spoiler alert: this post makes reference to the May 16 episode on CBC
Let us divert our attention from Liz's ardent (& bum slapping) admirers, Lewis' 'homme fatale' hi jinks and the tiresome adventures of Doofus Dev, the retro Dad who yells a lot. Instead, let's talk about Eileen Grimshaw and her midlife crisis.
Eileen has played a pivotal role on Coronation Street ever since she stepped into a Street Cars taxi and rescued the foundering company. You may recall that Street Cars was the brainchild (and I use the term loosely) of Dev's young cousin (Vikram) and Steve McDonald. The company was a good idea but lacked experienced employees, especially at the 'switch'. Enter Eileen. An experienced taxi company employee with a vast knowledge of the Greater Weatherfield area, she basically rode to the rescue of Vik and Steve and made Street Cars what it is today (a grotty little cab company with delusions of grandeur? - ed).
As Eileen herself said, she's been at Street Cars for 11 years, through thick and thin. Owners have changed and drivers come and go but Eileen is always there, a loyal employee. Without Eileen, there would be no Street Cars. There's no doubt in my mind that she deserves to be a part owner in the business and it is typical of the dyspeptic duo (Steve and Lloyd) to dismiss Eileen's bid to be a partner.
Instead the Tepid Twosome fobbed her off with a 4% raise and a new job title (Senior Butty Administrator & Custard Slice Director? - ed). I guess it's better than nothing but I still think Eileen deserves more.