ick Tilsley said he was happy to be a dad to Leanne’s baby when he thought the father was some random bloke she met on a night out. But now he knows that Steve Mcdonald is the culprit, he’s changed his tune.
Simmering with anger after finding out the truth, Nick tells Steve he wants to discuss the Bistro takeaway service and ends up driving him to a patch of wasteland – always a bad sign in soapland.
‘Knowing it’s Steve changes things,’ says Ben Price, who plays Nick. ‘He’s known Steve his whole life and lives across the street. It
Nmakes the whole situation much more difficult now.’ As the men row, Steve tries to placate Nick, swearing blind that he wants nothing to do with the child as he means to devote himself to Michelle and their baby.
Back in Weatherfield, Leanne calls in at the Rovers looking for Nick and is puzzled when she hears that he headed off with Steve in the car. Meanwhile, over on the waste ground, Nick writes a text to Michelle revealing the truth and says he will press ‘send’ if Steve doesn’t promise to move away.
Adds Ben: ‘Nick has gone through so much with his brain injury, losing the business and the whole thing with Carla, he feels he hasn’t got that much to lose.’
When Steve refuses to leave the cobbles for a new life elsewhere, Nick makes good on his threat and sends the text to Michelle.
Leanne sees it before Michelle and swiftly snaffles the phone. When it then rings in her pocket,
Nick threatens to tell Michelle that Steve fathered Leanne’s baby…
she’s forced to hand it over and look on in horror as the Rovers’ landlady reads the incriminating text.
Steve is furious and accuses Nick of ruining his life. Nick hits back by declaring that he wants his name on the child’s birth certificate.
‘Nick believes Steve doesn’t want anything to do with the baby, but who knows what might happen in a few years’ time?’ reveals Ben. ‘He only has to see the baby and it could all change. If Steve keeps out of the way, there will be no problems.’
Will Steve share Nick’s vision of their future – and how is Michelle going to react to the revelation?
In the wilds on the edge of town, Nick backs Steve into a corner
Leanne tries to hide the text that sends Michelle’s world crashing down