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Steve stuns Leanne by sug­gest­ing they walk up the aisle to­gether

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Leanne could be Steve Mcdon­ald’s bride num­ber seven if she agrees to play happy fam­i­lies with the fa­ther of her child. I won­der if any­one has sug­gested the pro­duc­ers make a mu­si­cal mash-up for the wed­ding? I can see it now, Steve slap­ping his thigh singing,

Oh, Lordy. Just when you thought Steve’s love life couldn’t get any more dis­as­trous, he goes and pro­poses to Leanne. So that’ll be his sev­enth wed­ding - if she’s daft enough to say yes - fol­lowed in­evitably by his sev­enth di­vorce.

Steve comes up with the not-so­bright idea af­ter Leanne and baby Oliver move into his flat. She’s find­ing it a bit ‘awks’ at the Rovers with Peter and Toyah, and when Eva in­sists she move in with her and Ai­dan, Steve sug­gests that liv­ing with him would be a much bet­ter op­tion, as they could then share par­ent­ing du­ties.

Leanne agrees, and the pair prove to be quite a team as they try to get their griz­zling son to sleep through the night us­ing the con­trolled cry­ing tech­nique. De­spite be­ing sleep-de­prived, they con­tinue to get on so well that Liz won­ders if they could have a fu­ture to­gether.

Steve’s think­ing the same thing when Leanne later re­turns home early from a night out with Eva and Toyah, say­ing she’d rather stay in with him and watch a DVD. When she then presents him with fa­ther and son Weather­field County FC shirts, he’s so over­whelmed that he asks her to marry him.

‘Steve has al­ways tried to do the right thing by his chil­dren,’ says Si­mon Greg­son, who plays the Street­cars owner, ‘which is why he asked Tracy Bar­low to marry him, even though he wasn’t in­ter­ested in her in the least. He did it for his daugh­ter, Amy. He’s now think­ing the same thing with Leanne, al­though she is a mil­lion miles away from Tracy. They have known each other since they were young and they have a laugh to­gether, and he thinks “Maybe, this time, it could work”.’

Leanne’s gob­s­macked and, af­ter list­ing all the nu­mer­ous rea­sons why mar­riage would be a com­plete and ut­ter dis­as­ter, she heads to the Rovers. Knock­ing back vodka, she tells Toyah and Eva about Steve’s pro­posal. But as her sis­ters crack jokes about him, Leanne finds her­self leap­ing to his de­fence. Will she sur­prise them – and her­self – by be­com­ing the next Mrs Mcdon­ald?

Steve thinks: ‘Maybe this time, it could work…’

On a whim: Will it be a sev­enth wed­ding for Steve?

Cheers: Vodka helps Leanne come clean to her sis­ters

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