UK Time Friday February 22nd 2008 – Episode II
The scene opens with Violet’s V-jay-jay on display. The helpful audience members are Marcus – who’s training as an ultrasound technician makes him the most qualified to catch the baby and Sean, who is holding Violet up and trying to say something helpful while quelling her worries. Lauren, Liz, Steve and Vern are propping up the bar and I’m wondering if anyone thought about getting popcorn. The only one who had a reaction that I understood was Vern. Feeling that the miracle of birth is more gross than miraculous, Vern tells Liz that he’s glad she’s past all then makes tracks for the cellar the moment the baby crowns. I don’t blame him.
The baby comes out and is all slimy and purple. That was a lot of TV. The realism was refreshing, although. She didn’t give birth to a perfectly clean nine-month old holding a soother.
Jamie never arrives at the pub but later turns up at the hospital in time to see Sean totally in love with the little one. Jamie is very thankful to Marcus and Sean for being there for Violet. However, it is obvious that he is feeling threatened and the whole event has made Jamie want to high-tail it out of Weatherfield as soon as possible.
Who else was surprised with Violet FINALLY shows some understanding for Sean? However, I don’t want to shock anyone when I say: Jamie is right. Sean would be totally unbearable. Violet chose the biggest busy body to father her child. If she didn’t want an involved dad she should have gone to a sperm bank. The thing is that Violet’s patience for Sean will wear thin in about a week and Sean will in no way be able to keep himself in check. It would be years of Sean going too far and Violet taking offense at everything. There is only so much anyone can take of that. So, for the love of Corrie, Violet and Jamie need to leave.
Alex and Michelle are at the Italian waiting for Wendy to show up to collect her son. She arrives and is obviously happy to see Alex again. As a typical mom, she hands him his allergy medication. Alex is cold to her and Michelle is straining to make things go smoothly. When Alex goes to the bathroom, Michelle offers Wendy some insight into Alex’s world. Michelle tells her that all this baby swap business is difficult for him.
If only Wendy knew this before. THIS is why he’s behaving the way he is. Finding out that he was switched at birth is hard? Who knew? Thanks, Michelle, for illuminating the situation.
Wendy rightly tells Michelle that it is difficult for her and all. Michelle makes herself look more like an idiot when she tells Wendy that he’s “a credit” to her because he is so polite. You mean, when a teenager gets to live with someone who has no idea of his problems, has never seen his temper and will indulge his every whim and doesn’t make him responsible for his actions he is totally sweet. You don’t say.
Wendy then tells Michelle that she doesn’t know the boy, she has never seen his temper and that raising his has been difficult and this situation has given him an escape and made managing him all the more difficult.
When Alex comes back from the toilet Wendy makes a move to leave. She mentions that they have to get going as the baby is at the nursery. Alex than quips, “can’t miss that.” Guess what. YOU CAN’T. You can’t leave a baby at nursery school. Why can’t Michelle back Wendy up here?
Then Alex announces that he doesn’t want to go back with Wendy, he wants to go “home” with Michelle. Instead of correcting him and telling him that his “home” is with Wendy, Michelle folds like a house of cards. She takes him back home and watches home movies with him. Ryan is obviously angry about it and Steve is trying to get Michelle to see sense. Pardon the expression, but this whole thing is a shit show.
So, the bookie son is doing his best to make his way through the women of Weatherfield. He is now on to Kelly, everyone’s favourite factory girl. He was supposed to take her to lunch, but due to the birth he has postponed to dinner.*
It is pretty clear that they will be going to The Italian and that Paul will be picking up the check. Before he gets to treat Kelly to the night of her life, he tells his father that he doesn’t care where he goes, as long as he isn’t around when he brings Kelly back who is obviously a sure thing.
The pair head to the Italian and eat and drink 200 quid worth of product. When Leanne arrives at the table, the bookie son informs her that the meal is on Paul. This is obviously embarrassing for Paul, angering for Leanne, but super fun for Kelly. She’s all class, our girl.
Predictably when bookie son comes home bookie dad is there with all his stuff. The night of nookie is thwarted. His ex-wife has made sure that he moves all his stuff out of her house so he brought them to his son’s place. Oh, will these bookie’s antics never end?
*You know, squirrels once gave birth in my aunt’s attic. The smell was unbearable and it lingered for years. I’m sure the Rovers will be fine. But still, who’s going to clean that up?
Over at the Platt’s David is setting up for his party that turns out to be a sad affair. It looks like the most riveting thing that happens is Amber and Tina discussing chip flavours. Tina is kind of bitchy to Amber.
Darryl shows up and Tina makes a comment about Lauren coming. I sort of missed it, but I think she was trying to be nasty to Amber. That girl had better watch her mouth! It becomes abundantly clear that David doesn’t actually have any other friends and when Gail comes home at 9:45PM she doesn’t really interrupt anything. Half the party heads out the door and the other half heads up the stairs.