It’s not looking good for the family (Picture: ITV)
After Angelica told Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) that she was the one who’d been driving the car when it crashed and Heath Hope (Sebastian Dowling) was killed, Jimmy insisted that Cathy Hope (Gabrielle Dowling) was still the one who was morally responsible. She was the one who had stolen the car, and she’d allowed the younger Angelica to drive.
He coached Angelica to stick to the story that she’d been in the passenger seat the whole time and was prepared to see Cathy go to prison instead.
Already by Tuesday’s (January 23) episode, Jimmy was feeling hugely guilty about this, especially when a distraught Wendy Posner (Susan Cookson) asked him to talk to Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw). As he tried to comfort Bob, who was in tears as he grieved the loss of his son, Jimmy couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable.
He told Nicola later that Bob had been crying in his arms, and that he was starting to have doubts about the plan. ‘It’s bad enough him losing Heath, but letting him think it’s Cathy’s fault, I don’t think he can get over that,’ he said.
Now it was Nicola’s turn to say that they needed to stick to the story – but they didn’t realise that Angelica had overheard all of this.
Angelica spent weeks letting Cathy take the blame (Picture: ITV)
She ran over to the B&B in her dressing gown and found Bob talking to Liam (Jonny McPherson). To their astonishment, she confessed everything.
Bob was raging. ‘You killed my boy and let Cathy take the blame!’ he told her. Cathy and April arrived and realised what was happening, but Cathy was still angry with Bob because he hadn’t believed her previously.
When they were alone, Bob and Cathy made peace with each other when Cathy asked if their fighting could finally stop.
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Meanwhile for Angelica and her family things looked very bleak. At the police station, Angelica made her confession. The police officer told her that it corroborated what the forensic report showed. Not only were Angelica’s fingerprints on the steering wheel, but her blood was on the driver’s seat.
Even if Angelica had stuck like glue to the story that Jimmy concocted for her, the truth would likely have come out anyway.
As it is, things are not looking good for her as she’s been arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.
How will the family cope with the very real possibility that Angelica is heading for a custodial sentence?
The fallout begins.