Three men and a Bethany! Oh dear God/dess. Can this storyline get any darker? Mel wasn't going to let her out, she knows she'd have to take her place. You can see what kind of control Nathan has over Bethany so you know he's got Mel in the same place, control and fear.
Shona managed to warn David, we didn't see everything he told her, but presumably, she told him everything because he summoned Sarah and Gary. David, Sarah, Gary dash off to rescue SArah but I don't think they will be in time to prevent what was happening when we left her. Nope, they weren't. As the police sped in to raid the flat (did one of the Platts call them?) the little band of rescuers found Bethany looking terrible. Yet as the police dragged him away, Bethany was furious about the arrest. She still has her engagement ring and put it back on.
Shona gave her statement. It sounded like she got out before she was sexually used. One of the lucky ones, she says. But it looks like Bethany doesn't feel so lucky and she doesn't see that Nathan did anything wrong. Yet. Shona is still in rough shape and collapsed.
Bethany is still back at home but utterly refusing to take anyone's opinion on Nathan on board, even with Audrey comes right out and asks "Did he share you?" It did seem to take her aback for a minute but she shoved that little alarm bell well and truly away and later, when Nathan got out on bail, she was back in his car and off with him. Bethany will have to talk to the police or Nathan might not be prosecuted and at the moment, it doesn't look like anyone is going to persuade her to do that. Sarah is, as you might expect, frantic with worry.
Nathan and Bethany don't go back to the flat, though. The police mention that he's broken his bail conditions so likely there would be a chance they'd be caught together there. They talk in the car in a remote location. He's pleased she's saying all the right things and assures her there's just been a mistake made. He agrees casually that she shouldn't mention that he and Neil know each other, like it's not a big deal and confirms the lie that Shona's been out to get him for awhile. He also denies being responsible for her being beaten up. Then he looks at her. We need to talk.
The next we see her, she's in tear and angry at her mother, blaming her for Nathan finishing with her! Is it true?? Neil the Constable comes to the house to have a private chat to Bethany, telling Sarah it might help. She's good, though, she keeps her cool and pretends she's never seen him. They chat out in the garden because of course they don't want anyone to know they know each other. And the answer to that other question is no, it isn't true. Bethany is pretending to be split from Nathan, biding her time. Neil tells her to get her passport ready and pack a bag. He'll keep her informed, he'll be the go-between for the time being.
Naturally the whole neighbourhood is gossiping about it and about what happened to Shona who has had to have emergency surgery to have her spleen out. David seems quite worried, which does not go unnoticed by Todd, Billy and Eileen though Todd churlishly continues to be skeptical of her. David does discover that Shona had a baby at some point though Billy did know she had a son and "lost" him. David is thoughtful at that. Gail is reticent about it when David asks her, telling David it's Shona's business not theirs.
Bethany turns 17 this week. (Isn't Max getting tall?) She's keeping up the pretense that she's been dumped quite well. Sarah feels like she's let her daughter down which seems to alarm Bethany. Craig remembered it was her birthday and gave her a card and voucher. He's still her mate and she apologizes for being mean the other day. Sarah catches her later looking at her passport in the drawer. Now she thinks Bethany could be lying so she cuts the passport in half. Smart move, actually.
In other news, both David and Gail decide to go see Shona. Gail gets there first as Shona wakes up. She wants to thank her for what she did for Bethany but also wanted to give her the heads up that David knows she's had a baby. But Gail, of course, is even more worried about herself, because it will be just one more way she's let him down if he finds out she knew about Clayton. David gets there so Shona talks to him alone (Gail's hoping she'll lie to him about the baby). She tells him most of the truth except for the fact of who her son is, only lying about his name. David and Shona lock eyes and then lips and Gail is flummoxed to see that through the window. Oh heck. Confronting him, telling him he's too good for Shona. Does she never learn what sends people straight to the person you want them to stay away from?
David was very surprised to see Shona at Kylie's grave, though. Will she tell him why? The real reason why, I mean? Yes, yes she will. Oh crap. Talk about a kick to the gut.
Brian and Cathy look happy. They'll have to tell Roy, next but will they have the courage? Kate keeps checking up on Johnny who insists he's feeling pretty good. He might be. I'm sure he has good and bad days. Denise, meanwhile, reconnects with a few faces she knew back in the day, Rita and Audrey and Liz. Faye's not coming home yet but Anna seems resigned to it, yet hopeful. It looks like it was a very good party and it looked like Anna is medicated by booze enough to get warm and cozy with Kevin. Unless she falls asleep first. Yep. Out like a light.
