Robert's finalized the Bistro sale and it's all his now. So how was your first day, buddy? Pretty crap as it happens. Rich, the drug dealer, showed up and waited around for Robert to come back from the bank and he was angry and surly about it. He's in a state, high on cocaine apparently. He's in over his head with someone and out to blackmail Robert for cash or he'll tell Michelle about "Catherine" which may or may not be a nickname for Cocaine. He started smashing glasses and bottles and being out of control. It was quite stupid really.
Sinead and Chesney still seem to be trying to make a go of it. It's almost painful, though, watching the pair of them on eggshells. He's so earnest and she's still wary, and I don't really think her heart's truly in it. She's just not into you, mate. She's still throwing gazes Daniel's way but she doesn't seem to be pining. But Chesney has his breaking point and finally told her where to go. If they're not reconciling, then just own it and tell him. It's the ultimate ultimatum. she tells Beth she does love Chesney and it's very much over with Daniel. Beth calls Chesney "safe" and Sinead agrees but for her, that's a good thing.
So Chesney has his girl back. For five minutes. He went to the Bistro to talk to Daniel and walked right into Rich losing his nut in the restaurant. He was swinging a broken bottle around and Chesney walked right into it. It was up to Daniel to try to stop the bleeding and keep him going until the ambulance got there while Robert chased after Rich. He didn't find the man so went running around looking for Sinead or Fiz. He tried to keep Chesney awake and talking by talking rubbish about movies. Sinead finally got there but assumed Daniel must have been the one to hurt Chesney. If it wasn't over before that, a mistrustful assumption like that would have killed it. So to speak.
Will Chesney survive? Of course he will, but Fiz is staring daggers at Sinead. She's not happy with her for the whole Daniel thing and now this, where Chesney was intending to talk to Daniel, that just adds to it. Fiz must be legally Chesney's next of kin, too. Back on the Street, Tracy's avidly passing on half the gossip, she's not got the whole story about how it happened, just that Daniel saved Chesney's life which impresses Ken. Gemma is worried for her mate and this stabbing brought Kylie's back. It would, wouldn't it. I did laugh that after she got Norris to hug her, Mary launched into Adam's arms for one, too.
Ken even had a nice discussion with Daniel who's still feels awkward around his father. Ken wasn't judgemental about Daniel's degree and did and said all the right things. Almost as if he knew what he was doing.
Robert has a lot of 'splaining to do to Michelle now. He told the police very little. He did tell her the truth. Robert was a coke head and he told Michelle that Rich wanted to launder money through the restaurant. I think it would be a lot better if he was up front about it with the cops but soaps don't work that way. Finally he revealed the truth. Catherine isn't a code name for cocaine, it was one of Robert's ex girlfriends. He and she did coke to get through the long days at work but she overdosed and died. Daniel's overdose brought it all back. Rich was a good friend back in the day and you can see he's feeling sympathetic but Michelle has put her foot down. Robert completely ignored her threat to leave and called Rich, saying he'd do his laundry, just this once. Stupid man.
Rich did apologize to Robert but he's more concerned with his own backside. But oh dear heavens, Robert knuckled under to the pressure and the trauma. He didn't do cocaine in the car but took some with him. Or at least it looked like it. What he actually did was set Rich up for an arrest. Whew. He had me worried there for a minute. He did it so he wouldn't lose Michelle but Rich is going to be out for more blood.
Aidan decided to get Eva a doctor appointment because she'd pretended she wasn't feeling well. And he then perched right there beside her during the appointment but since there wasn't any internal exam or anything too telling, she got away with it. It's kind of disgusting the way Aidan acts all gushy and excited about the baby while still carrying on running after Maria even in front of Eva and then lying to her that Eva's sick (not pregnant). He needed to tell Maria who was blackmailing him over the photo. Why couldn't he text her that since he texts everything else that's damning.
He still wants to keep the pregnancy secret, that's because he doesn't want Maria to find out. Anyway, he hands over his "login for the internet" to Eva. One login. the whole Internet. Nice for some. Anyway, he's handing Eva a blank cheque, basically. Somehow I don't think all this revenge isn't going to make her feel any better in the long run.
Eva keeps telling Aidan she's got morning sickness. And there's Aidan, still making secret assignations with Maria behind his back. Part of me thinks this whole revenge thing is perhaps a tad wrong and then I see Aidan do another stupid love rat move and I think, Ok, he's got it coming to him. No, I think I'm with Leanne on this. She's not doing the right thing, not the kind of revenge she's taking.
