Episode One (originally aired April 2)
What you’ve all been waiting for has arrived; the verdict in the Tracey Barlow murder trial.
Initially I thought the episode would draw out the court scenes and that we would find out guilty or innocent at the end, but no, they coughed it up right away.
As the jury enters the courtroom, Claire tells Ashley that she has ‘a good feeling’, however Blanche says that she doesn’t like the look on the jury’s faces. The jury gives their verdict to the court and it is, oh wait, I forgot to tell you something. Tracey’s middle name is ‘Lynette’ – strange name non? I wonder where they got that name from? Maybe Ray’s mother’s name was Lynette or something. Still it sound more Texan than Manchurian which is why I thought it was kind of an odd name for her.
Oh right, she’s found guilty. She gets life, with a minimum of 15 years in the slammer before parole.
Screams of disbelief go up and Steve says something about it not being right. Tracey cries that they must have made a mistake and that ‘I have a child!’. Claire exclaims that it is a miscarriage of justice.
As Tracey starts screaming at the entire world for this sin against her, the jugde orders her taken from the courtroom, ,which she is, but not without a fight. Kicking, screaming and trying to break free…that’s our Tracey!
Outside the building, Blanche complains that they weren’t even allowed to say goodbye, while Deidre is all but catatonic and Claire decides this is a wonderful opportunity to approach her with some new ideas about campaigns and petitions to get Tracey out of the big house. Ken tells Claire that they need to get back to the house and Ashley comes to pull her away. Claire is devastated like her raison d’être was been taken from her.
I really like how they did everyone’s reactions, it was very believable…..from Steve shouting out, to Tracey trying to persuade the jury to change their minds and especially, especially that very sad, yet wonderfully acted scene of Deidre looking outside the window of the car as it pulls away. Cheers all around to the writing and the acting on this scene.
Back on the street, the McDonalds approach the Barlows and Steve says that he’ll take care of Amy for the next while. (Um, like 15 years….cause dude…you are the baby daddy.). Back in the Rovers he rings the last call bell and tells the punters that Tracey was found guilty and everyone seems generally shocked.
Meanwhile over at the Barlows, Ken tells Deidre to take the smoking outside which leads to yet another round of ‘Ken you emotionally devoid zombie bastard.’ accusations from Deidre. She stomps out to the backyard and Ken follows. Deidre blames herself for Tracey’s situation wishing she had pulled Tracey out of her relationship with Charlie. Ken tells her to get real that Tracey has only herself to blame and that there’s no way anyone could have gotten Tracey out of that situation if she didn’t want to go.
The last shot of the evening is Tracey being thrown into the paddywagon and the doors closing on her as she cries out once again, ‘I have a child!’.
Liam pays 150 to Leanne to see her survey – and he finds out that it’s the exact same info that he had. He’s a bit pissed but not so pissed to not try and get her out for dinner. She refuses…again.
Jerry is looking forward to the bacon sandwich that Mel is making….Mr. Glacia comments, ‘Dude doesn’t need another bacon sandwich in his life.’ It looks like it’s the twin’s 18th coming up and Jerry approaches Kevin about getting a car as a gift for weasel-boy.
Jerry is also worried that his wife is using Kayleigh as a free babysitter for Finley.
Sarah is hassling David about LYING in court, Mr. LIAR! Gayle defends him until over at the pub Sarah convinces Jason to tell Gayle about the video of Tracey and David.
Gayle confronts David about what he said at the trial and Mr. LIAR sticks to his guns and adds that the fact no one believes him is EXACTLY why he didn’t come forward in the first place. Note also, Mr. LIAR has a big zit between his eyes.
Claire obsesses about the verdict over drinks with Audrey and Ashley. They finally say, that she can’t be sure of what really happened, and that they wouldn’t put anything past Tracey. Claire is offended.
Janice continues to give Vicky a hard time and Vicky throws it back.
Episode Deux (originally aired April 4)
Mad Girlfriend Guilty in Smashing Boyfriend’s Noggin!
The papers are out with Tracey’s verdict and this brings countless expressions of joy over at the Barlow’s place. Peter says that Claire is starting a petition for an appeal and is curious why Ken and Deidre aren't on top of that. Me thinks he's starting to wonder if Deidre and Ken really believe Tracey was innocent.
Later at Rovers, Blanche and Adam also begin to wonder what’s going on with those crazy kids Deidre and Ken. Blanch has decided to spend a few days with her friend to give them some room
Even later back at the house after Ken and Deidre have visited Amy, they sit down with Blanche and Peter for some fish and chips. They wonder what is going to happen to Amy. Ken and Steve are working what to tell her and that gives Deidre a chance to attack Ken once again. She says that Ken with his bastardly moralizing ways would just have Amy told the truth, that her mom is a stinking low down murderess.
Blanch responds by asking for someone to pass the HP. (or as we say in the Glacia house, ‘Haych Pay’ in tribute to our Quebecois ancestors who had a great love of the brown sauce.)
Daddy and Amy Time
Steve is doing all he can for Amy and worries what he is going to tell her.
Vern, Steve and Liz are sitting around the table with Amy in earshot as they discuss Tracey. Steve has to remind Vern to keep quiet around Amy. He then tells Vern that he’s going to have to move his drums out of Amy’s bedroom. Vern wonders why because they aren’t bothering her.
(Glacia wonders when exactly Jim is coming back to the street to hand out some Vern asswhooping.)
Meanwhile, Michelle is being super supportive of our Stevo. She even tells him that if he feels ready to start dating again that she'd be willing to....babysit. HA!
The ‘Does Anyone Really Care’ Morton Story Line
The twins don’t want dad to be in charge of the playlist for their 18th bday party…this being decided after he promised that they would ‘bop till they ‘drop’’. Do ex-punks actually say ‘bop’?
Liz finds out that they aren’t 18 and stops serving them even though Dad argues it’s only 7 days away.
The Really Super Cool Story of this Episode
Janice and Joanne are really on the polish girls backs and finally Vicky has had enough. She yells at Janice that she is a hypocrite because both Roger and Leanne have worked in foreign lands.
This does not stop Janice, and neither does the dressing down that Liam gives both Vicky and Janice for arguing in the shop.
All the other girls in the shop are sick of hearing Janice go on about it, including Haley. However, she can’t figure out why Joanne is on Janice’s side and confronts her a few times, saying that she knows Joanne isn’t a bigot or a bully.
Joanne runs into the bathroom, where Haley follows her. Joanne is crying at this point and says something about if those girls are illegals they shouldn’t be working at the factory. Haley agrees, but says she still doesn’t understand why it’s so important to Joanne.
Joanne says, ‘Because I’m an illegal’.
Turns out that Joanne was born in Liberia, not Manchester. During civil war in Liberia her dad wanted to send her, her mother and grandmother to Leeds to live with his sister. Unfortunately, her parents were killed and it was her grandmother who brought her over.
And get this….sit down for this one….Jessie is NOT her twin. Jessie is her cousin! (I almost died laughing over that one. That was brilliant. I know…bad timing thorugh such a dramatic and tragic story, but come on….’Jessie’s not your twin? Shut up!’)
Anyway, it turns out that this is why Joanne wants the Poles out of the factory, just in case the authorities come sniffing around for work permits.
Later, at the Rovers, Vicky buys Janice a drink….a ‘bitter’. Janice slams it down in front of Vicky and says, ‘That’s right, I am bitter!’