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article imageReview: UK Soap Coronation Street — Beginning of the end for Carla/Peter?

By Jane Reynolds     Jul 2, 2012 in Entertainment
A 'sideways' review of the latest goings-on in Coronation Street, the popular British Soap Opera.
This post looks at episodes broadcast in the UK 25th-29th June 2012
*Warning: May Contain Spoilers*
There was a rat loose in the Rovers; Simon was like a rat up a drainpipe moving into Nick's, and do we smell a rat in Peter's sudden ceasefire?
I'm curious as to whether particular writers get chosen to write certain episodes? Jonathan Harvey wrote both of Friday's, and we saw Sean's jealousy finally force Marcus to admit that their relationship was over.
It was great writing and completely believable – as expected. "I'm surprised you've not got a bunch of roses and a box set of Glee," Sean squealed at Aiden as he made a complete fool of himself at the hospital. Ooh, there were some deliciously bitchy lines this week, and Sean delivered them all with perfect camp-comic timing!
Aiden looks a bit creepy to me. I don't know where this is all going, but if he turns out to be a stalker I won't be surprised.
Maria didn't know where to look – well, yes, she did!
Marcus found sanctuary with his BFF Maria but clearly didn't notice how getting up off that settee in his boxers set her pulse racing! A good bit of acting there from both of them; perfectly played. It's so difficult when you fancy the pants off someone (as Maria was clearly wishfully thinking!), but they either don't feel the same or – even more tricky – if they aren't 'on the same bus' as you.
Poor Mary's feeling the same thing – seeing her beloved Norris going dancing with Hayley, but will she construe Roy's simple offer of a game of chess as an invitation to more than a 'knight' out?
I wouldn't like to be in Roy's apron if it does. Mary's clearly as about as stable as the Euro, and you feel she's never more than a second away from snapping. "Hello" Gazette? Norris hates me," she shouted into the phone in front of a bewildered Emily.
"It's nice to see her so animated," Emily remarked diplomatically.
"Amimated? The woman's deranged," Norris retorted.
Will Norris find himself being drawn to Hayley as they trip the light fantastic though – and end up showing her his merengue?
Has Leanne picked the right man?
Eva's not a happy bunny, and is blaming Leanne. So is Stella.
"You do not sleep with your sister's fella," she told her.
"Are you hard of hearing? I've already told you what happened," Leanne replied in exasperation.
I can see why Leanne's decided to get back with Nick, but is it Peter she really wants? Carla's already sussed that one out, and there's going to be trouble ahead here, isn't there? It was very out of character for Peter to offer to make peace with Nick too. Is this all part of some sort of 'cunning plan' he's come up with to try and get Simon back?
It's interesting how Simon's been so violently opposed to Carla yet has accepted Nick without question and is all-but calling him 'Daddy' already. It does seem a tad implausible, but there we go. He couldn't get out of the Rovers and into his own bedroom quick enough, could he?
Still. It frees up the bathroom at the Rovers, and after their recent altercations, Sunita managed to 'square the cirle' with Eva over the inspection this week. Oh, what a great week it's been for Corrie humour, and the rat stuff was just a joy to watch – especially Steve being even more scared than Eva!
I laughed out loud when Sunita was crying "Ow, ow, OW!" as the rat bit her hand, and Beth putting the rat up to her ear then looking at her phone and saying "Missed call," was PRICELESS: one of the funniest moments of the year!
I also loved the bit when Eva screamed as she saw Craig holding the rat and the Pub Inspector asked Sunita if she was alright.
"Oh, don't worry about her – she's just hysterically happy," Sunita quipped without missing a beat.
Lovely stuff, and it's been a joy to have such a great Corrie comedy week as it's given me lots of lovely one-liners for my Grins of the Week:
Beth: "I love the gays, me."
Eva: "Alright?"
Peter: "Oh, er, yeah. Thanks for caring."
Eva: "I don't."
Karl: "Your carriage awaits."
Eva: "I thought you were getting the train?"
Stella: "Well how else am I going to get to the station? Cartwheels?"
Tracy: "Hello Siimonee."
Simone: "It's Simone."
Tracy: "Aaah."
Simone (looking at Craig and Beth): "Is that a rat?"
Tracy: "No, it's just his mother."
* How can Dev afford that hugely extravagent wedding?
* Beth said that a bag of chips and battered sausage cost three pounds. Three pounds? That's way too much, isn't it?
* Had Sean had a haircut between Friday's first and second episodes?
* Aiden left the Bistro without paying his share of the bill. Ooh, he's a wrong 'un.
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