No way out
Todd decides to quit Phelan’s scam – but discovers there’s no escape…
Poor Todd – and those are two words we never thought we’d say. He’s desperate to get back with Billy and, knowing that’s a non-starter if he carries on being part of Phelan’s scam, he decides to do the right thing and pull out. If only it were that simple...
At first, Todd’s dead set on sticking with the dodgy development. He tries to convince Billy that he was wrong about Phelan and that the fella is, in fact, totally legit. But Billy isn’t buying it, and when Todd then helps him with a community project that results in them both ending up in A&E, Todd sees the light. Realising that reuniting with the vicar is more important than making a fast buck, he tells Phelan he wants out.
‘Phelan is extremely anxious when Todd tells him this, for two reasons,’ reveals Connor Mcintyre, who plays the slippery Scouser. ‘Firstly, it rocks the boat with Eileen. Also, we know there’s history between Phelan and Vinny. Phelan knows that Todd pulling out represents real dangers in terms of Vinny just saying, “I’m going to kill him”.
Just as Phelan is expecting, Vinny hits the roof when he hears of Todd’s intentions, and he warns his partner-incrime that it’s game over unless he can persuade the lad to stick with them.
Todd, meanwhile, is equally panicked when he hears that Sarah has had an unexpected windfall and plans to use the cash to buy one of the flats.
As Todd orders Phelan not to rip off his friend – and threatens to blow the whistle if he does – Phelan has some words of warning of his own, and tells Todd exactly what Vinny is capable of.
Adds Connor: ‘Phelan isn’t scared of Vinny but he’s scared in the sense of the repercussions of what he could do. Vinny’s a loose cannon.’
Knowing he needs to keep in Vinny’s good books if he wants to see another birthday, Todd agrees to come back on board, on condition that Sarah must be repaid any money she loses on securing a flat. But he’s uneasy, especially when Phelan then ingratiates himself with Billy by offering to pay for his forthcoming charity trip. Is Todd out of his depth?
The vicar has little faith in his ex’s plans
Billy and Todd risk everything by reuniting
Todd takes fright but Phelan blocks his exit