Abi’s sent down!
She ends up behind bars after spiralling out of control…
The best thing she can do for Seb is to protect him from a
life like hers
It’s one hell of a week for Abi Franklin. On Monday, she’s in gainful employment; by Friday, she’s banged up in Weatherfield prison. How long till fellow inmate Sally Metcalfe bores her to death by bleating on about her days as mayor?
Abi’s already in a bad way, having been fired from the garage by Kevin, who wrongly believes she tampered with Michelle’s motor. Tracy – the real culprit – has sorted her mate out with a job on the Streetcars switchboard, but Abi struggles with the computer and snaps at the customers.
Her spirits take a further knock when she finds out that young twins Lexi and Charlie are being taken to Lapland by their foster parents. Believing they’re better off without her, Abi cancels her visit with them and self-destructs; downing vodka while watching them play in their foster parents’ garden.
‘Abi can’t deal with her head,’ says Sally Carman, who plays her. ‘So she blocks it all out. That’s as much as she can do because she doesn’t know any better.’
Knowing she’s on a slippery slope, Abi calls Tracy for help, who finds her friend unconscious on Victoria Street, having also taken drugs. Trace calls for an ambulance, and when Seb remarks that his mum’s life has fallen apart since the sabotage allegation, Tracy’s guilt gets too much. At the hospital, she confesses to Abi that she caused the damage.
‘Abi’s reaction is one of anger,’ adds Sally, ‘but actually she is really hurt.’
And there’s worse to come. A social worker tells Abi her contact with the twins has been suspended due to her relapse.
At rock bottom, Abi decides to put them up for adoption.
Seb’s heartbroken, and trashes Tracy’s florists. Abi stops him, and when the police turn up, she grabs cash from the till so they’ll think she’s the culprit.
‘The best thing she can do for Seb is to protect him from a life like hers,’ says Sally.
It works – she’s arrested for theft and criminal damage, and gets sentenced to 16 weeks inside. Is her dream of a fresh start with her family now dead in the water?
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