(This post was originally posted by Ruth Owen Varley on the Coronation Street Blog in April 2012.)
We've seen them coming over the past week or two, but now the cracks in David and Kylie's union are beginning to widen. In fact, the family dynamics in the whole Platt/ Mcintyre/ Roberts dynasty are shifting dramatically, much of the changes brought on by Audrey's heart attack.
David has been distancing himself from Kylie's comments about his gran ever since the heart attack. It does seem that the honeymoon period is over and comments from Kylie, such as tonight's 'She's an old woman. Old women have heart attacks,' can only serve to accelerate the demise, not only of the honeymoon period, but potentially the whole marriage. As Gail sets off to see Audrey, David asks his mum to say that he's sorry and he hopes she's OK. Kylie chimes in with, 'You can say the second bit from me but not the first.' Later, when dinner is ready in the McIntyre/Platt household, Kylie appears particularly upset with David for not sticking up for her and out the door she goes. What about Max? What will happen to him if David and Kylie do split? After all, he's had a confusing and bewildering couple of years in his short life, not to mention his lunch box undergoing forensic examination by his headteacher. David, to give him his due, does seem genuinely fond of Max.
Lewis is worthy of a mention tonight as he proves himself to be a challenger to Florence Nightingale. 'I shall be watching her like a hawk; night and day.' Maybe, just maybe, he is a reformed character.
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