Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Derek knocks on the door of the Rover's, and Liz answers. Derek explains that he had to come over to make sure everything was okay, as he had a wonderful time last night but didn't want to take advantage. Liz tells him that she too had a lovely time, and they will have to do it again. Derek wants to know where this is headed, and Liz says simply that they will see. She tells him to leave before Steve sees him.
As Liz and Steve eat breakfast, Vern stumbles in, looking worse for wear. He apologizes profusely, but says that everyone was offering him drinks and he thought that it would be rude to turn them down. Liz hardly has clean hands, but this does not stop her from getting onto her high horse. She tells him that she was humiliated, and she will not be humiliated again.
Later, Vern realizing he really has screwed up, is scrubbing the counter at the Rover's. Liz comes in. Now you would think that someone might realize that if she was kissing a man the same day she got engaged to another, then perhaps this engagement might not be prudent. She might realize that, given her fiance's huge mistake, it would be the perfect moment to say, "Uh, bub, we should talk." Apparently not. Vern begs forgiveness, and Liz accepts.
Much as when mild-mannered Bruce Banner gets consumed with anger he turns into the Incredible Hulk, so when Eileen Grimshaw gets consumed with the maternal instinct, she turns into "Self-Righteous Girl".
At the Grimshaw's, Violet and Eileen discuss Holly's fate. When Violet points out that returning Holly to Emma might be the right thing to do, Eileen accuses Violet of calling her selfish. Violet, realizing that there are some battles not worth fighting, says that she knows that Eileen is trying to do what is best for Holly. "Damn right," Eileen basically replies.
Neither the following story nor the Grimshaws' really warranted much more than a line of writing. But how could I resist when it gave me the chance to put up a picture of Bert doing the Pigeon?
Liam and Jamie wake up early in the morning to sounds coming from the back garden outside. The sneak out, ready to lay out the lout who is about to break in, only to find Jack feeding his pigeons.
They offer Jack breakfast, and Liam tells him he has to clear out the pigeon coop. Although Jack bemoans the loss of the pigeons, and Liam relates by recalling the fondness his grandfather had for pigeons, Liam does not relent, until Jamie suggests that Jack provide a few pints per week as rental payment. All leave happy.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Over the last while I've been thinking of upgrading our site to a blog server that can better serve our growing readership. Two weeks ago it was further driven home to me when I was asked where can someone find the notices we put up for schedule changes.
So after a lot of thought and consulation with Shatnerian and the other Corrie author, I opened up a wordpress blog for our site. This blogger will help us better organize our entries by categories, authors, etc. and provide us with stat information etc.
I know that corriestreet.blogspot has been our home for many years and moving, just as in real life can be a pain in the neck - which is why I gave it a lot of thought before going forward. I want our readers to be assured that moves to different blog servers won't be a common occurance and in fact, I seriously doubt we will move ever again.
Corriestreet.blogspot will stay up so that readers who haven't dropped in for awhile will know where we are, but the party will be going on over at wordpress. So set your bookmarks/links for wwww.corriecanuck.wordpress.com, grab your drinks and just follow us over.
Although we won't be 'officially' posting to Wordpress until Monday, feel free to go on over and check it out. I've set up a contest for everyone as my way of thanking you for your patience and to celebrate the new digs.
My local soccer club, the Lakehead Express, is hosting a 24 soccer game in an effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society. The goal we have set for this event is a thousand dollars per hour.
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Eileen is determined to get back to their normal routine but Jason's made up his mind not to keep baby Holly. Eileen refuses to listen to Jason’s comments and goes out with Violet for a walk with the baby. Upon their return they are greeted by wannabe chavettee Emma who demands Holly back. A screaming match ensues Eileen and Violet squeeze their way past Emma and slam the door in her face. Emma vows to come back for Holly. Jason’s alliances have changed and tells Eileen that he wants to tell Emma he is on her side. In the meantime, word is starting to spread around the Street as Sarah tells Gail that it has come out that Holly is in fact Charlie Stubb’s daughter. David listens to the conversation and has a good laugh , Satan's child that he is.
