Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Is This the Face of a Hardened Criminal?



Recently I have been thinking about Amy. That little mite has had some hard knocks in her short life. Her mother tried to sell her to the neighbours, and her father isn’t very thoughtful. Her mom’s last boyfriend didn’t want anything to do with her. She is forced to live in the dishwasher and she has a unibrow. It is hard to be her.

This kid is destined to spend a large part of her life visiting prison. I also think there is a huge chance that she will end up in one. Why, you ask. Well because it runs in the family. There is a good change that Tracy will end up in the slammer. We all know that Deirdre served a hard few weeks for a crime she did not commit. But, how many of us realize that bother her father and her grandfather are familiar with the inside of a cell.

On the cobbles
a brush with the law is almost expected in the development of some characters, even the ones who end up being one of Weatherfield’s successful entrepreneurs. I am not sure of Steve McDonald is part of the Square Dealers (now that both Alf Roberts and Fred Elliot are dead, I don’t know who is) but you have to wonder if they would let Steve in. Yes, Steve was once sent to jail for perversion. Not the fun kind, but the perversion of justice kind.

The story is a little involved but here goes. Steve always wanted to be a businessman, but didn’t really have the sense for it. He did like to be flashy and one year bought all of his clients and contacts whisky … of the stolen variety. Now, Steve was no stranger to fenced merchandise. In late 1991 he tried to sell Alf Robert’s stolen car radio. He was charged but after he refused to say who else was involved. His brother talked and was beaten up as a result. Liz went into premature labour due to all the stress. The baby died after a couple days and, wracked with guilt, Steve started to talk. Thanks to the information, he got off lightly with a 100 pound fine.

The stolen whisky business lead to a trial in early 1996. Steve was found innocent because the guy he bought it from (the fence) gave testimony that Steve didn’t know the whiskey was stolen. However, Steve had his then wife, Vicky, bribe the fence to lie in court. But, as things unravel in the street some domestic troubles caused the fence’s wife to testify that he had been bribed. Steve went to trial for perversion of justice and on May 24th he was sent down for two years.

Trips to the slammer run in the McDonald family. We all know about Jim and his Toronto Blue Jays sweatshirt. Jim had a nasty temper and always let it get the better of him. One night after Liz “confessed” to having an affair while Jim was away with the army he went crazy, beat her up and abandoned her at a service station. The dude is a nut-bar. Liz didn’t want him anywhere near her. Angry that Liz wouldn’t see him after the beating, he decided that the best way back into her heart was to break in through the back window. Curley Watts and Kevin Webster stopped him and handed him over to the police. This led Liz to taking out a restraining order against him, which he broke when he followed her into the Rovers wanting to have a civil conversation. Liz called the bill and Jim was sentenced to a few weeks in prison for breaking the restraining order.

I have seen a number of episodes from this time. Jim was a class 1 crazy. His jealousy was intense and there were a number of scenes where he leaves work and follows Liz around convinced that she was being unfaithful. It was actually pretty scary and I think the man needed to be institutionalized.

In 2000 Jim would let his temper flare out of control again, this time, in defense of his son Steve. Jez Quigley was drug-dealing scum in Coronation Street and he beat up Steve McDonald badly over unpaid debts. Steve was hospitalized and Jim was incensed. Jim gave Jez the beating of is life. He didn’t actually kill him in the beating, but while in the hospital Jez went to try and kill Steve (The Weatherfield General Hospital probably put them in the same room). As Jez tried to kill Steve, his Jim administered cracked rib punctured his spleen and lung. That was the end of Jez.

Jim confessed and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Jim really is a dangerous character. According to Corrie.net he actually escaped prison in 2003 and tried to go to Ireland (weird). He escaped because he thought Liz was having an affair (weird). But was caught because he ended up saving Claire and Ashley who were adrift in a boat (weird). I don’t know if this added time to his sentence, but I do know that he later lost it over a tube of toothpaste and beat up his cellmate (psycho?). No parole for Jim.

I know a lot of Corrie Canuksters are big on Jim. But I have to say that he is a dangerous guy. I don’t know if the army made him crazy or what. I just hope that should they bring him back, his rage issues are addressed.



Poor little Amy. With both parents and two of four grandparents having experienced prison must she face the same fate? How long do the Canuksters think it will take before she gets sent down? And, what do you think the crime would be?

27 comments:

Whitehorse Fan said...

"And, what do you think the crime would be?"

Shoplifting a pair of tweezers.

Debbie said...

HAHA! Hilarious! HAHA!

Anonymous said...

That poor kid doesn't have a prayer.

Jacqueline said...

Debbie,

You need to tell us how you really feel about Jim.

Debbie said...

I think he is a psycho.

pip said...

Wow, great sumamry, Debbie. I didn't know any of that stuff about Steve or Jim (except the psycho toothpaste episode). I guess it's easier to understand why Liz is so enamoured of Vern. He only gets physical in the way she likes (ew, ew).

Personally, I think Amy has undiagnosed autism (turns out it really is caused by having a cold, unloving mother when you're an infant!), and the institution she'll end up in won't be a correctional one.

John said...

I remember that episode where Jim tried to escape to Ireland. It was part of a ratings stunt that saw the Corrie gang all going to down to Blackpool for a few days. Bet Lynch was there, as well as Liz, who had previously left the show.

I don't even remember how Ashley and Claire and Joshua ended up in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean but it was sinking and Jim ended up saving them and taking the back to shore, before considering taking them to Ireland with him. He turned himself over to the police when the boat arrived.

