Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday October 8th – The Lights Out Update
At 7:00 PM last night I turned the TV on (OK, I actually just switched from the Project Runway marathon to the CBC) to watch our Coronation Street but I really couldn’t make sense of what I was seeing. There was a bunch of really large men all dressed up in matching outfits running headlong into other large men wearing a different matching outfit. One of them was carrying an orange oblong rounded object. Then, there were these other men on the screen wearing suits talking in some sort of technical language. I don’t know what was happening but I do know this. They picked the wrong time to start the Street late. Don’t they know what is happening in Weatherfield? Becky didn’t make it to work!
The show opens with bad-boy Charlie asleep in bed with a chair pressed up against the door handle, I guess the conversation with Tracy from the night before really did get to him. He is still cocky as ever, although. His bravado has not left him on the day of his court appearance, but Tracy is confident that he will not be coming back from court after what he did to Peter. Charlie, on the other hand, is confident that he’ll get a slap on the wrist and tells Tracy that when he gets back from court she had better be gone.
The two of them go back and forth in a verbal sparring match and at one point Charlie grabs Tracy’s face and tells her that is he was the man that she has been making him out to be, he would toss the hot cup of coffee that she was drinking into her face. Tracy calls him on. Obvioulsy, anything Charlie could do would actually help her in the end. But Charlie is too smart for this game and leaves Tracy unharmed.
Blanche never fails to dissapoint and when we get a look at the happenings over at number 1 we find her explaining to Peter why court cases are better than funerals. I guess Blanche passes time at courthouses as well as grave yards for entertainment. Deirdry is also ready to head to court and the entire Barlow clan is convinced that Charlie will end up in a cell for the rumble on the cobbles.
The Barlows get into their car and across the way Charlie is getting into Steve’s car. Charlie may want to go for a pint afterward so will not be driving his lumberyard van to the courthouse. Just before they head out, Charlie tells Steve that when he gets back, if Tracy isn’t gone, he will throw her out.
Tracy is home alone now and kind of going out of her mind. Is Charlie going to come back? Has he been locked up? If so, how long will he stay behind bars? As she sits worrying, Claire comes banging on the door to check on Tracy. She goes into the house urging Tracy to leave Charlie. What Claire doesn’t know is that she is actually urging Tracy to take another stab at her plan to kill Charlie. During their conversation Tracy is amazingly honest with Claire and even insults her a couple times. It all goes over poor Claire's head.
The case is over and Charlie has been convicted but doesn’t go to jail. He comes off with only 200 hours of community service. He gets back home to find Claire in the house and is right menacing to her. He asks her where Tracy is, makes a joke about her being locked in her room and then tells Claire that she had better go home. Claire leaves thinking that she has convinced Tracy to leave Charlie, but that isn’t exactly how things will go.
The Barlows are rightfully angry and Peter expresses that he would have happily given Stubbs a right pounding if 200 hours community service was the only punishment he would get. Blanche tells him that the pounding would have been the community service. Deirdry wants to head over to number 6 to get Tracy to come home. Ken, urges Deirdry to wait until the situation cools off.
Back at Tracy’s house Charlie turns on some music and Tracy turns on the charm. She comes down stairs literally dressed to kill in some sort of leather safari hooker outfit. Charlie looks at her and is not impressed. He goes upstairs to pack her things and begin the process of tossing her on the curb. Amy has escaped from the dishwasher and Tracy tells her to go into her room and watch the TV because she and Charlie are having an argument.
After a vexing mix of verbal judo and some very slinky behaviour Tracy appeals to Charlie’s ego enough to at least get him sexually aroused. But it isn’t that easy. She make a misstep by asking him to propose to her saying that if he were to get on his knees she would be the happiest woman on earth. Charlie wants none of it and Tracy has to really work to get him to pick up what she is putting down.
After more red light special, Tracy gets Charlie to sit on the off white leather couch promising him a lap dance and telling him that other women and strippers don’t matter because she knows that she is the woman that he will be spending the rest of his life with. If only he knew exactly what she meant.
As Oasis plays loudly into the night, Tracy dances in front of Charile as he sits smirking on the sofa. With her back turned to him, she grips the large heavy mother and child art deco figurine from the sideboard. With a swing of her hips for increased leverage, she spins around and bashes Charlie over the head bloodying his brow and throwing his head to the side.
Charlie is knocked out.