Peter is sitting down having a drink with Maria. He tells her he plans to head back to Portsmouth. She inquires if they will continue to see each other. Peter’s face says it all, and he tries to skirt around the issue by saying that they should take everything as it comes. Very smooth Peter, very smooth.
Liz arrives at the restaurant with Vernon nowhere to be found. She sits down and orders a fizzy water from the waiter and scans the menu. Meanwhile, back at the ranch - Steve is starting to wonder what has happened to Vernon. Liz grows impatient and calls the pub, where Steve tells her he is flat out on the couch from far too much to drink. Disappointed once again, Liz rolls her eyes and is determined not to make her night a bust. The wheels turn in her head and she rings up Derek, who ends up being free and joins her at the restaurant. Derek tells her that he has told his wife he is out with a mate and that it is a pleasant surprise he gets to spend time with her. The pair make their way back to the Rovers after their romatnic meal where they are stopped at Liz’s door. They both look at each other and embrace in a kiss.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Winner of the Baby Mama Party Primary - Eileen Grimshaw
At the Grimshaw's, Jason sits brooding, looking at Holly/Chloe - let's call her Chlolly, shall we? - and no longer seeing a daughter but Charlie Stubbs. Given that the baby was given to wearing wife-beaters, smirked a lot, and had a 3 day stubble, it's a wonder that the possibility didn't present itself earlier.
Eileen makes the case that the baby is still theirs, but Jason isn't so sure.
Later, he tells Violet that they'll have no real way of fighting Chlolly's hoochie mama Emma from taking her back. Eileen says she's going to apply to be Chlolly's guardian. Jason gets steamed and heads out.
At the yard, Bill gives Jason the good news that his and Audrey's (well, Audrey's, really) offer on the yard has been approved. He notes Jason won't have to worry about providing for baby Chlolly now but Jason isn't in the mood to hear it.
Later at the café, Jason tells a sympathetic Sarah about Chlolly's true identity. She understands his conflicted feelings on the subject and asks what he wants to do now. He isn't sure, having never faced such a choice before.
Later, Jason tells Eileen that, in reality, they simply have no right to the baby. She isn't theirs. He quite reasonably points out that DNA tests will see to that. Eileen maintains that Emma is after Charlie's money, causing him to lose his cool.
"Holly is the result of a drunken fumble between Charlie and some woman I don't know," he tells her. "I'm not going to give 20 years of my life because of that. And if you want to fight for her, that's fine. But you'll be doing it on your own!"
Winner of the (Fight for Your) Right to Party Primary - Jerry Morton
It's the morning after the night before, at the Mortons. The bodies have hit the floor and Young Shane McGowan is on the couch, vowing never to drink again. Jerry whips up his famous hangover cure of raw eggs, eggplant, HP Sauce, Yop, nutmeg, and an olive. Young Shane is almost sick just looking at it. Meanwhile, Mel is preparing for her run to "detox" by 11:00am. Remember when people didn't use foolish terms like detox in reference something as minor as a hangover? I miss those days.
Next door, Gail is rather hungover herself and has no memory of going arse over kettle through her own fence, blaming it on the neighbours to a bemused David. She threatens to get an ass-bow. Wait, is she getting married now? Does she want an ass-bow for her dress?
Oh, ASBO. Anti-Social Behaviour Order. Right.
Later, David goes out and gets his chub on for Young Shane McGowan's new car. They go out for a spin together, to the annoyance of Betty. Don't mess with my Betty!
Later, Gail comes out to the back garden, hearing the sound of an electric drill. It's Jerrry, fixing the fence as his father, Marley's Ghost looks on. Marley points out it was Gail who fell through the fence but also notes that she was too drunk to remember. Maybe I was too drunk to remember but I thought Marley's Ghost grabbed a bag of hot wings, a few cans, and absconded long before the party got that fun. Oh well, Gail is well embarrassed and that's always fun to see.
Winner of the Labour Party Primary - Vernon Tomlin
Vernon is a changed man today. He's made breakfast for all and sundry and claims he has a woman who believes in him and as such, he believes in himself. He also says he has a special errand today which Liz takes to mean he's going to look for a job.
