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Carla’s in hospital after a break-in at the Bistro. When the lecky goes off at the Bistro and all the staff are sent home, Robert stays on to do stuff. Carla finds out he’s there all on his own so she pops in to see him and to have a quiet word. Unbeknown to them both, Tracy’s in the kitchen hoping to surprise Robert with a bit of hows-your-father in the dark. As Carla and Robert chat at the bar, Tracy overhears everything. I mean, everything. I mean, Robert sleeping with Carla is no longer their secret, not now Tracy knows. Robert leaves and Carla stays on, getting smashed on a bottle of red wine. In the kitchen out of sight, Tracy hovers in her frillies, armed with knowledge and unsure what to do. As Carla’s drinking and Tracy’s hovering, Jamie and a pal come into the Bistro hoping to get revenge on Steph. But Steph’s not there, she’s gone home, there’s only Carla inside. They decide to nick Carla’s handbag and in the melee (I love that word) they drive off with her bag (in which she’s hidden her engagement ring). Carla’s not a woman to be parted from her handbag and her bling so she hangs on for dear life to her bag in the car as it drives off the cobbles at speed.
Out on the street, Kev and Pat Phelan see what’s going on as they come out of nowhere with chips in their hands. Chips are chucked as Phelan jumps in front of the car to try to stop it, just as Kev pulls him out of the way of the speeding car. The thugs speed off and Carla’s taken to hospital where she’s got broken bones and internal bleeding. She has to have her spleen removed and when she’s finally up to seeing visitors, Nick and the Connor clan clutter up her hospital bedside. Roy comes to visit too, en route to stay with his mum Sylvia in Hastings. When it’s clear Roy’s running late and could miss his train Nick tells Johnny to drive Roy to the station. Roy demurs but Carla’s firm: “Don’t worry, he owes me 40 years of lifts.”
The police investigate the bungled Bistro break-in and find Tracy’s phone that she’s left behind in the kitchen. She denies being there, of course, but Robert knows different as he knows Tracy too well.
Gail’s granny flat proves to be too cold and she calls in builder Jason to give her a quote for underfloor heating. When David and Kylie find out what’s going on, they put a stop to Jason lifting the carpet in fear of secrets being revealed.
Kev and Anna’s relationship is out in the open this week when they’re caught snogging in the garage by Sally. This week we also saw the return of Pat Phelan who’s one of the builders working on Kev’s new garage. He’s as sleazy as ever, divorced from his wife now and bankrupt too. He gives Anna the glad-eye and she does her best to avoid him. Phelan tells Kev that he and Anna have history but he doesn’t give him all the history, just selected highlights. So when Anna tells Kev that she’s got something to tell him about Phelan, Kev says he knows, but he doesn’t.
And that’s just about that for this week.
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