What is wrong with Carla Connor? I'm being serious. It seems that whenever she gets a boyfriend or husband, he immediately turns out to be mad, a sexual pervert, or a mad sexual pervert. Even when they seemed quite nice before. Is it her lipstick? Is it filled with psychotropic drugs, like Poison Ivy?
I admit, I'm heterosexually challenged. But from where I'm sitting Carla seems like a hell of a catch. She's gorgeous. She's funny. She's clever. She's got her own factory and a fondness for necking red wine. Where is the downside? Frankly, I'd be tempted to have a quick bunk up with her, and my entire gamut of sexually experience with "the ladies" is a snog with tongues as a 19th birthday experiment with one of my girl friends. (I wasn't converted).
And now there's Peter Barlow, who's appealing enough if you like doughy tattoo'd former alcoholics with a string of failed marriages and having Ken for a father-in-law, but who was married to Carla for less than an hour before he was snogging Tina on top of the vol au vents at the reception. Next to the voluptuous, fascinating Carla, Tina looks like someone's stapled a pair of Lizzie Duke earrings to a chew toy, and only a fool would pay her even the slightest bit of attention. Yet there Peter is, kicking Simon's Lego to one side so he can diddle her on the living room rug.
There's a difference between the classic Street "wronged woman", a la Elsie Tanner, and Carla. Elsie picked the bad fellas in the first place because she wanted a bit of company and love. She had more in common with Eileen than the feisty sexual tornado that is la Connor. Carla just seems to pick perfectly affable, decent chaps, then sends them careening over the cliff edge of sanity and into the fragrant garden of loony. When the marriage to Peter finally fails - as of course it will, possibly over Tina's bloodied corpse - I can't imagine which affable hero Carla will turn into a psychopath next. Little Max? Tom Hanks? Pope Francis? Surely no man is safe.
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