Vic­to­ria pushes Leon away

AS SHE FIGHTS OFF LEON, CAN SHE COPE WITH­OUT ADAM?

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Still mourn­ing the fact that her es­tranged hus­band Adam has moved on with­out her, Vic­to­ria runs into trou­ble with new date Leon this week – as he turns nasty in the mid­dle of their sup­pos­edly ro­man­tic evening to­gether!

De­ter­mined not to be pushed around, Vic­to­ria stands firm and de­mands that Leon leave. But af­ter Robert ar­rives in the mid­dle of their al­ter­ca­tion and throws Leon out him­self, will frag­ile Vic­to­ria be forced to ad­mit that she badly needs her fam­ily’s sup­port now her hubby has left her high and dry?

“Vic­to­ria is in a lot of pain emo­tion­ally,” sighs Is­abel Hod­gins, who plays her. “She had her sights set on find­ing Adam af­ter re­al­is­ing that he didn’t kill Emma, and then she dis­cov­ered that he’d moved on with some­one else. So I think she’s still re­ally hurt­ing.”

De­spite lo­cal dray­man Leon be­ing a well-known wrong’un, Vic­to­ria is de­ter­mined to flirt up a storm with him in the Wool­pack – even in the face of con­cerned looks from Di­ane and her close mate Matty. But af­ter she takes Leon home,

Vic soon re­grets her de­ci­sion.

“Vic­to­ria al­ready knows that Leon’s not one hun­dred per cent gen­tle­manly,” ad­mits Is­abel. “But

I think she just wants

a bit of fun, a bit of at­ten­tion, and to feel good about her­self. She wants to for­get about Adam, and she thinks the way to do that is to do move on. “She takes Leon home to get him away from Di­ane and Matty’s pry­ing eyes, where they have a few drinks and start fool­ing around,” she con­tin­ues. “Ev­ery­thing’s good un­til he wants to take it fur­ther and Vic­to­ria doesn’t – and then the fun stops.” In­sist­ing she’s not ready for any­thing more, Vic­to­ria pushes amorous Leon away – which is when he starts shout­ing the odds. She’s quick to tell him to leave, and then Robert comes pil­ing in…

“Vic­to­ria thinks she’s fine,” claims Is­abel. “She’s a bit con­fused by the way Leon re­acts to her words, but she feels em­pow­ered when she puts him straight, be­liev­ing that she’s been able to make a choice. She thinks she’s in con­trol, and can deal with Leon un­til Robert turns up.”

While it re­mains to be seen whether Vic­to­ria will thank Robert for get­ting in­volved, it’s clear that she’s still strug­gling to cope with­out hav­ing Adam in her life. So might this sticky sit­u­a­tion with Leon fi­nally force her to face facts about her failed mar­riage?

“I think it will,” agrees Is­abel. “In Vic­to­ria’s head, she’s just hav­ing fun – but ac­tions have con­se­quences. She’s still in love with Adam, and she knows he’s see­ing some­one else. She’s had ab­so­lutely no clo­sure on their re­la­tion­ship, and she needs to talk things through.

“See­ing Adam again would make her feel bet­ter – to give her some clo­sure and to make her feel safe. She’s been through a lot, and doesn’t need to fall into the arms of an­other man – so I’d tell her that it’s time she looked af­ter her­self!”

Mar­lon con­vinces El­lis that he has a date with Vic­to­ria, lead­ing to em­bar­rass­ment when she meets up with Leon The ro­man­tic evening starts off well enough, but ends with a bad taste in the mouth

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