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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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When Andy and Steph are late paying the rent to Eileen for lodging in Jason’s flat (no, I didn’t know that either), Phelan comes up with a plan. He tells Eileen she’s too soft, she should put their rent up and Eileen, being not too soft but way too daft, does what she’s told. The rent increase is too much for Andy and Steph to bear and so they agree to Michael moving in with them. Yes, Michael Rodwell is back on the Street and ready to take on the evil of Pat Phelan. He starts by giving him a really good staring at.

Dev arranges a spa break with Erica in a posh hotel but when she has to look after her mother at the last minute, she suggests that Dev takes Mary instead. There’s only one room, with one double bed, left in the hotel and so Mary says she’ll take the sofa and Dev can have the bed. However, after a night attacking the mini-bar in their room, they both share the bed and comedy-Dev wakes up beside Mary, both fully clothed in their white fluffy gowns. But still, he wonders, if they did or they didn’t, you know.

Bethany starts job hunting now that school has broken up for the summer holidays but her plans are thwarted by the school bullies who are after her again. It’s my experience that school bullies are just that … bullies in school. Once term ends and they’re away from their pack, it all ends. Until September when term and the bullying starts all over again.

It’s a year since Deirdre died and Tracy goes to lay flowers at the cemetery. After a talking-to from Robert, Amy goes with him to see Tracy and there’s a sort-of, kind-of, happy ending for Tracy. Deirdre’s absence remains huge - from the show and from fans’ hearts and minds.


Sean wants to take Billy to that London to meet his son Dylan and stay with Violet for a while. Billy’s not keen, especially when Todd declares how he feels for the vicar. It’s too much for Billy and as his cab leaves the cobbles to take him and Sean to the train station for their London visit, Sean stops the cab. He dumps Sean and snogs Todd. “You know I’m trouble, don’t you?” Todd tells Billy. “I’d heard,” he replies. Ooh, what a fantastic scene and what a wildly passionate kiss this was between the two men. Sean strops off to that London on his own.

Over at the kebab shop Gemma receives two unwelcome visitors in the form of Callum’s mate Macca and his brother Clayton, a couple of ne’er-do-wells if ever there were. They don’t threaten her or anything, just demand a free kebab and leave a promise they’ll return.

Elsewhere this week it was Simon’s 13th birthday and he’s pleased that Leanne and Nick are getting on so well. Is it only me who remembers Nick forcing Leanne to have an abortion many years ago? How can Coronation Street allow her to fall for this man again after what he did to her? How?

And that’s just about that for this week.

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This week's writers were Ella Greenhill and Martin Allen (Monday double); Mark Wadlow (Thursday); Mark Burt and Damon Rochefort (Friday double). Find out more about the Coronation Street writing team at

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