Update for Wed. Feb. 25th: Blue Tits Pecking Through the Bottle Tops.

Deirdre,

“I can’t begin to tell you how difficult this has been for me to reach a decision in which I must hurt the people around me and the woman I know has been by my side and tolerated me in more ways than I dare remember. Forgive me, but this letter is my goodbye to you, to us, to the man I can’t BARE (Kenneth, spelling mistake! That’ll teach Corrie to let the biker intern from Clapham in the props department write the letters….) to be any more. Deirdre, for some time now I have been seeing a lady who I can only ..(can’t see)..…my soul’s reflection…..month’s ago…(can’t see_…

Page 2 is blurry but I think the main point of it is to highlight how wonderful Martha and her boat are.

and then: Forgive me, Forgive me….Ken.

So says the letter that Deirdre has yet to see. The morning begins normally enough with Blanche complaining about whole milk not having cream on the top any more. Ken points out they cancelled the milk delivery because Blanche complained, saying they’d all get bird flu from the blue tits pecking through the bottle tops.

Peter comes into the Barlows to pick Blanche up. Deirdre is complaining that the paper boy has not delivered. Peter wants to know why Ken always needs to buy the Guardian; why not a taboid everyone would enjoy…for instance one saying which actress is having an affair with a married man. Ken shoots him daggers and Peter mentions offhand that Ken is not adverse to a bit of scandal. Peter then leaves with Blanche.

At Eileen’s, Jason is ringing the hospital to arrange seeing Colin. Eileen comes in and asks who was on the phone and Jason lies, saying it was Sean’s mate.

Eileen drops in to the Kabin and her & Rita exchange greetings. Rita asks how Colin is, and Eileen responds that she’s not interested. Tina is rather too nosy with Eileen and Rita tells her to shoosh. Ken pops in and asks Rita to start delivering his paper again, which he apparently cancelled. Shit, can’t you just see Kenneth going over his affair to-do list with a fountain pen?

1) cancel periodicals

2) return library books

3) turn in scrabble club membership

4) replace typewriter ribbon

5) oh yeah – break up with wife!!

Jason shows up at the hospital to see Colin. Colin is doing poorly, suffering from the stroke. Colin wants to know if Eileen sent Jason; and how she is. Jason wants to know why the affair with Paula. Colin says he never fancied young girls, but he supposed he was flattered. Jason is visibly upset and in tears. He wants to know if Colin ever thought what being abused would do to Paula. Colin asks if Eileen will come so he can apologize.

Rita has come to Eileen’s for tea; she apologizes for Tina’s abrupt mouth. They commiserate about the circumstances. Eileen says she wants none of Colin.

Back home at the Barlow’s Deirdre cheerfully wants to know if Ken has any dirty laundry to complete her load. (this is good, but not HALF as good as Ted and Gail, a few episodes ago, passing Ken as he leaves with suitcase. Without missing a beat, Ted pats Ken on the arm saying, “all the best Kenneth” and walks smoothly on.)

Ken asks Deirdre to sit down. She is understandable worried. He gives Deirdre the letter. Deirdre reads.  “So,” she says, “you’re leaving me.”

“No,” Ken replies. “I couldn’t do it.”

He says he thought Deirdre had a right to know. She tells him that she already did in a way. He has been distant for weeks or months…the long walks and long silences. He wants to know why she never said anything. Referring to the letter, Deirdre asks, “What made you think that I would want to read that?”

Deirdre goes to Eileen’s with the letter…gal pal to the rescue..They sit to chant and Eileen points out that that Ken will feel a whole lot better now that he has things off his conscience. And Deirdre is bearing the brunt of it.

Ken is wandering around outside and looking for Deirdre, when he sees Peter. He explains that he has shown Deirdre the letter and is now worried she’s going to off herself or something. Peter wants to know why Ken did something as schtewpid as showing the letter to Deirdre….waitasec….wasn’t it Peter who told Ken he was a spineless oaf for NOT showing it? This family is so bizarre….one minute they’re all…”we’re here for each other,” and then it’s all psycho killer qu’est-ce que c’est.

Jason is sitting on the Maxine Peacock bench and telling Tina how ill Colin looked in the hospital. Jason feels sorry for Colin. So hey – cute couple, right? I’m pretty sure they’re not related…..Jason goes home and tells Eileen he’s been to see Colin. Eileen has a go at him and they argue. Eileen accuses him of taking sides. Jason says he’s sick of Eileen taking stuff out on him.

Ken is in his kitchen making a cuppa when Deirdre returns. Ken says she was gone so long he was worried. Deirdre says she wasn’t worried all those times Ken returned late, but maybe should’ve been. Out in the yard, Ken says he wants to talk. She calls him pathetic. She brings up his novel, and how Ken sweated over it for weeks. And then burned it because it might have been rubbish. He was too afraid to risk an editor’s opinion. He couldn’t follow through. And she reasons, if Martha is everything Ken wants…he can talk about art, literature, music and make home-made bread on the boat, then maybe Ken should have gone, but the reality is, he bottled it.

