What’s Up With Chas Dingle?

After last nights episode, I’ve been thinking long and hard about one character.

Chas Dingle.

Surprise. This isn’t about Robron, but they play a part in this little think piece of sorts.

Something is wrong with Chas. Seriously. Something is seriously wrong. She came back a different person. A different character than we have known her to be. At least to me. Sure, she has always been a bit brashy, bitchy and smart-mouthed but it was usually from a place of love or self-preservation.

Since her introduction back to the show, jumping Paddy like he is Gymboree and she is a toddler on a sugar binge, something has been off about her. WAY off.


What I Noticed About Chas

1)Attaching herself back to Paddy

I know Paddy and Chas have their fanbase and I don’t want to take this away from them.  To me, though, Chas jumping on Paddy and declaring them together felt out of place and weird. Paddy being Paddy went with it, and now they are so in love when they were struggling hard before Chas left. She even told Paddy there is no way they could be “Robert and Aaron” aka Love Crazy Insane Soulmates. She was pulling away hard and then she comes back and declares him her person? No. Something is wrong here. Paddy even questioned this just to be screwed enough for him to forget.

2)Telling others to give up (giving up herself) 

I will never forget Chas telling Cain that, “There are thousands of Moira’s out there!” while he was trying to find ways to keep her in Emmerdale and with him.   That was very out of character for her.  Yes, in the past she told Cain to back off Moira or give her room but never give up on her. It was odd coming out of her mouth and felt passive aggressive.

This relates to Robert and Aaron. Sure, she is upset and will back Aaron. That is a no-brainer. However, like Liv, she was pushing Alex hard onto Aaron. Really hard. Going so hard she was asking if Aaron was in love two dates in (no Chas…he isn’t) and then calling herself Alex’s mother in law in the Valentines Day episode and it was just weird. Chas never acted like that before. Even stranger didn’t seem to give a damn that Robert was hurt at Christmas or that her son was distraught. She went to the hospital, but she went for Aaron and seemed to just bounce right back into the Christmas spirit. Not noticing her sons distress and pushing Alex hard at him. It was cold and didn’t seem to fit her personality before she left for Ireland.

She didn’t even want to fight for Paddy. She figured out something was going on between Paddy and Rhona. She calmly gave him a choice (one she said she would respect) and moved on. No spark. No fight. Nothing. Just, something she left up to someone else. She didn’t make her case for Paddy to be with her. There was no fight there. Like, if Paddy picked Rhona I feel like she wouldn’t have been so upset.

3)Breezing Through Life (Not fighting for something better)

She is just there. The only time I saw her have an emotion other than light, airy love was when Joe Tate played everyone. Otherwise, she is just there. Like on drugs or on a cloud. She is just there to pour drinks, moon over Paddy or talk to Cain about how much she loves Alex. Chas was feisty. She works behind the bar and listens to everyone’s problems and joys. I was expecting her to show up at Wishing Well to protest. I expected her to have a go at Robert. I expected her to be angrier about that loan Charity took out on the pub. Which, I am not sure if that was even resolved yet in the show. Debbie and her business were dropped like a hot potato when Tate came to town. Either way, Chas is just there. A stone figurine in her own life.

4) Extreme Helicopter Mom Status

Chas has always been a terrible mother. She has been making up for that for a long time now. It was part of the Aaron and Chas relationship charm. Watching the two of them find a relationship after years of never being close. However, this year, she is showing up on Valentines Day to bug Aaron with champagne, springing lunches on him, and generally having an opinion on the tiniest details of Aarons life. It’s getting odd and makes Aaron look…sad. A parent can influence their children’s choices.  It’s not unheard of. However, Aaron seems afraid to upset her in any way and lets her run the show.  She has stronger opinions than ever about Aaron and his life, and he doesn’t challenge her on those opinions. It’s getting strange and needs an explanation quick.

