Coronation Street viewers were reaching for their TV remotes over a ‘mega cringe’ moment featuring Weatherfield’s answer to Romeo and Juliet.
There were comical scenes in the Bistro as Amy Barlow invited her boyfriend Jacob Hay for lunch with her disapproving parents. Tracy Barlow and Steve McDonald have made no secret of the fact that they don’t want their daughter dating reformed drug dealer Jacob.
Amy, played by Elle Mulvaney, invited them out for a meal under false pretenses, claiming that she just wanted to spend some quality time with her mum and dad. So their faces of her were like thunder when she brought Jacob along with her during Friday night’s hour-long episode.
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After an awkward meal buoyed by small talk and reverse psychology, the scene became even more toe-curling when the lovebirds said goodbye at the table in front of Tracy and Steve with a slurpy smooch that seemed to last for eons. Some viewers took to Twitter to say they couldn’t bear to watch.
@MamaAlbert74 said: “I switched it over and said that our cat had hit the remote control.” @marleyj48905500 tweeted: “I felt slightly embarrassed just watching it! Very funny! Amy is definitely her mother’s daughter de ella!”
@PTimberley commented: “I had to turn away.” The soap shared the moment on Twitter with the question: “How long is too long to kiss your boyfriend next to your parents? Asking for a friend.”
@Starlight75 told Corrie: “Far far too long if u have to close ur eyes, turn ur face away or change the station over!” @ConversationStreet Podcast exclaimed: “Ena Sharples is turning in her serious de ella!”
@_jennifer1878 said: “That was far too long.” And @LynseyF85 tweeted: “I don’t think I’ve ever kissed my fella in front of my parents and I’ve been with him 16 years!!”
@margareth76761 replied: “Speaking as a parent never! Not something I want to see ever.”
@JennySunshine18 said: “A peck was all that was allowed in front of my mum & dad, snogging was definitely out the question.”
@NanaBudd commented: “Uugghhh that’s too long! A quick peck on the cheek is ok.”
But @davidmc2467 praised: “One of the funniest scenes in corrie for ages!!! Awks…”
New couple Amy and Jacob, who has turned his back on his shady past, are proving to be a big hit with Corrie fans.
@MarkGarrison1 said about the scene: “Elle Mulvaney is a terrific actor & makes Amy one of the best characters on the street.”
@Tomallott2 said: “In love, just wait till they get married.” And @kelhol18 tweeted: “This made me laugh from my Covid bed.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.