Leanne is all tears, with Nick gone and nobody knowing where he is. She encounters Gail who is sniffy with her, pretending she knows where Nick is but isn't telling so when Gail asks where she stands with Oliver, Leanne gets sniffy right back. At least Rita still offers comforting cups of tea and a shoulder. You forget that they were good friends back in the day when Leanne was young and worked for Rita.
Robert doesn't know where Nick is, either, and he's ticked off that his business partner has taken off. Leanne wants Robert to try to get hold of Nick. Robert hugs her just in time for Michelle to walk in and see it! Leanne still expects to hear from Nick, though.
We didn't really see any interaction between Michelle and Leanne though Michelle did express a bit of jealousy. Maria seemed to look elsewhere when Michelle remarked that you don't do the dirty on your mate like Leanne did to her. Yes. Well.
Aidan enjoyed his afternoon delight but was taken aback to see Eva's get-up. How much energy does that man have? Maria also got her ankle thingy off this week so she's no longer got to be home by 7 p.m. Aidan might very well make every effort to break his lunch date with Eva once he sees she's looking at wedding rings, since Jenny had the jeweller come to the factory to pick her and Johnny's rings out. Aidan didn't catch that performance. The man was besotted with Eva, naturally. Jenny's cleavage can't compete! Eva wanted to go for a drink with the jeweller who though she fancied him. Bless! Then she's coerced him into showing Aidan the rings in the pub somehow. Deer, headlights and caught come to mind.
Daniel did give a statement anyway. He was honest and up front. He admitted he lost control, thinking of his father as a bully, and smashed the book over his head. The police are in a tough spot. The solicitor insists they can't charge him if Ken won't back it up. Denise has a few hard questions to answer, as well. Daniel isn't about to forgive his father and is shocked at the sight of seeing Sinead at Number 5, along with a warning from Chesney.
There are so many topics to gossip about that the conversations whirl like autumn leaves in a gale! Sinead keeps snapping at everyone trying to find out about Daniel. Later, he finds her outside the factory and Denise comes across to join them, shocking Sinead. But he does get a chance to talk to her alone and he tells her he doesn't blame her for calling the police. They hash over why he did it, regarding Ken's emotional involvement in her termination etc. It's an honest talk that they have about their former relationship and what they thought their future would be.
She's shocked when she finds out he's not getting prosecuted. She seems sympathetic but will they get back together? The feelings still seem to be there.
Daniel is walking around with his head in the clouds, unwilling to talk to pretty much anyone though he keeps looking for Sinead out windows and on the street. Sinead is upset, too, but still thinks she did the right thing calling the police. Denise isn't having much luck connecting with her son, either, but I would have been surprised if Daniel had welcomed her with open arms. Adam is out of prison and a bit peeved that Ken would lie for Daniel. Ken is calling a family meeting but is mysterious about what he wants to talk about. They'll all find out soon enough.
Daniel is very down on himself, as you would expect and Denise is walking on eggshells around him. Ken is still speaking to him and tries to be supportive and forgiving but Daniel isn't ready to forgive himself. He wants to turn himself in, with the bloody book as evidence. Ken gets hold of it and makes Daniel burn it which Adam spies through the back fence along with Ken and Daniel making friends again.
Adam is at odds but Peter is supportive. He's letting Adam stay at his flat while he and Toyah are going to Cornwall on holiday. Tracy has to go to court for all that business with Rob. Will she get sentenced? Or will that horseshoe up her backside keep her luck running to the good? Yes, yes she's still lucky. 9 months suspended. Liz was not best pleased. I do like that Denise told off Tracy, Peter and Adam even if it was rather politely and didn't take any guff off any of them. I do hope she does stay for awhile!
Over in the factory, an order has gone walkabout and it might have been Gina's fault. Gina, meanwhile, seems to be worried about finances, and is trying to extend her overdraft at the bank. Later we find her accidentally damaging some items she was trying to pack. She panicked and ran some replacements up herself while everyone was at lunch. Johnny sees her but doesn't realize why until he finds the damaged goods later and she shows him the replacements. Johnny's impressed and gives her a job on the machines!
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