Later, after Vern's cleaned the basement, he heads out. Shortly after Derek the beer delivery man comes and Liz perks up. Michelle mentions this to Betty who says, "There are some things it's best not to notice. How do you think I've kept my job these 38 years?"
Vern comes back and rushes Liz into the back room. He says he has something to tell her. Liz thinks he means he got a job but - surprise! - he goes down on one ring and produces a teeny, tiny ring and pops the question, along with a few bars of this song.
"Oh, all right then!" says Liz.
Vern takes her back out the bar and announces his engagement to Elizabeth Jane Macdonald, along with champagne on the house, to both Liz and Steve's silent dismay.
"Don't worry. You won't have to call me Dad," Vern says to Steve, who says nothing but his face says it all.
Originally Broadcast, April 13, 2007
Hi kids! Sorry, we have a suprise visit with Mr.Glacia's godfather (a rather intense Russian dude) - so I'll have to make this update quick. (I wasn't able to come up with anything nearly as clever as Papasmurf's update yesterday, anyway.)
18 Years Today
It's the Morton's twin birthday today and Jerry takes them out to see their brand new car. They aren't able to drive the car as it's not insured, but are allowed to start the car. Inside the car we find out that Darryl fancies Mel's friend 'Ang' (I think they said 'Ang').
Jerry invites the entire street to come to the party and most of the block turns up.
Gayle, Sally and Claire team up as a trio and immediately wonder where all the Morton's sleep. Sally takes it upon herself to go upstairs and take a boo - but is busted by Kayleigh when she wakes up Finely.
Later they go out to the backyard where they smell some kind of 'incense'. It seems to be pretty powerful 'incense' as it turns Claire into a sex maniac and she jumps on Ashley the minute he shows up.
Their antics wrap up when high on a bottle of merlot, they lean against the fence and bring it and themselves down in a fit of giggles. (They need to get out more.)
Other highlights of the party:
David hits on Mel, unsuccessfully.
Darryl gets his birthday wish and is seen necking with Ang.
Wilf comes in just long enough to get a doggie bag full of cheezies and beer.
Vern Sees a Manny About a Horse, I Mean a Job
Liz tells Vern he needs to get a job if he wants to keep playing the drums. She suggests he visit his friend 'Manny' to see if he can get a gig.
Vern goes off but instead of seeing Manny he runs into a couple of mates and has a pint with them....which he calls networking. Liz calls it pathetic.
Later, at the Morton's party, she explains that she doens't mean to come down so hard on him all the time, but she knows his potential and is just pushing him to stardom. Vern says, 'You're my rock, babe.' and she replies, 'You're my roll, man.' (Glacia remembers why she drinks so much.)
Joanne is back from Guatanamo Bay and while she's not out of the woods yet, she says 'they' think she has a very good case. She does need some letters of reference and everyone offers to help. Liam even gives her the pay she missed while she was behind bars.
Janice tells her that she is sorry and she didn't mean for this to happen. (Vicky adds, 'to you.'). Joanne says it's all water under the bridge.
The social worker comes to visit Eileen to talk about the facts of life. She says that Eileen should apply to be Holly's guardian until it's all sorted out...but she tells Eileen to prepare herself because after all, Emma is the mom.
Eileen is very stressed and just before Jason leaves for the Morton's party, she tells him that Emma says Charlie is the baby-daddy.
KA - BOOM!
Jason is seriously pissed and mostly about the fact that Eileen didnt' believe him when he said the baby wasn't him.
On a related note, did anyone notice that the social worker probably gets her hair cut at the Magic Roundabout - same place Dougal does.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
B is for bag, and trendy coat that Eileen sends Emma packing with.
C is for custody, which Eileen and Emma debate at length.
D is for drunken, seedy, one night stand, which is what Emma had.
E is for Eileen, and the fabulous job Sue Cleaver did portraying her.
F is for fate, which brought Holly to Eileen's doorstep instead of Charlie's.
G is for gold digger, which Emma is revealed to be.
H is for happy, which Deirdre seems to be for a moment or two in the pub, before the questions begin at least..
I is for interest, which Jason is showing in Holly, the yard, and his romantic future with Sarah.
J is for jiggy, your ability at which apparently can be determined by your golf game.
