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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Oh, Yasmeen! What now?

Oh Yasmeen, I fear for you. Your hitting Geoff with a bottle and then again with the broken bottle stabbing him in the neck, was not a premeditated act but one born of months of coercion, extreme humiliation and cruelty. Who can blame you? Who could bear such an attempt to annihilate a person’s very being? Continually, for months, you have been the victim of a man who relishes in meting out such control, cruelty and coercion that you have to beg him to see your own grandson’s wedding photos.

Is Geoff dead? I’m not sure anyone could have survived the stabbing in the neck, so I’ll presume he is. But before I speculate as to what may happen to you, Yasmeen, I’m going to talk about the absolute horrors that beset you in Friday’s episode. To bear what you have borne, would have tested a saint. Is it any wonder that you retaliated?

Recently we have seen Geoff using his spy system to catch Yasmeen placing her carefully packed suitcase of best clothes in a cupboard and locking them in. Geoff, the all-seeing, omniscient one, forces Yasmeen to open the cupboard, then proceeds to burn her valued items. He has forced her onto her knees, he has presented her with the same meal for breakfast and lunch – cold, rich food, which in Yasmeen’s difficult state of mind and body just caused her to feel nauseous. Not missing a chance to humiliate Yasmeen further, he asks if it’s not up to standard for ‘Lady Muck’.   He has also given her chlamydia which, understandably, makes her feel unclean, knowing for certain in her own mind that she has slept with nobody besides Sharif, her first husband and, of course, Geoff. Again, he arrows in on his chance of telling her that she is diseased in body and mind  

Geoff and Yasmeen are invited by Tim and Sally to the bistro for a special tasting evening. Yasmeen gets changed and is immediately insulted by Geoff on her choice of outfit.
‘You’re not going like that are you? In your shabbiest sack!’ He unlocks a cupboard and brings out a red dress, unceremoniously forcing Yasmeen to undress and wear the new red dress, as Yasmeen literally shakes. He must know that the dress is overstated for the occasion, thus another chance to ridicule and mock her.

In the pub Yasmeen discovers that Geoff has gifted Sally and Tim the money for their wedding. There is of course, cunning here. What a great guy Geoff is! So generous, paid for our wedding! When the truth is that he has taken the money without consulting the 2 other shareholders, Yasmeen and Alya. When Yasmeen questions him, he resorts to the wedding vows of for richer or poorer, but that’s not the point here.

Yasmeen seems to have lost Cathy’s friendship, which is a bitter blow for both women but especially Yasmeen. Yasmeen calls out to her and Brian to sit with them but Cathy snubs her old friend.

He bundles her out of the pub, but not before Carla delivers her line, ‘Killer dress Yasmeen.’
Little does Geoff know that he has just a short while to live. He locks Yasmeen in the house and goes out again. Eileen sees this. Geoff is in the café, being as nice as pie. Will people believe just how cruel he was to Yasmeen?

In the pub we hear Sally, not at her best, commenting on Yasmeen’s dress, ‘What was she thinking?’ And that’s the point, as poor Yasmeen hasn’t been thinking at all. She’s been living in terror and isolation with a man whose express purpose it is to ruin her.

On his return home, Geoff launches several attacks on Yasmeen, who is still in her red (blood?) killer dress. He preposterously invents a story about Peter Barlow, who, Geoff claims has been saying that Yasmeen has been throwing herself at him. Her denial is heart  breaking -  a series of no, no, no, with real fear detectable in her eyes. How much further will this man go? A long way is the incredible answer.

He asks if she honestly thinks that he bought the dress for her. ‘Do you? That sassy little number screams Yasmeen!’ I bought it for someone who would fill it in all the right places. Firm thighs, full cups, hips you can hold, creamy young skin, glossy red lips.’

He calls her a bony old bore, he tells her she makes his skin crawl, he asks her why she can't grow a spine, that she has a wheedling voice, that she makes his skin crawl, that she is a shell of a woman, a husk, scrabbling on the floor like a dog as he throws chips at her, laughing and shouting, ‘Fetch!’

