Eileen: will she rumble Phelan?
AS HIS WIFE HEADS TO HIS HOUSE OF HORROR, PHELAN STRUGGLES TO KEEP HIS SECRET…
It seems dastardly Phelan is ready to finish off his prisoner Andy this week – when it transpires that he’s already dug a grave!
However, it turns out there could be a fly in his ointment, as suspicious Eileen starts questioning her hubby’s odd behaviour, and decides to head to Phelan’s house project unannounced. There, will she uncover what Phelan is doing and be the one to save poor, ailing Andy?
“Eileen has noticed Pat mysteriously disappearing at times recently, and confided in Nicola about how strangely he’s been acting,” shares Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen. “He had that head injury, and has seemed more on edge about work. But Nicola has managed to put her mind at rest so far, insisting it’s nothing to worry about.”
Meanwhile, desperately weak Andy is more terrified than ever when Phelan announces that his grave has been prepared. However, a heart-to-heart with Nicola – in which she opens up about her mum and the man she believed was her dad – seems to change Phelan’s mind. He dupes the medical centre into giving him antibiotics, which he secretly intends to use to treat Andy’s infected arm.
Little does he know there’s trouble on the way…
“Eileen finds out from Liz at the medical centre that Pat has been in to see them, so alarm bells start ringing,” says Sue. “Nicola calms her down and tells her to visit the house he’s been doing up. She gives her the address – and after Eileen turns up there, Pat is pretty shocked to see her.”
That’s no wonder, since he’s not told Eileen about the house in the first place. But while Phelan’s big concern is that his wife will stumble upon imprisoned Andy in the cellar, Eileen wants to know why he’s never mentioned this project, and why he’s been sneaking in secret visits to the doctor.
“Eileen is really angry that Pat’s kept these things from her,” sighs Sue. “And, coupled with his behaviour of late, she’s starting to wonder what he’s up to. Pat is good at pulling the wool over people’s eyes and talking himself out of situations like this, though.”
We know how well-versed Phelan is in the dark art of duplicity, but with his wife stood right on top of where poor Andy is chained up, is his secret set to be uncovered? While Sue is tight-lipped, she admits she wouldn’t be shocked if Phelan’s lucky streak continues.
“Don’t forget that Eileen has no idea Pat is a con man and compulsive liar,” she reminds us. “There are no signs that Andy is in the house – it just looks like an empty building.
“At the moment, it’s utterly unimaginable to Eileen that Phelan is living this double life, keeping his secrets and yet getting on with his life like everything was normal. But she has no reason not to believe what he’s telling her…”
“Eileen has no idea that Pat is a liar and con man”
The bad boy has a change of heart and brings Andy antibiotics
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