Speculation 

With that said, I feel like the speculation about her storyline could explain all the above. So, here is what I think could be causing all these weird changes. Mind you, none of this has been confirmed. Just speculation.  This is what I got:

1) The Irish Fling

The Irish fling left a more significant impression than we know. There is a rumor he is on his way to Emmerdale to shake things up. A guy with tattoos maybe? Chas ran like hell from Ireland and right into Paddy’s arms. Like in the past, she is running from something scary and going to something safe, like Paddy. It’s not the first time she has done that. Something happened with that guy, and it will be a big part of Chas and her storyline going forward. This includes the pregnancy speculation going around about her. This can be attached to the Irish fling and Paddy.

2)She is sick

That is speculation going around that she is sick that is why she is so passive and trying to hold onto only the good things and not the bad. It explains why she wants Aaron to be settled so badly. She wants everyone in their places before she goes. She runs to Paddy because that is an old friend and love. Comforting. Her family is comforting. She is hanging a lot with Cain out of nowhere too. However, I doubt Chas could hide a sickness for long. Not this long at least.

3) She is in a holding pattern

It could mean nothing. She is just in a holding pattern till something bigger comes along. She is being used to push Alex until the show is ready for Robron. She could be a placeholder for Paddy while he figures out feelings about Rhona. She could be so quiet behind that bar because they don’t need her reaction to everything right now. She could be in a holding pattern and burst out of that the minute Robron get back together, or she is given some type of shakeup on her birthday.

Either way, Chas Dingle has been bugging me since she came back from Ireland. Something seems off. The Chas I know was feisty and ready to fight the world.  Now? She seems content to just fall into old patterns and not want something else. Something better. Something is off, and I hope we figure out what is going on with her very soon. I hear she has a birthday and something might kick off there. I pray something does before I write this character off to ‘Do Not Like’ territory.

What do you think? Do you believe Chas has been acting weird lately or do you think she is just her old regular self? Leave me a comment below. I am very interested in what others have to say about her and her direction on the show. Until next time, see you all around Emmerdale!

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Playing Devils Advocate: Four Times the Devil!

Here we are. Another year. Another drama. So, here I am again to play a little game I like to call:

Devils Advocate: Four Times the Devil!

I am not going to do a huge lead in so let’s begin. I have listed the last three Devil Advocates pieces at the end for your reading pleasure. You can see how wrong I was about a lot in those pieces. It is a fun read.  It also proves this is just my thoughts and my opinions. Nothing is set in stone.

I am going to cover some heavy-handed speculation that has been discussed more than anything else. So let’s crack on!

Speculation #1 – Rebecca is Staying because….

With one tweet everyone is now in a tailspin.  Ms. Head is still filming. So, here is the speculation. Rebecca comes out of the coma and has

  • Full blown amnesia
  • Brain damage
  • Wakes up with short-term memory loss that comes back
  • Wakes up healthy

Why This Could Be Happening

Since the voicemail was deleted, we now have Rebecca to remember what happened in that car. So, they spread out the story to show Lachlan’s slow demise into madness. The show has shown that he is feeling guilty for his actions and now that Rebecca could wake up and remember? He now must figure out if he has it in him to kill again.

Here comes the breakdown:

  • Full Blown Amnesia: It still makes Lachlan nervous, but he knows he does not know anything. This gives the show a breathing period for Lachlan and gives Rebecca a blank slate. That could be a way to reinvent the character and set her up in a different way. Rework her personality (or pick one) and reinvest into fixing her. Lachlan’s secret comes out another way.
  • Brain Damage: Rebecca wakes up but can’t talk. She slowly remembers as she tries to get better. Lachlan slips into madness wondering if she remembers and will she find a way to tell. Finds ways to keep her in a quiet state.
  • Wakes Up with Short-Term Memory Loss: A version of the amnesia plot but she does not remember, and Lachlan can start to fill her head with other ideas until the memory comes back and Lachlan has to act.
  • Wakes Up Healthy: Wakes up remembering everything but she debates if she should rat her nephew out or play along. Causing him to lose it anyway. He kills her in madness, or she confesses she remembers, in the end, setting off another chain of events.

Why This Isn’t Happening

Even as Rebecca lays in that bed? Its all about Lachlan. How Lachlan is reacting. How Lachlan is debating her fate. How Lachlan will get away with his dirty little secret of trying to kill his family.  No matter what happens, it will not be about Rebecca. Yes, she wakes up, but it will be about Lachlan and what he does next.

