Some people got to have it
Hey, Hey, Hey – some people really need it
Hey, listen to me, y’all do thangs, do thangs, do thangs – bad thangs with it
Well, you wanna do thangs, do thangs, do thangs – good thangs with it – yeah
Corrie Standard Time: March 4, 2011. 7 months, 29 days behind current Corrie broadcasts.
Dev forgot to insure the shop and now’s he broke.
Becky bought a kid so she stole $5,000 from Dev.
Carla needs work for the factory, desperately, even if she has to work with a would-be rapist to do it.
Janice is behind in her rent so she’s moving in with Julie
Xin’s Visa is running out and she can’t afford to live on what she’s making at the Chinese buffet.
Basically every storyline has the common thread of everyone being held down by their debts in some way.
Let’s start with Maria. First – this plot was intended for Michelle but when Kym Marsh had to take an early maternity leave, the story was hurriedly re-written for Maria so if it doesn’t make sense that Carla is suddenly taking on yet another person with no business background (see: Trevor) in the factory, there’s your answer.
The day after she was almost assaulted at Frank’s place, Maria is back at the factory and is being given the high-fives from everyone for saving their jobs. When Frank arrives to go over the new contract and sign it, Maria is cold to him and even Carla notices. Frank, when alone with Maria, tries to play it off as misreading signals but Maria was pretty clear with him the night before. Eventually Maria tells Carla what happened and she confronts Frank. He apologizes, but admits nothing, and the contract is signed. Jobs will stay at the factory and Carla and Maria will keep quiet.
I have to say I find the relationship between David and Gail as comical as it is complex. He’s a total Mama’s boy (even thought he almost killed her) and she thinks no female is good enough for her son. But when push comes to shove, they’ll close ranks around each other.
So David’s got himself all loved up over some girl he met on holiday. When the ever disapproving Gail meets her she, and we, immediately identify her as Kylie, Becky’s sister. She admits to the relation but says they have a different dad. Becky’s remains unknown.
“Hey, just like you!” David says to Gail, who only recently met Ted, who is wisely steering clear of Manchester these days.
Kylie shows her engagement ring to Gail.
“It looks cheap, like the person wearing it.”
Audrey tries to get Gail to look on the bright side, “Well at least she’s not pregnant.”
Then they go off to the Rovers to swallow each other’s faces, meet up with Tina and Graeme, and put the bug in their ears about faking a marriage for a Visa.
Becky’s name is mud these days after it was found out that she stole that money from Dev’s (which Steve paid back but still…). Hayley tries to get Sunita to forgive her as Becky needs another chance. Like Peter’s drinking, Ken’s philandering, Steve’s rushing into poorly thought out marriages, Becky has this thing she does where she steals money. She will get better but in a year, when things get rough, she’ll be back at Dev’s, wrapping a chain around the ATM and attaching it to the back of Roy’s stolen Woody. Anyhow, Steve suggests a week off for her to figure things out.
Janice is moving in with Julie, who is delighted but warns her to never speak while Jeremy Paxman is on (just Googled some YouTube videos of the guy – imagine Peter Mansbridge with an attitude).