(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2013, reposted to this blog with permission.)
This will be a rhetorical question for those of us who know and remember - with a shudder - the character of Ivy Tilsley. Of course Gail is turning into her mother-in-law and that's what makes her so much fun to watch.
For those Corrie fans who aren't old enough to remember Ivy Tilsley, let's have a look at the evidence. Ivy was bitter, twisted, miserable and lonely. And so, now is Gail. And where Ivy had her religion to seek solace in, Gail drowns her sorrows with Freshco own brand red wine and ten boxes of olives.
Ivy Tilsley was the mother of our Brian, Gail's first - and second - husband. In Ivy's eyes, our Brian was her blue-eyed boy who could do no wrong. Ivy thought Gail was nowhere near good enough for her son, and let her know about it too, often.
Gail's now taken on the mantle of the bitter, old biddy that was Ivy, wearing the Corrie mother-in-law from hell crown with as much sour-faced style as Ivy once did. Gail feels the same way about Kylie that Ivy once felt about her, she even said so herself.
But how quickly Gail forgets. As she harrumphs at and gets all high and mighty with Nick and Kylie for having it off behind David's back producing a baby on the way with parentage unknown, let's look back at when Gail went through the same thing herself. Married to Brian, Gail had a fling with Brian's Australian cousin Ian Latimer and ended up pregnant with the baby who would become Sarah-Lou. It was only by taking a blood test that Gail found out who the real father was after the baby was born.
Oh, Gail. Kettle calling pot black, methinks. But isn't it good fun to watch?
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