Michelle seeks an­other chance


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Anx­ious Michelle tries to fix the mis­takes of the past this week – but will Ali ac­cept an olive branch from his es­tranged mother?

Now her son is back in Weather­field, Michelle has been forced to con­front their painful sit­u­a­tion, and she’s hop­ing they can be­gin to forge a real re­la­tion­ship de­spite the past. How­ever, Ali has made it quite clear that Michelle is a stranger to him and he has no de­sire to change that – a de­ci­sion that his bi­o­log­i­cal mum strug­gles to ac­cept…

“What’s sad is that ev­ery­body in­volved in the baby swap saga was a vic­tim,” sighs our Street in­for­mant. “Ali and Ryan were just in­no­cent ba­bies caught up in a hor­rific mis­take, and their par­ents had no idea that they went home with the wrong sons all those years ago. Michelle and Ali’s first at­tempt at get­ting to know each other years ago was a dis­as­ter. With the ben­e­fit of hindsight, Michelle feels she has a sec­ond chance to bond with Ali, but she’s wor­ried he won’t ever for­give her.”

How­ever, Michelle is pleas­antly sur­prised when she heads into the Rovers this week and spots Ali sit­ting with her ex-hus­band Steve. De­spite their di­vorce, Michelle and Steve have re­mained on good terms, and the fact that Ali is en­joy­ing a laugh with Steve is a good sign, as far as Michelle is con­cerned.

Steve was her part­ner when the baby swap night­mare un­folded, and he wit­nessed what they all went through close up. So af­ter he sees Michelle and asks Ali if he is happy for her to join them, can rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be that sim­ple?

“Time has passed, but those scars are deep,” muses our snitch. “Ali has done a lot of grow­ing up since Michelle last saw him, and he’s an ac­com­plished young man.

But that aban­doned, trou­bled teen is still lurk­ing un­der the sur­face, and Michelle has to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for her part in that. It’s un­likely that they’ll be shar­ing a cuppa and con­ver­sa­tion any time soon.”

Up­set Michelle later gives

Liz a piece of her mind, de­mand­ing to know why her

“The trou­bled teen is still lurk­ing un­der the sur­face”

for­mer mother-in-law didn’t warn her about Ali work­ing at the lo­cal med­i­cal cen­tre. It’s a sober­ing mo­ment when Liz ad­mits that she only kept quiet be­cause

Ali told her to – but she prom­ises Michelle that she’s on her side. So when Liz en­coun­ters Ali again later, she ad­vises him that he shouldn’t be so hard on Michelle, and to con­sider giv­ing her a chance.

With ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pened, though, will Ali ever change his mind?

Liz was the first per­son to en­counter re­turned Ali

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