Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Update - June 20 - "Don't say 'doth,' freak!"

Straight, not Narrow, but Really Quite Freaky

I just want to point out that I have always been pro-gay rights. I have gay friends. I have been to a gay wedding, the very type of wedding I wrote to my Member of Parliament and insist she support when the vote came 'round (she did). I am listening to the new Rufus Wainwright as I type this. It is fair to say that I am cool with the gay.

But, damn it, why do I always have to do the damn gay updates?!!?

Anyway, Sean has agreed. per Violet's request, to ask Jamie out on a date, under the pretence of decloseting him. He pops round the Baldwin's to ask Jamie if he fancies a boys' night out. Jamie is all too keen and Frankie wonders if he's got something to tell them. Violet suggests that he is confident in his sexuality that he can have a gay mate. He laughs this off and Frankie reminisces about her old gay friend Derek the Trolley Dolly (we are even treated later to an old photo of them dressed up for the Rocky Horror Picture Show).

Later at Eileen's, Sean is torn over what outfit to wear on his night out. Eileen thinks this is going a bit too far as he's only taking his straight friend out for a quiet drink. Sean scoffs at the suggestion that there is anything more to it and Eileen says that she believes the lady doth protest too much.

"Don't say 'doth,'" Sean retorts. "Freak!"

Down on Canal Street at what looks like the Gay Rovers (actually it looks like a converted church with that woodwork), Jamie and Sean starting getting the drinks and Jamie asks his friend if anything thing is bothering him as he was silent on the bus into town. Sean notes that they are being watched by a guy who might think they're together. Then Sean lays it all out. He wouldn't mind if people thought they were together because he fancies Jamie. He wants to slow dance with him. Hold his hand on the bus. Go to bed with him.

Thing is, I think Sean was telling the truth here, even if there was an ulterior motive at play.

But before the dreams of a thousand slash fiction writers can be realised, Jamie breaks it to him that he is not into men. Sean says he'll get a sex change, even if there is no guarantee that he'll look like Angelina Jolie. Jamie says Sean is perfect in many ways, but comes in the "wrong packaging," meaning he lacks a vagina, in case you didn't get the subtle reference.

Jamie says that he is in love with the wrong person and Sean finally gets who it is: Frankie. Jamie quickly points out that Frankie is not his mum. Sean says that Jamie wins: he is way freakier than Sean will ever be and walks out of the pub. Jamie follows and begs Sean not to tell anyone. He agrees and they embrace. In a totally nonsexual way.

Poor Sean, he's going to collapse under the weight of all these secrets he has to bear.

Runaway Bride

Bev is trying on some new make up as practice for the wedding. It looks, in Fred's words, panda-like. Michelle suggests that she ease up. Rita and Emily arrive, join Fred, Bev, and Audrey and Bev suggests they pop open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the fact that her own daughter refuses to come to the wedding after her actions this week life, baby, life!

Bev proceeds to get drunk, as do Rita and Emily, and Audrey seems quiet as though she's contemplating something. Later, she excuses herself to the loo, where she breaks down into sobs. Afterward, she collects herself enough to agree to spend some time with Fred to buy some jewels for the wedding as she won't have much of chance to spend time with him after he's married and moved away.

I Can't Keep Track. Who's Winning Now?

Tracy meets Deirdre in the street, who offers Tracy to come home as Charlie will just keep hurting her. Tracy says that she knows he will because she still loves him and how pathetic is that?

Meanwhile, Charlie unloads his troubles (and, presumably, his trousers) on Maria.

When Charlie comes home, Tracy says she and Amy need to leave and find somewhere neutral to live, which is like fleeing war-torn Lebanon for Syria but that's just me. When she arrives, it seems as though their relationship is over.

40 comments:

Jacqueline said...

To answer Bev's question. Stevie Wonder did 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life'.

I know that.

I know that because it was supposed to be the last song at our wedding.

Except the guy in charge of the music got drunk and played it SIX TIMES throughout the evening.

Anonymous said...

Great summary!

