We open as Roy Cropper, non-swimmer, plunges to the bottom of murky Weatherfield Canal, past an old rusty bicycle. Tony watches dispassionately.
Hayley and Maria are at the Croppers’. Hayley is becoming more agitated and wants to phone the police. Maria is still in denial. Hayley, who rarely shouts, yells at Maria: “When are you going to accept what is staring you in the face?” Tony murdered Liam and may now kill Roy.
Tony pauses on the bridge over the silent water. Some form of conscience takes hold, and he runs back and plunges into the freezing water in search of Roy, whom he finds prone at the bottom of the canal. Tony drags Roy onto the canal’s flagstone wall and begins CPR. When he doesn’t initially succeed, he panics.
The truth finally sinks in for Maria, who is leaving Hayley’s to go home. Hayley goes to fetch Becky to come to the Canal with her. Becky is rather shocked at the update but leads Hayley the quickest way down to the canal.
The CPR is successful, Roy spits up a gallon canal water and regains consciousness. Tony staggers off, leaving him alone. At that moment, Roy’s bat colony flies screeching overhead.
Maria has rung Michelle, who shows up at Maria’s. She sees that Maria is clearly distressed. Maria asks her sit down and tearfully explains that Tony killed Liam. For some reason, Michelle believes this immediately and doesn’t assume it’s post-partum, as per last time Maria accused him.
Haley and Becky run the length of the canal, desperately shouting for Roy. They come upon his flashlight, and shortly after they find Roy slumped against a wall. Roy explains weakly that Tony tried to kill him, and then saved him. They prepare to take Roy to hospital.
The bats are still flying. “Capistranos (or pipistrelles) in November,” Roy marvels.
Meanwhile, Tony Gordon walks into the police station and turns himself in for muhrdur.
Roy is at the hospital, in bed and looks quite recovered. He wants to go home and have classical music and cocoa. Becky and Hayley hug him. DC Morgan appears then, explaining that Tony is in custody, having turned hmself in.
Tony is being interviewed by a nice-looking Detective, whose name I didn’t catch. He opens by saying that he threw someone in the canal. The police know this and want Tony to start, however, with the “big one” – the murder of Liam Conner.
“I muhrdered Liam Conner. I arranged for the muhrder.” He gives up Jimmy but says he was just the hired help. He says he started planning Liam’s demise when he learned that Liam was sleeping with Carla. But she had no part in it. He says his motive was jealousy. “Lots of people get jealous,” says DC Cute, “but they don’t start arranging to have people bonked off,”
“They don’t have the means, or the guts,” counters Tony. “I had both.”
DC Cute says it’s pretty sick, killing someone on your stag night. Tony points out that the cops would never have caught him; he had to walk in to get caught. Tony says he finally confessed because he couldn’t live with the pretense, with himself any more.
Audrey brings baby Liam home to Maria’s and agrees to stay and mind him. Hayley phones just then to say they’ve found Roy, and that Tony attacked him and has subsequently handed himself into the police. Maria wants to go down to the police station and promises to explain all to Audrey later on.
Tony continues with his interview, saying he always knew it would come out and that Roy was like a dog with a bone, stalking him. Since Tony could tell Maria no longer believed his lies and that he’d lost Maria and Liam, they may as well lock him up.
Maria and Michelle have arrived at the police station, and DC Cute asks them to come through. Maria and Michelle hear the awful news about Tony’s confession. Maria wants to see Tony, and enters the room composed and pissed off. “Why did you do it?” is her first question. Maria can’t believe Tony wormed his way into her house, her bed, etc. She is disgusted at the thought of him delivering her baby. Tony says he thought he could atone for his sins. Maria, becoming agitated, asks who would have the next accident, baby Liam? Tony protests that he loves both Maria and Liam.
“You are evil!” Maria tells him. “No!” Tony protests. As she is escorted out he calls, “I love you, Maria!”