Thursday, 25 February 2016

Speculation: Toxic Tracy's downfall

(reposted from State of the Street, with permission)

Tracy is holding Carla hostage and it just isn't right. Carla is nobody's bitch and there's no way the Carla we all know and love would put up with Tracy's blackmail. The funny thing is, I think if Nick had found out about Carla and Robert's one night stand, he'd have understood. He knew that Carla was in a bad way and he knows that she lashes out and gets self destructive when she's in a state. I don't think he'd have dumped her for the infidelity though he might have sacked Robert.

Now, it's gone on too long and Carla is manipulating Nick at Tracy's command. Tracy wants to be the Lady of the Manor, ruling the Bistro with an iron fist like she had hoped to do with the Rovers. That fell through and I sincerely believe that the powers that be will not allow Tracy to "win" and be the pseudo-owner of the Bistro. So, something has to happen to blow her out of the water. I think Nick will ignore Carla's nudging and will sell to Leanne in the end. He may accept Robert's bid in theory but for once, maybe real estate transactions won't be pushed through unrealistically fast as is the norm in Weatherfield.

I would like to see Carla get a grip. Barring that, I would like to see Nick overhear something or otherwise find out about Carla and Robert but not from Tracy. A miss-sent text from Michelle, perhaps? I want him to be the one to confront Tracy and Robert, or just Robert, tell him what his beloved has been up to. Have it out with Carla. I'd like to see him want to marry her anyway, give her a happy-ever-after but it probably won't go down that way. He'll probably finish with her, with a great puppy-dog sad face and she'll do what she always does and skip town.

If there's any justice, Robert will finish with Tracy once he finds out what she's been up to, and he and Leanne will get together. I think they're a much better fit.

How do you think this *should* play out? Do you think Robert and Tracy will end up owning the Bistro? How will Nick find out about Robert and Carla (because it's going to happen, it's soap law!)



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21 comments:

Stephen said...

Please excuse my rant, but Corra is going down the s-bend.

I don't know about Nick, Carla, Robert and Leanne, but we all know that nothing can stop Tracy Luv. Whether or not she gets the bistro, nothing will reform her, not even the most terrible, extreme event. She will continue to be the one-dimensional, scenery-chewing, pointlessly spiteful pantomime villain that she has become. She won't repent, she won't be devastated, she won't be terrified or threatened into toning down her behaviour.

Nothing less than the actress getting fed up and leaving will stop Tracy, whose relentless mean-spiritedness got very old very long ago. She's one of the reasons why I personally no longer enjoy watching Corra. The other is the tired Callum plot line and its oppressive legacy, and the fact that the programme is now villain-heavy. Todd, Bethany, Phelan, yawn-o.

Not even the delightful Sally/Tim (not to mention Craig, Roy and Eva), the comedy gold of Steve and Kirkeh, the utter gem that is tough/vulnerable Liz, and redoubtable characters like Ken and Rita can redeem Corra now.

And now poor Izzy is a stoner?

Anonymous said...

I agree but after everything she has done, if the worst that happens to Tracy is Robert dumping her then this viewer will NOT be happy. After all, she was going to dump him for Carla's brother at Christmas! Therefore, it won't be enough.

We need to see Tracy being punished for her actions last year which led to two people dying. None of it IMO should be seen as an 'accident'. The fact is the fire started because Tracy broke into a woman's flat to kill her. She then framed the same woman for the fire and ruined her life.
I really don't understand why that should be disregarded so that Tracy can bang on about Carla deserving to be punished again. It makes no sense.

And I totally agree about Nick. Realistically, Carla would have told him ages ago! Sure, she has always been flawed but TPTB seem intent on trivialising everything that she stood for.
She should be leaving with her head held high but unfortunately I can see her exit being the same as every other time she's had too much misery thrown at her.

Humpty Dumpty said...

The trouble is that you can't trust the writers. Ideally, Robert should be horrified if he knew what Tracy was doing but he has undergone a personality transplant as well as Carla. He might decide that Tracy's his saviour and he colludes completely with what she's doing.

