Saturday, October 27, 2007

Update- Friday, October 26, 2007- (Almost) "The Worse Business Deal Ever"

The scene opens with Becky loading up the trunk of a car with the goods that Roy and Hayley gave her. Meanwhile, Roy is talking to Dev about the value of the ray gun, when in walks a young woman, looking for Charlie Stubbs. Dev tries to chat her up, but she does not bite. Becky then happily leaves with Roy and Hayley's objects for the car boot sale.

Later, Roy is in a tizzy because Becky took the comic books and ray gun. He tries to get first Hayley and then Sarah to look after the caf while he goes to retrieve them. Neither of them will do it, and he keeps getting worked up, speculating that Becky knew the value of them and took them on purpose, knowing that Roy didn't want them to go (So unfair. I mean, it's been weeks since she stole from them.)

Eventually Becky returns, empty handed, wearing a new coat and very pleased about the success of the sale. Roy, trying to remain calm, asks if everything was sold. Becky says that almost everything was sold. She tells the story of the comic books. Some guy came by and wanted to pay 20 punds for them, but she could tell by the way he was acting that they were worth a lot more, so she bargained her way up to 40 pounds! "Forty pounds," Roy repeats faintly. But, she adds, he only had a cheque. At that point the cab driver comes in with the comic books and ray gun. Becky won't take cheques, so in the end the comic books and ray gun weren't sold. She does have the man's business card. Becky gives it to Roy, and suggest he could get a bit more for them.

We then see Roy on the phone with the guy. He ends the call, and informs Becky that the whole lot, including the ray gun, could be worth 1,500 pounds. Becky is beside herself with delight, and as so often happens when someone on the street gets excited, I couldn't understand one word of what she said.

A Stranger Calls

The mysterious woman leaves the Caf and goes to the Rovers. Dev is there and now, along with trying to chat her up, tries to figure out what connection she has to Charlie Stubbs. She confirms that she is no relation to him (she has no horns after all), but won't reveal anything else. She asks Dev for his newspaper, which he obligingly gives, and she passes it on to her grandfather. Dev tells her his name, but she won't tell him his.

She then goes to see Jason, as Roy told her Jason was running the yard. She doesn't think Jason is up to the task of renovating Diggory Compton's shop, as he clearly has his hands full with a wailing Holly. As she paid Charlie up front, and nothing has been done on the place, she wants her money back. This is the point where Jason should turn matters over to whomever is responsible for intestate estates. But he doesn't. He just assures her he will be able to work on the shop.

Later on Jason is walking by Diggory's and the woman comes out. He talks to her for a bit, and it turns out she will be selling chips and so much more! She leaves, Hayley comes by, and Jason tells her that a new fast food place is opening up. Hayley says that will make Roy's day even worse.

The woman goes back to the Rover's to get her grandfather. Her grandfather calls Dev, "chief", and Dev thinks the man is being racist. The woman says he is not, and Dev and she are now off on the wrong foot.

Dr. Evil and Mini-Me

At the Barlows', Ken warns Tracy not to talk to David, as it could be seen as interfering with a witness. Tracy, always compliant, goes to Gail's house, and knocks on the door. But there is no one home.

Tracy goes from Gail's to the Salon to find David. When he is not there, she tries to dig for information from Sarah and Audrey. They confirm that he was in the back garden, and says he saw everything.

Meanwhile, David and Gail are in the police station being interviewed. David goes into some detail about the knives and what he heard. He finishes his story off by saying that all was quiet. The police repeat, "All was quiet?" and David catches himself. Except the music.

Tracy continues to wait for David, and is anxious, but Ken and Deirdre try and calm her down.

At the Salon, Audrey questions Maria about why she didn't tell anyone about David being nearly drowned by Charlie. Maria says she was trying to protect David. Granted, this does not really make any sense, but Audrey goes on to tell Maria that she was leading David on, which is uncalled for.

Back at the police station, the police want to know why David did not say anything before. David tells them he was scared, especially when it wasn't clear whether or not Charlie would survive. He tells them about the time Charlie tried to drown him, and the time that he threw him in the back of his van, and further tells them that Maria witnessed the first event, and Liam, the second.

When David and Gail return home, David tells Maria that he told the police "everything" and that they will be speaking with her.