K is for Ken, who is wondering if logic and objectivity are actually good qualities to have.
L is for love, which Ken now realizes that to love someone is sufficient reason to defend them.
M is for missing work, which Eileen rightly does to protect what is important in life.
N is for Norris the nosy neighbour, who rings the police when the Morton's 'new' washer gets nicked.
O is for obnoxious, which is how Steve and Dev behave towards Paul on the golf course.
P is for Portsmouth, where Ken is encouraging Adam to go to work with Peter and make his mark.
Q is for questions, which Steve has for Paul about Michelle's 'availabilty'.
R is for 'repossession', which is what the Morton's do to Theresa's household items - including Finlay.
S is for shopportunity, wrapped in a nappy, which is how Emma seems to view the baby.
T is for tent, which Finlay has set up in his room, where he goes to feel safe from his shite mom.
U is for ugly, which is one word that comes to mind to describe the behaviour of the Morton family.
V is for vile, which is the best way to describe Emma's outfit.
W is for wine with a lemonade top, which is the poncey drink Emma asks Eileen to bring her.
X is for ex-wife of Jerry, who gave her good genes to the kids, and was left with the dross ones for herself.
Y is for yard, which is Bill is buying with Audrey's money.
Z is for zebra, which when combined with a gnu gives you a gazebo, according to Darryl.
Original date this episode aired - April 9, 2007
This update is dedicated to Amy - the finest server at the finest local in the civilized world. Like Helen of Troy - whose countenance launched a thousand ships - Amy, with her intelligence, grace, and beauty, has launched a thousand pints and many a delightful evening.
Corrie Canuksters, I don’t know if it is the climate change inspired warm weather in my neck of the woods or my super hot boots that have put me in a good mood. But does it really matter? So, to celebrate my lift in spirits, I think it’s time for some fun Street Trivia!
Coronation Street has had some memorable couples in the forty-some-odd years it has been on the air. But, can anyone tell me which couple, after missing a trip to Paris, spent the day at the airport and then pretended they actually went abroad?
Friday, January 04, 2008
Eileen opens the door to Emma, a young woman she hasn't seen since Christmas day when she dropped a baby in her arms, claiming it was the offspring of her son, Jason.
She comes in and shows her the newspaper which Charlie's picture. It was the news of the verdict. She said it was wrong that the papers called him Charlie was his name was ... Jason Grimshaw. Eileen shows her a photo of Jason and it becomes clear to Emma that Charlie gave her a false name so the father of Chloe, not Holly, is in fact the late Mr. Stubbs.
Eileen says she can't just abandon her baby and decide she wants her back but the young mum counters that Eileen is a stranger and she's taking the baby back, no matter what.
Chesney's Theatre Career
In the café, Cilla finds Chesney reading a musical. His school is doing 'Bugsy Malone,' and he fancies trying out. Cilla then asks if he likes Abba, wants to be a hairdresser, the television programme Project Runway, interior design, Coldplay, etc. He says no, he just wants to try out. Cilla reckons there are worse things, as the homosexualists do love their mums, so there's that.
Later, he meets up with Sophie and asks if he has a chance. She says he needs loads of charisma. He asks what charisma means. She answers that if you have to ask, you ain't got it.
Soon this will be Zachary Quinto.
Ken and Deirdre are still trying to cope with life after Tracy as Ken takes up some cooking. He suggests to her that they try to move on. Deirdre says he sounds like that pointy-eared bloke off Star Trek.
Kayleigh shoplifts a tube of toothpaste from Dev's but is caught by Molly. Dev takes her back to her father over in Grecoville to talk to him about it. Jerry tries to smooth things over and gives him the money for the toothpaste and a bunch of chocolate.
He then drives Hayley back to her mums and, seeing the mess and poor lonely little brother Finley, it's clear the toothpaste was for him after his dinner of Easter chocolate. Mum's gone away for a few days, it seems. Jerry packs the pair of them up to look after them at his place.
In Other News
Sarah wants to go to Greece for Candice's wedding. Jason fondly remembers her high heeled slippers.
Bill wants to get the yard ship-shape for the new owner Audrey. Sarah is bitter that she's spending her inheritance.
