Update – March 19, 2008 – She’s Lost Control

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.


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11 Responses to Update – March 19, 2008 – She’s Lost Control

  1. geenee says:

    Good write-up John. There has been very little joy in this week’s episodes other than Ashley and Claire, Michelle and Ryan going away for a few days. Maybe we’ll get some comic relief tonight.

    It was nice to see a softer side of Janice with the boyfriend, and Audrey laying down the law to David.

    Why don’t the Connors have Irish accents, since they seem to have grown up there?

  2. Gail says:

    Awesome write-up John! I wonder where Liz is, I don’t think she’d be so keen to give Michelle extended PAID leave. So Claire and family are going to stay with her mother what about work, weren’t they just away a short time ago? It amazes me how Corrie characters book flights in a matter of minutes and then just leave work whenever they choose. Flights from the U.K. must be very cheap.

  3. glacia says:

    Hands down the best part of this episode was the Lavern Defazio housecoat that Janice was wearing. What the HELL was that? I was a bit suprised because Janice actually does have some fashion sense and that thing was just rank.

    When Steve asked Michele what was in Ireland and she replied, ‘The futre, the past, everything but the present.’ I thought, man, that doesn’t sound healthy. That’s just stinkin’ thinkin’. Michelle, just grieve, let your kid grieve, it’s what you’re supposed to do.

    I am still trying to figure out hte Conner’s re: their accents. But Michelle said something about family travels from Manchester to Cork, so I’m thinking they were raised in Man.

    John, that’s a kick ass Gran story.

  4. TrudyC says:

    The longer everyone keeps giving everything to David – the longer he’ll take advantage of them.

    The actor who plays David is amazing! Always has been even when he was much, much younger. He consistantly made his smart a$$ quips. Obviously, the producers picked up on this years ago and that’s why they give him these storylines to play!

  5. beanie says:

    I too am very happy to be rid of the black clouds hovering over the street we all love even for a little while.Glacie re:Janices fashion sense….What about that blue jacket with the giant pink flowers!!! I forgot she had that until she started wearing it again last month.Wow John I thought my granny was odd because she bootlegged fags.I remember kids coming to the door for my mammy wants 5 Capson Mrs L till Tuesday.Just another thing to love about this site!!!

  6. Jackie says:

    I felt really bad for Steve. I thought he was trying to be really good and patient and understanding and Michele just kept kicking him in the teeth (not literally of course) every time!

  7. glacia says:

    Beanie: I’m not saying she has GOOD fashion sense…lol. But even the blue jacket wasn’t as frumpy as the bathrobe.

  8. geenee says:

    She’s had that blue jacket for years. Maybe it’s time to buy a new one – and some different earrings too.

    I guess Liz is busy pursuing her affairs and trying to keep Vernon happy.

  9. beanie says:

    Glacia I concede.After I posted I replayed the episode and that was an ugly ass robe!!!She did change however before the plumber came but for some reason she sat clutching a cushon.Why??I do that to cover my gut maybe she’s put on a few pounds.

  10. CorrieLoverUSA says:

    I thought Michelle was so mean to poor Steve who was trying to comfort her over the death of Paul. There is just NO chemistry between these actors and it is getting on my nerves…There was chemistry when Suranne was on the show. The Daily Mail says Kym Ryder is separating from her husband BTW.


  11. howdi says:

    Janice has put a few pounds back on since her big weight loss. There is that tell-tale bulge under the belt. Speaking of belts, Deirdre should stop wearing one. It accents her ever increasing waistline. Meowww!

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