Victoria pushes Leon away
AS SHE FIGHTS OFF LEON, CAN SHE COPE WITHOUT ADAM?
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