This week we saw the sparsely attended memorial service of Sunita Alahan which was also, as it happens, Corrie’s first Hindu funeral.
The state of Sunita’s soul was much on everyone’s mind. Dev worried about how he would explain it to his children as the actions in this life affect the next life. If Sunita truly burned down the Rovers, what would happen to her soul? Simon Barlow, tried to commiserate with Aadi and Asha, noting that he too lost a his mother but then put his foot in it by suggesting that unlike his mum Lucy, Sunita was not likely in Heaven on account of the fact that she is believed to have burned down the Rovers.
This led to a spiritual dilemma for Dev as he had to explain to his children where Sunita fit in in a faith that holds that one’s actions in this life affect how one passes on to the next. It was an interesting week in the Alahan house as, as far as I know, Dev wasn’t particularly devout as a Hindu. Remember when Ciaran started a restaurant in an upstairs flat and Sarah-Lou was his waitress and she accidently gave Dev and Sunita steaks? That was the only time I remember them mentioning their religion, as opposed to Sophie Webster who mentions being “Chris-tee-an” every other week.
(Speaking of Websters, has there been any on screen explanation for Kevin’s absence? If there was, I may have missed it.)
The funeral, in which the Alahans were dressed in white, per Hindu tradition, was a low key and sad affair. Sunita’s family refused to come, saying she brought shame upon the family and Amber couldn’t make it. They tried for a little levity with Steve’s ill-fitting suit but really, I think the writers made a hash out of Shobna Gulati’s departure and she really deserved better than this.
In any case, Karl left us with a cliff hanger by claiming he was responsible for Sunita’s death but Stella believed he was speaking metaphorically. Yes, he metaphorically pulled out her breathing tube.
Still, Jason’s none too chuffed when he learns that Stella and Karl are indeed an item. He has a friend in Leanne, at least, who has a nose for a bad ‘un herself.
Tim has moved to the street and is growing closer to Faye, at Anna’s expense. Faye learned a little more about her background and her Welsh mother. I think this storyline could be an honest look at the complications involved in fostering children but Tim turned a little nasty with Chesney and it makes me wonder if there is more to it with this guy.
Plus it’s led to Anna playing Led Zeppelin in Roy’s Rolls and that’s just upsetting the order of the universe and the fixed points in time the Doctor’s always going on about.
Speaking of Chesney, no, he still hasn’t forgiven Katy.
Fizz is back at the factory.
Eileen and Paul broke up because she doesn’t want him risking his life anymore.