Is Phelan trying to deny it and put the blame on Anna?
No, he doesn’t even really deny it, but he puts the blame on Anna by saying that she was practically asking for him to come on to her. He’s completely brazen about it all.
And what happens next?
Gary is blinded by rage the second Phelan calls his mum names. He sees red and he lashes out in a moment of anger. He throws himself at Phelan and attacks him.
Does Gary think he might have killed Phelan?
Phelan falls unconscious and, at that point, Gary goes into panic mode. He can’t wake him and Phelan’s body is lifeless. He doesn’t know what he can do, so the only thing he can think of is to ring Owen and tell him Phelan’s had an accident at work.
What happens when Owen turns up?
Owen finds Gary roaming around the streets and picks him up. Owen knows something isn’t right because Gary’s been acting strange all day and because Gary is so panicked he just comes out with it all. He tells Owen that Phelan tried it on with his mum and he wanted to teach him a lesson. Owen doesn’t really have time to process the information at that point, he just knows he and Gary have to get to the building site and sort this mess out and quickly.
And what happens when they get back to the site?
They race back, only to discover that Phelan’s body has gone. While Gary was worried that he’d killed Phelan, they are now worried about his whereabouts and what he will do. They both know from past experience that Phelan takes no prisoners.
How would Gary cope if Phelan went to the police and reported him?
It would ruin him. He’s finally got everything that he and Izzy have fought for. He’s been so optimistic and hopeful about this project that he’d never live with himself for putting his family through it all.
Is it nice having such a dramatic storyline again?
Yes, definitely. It was nice to have a little break after the surrogacy storyline, but I’m ready for this. It’s going to be a massive year for the Windasses.