Sunday, January 14, 2018

Coronation Street Catch Up: the two stripper edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street...

A hen do, an assault, a hospital and a jail. Just your average week on the Street.

Let's start with the hen do. Sinead is getting married and a nice hen do is underway at the Bistro ("come for the hen do, stay for the roast hen").

Then Chesney barges in and knocks over Aunty Beth. It's not really Ches's fault, although he did fall for Daniel's wind up. Anyway, the cat's out of the bag and Sinead now knows that it was Cheney who attacked himself with a brick to make Daniel look bad. Meanwhile, over at Chesney's stag in the Rovers, two strippers arrive but the stag gets cancelled abruptly.

Daniel subsequently does his Sidney Carton routine and pretends he never loved Sinead as a way to force her back into the arms of the self-bricking Ches. Will it work?

Meanwhile those two mega-racists who are ready to sign a big contract with Alya and Aidan have a tussle with Luke. Luke gets charged with assault and Kev's garage gets vandalized. Luke is also getting suspicious about what happened to Andy. He doesn't believe the backpacking in Belize story.

Seb gets a rollicking from Phelan who thinks Seb's big mouth cost him a job replacing the factory roof. Meanwhile Gary is helping Seb find a new job. Phelan doesn't like that. Anna is resigned to the fact that she's stuck in jail thanks to Phelan.

Steve wants to give Michelle ten grand to help her deal with her financial woes and Robert catches Rana and Kate having it off in his flat.

Billy's still in hospital with a steady stream of Barlows barging in to threaten him every ten minutes. Todd and Summer are missing. Brian is moving out of Roy's and Carla may be moving in. Roy wants to donate a kidney to Carla whom, it appears, is quite ill.

And now for a few lines from last week:

Daniel to Sinead:
"I latch onto the first gullible girl who comes along"
(wouldn't that be Rosie?)

Robert to the ladies of Sinead's hen do:
"No, I'm not the stripper"
(too bad. They were looking forward to your al fresco)

Sinead to Chesney:
"Why did you attack my Aunty Beth?"
(seemed like the right thing to do)


So, Weatherfield Watchers, so ends another week. Will we have a wedding on the Street next week?
Will Phelan keep evading justice? Will Brian collect all his coasters from Roy's when moving out?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. Cheers!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Coronation Street Catch-Up: the Santa Curse edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street

Either Santa's voice got really nasal... or Carla's back in town.

Yes, the spirit of Christmas is in full swing on Coronation Street with kidnappings, injuries, break-ins, booze, pills, threats etc. Details, you ask?

Let's see. Billy confesses to Peter that he was in the car that killed Susan. Peter stuffs Rev Billy in the trunk of a Streetcars taxi (meter off), drives to a cliff, switches on the radio (I'm surprised he can get such good reception up there) and threatens to shove him off the cliff. It's just a threat but unfortunately the Reverend falls off the edge and plummets to the ground.

Somehow Billy survives and is airlifted to the hospital. He gets a visit from Ken who wants to protect Peter and tells Billy to say nothing lest Ken tell the cops that Billy left Susan to die in a hit and run.
Adam discovers the truth about Susan (his Mom) and swallows a handful of pills and booze.

Meanwhile Aidan sends out an SOS to Carla to help him buy the factory. Carla appears, as if by magic, and finally agrees to invest in Underworld but all the while she is quaffing non-alcoholic beverages. What gives?

Amy is not keen on Steve and Tracy getting together. Brian's Santa Claus stint is over but Dev is not happy that Santa/Brian placed a Santa curse on one of his kids. To make amends, Brian breaks into Dev's house to place an 'apology present' under the tree and is subsequently arrested.

And now for a few lines from the week that was:

Amy to Tracy re: her rekindled romance with Steve
"You're like disaster squared"
(and they don't have a common denominator)

Carla to Tracy re: her sudden appearance:
"Think of me as the ghost of Christmas past"
(with nicer clothes)

Rita to the crowd at the Rovers:
"It's been a tough year"
(one might say an annus toughus)

Ken tells Billy to keep quiet:
"I'm calling in the debt" 
(Barlows stick together)

Peter to Rev Billy:
"Why hurt myself when I can hurt you?"
(It's a rhetorical question, by the way)


Well, festive followers, so ends another week and once again we find ourselves back in the Corrie Wing of the Weatherfield General Hospital as Billy is in grave condition (last week it was Eileen, before that it was Jude's baby, etc.)  Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Coronation Street Catch-Up: the many trials of Anna Windass edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street... 

You can tell it's Christmas because the Corrie writers clearly overdosed on eggnog while concocting this never-ending Anna Windass tale of woe story line.

