The coming week brings fresh worries for Eileen when she learns that a full monty strip show involving boyfriend Paul (Tony Hirst) is being organised by Toni, a woman she’s never heard of. But things don’t go according to plan when Eileen coaxes Julie into accompanying her on a mission to spy on Paul and his female colleague. So how will Paul react when he discovers Eileen is on a secret stakeout? And will Eileen be equally shocked when she realises that Paul was actually planning to propose. Actress Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen, gives us the details:
So why is Eileen so jealous of Paul’s workmate Toni?
Eileen is not naturally a jealous person, but she’s so shocked when she discovers Toni is in fact a woman that something snaps inside her and she feels this irrational jealousy - particularly as it’s Toni who’s organising the Full Monty charity night that Paul is involved with. She hadn’t even thought about women working there, which is of course ridiculous in this day and age.
But what makes her think that there’s something going on between them?
In her head, she thinks that Paul has deliberately kept Toni’s gender a secret from her when in fact he’s done nothing of the sort. It hasn’t even entered his head to specifically mention that she’s a woman. He’s totally incredulous at how upset she is, which of course makes her even angrier and they end up rowing with Sean having to arbitrate!
Then she decides to spy on Paul – why does she do that?
She confides in Julie, who thinks that Eileen needs to see Toni to put her mind at rest and satisfy her curiosity. It’s obviously not one of Julie’s better ideas. Eileen should know better than to listen to her sister when it comes to affairs of the heart.
Does Paul then end up catching them?
When they arrive at the station it’s deserted as they’ve gone out on a job. So Julie decides they should sneak in and have a look to see if there are any pictures of Toni inside. But then they hear Paul returning and they need to hide - but in true Eileen and Julie style they’re caught out. He’s absolutely furious and can’t believe she has been spying on him.