Wednesday, 15 December 2010
The tragic life and death of Molly Cozette Compton Dobbs
Now that we’re back off from the epic “50th Anniversary Week” that included the infamous cram trash and all of it’s victims. All the victims will be missed, but I felt a particular kind of sadness towards the death of Molly Dobbs. Perhaps it was the most tragic to me since the life of Molly Dobbs wasn’t that great either.
A quick breeze back through the history of this much unliked character. Molly Compton, as she was known back then, come onto the street about five years before her untimely death. She came to know Coronation Street through her father, Diggory Compton, the local baker. In 2005, she was bullied by Fiz Brown after Fiz felt she was too close to then boyfriend Kirk. Her father then leaves her on the street and she starts working in Dev’s corner shop.
She starts a relationship with Tyrone Dobbs and they end up getting married. She falls in love with Tyrone during their snack truck venture. She and Tyrone started dating after Tyrone broke off his engagement with an indifferent Maria Sutherland. She moved in with Tyrone at the Duckworth’s and after Vera’s death, she and Tyrone bought The Old Rectory. The two soon got engaged and had a lovely winter wedding despite the crooked intervention of Jackie Dobbs – Tyrone’s duplicitous mother.
It’s not long after that Molly, when keeping up her new healthy lifestyle, continues fun running. She manages to get Tyrone’s business partner and married best friend, Kevin Webster, involved in fun running. Eventually, the two strike up one of the most repulsive affairs in soap history to be known as “Molvin.” Molly falls for Kevin, but Kevin’s just having a “fun run” with her. Eventually, Molly’s Auntie Pam finds out about their affair and demands that Molly end it and chastises Kevin for taking advantage of a young woman.
Molvin goes from bad to worse as Molly reveals to Kevin that she’s pregnant and she believes the baby is his. Kevin was almost about to leave his wife, Sally, for Molly and their new “future in Chester” when Sally reveals she has breast cancer. Kevin’s allegiances are set and he’s not leaving Sally for Molly. Molly is devastated and does not know what to do.
Molly leaves Tyrone but doesn’t tell him why. Kevin sends Molly and Tyrone out in a car that has shot brakes, by accident, and Molly and Tyrone get into a bad accident where Molly is critical. After this, she feels Kevin tried to harm her and her unborn child and gives up on him staying with Tyrone.
She manages to stay with Tyrone and will pretend that the baby is his.
Molly gives birth to a healthy baby boy that she names Jack after Jack Duckworth with the aid of Kevin’s wife Sally. Kevin can’t let sleeping dogs lie and has a paternity test done to reveal that Baby Jack Dobbs is indeed his son, not Tyrone’s. Molly still has a shred of hope that Kevin will leave his family for her and Baby Jack, only he doesn’t.
On the fateful night of the tram crash, Molly is fatally injured when the tram crashes into Dev’s shop. Molly succumbs to her injuries, but not before telling Sally that Kevin is the father of her surviving baby Jack. We see the end of Molvin, with the tragic end of Molly Dobbs.
I find the most tragic thing about the death of Molly Dobbs is that she never really lived. Not only was she young – only 26 years old – when she passed, but she never really got “hers.” A perennial loser at best in life, it was cut all too short. Molly had always been pretty, not beautiful. Smart enough, but not clever. After reviewing this character I wondered how many Molly Dobbs were out there. Molly Dobbs was by no means perfect, or an angel, but I felt she needed a bit of a highlight. This post is an ode to all those Molly Dobbs past and present.
Molly Dobbs might be one of Corrie’s most tragic characters. Thoughts?
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