Sunday, June 21, 2015

Real Walford - Review:- Tuesday 16.06.2015

That was a strange episode. Strange, but good. Coming on the day we found out that Walford's resident rapist has been asked to stay on, and coupled with the fact that watching that episode made me realise how immensel Shabman's betrayal is going to be and how it's going to hit from all sides, this was quite a clever episode, in bringing yet another strand into the fray which now links the Mitchellls to Shabnam's and Dean's situation.

Dean doesn't realise the nest of vipers into which he's fallen, and maybe that will be his comeuppance. Maybe Ronnie will kill him for having slept with Roxy, and then maybe the law will catch Ronnie and karma will bite her scaggy arse, finally.

Gotta love Walford, where rapists and murderers walk the street at will as if they were entitled to do so.


With friends and family like Shabnam has, she doesn't need any enemies. Her fiancé and her best friend are betraying her, and her father also has betrayed her. The poor girl has no one. Even the refuge she thinks she's found in her emotional storm is infested with Stacey's jealousy.

Dean utterly and totally humiliated Shabnam in front of all of the guests at her engagement party - not just the people of Walford, but everyone from her religious community also.

Easily, the line of the night went to Carmel, who came up trumps in defense of Shabnam and her family in front of Bushra's scorn. After listening to Bushra relay the history of Shabnam's family - Zainab's marriage to Mas with its foundations in Bushra's perceived adultery, Tamwar's secret marriage, Syed's two marriages with his last marriage being to a man, Carmel pulled rank.

Carmel: Sorry, but did you say you were a family friend?
Bushra: A close family friend.
Carmel: Well, you see, darlin', pretty soon these people are going to be my family too, and right now,I'm having trouble deciding which one of your two faces to slap.

Well, here's a woman who definitely knew which cheek of Bushra's two faces to slap. Remember this?

I wonder why Bushra keeps skulking about these Masood family occasions. Why do they keep inviting her? Or is she one of these people who think it's their divine right to show up at every party occasion thrown in a particular church, synagogue or mosque. Who knows? Kudos to Carmel for handing her her arse tonight, however.

I do think Kush loves Shabnam. He shows as much in his emotional support for her, clasping her to him tonight in the wake of Dean's departure, spending quiet time alone in Ian's kitchen, listening to Shabnam talk about how and why she'd named the child Roya, how the name meant dream, and how all these years she'd viewed her as a dream, only now she was real again and in her life.

Absolute kudos again to Carmel, for not being judgemental at all regarding Shabnam. Her reaction?

We've all made mistakes in our lives.

The real villain of this piece, and absolute arsehole, is Masood. Everyone, from Tamar and Nancy on down, were shocked at his actions, especially Tamwar, when Masood played the concerned father, knocking on the door of Ian's kitchen to see if Shabnam was all right. It didn't take much for either Tamwar or Nancy to find out how Dean knew about this situation.

Shabnam has every right to be totally angry with her father. She asked him to keep quiet about her child, and he went completely against her wishes. Worse than that, he now tries to make himself out to be the noble heart in all of this, making Shabnam out to be the bad egg of the piece.

Why, he did exactly what Shabnam asked of him. She told him to choose between this child or losing his daughter, and he chose Shabnam, but at the same time, he wanted to ensure that his granddaughter got placed with her birth family - in this instance, Shirley Carter and Dean. Then he bangs on and on abouthis granddaughter having the right to know her background and culture. What? Her background and culture is a violent alcoholic, a rapist and religious hypcrites. The kid is better off in care.

Kush has been revealed to be a weak man, but Masood is truly pathetic, screaming in Shabnam's face that this entire situation was all about her, that she was just as bad as her mother in caring only about appearances, that she was selfish.

No, she isn't. It's Masood who's selfish in this instance, and I'm glad Shabnam reminded him of the fact that the child was her daughter and it was her decision to make. This was 2008 when Shabnam fell pregnant. By 2010, Masood and Zainab were physically shunning their gay son. They would have got real practice in by shunning their single parent daughter, pregnant out of wedlock. Hindsight gives Masood 20/20 vision.

Where Shabnam was wrong was in ordering Masood out of his own home. She should have done what she ultimately did and left to live elsewhere, and of course, Kush makes a beeline to Stacey's flat, where Stacey is hard put not to show a sour face to Shabnam even being associated with Kush.

