man Ed killed.

Meanwhile, Emily and Eileen talk about things. Emily relates a dream in which she sees a man being hanged and she felt happy. Eileen asks if it's not forgiveness that's on her mind, it's revenge. Emily says yes.

Later with Sean, Eileen admits that despite what he's done, she wants to see him more than ever.

Other Chronic-Related News

Kelly's homeless friend turns up at Underworld to give back the £23 that Kelly gave her at the police station a few weeks back. As she looks like one of the co-anchors from Good Morning Meth, Kelly brushes her off.

Craig meets David in the street as he's walking Jo's dog. David tells him that Jo pays him a few quid to take care of the dog as well as watch the apartment while she's away. Craig asks what's so important up there so David takes him to see: a room being used for the growing, cultivation, harvesting, and presumed sale of what the kids call the bionic, the bomb, the puff, the blow, the black, the herb, the sensie, the cronic, the sweet Mary Jane, the shit, Ganja, split, reefa, the bad, the buddha, the home grown, the ill, the maui-maui, the method, pot, lethal turbo, tie, shake, skunk, stress, whacky, weed, glaze, the boot, dimebag, Scooby Doo, bob, bogey, back yard boogie.

And all David has to do is keep an eye on things. I can see NO down side!


Jacqueline said...

Sorry, I'm confused, what is Jo growing? Ferns?

Jacqueline said...

p.s. I am kidding.
Although I am 102, I did grow up in Surrey.

Anonymous said...

I saw that and was immediately proud. Since I was a regular viewer of Da Vinci's Inquest, I knew exactly what it was. But I'm a little confused - is Weatherfield near Vancouver?

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

I'm no expert on the chronic, the puff, the weed, the ganja, the wacky-backy.

But that looks like no weed I'VE ever seen.

Maybe it's the British hybrid where they cross it with, um lettuce?

Anonymous said...


I CANNOT believe you forgot DOOBIE! And there was a band named after it and everything!

My uncle had a dog named Doobie (this was in the 70s, obviously).

Michigander Fan

missusmac said...

So, who's shocked Tracy dumped Amy?

Yeah, right. Nobody.

I'm wondering if the best way for the Elder Barlows to get Tracy to notice her kid is to give Amy to her daddy to take care of...

And we all know it will take Steve 45 seconds on that street to find out Tracy is booking appointments with her kid, and living in another house.

John said...

At risk of exposing my sordid past to Glacia's husband, I once lived in an apartment where a single pot plant was grown and whatever Jo was growing didn't look like any pot to me, either. The distinctive leaves weren't out fully and what we did see was far too green. The bright lights were correct, though.

I know there are strict rules on British TV about what can be said at that hour. Maybe there are rules against clearing showing drugs.

Maybe Kowy's right, it's that special British weed. It's like BC Bud, only, well, a bit shit.

Rob Swizzle said...

Michigander Fan,
Don't forget the delightful plural of "doobie", "doobage". (I think it's French for "Devil's Tarragon").

Anonymous said...

Based on my extensive knowledge (see above comment re: Da Vinci's Inquest), I must come to the conclusion that Jo is a biker chick.

John, I'm sorry. Why would Glacia's husband care about your being a Deadhead? (Newbie - you must show pity!)

Rob Swizzle: Yes, but my uncle only had the one dog.

BTW, can I just say that David will never have to take one of those horrid "What is you Ideal Job in Life?" quizzes issued by guidance counselors. How wonderful to have found the perfect job when you are only 15.

Michigander Fan

Jacqueline said...

Mr.Glacia's is one of those law enforcement / private security guys.

And I can't tell you HOW many times I've had to be restrained.


Ok...I went too far.

(London) Rob said...

Wonder how Rosie the Goth is doing on the ski slopes?

She should be back soon, right?

Anonymous said...

Jacqueline, special brownies?

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

Missusmac: You are dead on regarding Steve and Tracy. She would go nuts if Steve took over from the Barlows. If I were Steve I would be suing for full custody of Amy. (Can you tell I despise Tracy.)

Kristin said...

why the barlows haven't just called the police for child abandonment is beyond me!

Anonymous said...

Anon & Missusmac:
You're right - Steve could conceivably use this in his attempt to gain custody. Let's hope he does, because a side benefit could be that Moley dumps him.

Ahhhh. But look what happened when Kev & Sal went to the police over the Gothlove that was going on under their noses. And Lady Cop's parting words were that they would be hearing from Child Protective Services. And once you start that ball rolling, you cannot stop it.

She has been gone a while, hasn't she? I miss her depressed yet arrogantly morally superior self, don't you? I'm SURE I was never that obnoxious as a teen. Ahem.

Kids today!

Michigander Fan