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Michael Rodwell died this week, clutching his heart as he tried – and failed - to do his bit to bring Phelan down. Phelan didn’t kill Michael, not directly, but neither did Phelan do anything to help Michael when a heart attack felled the fella. Michael was snooping around Phelan’s yard and found his fake passport. He knew the flats were a fraud and the sales were a scam.
Anna also knew after Faye nicked Phelan’s phone and Anna heard a voice message from Vinny giving their game away. Why then, when Anna was armed with that knowledge and she could have blackmailed Phelan – or gone to the cops - she then invited him into her flat and offered to bribe him to move away with a measly two thousand pounds, I don’t know. I don’t understand. Did I miss something? Anna had the knowledge, the truth, in her hand, and she could have helped bring Phelan down.
Instead, Phelan fake-proposed to Eileen and she said a proper yes. Phelan plans to do a runner next week, with Vinny, to Mexico, only Eileen doesn’t know that, not yet.
Another rover returned this week in the shape of Brian Packham. He’s split up with Julie because “she wouldn’t let me have a caravan”. Brian’s now working as the Environmental Health Inspector for Weatherfield Council and has been called to inspect the Bistro after Adam Barlow reported it the council. But it’s not the food that Adam had a problem with, or the drink, it’s Robert’s attitude. As far as Adam Barlow’s concerned (and let’s not forget he’s Mike Baldwin’s son) there’s only room for one alpha male in the Bistro, and he thinks it should be him. He also swans into Underworld as if he owns the place, which undoubtedly he will very soon.
Fortunately all these new arrivals have stolen the scenes from the ridiculous Maria storyline. She’s been arrested for murder despite no body being found and no-one’s been killed. Caz, we presume, is still lurking under streetlamps.
Faye’s boyfriend Seb is turning into a right nasty piece of work. He’s bullying Faye and complaining that she’s spending too much time with Craig. Craig, meanwhile, has had his application to become a special constable accepted and he takes a dim view of Seb’s fake DVDs in his rucksack.
Sarah and Gary go public with their relationship this week and Gail’s not best pleased. But then, when’s she ever? Poor Gail though, another husband has gone and died on her this week. And when she finds out that Michael’s had a heart attack and has gone to the great ice-cream van in the sky, she’ll be beside herself with grief, yet again.
Gemma’s excited to meet Peter Andre next week at the Weatherfield Good Samaritan awards. The only problem is, she’s got nothing to wear. Worse still, she’s got nowhere to live. Chesney finds out that she’s living in the kebab shop and warns her that she’ll have to leave because if Dev finds out, he’ll sack her. Rita takes Gemma in under her very fragrant and sequinned wing and lets her live in the flat with her and Jenny. Rita also tells Gemma she’s bought her a nice frock and some shoes to wear at the awards do – a beautiful scene.
Roy’s discomfort at his upcoming wedding to Cathy becomes clear, especially when Cathy buys a clock that counts down to the wedding day. Tick, tock – don’t do it, Roy – tick, tock.
And that’s just about that for this week.
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This week’s writers were Martin Allen and Ella Greenhill (Monday double); Ellen Taylor (Wednesday and Thursday); Chris Fewtrell (Friday double). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.com/2008/11/exclusive-all-current-corrie-writers.html
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