And so they do. Cute-accent police officer speaks with Maria, and the woman detective speaks with Liam. Liam confirms David's story.

Tracy finally gets a chance to speak with David. She tries to find out what he said, and David says that he told the police he saw everything. Tracy, thinking that David did actually see everything, tries to explain herself, but luckily doesn't give herself away, as David then states that he saw Charlie coming at her with a knife. As they are speaking the woman detective leaves Underworld. Tracy, realizing that maybe, just maybe it won't look good for her to speak with David, takes him to his house, where they go over his story. She helpfully fills in some blanks for him. At the end of it, David reassures Tracy that he is on "her side" as he too hated Charlie. She is relieved, but warns him not to let her down, as otherwise they will both be in a lot of trouble.

Joanne, Meet Snake, Snake, Meet Joanne

Joanne is called into Liam's office. Liam tells her that he had a "bite of the apple" and now wants to finish it. She tells him she has a boyfriend and shouldn't be doing this. So he backs off and says that he was out of line, but she was just so luscious. He promises it won't happen again, at which point Joanne kisses him.

Yep, just like in Eden, it appears that the woman is going to be the one who takes the blame when this all goes to hell.


Jacqueline said...

#1 - Deve looked good dressed up.

#2 - I like it when Audrey lectures someone and ends her sentence with either 'laydee' or 'ma-dame'.

pip said...

This is where things are going to get sticky for Jason. Since when does someone pay for an entire reno job up front? Does Jason know how to read Charlie's books? This woman might be having him on. And why didn't Sarah see when she was going through Charlie's work book that the job at the old bakery was due to be done, and either phone up to tell the owner Jason couldn't do it, or to set a date for him to start?

There's no way David is going to be able to make his story stick. He is in big trouble and Gail will do whatever she can to bail him out. You know, Gail and Dierdre are cut from the same cloth - they constantly defend and protect their psychopathic children.

Anonymous said...

This whole Jason taking on Charlie's work thing strikes me as a bit odd. Jason, unlike Charlie, is not a licensed contractor so they're must be laws regarding the types of jobs he can take on.

While his intentions are, I think, honourable, right now he's a cowboy builder using tools, office space, and real estate that don't belong to him.

Anonymous said...

And by "they're," I mean "there."

Also, Diggory's is being converted into a fast-food joint. Should make life difficult for Roy. Sure you could have his locally produced, organic fare, or you could just grab a butty or kebab for 2 quid cheaper across the road.

Anonymous said...

Will David remember that Charlie is left-handed? That's where he will trip up, I think.

What hand did Charlie have the knife in David, asks the magistrate.


Who pays for a contract job up front? I do not like this lady, Sam I am.

And Dev does look good dressed up.


Anonymous said...

Missusmac, I did notice when David was explaining to the detectives what happened, he did use his left hand when explaining the part about Charlie holding a knife.

I remember thinking that was strange because I know he didn't see anything, yet he demonstrated with his left hand.


Anonymous said...

Aha! I missed that part -- dang kids wanting attention again!

But when he was back in his house with Tracy comparing notes, I noticed he used his right hand... I would have thought Tracey would have caught him up on that.

It looks like David and Richard Hillman have more in common than David thought, doesn't it?


Debbie said...

Can I just say something about Maria and David and Charlie.

He is like 15 or 16 years old. And while teengers are far more savvy than most of us like to think, they are still idiots, they have any real concept of consequences, no proper idea of what is appropriate behaviour and very little control over their own wildly swinging emotions, which they often act on.

Her argument for not telling David's mother that Charlie basically tortured him in her bathroom is non-sensecal. Telling Gail may have bruised David's ego, but that is not excuse enough for keeping that secret. At some point the fact that he is 15 should have occured to Maria.

What Maria said about David winding Charlie up is accurate, but again, he is a teenager testing how far he can go and should be dealt with using the proper channels. Did David deserve to have a confrontation with Charlie. Yes, David needs to learn that you can't stick your nose in other people's business and not everyone has time for his behaviour. Had Charlie yelled at him, told him off, or marched him over to Gail then that would have been appropriate. However, you can't just let a 35 year-old man beat him up to teach him a lesson. He is a kid with no real ability to defend himself against someone like Charlie.

Audrey, Gail and Sarah have every right to be angry at her.

