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Andy is driven to new low

It's nearing crunch time for Andy and Debbie as they await the outcome of the custody battle for Sarah.

Debbie is resolved to fight clean but Cain thinks she will have a better chance of winning if social services knew about Andy's history of domestic violence.

Andy finds out when Cain continues to goad him and, in a moment of reckless stupidity, tries to run him down.

Cain wastes no time in telling the police about Andy's actions and the farmer is soon paid a visit from the law.

Meanwhile, Mark tries to end things with Faye, while both he and Natasha become concerned by Maisie's growing interest in Cain.

While Cain makes it clear he knows Mark is hiding something, and that Natasha followed him, the Wyldes decide to reaffirm their marriage by renewing their vows.

Blackmail bother for poor Billy

Whenever Nick Cotton shows up in the Square, he's generally up to no good.

He has roped seven-year-old Dotty into a plan to make his mum Dot think she's going senile, and is also busy blackmailing Billy over what happened on the night of the death.

The hapless Mitchell is so keen to keep Nick from talking to Jay that he resorts to stealing from The Vic, then blaming it on Shirley.

If he thought that was end of his problems, he's in for a nasty shock as the sacked barmaid warns Nick she knows he's mixed up in the theft, and the blackmailer demands another payment to make up for the aggravation.

This time, Billy is caught red-handed stealing from Phil's wallet, and is forced to confess the whole sorry story. Phil sets out to deal with the matter in typical Mitchell style by luring Nick into the pub's barrel store where he can be taught a violent lesson, and is disgusted when his cousin lets the villain go.

However, it seems Billy has realised there's only way to make the extortion stop, and that's to come clean to Jay himself. But how will the teen and the rest of the Square react to the news that Billy really isn't a hero?


Geoff and Nicole' s split seems to have done them good in Home and Away, as she hooks up with Aden and he snogs Claudia. But when Nicole finds comm on ground with troubl emak er Trey, is she set to dump Aden and find a new man?


Hand in sand

A long-running storyline begins with a gruesome find this week.

Young VJ and Miles stumble across a human hand on the beach and alert the cops.

Charlie immediately launches an investigation - which presumably will help take her mind off Joey's recent departure - but who does the limb belong to? And how quickly will the news circulate when Colleen gets wind of it? Meanwhile, emotions are strained when Aden goes to see Belle in rehab and tells her that he's with Nicole now.

His timing couldn't be better, because at least his recovering addict ex has hunky Liam's shoulder to cry on.

Later in the week, Martha's in for a shock when Angelo swans back into the Bay as if nothing has happened.

He may be ready to kiss and make up, but unfortunately, neither Martha nor Tony can forgive him for killing Jack.

Ruth plays the truth game


Andy is back in town - and he's hoping that Ruth will be willing to give their relationship another go.

Sadly, he's going to be very disappointed indeed.

Not only is Ruth not keen on the idea, she's actually dismayed that he's even bothered to show his face in Shieldinch again - because he's bound to find out the truth about her life.

So, rather than keep quiet and try to avoid him, she comes clean instead.

Ruth fully expects him to be disgusted but Andy tells her he doesn't care what she's been up to.

All he's interested in is her.

He's never stopped loving her and wants Ruth and Eilidh to move to Dubai with him.

Meanwhile, Marianne isn't pleased about Daniel's plan to open a boxing club.

To make matters worse, local priest Father Mulvaney says he thinks it's a good idea.


Elle of a love story

Will Elle and Lucas ever get together? Their romance is turning into something even more epic than Doctor Zhivago, Romeo and Juliet or The Thorn Birds.

They're clearly mad for each other but too stubborn to let each other know it. How silly is that? Lucas flaunts his new girlfriend in front of Elle, making her green with envy.

Seeing as her high maintenance approach to life means finding a man to put up with her is tricky, she has to create an imaginary boyfriend to make Lucas jealous. He doesn't believe her so, in desperation, Elle asks a delivery man to take her out - and things get surprisingly steamy between the two of them.

But you can bet that afterwards Elle feels guilty about it - and that Lucas is heartbroken by her actions.

Meanwhile, Zeke suffers a dramatic blackout. But Karl and Susan realise it has nothing to do with his fight with Ringo and they urge him to undergo counselling.




NEIGHBOURS: Zeke (left) and Ringo fail to show for their boxing match after Donna leaves the Street.

EASTENDERS: Libby sets up a meeting between Theo and Chelsea, and Stacey keeps insisting she's fine.

EMMERDALE: Jimmy is thrilled to learn he's going to be a father, but can't celebrate too much as Nicola thinks he doesn't know.

CORRIE: Eileen and Paula come to blows over Colin.

Ken and Deirdre are surprised to discover they really miss having Blanche around, while Peter schemes to get rid of her. Fiz is almost caught out visiting John in hospital.

HOME & AWAY: Roman agrees to see a counsellor but is less willing to accept help from his friends. Geoff comes to a decision about his relationship with Claudia..


