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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (July 17/11)

The Good Mother

A storyline, not a scene: the unmasking of Natasha’s dreams of housewifery. It started Good mother Gail to Audrey: he needs mefor me Wednesday, with Gail getting up from her chair in the Rovers. “He needs his family… he needs me,” about Nick. No! Leave him alone! My pleas to the screen did no good. She had to Save Her Son.

It has been hideous watching Gail this week. Yes, she was right to suspect Natasha and, yes, it seems Natasha wasn’t going to come clean of her own volition. So Gail got the truth out. Almost got Natasha killed too, but dear Sonny Boy is protected from himself again by his devoted ‘fight to protect the cubs’ mom.

A few years ago, I heard a woman jokingly say to her son, “I made you and I can break you.”  I thought it was pretty funny. Then some things made me ponder mother-adult child relationships and I realized that too often it isn’t a joke.

Mother is so determined to protect child and so convinced that she knows what is best that child never learns to deal with another person without the protection (interference) of mother. Child never Gail telling Nick in flat, Natasha listenshas to deal with his or her own mistakes, or successes, without the help (interference) of mother. Therefore child ends up incapable of having an adult relationship without mother present in physical or psychological form, giving advice. Child always looks for something else to blame for whatever goes wrong (after all Mother always scapegoated someone for child’s problems) and child expects someone else to fix those problems. Mother is happy to do that.

Not all mothers are like that. Thank God my own is not. But I see those mothers and their damaged adult children, products of their missionary zeal. Convinced that their supreme sacrifice of bringing this being into the world gives them the right to control him or her forever, with no questions asked. Convinced that their years of protecting and caring for the child allows them to ‘protect’ and care for the adult. The result is emotionally stunted adults who carry mother and her protection around in the back seat with them for the rest of their lives.

Nick beside her, Gail tells Natasha sling your hookWe’re seeing that with Nick. Thank goodness he went to Canada for a few years, without mother, so maybe he’ll survive her hovering and protection now. There’s been a few signs of it. He told her to back off, after Natasha had attempted suicide. Unfortunately he didn’t do it when Gail was confronting Natasha with her lies. He stood shoulder to shoulder with his mother telling Natasha everything that was wrong with her. He and Gail were right, but was the mother-son assault the best way to point these things out to her?

David has been perceptive about Gail’s role in this. He’s pointed out her interference and its consequences in a calm and reasonable manner. Of course, she is unlikely to pay attention to his words. In her understanding of wisdom, she (mother) tells him (son) Nick finds Natasha overdosedwhat’s what, not the other way around.

We all carry our mothers around in our head. Whether that’s good or bad for us, and anyone we come into contact with, depends on the legacy of behaviour our mothers show us. The only bit of hope I saw for the Platt-Tilsey sons was both of them politely but firmly telling her to butt out, that she’d done enough. I hope they stick to that. I’ll bet she won’t. She’s “a good mother.”

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 12/11)

Baby Daddy

Nick patting Natasha's bellyNick patting Natasha’s belly and cooing to the baby inside versus a couple months ago Nick asking Leanne if she didn’t sometimes picture herself and him and little baby that might have been.  Hard to decide which is more revolting.

A power outage meant I missed Tuesday’s episode.  So Monday ended with Nick burning rubber getting away from Natasha and her announcement that she was pregnant. That was right after he’d put the moves on Leanne – yuck!.  And Wednesday opened with I’m-yer-daddy cooing and patting.  Whaatt?

When I saw Natasha was unusually reserved around him, I thought she’d come to her senses and was as disgusted by this overnight change in Nick as I was.  Good for you Natasha, I thought, you’re not believing a word of this happy families malarkey.

She wants to do what?

Doctor listening to Natasha on babiesThen she went to see new Dr. Dishy at the neighbourhood clinic.  She told him she’d just had an abortion and now she wanted to get pregnant again asap because Nick was back with her?????

When Nick decided to ‘do the right thing’, she didn’t want to tell him she’d aborted the baby.  So now she wants to get pregnant again fast enough that she can just “play fast and loose” with the dates and he’ll never know.  That was a fast abortion!  When did she have it, in a commercial break?

Clearly Dr. Dishy had some problems with her reasoning about why and why not have a baby.  I was hoping he’d suggest ‘fixing’ her so she wouldn’t be able to play silly games with unborn or born children anymore.  Neutering Nick too might not be a bad idea.

I believe strongly in a woman’s right to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy.  But “he isn’t happy about me being pregnant five minutes after he dumped me, so I’ll get rid of it right now”, then “oopsie, he does want the baby so I’d better replace it as soon asLeanne, in Rovers, toasts baby I can” is not a justifiable reason for either an abortion or a pregnancy.

Then the moment of tears Thursday, both Leanne’s and mine.  After she hears Nick announce Natasha’s pregnancy to the Rovers, she goes outside to cry and to spare herself having to explain to Natasha in Leanne's face, 'he's mine'anyone.  Natasha, not knowing that Leanne too aborted a child of Nick’s, follows and accuses her of wanting “her” man.  Oh grow up, Natasha!

leanne sad after Natasha stomps awayLeanne, hurting all over again about the pregnancy she had unwillingly ended, didn’t say that.  She said, “Drop dead, Natasha,” and Natasha stalked off.  And she still had no inkling of the real reason Leanne’s eyes were filled with such pain.