Stacey, cop this: Kush wants to fuck you. He doesn't love you. Wise up. And you only want him as well. In all of this mess, it's going to be the two people, Shabnam and Martin, who've done the least to deserve being shat upon from a great height by two other people - in Shabnam's case, her fiancĂ© and her best friend.

It was interesting to hear Kush say he didn't want to lose Shabnam, when Mas was even going so far as to accuse him of wanting Shabnam's child out of the way so they could start a family of their own. That was pretty rank of Masood as well. What does he honestly expect with this child, that she'll spend most of the time integrated into the new Kush-Shabnam dynamic during the week, whilst spending weekends with Daddy? Kudos to Kush for answering Masood back when he warned him to fear Allah, and Kush said that the only thing he feared was losing Shabnam. Masood is daft to think that through everything that will happen to her, Shabnam would still retain her faith. She may, but then again, she's going to be betrayed on all sides, and I really fear for her.

It's Summer. Must Be Time for Another Love Triangle. How many of these can we sustain? If this were the work of Lorraine Newman, there'd be complaints galore. And just when the writers ensure that Shirley garners a bit of sympathy, they sink her back into vileness again.

She shouldn't have got drunk and told Dean about Jade. Actually, she should have listened to Buster and left the situation alone. Even tonight, the stories she's telling about the child are all over the place and are totally different from what she originally told him in what would have been earlier in the evening, Originally, she said she'd visited a children's home, where she learned that the girl had been adopted. Later, she's telling Dean of the "foster family", with Dean asking if she'd seen pictures of the child or heard stories, and he's determined to visit the family with questions, himself.

When Shirley implores him to walk away from the situation, Dean isn't above reminding her that that's exactly what she did all the time.

Buster, however, has removed himself, physically, from the conflict, in order to enjoy a drink at The Albert, where Sharon's Singles' Bingo is in full force.

Buster's evolved into a nice, temperate man, and I'm surprised that I'm liking him. He's been nice to Carol, recently, and they end up sharing a drink together, just chatting about normal things. When Carol discovers Buster's a biker, she shows him Jim's old bike in the Jackson garage. As they're looking at the bike, Shirley drunkenly makes her presence known.

Pot-meet-kettle moment occurred when Buster innocently tried to explain to Shirley that Carol was only showing him the old bike. It prompted Shirley to make an unbecoming remark intimating that Carol was an "old bike." (Really, Shirley? With your track record, you refer to Carol as an "old bike?" What, exactly, are you?)

As if that isn't enough, when Carol objects, Shirley smacks her.

By the way, I liked Buster's chemistry with Carol. Shirley doesn't deserve anyone as nice as he.

The Rapist, the Murderer, Her Husband and Her Sister. Why are Ronnie and Dean still on our screen? More to the point, why are the writers still conjuring up stories where they're blatantly being presented as sympathetic victims, tragic heroines/heroes or simply just two people who think they're entitled to strut the streets of Walford without a thought or with a tissue of lies about the people they've hurt.

It's offensive to me, and, I'm sure, to other viewers, but even more offensive to me are the people who defend these two people's continued presence on this show. Whatever happened to moral fibre, when killers met their just rewards and rapists were imprisoned?

The murderer is going to try to enjoy a "wedding night" (to which she's entitled) with her lying, cheating husband -who lied and cheated even before she robbed him of his balls. To accomplish this, Ronnie cleverly threw herself a pity party in order that Roxy would extricate herself from the situation so Ronnie and Charlie could be alone. Of course, Ronnie can't quite get the suspicion out of her head that dirty scuzzah Charlie is having it off, still, with Roxy, so the "wedding night" doesn't go according to plan. It doesn't help that Sharon has to call, first Ronnie and then Charlie, about Roxy being drunk at The Albert, first flirting with Vincent, then with anybody.

When they try to take their action upstairs, Ronnie demurs and does a good job of playing possum just long enough to see Charlie called out for Roxy Rescue and long enough to hear Roxy return. She whips out her trusty tablet, long enough to watch Roxy and a faceless male cavort in the lounge. 

Awwww diddums, poor widdle Wonnie is cwyin' when Charlie returns, and suddenly, it's ok that Roxy's brought a strange man back to the house where her daughter lives as well.

It's a rapist. Still, could be worse. Coulda been another murderer. 

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