Like much of this storyline, she will play a part, but she is not the star. She is the plot device we all know and agree is breathing and on screen.

Its all about investment in the character when it comes to Rebecca. What is the level of investment the show is willing to put in? So far, going off what they have done with her till now, there isn’t much investment there. They sold her car and put her clothes into the rotation of the other ladies on the show. They still haven’t put her picture up on the cast list. Her makeup is limited at best (she wears quite a bit of makeup on the show too). She is going to be staying longer than we expected but for her to stay, there would have to be a level of investment I have not seen yet. Time will tell.

Do you know what I want to see? People to stop acting like they know what is going to happen when they do not. How can you be disappointed in something that hasn’t happened yet?  Seriously. Let the story play out and stop thinking the worst. Iain is not lying to you. He is not even thinking of the whole fandom. He is thinking how I can shock the general audience with some twists and turns. How can he sell a story to the general audience?  If Danny being happy isn’t telling people anything then they are a lost cause.

Speculation #2 – Seb is Staying/Leaving  

I feel this is self-explanatory. However, this does not require a ‘Why it Won’t Happen’ section. I am going to outline how it works both ways within the story.

Why This Will Happen

Staying

If Rebecca wakes up with bad enough brain damage, she cannot take care of Seb. She will be carted off, and Robert continues being a single dad. Everyone finding their way to a happy middle and a family is born. It won’t happen overnight and it will be bumpy times but it can happen.

Leaving

Rebecca does recover, and Lachlan is jailed or killed. Rebecca has no connections to the village, so she continues onto Australia. Robert knows he cannot keep his son from his mother, but they decide that Robert will visit and Seb can visit him when he gets older. Creating a brand-new teenager storyline WAY down the line. Sometimes Aaron joins him.

It is not the first time we saw this on a soap, and it will not be the last. Over time Aaron will grow closer to Seb because he makes the choice. He is not going to punish a child for his parent’s sins. He is not programmed that way. If you think he would? You do not know Aaron Dingle.

Speculation #3 – Robert and Rebecca are the Ones in Love  

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I love to put a funny one in there. I respect people’s feelings on many aspects of the show. Everyone can feel how they feel. Except, when it comes to this. In no way shape or form has the show showed Robert or Rebecca being in love or falling in love this past year. That is not going to happen in 2018 either. Stop flooding mailboxes with this false worry. It is not going to happen. It is not in the cards. The show had a full year to have that happen. Do you think with Danny “Robron Captain” Miller going around talking about a lot changing in February with a smile is him lying? If you feel that way, more power to you but there is no proof anywhere that this is going to happen. Robert and Rebecca have no romantic interest, and the show has not shown that either. So, there’s that.

Final Thoughts?

I am going to address some tiny speculation floating around. I’m going to be very truthful. No holding back to save feelings here. Here we go.

Aaron’s point of view is coming. Why is it so late, some of you are saying? So far, this has not been Aarons story. He does not get a point of view because he took the ring off and walked away. He is out of Roberts life so he will not be there for everything. Cherry picking moments that are biased doesn’t prove anything about Aarons feelings. As Danny said in many interviews, lots of Aarons feelings are coming to light in the next couple of weeks. A week in a soap is a very long time. Lots of information can come out in one week. Before you decide how Aaron feels, you should wait for the character to tell you first.

Robert is not boring or had a personality transplant. Not even. He has been through a lot this past year. He has learned a lot about himself. The power he has to do bad things and also good things. He is learning how to be better while still making mistakes. He is trying to be better for himself and his son. That is a good thing and to act like Robert is terrible or boring for that? People are not paying attention to the bigger picture. Robert is growing as a character. That is a good thing. He will still be snarky and want to protect his family and friends but he won’t go to those crazy levels again. He has learned.

Everything comes to an end. Like this storyline. Some need to stop acting like they know what is coming (they do not) and enjoy the ride.  Robron are finding their way back to each other. It will not be simple or easy, and they will be working on issues long after the big kiss. It is a continuing story. They will work on it. It will be a lot of growing together now.  Lachlan is finally being able to shine and be the dominant member of the family while possibly falling into madness. It will not be a clean-cut ending, but it will be a soap ending and thank god for that.

