Why is he angry when he hears that Maria and Marcus are thinking of buying a house together?
He’s not angry about it, it’s jealousy more than anything. Todd is exasperated fact that Marcus can’t see he’s making a mistake with Maria and that he should be with him instead.
Todd had had his own place in London, but now he’s back in Weatherfield and stuck in his mum’s box room, so Marcus and Maria’s independence and life together makes him quite frustrated. He doesn’t like to see other people happy when he’s not.
He tells Marcus that he has an estate-agent friend – is that a lie?
It’s a complete lie. It’s all just so he can converse with him. Todd isn’t stupid, he knows what he’s doing!
Why does he offer to babysit for them – what’s his motive?
He offers to babysit because he wants to get in there with Marcus: again it’s another way in which he can have contact and conversation with him. He makes the offer quite quickly, but once he’s there he hatches a plan to make it work to his advantage.
We see Todd interrupting Macus and Maria’s Valentine’s meal with the lie that Liam has had a bad dream – what happens when Maria rushes home?
Maria goes home with Liam and leaves Marcus in the Bistro with Todd. Marcus is definitely growing suspicious, but he’s also quite flattered by the attention. Todd is a good flirt and Marcus can’t help but entertain it slightly before he remembers himself.
When we witness Todd telling Marcus a sob story about his father – is that all part of his seduction tactic?
Yes, I’d say so. That’s not to say that there aren’t issues there because I think there are, for whatever reason...but he’s definitely playing on it for Marcus’s benefit.
Todd tells Sean that he’s in love with someone else, but how true is that?
It all depends what Todd’s perception of love is! I don’t think he’s in love with Marcus. He’s lustful but probably not in love. Again, Todd is clever and everything he does has a motive behind it. He knows Sean won’t keep his mouth shut and that that information will soon be out there. It’s manipulation.