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Coronation Street Episode Review

Glenda Young's round-up of last week's episodes of Coronation Street



Coronation Street episode review
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It’s been a good week on Coronation Street. And so without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Corrie update.

Gemma takes it upon herself to be a Weatherfield Good Samaritan and chooses Rita as her pet project. Rita’s bemused and amused at Gemma’s attentions and when she tells Audrey what Gemma’s up to, Audrey sums Gemma up: “She’s like Mother Theresa with chewing gum and a fake tan.” Gemma’s determined to turn her life around and win the award by helping out Rita as much as she can. So when she turns up in The Kabin, Norris sends Gemma out delivering papers as The Kabin’s paperboy’s gone awol. Norris isn’t sure about Gemma but has his mind changed when he sells a piece of Emily’s furniture online. When Donna-Marie comes into The Kabin to hand over cash for Emily’s old cupboard, she secretly scratches it in the hope that Norris will flog it to her cheap.  But Gemma recognises Donna-Marie from the estate and sends her out of the Kabin with a flea in her ear. These references to Emily in Peru are all well and good but selling off her trinkets and furniture, at her request, doesn’t bode well for a promised return. I do hope I’m wrong.

Eva’s still hurting over the fact that Aidan doesn’t want to move in with her, just yet. He buys her a necklace to cheer her up, but the smile on her face doesn’t last long when the factory girls tell Eva it’s a guilty gift. Aidan then takes her for dinner at the Bistro and there’s only two seats left as the place is so busy. Eva says she doesn’t mind sharing the table with Maria and Luke, but Aidan looks shifty after the sofa shenanigans with Maria last week. It’s uncomfortable for Aidan and Maria as the couples double-date but things get even worse when Caz comes in. She asks Maria if she’s seen Liam’s little red truck that he’s asking for, and then she asks Aidan if he saw it when he was in the flat. Eva demands to know what Aidan was doing in Maria’s flat. Well, she would. Maria lies and says Aidan was asking her opinion on flats as he was thinking of moving in with Eva. Eva, who had doubts about Aidan’s motivation for buying her a necklace earlier in the episode now falls hook, line and sinker for Maria’s stinker of a fib.


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

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