Also, when Audrey told Maria that she must have been leading David I thought that was uncalled for. But then I remembered that at one point it was true. When David found out about Maria and Charlie, she begged him not to tell but promised to spend time with him and took a really sweet tone when talking to him. It is easy to confuse the emotions of a 15 year-old.

I have to say, in this story line, Maria comes off very poorly.

Anonymous said...

Debbie: I completely agree with you regarding Maria's behaviour. I was at a family get-together on the weekend where there were 5 Corrie Fans and the consensus was that Maria calling David a freak was cruel and uncalled for. The other topic that everyone agreed on was David's horrible hairstyle!

Mayfairgirl said...

I like David's hairstyle, it gives him some edge.

Also, I don't like the "cleaned up" Becky wearing a nice coat.. It makes her boring.

pip said...

I agree with you Debbie. I'm betting Maria didn't dislcose what happened to David because she didn't want Charlie to be charged with assault. He'd definitely go to jail for premeditated torture of a youth.

I don't understand why Maria still feels such an attachment to Charlie. She knew in the end that he was just using her and had no intention of leaving Tracy for her. She saw what he did to David. Did she ever suspect that he'd been rigging things in her apaprtment to go wrong so he'd have an excuse to go over? If she didn't, she should have. Charlie was nasty, and if she couldn't see past his hot body and smarmy ways then she's stupider than I thought.

Anonymous said...

Agree with everything written here about Maria, somehow I don't think she was any luckier than Kirk when the brains were handed out in the Sutherland family. The parents seemed bright enough in the only appearance I can recall them in but the kids are definitely not the sharpest tools in the shed.


S. Poole

Whitehorse Fan said...

You know, there is something I don't like about the way violence can be rationalized on Coronation Street.

When Charlie attacked Peter, Ken seemed to think that it was understandable, as Charlie thought Peter was Tracy's lover. And PEter's response was not, "he shouldn't have beat me up, period," but that Tracy told Charlie who PEter was, so he should have stopped.

It's the same here. Maria said that David was winding Charlie up. The proper response, I think, is not "you lead him on", but, "No one should try and drown someone else, no matter how nasty they are."

Okay, I'll just get off my soap box here.

And yes, Maria is a bit thick.

pip said...

WHF, I agree completely. Violence is too easily tolerated on the street. Liam's failure to intervene further when he hauled David out of the back of Charlie's van is just one example. And remember what a hero Charlie was for beating up the creep who was bullying Roy.

It's kind of ironic that the only person who really doesn't tolerate violence when she sees it happen - Gail - is the one who is generally regarded as a loony (by the characters and viewers alike). She did do the right thing when she found out that Dr. Phil was being physically abusive to David; she didn't try to rationalize it, she chucked her boyfriend (mind you, after Richard Hillman, she'd have been crazy not to chuck someone who showed the slightest signs of being a loony - but at least that experience didn't make her more tolerant of domestic violence, as sometimes occurs with abused women.)

Debbie said...

But Gail also attacked Eileen in the street after Todd came out of the closet. So, she is not THAT anti-violence.

I also think that people in real life rationalize violence all the time, it is not peculiar to the street. There is more of it on the street because it is a soap opera and it is dramatised, but I don't think it is anything goes.

pip said...

Oh, you're right, Debbie. I'd forgotten about that. Maybe it's only when her own kids are involved that she doesn't have any tolerance.

I agree that some people in real life rationalize violence some of the time. And I agree there isn't an 'anything goes' attitude on the street, but even for a soap opera it seems pretty permissive/tolerant. Maybe I live too sheltered a life (for which I am grateful).

Whitehorse Fan said...


I agree also that people rationalize violence in real life.

I don't know if it is unquestioned on the street, I don't think I am a seasoned enough viewer to say. But, I find it kind of interesting that it is rationalized as much as it is, though, because in many ways the show it is quite progressive.

Jacqueline said...

Maxine, Tommy, Charlie - wow, that's 3 people murdered on the in about 5 years. OH yes, then there's the fire bombings via Mad Maya, the selling of babies, a mad car chase with Moley's ex's waving a gun....

In real life this street would be only slightly less safe than Lebanon. Fortunately it's fiction.

I'm think that the reason violence is tolerated is that as long as no one ends up in the morgue it's a bonus.