Phelan’s the daddy?
The builder thinks newcomer Nicola is his daughter…
The prospect of Seb’s key worker, Nicola, and dodgy builder,
Pat Phelan, coming from the same gene pool seems pretty unlikely. She’s kind, caring and looks like a model, while he’s a conman, possible killer and… well, he’s got a certain rugged quality, but Giorgio Armani’s not going to sign him up any time soon, is he? Despite the pair’s differences, however, Phelan is convinced that the newcomer is his daughter – as he reveals to her and Eileen.
It’s obvious that something’s preying on Phelan’s mind, because he’s acting shifty from the get-go. Suited and booted, he tells Eileen he’s meeting a potential client, but goes with Nicola and Seb to an ex-offender’s talk in Liverpool. So when Eileen catches him getting into Nicola’s motor, she begins to suspect he’s playing away.
In Liverpool, Phelan presses Nicola for information on her parents. ‘She has no idea this man could be her father, but she thinks something’s not quite right,’ says actress Nicola Thorp.
Back on the cobbles, when Nicola overhears Phelan thanking a mate for supplying information on her, she demands an explanation. A flustered
Phelan tells her he thinks he knows her mum and dad, prompting Nicola to later tell him she has arranged a meeting between him and her father at the park. But the brunette has played him – as Phelan realises when he sits on a bench and sees that it’s actually a memorial to her parents, who are both dead.
In Phelan’s absence, Nicola rifles through his stuff at the builder’s yard. She’s horrified to find a copy of her driving licence, and confronts him on his return. As Eileen walks in, convinced the pair are doing the do, Phelan silences them both by confessing he thinks he’s Nicola’s biological dad. How will the women react?
Eileen’s suspicious when she spots
Phelan getting into Nicola’s car