Amy is going to go down in twenty years for scamming Chesney's self-made fortune.

Whitehorse Fan said...

Here I go off-topic:

Yesterday I caught 10 minutes of the "Audience with Coronation Street" (hadn't seen it before). Does anyone have a copy? I would like to make arrangements to get it somehow.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the back story, Debbie! It's nice to learn the history, and while I have some books about Corrie (quelle nerd!), they tend to end before 2001, so lots of the stuff that I didn't see (like Mad Maya) aren't in there...

Now, when you say Jez beat Steve up over debts, and Jez was a drug dealer, should I follow the logical conclusion with why Steve owed Jez money?

Michigander Fan

Anonymous said...

You guys crack me up with Amy! poor little unibrow - she can't help it! (My little neice has the hairiest legs I have ever seen on a child of either gender. Seriously! But at 7, she shouldn't be shaving.)

Her chances don't seem very good, do they?

However, Pip, I must disagree with you. Amy will take the path so many bad child actors take: she will go upstairs to play her rock and roll records, and come back downstairs several months later looking like a completely different person (who happens to be a much better actor)!!!

MF

MF

Anonymous said...

A name so nice, I had to say it twice!

MF

Anonymous said...

Isn't Jim Irish (from Belfast)? That's probably why he was going to Ireland.

Debbie said...

Steve owed Jez money because Jez gave Steve money for his mini cab business. But, Steve didn't pay him back.

Anonymous said...

Jim was a hot head from day one, he was barred from the Rovers by Alec Gilroy more than once. Alec called him "the Mad Irishman" and wisely feared him.

All I know is when and if Amy goes to the gray bar hotel she will claim she was framed. Like her dad, or as the late great (and also psychotic) Alex Harvey would say, FRAME-ED-AH. :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG6aLs8zzrs

Cheers!

S. Poole

Jacqueline said...

Jim is indeed from Northern Ireland

pip said...

LOL MF. The complete makeover!! Amy's had one already, didn't seem to work, though. she's one tough cookie!

Rob Swizzle said...

Ratings stunt! That explains that weird sojourn to Blackpool. It just got weirder and weirder as the week wore on, almost like a bad improv sketch.

Jacqueline said...

that youtube is from norway.

Anonymous said...

Well excuuuuuse me, I couldn't find any footage of Alex Harvey doing "Framed" in Ireland. ;-)

Jim absolutely went nuts on Steve when Liz lost wee baby Katey, I remember him screaming something along the lines of "Good on ya, Steve, there is your wee baby sister dead and you running the streets like a common criminal!" He really is a nutter, used to hit the boys upside the head too, especially Steve.

cheers!

S. Poole

Jacqueline said...

kisses to s. poole.

I wasn't being picuyne, just noticed it was from Norway...and I love norway so much i want ot marry it.

I'm so afraid to defend Jim at this point, but I think Steve was being a jackass while Liz was going through a hard time.

Anonymous said...

Pip, Autism is certainly NOT caused by having a cold, unloving mother when you're an infant. The "refridgerator mother theory" was popular in the 70's, but autism, while not fully understood still, is thought to be a genetic disorder. Sorry to jump all over it, but it is a sensitive point for mothers everywhere who are dealing with the heartbreak of autism.

Anonymous said...

The entire Blackpool concept was extremely weird. Karen and Steve, Liz and Jim in Blackpool? But wait, there's more Ronco deals...

Didn't Claire and Ashley and baby Josh take a cold, cold row boat ride for no particular reason. Oh, that's right, so Jim could decide whether to save them.

And isn't that same trip Tyrone proposed to Maria on top of some tower? (I get those Blackpool trips confused.)

Jim is definitely a nutter, so he is. Didn't Steve push him off a construction site scaffolding -- on purpose?

I do remember the Jez storyline. Could never figure out why Jim was sent to jail when Jez punctured his own lung STRUGGLING TO KEEP A PILLOW OVER WEAKENED STEVE'S FACE while Steve lay in a hospital bed. Always thought it was weird Jim was jailed because Jez attempted to murder Steve but died doing it...

-missusmac

Anonymous said...

Audience with Coronation Street was great! I didn't record it though. :-( cbc should run more of the corrie specials.

Debbie said...

It was pretty clear that Pip was joking about the autism thing.

Debbie said...

Jez would have never been hospitalized with broken ribs if it wasn't for Jim. Regardless of what Jez was doing he died as a result of the injuries inflicted by Jim. I think that would stand up in real life.

Anonymous said...

Hah! Sorry, Jacqueline -- I was doing a Steve Martin voice (Well excuuuuuse me, circa 1977) but it didn't come through on the interwebs. Norway is cool, I have a similar thing going for Denmark. ;-)

And you can defend Jim, I didn't hate the character, the corporal punishment he doled out was a little much is all. Anyone who can wrench an old Vincent motorcycle back to life is a decent bloke in my books.

When Jim was "knocked off" the scaffolding (was it ever proven he was pushed?) he suffered a spinal cord injury which put him in a wheelchair for some time. When he was able to get a physiotherapist to help him out the guy ran off with Liz, maybe he does have a reason for being a little irritable!

Cheers!

S. Poole

pip said...

Hi Anonymous, just to reassure you, I certainly was joking about autism being caused by cold mothers. I know that theory was debunked a long time ago, so I didn't think anyone would take me seriously (it just very nicely fitted in with the way Tracy had bounced poor Amy from caregiver to caregiver during her infancy without a care for her feelings).