Next week, there will be further dread on Coronation Street as Eliza is shown in a preview video to be seriously hurt.
As Dom has often let Eliza down because of a broken-down car, Stu Carpenter (Bill Fellows) has had enough of Dom disappointing Eliza.
Stu is appropriately enraged, but he comes off as a little harsh because he appears to forget that he is being violently ranty about a little child.
He spouts a torrent of criticism at Dom, calling him out for lying about missing the visit and calling him a liar.
Eliza, who is obviously upset, stands up for Dom and claims that Stu doesn’t know anything about him.
When she loses it and Stu responds that her father doesn’t care about her, he realizes his error and apologizes.
Eliza gets out of the car and announces that she is heading home, but it’s already too late.
In an effort to make amends, Stu pursues Eliza, but as he turns the corner, a very fast automobile slams into him, knocking Eliza unconscious.
The extremely self-centered driver escapes the scene as a frightened Stu races to the scene.
Eliza’s survival and the absence of permanent harm will provide relief, but when Dom shows up with a plush toy to score points with his daughter, Stu’s rage towards Dom increases once more.
It also operates.
Later in the week, when Eliza doesn’t show up, Stu gets a call from the school informing him that trouble has continued.
Eliza informs Stu that she fled alone and that this is now her home as he travels to Dom’s home.
Will Stu ever find common ground with Dom as he begins to fear losing Eliza?
In any case, the cops are quickly involved…