Albert Square and disaster seem to go together. It’s been some time since the residents worked together on a large scale. What better way to encourage this community spirit? A bus crash? Why not! Here are a few of my personal reflections on the week that brought us horror, chaos and a sign of things to come for two unlikely parties, maybe?
Picture Perfect ~ The Carter girls go off out on a trip to have a photo shoot. Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) is over-excited and desperate to have a photograph with her mother and sister. Shirley (Linda Henry) is not at all impressed and keen to scupper the idea. Sylvie (Linda Marlowe) is in her own bubble as usual. It’s got the makings of a comedy outing and becomes even more eventful when the tube comes to a stand still and Sylvie needs the toilet! At least they do get a half decent selfie together.
Unknown Character Death ~ The hype around the bus crash after-math, which was the result of the (previously unseen on screen) driver having a heart attack at the wheel was misleading. We were led to ponder whether Denise’s (Diane Parish) departure was looming when she lay unresponsive and bleeding, inside the bus. Martin (James Bye) was trapped underneath the vehicle and the residents clubbed together (rather like Bluto from Popeye) to lift the weight off the victim. It was a slightly unbelievable move and Martin has escaped relatively unscathed, considering. So, the only character to exit the soap was the random bus driver. It felt a rather misplaced plot. Although, Lacey Turner who plays Stacey, certainly proved again why she deserved her recent National Television Award.
Bully Boy on Board ~ Keegan (Zack Morris) boards the bus of doom and takes delight in filming Louise (Tilly Keeper) as she has a major meltdown when she is required to exit the top deck of the wreckage via the back window. With the intent of bullying her to an even worse extent with his footage, of course. He really is a nasty character, I despise the sight of him, but kudos to Zack Morris, must be doing the job right!
Mick’s mixed up? ~ The keen ear of Mick (Danny Dyer) picked up on the ring tone of Whitney’s mobile phone which alerts the extra-strong crowd to Whitney’s (Shona McGarty) close proximity to the bus which Martin had also come a cropper beneath. Miraculously, Whitney also escaped with minor injuries, but failed to escape from the lips of her father-in-law as they landed smack on her mouth. She didn’t seem to mind either – oh dear me, I foresee trouble!
Shirley ~ Needs no more introduction than that, I think that Shirley is one of the lynchpins of the Square and I can’t imagine the place without her. She is unintentionally funny, says it all with one flick of an eyebrow and Linda Henry plays her so naturally, I can’t fault her. Now that Pam (Lin Blakley) has long gone, Shirl’s my favourite female character. Long may Queen Shirley reign!
Photo credits: BBC