Jack P Shepherd talks about how David is left holding the baby as cracks in his relationship with wife Kylie start to show, as they row over having kids together.
Question: What’s made David decide its time for him and Kylie to have a baby together?
Answer: David’s always wanted kids, he didn’t have a great father figure himself so he wants to put that right. He loves Max to bits but he thinks a child of their own would really complete the family. He thinks it would really bond him and Kylie together and make them a proper family unit.
Q: Doesn’t he feel they should be trying to find themselves a home of their
own before adding to their family?
A: He’s not thinking rationally, Kylie is and suggests they need more stability first and to be more established in their careers but David isn’t thinking like that, he wants a baby and he wants one now. He doesn’t see any need to wait, it’s all he can think about.
Q: How does David feel now Kylie has come around to the idea – or says she
A: He’s aware she’s not as into the idea as he is but he thinks if he keeps pushing she’ll come round to the idea and once she’s pregnant she’ll want the baby as much as he does.
Q: Why does he tell his mum they are hoping to have a baby?
A: Gail doesn’t think it’s a great idea at the moment but for once she’s careful not to say too much because she knows that as soon as they get onto the subject of babies David will just throw in her face that she made Tina abort his baby.
Q: How does David cope when Kylie leaves him babysitting Hope and Joseph?
A: He thinks Kylie’s going to help out but she has the cunning plan to disappear and leave him to it, presuming he’ll struggle. But surprisingly David’s a dab hand with the kids and has it all under control. It backfires for Kylie really as it just makes him think I can do this.
Q: David books a night at a hotel but Kylie’s too busy at the Bistro – how does he
feel when she cancels on him?
A: He’s gutted, he’s been talking to her about booking a night away and she doesn’t really react so he takes that as a yes and goes ahead and books it. But when he goes in the Bistro and says I’ve booked it she says no she’s working. So David kicks off, saying work means more to her than him now, and that’s when everything starts to unravel.
Q: Kylie confesses to Eva that she’s still on the pill and has no intention of getting
pregnant – how would David feel if he found out she was lying to him?
A: He’d be annoyed, he’d be devastated, he’d feel a little bit betrayed and lied to but I hope he’d try to see why she did it and talk to her. I hope they’d be able to sort it out.
Q: Is David and Kylie’s marriage strong enough to weather this setback?
A: Yeah I hope so, I think they’ve got a really good relationship, they’re very similar but when they argue they do clash and they go at it hammer and tongs. I think they really do care a lot about each other though, it’s definately love.
Q: What makes David tell Tommy that Tina had an abortion when she was with
A: Tommy comes in the Rovers and people start congratulating him on having a baby. David’s slightly jealous but he says well done mate, I’ll buy you a beer, it’s worked out well for you, better than me and Tina, I really wanted that baby. Tommy asks him what he’s on about, David says Tina had an abortion with his child, presuming Tina must have told him, but she hadn’t and he realises he’s put his foot in it.
Q: Is there a chance David might still have feelings for Tina?
A: Yeah I think so, she was his first love so there’s always going to be something there. Whenever David orders a beer I always give her a slight wink or check her out, you’ve got to keep it real!
Q. What sort of dad so you think he’d make?
A: I think he’d be a great dad, a really energetic one. I think he’d always want to play with them, take them on days out and be a big kid himself. He’d make sure he gave that kid a better childhood than he had. No trying to drown them in canals!
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