Aidan offered her a spa day with a friend. Eva decided to ask Maria!! So much for the afternoon delight he had planned. Maria was kind of backed into a corner and accepted but she's ticked off with Aidan and she's decided to tell Eva about the affair herself. Cue panic stations. He managed to get to the spa before Maria spilled the beans. Just. Eva then told Maria about the baby and her face hit the floor. That's the thing that made Maria finish with him. Only Leanne wasn't close enough outside to hear her say that. She's on board for the revenge, now. Next up, the wedding dress. And a car. A pink Range Rover.
Phelan still has 30 year old love letters to Nicola's mother. He's the last person I would have expected to be that sentimental. Eileen is being quite understanding but she's curious as hell. She saw him stash the letters and photos in a jacket pocket and went snooping. Later over at the yard, he discovers that Nicola is not Seb's case worker anymore, or so it seemed. Phelan wasn't happy to find out she apparently backed away.
Eileen read the letters she found and thought they were unsettling. She worries that he must still harbour a deep unabiding love for his ex, considering how over the moon he apparently was about her back then but, talking to Steve about it, he reckons the past is the past. Should he call her? Eileen thinks he should leave her be, for now anyway but she summoned Nicola who said she only missed the session because she was in court. She did plea his case and showed her a photo of Phelan and her mother back in the day, dancing while her father looked on. That doesn't have the effect Eileen wanted because Nicola threatens them with the police if they bother her anymore. Seems strange to see him so vulnerable. It's not the Pat Phelan we know and hate!
Gina gave Sally a cupcake to thank her for lending her the money for the flat. So why isn't she living in it? Gina is ordering ugly commemorative plates that are not cheap. With the money Sally gave her for an electricity bill. Perhaps it was that not the flat in general she meant. Was it for her old flat, perhaps? anyway, Rosie told Gina what happened and Gina looked very guilty and she denied it was from the money Sally lent her. She also managed to find money to pay Sally back. She borrowed it from Sophie.
Adam's back from London and he's moved back in with Daniel, much to Tracy's disgust. He was even kind of nice to Daniel, asking how he is doing. Rare event, indeed. Turns out Adam is renting that premisis next to the cafe for his solicitor office and he's going to blackmail Aidan for the deposit. 5000, a one off payment. Aidan agrees. The one thing you shouldn't do, pay a blackmailer. His next target is Tracy. A savings account for Amy in exchange for a guarantor for the lease or the startup costs for the business. No chance, she says. He targeted Mary next, distracting her and getting some paperwork and forging Tracy's signature. He still wants Todd to work for him but Todd was reluctant. Can't blame him. He knows Adam is dodgey.
Mary certainly has a soft spot for Adam, something he makes sure to cultivate so he can use her. Norris was very kind to Mary, though, checking up she was ok after the let down of Jude's news. Laughed later when Mary managed a hug from Adam who looked a bit put off. Well, he's got to put up with the awkward if he's going to flirt with her and encourage her to have this little crush on him. Mary had business cards made up though they included Todd's last name.
Todd thinks he and Billy should go to Drew's funeral even though they've been banned. Billy's trying to understand but Todd instigates and they're going to crash the funeral after all. They get all dressed up and head to the church but the vicar has been told not to let them in. Billy talked himself into crashing it anyway, singing loudly to the hymn, definitely noticed by Drew's parents. And Summer, that dear little thing, even stood up to do a eulogy. Except when she faltered and Billy encouraged her, she wasn't happy to see him. That goes back to when she thought they didn't want to look after her.
Mary had those business cards made up, 100% ambulance chaser stuff. Todd is horrified as is Billy! She distributed them around town including the church where the funeral was! Classic Mary! Anyway, Drew's mother threatened the police and the Bishop on Billy.
Later, Todd gave Adam a hard time about the business cards, though Adam did say it was Mary's doing. The first client has already called and in she came. Summer! She thinks her father shouldn't have died when he did and she wants to sue the NHS. Adam used the situation to get Todd on board. Todd used it to get Summer's details but she came back again and he sat her down and talked to her, took her seriously. At least he got to the bottom of what she overheard but she's still not so keen. It's true. He does still live with his mother and there's no room for her. She's a very independent little kid, isn't she?
Dev has invited Kevin and Anna to dinner. But Anna got all intimidated when Erica showed off her new, very short, dress. She doesn't have anything to dress up in and wouldn't show her scarred legs off anyway so she backed out. She got stroppy so he went alone.
Mary reached out to Bethany who most definitely needs a friend. She's really feeling down on herself, feeling stupid she fell for Nathan's lines. Mary's encouragement was so lovely, it gave me a lump in my throat, I'll admit it. But there's bad news. The police don't have enough evidence to charge Nathan. He's now free. This is not good. Not at all. Bethany was devastated when she found out. She knows she didn't tell them everything, about Neil, and that could have been why.
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