Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Dec. 23/12)

Rent-A-Womb

Maybe the whole thing coming out in the Rovers about Tina being a surrogate mother for got-any-questionsIzzy and Gary was just a build up to Tina throwing a pint over David in Wednesday’s episode.  I hope so because I’m just not understanding what the big deal is.

I have thought they were keeping her pregnancy a secret just because it’s early days.  Get past the first trimester and all that.  But after Norris blabbed last week in the Rovers and everyone congratulated why-pick-margarineTommy on being a dad, it seemed to me it was time to ‘fess up.  Horrible to have everyone thinking it was Tommy and Tina’s baby. Awkward for them and embarrassing for all the well-wishers when the truth came out.  But at that time, I thought it’s a hard spot for Tommy, especially when he’s angry and just wants to be left alone.  Gary could set people straight, but emotions were running high.  Maybe a case of coulda, woulda, shoulda.

But when it all started up again on Tuesday, why not just say listen, folks, let us explain.  All the principals were there, so what better time?  What were they planning to do, wait until the baby is born then Tina say “oh, I decided to give her/him to Gary and Izzy”?

you got something to sayAfter worried looks darting back and forth and attempts to put people off the topic (like that’s going to happen!) finally they realized they had no choice but to tell people.  The truth couldn’t be any stranger than what the factory girls and Norris were coming up with on their own.  But I was confounded again by the reactions to what they were told.

Tina-is-carryingAre the people of Coronation Street living in a time warp or a cave?  You’d think this was the first ever case of surrogacy.  No one seemed to have ever heard of such a thing.  It wasn’t just a case of moral disapproval or wondering about the difficulty in handling the emotional bonds of so many parental figures, it was kind of like “Eh?  Wot’s that when it’s at home?”

renting-my-wombThen David came in, upset about his baby-making plan going awry. Totally fed up with everyone, Tina tells him “I’m renting out my womb” in answer to his question about what’s going on.  After he absorbs the news about the surrogacy, the hamsters in his little brain start up their wheel.  Quickly he turns it to being all about him.  You can hear his thoughts:  Tina’s carrying a baby for someone else and Kylie won’t even carry my baby, and Tina aborted my baby.  When the abortion is mentioned, barmaid Tina flings a beer in customer David’s face.

pint-over-DavidNot that I didn’t enjoy seeing him getting a pint thrown over him.  I think they should incorporate that into every episode.  David sitting at home watching tv, someone walks in the door and flings a beer over him.  Crossing the street, someone jumps out and pours a beer over his head.  Especially with the way he’s acting, I think it would be wonderful.  A little message of “grow up David” plus the wherewithal for a new drinking game.

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