I mean, really? She's being framed by Phelan, charged for assault, thrown into solitary, drugged by the prison screws, escapes from a hospital, hides at Roy's, tries to clear her name over the phone, conks Eileen over the head and gets re-arrested with more charges.

I'm surprised she didn't run over Santa Claus during her getaway.

I mean, how much more is she supposed to take? More to the point, how much more can we take?

In other developments, Robert is told that his removed testicle was cancerous. That's good news. Not so good is the fact that Michelle is faking a robbery to claim insurance money to deal with the aftermath of Robert's gambling debts.

Daniel is trying to outsmart Chesney in the battle for Sinead's affections. Fiz has to go away to look after her ailing Mom leaving Ty and the kids at Christmas.

Gary is trying to get back together with Sarah. Leanne is trying online dating. Billy is trying a little matchmaking between Adam and Eva. The female contingent at the Rovers is well impressed with the new fit lodger, Chris.

And now for a few lines from the week that was:

Gary wants to know what Anna intends to do on the lam:
"What's the plan?"
(get arrested again, I would expect)

Over Adam's objections, Aidan gets in his face:
"I'll put my finger where I like"
(I've got a few ideas)

Toyah is fascinated by Chris, the new lodger:
"So you actually climbed Kilimanjaro?"
(well, he actually took an Uber)
Well, Christmas Cobbleros, so ends another week and another year of Corrie. 

I have returned to Corrie Central after a few days off and am preparing myself for a week of hour-long Corrie episodes on CBC starting on Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm (Eastern). Do check your local listings and I wish you all the best for 2018. 

Let's hope for interesting, funny and engaging stories and characters this year.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Coronation Street Catch Up: the horny horticulturalist edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street...

Bad news I'm afraid. Demand for sweater vests has taken a nosedive following the departure of Colin.

And there's even worse news. Rana is not pregnant (or is that good news?) Nor has she yet shared the news with Zeedan that she's not on his team but rather in love with Kate.

More bad news? Looks like Yasmeen has talked Roy into being Santa at the community centre but Roy could be a bad Santa.

And the bad news continues as Jude and Angie plan to return to South Africa, convinced that Mary has been harming their baby. Tracy lends a hand to Mary by filching Jude and Angie's passports.

Luke is wondering what exactly happened to Andy. Seems Andy didn't go to Bristol and Luke would like to get in touch. Hmm... could be a problem for Phelan. Alya tries to convince Johnny to help Aidan.

But wait, there's more. David confronts Nicola who spills the beans about her one-night stand with Gary and her resulting pregnancy. And then there's the devastating news that Gary is missing in action in Ukraine.

And now for a few lines from the week that was:

Nicola to Phelan:
"I hate you"
(join the club)

Tracy complains to Mary about her tardiness:
"I had to flirt with a horny horticulturist"
(you mean a frisky florist?)

Well, festive followers, so ends another week. Gary gone? Say it isn't so. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. Cheers!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Coronation Street Catch Up: the Guncle Todd and Billy edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street...


Turns out that Colin is not the Son of Norris. Anyway, Colin and Moira have had a "conscious coupling" and are off and out of the show, leaving Norris back in the shop and Rita back in the flat (what was that story line all about anyway?)

Robert is at it again. His testicular troubles drive him to the gambling table where he promptly loses a ton of cash and puts the Bistro in jeopardy. Michelle doesn't know yet but she soon will.

On the somewhat predictable Phelan front, ol' Pat manages to convince Seb that Anna pushed him off the ladder. Of course Phelan also planted fake evidence so along come the cops to haul Anna away to jail. Not only that, but bail is refused as Anna is deemed a menace to society, mostly to window cleaners.

Jude's son is ill again and Mary is worried. Gemma meets her Prince Charming at a house party and loses a shoe. The prince (aka Henry, heir to the Newton and Ridley empire) turns up to sweep Gemma off her feet.

Over at Todd and Billy's, the news is grim.  Billy, as you recall, had a wild youth culminating in a gas station robbery and the getaway car was involved in a hit-and-run. Todd does a little digging and finds out that someone died in the hit-and-run. The victim was none other than Susan Barlow, mother of Adam, daughter of Ken, twin of Peter.  Billy is racked with guilt but just wait till the Barlow family finds out.

And now a few lines from the week that was:

Toyah to Gemma re: her lost shoe at the house party:
"the shoe is a metphor for hope"
(could you please repeat that in kebab shop lingo)

Summer comes up with a name for Todd and Billy combining gay with Uncle:
(I prefer Unclay?)