I agree, I think Sean really was hoping that Jamie would take him on. Poor Sean, he's so sweet. The writers must give him a love interest soon, or the poor boy will explode, or melt or wither and die.

What's with Audrey? Is she secretly in love with Fred? Is Bev on a slick slide down to rock bottom alcoholism? What happened to Norris and the trip abroad? Can Charlie get any more two-faced?

Now for Jacqueline and whoever else would like an ear worm:

You are the sunshine of my life
Thats why Ill always be around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever youll stay in my heart

I feel like this is the beginning,
Though Ive loved you for a million years,
And if I thought our love was ending,
Id find myself drowning in my own tears.

You are the sunshine of my life,
Thats why Ill always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever youll stay in my heart,

You must have known that I was lonely,
Because you came to my rescue,
And I know that this must be heaven,
How could so much love be inside of you?

You are the sunshine of my life, yeah,
Thats why Ill always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever youll stay in my heart.

(repeat 6 times)

Westcoast Fan

Anonymous said...

Sean's heart to heart with Jamie was really very touching. I almost wished they had a future.

Sean is always so camp, one forgets he has a genuine heart and is a good friend. I mean, who else is gonna hug Jamie with concern after the truth comes out? Vi? Danny? Leanne? Frankie? Nope.

I think Audrey is just realizing she don't got Fred no more. I mean, the man only asked her to marry her 47 times, and now he wants her help to pick out jewelry for the bagged bride.

The big question is, will Bev sober up in time for the wedding?

On a slightly picky note, the writing for Michelle with other regulars is just a little too familiar. The girl's only been on the street 10 minutes, but her dialogue with them is like she's been there 10 years.

Don't people ask a million questions when a new person shows up at the pub? Poor Violet got the inquisition from Ken alone.

-missusmac

Jacqueline said...

I think Audrey is feeling her age and is worried that she'll never find love again before she dies.

I don't think she really wants Fred, just no longer having him as an option highlights her situation.

Jacqueline said...

Dear Westcoast - you are evil.

Am I the only one who didn't think that Sean is really all that 'freaky'?

I don't care for the Jamie/Frankie story lline. These forbidden love situations - I mean these really weird onces - come a bit too often on the show for my liking (re: Kateh and Martin). It's not that I'm such a prude, it's just that it makes the show a bit unbelievable....a bit like when there's 4 murders on the street in one year.

I much prefer real storylines, like Claire's and now Audrey's.

When Charlie was talking to Maria, I got to say, I was actually believing that he really, really cared for her. But he was just fooling everyone, again.

Oooh Charlie! (Glacia shakes fist.) Come over here, you naughty boy.

John said...

jacqueline: Corrie's been wanting to do an pseudo-incest story for years. I recall a special where Daran Little talked about an idea where Tracey and Peter Barlow would hook up (there is no blood relation there) and it would be a big scandal on the street. Looks like they're going to try it with Jamie and Frankie now.

I find it weird that Sean thinks of himself as a freak when he's one of the most normal people on the street. But I get the sense that he doesn't think much of himself as a person.

I think Audrey is upset that her list of eligible suitors is dwindling down to zero and she'll spend her life alone while Fred drags his alcoholic wife off to the country.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or did Bev very quickly get over the fact that her daughter (who she told to get an abortion!) is pregnant by one of the biggest creeps on the street and won't be attending her mothers wedding! If I were Bev I would be gutted about the whole situation. However, she just keeps on drinking...
I also love Sean and think he is a very good friend.

Mayfairgirl said...

I have to agree with the comment about the Jamie/Frankie storyline, it makes the show unbelieveable. I hope it doesn't go very far.

The toilets in the Rovers are very gross. I don't think I would go in there, even if I did need a good cry.

A question: does anyone remember the "old" Tracey? The hippie one who went to London? When she reincarnated to this one, I knew it was bad news.

karen

Jacqueline said...

Oh I remember...I remember.

Personally, as much as I like the job Kate Ford is doing as Tracey, I would have preferred to have Dawn Acton come back to do the role.