This must be one of the most disturbing scenes in the history of soap opera.

  ‘Till death do us part? God spare me. Maybe I should kill you – do the world a favour. Would anyone really notice if you were gone? If only you could look at yourself - dead behind the eyes and from the waist down. And here’s me thinking of all the long years ahead.'

Being unable to take anymore, Yasmeen picks up the bottle next to her and whacks him over the head, then with the broken part of the bottle, the jagged glass, she plunges into his neck. He falls to the floor. Yasmeen looks on, horror-struck by her actions.

By Ruth Owen, twitter: @ruth1722

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Humpty Dumpty said...

It's the stab in the neck that does it for Yasmeen. It will go to court and the prosecution will say that Yasmeen only needed to belt Geoff with a bottle in order to get away. This has been said in real life cases ie the victim only needed one go at self-defence. Then it will be up to Yasmeen's barrister to argue that Geoff would have still been able to attack her again if she hadn't stabbed him. I didn't think Geoff would die but, thinking now about covid 19 and other comments here, I think it's quite likely he will. The story will wrap up pretty neatly while the older characters are off, and Yasmeen's exit might be to go and stay with her son.

Anonymous said...

Recnetly Bethany assaulted an innocent customer with a broken beer bottle in the lap dancing club [[where she was working underage]because she thought he was Nathan and not only did Bethany get away with it but she along with her mother were gleeful and the same people [e.g Cathy,Brian]who now think Yasmeen is capable of 'murder'thought Bethany was 'brave' and a 'heroine'.
Now if Yasmeen who was defending herself from a an abusive husband is found guilty of murder while Bethany[who should have been arrested for assault] gets away with her crime then the writers are sending a dangerous message that defending yourself is a 'crime' but assaulting an innocent man is not.

Anonymous said...

I got a feeling that when Geoff is out of his coma or whatsoever, he will say no charges and Yasmeen return home to him. Geoff will garner sympathy from neighbours who thinks he loves Yasmeen too much and so forgiving, making it even harder for her to escape!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone think Geoff was over the top in the extreme? It was like he was pushing her to the ultimate limit. He did not even try to conceal how nasty he was on the way back to the house.
He pushed every button he could think of.
I wonder was it to push her over the edge to get rid of her?
I don't believe he is dead, I do hate that Corrie had me cheer when he was hit then stabbed. I like to think I am not a violent person, but that was oddly satisfying. lol

Anonymous said...

Grandson Humpty, surely? Yasmeen's son is dead.

Anonymous said...

Jeanie (anon):

I agree with anonymous--Geoff seemed a bit over the top and has been for a while. It was as if Corrie wanted to wrap up the storyline and so suddenly escalated the abuse dramatically to precipitate Yasmeen's attack. I enjoyed this story for the most part, but liked it more when Geoff's manipulative behavior was a bit more subtle and less overtly abusive. To me that offered a much more powerful message--that coercive behaviour can be very subtle and escalate very insiduously, as opposed to dramatically as here.

I found as soon as Geoff started to frequent escorts with stolen money the storyline became more sensationalized. It was as though Corrie itself didn't quite believe their own agenda and felt they needed to underline that Geoff was total scum by having him hire escorts, as opposed to trusting to the initial message and letting the coercive behaviour remain more subtle.

Again, I'm guessing very few women attack their abuser as Yasmeen did. Much better if she just realized that he was breaking her down and she was better than this--as opposed to feeling threatened with her life. Finally, I was upset by Yasmeen's "friends" gratuitously nasty comments when she left the Rovers. Corrie always does this--has old friends who should know better turn on the victim. So much better if Yasmeen's friends had stood by her and helped her stand up to Geoff. And I think that too is the more realistic path--often in these cases the friends are horrified by the change in the victim and do a lot to try to help her/him break free from the spell of their abuser. Often, sadly, with little success.

Bobby Dazzler said...

I think that the police will find the camera and possibly the film which would show that Geoff was threatening Yaz and she retaliated in the heat of the moment


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