After lying to him about Marcus not being keen to move to London, Maria is guilty when Aiden tells her he’s not accepting his job promotion and throws the offer letter in the bin.
Later, Maria confides in Audrey that she thinks she’s fallen in love with Marcus. Although sympathetic, Audrey reminds Maria that Marcus is with Aiden and that she’s with Jason, who’s a decent bloke.
But when Marcus discovers the truth about Maria’s attempts to manipulate his future, he confronts his flatmate. They argue, with Marcus demanding to know why Maria doesn’t want him to leave Weatherfield.
“I love you, you idiot!” she blurts out, before passions rise between the two of them. Pretty soon the bedroom is beckoning!