For the trying moments in your life, there’s always Joy Division
Steve visits Michelle and asks how Ryan is doing. Michelle tells him that he’s been listening to Paul’s Joy Division records. Steve reckons it’s part of the grieving process. Michelle reckons it’s because he’s 14 and realizing how shite life is. Steve wants to check in on her later at her flat but Michelle says it’s not a good time.
Later at Michelle’s flat, she and Carla have gotten into the wine as Michelle wonders why she’s here. On Earth? No, just on Coronation Street. Carla refers to the usual habit of landing in her brothers’ safety net but Michelle points out that she was there first. Michelle suddenly points out that she’s thinking of taking Ryan to Ireland to get away from all that depressing music he’s been listening to and if there’s one place on Earth without any depressing music, it’s Ireland.
Despite what Michelle said earlier, Steve arrives shortly after and Carla excuses herself. Steve offers to take Michelle and Ryan to Spain to get away from it all. Michelle snaps at him that her and her son’s current situation doesn’t have anything to do with Steve. She can’t go to Spain with him and tells him that she’s taking Ryan to Ireland for a while.
Later, she arrives at taxi office, where Steve and Lloyd are talking and Steve’s smoking a little more than usual. She asks Lloyd to take her and Ryan to the airport. Michelle and Steve talk outside for a while and she assures him that they’re not breaking up but she needs to get away from the street.
She leaves with Ryan in Lloyd’s cab, leaving Steve wishing he could have been a little more help. But on the bright side, she gets indefinite paid compassionate leave from the Rovers. Not many employers offer that kind of benefit.
A Mish-Mash of Other News
It was a weird episode tonight in that there is normally an “A” storyline, a shorter “B” storyline, then perhaps a brief “C” storyline. In this case, it was all “C” storylines.
Janice’s plumber fancyman Roger is back in town and comes over to her flat with a bottle of wine. Leanne is introduced and wonders if he’d ever seen “Roger, Roger” scene from airplane:
She leaves so Janice and Roger can be get reacquainted. They do and now they’re like boyfriend/girlfriend again.
Claire and Ashley yell at each other and then decide they’re going to go hide at her mother’s house for bit. They leave and Josh asks if he can work on his “draw-ring.”
David is still being a dick. Audrey offers him work at the salon but will bear none of his current attitude. Also, he’s going to apologize to Bill. David protests that Gail already apologized. Audrey tells him he should think long and hard about that last statement.
Finally, Blanche is still planning her own wake at the Rovers and bought her own dress to be buried in. Ken thinks it’s all very weird because, frankly, she’s three years older than him and he doesn’t like to be reminded of his long gone studliness.
There was evidently more to this bit that didn’t make the broadcast which is a shame, because it would have added some humour to an otherwise gloomy episode.
Unlike Ken, I, for one, don’t think it’s morbid that Blanche is buying her own funeral outfit. My grandmother did the same thing 11 or so years ago. On a visit from Prince Edward Island, my mother took her shopping for some new dresses at Fairweather’s. Arriving home, she held up her favourite and said, “Make sure I’m buried in this one.” Not long after, she was.
Of course, this is the woman who prepared her father-in-law’s body for his funeral, despite not being trained in mortuary sciences. It was too far and they were too poor to pay for a proper funeral. When the wake was held in the farmhouse, she frequently had to keep applying sealing wax to keep his mouth from popping open and therefore disturbing the mourners.
My grandmother was awesome.