December 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm #5699
So, Pip is pregnant by her ex who she had a couple of quick ones with. Not like Kirsty, who got pregnant by her ex who she had just the one quickie with. Have there been other Ambridge pregnancies from flings with exes? I remember Jennifer getting back breifly with Roger Travers-Macy, but thankfully post-childbearing. I find the flings with exes part credible – people do often seem to have trouble breaking things off cleanly, especially if there isn’t anyone else around. But how many people are only careless with contraception when they’re with an ex?December 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm #5700
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Two thoughts sprang to my mind when Pip announced her pregnancy : “What this again? Unplanned pregnancy? I’m bored” and “Obviously contraception doesn’t work in Ambridge …must be something in the water.”
It really does feel like an overdone storyline …or maybe it’ll become the new Christmas theme
Will the Panto survive? (it will) ; Eddie has clever but slightly iffy idea for money making ; someone gets pregnant. We could add “and someone falls off the roof to round the whole thing out” …..a way of getting rid of silent characters? One last scream and they’re sorted? Just think what fun the “silents” could have developing their last scream.
No, I’m not impressed with the Pip preganacy storyline …December 5, 2017 at 6:08 pm #5701
Not sure about recycling or the frequency of characters having flings with ex partners and ending up pregnant – but the “surprise pregnancy” is a tired, old trope.
We’ve had a few recent unplanned pregnancies in The Archers:
– Ruth was unexpectedly pregnant about 3 years ago in her late 40s
– Helen was raped by Rob and fell pregnant with Jack
– Kirsty and Tom had a night of passion and she ended up pregnant
Plus we had Phoebe had a pregnancy/STI scare after a fling with Constantin. I’m not in this age group but I thought young people took more care with their health.
Not sure why this storyline has been introduced. What’s the point? I have no time for Pip so I’m not thrilled that she’s reproducing. Perhaps the idea is that she’ll dither and change her mind about a termination and in the end, she and Toby will reunite again. Then she’ll have to be brave and adult and speak to her parents about the situation. Maybe she’ll have the baby. Cue: total overreaction from David and Jill, scorn and support from Josh, silence from Ben and Ruth lined up as peacemaker.
Or … maybe she doesn’t have the baby? But if she simply goes for a termination and tells no-one other than Elizabeth, then the whole thing might as well have never happened.
There must be a reason for this … !January 14, 2018 at 3:24 pm #5812
I know this thread has been quiet for a while but following David’s flip out at Toby this week, I have started developing a theory:
This is all very reminiscent of Elizabeth’s thing with creepy Fairbrother senior (except we now know Pip is keeping the Piplet). I suspect this will drag up Elizabeth’s history and something will happen there. Also, David going mad at Toby and effectively telling him to “Get off my land” struck me as a tad disproportionate, even though Toby is clearly feckless. I suspect, therefore, that David knows about Elizabeth and thingy Fairbrother (cannot remember his name) and that is secretly why he flared up at Toby. “Sins of the Father” &c.
Granted, this theory needs some further thought. Hoping this upcoming week of Ambridge drama will contain a few more clues!January 17, 2018 at 8:19 pm #5819
My thought when David blew up at Toby was that it was because he had just spoken with feckless Kenton, who had an unplanned-pregnant partner in Oz and now an estranged daughter. (So, that’s another bit of story recycling. ) But tonight’s episode also saw Kenton as advisor to Toby. I reckoned living with J’lene so long must have given Kenton some sense, or else he is just taking Toby’s side for the same reason David isn’t, namely Toby is the Kenton of this story. I’m sure Witherspoon could advise us on how someone who reminds you of someone in your birth family can trigger all sorts of over-reactions.January 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm #5825
You know you’ve got problems when you turn to Kenton for advice … !
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