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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Feb 26/12)

Breeding Pairs

Tracy telling Steve it would be another lonely slog raising more kids aloneTracy told Steve she was contemplating an abortion because she couldn’t handle one baby, let alone twins, on her own. “You’ll find someone,” he tried to console her. No, I need you, us – a couple.

Backed into a corner, Steve threw his fate into the hands of a metaphysical force that allowed him to disclaim all responsibility for what he was about to do: hitch his wagon to Tracy. About the 2 for 2 pregnancy rate they have going on, he said “Mother Nature is screaming something at me and you and I think it’s about time we listened.” If Mother Nature is telling you anything, Steve, it’s stay away from I have studied you Tracy tells Steveher or get yourself fixed.

I can’t really blame Steve, I guess. Tracy had me sucked in for a few minutes: ah, wouldn’t it be nice if they could be happy together. Then I pulled myself together: no, run Steve! She will not stop until she’s got you legally ensnared. And if you think Karen was a lot of work and Becky difficult! Roll them together and you still won’t have any nightmare near Tracy as Mrs. McDonald.

Tracy’s score as a mother

Breeding pairs - After Steve's Mother Nature speech, he and Tracy kissI think Tracy might have genuinely felt overwhelmed by the thought of twin babies to care for on her own. Fair enough, also fair enough for Steve to momentarily feel sympathy for her. But then it’s time to snap back to reality.

Tracy, as she said, has been a lousy mother. She tried to sell Amy once. She’s palmed her off on anyone who would look after her throughout her whole life. She has manipulated and used her repeatedly. She’s been the kind of mother that people write about when they’ve grown up and gone through years of therapy.

The best thing for Steve and the unborn children would be to say, yes, Tracy it will be Kate Ford as Cruella de Ville in celeb photoshoot for the Mirrorhard for you so how about I take full responsibility for the babies and raise them on my own, and I could take Amy too. Then you’re free to go to London and work as a florist. Or start a paid career as a dominatrix in a sado-masochism club.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 30/11)

Needs a home

"With a bit of sparkle, she'd be quite pretty", Becky looks at ChloeTuesday, Becky reaching to the computer screen, to the girl with the challenging eyes. Chloe, 9 years old, seven siblings most of them in Scotland, needs a home – a forever home. Steve and Becky are looking at a website of children available for adoption.“ You’d think they’d be all puppy eyed wouldn’t you.” Becky sees herself in Chloe’s eyes and story. Steve sees her too. Please pick Chloe, please please, I say to my screen.

I know it wouldn’t work – not right now. Becky’s on too much of an emotional rollercoaster, in an emotional wringer, whatever way you want to put it. She’s had too little time to get used to the thought of having a baby, then losing a baby, then losing another she didn’t even yet know had existed, then having to think about never  being able to carry a baby to term at all, ever. A bad womb, a womb that kills babies. Not an easy thing to accept about your body for any woman, ever.

Becky & Steve look at adoptive children website - needs a homeIt’s too soon to take a 9 year old as your own. You’ve got too many open wounds, and likely so does she. It’s too soon to hope that your wounds can help heal hers, and hers yours. But Becky, having psyched herself up for motherhood, wants a baby now! And, if she can’t adopt a baby, this little girl has spoken to her.

Becky would be a perfect match for Chloe, for pretty much any child who has knocked around in the child welfare system. She could both understand and not be taken in. But it’s too soon. Chloe would be a rebound child.

In a follow-up scene, Steve recognizes that and also gets cold feet for Amy’s sake. He doesn’t articulate it verySteve says "I'm not saying never" to adoptionwell, but I see his point. It’s one thing bringing a baby into the world of another child. That child is the older sibling then. It’s a different thing bringing in a child that’s older than the already present child. Different dynamic for everybody. I think Becky could cope, I’m not sure Steve could.

And at this point, they haven’t even thought about the vetting process they’d have to undergo. They see themselves as a stable married couple, sure, with some ups and downs in their past. I shudder to think what a social worker would see. Hayley and Roy thought they were ideal adoptive parents too, and so did most of the viewing world. But Social Services didn’t think so. I maintain Social Services was wrong and some children and a wonderful couple have paid for that error, but it’s the child services people that get to make the rules. I don’t want to see Becky crushed by those rules too.

Audrey and escorting

Audrey leaving, after Rita says "get out"In another story – my assessment of Audrey’s maturity was wrong. She doesn’t totally understand ‘escort’ protocol. I felt sorry for her and embarrassed for her at the ball and terrified by her when she went to Rita’s house on the attack. But wow! Tuesday’s confrontation wasn’t a cat fight, it was tigresses going at it!

The Lady Audrey, at the ballAnd the dress Audrey wore to the ball. She looked so beautiful. I hate where this story seems to be going but Audrey and Rita, and Claudia, have been magnificent. And poor Emily, caught in the middle of Audrey and Rita – “I’m not declaring war on Poland, luv,” Audrey said. Perfect.