My Spit Take Update


So seriously, after Monday’s episode with its big story line of Vi and Jamie driving off into the sunset and Sean left in tatters, I thought – okay, yeah, I got stuck with the caretaker update…that one that lets the dust settle and moves the more boring story lines along.

Oh man, I was so wrong(k).   But first, the boring bits.

Baby Blues

Sean of course is sad and isn’t sure what to do about getting Dylan back.   He comes up with a variety of ideas, but Marcus, Eileen and Lauren all seem to think he should just leave it.     When Sean thinks of hiring a detective, Marcus reminds him that he can’t kidnap the baby, but Sean responds that if they find them they could set up parental rights.   Marcus says that’s no good because it’s obvious that Vi and Jamie don’t want to play by the rules.  I’m DYING to know what Sean’s rights are here, but I’m pretty sure that he could push for a DNA test and get some sort of visitation rights.  Anyway, the consensus is just to leave it and eventually Dylan will find his way back to Sean.

Later at the Cafe, Ken offers some advice saying that he taught Vi for 5 years and that he’s sure she will come around and contact Sean.   Meanwhile, Marcus comes in with a present for Sean.  He swiped Sean’s mobile to get the picture of him and Dylan blown up and framed – aaaaaaaaaah.   In the end Sean decides that he doesn’t want to make Dylan’s world all topsy turvy so that he’ll just wait and hope that Ken is right that Vi will come around.

This can be viewed as the tip from the writers that we can expect to wait at least 2 years, but more likely 5 – 8 years before we ever see Dylan again.

Old Harry’s Game

Dan sees Kelly on the street and offers to take her out for a fancy dinner that night.   After a few saucy exchanges, they agree to meet at the Rovers at 6.

When Kelly gets there, Dan hasn’t shown, but Harry is there ready to take his place.   He tells Kelly that he’s funnier, she responds, ‘Wrinklier’, he retorts, ‘Wiser’ – she purrs, ‘Richer’.   Then she does this movement with the sisters to show that she is indeed, ‘Boobier’.   He talks her into having a drink with him at the booth where she learns that Dan is not the owner of the betting shop – Harry’s the organ grinder and Dan is the monkey boy.   Kelly responds by saying that she’ll give Dan until half past and if he’s late, well, ‘Hello Harry!’.

Push This One Along

Alex’s last day is upon us and everyone (re Steve and Ryan) are looking forward to seeing the back end of him.   Michelle, however, is ignoring all phone calls from Wendy.   Later that day, Wendy shows up at the Rovers demanding her son but Michelle tells her to come to the backroom so they can have a talk.  Wendy doesn’t think there’s anything to ‘talk’ about, that Michelle just needs to hand over Alex.  And it ends with them going to the backroom to talk, which you just know is going to be about Michelle letting Alex stay with her for as long(k) as he wants and all the argybargy that will follow.

Leanne’s Full of Ennui

After having fielded some calls from Dan and setting him straight that the free meal is OVER – Leanne moans over a glass of wine with Paul.  She’s disappointed with the way her life has turned out – because you know, owning your own restaurant at 26 – man, what a let down.   Paul tries to cheer her up with an offer of  ‘Boom boom boom, let’s go back to my room’ – but somehow it doesn’t entice her.

You know, I really never dug her.  She made her little ‘dream’ come true with the restaurant and she’s still bitching.

Wait For It

Tina comes over to the Platt’s to talk to young David  and asks if they can be alone.   Before they get the chance however, David is rattling on about the tattoo and gosh did she tell Maaaaaaaaaatt about the tat because if she did he’s cool with that…..yada yada yada.   Tina looks completely exhausted and basically tells him that he’s doing her head in with all this yakking.   She storms out and although it’s a bit up in the air, I think they agree to talk later.

David mopes around talking to his gran and then later going over to Grossboy’s shed to do that ‘You’re my friend so you have to listen to me moan on and on and on about my romantic troubles’ routine.  Darryl uses the word ‘bird’ more times than any ‘On the Buses’ or ‘Carry On’ flick put together.

Meanwhile, Gayle frets that Tina breaking up with David will send him back to his old ways – that he’s much more sensitive than either Sarah or Nick.   Audrey tells her to relax, but you know, this is Gayle we’re talking about so when Tina comes around to the house and David’s not there, Gayle launches into her tirade.   

She tells Tina that she knows she is leading David up the garden path and that she’s sick of the little games she’s playing and her ego trip.   As she goes on, Tina tells her that she’s bang out of order.  This doesn’t stop Gayle and it’s when Tina bends over a bit crying that yours truly says to herself,  ‘Oh no…oh no, they’re not….‘  .

Tina says, ‘I can’t breathe.’

Glacia says, ‘Noooooooooooooooooooooooo.’

Gayle says, ‘Oh please.’

Tina says, ‘I’m pregnant.’


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18 Responses to My Spit Take Update

  1. whitehorsefan says:

    In this jurisdiction Sean could get custody (at least on an interim basis) and only supervised visits for Violet and Jamie until Vi and Jamie proved to the court that they are not at risk to flee the jurisdiction again. It doesn’t matter what relationship Sean had with Violet, or what the arrangement originally was. Contact with the parent is the right of the child, and a parent who tries to take that away is seen very dimly by the courts.

  2. John says:

    So, I assume the baby is that of Tina’s ex? Am I right?

  3. glacia says:

    Oh, I never even thought of that. I just assumed it was David’s. I’m not going to look ahead because this story was so out of the blue for me…don’t want to ruin the suprise. I’ll just wait for tommorow’s exciting stooooooooooooooory.