Deirdre knows why Ken showed her the letter. She thinks it’s so she’ll throw Ken out and then Ken can claim he “tried”. Ken says he loves, respects and needs Deirdre. Deirdre, on the other hand, wonders if she needs or wants Ken looking down at her, patronizing her. And all the time she’d be competing with a fantasy.

Blanche comes in while they are in the yard and reads the letter. They return inside and Blanche wants to know what the meaning of it all is. Deirdre says sarcastically, “Ken was leaving us, but we should all be grateful he has changed his mind!” Blanche takes a strip off Ken and he says huffily that it’s still his house. “Not,” Deirdre points out, “if I show this letter to my solicitor.” At length, Deirdre agrees to say no more about the matter, ever. Blanche says she’s disgusted with both of them. Deirdre says she’s had enough of Blanche ordering her about, and if she can’t keep her mouth shut, she can get out.

FYI…

Over at the Duckworh/Dobbs, Tyrone and Molly come in as Jack is on the phone. Molly is pointing out that the name ‘Webster’s’ is seen last in the phone book. Whereas ‘Dobbs’ comes closer to the start of the alphabet…she proposes “Dobbs and Webster’s”.

WTF???

David is outside the butcher’s having a convo with Graeme that I didn’t totally catch (??) where David is planning a life of burglary??? Graeme is cleaning the windows and pondering that pork comes from pigs, beef comes from cows, but lamb comes from lamb, same word…and how odd is that? Graeme also advises David to ensure he wears a mask. WTF?????


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16 Responses to Update for Wed. Feb. 25th: Blue Tits Pecking Through the Bottle Tops.

  1. haili says:

    Ken just assumes Dierdre will still want him after reading the letter; she should give him a shock and kick him out. I’m very confused about who really owns the house. Didn’t they mortgage it to pay for Tracy’s lawyers? This couple must be so used to affairs by now that it’s just another ho hum day.

    I had no idea what Graham and David were talking about.

    Molly is a real pain and not very nice to Tyrone these days. I guess the honeymoon is over.

    • Bea says:

      They’re doing it again; changing personality; Molly was so nice and inocent; now they’re changing her into a bit<h.

      • Mary Prankster says:

        Tyrone has been acting like a pouting child where Jack’s concerned, & Molly can’t understand why. She’s also trying to look out for his (& her) interests in the garage business, since he’s such a nebbish about it. She may be overstepping her wifely role, but I don’t think she’s being a bitch.

    • joy says:

      I think Ken mortgaged his house to pay for Tracy’s lawyer.

  2. chumola says:

    Loved your update, kunzie! Esp.the to-do list, LOL!

    I also wonder what David is up to. No good, judging his past behaviour!

    The relationship between Ken/Dierdre/Blanche/Peter etc. is so complex you could write a PHD thesis on it!

  3. Barbie says:

    I’m pretty sure David is pretending to be into B&E’s to get Gary Windass in trouble somehow.
    Loved it when Dierdre told Blanche to shut up or get out, it surprised me so much I had to watch it again.

  4. corrierules says:

    Yes, chumloa, the Barlow dynamic is pathological — but it’s so much fun to watch. The actors are very good and the chemistry works.
    Good golly Miss Molly, you are, as they say on the street, not backwards in coming forward.
    As for Colin, don’t feel sorry for him. At all.
    Great update Kunzie.. and transcribing the letter? We are truly spoiled.

    • lovethestreet says:

      Oh I love that expression: not backwards in coming forward…

      • corrierules says:

        I love the expressions on Corrie. Here’s a good one — someone who’s pushy is described as being “a bit previous”

        Another favorite of mine: I’m not as green as I am cabbage looking.

  5. lovethestreet says:

    Great update! Thank you!

    It also crossed my mind that Tina and Jason would make a cute couple. Then I remembered, he’s as thick as he is handsome — it would never work out in the long run.

    This Ken-Deidre-Martha storyline has been really entertaining.

    • missusmac says:

      I think Tina and Jason could work for a while because although thick, he’s also sweet and not at all manipulative. (Unlike a certain cheezy wotsit that Tina once lived with…)

      Interesting to listen in on a Tina/Eileen conversation, and interesting to see Gail’s take on Eileen’s son dating her man’s daughter.

  6. haili says:

    Jason doesn’t need all the baggage that would come with Tina; after all, her father is involved with Gail. He’s been involved with the Platts before and does he really need to be there again? It would be interesting though to have Gail and Eileen at family gatherings.

  7. lovethestreet says:

    Other great expressions we’ve picked up from Corrie: “he’s up and down like a fiddler’s elbow” and “if her skirt were any shorter we’d be looking at next week’s laundry”!

  8. haili says:

    Almost as good as Ena Sharples remark about Elsie Tanner: “fur coat and no knickers.”

  9. margs says:

    I have been away and come back to find Ken standing on the bridge – does this mean Martha is not turning the boat around and we won’t meet those nice upscale couples and stop at all the interesting places – and Ken won’t get a chance to play King Lear?? Back to fish and chips..

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