Thursday, 1 September 2016
State of the Street - August 2016
You see, Sarah figured out Todd thought she'd killed Callum after her incoherent raving while she was in the middle of a breakdown and she managed to convince him she didn't do the deed. She didn't, however, explain the truth so Todd thinks she's covering up for David. That might not be such a problem except he lied to the police to protect her, blaming Jason's father, Tony and because of Phelan's manipulations (though he doesn't realized that aspect of it), Jason left town and proceeded to get drunk in Thailand, fall off a wall and get hurt, all because he thinks his father killed Callum. Still with me?
Cue the next 8 months or so of Steve ducking, diving, gurning, and trying to keep his wife from finding out about the other baby momma. Add into that mix that Liz knows and she's glaring and shouting every time she gets a minute. Leanne knows that Liz knows so she's cowering under that same glare. Michelle doesn't know, not at this point. She and Steve have promised, no more lies but he's pretty sure he'd lose Michelle if she found out about it even if They Were On A Break.
And all that business between Robert and Nick was cringeworthy. Far too much testosterone being flung about and I have no patience for pissing contests and stags butting heads on the side of the mountain. Get over yourselves. I still think Robert and Leanne would have made a better couple than Nick and Leanne but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. I do hope they aren't going to put Robert and Tracy back together, because that never worked, either. The whole premise of him holding a torch for her all these years never rung true to my ears. Now that he can see what she's really like, surely he won't find any urge to rekindle those embers? There's been no hint but Tracy still throws longing glances his way when she spots him from afar.
Craig has decided that being a police officer is a much better option than being a starving artist. He's probably right, at least as an income to pay the bills and build on a pension. But here's the problem. You can't have an immediate family member that's been convicted of a crime and Beth seems to be hiding something. Beth has never told Craig about his father so it will probably turn out that he's in the nick. The thing is, I used to have the distinct impression that Craig didn't know who his father was. He's never known him, that's for sure. I wondered if Beth never put the father's name on the birth certificate. If she didn't, how would the police be able to find out who Craig's dad was? Then, it logically follows, he does know the name of his father even if he's never laid eyes on him. Kind of unfair if they hold that against him but rules is rules.
I love, love, love that Gemma is getting a proper storyline. She's making a big effort to turn her life around and it's really funny, watching her try to do good deeds, succeeding in some and annoying the heck out of people when she doesn't succeed so well. I like that Rita, once she found out what Gemma was doing, seemed to be supportive. Rita has often been behind young women, having faith in them and helping them grow their confidence. Gemma's face just lights up when she does something that makes her feel good about herself. She always has shown signs of having a good heart but she's been a survivor and had to be tough. I hope she sticks around. The character is a total delight and the actor is fantastic. It really looks like she's having a ball playing Gemma, too!
Aidan and Maria. Really? Two people that have barely said a word to each other the whole time they've known each other and they end up shagging on the sofa after a drunken evening of sob story wallowing about their respective partners. I don't buy it and I don't see where they're going with this. I never really thought Eva and Aidan were that great a couple but then that's because he was always portrayed as a playboy and not really all that committed to her and him trying to avoid moving in with her only cements that impression.
Maria and Luke were ok, a bit boring, but she seemed to look down on him. He's younger than her and it felt like she didn't really respect him as a grown up, an equal. Surely they aren't going to put Aidan and Maria together so what was the point of the fling? Aidan is running around in a panic all the time and insisting Maria act normally. Seems to me he's the one that needs to settle down but Eva is so daft she's not going to notice.
Meanwhile, Maria took in Caz who has her completely fooled as to her real bonkers personality. We've already seen Caz lie to try to keep Kate, and to try to stop the inevitable court martial. She's aggressive and she's jealous. She's got all the ear markings of a potential obsessive stalker and Maria wants to be very careful. Maybe Aidan will be the one to rescue Maria from whatever Caz ends up doing? That's a thought.
Audrey seems to be stuck between two grieving widowers. On one hand there's Ken who's interest is growing and on the other, there's Freddie who likes her but seems to be keeping her at arms' length which you would expect so soon after his own wife died. But Freddie is starting to turn Audrey's head his way more and more and Ken keeps having to look on from the outside. He burned his bridges when he got involved with the Loch Nessa monster and by the time he'd recovered from that disaster, Audrey seemed to be cooling down a tad. I actually think Freddie and Audrey would make a great couple rather than Audrey and Ken. Freddie makes her laugh and Ken is just too serious and his idea of fun and hers are miles apart. It's still all very low key, though. I don't know if this is heading to real romance or not.
I can see why Ken would be attracted to Audrey. Apart from the fact that Audrey is a nice looking woman, she's not as well educated as he is and he always has gone for that, someone to reinforce his view of himself as Educated with a capital E. Audrey needs someone to take care of her and have fun with her. Alf Roberts was so not Audrey's type but he was devoted to her and though she may have married him for the security she needed at the time, she did grow to love him deeply. I just can't see Ken being devoted to Audrey. He couldn't even manage it with Deirdre much of the time! It's just not in his nature. He knows he wasn't a great husband and he knows he didn't appreciate what he had until he lost it. Leopards don't change their spots.
Last but not least, Phelan is still scheming. He got rid of Jason and he's managed to get rid of Sean once the whole Todd-Billy thing came out. That probably would have happened anyway because it can't be easy for Sean to be in the same house as Todd and worse when Billy is there. Still, a few sly words from Phelan and Sean's ultimatum went badly against him. It was ill advised anyway. Todd is Eileen's son and since he's been a good boy lately, that trumps the lodger no matter how much he's loved, too.
This is just the kind of scheme Phelan enjoys but it took a bit of work to persuade Eileen to persuade Jason to let the money go. It's all happening, though, so we'll see where this is going. Will it work or will it backfire on Phelan? Todd will probably be the one to bring him down somehow but it's difficult to know how that will happen just yet.
Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)