One knock-on effect though is that her and Nick’s plans to marry in Las Vegas have to be cancelled due to young Simon’s desire to spend some time with his dad. If Peter weren’t to have shown up when he does, Leanne could have been off to the airport and getting set for the trip of a lifetime:
“She was all good to go,” agrees Danson. “Peter and Carla were out of the picture, so out of sight out of mind, and everything was sorted. Then Peter and Carla turned up and put a spanner in the works. She is disappointed but it doesn’t take her long to say they can’t go. She doesn’t mull it over. It’s an instant decision. I think Peter returning has thrown her off course.”
Nick, however, reacts very quickly indeed and re-books the wedding for Christmas Day. Is this really what Leanne wants?
“She does love Nick, she wouldn’t be marrying him otherwise, but he’s never going to be dangerous enough for her and that’s what excites her about Peter. Nick is always going to be the safe option. So when he books the wedding venue it feels so final - that’s the start of her conservative life. It’s what she wants on one hand, but on the other she thrives on a bit of danger. I think had Peter not turned up she would have thought it was the right thing to do, but Peter being there has thrown her into a spin.”
Leanne, of course, has a long history with Nick having run away with him as a teenager to get wed in Scotland. The marriage faltered, but in recent years, the pair have grown closer once more. So when it comes down to it, is Nick the love of her life?
“She’s really fond of him but if she laid her cards on the table I think Peter is the love of her life, not Nick. Nick’s the safe option, on paper he’s got it all. Nick’s got everything that Peter hasn’t but she’ll always carry a torch for Peter. There’s unfinished business there and obviously, with Simon in the mix, that will always draw them together. They were a family unit and she was devastated when that broke up. Peter is the love of her life, but she knows that he’s bad for her. He’s like a drug that she can’t give up.”
It all sounds like a recipe for disaster and, indeed, Leanne’s hen night certainly doesn’t go as planned! “On the hen night, she goes back to being Leanne Battersby. She gets really drunk and behaves the way she would have 15 years ago. Her real feelings come out and she has a moment with Peter where it’s a will they/won’t they kiss. It leads to big indecision on the wedding day.”
Is Peter suggesting that they give their relationship another go?
“He says, ‘don’t marry Nick’. And what she reads into that is ‘don’t marry him because of me’. He claims she’s doing an impersonation of someone who’s happy and he knows her better than anyone. Obviously, she won’t admit it to him but it plants the element of doubt in her mind that maybe there is still a chance for them. Because she desperately wants the family unit back together, she can’t see the wood for the trees. She also at her most vulnerable because she’s really drunk, so if there’s a time that her true feelings are going to come out, it’s now.”