Last night’s episode aired on September 2nd, 2011 so we’ve now closed the gap to five months behind the UK. Remember that we started out 10 months behind so we’re in the home stretch. I’ll be relieved when we’re back to 1 episode a night. As great as it is to close the gap, 5 hours of Corrie a week is a real slog.
The big news this week is that Fizz, having grassed on the prison drug dealer (played by Rebecca Callard, daughter of Beverly Callard, aka Liz Macdonald), now facing violence for herself and baby Hope. Tyrone, having heard this, decides to go found the drug dealer’s boyfriend, take photos of him dealing, and use those to blackmail him into getting girlfriend to lay off Fizz. It does not go according to plan and eventually the dealer, Leon who even scared Uncle Len (nice callback) is tied up in the freezer at the old butcher shop while Tyrone, Kirk, and Tommy figure out what to do next.
Becky got a job managing a posh pub using a speech that never got anybody a job anywhere:
"If you want somebody running your bar shouting gobspeak that nobody understands, then go hire a Dalek. But if you want flesh and blood, somebody who’ll make the people feel really special and get them spending all their dosh in a place with a fantastic buzz then you won’t find anybody better than me. And if you want to stick that in your CSR audit and see what it prints out, be my guest." Although I do see her point – trendy business terms like "stakeholder" make my eye twitch.
Then she went and lied about managing Roy’s Rolls and asked Roy to lie to her new employers to be a reference and, well, you might as well ask Mr. Spock to do that for all the good it will do.
Kylie is taking baby steps toward adulthood. After blackmailing Audrey with a video of her and Marcia, Audrey’s relationship with him ended. I was looking on YouTube for the ending of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Dr. Crusher breaks it off with her new Trill lover when his symbiote is placed in a female host. She basically gives him the same speech Audrey gives Marc.
Anyhow, Audrey also tells Kylie that their childhoods were not that different and asks her to take a look at her like. This strikes a chord with Kylie and she cleans up her act enough to try to impress Max’s social worker. She also plans a mobile nail salon for busy women on the go. Carla, basically.
Anna and Owen have a date but Faye, sensing that yet another mother is about to abandon her, send Anna a text from Owen’s phone breaking it off. The misunderstanding is cleared up when Gary finds Owen’s phone in Faye’s bag.
I also noticed the show mentioned Macdonald’s and Coca-Cola. And Marcus’s laptop plays the telltale Windows XP start-up sound. I read somewhere that the rules regarding product placement have been relaxed in the UK and I’m just wondering if that’s related. Previously, the show has existed in a kind of bubble where nobody seems to use major brands. I hope Carlsberg doesn’t buy out Newton and Ridley.