The reason for Sophie being in such a bad way is down to her attempts to pull Ryan back from the brink of disaster following a drunken bender. After scoring some coke and starting a fight, Ryan is a man on the edge. High on drugs, he starts to play chicken on a dual carriageway, but it’s Sophie that’s the one left badly injured.
To make matters even worse, Ryan flees the scene of the accident once the ambulance arrives. So how does Kevin get to hear of Ryan’s feckless actions?
“Sophie tells Kevin and Sally straight away what happened to her. She confirms that Ryan was being stupid and playing in the road. But what Sophie does not want to do is involve the police. She begs Kevin and Sally not to reveal Ryan’s identity and tells them that Ryan is her friend.
“Kevin is incredulous when he hears this and wonders what type of friend would leave an unconscious Sophie to face a dash to hospital on her own.”
In true Kevin style, he then runs Ryan to ground and has it out with him.
“He tracks Ryan down to Michelle’s flat, hammers on the door and, when Steve answers, Kevin simply barges past him and launches himself at Ryan,” says Le Vell. “He lets his fists do the talking and then informs Michelle that Ryan had been taking cocaine and that his actions have led to the terrible situation that Sophie finds herself in.”
So, will this ordeal lead to a big feud between the Websters and the Connors? After all, Kevin is a man who’s hard to placate when riled.
“I’m not sure. Ryan is remorseful over what has happened to Sophie and, much to Kevin’s annoyance, Sophie really cares about Ryan. At the end of the day, Kevin and Sally have to respect Sophie’s wishes and having a feud with the Connors is not what she wants.”