If there’s one thing bound to make Rovers Return barmaid Daisy Midgeley file her nails faster behind the bar on Coronation Street, it’s discovering a juicy secret. But little did she know that boyfriend in Daniel Osbourne would be the subject of the gossip.
Daisy has been jealous ever since Nicky Wheatley returned to Weatherfield last month and revealed that she was looking for her old friend Daniel. She was seeing it when she found out they would be working together at Weatherfield High School with Nicky landing a job as a teaching assistant bringing her closer to teacher Daniel.
In Wednesday’s episode, aware that it was Nicky’s first day in her new job, Daisy suggested to Daniel that they all meet up for drinks after work as she’d like to get to know her better. Nicky arrived at the Rovers unaware that Daisy was trying to set her up with her ex Ella Ashley.
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Nicky was embarrassed when Ashley clearly recognized her and Daisy was then stunned to discover that Ashley knew Nicky from her days as a sex worker. And when she confronted Daniel she was in for another shock when he told her that he had also paid Nicky for her time from her.
But then there was another bombshell when Daniel told her he hadn’t paid her for sex. He admitted to Daisy that he had paid Nicky to dress up as his late wife Sinead who died of cervical cancer, and the news did not go down well at all with his girlfriend who liked the scenario to ‘Hannibal Lecter.’
But as the pair rowed in the street, overheard by Daniel’s pupil and master of manipulation Max Turner, Corrie fans were distracted by another detail. There was a mention of Daniel’s toddler son Bertie with Sinead who they remarked has been ‘invisible’ recently.
Viewers pointed out that Bertie is rarely seen these days. And soap watchers puzzled whether he was being looked after by his aunt Beth Sutherland or by grandfather Ken Barlow.
@MarieHolt50 tweeted: “Corrie ooh Bertie, the invisible child, just got a mention.” @Mel_Navan asked: “#Corrie So Ken has Bertie now does he? Beth & Kirk had him earlier…”
@Greg_Phillips_ tweeted: “I’ll get these to say thank you for looking after Bertie…says Daniel whilst in the pub and someone else is looking after invisible Bertie!” And @Willswhinge said: “Think I might go on the Coronation Street tour and see if I can find Bertie, sort of like a real like Where’s Wally.”
@helsrachel86 remarked: “Haven’t seen Bertie spend any time with his dad during the whole half term holidays.” And @LunaLocoJewels said: “Bye bertie, have another fun day of invisible shenanigans.”
@Willswhinge tweeted: “Very nearly a Bertie sighting there.” And @lightbebe2020 asked: “Are we ever going to see bertie ever again or are we going to see him when he turns 18…?” @Chestikov69 joked: “Next time Bertie appears he’ll be about 6.” And @FLady1980 asked: “BTW where is Bertie?”
Daisy has now demanded Daniel gives Nicky a wide berth. But on Friday she is furious when she finds them looking cozy in the cafe.
But Nicky’s fresh start implodes as Mrs Crawshaw summons her to a meeting and tells her they need to discuss her past. Nicky confirms that she used to work in the sex industry.
Nicky explains to Daniel that videos and images from her past are all over the school and she’s been suspended, Daniel’s furious and assumes Daisy is responsible. Daisy confides in Jenny how hurt she is that Daniel thinks she’d do something so malicious.