I’m loving the chemistry between Leanne and Nick despite neither of them being, to my mind, likeable characters. Leanne decides to up sticks and leave for Liverpool as the stress of living so close to Steve and carrying his baby is, it’s fair to say, doing her head in. She tells Eva she can have the flat to herself after she’s left and Eva asks Aidan to move in with her, an offer he can hardly refuse as he has to stick with Maria’s lie that he wants to. There was a wonderful scene in Leanne’s kitchen when Eva told Aidan she loved him and she hugged him towards her. It was one of those shots when the camera focussed on Aidan’s face, an over-the-shoulder face full of doubt and regret. And then the camera panned to Eva, a face of hopeful uncertainty.
Elsewhere this week, Sean needs a place to live and Norris has got a spare room. Sean swallows his pride and asks Norris if he can move in as his lodger. It’s a request to which Norris agrees. I think this just might work.
Maria breaks up with Luke and gives him her engagement ring back, much to Audrey’s chagrin. Audrey’s always had a soft spot for Luke and has a crush on him the size of Salford itself. But Maria’s not for turning and tells him she doesn’t love him any more. In a scene in the Rovers, Maria and Kate talk about Manchester Pride. Maria mentions her gay ex-boyfriend (Marcus) but completely forgets about her gay husband (Pablo).
In other news this week, Amy has chickenpox and Michelle is pregnant. Ah yes, Michelle. Steve finally plucks up the confidence to tell Michelle he doesn’t want a baby, not at his age, not at her age, not now, not ever. Too late, says Michelle, she’s already up the duff. It’s poor Liz I feel sorry for. Caught in the middle knowing what’s going on with Steve getting both Leanne and Michelle pregnant and yet she’s got to keep quiet – for now.
Gary and Izzy have a heart-to-heart and it’s clear that Gary’s heart isn’t in the same place as Izzy’s as far as their relationship goes. He says he’ll move out and they’ll just be the best parents to Jake they can be. But then Izzy suggests he doesn’t move out, he moves into the spare room instead. Gary wants to leave but Izzy wants him to stay.
And finally this week there was some lovely dialogue from Mary (via writer Damon Rochefort). Mary mused in the café about life on the road when she lived in her motorhome. She told a tale of taking a wrong turn in Nevada and ending up at Burning Man festival for a whole week. Lovely stuff.
And that’s just about that for this week.
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This week's writers were Ben Tagoe and Jonathan Harvey (Monday double); Ellen Taylor (Wednesday); Damon Rochefort (Friday double). Find out more about the Coronation Street writing team at http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.com/2008/11/exclusive-all-current-corrie-writers.html
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