To beat a dead horse, it comes down to how realistic a character is. For me Dawn always was able to make us believe that she was a normal girl, who, because of her upbringing, became bitter and a bit evil. She was complex - where as the Kate Ford Tracey is a bit too over the top. She comes across as Cruella Deville - a cartoon villian.

Even Charlie they give some depth to (e.g. saving Sunita, helping Roy when that bully came around.)him other than just pure evil.

Corrie has always been great because of the very fact that it's had real storylines and real characters.

John said...

I never knew the Dawn Acton Tracy as I came into the show after Tracy Ford joined so I've only seen her in the Corrie Classics on Country Canada (which they no longer show). But I admit that it's a little bizarre to replace an adult character with another actor.

I have to agree with Jacqueline about the storylines. I like that there are fireworks once in while but if everyone is in crisis mode 24/7, it loses believability.

It's understandable that these are created to bring in viewers but it's the realness that keeps them there. I like Bev's drinking - it's real to me. And subtle, for the past few months, you've always seen her going for a bottle of wine but they didn't telegraph it. Now she's loaded every day. I've known people like this and everyone looks the other way.

Of course, of all this is about advertising revenue, not storylines. ITV runs the show 5 times a week so they need big plots to bring in more viewers and that means more money from advertisers. Back in the day, they ran the show 3 times a week and the big plotlines were more rare. But going back to that would mean ITV makes less money off the show. In the end, the quality is sacrificed from time to time.

Now most of the time these stories are handled really well, but sometimes it's as though there is a disconnect between what viewers want and what TV execs think the viewers want.

Anonymous said...

I was shocked when Tracy said to Charlie yesterday something to the effect that for the first time she realized she has a heart because it's breaking. Hellooo! Who's that little tyke clinging to your leg???? However, maybe this is more a flaw in the writing than a reflection of Tracy's character because Tracy seemed genuinely frantic with Steve's wife (you know, what's-her-name) accidentally kidnapped Amy.

I will be squicked if there is a Jamie/Frankie pairing. There was an aborted attempt at this story line many months ago when Carole was still in the picture and I'd thought they backed away from it because the viewers weren't supportive. Besides, in my universe Danny and Frankie are getting back together.

I think Sean is very sweet and lonely. He has no dad, he has a b*tch for a mom, no brothers or sisters, no lover for a long time, and his dog is dead. Do you think the producers believe that the viewing public just isn't ready for an active (long-term) truly gay (rather than mixed-up possibly straight guy) relationship on the show?

Westcoast fan

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with John about Sean. He's one of the best characters on the show - really well-balanced and normal. And I also agree that he has serious self-esteem issues. Sean's on my short list of "characters who really deserve to have a good love life." I hope the writers give him a good relationship soon.

The Jamie and Frankie thing is creepy. I really hope this doesn't go anywhere. Unrequited love is one thing. Smooching your stepmom is something else entirely. (crosses fingers.)

I cracked up when Liz gave Bev the thumbs-up for her Tammy Faye wedding makeup. Always consider the source, grasshopper!

Michigander Fan

Jacqueline said...

"an active (long-term) truly gay (rather than mixed-up possibly straight guy) relationship on the show"

I totally agree...they need a gay couple on the street.

GoBetty said...

HA HA JACKIE!

Anonymous said...

Westcoast,

Interesting question. I have a hard time believing that the Corrie writers think a gay couple is somehow less easy to handle than a trannie, although I suppose it's possible they feel that way. I'm not dissing trannies (believe me - I have a close family member who is one), but I think for your average Joe Blow, a gay couple seems more mainstream that a trannie. What do you all think?

I really have no good answer as to why Sean can't find a nice fella. (Or Eileen, or Shelley, for that matter.) I't can't be THAT difficult to write...right?

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

Whoopsie. Small typo. I MISUSED AN APOSTROPHE! Don't tell Lynne Truss!

She'll beat me, she will!

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

I take your point, Michigander!

I wasn't a viewer when Hayley switched from man to woman, so I don't know if that transformation played out during the show or if she arrived on the Street already transgendered. If the latter, then I think she is way less controversial because you don't know she is transgendered unless one of the characters tells you. (that's how I found out!). Her being transgendered is not a central issue in her character.

