Coronation Street fans couldn't hide their disgust as Summer Spellman was faced with a life-changing proposition in Monday night's episode (Monday October 24). Last week it was revealed over an eventful pub lunch at the Rovers that the 18-year-old was pregnant with boyfriend Aaron Sandford's baby.
Her guardian archdeacon Billy Mayhew was shocked to realise that she was expecting as he saw she was off her food. But then she was presented with an unexpected offer from Billy's parishioner Esther Hargrave who was at lunch with them. Esther caught up with Summer in Victoria Gardens and after explaining how she and Mike can’t have kids, she suggested she’d be willing to adopt her baby.
In the latest Corrie double bill, Esther was gutted to learn that Summer had planned to have an abortion and offered her money in a bid to change her mind. "With that money you could have real security," she said.
At that moment Billy appeared and was horrified to find Esther in their home trying to buy Summer’s baby and ordered her to leave. Esther argued that she was "trying to protect god's sacred gift." But an upset Billy told her: "Haggling over a human life is unconscionable."
Coronation Street fans were fuming and took to Twitter to vent their outrage. @lightupvm demanded: "This woman trying to force Summer to have a baby for her… get out." @Luluwallpaper fumed: "Right I’m sick of this woman already." And @_Ce_Ce__ raged: "Why should Summer KEEP this baby, for this random bloody weird woman who she never met til last week?! P** off you weirdo!"
Other viewers pointed out that it reminded them of when Toyah Battersby made a deal to take Eva Price's baby daughter Susie in 2018. When Eva learned she was pregnant she planned on having an abortion, as she was separated from her ex Aidan Connor following his affair with Maria Connor.
However, upon learning that the surrogate carrying a baby for Toyah and Peter Barlow had lost the child, Eva agreed to hand over her baby to Toyah immediately after birth, keeping the deal a secret from everyone including Peter, with the intention of presenting her as the surrogate's baby.
Eva gave birth in a cottage where she was staying to hide the pregnancy. When Toyah was unable to deal with the lies any longer and finally and handed the baby back to Eva, Peter was devastated. After Aidan's tragic suicide Eva left for a new life in France with her daughter.
@karen_renton commented: "I'm surprised Toyah isn't all over this baby buying storyline if I'm honest. Right up her street." @DavidBoink asked: "Who's worse Esther or Toyah?" And @penniless_poet remarked: "That blonde woman is seriously giving off Toyah vibes there isn't she?"
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