Tell me what you think below or leave me a message on my Tumblr! I will not be taking questions or opinions on Twitter since I am on a self-imposed mental health break. I will not see it, and I will not respond. So, until the next speculation post or Live and Organized, see you around in Emmerdale.

Devil’s Advocate – The Two Main Theories

Devils Advocate: Part Two (More Devil. Less Advocate.)

Emmerdale: Playing Devil’s Advocate (Once. Twice. Three Times the Devil!)

 

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Robert Sugden and His No Good Terrible Week (My Speculation)

I am writing this at 3:41 am. I can’t sleep. A lot of posts are pissing me off to the point of no return. So, I’m throwing my hat into the ring.  Here is where I stand about Robert, Seb, and The Whites. First off, I hate the Whites. That doesn’t make me a horrible person. They were a sucky Home Farm family. The only good thing they did was bring Robert home and bring Lachlan to Emmerdale. Second, I hate Rebecca. I can hate Rebecca. I’m allowed to hate a fictional character. Third, I like Seb. I do. I don’t blame him for the sins of BOTH parents. He is the most innocent person in this whole story.

Now that is out of the way. This storyline has brought up three themes:

1) Choice

2) Need

3) Want

Much like Aaron (I’ve talked about this in another post) Robert has fought between needs and wants. What he thinks he needs versus what he really wants. He has been acting like he needed revenge, he needed to stop the pain, and he needed to fight for his kid. This is where choice comes in. Robert has had many choices. He has made a lot of wrong ones this past year. Many that lead him down some very dark roads. However, after his wake-up call, those choices will change.

He needs Seb. He needs to start over and be better. However, his choices will change those needs into wants. He wants Seb safe. He wants Seb happy. He wants to be a better parent. That means he might have to put his own needs aside. Make a choice to put Sebs safety and happiness above his own. Something I see Robert doing. It won’t be a punishment. Robert doesn’t deserve any more punishment (regardless what others think).  He will want to be a good parent. Make a choice to be a better parent and let Seb go.

So, with that said, its time for a lot of fandom to make a choice to sit back and let the story play out or let themselves be freaked out by anons who want to cause panic because they don’t want to be miserable alone. It won’t be an easy ending. It won’t be a story that ties up all loose ends. It is a soap, after all, got to leave some things open.  Instead of dwelling on the negatives as we close out a rough storyline, try to think of the positives that are coming for Robert and Aaron as individuals and together. Not only do we have a reunion and future wedding on the horizon, but we also have a lot of growth of Robert as a person. We have Liv’s storyline and how that affects Aaron and Robert.

JOSEPH TATE. I mean, this year has already kicked butt and taken names, and it’s only the second week of January.

Instead of getting upset over the little details that won’t matter in a few months, let us think of the future and how we have so much to look forward to. Again, if you have to step away, please, go take a break from fandom and/or the show. No one is keeping you here. Get better. Come back. Be awesome. Find a bitch buddy. Someone that will listen to you complain without judgment.

So, yeah. I have no freaking idea of any of what I wrote makes sense. It is now 3:55am and I’m finally getting that headache that screams to me that I need to sleep. So, yeah. To summarize.

1) The White Family BLOWS too (stop acting like they are innocent human beings. Not even close)

2) Robert doesn’t deserve to lose everything because some look at it as penance for his evil deeds.  He has lost enough. He learns from his mistakes now.

3) The baby isn’t evil. It’s a baby. It has done nothing in this storyline to deserve such scorn. (His mother has, but that is a personal opinion)

4) No matter what happens, the Whites are leaving. Soon we won’t have to see them on screen or even hear their names. Let’s celebrate that fact.

5) So MUCH to look forward too! JOE TATE DRAMA! I mean…that gets me excited.

So, yeah. That’s where I stand. People need to just go through all the ways this story can go and then sit back and let it play out. Let’s not drive ourselves insane with the most negative of speculation. Until next time, I’ll see you around specualtion land.