I think someone will rumble what's happening - Johnny or Michelle - and they will tell Nick or they might tell Ken who will then tell Nick. He and Carla break up which leads to her exit. Robert will claim that he knew nothing about Tracy's plotting, and probably they break up. I do hope that Ken gets so sick of Tracy that he insists that she and Amy move out.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, since he also made veiled threats against Carla,Robert won't dump Tracy this time as ironically, her blackmail is helping to get what he wants,the bistro.
Even if Nick does sell the bistro to Leeanne,it would be the same old storyline,Tracy wanting revenge again with Leeanne as her latest target.
I think the time as come for Tracy to be killed off.Her funeral boycotted by the residents and only attended by her father,Amy,Steve and Emily.
Sadly since she's Barlow and therefore 'protected'from the axe,that will never be.

Humpty Dumpty said...

The trouble is that you can't trust the writers. Ideally, Robert should be horrified if he knew what Tracy was doing but he has undergone a personality transplant as well as Carla. He might decide that Tracy's his saviour and he colludes completely with what she's doing.

I think someone will rumble what's happening - Johnny or Michelle - and they will tell Nick or they might tell Ken who will then tell Nick. He and Carla break up which leads to her exit. Robert will claim that he knew nothing about Tracy's plotting, and probably they break up. I do hope that Ken gets so sick of Tracy that he insists that she and Amy move out.

I don't think Tracy is protected because she's a Barlow. Other legendary families have disappeared - Tanners, Walkers, Baldwins - and Corrie survives. It's because she has become a nemesis character who the writers can use for any departing character.

Humpty Dumpty said...

The trouble is that you can't trust the writers. Ideally, Robert should be horrified if he knew what Tracy was doing but he has undergone a personality transplant as well as Carla. He might decide that Tracy's his saviour and he colludes completely with what she's doing.

I think someone will rumble what's happening - Johnny or Michelle - and they will tell Nick or they might tell Ken who will then tell Nick. He and Carla break up which leads to her exit. Robert will claim that he knew nothing about Tracy's plotting, and probably they break up. I do hope that Ken gets so sick of Tracy that he insists that she and Amy move out.

For what it's worth, I don't think Tracy is protected because she's a Barlow. Other legendary families have disappeared - Tanners, Walkers, Baldwins - and Corrie survives. It's because she has become a nemesis character who the writers can use for any departing character.

Newfy Pearl said...

I have to say....as a fan of Kate Ford, I enjoy the Tracy character. I do not see why Carla is forgiven for every sin she has committed and Tracy continually being wished out of the show.
I am tired....I honestly don't feel comfortable posting here anymore. And that is sad as I truly enjoy this site overall and have done for years. I am sure there may be negative comments regarding this, but I honestly can't take the continual Tracy bashing anymore. :-(

Abercrombie said...

It is beyond my ken why any actor worth their salt would continue to act out such inane drivel. It might suit the personal life style of Kate Ford, but the character that is Tracy Barlow is an insult to the intelligence of the Corrie viewer who has been loyal to a soap that was a cut above the rest. As for the storyliners; words fail me. Who are they, do they live in a parallel universe?

It is painful, excruciating and unrealistic to the point of incredulity at the constant repeat performances of 'I'll make her/him pay for ruining my life'. Can anybody be so out of touch with their behaviour and conscience? And, why on earth is Ken so benign? Pathetic.

Zagg said...

Although I think the Tracy/Carla story line is implausible, I do enjoy Kate Ford on Corrie. When they give her well written material, she can really bring in a great performance. I loved the Tracy/Rob pairing and so wish they had not written him out. It would have been interesting to see the two of them progress as a couple, as Rob had the ability to see through her crap and rein her in a bit. I also enjoy the dynamics between her and Todd. I think they just need to write better scripts for her....and everybody. As she is a long standing character, I would hate to see her leave. I am all for keeping the families who have a long history on the show. I think it is important to keep that history.

abbyk said...

Best guess as to why they do it: they have kids, a mortgage, and need to put food on the table. And we still watch it.

Humpty Dumpty said...