NEIGHBOURS: Zeke tries to appease the Kennedys by pretending to sort out his differences with Ringo.

EASTENDERS: Syd decides to come clean to Bradley about why she's been playing hard to get.

RIVER CITY: Bob (left) attempts to help Jimmy out by offering him a job at the garage, which doesn't impress Deek and Nicki.

EMMERDALE: Maisie feels the time is right to move back home - mainly because she's sick of the Woolpack.

Lizzie is recognised by a former victim at a posh function.

HOME& AWAY: Hugo feels uncomfortable when he realises how much Martha depends on him. Nicole and Trey start to bond as they swap stories about their dads..


NEIGHBOURS: Dan struggles to look after Ben while Libby is at a meeting, and Declan suspects Rebecca isn't happy with Andrew.

EMMERDALE: Natasha comes clean to Mark and admits she's been following him, hoping the news will sound better coming from her than from Cain. Lizzie continues to pile the pressure on Pollard.

CORRIE: Julie (above) rushes to Colin's side, but Eileen seems unmoved by their father's plight. Chesney proves home schooling works as he deduces Fiz is acting shifty.

HOME& AWAY: Xavier fears the Summer Bay shark has claimed a victim when Hugo fails to return home from a diving trip. Tony warns Angelo to stay away from Martha..


NEIGHBOURS: Paul plots to ruin Andrew's reputation with an article, while Libby and Dan argue about their different approaches to parenting.

EASTENDERS: Stacey (left) worries the Slaters by staying out all night, and Bradley considers his future with Syd.

EMMERDALE: A cash-strapped Mick is so desperate, he even considers joining in Zak's latest money-making scheme. Natasha starts organising the vow renewal, while Mark is left to deal with Cain.

HOME & AWAY: Roman's temper gets even worse as he suffers nightmares about the car accident. Hugo agrees to go to hospital after managing to make it home, and Martha finds the courage to confront Angelo..


NEIGHBOURS: Ringo suffers from divided loyalties, and Bridget convinces Ty to follow his dreams.

EASTENDERS: Chelsea plans a saucy surprise for Theo. Charlie and Mo grow more concerned for Stacey.

EMMERDALE: Laurel (left) talks to Ashley about having more children, but his response leaves her fearing for their marriage. Val urges Pollard to give up the election for his health's sake.

CORRIE: Chesney's worst fears are confirmed when he follows Fiz, and he accuses his sister of using him as an excuse to visit John. A jealous Natasha finally notices that Tony seems to prefer to spend his time with Maria.

HOME & AWAY: Roman agrees to talk to VJ about his experiences during the war, and finds he benefits too as he becomes more determined to deal with his recent trauma. Belle struggles to re-adjust to life outside rehab..

A boozer in love..

Peter Barlow's left in the shadows as Luke moves in on Michelle


Life could be better for Peter, and the booze-loving bookie has had all he can stand of Blanche living in his bachelor pad and begs his dad to take her back.

To make matters worse, it looks like Michelle has fallen for Luke's charms, and Barlow's green-eyed monster rears its ugly head.

Will Peter seek solace in the bottle or will he try sobriety for a change and win Michelle over with a few kind words? Elsewhere, hopefully it won't take long before Andrew Sachs settles in to Weatherfield and we start enjoying his storyline with grumpy old Norris.

The latter has been a Street stalwart for years but has been in need of a decent plotline for a while.

Hot on the heels of doting Mary comes another character to shake up his life - but it seems he's having none of it. Although Ramsay (Sachs) tries to talk to Norris, he is far from keen on building bridges.

Kind words have been in short supply at the Grimshaw residence recently. Eileen was gutted by her dad's revelation that he fathered Julie with Paula, but is numbed when the police tell her Colin has died.

By the end of the week, she gives a eulogy at his funeral, while Deirdre comforts Julie and Jason looks on.

Elsewhere, Tony helps Maria build the cot, then lies to Natasha about his whereabouts. Poor Natasha.

When is Tony going to come clean and tell her he's giving her the runaround? Oh, and that he also had Maria's husband killed? Meanwhile, Fiz goes to visit a battered John in prison.

And in a moment that will cause millions to throw things at the TV, she confesses she's still in love with him.Fiz, this is the same unhinged ex-teacher who kidnapped Rosie and lied to you for weeks.

One person who hasn't forgotten is Chesney, and he's furious when he discovers Stape is the mystery figure advising his sister about his home schooling.


LOVE TROUBLES... Faye Lamb GRISSLY FIND... Miles and VJ JEALOUS GUY... Lucas sees Elle with a new man DUBAI INVITATION... Ruth GLASSES HALF FULL... Ramsay and Norris as MAKING A POINT... Nick Cotton with Billy Mitchell ODD ONE OUT... Peter looks on as Michelle and Luke flirt with each other
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 16, 2009
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