n paper, Maria and Caz have a lot in common – both are beautiful but bonkers. But while Caz is out and proud, Maria definitely prefers men and is horrified when her pal and lodger tries to kiss her.
Caz makes the move moments after Maria tells her that Aidan has secured her an interview for a job at a ‘local’ factory.
‘Maria’s not sure how to react,’
Osays Samia Ghadie, who plays the confused crimper. ‘It’s not a full-on snog, so Maria wonders if there really is anything in it. But Caz does kiss her more than a friend would.’
When Maria tells Audrey and Sophie about the incident, it dawns on her that Caz did mean something. Audrey laughs and, recalling Maria’s previous relationship with Marcus, suggests she’s ‘a magnet for gays’. Caz overhears and runs off, and Maria then discovers that she’s packed her bags and fled.
Adds Samia: ‘Maria’s priority then becomes to get Caz to talk to her again. She doesn’t want to upset her and feels guilty that she heard them all laughing about the kiss. She knows Caz has got nowhere else to go and is worried about her.’
Maria enlists Sophie’s help and they eventually find Caz at a hostel. They manage to persuade her to come home, but she’s angry with Aidan for not telling her the factory job was actually in Newcastle. Maria then makes a dig about the Underworld boss’s dishonesty in front of Eva, which makes him squirm.
At home, Caz and Maria agree to put the kiss behind them, but Aidan calls Maria out for having a go at him and warns her that Caz fancies her. Is he right about that?
Maria’s confused when Caz moves in for a kiss…
Spurned by Aidan, Maria embarrasses him in front of Eva