The trouble is that you can't trust the writers. Ideally, Robert should be horrified if he knew what Tracy was doing but he has undergone a personality transplant as well as Carla. He might decide that Tracy's his saviour and he colludes completely with what she's doing.

I think someone will rumble what's happening - Johnny or Michelle - and they will tell Nick or they might tell Ken who will then tell Nick. He and Carla break up which leads to her exit. Robert will claim that he knew nothing about Tracy's plotting, and probably they break up. I do hope that Ken gets so sick of Tracy that he insists that she and Amy move out.

For what it's worth, I don't think Tracy is protected because she's a Barlow. Other legendary families have disappeared - Tanners, Walkers, Baldwins - and Corrie survives. It's because she has become a nemesis character who the writers can use for any departing character.

The reason that Tracy's getting more negative comments lately is because of the way the character is doing the same old, same old, and it's getting increasingly hard to believe. Both Carla and Tracy have fallen victim to some poor decisions by story liners and producers.

Anonymous said...

Wish Tracy would disappear. Think it's better Nick keeps the Bistro. If Leanne gets it Tracy will just move onto her. Nick and Carla wont get a happy ending unless Ben Price is leaving too. Which I haven't heard he is. We are probably due a fire or something at the Bistro.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there's any need to be rude to people on this forum just because they don't have the same opinion as you about fictional characters. Sheesh. I, too, love the Tracy character and I'd really like to see her being able to succeed at something for a change. And Carla deserves everything she gets. She has no self-control - blowing all the company's money on gambling, drinking her face off every night (have we forgotten how she almost killed someone while drunk driving?), she has to have every other woman's man...She's vapid and boring.

If nothing else Tracy is pretty hilarious. She has the best lines.

C from Toronto

Tvor said...

Tracy is generally regarded as one of the villians and therefore, villains must never be seen to prosper, not for long anyway. Something always has to knock them down.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm a Canadian also and I believe that everybody is entitled to their opinion. That's what we do and that's why most of the world respects Canadians. We have our opinions and we don't push them on others or get upset when others don't think the same as we do. So everybody gets to vent without any recrimination. Personally I don't like the character of Tracy, but I guess every soap needs a least one. So to add to that I would love to see Tracy finally gets her comeuppance because she really is a nasty person. Nick will find out, Carla will leave, Robert will dump Tracy and hopefully he won't leave or get together with Leanne because then it would just be the same old, same old, just transfer the hatred to another. From everything I have read Kate Ford is nothing like her character Tracy so let's cut her some slack - she is only playing a part and since there aren't too many people who like her she is obviously playing that part very well.
We will still keep watching and still keep complaining.

Anonymous said...

I still think the whole thing is a set up by Robert to get his hands on the Bistro. I doubt that he was just so in love with Tracy for years and years and yet jumps into bed with her mortal enemy just like that. I do hope that Tracy gives Carla a good smack-down though. I guess I am the only one who's happy to see the back of Carla Connor.

Roni said...

I'm with you Newfy Pearl, I really like the Tracy character because she is the way she is and then she has a caring side that rarely comes out but when it does, it melts my heart. I just wish Rob was still in the picture because he was the only one who was able to really chastise her and out her in her place. I LOVED them together. I can't stand Robert, Tracy needs someone better than him.
This Carla storyline is awful because the one thing going for these two female characters was the fact they could always but heads but then one would always see the others pain.

Roni said...

I completely agree Zagg, loved Rob and Tracy together.

Roni said...

I agree C from Toronto.I always get a good laugh from some Tracy's antics.

Vicky R said...

I record Corrie and we are a couple of weeks behind the UK in terms of where we are up to here in Australia and I can honestly say I am fast forwarding through Carla's story line at the moment as this is not the Carla we all know and love..this is someone who is desperate to be written out of the show never to return. As previously mentioned on other comments and posts the old Carla would have been gobby, feisty and happily been bit*h slapping Tracy from one end of the cobbles to the other. Tracy needs to head off into the sunset for awhile (go stay with Peter?, come back non-toxic and Robert needs to stay and hook up with Leanne.

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