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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.

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