We here at Corrie Canuck usually have something to say about the writers that bring us our daily dose. The quality of their output can range from brilliant to clueless, and everything in between. I am one who normally ignores the pain of poor construction, but found myself dragging my dinner fork across my arm at the manufactured tensions and hysterics produced by Steve’s dilemma: put up balloons or keep a friend out of prison. The entire roadblock placed before him in the form of Barry and Helen’s party reminded me of….well…..
So without further ado, here is the skinny:
Our story begins in the Rovers, and Steve Tripper looks as though he’s going to leave Becky Chrissy hanging. Michelle Janet decides the morning should be spent taking her parents shopping. Development! This would free Steve Tripper up in the morning for court. Yay!
Barry and Helen mention they have some presents for Maria’s baby. Barry then says more or less that he doesn’t want to be roped into shopping and asks what Steve is up to. Oh no! Michelle notes however that Steve will be very busy all morning – getting the food organized and decorating the pub. Now there are streamers blocking Chrissy’s road to freedom.
Barry sits Steve down at one point and tells him that should he wish to marry Michelle, he has a lifetime supply of Advil their blessing.
Over at Maria’s, it’s a soggy cryfest when Liam’s parent’s drop in. Maria mentions it’s the little things that stop a grieving person from moving on. Hey, anyone else notice that Helen looks like Auntie Pam’s sister? Just sayin’.
Maria says she misses having someone to do nothing with. She reveals she is too frightened to go for her scan alone; Helen offers to go along with her. Holy Kleenex.
Steve meanwhile comes into the cab office and begs Lloyd to put up the decorations so he can go to court. Lloyd winds him up a bit, but he’ll be there. Yay, now Steve can go to court!
Back at the Rovers, Michelle then decides she wants Steve to go to the photo place and blow up a wedding picture of Barry and Helen for the party. And he can do it in the morning! Oh no! (laugh track).
Steve is out back having a fag to get his head around the massively complex set of variables before him. Becky comes out. She tells him rather sadly that in the end it’s her responsibility…he’s off the hook in terms of testifying. She will neither expect him there nor pressure him. As the scene fades, we see her scared little face.
All in the Family
Amber Alahan lugs a suitcase the size of a chest freezer down Coronation Street street as Dev follows, harassing her about her decision to go to Finland. She’s well pissed off about Dev’s seemingly deliberate plans to break up her and Meathead.
Darryl meets her, and they say a sad goodbye, sealed with a kiss as Dev looks on. The young sweethearts exchange ‘I love you’s’.
Later, Dev is in the kebab shop, attempting to prepare a kebab for David. His atrocious slicing skills make Norris look like the Iron Chef. In frustration he calls Minnie/Lauren to come in and take over, but she says she has college.
Darryl and Graeme happen by, and orders a meal combo Dev knows nothing about, including a milkshake. Vanilla. Dev’s attempts to whip one up results in a geiser eruption from the blender. Darryl is highly amused. Dev realizes that he needs someone to run the kebab shop, and offers the job to Darryl very grudgingly. Meathead says he’ll have a think.
Later, Dev is trying to fix the blender when Darryl waltzes in, having typed up a set of conditions, which includes a hefty raise and bonuses. Dev goes from “no fucking way,” to “okay, dammit!” in about a nanosecond. Thus Darryl improves his own situation fairly quickly.
Now we need Darryl, Tina, Graeme and David to get a flat!! It would be like an episode of friends where the guys don’t look like wax mannequins!
Earlier that day, as David strolls along on the phone, sorting a Kozy Kitchens customer, Badass Mini Windass is on the corner trying to wind him up about the car; David stupidly says the Audi was knicked…setting off the whole feud again.
Hailey is wandering the neighbourhood in her anorak. She pops into the Rovers to reassure Becky. Becky lets her know that the sitch is a little more dire than Hailey imagined. Hailey admits that although Becky has a knack for stepping in it, her straightforwardness and balls will serve her well.
Later, she meets up with Fiz, who fills her in on Psycho John. Fiz shares that she wanted to move away, and then realized she was over-reacting…her life and her friends are there.
Hailey finally returns to the Cafe. She tells Roy she wants to talk again. Roy is understandably agitated as the ‘talks’ have sort of sucked lately. Hailey is trying to determine her next step in terms of work. Roy suggests that Hailey might consider a career as a professional counsellor.
In Other News
Fiz pops into Maria’s for tea. While she is there, the reporter Hanna Steele knocks on the door. She wants to talk about, and then to Fiz, saying some people think she’s had a part in Rosie’s kidnapping. Fiz is nearly sucked in by this manipulation, but then clams up. Steele gives her a business card, in case.