Update January 15, 2009. Om!

What’s the word score for this?

The Fire

It’s the morning after Paul “accidently” spilled a gallon of olive oil near an open flame. He’s looking incredibly guilty and walking toward the Rovers and is quickly followed by Amber who has decided she has a crush on him all of sudden. She follows him in as he orders a drink (juice for her, though, as she’s 17) and tells him that he could be a TV chef, being better looking than Jamie Oliver and all.

Oh, Amber. It really is slim pickings for you ’round Weatherfield, innit? She’s just a gal in search of her independance, a boyfriend, and a decent storyline.

Paul ignores Amber as he desperately tries to ring Leanne, who has slept over at Dan’s place, to tell her that the deed is done. Leanne ignores the calls, until she gets one from the alarm company telling her that the fire alarm went off and now the restaurant is up in smoke.

Leanne meets Paul at what’s left of Leandro’s where a fireman tells her that it’ll be a while before they can determine the cause. The fireman then leaves her to return his helmet to the Rebel Alliance:

Stay on target!

Leanne’s spends much of the episode trying to hang around Leanne because he’s quite twitchy over what he did. He eventually covinces her to let him come back to her flat where he asks if he can sleep over, not rumpy-pumpy, mind you, he just wanted to “hold her.” While they are naked, apparently. Leanne agrees and lets Dan know by phone that Paul is staying over but “not like that” she protests.

God damn, The Poosherman

That Scottish detective popped by Gail’s for a chat to see if she can remember anything more about when she was pooshed down the stairs. If she can remember who did all that pooshing, then they might charge the poosher with the crime of pooshing a mum doon the stairs.

David and Tina get all twitchy as well, but Gail sends them off with some money to go the cafe. Some memories come back but she hasn’t yet connected them to David.

The Council of Elders

Ken, Deirdre, Blanche, Rita, Norris, and newest member Harry convened in the Rovers to discuss what happened with Amy. Harry is the hero of the hour, after having saved her, and Ken bought him a drink. Blanche says the last time Ken got a round in, he paid with a white fiver (such notes went out of circulation in the 1950’s or thereabouts – thanks Google!).

Anyway, they confront Tony Gordon on the issue and he promises to have a word with the foreman. Then Blanche goads him into buying the Council a round.

In Other News

Steve tells Lloyd that when he originally started chasing Michelle, he didn’t think she’d come with as much baggage as she did. He envies Lloyd’s single life and seems to be getting itchy feet. Lloyd reminds him that interpersonal relationships are what make life interesting.

Vern’s musician/builder mates have actually made progress on the smoker’s shelter.

Becky is worried that Roy will demolish her in Scrabble with his knowledge of big words. Roy assures her that big words aren’t everything in Scrabble, as he was once able to score with “Xu”, the Vietnamese unit of currency, and “Om”, by which I assume he meant the Hindu symbol of the absolute (thank you, Google!).

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21 Responses to Update January 15, 2009. Om!

  1. Yanyan says:

    Loved Dev’s concern about Amber being in the pub. Really, though.
    Also love the detective’s accent. Is it just me, or do some of her words sound almost Alabaman?

  2. Gayle says:

    How come Leeanne is all of a sudden so fussy about going to bed with Paul, she used to be a hooker?

    What a poor job Paul did in setting the fire, what trained chef would close up the restaurant with a pot of olive oil on the burner?

  3. mayfairgirl says:

    that is a good point about paul, it looked so obvious. i think he is acting way too cocky, i am worried he is going to slip up. i sorta feel badly for him being manipulated by leanne like this. yes, i know – what comes around goes around…

  4. haili says:

    Re. Finlay: who cares?

    Paul is a dope. Leanne got paid by her customers but Paul has already done what she wanted so she doesn’t have to oblige. I guess the “moral” of the story is “get the goods first.”

    Dev is starting to act like a father for a change. Remember when he used to seem kind of sophisticated – rather than clownish?

  5. corrierules says:

    I am very much enjoying the scrabble side story. First, Roy and Becky, need I say more? Always enjoyable. Second, I am now addicted to Wordscraper on Facebook and stored the word “xu” and zu” away for future reference.

    Paul and Leanne, ick, ook, yuck.

    But Harry Mason is tres attractive and tres sexy.

    Loved the part in the recap about gail and who “pooshed” her “doon” the stairs. Bang on!

