Tina (Michelle Keegan) and Tracy (Kate Ford) are to begin a nasty feud in next week’s episodes after a war of words at Barlow’s Buys gets out of hand.
The problems begin after a hard-up Dennis sells Rita’s engagement ring in Rob (Marc Baylis) and Tracy’s shop in a bid to pay his tax bill. Tina finds out about the transaction and tries to buy back the ring using the money from her surrogacy fee. The trouble is that Tracy now wants a considerable amount more than what Dennis sold it for.
A row between the two feisty females soon escalates, culminating in Tina making the rash move of smashing the shop window with a brick. So where will all this animosity lead? And who – if anyone – will be the victor? Kate Ford tells us what’s in store as the bitter rivalry intensifies:
Tracy has always been a bit of a bully, but she now has a new target. So why Tina?
They’ve never really seen eye to eye. Tracy is maybe a little bit jealous of Tina because she’s young and pretty and Tracy worries that maybe Rob might fancy her. Like Tracy, Tina’s also really mouthy and doesn’t back down if she’s got a bee in her bonnet. When it comes to pretty, feisty females Tracy can get quite rattled!
Do you think, at times, that she can see a little bit of herself in Tina?
No, she just gets frustrated because Tina’s a fair bit younger than she is and Tracy probably doesn’t feel as attractive as she once did. Let’s face it, Tracy can’t stand Tina and Tina isn’t exactly being nice to Tracy either. They both give back as good as they get. Tina keeps turning up at the shop to stir things up and that’s really winding Tracy up.
Tracy’s made her thoughts on Tina’s surrogacy known and she isn’t letting it drop. Why does she pick on Tina’s weaknesses?
Tracy will go for the Achilles heel of anybody, certainly if she doesn’t like them. She knows that by bringing the surrogacy up she will really hurt Tina. Tracy’s a hypocrite though because she sold her baby to the Croppers! But then she feels morally superior because she got her child back in the end. Tracy can justify anything in her own mind. She killed someone and she still managed to get round it in her own head.
Tracy has a job and a new man so she should be happy, but she still seems intent on surrounding herself with drama…
Tracy is the happiest she’s been in a long while, but without drama Tracy gets really bored. However, I do think that she’d like to make more decisions in the business, but Rob’s really taken over all of that and that’s annoyed her. But she wants everyone to think she’s really made it! Tracy is doing quite well for herself; preying on vulnerable people really doesn’t bother her at all.
Will it be possible for Rob to soften Tracy and make her a nicer character?
I don’t know what it is Tracy is really looking for. If she had more money and freedom she would be a happier person - it’s when she feels trapped that she starts to lash out at people. She also hates the fact that people judge her and think of her as being a bit of a loser, so maybe if she was more successful she’d be less angry.
All she’s ever wanted is for people to think she’s done well for herself. Tracy would quite like to escape where she lives too, but she can’t afford to.