Simon was forced to admit to his dad Peter and Leanne - who had previously attacked Carla in front of everyone at the factory - that he had lied to them about Carla being drunk and hurting him, in order to get his beloved "mum" Leanne to stay. As ever, an amazing, convincing performance from young Alex Bain as Simon, who is just ten years old, after several award-winning years in Coronation Street.
Some good comedy ensued as the wonderful Beth, encouraged by scheming Tracy - "he needs a strong woman, get him round to the flat and seduce him" - tried and failed to have her wicked way with a horrified Steve, while she was dolled up in mutton-dressed wig and low cut silver mini dress. Steve had to call for help from Beth's son from hell Craig (who had been told to retire to his room by the hopeful Beth) to rescue him from her clutches. Beth's pithy verdict to herself on her lack of amorous success:"Well, what a waste of a bath!"
Evil Frank was distancing himself further from clinging Sally and her offers of yet more revolting home cooking. "I'll do my carrot and swede mash!". He lied to her about plans to close down production at the factory and even managed to sweet talk his way out of her suspicions when she read an incriminating email about the planned factory closure and job losses. Wait till she finds she's not the only woman in his life...
Possibly reformed conman Lewis, thinking he may be about to do some time in clink after admitting his previous Weatherfield fraud to the police, went for a solo last supper at the Bistro. "I thought I'd treat myself before going to get my just desserts".
But he was treated with suspicion by Nick and Gail and even forced to offer to pay for the meal in advance. They then thought he'd done a runner without paying at the end of the meal but he returned to order a large brandy, leaving Nick and Eva somewhat shame-faced. Nigel Havers expertly oozes charm and apparent sincerity - but is it all for real or yet another con act by former gigolo Lewis?