Janice and the gang are trying to figure out a way to help Joanne and make up for what Janice did in the first place.
January 24th 1977 – A Child is Born
Now that Tracy is in jail, one has to wonder if that Parish Priest was right when he refused to baptize young Tracy Lynette Langton. Her mother kept at it and eventually the deed was done. However, not even a ceremony and the most boring godmother on earth, Emily Bishop, could keep the evil at bay.
Listening to Tapes
With her parent’s relationship over and Ken Barlow stepping in as an adoptive father, on paper everything was ok. However, in real life, it was a bit more difficult than that. Notoriously selfish and fatally inept, Deirdre and Ken did not, exactly, provide a stable emotional environment for Tracy to grow up in. There were break-ups and affairs. Tracy often came last in Deirdre’s life and the best thing you could say about Ken was that he was consistently around (which is more than Daniel Osborne can say of him). As a result she was a well stroppy teenager.
But when did the real trouble start? When did she go from your standard troublesome teen to evil vixen? Well, Deirdre and Ken broke up in 1990. So began the parade of men in Deirdre’s life. Tracy found out about the love triangle of the century and confronted Deirdre with her affair with Mike Baldwin. Tracy said some things to her mom that, while possibly true, should not come out of the mouth of a teenager. So, she got slapped. Shockingly, hitting Tracy didn’t solve any problems, because Tracy soon hit the bottle. Then she hit on her mother’s boyfriend, Doug Murray. They didn’t have an affair but he did involve her in a bit of petty fraud. Take THAT mom!
Things really started to go downhill when Deirdre decided to marry Samir Rachid. Tracy wasn’t big on the idea, maybe because Deirdre met Samir on Vacation? Or, he was about 3 years older than Tracy? Or, Deirdre managed to mess up her relationship with the only stable person in Tracy’s life? I don’t know which reason stood out, but Tracy was pissed! After Deirdre’s pleading, Tracy attended the wedding, only briefly.
Know what else she did briefly? Ecstasy. That didn’t go so well. Tracy got a bad batch and ended up in a coma. Now, follow this chain of events.
Tracy goes to rave, takes Ecstasy, ends up in coma
Tracy comes out of coma with massive kidney failure
Tracy chooses kidney transplant over life-long dialysis
Samir volunteers to donate kidney
Samir is attacked enroute to hospital
Samir dies but kidney is still good
Deirdre blames Tracy for Samir’s death?
That’s not irrational at all. No wonder Tracy legged it to London as soon as she was well enough.
Tracy, Girl, You Look Good!
By 1996 Deirdre found it in herself to forgive Tracy for killing Samir and stealing his kidney. That’s nice. Tracy returned to the cobbles for a short time. She was 19, engaged and a florist.
On Christmas Day 2002 she came back to the Street. Her marriage was over. The details are unimportant but suffice it to say she cheated on him and told everyone that he had done the dirty on her. Oh yeah, something remarkable happened in London. While she was always pretty, she came back super hot and way bitchier.
If Tracy Barlow has an Achilles heel, it’s men. Testify! They really inspire her destructive behaviour. Her messy relationships with blokes started as soon as she got back to Weatherfield. Tracy was home for about 15 minutes before she hoped into bed with … wait for it … Dev Alahan. P.S. he had previously had an affair with Deirdre. Take THAT mom!
This is when she started the relationship that would be the hallmark of her life in Weatherfield. Tracy may have been evil. Tracy may have been mean. But after that one-night-stand Tracy loved Steve McDonald and she would stop at nothing to have the opportunity to be with him. Which was too bad, because he didn’t love her and wanted to get back with his ex-wife, Karen. Tracy’s feelings for Steve were probably the only thing about her character that made her seem human and relatable. She was just so bad, and in some cases for no real reason. But, we have all chased after people who don’t want us and it has made us do crazy things.
Crazy things like betting Bev Unwin that she could get Roy Cropper to cheat on his wife. She succeeded with the help of the date rape drug. She didn’t actually have sex with Roy, but she did get him home and undressed. He believed they did have sex and when Tracy found herself to be pregnant, she immediately claimed Roy as the father. Wanting a child of their own, yet unable to conceive for obvious reasons, the Croppers bought the baby from Tracy. In order to secure the deal, Roy required that Tracy marry him, which she did. Tracy regretted that decision and successfully fought to get her baby back. She re-named her Amy. We call her ‘Unibrow.’
