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Cold Feet: Series 7 - Episode 3 (Review)

Cold Feet

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

AFTER a couple of extremely wayward episodes, Cold Feet displayed a strong return to form with its third episode of its seventh season, tackling a complex and highly emotive subject with surprising sensitivity.

The storyline in question concerned Matt (Ceallach Spellman)and Olivia (Daisy Edgar-Jones) as they attempted to come to terms with their unexpected pregnancy (the bombshell revelation of which came at the climax of episode two).

As their respective parents (James Nesbitt’s Adam, Hermione Norris’ Karen and Robert Bathurst’s David) found out, talk quickly turned to abortion. But while this may have seemed like a rapid path towards termination, a curveball was served by Matt, who became a fierce (and often tearful) advocate for keeping the baby and protecting the life growing inside his teenage girlfriend.

The ensuing drama included several heated exchanges between the adults (who took it in turns to play the blame game), culminating in a heart-breaking visit to an abortion clinic and the surprising termination.

I could not have been the only person to believe that a ‘happy ending’ was on the way, possibly with Adam and new girlfriend Tina (Leanne Best) stepping up to take on dual parenting responsibilities (given their own current desire for children of their own).

But instead, writer Mike Bullen took viewers down the far more painful path of having the kids face an inevitably grim reality and go ahead with the abortion in order to safeguard their future.

The final moments of the episode were particularly poignant. Spellman’s Matt was particularly affecting, the pain of the decision etched across his tear-stained face. It was Matt, after all, who put the pro-life case so eloquently earlier in the episode. And it provided a short, sharp pause for thought to anyone who views abortion as an easy way to correct a sometimes reckless mistake.

And yet, the need to face the reality of their situation was also skilfully relayed earlier in the episode, as their parents attempted to explain the difficulty of raising children even for adults who had committed to the decision. It was emotionally compelling television, evidence of Cold Feet at its best.

Praise also deserves to go to Edgar-Jones, who really came into her own during those final moments – a quieter, more subdued performance but one that still conveyed the torment of her predicament.

If the remainder of the episode struggled to match the quality of the central storyline, there was still the odd moment to amuse – most notably David’s continued awkwardness when dealing with Nikki’s ex criminal husband George (Robert Glenister), or Jenny and Pete unwittingly becoming the new carers of the former’s mother – as well as the odd bit to annoy.

The show’s insistence on using false scenes continues to infuriate, most notably in the form of David’s imagined execution by George at the top of the episode – an unnecessary sequence that even prompted a viewer warning.

But given how moving those final moments were, and the intelligence of the debate that preceded it, this was a Cold Feet episode that restored the series to its former glory. And for that, we can be grateful, whilst hoping for more of the same going forward.

  1. I found this episode disingenous.. only if they came forth and told them that Rachel had problems conceiving after her abortion would this have been a good episode

    Sheri    Sep 25    #