I love that it’s the Christmas season on Corrie again. I love the storylines and the special Christmas episodes. And I love British Christmas pop tunes. The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles” tends to kick off the season but I noticed this week, this Chris de Burgh tune was on the jukebox:
This week, there was a bit of foolishness with Ciaran who tried to reclaim the wedding money he lost to Karl while playing cards. So he books a last minute birthday using Nick’s bistro’s kitchen and food. In the end, Nick got paid, Michelle found out and the wedding was off when it was clear that Ciaran just didn’t want to live in dreary old Weatherfield and Michelle. So Ciaran left in a black cab.
For his part, Karl spent the £1,000 he won off Ciaran on the horses at the bookies and lost almost all of it. When Stella found out, she went shopping for new shoes and poor Karl didn’t have enough to buy more of those polo shirts he likes so much.
We also found out about Dennis’ long lost fiancé, whom he left at the alter. Dennis fears that he’ll do the same to Rita and so their relationship has slowed down considerably.
Speeding up their relationship considerably is Sophie and Sian who made plans to run off to Gretna Green to get married because a) Sally and Kevin wouldn’t give their blessing and b) Sophie was feeling super guilty about expressing her feelings to an uninterested Amber. “Oh grow up!” was, I believe, her reaction.
Scotland really needs a Lord Hardwicke.
Anyway, they were talked out of it and the wedding will now be local and with their parents’ blessing. Well, the Websters, anyway. Don’t know what the deal is with the Powers.
The big news this week was Peter Barlow. An entire episode on Thursday night was devoted to the events that lead to him falling off the wagon: his feelings for a returned Carla, his old AA mate dying, the anniversary of the tram crash, the speech he was asked to write, Leanne’s difficulties conceiving since her miscarriage, and the damn Freshco Christmas sales on beer. In the end, he bought a bottle of vodka, holed himself up in the bookies and started writing. I don’t follow soap awards or anything like but I hope Chris Gascoyne got something for that episode because it was amazing.
So Peter went on a one-day bender but Leanne knew but it wasn’t confirmed until she talked to Ken, who was informed by Dev. What she didn’t know is that he ended up at Carla’s where, after sobering up and showering (with either one of Tony’s or Frank’s or Paul’s old toothbrushes), he declared his love for her. Things got pretty hot and heavy petty but Carla cut it off before they went too far on account of her assault. So they’re going to take this affair slowly enough for me to wonder if Carla’s going to move into Peter’s pokey flat above the bookies or Peter and Simon and going to move into her fab condo. Either way, I can’t picture it. Keep in mind that at this point a year ago, Leanne still hadn’t fully detangled herself from Nick Tilsley.
In other news, David and Kyle are taking on Owen over his fish pond to which he devotes the same kind of attention that Roy attaches to trains.
Leanne and Sunita have turned into stage moms over the the Nativity play.
Kirk copped off with the bride on her hen do so I declaring him Coronation Street Winner of the Week.
The tax man came knocking for Lloyd so Stella helped him sort out the accounts, as well as his broken heart and then he went and made a pass at her. Awkward.
Becky got PFO money from Steve but she hasn’t yet decided to FO yet but it won’t be Mauritius, any road.
Sally is enjoying Frank’s attention and is now in danger of disappearing into a hole of smugness.