  4. corrierules says:

    If you go to the dictionary to look up “sullen” and “ungrateful”, you will find a picture of Jamie Baldwin and Violet Wilson. Poor Sean, he is bereft (I think Anthony Cotton did a great job) but taking advice from Ken Barlow on this subject? Not a great idea. “Sean, I know what you are going through,” says Ken. “I too was unable to see my sons for many years and look how well that turned out. One son is a bigamist, the other hates my guts. So don’t worry and just sit back and wait for Violet to come to her senses. It’s a sure-fire recipe for success.”

  5. papasmurf1964 says:

    If you go to the dictionary to look up ‘hunk of burning love’ you will find a picture of Papa Smurf

  6. Yanyan says:

    Holding a bouquet of roses and a Barry White CD!
    Ohhhhhh yeah.

  7. haili says:

    I thought only married daddies had any rights to see the kids (married to the mom that is). They do have the obligation to pay child support, provided the mom can chase him down and collect. Maybe the laws have changed in the last few decades, with so many unmarried parents.

    I thought Leanne was looking thin and tired last night. I always liked the Battersby girls and Janice in the past but the characters have changed over the last couple of years.

    Saw Denis (Janice’s ex-lover) on TVO in a show called The Street, which is filmed in Manchester and last week Natalie’s son was on. It seems to be based on Corrie and using some of the old actors.

  8. John says:

    I guess with Sean, it depends what the courts believe him to be, the dad or the donor. I think, no matter which way you slice it, it’s a legally tricky area as these cases often are. IMO, he’s more than a sperm donor but would the courts agree? I have no idea. There was a case like this in Canada but I can’t remember how it turned out.

    And I only assume Tina’s ex is the father as she kept saying she needed to see him.

    Can’t say I feel too bad for Leanne. She wanted a restaurant. She owns one. Now she sees it’s actual work. I was sort of hoping this would be a remaking of her but I guess they’re bringing her back to her old self as someone who just wants an easy life.

  9. glacia says:

    Considering there was no written ‘I am the donor’ document, I’d think he’d be looked at as the dad.

  10. debbie says:

    If you go into the dictionary to look up “luscious and exciting” you will see a picture of Debbie.

    To be honest, you know what made me spit my egg nog out, it was when Leanne said she was 26. That was hilarious. If she is 26, I’m 14.

  11. whitehorsefan says:

    In Canada, access, custody and child support are the right of the child, and not that of the parents. So, what the courts look at is not what form the parennts’ relationship takes, but what is in the best interests of the child. The starting point is that it is the best interest of the child to have a relationship with his/her parents.

    Courts also kind of see parentship as a social construct (for the most part). A daddy is made he is not born. If Sean had given up his sperm and then showed no interest in the development of Dylan in utero and afterwards, he would really have no leg to stand on in arguing any kind of access to Dylan (though even there some judges would still grant access). Given that Sean had been clearly very interested in Dylan, the court would recognize that Sean has some kind of parental role. Because Violet and Jamie took off, essentially denying Dylan his rights, the courts would likely then turn over full parental rights to Sean, who seems to be the only one concerned with Dylan’s best interests (or at least hasn’t shown that he puts his interests first).

    written documents concerning children’s rights are not worth very much. they can be shown to demonstrate “present intention”, but not much more.

    Sorry for the long winded family law primer. I have tried to keep it as brief as possible. 🙂

  12. tanzie says:

    Loved the chat between David and Darrell…him trying to tell David to move on…then the crossing of his eyes lol. Do you think that David stating exactly how long him and Tina have been going out was a way for the writers to remind us that its possible for David to be the father?

  13. pip says:

    Good summary, whitehorsefan. Are you a family law lawyer, too? There was a case in Alberta several years ago where the court essentially held (iirc) that a man who agreed to be a ‘sperm donor’ but later changed his mind still had parental rights, such as access. It is true that access is the right of the child, though it’s the person to whom the child has access rights that has to apply to the court to enforce that child’s right. So in practice, it’s the right of the parent, too, as long as it’s in the child’s best interests.

    I think if Sean’s paternity weren’t an issue then he might be successful in getting an order to the effect that he has custody of Dylan unless Violet returns to Weatherfield, in which case custody would revert to her (for as long as she resides in Weatherfield) and he would have access rights. That would essentially force Violet to return. Courts are very reluctant to take a newborn from an otherwise fit mother.

    I think Tina’s baby must be David’s because they’ve been going out for 7 weeks and when she bared her belly the other day it was incredibly flat, so she can’t be very far along at all.

  14. haili says:

    Once upon a time if a couple was married to each other, the husband would be considered the baby’s father. So if Vi and Jamie get married and Vi puts Jamie’s name on the birth certificate, wouldn’t Jamie be considered the dad? I doubt if they could be forced to have DNA tests.

    What about sperm donors from sperm banks? Should they be forced to pay child support? Or meet the kids if they don’t want to? It’s a bit like moms who gave babies up for adoption and didn’t want any contact, but now the kids have the info. and can just appear anytime. So many possibilities for future soap plots!

    I guess accidents can happen, so maybe David is the baby daddy, not Mat.

  15. corrierules says:

    Debbie: regarding Leanne’s age, Mr. Corrierules — who does not watch the show — happened to catch that part where Leanne stated her age. He was incredulous. I then explained to him that she is an ex coke addict and ex-hooker/escort and those experiences can be aging…..

  16. glacia says:

    They’ve always fudge the age of the actors on that show. I remember Deidre once saying she was on the wrong side of 40 and I yelled at the t.v. ‘Yeah, 52 is the wrong side!’

  17. stickybee says:

    Wikipedia states that Jane Danson turned 30 last month…

  18. whitehorsefan says:

    Pip: yep, I am a family law lawyer, and also do a little bit of criminal law, to make things fun.

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