Since I’ve been watching Corrie on a regular basis again, I’ve noticed lately that the stories have taken a welcome break from murders, trials, and tram crashes.
Steve trying to please two women. Surrogacy. Fireman Paul unable to sleep through Kevin’s home renos. The abuse of Tyronne at the hands of Kirsty. Tracy remembering that she has kidney problems.
It’s just folk living their lives and that’s what attracted me to Corrie in the first place. It’s a nice return.
Take Mary, Corrie’s own Eleanor Rigby, for example. This week she attempted to seduce Roy through a concert of the music of
Edgar Edward Algar. However, the same night, Hayley and Norris were scheduled to compete in a ballroom dancing competition. Unable to break his prior commitment to Mary, Roy spent the evening worried that he should be with Hayley. After failing to recognize that she was arranging a seduction in her motor home, Roy insists on returning to Hayley to offer his support.
The next day, after an oblivious Roy gives Hayley the details of the previous night, she immediately goes to confront Mary. Mary reassures Hayley that it’s his wife whom Roy loves. The pair get to talking and the subject comes round, as it sometimes does, to Hayley’s sex change.
Hayley: “People like to see a reflection of themselves in other people and when they see something different, they don’t like it.”
— Corrie Canuck (@Corrie_Canuck) August 31, 2012
Recognizing something in Mary in that bit of advice, Hayley becomes more compassionate and convinces Mary to stay and not give up in her life in Weatherfield.
While this was not the central plot of this week’s episodes, for me, it was their heart.
Meanwhile, Tracy has vowed to make Steve and Michelle’s life a living hell, so I’d say she’s recovered.
And now she’s flirting with Ryan. Urk.
If that Doctor Who regenerated into someone like that Ryan has you’d exterminate him yerself!
— Fat Brenda (@fatbrenda) September 2, 2012
Fireman Paul has a thing about his ears so he can’t put in earplugs to block the sound of Kevin’s home renos. He finally sucks it up and puts ’em in but then he oversleeps and almost gets sacked.
Katy has agreed to carry Izzy’s baby but Owen is dead set against it. Anna is for it. Ches is wavering. A ginger baby war is coming, my friends. First shot fired was at the christening of baby Joseph.
Rob is sort of dating Eva but he really wants Stella and doesn’t care who knows.
Karl got a job working at the factory but Eva is trying to sabotage it in solidarity with her mum.
Next week: Corrie goes back to 30 minutes a night. We are officially two weeks behind.