So a gay couple could be more controversial because they are more 'in your face'. I remember when Sean first arrived I was a bit surprised (and very pleased) because he seemed so 'out there'. I don't know if he's toned down or I've simply gotten over my surprise, but I think if he had a boyfriend as obviously gay as he is (and not all gay men are), then that could be quite controversial. Especially if they kiss and hold hands and do all that stuff that will squick the homophobes.

Just my two cents.

Westcoast Fan

Anonymous said...

I must tell you how much I love this site. I visit a couple of others and they are nearly as open minded as you folks are! Corrie Canuck rocks!

Anonymous said...

We should start a discussion who most deserves a shot at true love on the street~!

My vote: Kevin.

Poor bugger has been stuck with Psycho Sal for nearly 20 years (is this 20 years from the first wedding, or the second, asks the lovely Sophie! I love that kid.)

Anyway, Kevin deserves some ha-cha-cha momma who loves a man in coveralls!

Least deserving of love: Gayle. Just because she is Gayle. That is enough reason.

~missusmac

Jacqueline said...

HOney, I've maintained that for years....i WANT him to have an affair.

I'd be cheering him on with a vodka in one hand and a glow in the dark, cherry flavour Trojan in the other

Summer said...

Yes, Sean is sweet. But he is also more than willing to cheat with his best mate's partner!! Funny how after finding out about Frankie Sean pulls back with the 'Violet's my best friend, how could I possibly keep this a secret' thing... meanwhile, he'd be more than happy to get it on with Jamie two seconds earlier, with or without his 'best mate's' knowledge!!

Poor Sean? How about poor Violet?! Not only does she have a boyfriend who wants to do his own step mom, but she's also got a best friend who wants to do her own boyfriend! Plus she has to see her jerky ex in the pub she works in every day, plus she has to have a perpetual look of concern on her face all the time...

Anonymous said...

Oooh, the character most deserving of a love interest!!

Well, I still think Eileen is deserving of a decent man. The whole Joe fiasco made me sick.

I'd like to see Blanche meet her match in a man (I bet Ken and Dierdre would, too!)

Maybe if Emily had a good love match she would release Joe from that terrible promise she had him make and then he could come back to Eileen. Not that I think she deserves one.

Westcoast Fan

Anonymous said...

No, no NO!

Kevin is MINE!

Seriously.

Michigander Fan

EPS said...

Recently I commented that Bev was very selfish/self-centered or some such thing but the past couple of weeks have (again) shown her true colors: insisting Audrey was superfluous re: watching the baby, insensitive to Fred's mixed feelings about leaving the street (Bev's focus is on Fred providing HER with HER dream), insisting Shel abort because she/Bev really hates Charlei (NOT because of what he did to Shel - shades of her brief affair with Charlie), telling Shelly's secret because she/Bev felt so bad - regardless of the fallout for her daughter, insensitive to Shelly stating that she could not stay for the wedding, etc. etc. Most true words from Bev re: Bev: "Oh, you stupid, stupid woman". Absolutely!!

I'm missing the continuation of the Claire line.

Jamie gay or not - drama? Boring.

Anonymous said...

Re: the Tracy actress points.
I remember Dawn Acton - horrible , whiny, one-dimensional gal who couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. Bounced because she was awful. We're much better off with Kate Ford. I think she's got the chops - the problem may be with the writers not fleshing her out a bit.

Mayfairgirl said...

A thought came to me this morning about the possibility of a gay/lesbian couple storyline...

i think the reason it hasn't happened is because maybe the writers think it will alienate older british viewers who have been their core audience, who maybe not as open to the idea of a same sex couple.

also, maybe more traditional advertisers may not warm up to the idea of being associated with that type of storyline. just a thought...

karen

Anonymous said...

I dunno, was the viewing audience alienated during the Todd storyline? Wasn't that when the CBC picked up Coronation Street (or maybe they were just advertising it heavily) and the fact that Todd was gay seemed to be a big selling point.

