Maria and Marcus's first out-as-a couple date at the Bistro ended in her storming out angrily. Marcus bumped into his boss there and bottled out of revealing his new heterosexual relationship to her and said he and Maria were just "best friends".
He later apologised to Maria and declared:" From now on i'll have to be in and proud."
Charlie Condou as Marcus has been believable and even quite sexy in his new found role as the unlikely Romeo, though the whole storyline is very reminiscent of the drama series Bob and Rose from a few years back.
Literally farcical scenes meanwhile after Michelle and colleague Rob, he of the zero personality and wooden acting, had to spend the night in a posh Sheffield hotel to help seal a deal with a lecherous groping middle-aged client who clearly fancied Michelle in her low cut dress.
The client was called away on family matters, leaving Rob and Michelle to spend the rest of the evening cosily together. Rob confessed that he had always secretly held a torch for Michelle since he received his first kiss from her when they were young teenagers.
Meanwhile the pair's respective other halves, Steve and Eva, turned up at the hotel unannounced, suspecting Rob and Michelle were up to no good together and were probably sharing rooms.
They discovered Rob ( cue gratuitous topless shot in his towel) was indeed misbehaving in his room - but not with Michelle but some blonde "random waitress" he'd picked up. Saintly Michelle was still in her separate room.
Cue Eva throwing a bottle of champagne over Rob when he had the cheek to suggest she stay the night after the blonde scarpered and ending their not very convincing relationship.
Meanwhile Michelle reaffirmed her love for Steve and said Rob had made a play for her but she'd knocked him back.
Sally's nose was well and truly put out of joint as Kirsty was inexplicably left in charge of the factory by Rob while he was away.
Tommy was not happy after news of Tina's surrogate pregnancy was confirmed and Nick was also put out that Leanne hadn't told him her divorce from Peter was through, but they made up and Nick declared over a glass of wine that they "had a future to plan".
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