She and Steve had tried a couple of times to have a relationship, but it was mostly for Amy’s sake, or because Steve was lonely and often did one stupid thing after another. He also ended up playing some custodial tug of way with Tracy. This just made her more and more bitter and for a while everything she did was aimed at upsetting Steve, including getting him arrested for kidnapping after she convinced him to take Amy to the airport to “look at the planes.”
As a mom, Tracy is almost as responsible as Deirdre. I think like a lot of young women who get pregnant before they planned, she still yearns for her freedom as a young single person, but does love her child. We saw Sarah Platt go through this … at 14. Mind you, Tracy was in her mid 20’s. Tracy has been known to leave Amy alone to go out at New Years. She constantly left Amy in other people’s care and regarded her parents as live in baby sitting. Also, Amy spends most of her time in a dishwasher with Bethany Platt where they have ugly contests. It is always a draw.
A Girl Can’t Be This Bad and Get Away With It
For a woman who was always so proud of her power over men, she really let Charlie Stubbs unhinge her. If evil was a tornado, those two would have been the eye of the storm. I guess his murder was the best way for the Street to dispense of the two meanest characters to walk the cobbles. And it was shocking.
Tracy killed him with a very heavy statue. Yes, it was a work of art. For that crime she went down for 15 years and this is how we said goodbye to Tracy Barlow.
Really, I think her leaving the show in this manner was the only way the writers could satisfy the viewers. She has been so bad for so long, something had to be done. Just leaving town wasn’t good enough. She needed to be punished for all that she had done, all the pain she had caused and, incidentally, for killing Charlie Stubbs.
As sensational at the Street can be, a long-term prison sentence isn’t typically broken for the show. So, chances are, we will not be seeing Tracy again. So ends an era.
So my inner source at the CBC has asked me to pass on some information to the Corrie fans who check out the Corrie page on the CBC website.
The upshot is, they know that website is out of date and doesn't always carry info on schedule changes. They've been working on it, but a technology update is required which is also in the works. (Working in IT, I can actually sympathize here, it takes a lot of man hours to revamp websites.)
I guess they've been getting a lot of letters about this - so wanted me to spread the word amongst the Corrie Canucks.
Meanwhile, Corrie Canuck is getting fed info on schedule changes so you can always check here for that. (Just do a search in box at the top left hand side of the blog for 'schedule changes' for entries regarding changes.)
We will try to post them as we get them.
Jason and Bill are in the street and are discussing the future of Charlie’s business. Jason thinks the best idea is to put up the business for sale. Bill immediately decides that he would like to purchase it. He talks Kevin into going to the Rovers and asks him if he would like to go into partnership with him, after more than just a few pints. Kevin is persuaded it would be good idea and just as they raise their glasses Sally overhears the plan she puts a stop to it. She explains that they do not have ten thousand pounds for this new venture. She drags Kevin out of the pub and away from Bill. Bill tells Audrey about the business and Audrey offers to put the money up for him on the basis of a loan.
Ken and Deirdre visit Tracey in prison. She is dressed in a black and white stripe top (get it?) and red pinafore. They discuss Tracey’s appeal where she gives the biggest guilt trip and begs for more money to pay for a top barrister. Deirdre and Ken do not looked moved by her plea (thank goodness they learned!) but tells them it is it’s for Amy’s benefit and not hers. She is worried how Amy will grow up without her mother and that she will be teased and bullied in the schoolyard. Ken’s and Deirdre are not moved and think the best option for her is legal aid. Tracey returns to her prison cell where she sits at the desk and picks up a picture of Amy. She stares at it – and her cell mate comments how she is a lot like her. Where she replies, “I hope not”, in despair. It's a little shocking to see Tracey express GENUINE emotion.
