A PRIVATE, SAD GOODBYE
Michelle and Steve’s harrowing ordeal intensifies after a lunch that sees Michelle hitting the bottle and going Awol. It’s Robert she turns to, but will he respond when she moves in for a kiss? (Get back to the kitchen, Robert; you haven’t been within chopping distance of a vegetable for months). When Billy conducts Ruairi’s funeral, Michelle and Steve are united in their grief (pictured). Nick’s paranoia also reaches boiling point when Liz gives Leanne the Moses basket she ordered for Ruairi (inset).
With such a hard-hitting storyline, it’s tough to combine that with the lighter stuff, but the show pulls it off. Sally and Tim are hysterical. ‘Do I know you?’ asked Sally, when Tim presented her with a tandem after she suggested they get a joint ‘pastime’. How will Tracy celebrate her 40th, and will Luke be scared off when she informs him she spent her 30th in jail? My biggest worry with the Barlows is who’s walking Eccles. Since Ken’s stroke, I don’t think the poor creature has set a paw outside the door.
And here’s the killer question: what has Phelan done with Andy? Locals would be advised to stay away from hotpots until he turns up. You can hide a lot of flesh in them.