As Peter wakes with a hangover Simon's fending for himself again, making his own breakfast so he's not late for school. When Peter then arrives to work late Michelle can see the state he's in. Fed up with his drinking and being left to run the bookies herself Michelle tells him to stick his job. It's another bad day for Peter and when he gets home he hits the bottle once more, telling a worried Simon he doesn't feel up to reading him a story. As Simon trudges off to bed alone, at the Barlow's Deirdre is urging Ken to accept that Peter's an alcoholic. Ken doesn't want to listen but his reluctance to acknowledge his son's problem could have fatal consequences. Over at the flat Peter's drifting off into a drunken sleep. His fingers loosen around his burning cigarette and it drops to the floor. Elsewhere Tara introduces Dev to her star photographer Justin and tells him she's commissioned him to do some more pieces. Dev's inwardly cringing, knowing his previous pictures were bought by him not a customer. But Tara's furious with Dev when he tries to curb her enthusiasm. Maria's annoyed that her plan to pair Natasha off with Tom failed when Natasha arrives back on the street boasting about spending another fantastic night with Tony. Struggling with her own irrational behaviour Maria's then frosty with Tony when he calls by to arrange a business meeting Kirk tells Julie how he plans to get a job and save up to get them a place of their own but it's obvious Julie isn't really interested. Kirk's disturbed by her attitude but ploughs on regardless. And Eileen has Paula round for lunch. But when Colin interrupts Paula can't wait to get away. Eileen can't understand her friend's strange behaviour.moreless
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