Why is she so against the idea? After all, Carla believes that she and Peter are really loved up…
Carla doubts her ability to be a mother, certainly because she hasn’t had an instinctive maternal bond with Simon. I think that has left her with her insecurities. I also think that it relates back to her own relationship with her mother. Perhaps she feels because her mother failed her, she will fail at being a mum too. She has a lot of hang-ups. Carla knows what she’s good at - she’s good at business and that’s as much as she can see. It’s nothing to do with her love for Peter.
Carla is usually so no-nonsense in her approach to life – so why is she putting off doing the test?
She doesn’t want to be pregnant, so if she doesn’t take the test, she doesn’t have to deal with the result and can keep telling herself that it would be negative anyway. She tells Michelle that just because she doesn’t want kids doesn’t mean it’d be an easy decision for her to make.
What advice does Michelle give her?
Michelle urges Carla to take a test and then they can go from there. She can’t understand why Carla is putting it off. She keeps telling her that the sooner she takes the test, the sooner she can face up to reality and make some decisions. She also thinks Carla is being unfair on Peter.
Has Peter noticed that she’s out of sorts?
No, I don’t think so. He’s just lost in his thoughts about Tina.
In the middle of all this, Carla discovers that her stepfather George has died – what’s her reaction to that news?
It’s a strange reaction that Carla has and a real mixture of emotions. It’s not as straightforward as being struck by grief.
His death brings a lot of bad childhood memories back for Carla. She says that they weren’t close and that she and Rob hated his guts. I think she’s in shock more than anything. She doesn’t know what she’s feeling about it - she’s numb and confused. Her emotions are all over the place.
Do you think this prevents her from taking a pregnancy test?
Yes, I think Carla almost uses this as an excuse not to. She keeps telling Michelle that she can only deal with one crisis at a time and that that has to be George’s death at the minute. It’s all a bit too much for her all at once. Peter has even less reason to suspect that something is up with Carla now though as he just assumes her mood and emotions are to do with her stepdad’s death. She’s burying her head in the sand and she knows it.