Monday, 10 October 2016
Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 10th October
It's a change tonight from Steve's comedy storyline to drama as he discovers that his dad has Myotonic Distrophy. He leaves it until after the thirteen week scan to tell Michelle, who tries to be strong for Steve's sake, but breaks down at the bus-stop and confides in Leanne. Steve and Michelle ask Rana (in a rare break from sashaying around, tempting Zeedan, and having secrets that are never quite revealed) for more information and she tells them to request a genetic test from the GP. Leanne is now also worried and so she and Nick ask Steve 'round to ask him about taking the test. Steve, who is already stressed for himself, Amy, and his unborn child, reacts badly, telling (yelling at) them that he's not going to take the test. He may or may not have the disease, but he becomes more Big Jim-like every day.
I was going to say something about Michelle's cast-off-from-Barbara-Dickson maroon blouse, but it doesn't quite fit with the serious tone of this storyline.
Fortunately, then, there's some comedy when Evil Phelan persuades Eileen to go back to the cab office so that she doesn't spend £100K on curtains, coat-hooks and maybe some of those "Love Life Laughter" posters for the fake flats, and Tim (Sally) decides she need to be interviewed for her old role. Tim (Sally) has prepared some questions about why Eileen is right for the job and how the boss likes his tea, which Eileen answers satisfactorily, and she's back in. Tim should have started with "Gypsy or Bourbon - which is the best cream?"
Meanwhile, David is binning off his responsibilities at the salon to go recce the courthouse in preparation for Clayton's trial. Playing with Max's toy truck seems to give him an idea, but what?
Anna is this week's winner in the Having Too Much Interest In A Relative's Love Life competition, as she disapproves of Gary's intererst in Sarah. She stirs it with Gail, who questions Sarah, who is getting ready for a gym (Gary) visit. This is before she finds a) Bethany's diet pills and b) out that Gary knew about them. She chews him out: "Don't come near me or my daughter ever again!" but we know this is only a small obstacle on the road to Romanceville.
With this and David's disappareance, Gail escapes to the salon to moan to Audrey who tells her that she's getting too old for these family dramas. Doesn't Aud just take herself off to Grasmere Drive and hunker down everytime the Platts go into tailspin? Anyway, by the time Gail gets home, David is preparing a chippy tea for the kids, and Bethany and Sarah are curled up together on the sofa. Crisis averted! For now anyway.
It turns out that Anna should have been keeping a closer eye on her other child as Fay(e) offers to babysit Jake whilst Izzy goes round to Anna's for her tea. Never trust a teenager doing a selfless act; it turns out that Fay(e) has other intentions, which is to invite a boy round for sofa canoodles. As we know what happened last time Fay(e) had a boyfriend, this seems like a bad idea, something with which Anna concurs when she catches them at it. "I can't going through that again"! she yells. Neither can we, Anna, neither can we.
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