  6. pip says:

    I don’t think Leanne ever enjoyed being a hooker. Also, aren’t there certain rules of behavior when you’re having relations with a prostitute (ie. no kissing, no terms of endearment, this is business), that wouldn’t apply if she was sleeping with Paul?

  7. Barbie says:

    You’re very funny John

  8. romeozulu says:

    The fellow who plays Paul is an awful actor. The scenes when he is trying to “seduce” Leeanne are truly embarrassing – awkward, clumsy,strangely asexual. Another odd situation where one of the most popular programs in the U.K. (if not the world) can’t manage to find someone that can act their way out of a paper bag. On the other hand, Steve and Lloyd continue to be wonderful whenever they’re together, Tony (wonky eyes or not – terrific actor) has seem to been given a longer/better storyline than initially envisioned, and Becky continues to be a riot. Oh, and less of Michelle and the two whatsisnames. Long live Vernon!

  9. missusmac says:

    “The scenes when he is trying to “seduce” Leeanne are truly embarrassing – awkward, clumsy,strangely asexual.”

    That’s the best sum-up of that situation I’ve read. It’s like a 12-year-old trying to be what he’s read is ‘sexy’. Even David did a better job when ‘seducing’ Maria and/or Tracey.

    I’m not feeling the Harry sexy vibe. I think both he and Dan are just tres weird.

  10. lovethestreet says:

    I wish Harry would stop dressing as though he is going on a fox hunt. What’s up with those jackets?

  11. TrudyC says:

    I’m finding Tony very interesting. He’s seems like another Richard Hillman. Prone to violent outbreaks, but yet a very nice veneer. I can’t wait to see how he progresses.

    I was addicted to Scrabulous on Facebook and was very sad to see it go, but I’m glad to say that a very similar game is up and running now, Lexulous, and still had all my old games there. Just picked up where we left off.

  12. Diane/tvor says:

    Harry = hot.
    Paul, Dan = not
    Leanne yes, she used to be a hooker but an “escort” of more expensive clients. Probably nobody as childish and icky as Paul. even she had her standards!

  13. Modge says:

    Paul should’ve been wearing the Superman boxers.

  14. Gayle says:

    Corrierules, I agree with you regarding Harry but then again I’m close to Liz in age.

    Paul has zero sex appeal, and it could be that he is a terrible actor.

  15. Jody says:

    It’s amazing how ‘that Scottish detective” has so much time to spend on something as stupid as Gail Platt’s ‘fall’.

  16. glacia says:


    Okay, I’m just going to say this because my family MAKES me do it, but Scrabble has their own version now up on Facebook and I believe Wordscraper is what scrabulous used to be.

    If you want to find me in Facebook, I’ll either be in Pet Society or Yoville.

  17. kunzie says:

    Hi all,

    My friend is writing this for me. I am in the blackout. This sucks! Your Thursday update to follow ASAP.


  18. corrierules says:

    Kunzie, your dedication is impressive. Stuck in a blackout and you think of us? Good luck and I hope you get your power back soon.

    The character of Paul is weird. (or perhaps it’s just the actor) When he’s angry he comes across as sulky and whiny. I fully expect him to stamp his feet and complain “no fair!”

    And no sex appeal at all. It’s really hard to believe he is the son of Terry Duckworth. Terry, in his prime had a smarmy kind of charm, sort of a low-rent Mike Baldwin. He was attractive to some women. Paul is now being portrayed as somewhat of a pathetic joke.

    And Terry, while Terry was/is no stranger to dodgy schemes, he would never have allowed himself to be hornswoggled by the likes of Leanne Battersby. He was always the hornswoggler, never the hornswogglee.

  19. glacia says:


    Terry = Dr. Evil

    Paul = Scotty Evil

  20. debbie says:

    I gotta tell you, I too was affected by the blackout and it did indeed suck. I was told our power came back at about 8:30 AM (I was on my way to work). I am one of the lucky ones who only had to spend one sleepless night in the cold (unlike, the homeless who spend countless nights in the cold).

    The blackout in 2003 was WAY better!

  21. Gayle says:

    Corrierules I agree with you completely (I seem to do that a lot!). Evil Terry was sexy in his prime. Years ago he was at the British Show and though I didn’t get to meet him he did have a certain way about him.

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