Janice, Leanne and Hayley are having a pint, where Janice admits to Leanne it was her that called immigration to Underworld. Hayley convinces her to come clean to Paul, who is also in the pub. She strolls over to Mr. Connor that it was her who called immigration. He tells her she is sacked, where Leanne clarifies he cannot do that as it is not a “sackable offence”. Finally! Carla tells Paul that Leanne is correct and takes it all back. Janice feels badly about the whole situation and admits she did not know that Joanne was an illegal immigrant.
Noteworthy prison shows:
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Nothing better to do?
Why don't you kick yourself out?
You're an immigrant, too.
It's No Fun Being An Illegal Alien
It's Good Friday and the girls at the factory are on their way to work arguing if they get time and a half or double time. Vicky jokes and says "triple-time," which Hayley corrects to "treble-time."
Janice is dragging her feet, looking worse for wear. Joanne notices and asks if she's feeling well. Janice admits she's hungover as after the pub last night, she went home and drank a few more cans alone.
Later, some police cars arrive as an immigration officer, followed by a sixteen year old constable, advise Liam that they believe he may have illegal workers on the premises. Janice admits to Joanne that she may have made a call last night but it was a little hazy but she doesn't realise what this could mean for her friend.
They head inside and everyone is asked to produce their identifications and proof of citizenship (or at least, eligibility to work in the UK), starting with the Poles. Vicky tries to sneak out the back but is caught. Her work permit, she claims, is in her passport at home. Kasia and the other other Polish workers' papers are in order while Vicky is sent home, accompanied, to get her stuff.
Then they ask Joanne to see them and everyone (save Hayley) protests, saying she's British. Kelly says they're picking on her because she's black but Joanne goes along silently. In the office, the immigration officer asks Jo about her citizenship.
"English," says Jo. "Or British. Whatever."
"British," the officer assures her.
She's asked to produce proof of her citizenship but all she has is a social insurance number, which is not the same thing. She is vague about her background, admitting she was raised by her auntie but leaves out the circumstances that led to it. Liam tries to offer up as many papers as he can but it's not enough to satisfy the officer.
When it's clear that something's not adding up, she admits that she was born in Liberia, a country she barely remembers and doesn't even know how to spell. Her auntie flew there to bring her back when she was eight.
The officer arrests here on suspicion of being in the UK illegally but Joanne protests, asking how she could have broken the law when she was a kid. She asks if she'll be deported, as she has no family in that country. As she's led outside, Janice protests, saying she's more Manc than the people arresting her. Joanne says it's a little late for that now and is put in the car and taken away.
Janice stands there letting the full weight of what she's done sink in.
Mummy's Gone Now
It's another morning you'd think things would be a little cheerier, now that Satan's gone. But the sniping continues until Tracy (unseen on camera) calls and asks to speak to Ken only. She wants to see him alone.
Deirdre pops out her neck lines, blaming herself for Tracy's conviction and sudden "I'm not your daughter" routine. I swear she wore that top just for the occasion. Ken finally tells her that he'll tell Tracy that he won't see her without Deirdre present.
Meanwhile, Vern is told that today's student, a sullen goth girl, is his last at the pub as they have to think of Amy's needs first. The drums will have to go, Liz tells, him. But he's welcome to stay.
Steve tries to tell Amy that her mum isn't in Balamory after all. When Amy asks "When is Mummy coming home?" (her first line!) Steve tells her that she did a bad thing and she has to make it right but she won't back until Amy is much older but she still loves her and asked Steve and everyone around to take care of her until she gets back. He doesn't think she understood.
Oh, and Peter thinks it's time Adam gets the fuck outta Dodge and come down to Portsmouth with him.
Coronation Street Crap Mum #784
Kayleigh is back from her mum's and Jerry is worried about how she is being treated. He thinks her mum is using her as a babysitter for half-brother Finley and she's not being well fed. Later Jerry calls her mum, but Kayleigh grabs the phone, saying they'll just argue.
It's a good thing because it's Finley, who looks all of five years old, sitting at home alone with a face full of chocolate. After not being fed dinner, he got desperate and ate the Easter chocolate. Kayleigh makes as though she's talking to her mum and says she'll be home very soon. It becomes clear the reason she wants to stay with her mum is because nobody is taking care of her brother.
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!’