'Is yer man holding them hostage with a water pistol?' - Dr Oakley's flare gun was the star of last night's Fair City
Fair City's cult siege storyline led to Hannah's untimely death last night but there were two other aspects of the plot which drew more attention from viewers.
The heartbreaking storyline of Damien being denied access to his daughter Saoirse moved some viewers of the RTE soap and they took to Twitter to share their feelings, prompting discussions about what is a very difficult situation for many Irish families.
People love to slag #FairCity but credit where it’s due - Damo being denied access to his baby daughter is heartbreaking & wholly representative of the nightmarish situation some of my male friends find themselves in.— Sarah-Jane Murphy (@sjanemurf) January 2, 2018
Breaks my heart even just watching a storyline which involves a loving dad being denied regular access to his own child. To take his child away to another country then is profoundly unjust.#faircity— Rachel Pilkington (@RCPilkington) January 2, 2018
Hold on a second, is it actually legal for her to take the baby to a different country without the fathers permission but if he tries to keep the baby I'm Ireland with him its 'abduction'?? Or is it just soap land ?? #FairCity— Áisling❤ (@kaisling37) January 4, 2018
Sounds like he never applied for legal guardianship....it's definitely a real problem where parents are not married! Most people don't realise that being the biological father is not enough outside of marriage— Olivia King (@chuckles33) January 5, 2018
However, it was siege instigator Dr Oakley's weapon of choice - the flare gun from his boat - which drew the attention of others.
i'd love to know if any of the cast members looked at each other when they saw the gun oakley was gonna use i wonder if they said "like are ya for real..its a toy gun!" thats gotta be the most embarrassing scene ever on #faircity— nissan serena fan (@ilbegoingnow) January 7, 2018
Ah c’mon . I wouldn’t be surprised if bang bang came out of that gun🙄#FairCity— Lor (@monkeygirl25) January 9, 2018
Is yer man holding them hostage with a water pistol?? #FairCity— Barry McGonigle (@BarryMcGonigle_) January 9, 2018
Given the nature of the scenes it was probably not feasible to feature a real baby as Saoirse, and her stand-in provoked a few giggles from viewers.
Could it be anymore obvious Damien is holding a doll 😂😂😂 #FairCity— Orla Button (@whatorlaate) January 4, 2018
And others suspect the siege storyline may continue to run and run, much like the Katie in the box storyline of last year (and the year before).
Anyone else worried this siege situation could drag out until October?🤔🤔🤔#FairCity— Carmel Ní Nualláin (@carmelnolan2000) January 9, 2018
The anxiety you feel when a door gets locked in Carrigstown, and you wonder if it'll stay locked for a year and a half. #FairCity— Carmel Ní Nualláin (@carmelnolan2000) January 4, 2018
Despite the enjoyment some fans derive from nit picking on Twitter, however, Fair City continues to draw around half a million viewers per episode for RTE. We'll see you back on twitter tonight at 8pm!