Soapwatch with JACI STEPHEN: Will Stephen lash out at Leo?

CORONATION STREET 

Has anyone ever been convinced by Leo? Has anyone ever been convinced by Stephen? They both have that one thing in their characters that was all a bit odd from the start: Canada. Now, I have nothing against Canada, but Stephen’s accent has always been a bit of problem. 

Glenda assumed it was American; I’m just curious as to how he has been running a business in Italy for so long and we’ve never heard so much as a rigatoni syllable out of his mouth.

Then along came Leo, hellbent on getting Jenny to Canada for reasons never fully explained. He wasn’t surprised she got her visa so quickly, being an entrepreneur (he has drunk in the Rovers, right?). 

Has anyone ever been convinced by Leo? Has anyone ever been convinced by Stephen? They both have that one thing in their characters that was all a bit odd from the start

Has anyone ever been convinced by Leo? Has anyone ever been convinced by Stephen? They both have that one thing in their characters that was all a bit odd from the start

Leo’s dad Teddy reckons he’s mad to throw his life away on an older woman who can’t be trusted; personally, I think Jenny’s mad to consider throwing her life away on a man who has the personality of a comatose stoat – and, to boot, a comatose stoat who wants to move to Canada.

TODD’S GONE ROGUE 

Todd Boyce says he’s ‘loving playing the new villainous Stephen’. But how far will he go to protect his secret? ‘This week they find out,’ says Todd, ‘and no one should underestimate him.’ 

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Convinced that Stephen is a liar (Duh! Have I not been telling you all this for months!), Leo discovers that Stephen’s plan is to get his hands on the equity in Audrey’s house. 

How will Stephen react when Leo threatens to tell Audrey? Well, the upshot is Jenny’s back behind the bar saying Leo has left for Canada without her. Teddy says she has only herself to blame; I’d say she’s not only dodged a bullet but a veritable firing squad.

Talking of bullets, the police are questioning people about the shooting (yes, usually sole officer Craig clearly has back-up!) and there are some tender moments between Dev and Bernie. 

This pair are a delight together, and there are so many moments of poignancy and understanding beneath the surface conflict, they should be given a future.

Yasmeen discovers Speed Daal is closed again because of Stu. No, Yasmeen, it’s because you’re still not serving alcohol!

EASTENDERS

Suki wandering through the Square in her nightdress is not a good look (any night attire in Walford is scary), and Eve wonders what’s going on. 

Someone buy Tracey a pint! 

Back in 2020, during the 35th anniversary episode, EastEnders’ barmaid Tracey admitted she’d had a one-night stand with Phil. To the shock of Kaffy, Shirley and Sharon the week before last, she said he was ‘the best sex I ever had’. 

Really? Even better than ‘Mini-Den’ Dennis Rickman in 2003? Wow.

Despite Tracey’s mainly mute presence (she has to have a nap if she utters two sentences), she’s clearly a dark horse. Congrats to Jane Slaughter, who’s played her for 37 years. She deserves a pint.

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Eventually, Suki opens up to her and says that Ranveer tried to sexually assault her, but will she reveal all? 

The problem with this storyline, though, is that Suki is such an unsympathetic character, it’s hard to have any feeling for her about anything. Now Ravi is trying to manipulate her into feeling sorry for him. Good luck: that woman could freeze hell over with one stare.

When will Janine’s house of cards come tumbling down, especially with Scarlett feeling insecure about the new baby and worrying that Janine will forget about her? I think that ship’s long sailed, love. 

Linda assures her that Mick won’t let that happen, and Scarlett contemplates telling Linda the truth about the night of the accident. Linda realises there is something Scarlett’s not telling her (no surprises there: nobody tells Linda anything these days; when they did, she was too drunk to remember). 

Is the youngster about to shop her mother? My guess is they’ll string this out until Christmas Day.

Janine, meanwhile, is basking in the attention Mick is lavishing upon her since he discovered the pregnancy. Deluded. He gets more excited over a West Ham goal. 

EMMERDALE 

Were Liv and Vinny ever Love’s Young Dream, or has it always been a nightmare? Even following their marriage, they didn’t get to enjoy a honeymoon period (well, five minutes, maybe), and now there’s trouble yet again when Vinny discovers that Liv has decided to sell the house without talking to him.

Sandra is delighted that the pair are bickering and even more excited when Liv falls off the wagon. It doesn’t take much. 

At the smallest hint of trouble, Liv takes to the neck of a vodka bottle like a hungry calf consuming its mother’s milk

At the smallest hint of trouble, Liv takes to the neck of a vodka bottle like a hungry calf consuming its mother’s milk

At the smallest hint of trouble, Liv takes to the neck of a vodka bottle like a hungry calf consuming its mother’s milk; she never even comes up for air. Sandra plies her daughter with more alcohol when she hears about her ever-growing savings account (shares in Smirnoff?), which she’s hoping to empty. Nice. Mother of the year she is not.

There’s trouble over at Home Farm, too, where Harriet is trying to stifle her feelings for Will, who starts to worry whether his marriage to Kim should go ahead.

He’s even wondering what he ever saw in her, after Harriet reaffirms her love (so much for stifling). Seriously? You’re the one who’s landed on your feet, mate; Kim’s the one who’s trading down. Big time.

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