FEUD­ING FLATMATES TO SEETHING SIS­TERS

Vanessa and Tracy EN­DURE LIFE-AL­TER­ING SHOCKS AS JAILBIRD Frank Clay­ton EN­TERS THEIR OR­BIT.

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Re­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion dif­fi­cul­ties largely of her own mak­ing have landed Tracy Shank­ley in an un­com­fort­able po­si­tion. Ren­dered home­less, Tracy moved in with Carly and Vanessa – but she hasn’t been made wel­come by prickly Vanessa, who clearly doesn’t get her or her care­free ap­proach to life. The only ray of hope for Vanessa is Tracy’s ro­mance with David Met­calfe, which comes with the cer­tainty that should they get mar­ried, Tracy will be leav­ing. With David propos­ing, it’s a like­li­hood that’s gain­ing mo­men­tum.

Un­for­tu­nately, Tracy’s even­tual ac­cep­tance of David’s count­less pro­pos­als quickly un­leashes a worse kind of heartache for Vanessa than she’d ever imag­ined. David wants Tracy’s fam­ily at the wed­ding but, after learn­ing that her es­tranged mother is in Ibiza and her fa­ther’s in jail, David de­ter­mines to find a way for Tracy’s fa­ther Frank Clay­ton to at­tend. Vis­it­ing Frank, David’s buoyed to learn he’s up for early pa­role and is hop­ing against hope to end up liv­ing with his daugh­ter. Then a mys­tery is sparked when Vanessa re­ceives a call from her fa­ther about get­ting mar­ried and Tracy blasts David for con­tact­ing the fa­ther she ab­so­lutely de­tests.

Both women’s anger fi­nally boils over into a cat­fight in the Wool­pack be­fore their ring­ing phones in­ter­rupt with the same mes­sage: their fa­thers have been hos­pi­talised. The penny drops that Frank is also Vanessa’s fa­ther, mean­ing she and Tracy are half-sis­ters! Both girls sep­a­rately visit Frank, and it’s clear they’re both es­tranged from him as they sit by his bed­side, Tracy in to­tal shock at his ter­ri­ble con­di­tion.

Ad­just­ing to their sib­ling con­nec­tion is tough as Tracy clings to her open dis­like of Vanessa. It’s a sit­u­a­tion that only wors­ens upon Frank’s re­lease and ar­rival in the vil­lage to stay with Vanessa. De­ter­mined to take her re­venge on her fa­ther and sis­ter, Tracy un­leashes hell on them, hop­ing she won’t re­gret her ac­tions.

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TRACY & FRANK

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