Nick's loathing for Gail's new love interest Michael is to intensify…and an ice-cream van is going to take the brunt of Nick's anger.
When Nick arrives home and spots his mum kissing Michael, he sees red and vandalises an ice-cream van that Gail and her boyfriend have been cleaning up.
Later in the week, Audrey calls an urgent meeting to help heal the rift in the Platt house. But will Nick end up accepting Michael or will Gail be forced to choose between her family and the new man in her life. Actress Helen Worth tells us more...
So, how serious is Gail about Michael?
Gail’s feelings towards Michael are growing rather quickly the more time she spends with him, and so is the mutual attraction between them. As soon as she got to know him and he told her his backstory her opinion changed somewhat and she was able to understand his situation. He’s a very gentle man and Gail really takes to that. Gail enjoys helping Michael get himself back on his feet and likes to feel wanted and needed by someone.
And what’s with the ice-cream van that Gail helps Michael with?
Michael’s friend tells him he might be able to sort him some work out, so when Michael turns up at the house in an old rusty ice-cream van, he tells Gail that this was what his friend meant. Michael’s slightly sheepish about it and thinks it’s pointless even trying to get a business started because it’s in such bad condition.
But Gail encourages him to go for it and offers to help him clean it up so it’s good as new. I think Gail sees an opportunity again to not only help Michael but also spend time with him, while doing something that will help him out in the long run.
Is she saddened at the way Nick has taken against Michael?
Yes, it does upset her. She’s not had much luck with men and Gail really wishes Nick could see that she’s trying to do something positive by helping Michael get his life back on track. Nick really struggles to understand why she’s helping out the man who tried to burgle them. More than anything, Gail’s shocked at how angry and frustrated it has made Nick. She probably expected it from David, but not from Nick, as he’s usually the more rational one of the two.
Gail has stood by her sons through thick and thin. How’s she feeling about their dislike of Michael?
Gail’s very upset by it all. She’s exasperated by their inability to accept Michael and accept that she’s trying to help him get his life back together. Gail finds their behaviour humiliating and she feels as though they don’t trust her to make her own decisions. She wants them to be able to see how happy Michael is making her, but they can’t seem to come to terms with it.