The late Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said: "A week is a long time in politics" - the same could be said for Coronation Street.
I've had to take a little break from watching Corrie - and I got so confused when they kept changing the days it was on during the football- and on my return to the cobbles of Weatherfield, I find things have changed quite a lot in quite a short time.
Nick, somewhat out of the blue, is now with Leanne and playing reluctant surrogate dad to little Simon (who is running rings round him, demanding 10pm bedtimes) after Leanne took over custody - even though she's not his real mum. Peter, unsurprisingly, is not impressed by Nick's "daddy day care".
Marcus and Sean split up, after Marcus spent the night (not in that way) with Maria and later confesses to Sean he yearns for her domestic home life with child. After Sean created a jealous scene at Marcus's work, wrongly accusing him of an affair, the pair had an angst ridden (and rather earnest - no screaming matches) heart to heart and decided to call it a day as their relationship was not "amazing and fabulous enough". I agree, he and Sean were always a rather boring couple but will "Saint" Marcus now decide to give heterosexuality go and play happy families with Maria? He may prefer men but he's a lot nicer than most of the love rats, neanderthals and thugs Maria tends to go for.
The Corrie writers shamelessly ripped off the classic Basil Fawlty rat episode in the scene where Beth's son's pet rat escapes in the Rovers while an 'elf and safety inspector was there - not bad, but Cleese and Manuel's version was funnier.
Meanwhile, there's a new gleam in mad Mary's eye as, hurt and mocked for her ballroom dancing class prowess by Norris, she forms a new bond with Roy as he makes her cheese on toast at Roy's Rolls and she suggests some assignations involving their mutual love of chess while Norris and Hayley are out practicing their paso doble. Watch out Roy, Mary may have more on her mind than a smothered mate (I mean the chess move, not what she intends for Norris, though who knows...?)