Norris to Moira (who helped Colin in his quest for Norris' DNA):
"You stole my blood!"
(something to write about in her vampire diary)

Colin describes Moira in three words:
"Luminous. Loyal. Pre-Raphaelite"
(Are. You. Kidding?)


Well, Weatherfield wayfarers, so ends another week. Thanks so much for dropping by and have a great week!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Coronation Street Catch Up: the Norris Cole Junior edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street...

Could it be true?

Could Norris Cole really have a soporific sprog, a stodgy son, a filial fussbudget, a... (get on with it - ed)

Colin thinks so and convinces Moira to snag a sample of Norris' blood to conduct a DNA test. Seems that sweater vests run in the family. As a "reward" Colin treats Moira to a roll in the hay (sans hay) on the floor of the corner shop (it's a veritable sherbet fountain of love).

On to more serious matters. Robert saves little Joseph and Jake from a speeding car but winds up in hospital where Michelle finally convinces him to check out his private parts (by a doctor). Seems Robert has a malignant lump and it's a grim situation for him and Michelle.

Who was driving that speeding car? Kate who was distraught after Rana went through with her wedding to Zeedan even though Rana really loves Kate and vice versa.

Meanwhile Chesney is being mentored by Tracy on how to be sneaky and duplicitous. Ches wants to ensure that Daniel doesn't get too cozy with Sinead and Tracy is helping him. Meanwhile the demands of looking after Joseph while Ches works all hours is taking its toll on Sinead.

Evil Phelan is upset to learn that Nicola is off to Australia and tries to enlist Anna's help to convince her to stay - by telling Anna that Gary is the father of Nicola's baby.

Sally celebrates her inauguration as Mayor only to have her reception interrupted by a court order stemming from Gina's debts. Good photo op (but not for Sally') as the household furniture is taken away.

And now for a few lines from the week that was:

Anna to Nicola:
"Do you know how you can tell when Pat Phelan's lying?"
(his lips move)

Anna to Gary re: being the accidental father of Nicola's baby:
"You can't get pregnant from talking"
(but use a condom anyway)

Colin to Norris regarding his taste in sweater vests
"It's me hipster look"
(well, it does highlight your erroneous zones)

Colin to Norris:
"You may be my father"
(like Darth Vader, only more boring)


Well, Corrie companions, so ends another week. Things are certainly getting bleak on the Street these days. I vote for fewer depressing story lines and more hi jinks. After all, we're approaching the holiday season and I would like to see Pat Phelan get his comeuppance for Christmas. At least that's what's on my Xmas list. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Coronation Street Catch Up: the Bat Watch Newsletter edition

a look back at last week on Canada's Coronation Street...

What a pair!

Turns out that 'Rev' Billy is a former gas station robber and trouble maker while Todd just torched a van belonging to arch-nemesis Aidan. Who could ask for better parents for young Summer?

But wait, it gets better. Rev Billy has retained quasi-lawyer Adam as his legal counsel. What do I think about that? No comment.

Speaking of accelerants, it seems that Phelan's Airbnb dungeon house got burned down and the culprit was none other than Phelan himself. Seems he paid two young numskulls to do the dirty deed while he was on vacation with Eileen, taking a well-deserved break from his murderous misdeeds.

Good news: Rana and Zeedan are getting married. Bad news (for Zeedan): Rana's got a hunka hunka burning love for Kate.

Fiz and Ty are dealing with the fallout from their decision to stay mum about a windfall they got from the crowdfunding site. Seems Beth and others found out and are none too chuffed.

Good news:  Chesney's son, Joseph, is finally talking.  Bad news: he's talking to Daniel. Anyone got a Portuguese-English dictionary? Não. And, Chesney is planning to work himself to death as manager of Dev's expanding fast food empire. Today, Kebabs. Tomorrow, the world (well, the local chippie, anyway).

Jude is furious with Mary for calling the cops on Angie for drink driving. Angie doesn't have a drink problem (per se) but rather post-natal depression.

Robert is out of the Big House and back in the Small Bistro with Michelle as a full partner in business and a name change for the bistro in the works (The Silver Fox? Salt and Pepper? The Grecian Formula?)

And now for a few lines from the week that was:

Michelle to Robert:
"How was your first breakfast as a free man?"
(she put a shiv in the omelette for old time's sake)

Todd to Billy re: his iron-clad defence:
"Who needs prayer when you've got the English legal system?"
(praise M'Lord)

Roy tells Robert he's busy for the evening:
"I have to write the monthly bat watch newsletter"
(sounds like a nocturnal job) 

Zeedan to Rana after Kate leaves
"What did I miss?"
(Just a friendly seven-minute smooch between two female mates)

Well, Weatherfield Watchers, so ends another week. Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you have a great week. Cheers!