Hello and welcome to A Slice of Soap. It’s the start of another week so let’s find out what’s going on…
EastEnders w/e May 23
More storylines for Heather is always good news as she’s a brilliant EastEnders character. Have you noticed that sometimes, the best characters are the ones that arrive with very little hype? Heather’s slotted in well – can’t say the same about Bobby Davro’s Vinnie though. I’m really leaning towards ‘Vinnie Watch’ to replace ‘Gus Watch’ cos I think he’s just as pointless….
Anyway, Roxy continues to struggle with her news. Sean becomes suspicious of Jack’s relationship with Tanya. After a mysterious meeting with a man, Zainab tells Shabnam they will have to leave their home. Minty and Heather grow closer – is he falling for her?
Tanya and Jack flirt over lunch at his house and a jealous Sean becomes enraged. Darren also has a touch of the green-eyed monster over Libby’s relationship with Tamwar. Heather catches Minty kissing another woman and is crestfallen – what is going on? Lucas attempts to reconcile with a hurt and angry Chelsea. A crazed Sean threatens Tanya and then goes after Jack. The showdown between the two provides Roxy’s shock revelation. Chelsea is persuaded by Patrick to meet her dad. Roxy tells Sean the baby is his – provoking him into a crazed rage.
Also on EastEnders this week:
Chelsea’s birthday brings an unpleasant surprise
Will Heather annul her marriage?
Zainab cooks a meal for her family
Emmerdale w/e May 23
Not good news for the rural soap; it’s recorded its smallest audience in more than eight months. Emmerdale has suffered a string of lower ratings in recent weeks, but it only drew 5.3 million viewers for its extended hour-long episode on Thursday night. Ouch. What will they do to turn things around? May I humbly suggest never ever have another baby swap storyline again? Anyway, Doug attempts to smooth the waters between Ashley and Laurel. Andy is furious with Debbie’s continued presence in Sarah’s life and Jo sends him over the edge with her defiance over the future of the goats. Viv and Bob lose custom and finance at the shop as the police investigation continues. Val is busy preparing the Woolpack for the Village Pub of the Year contest so the Dingles take the opportunity to steal the pub’s furniture.
Gray visits Perdy and she agrees to drop the custody petition in return for a part in the baby’s life. Ashley worries for Gabby when her behaviour worsens. When he explains the situation to Doug, Gabby slips out of the house and visits Laurel, pleading for her to return. Laurel is deeply moved and decides to acquiesce, much to Ashley’s delight. But will the continuing issue of Arthur’s parentage drive a wedge between them again?
Also on Emmerdale this week:
Ashley questions the Dolands about Mel’s whereabouts
Katie keeps her discovery secret from Gray
Jo finds a buyer for the goats, then changes her mind
Coronation Street w/e May 23
If you’re on the side of the fence that thinks the bookies are boring, brace yourself. They’re gonna get a lot of action this week as the Corrie writers are doing a Liz/Harry/Vernon triangle…yawn. Actress Alexandra Boyd will play Harry’s ex Clarissa Mason. And so to the action and it’s all go at the Websters’ as Sally excitedly plans the decor for their new home. Clurrrrrr tells Ashley she thinks their house has been undervalued. She decides to ask the Websters for more money. Over at Molly and Tyrone’s, home improvements are also the topic of the day. Molly wants to remove the infamous stone cladding but Tyrone is worried that Jack might be upset. Baby swap time: Michelle has returned from her trip to Ireland with Alex. Steve and Ryan are pleased to see her but Michelle is less than impressed when she discovers Leanne working behind the bar.
Harry has spent the day trying to avoid phone calls from his ex-wife Clarissa but is caught out when she turns up looking for him. Harry isn’t pleased because he’s more intent on sorting out a date with town bike Liz. Becky is still avoiding Jason. House problems are also dominating the Barlows’ thoughts when the lounge ceiling springs a leak. Ken hastily calls a plumber but it looks as though it’s going to be a big job. Becky decides Jason has had the silent treatment for long enough. Jason is slow to catch on but finally realises that he is being invited back to Becky’s gaff…
Also on Coronation Street this week:
Blanche is sceptical of Roger’s abilities
Paul starts to realise that he’s not welcome in Weatherfield
Liz lies to Steve about Harry
Hollyoaks w/e May 23
On to the soap with all the beautiful people now as we take a look at the action in Hollywoodoaks. Kieron finds his friendship with Niall tested after his affair with John Paul has been exposed. Max wallows in self pity over his split from Steph, and even a pep talk from Dominic doesn’t help. Niall is annoyed when he overhears Carmel telling Mercedes that he and Steph shared a kiss, but realises that Max finding out might be to his advantage. Kieron is angry with John Paul for telling Mercedes about their relationship. Nancy meets Hollyoaks’ newest resident and takes an instant dislike to him. Kieron and Niall put on brave faces as they lament their ill-fated loves. Furious with Kieron, Mercedes launches a full scale attack on him, but John Paul is unimpressed when she declares that she’s taught the priest a lesson.
Rafi decides to drop by The Dog where a stressed out Darren is reducing shifts for his staff. When a nervous Darren shows up wanting payment for putting Jake in the frame for Sean’s murder, Rafi realises that life in a small village is more interesting than he expected… Kieron and John Paul’s anxiety is somewhat relieved when Niall promises to keep quiet about their relationship. Myra tearfully confesses to Kieron that she gave up her first born son.
Also on Hollyoaks this week:
Rafi’s cocky attitude gets him the doorman job at The Loft
Frankie finds Darren’s comedy night at The Dog distasteful
Louise returns a hardened woman from her prison experience
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