Bev is definitely completely self-centered. I think her only saving grace is that she truly loves Shelly and wants the 'best' for her. The problem is that 'best' is defined as what Bev wants.

Man, it was annoying not to have an episode to watch last night. How quickly we slip back into our nightly viewing routine!

Westcoast fan.

Jacqueline said...

The CBC has been running Corrie since 1546. I think it jsut started heavily advertising it the last 5 - 10 years.

I agree that Dawn wasn't the greatest actress, but I still prefered her character to Kate's...but I think that's the writing to blame, not Kate's acting.

Debbie said...

"I think Audrey is feeling her age and is worried that she'll never find love again before she dies."

Please, Audrey ain't the only one.

Anonymous said...

I just went to csvu.net to see if the episode where Tracey outs Charlie as the lying pig he is was up yet.

The csvu.net account has been suspended?? What does that mean? And where will I get my visual updates now?

Oh the horror! The horror~!

missusmac

Anonymous said...

I think Audrey is regretting not snatching Fred up when she had the chance.

Pauline

Anonymous said...

Audrey is vile because she had her chance with poor sweet Fred and now she is feeling sorry for herself...ugh...she makes me sick. Bev is another one...UGH..a drunk and a bad mother. Poor Fred may be wishing he had not asked her to marry him. Nothing good will come from this wedding!!!!
Yes, poor Violet....she is getting dumped soon. Second man to do that as well...tsk tsk on the writers!

Michigan Corrie Lover

Anonymous said...

Kevin did have a fling a million years ago with Natalie (Horrocks?)-Barnes, Landlady of t'Rovers and Kev's co-worker/mate Tony's mom. I recall Sally sneaking into Ms. (Horrocks?)-Barnes flat and writing something like CHEATING B!TCH with her finger on the medicine cabinet mirror. When lovely Nat took her bath that night the word was revealed in the steam!

Oi, I go back a LONG ways on the Street.

cheers!

S Poole

Mayfairgirl said...

i remember natalie. i really didn't see what he saw in her. i remember that scene...it was soo good!

karen

Anonymous said...

Natalie Barnes - the original cougar!

GoBetty said...

Would love a lesbian storyline and like, something cool for Sean - a normal love interest for once, but inevitably one of those would contain a married "straight" person straying...

Rob Swizzle said...

Natalie had something going on, no doubt. Original cougar indeed!

Anonymous said...

i knew the "cougar" word would come up. my problem with this is: why is is socially acceptable for men to date younger and NOT women?

mike baldwin dated and married girls his son's age and no one thought anything about it. yet when deidrie married samir it was a big deal. loads of examples outside of coronation street..

open your minds people.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, marrying/dating those younger women really worked out for Mike...not! Remember Linda Sykes and Mike's son?

Anyway, I think a lot of people on the street didn't approve of Mike and his younger choice of women, although most of the men thought it was grand.

Wasn't watching with Deirdre and Samir, so I only know from Deirdre's infrequent references that she truly loved him... the people around her don't seem so sure though.

I think Natalie was the occasional cougar. Fred and Mike were sugar daddy types on occasion (i.e. remember Fred's Orchid?)

If the cougar term is in reference to Jamie and Frankie, it doesn't apply. I think the gross out factor here is the perceived mother/son relationship -- not the age difference.

I think we're a pretty open-minded lot myself!

Jacqueline said...

Well, I'm a woman of a certain age, and I'm married to a younger man (okay, only 4 years granted)...and I take no offense to the term 'cougar'.

At least cougar acknowledges the fact that women over 40 are still desirable. Much better than the 70's when silvered haired men were considered foxy, but a woman in her 40's could just go off and die somewhere. And a woman in her 60's was just expected to stop having sex.

I think men take a bit of heat too when the date younger women, and I actually find the term 'sugar daddy' worse than 'cougar'.

This weekend I was told I had 'that whole cougar thang' going on. Offended? Hell, no.

As long as men like Naveen Andrews are out there saying stuff like, 'Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see lines. I want to see wrinkles.' - you can call me that anytime of the day.

I think that the Corrie Canuck lot are extremely opened minded and if they say 'cougar' it's with deep affection.