Emmerdale Spoilers: Cafe owner Bob Hope has suddenly remembered he has a fiancee after cheating on Brenda with widow Laurel Thomas and is concerned when he finds out Brenda has been spending money on a load of random stuff, just like she did when she was ill. Is Brenda’s cancer back?
Bob Hope is back to focusing on fiancee Brenda (Lesley Dunlop) next week, following Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) calling time on their affair. But what Bob doesn’t know is that what he thinks is random acts caused by what he thinks is her returning cancer, is actually revenge for the cheating Brenda has known about for ages.
“Bob thinks Brenda’s brain tumour might be back,” actor Tony Audenshaw explains to Soaplife. So he asks ex-lover Laurel Thomas for advice. Will Laurel tell him that Brenda knows about their affair?
How are things between Laurel and Bob?
“Laurel doesn’t want anything to do with him, she won’t even talk to him. She is like ‘You know the rules, we don’t contact each other,’ so that’s it.”
Has he guessed that Brenda knows the truth?
“No, she is hiding it well.”
Brenda is hiding something else, isn’t she?
“Brenda is really stressed, so Bob tells her to relax and go to the cafe while he sorts out the wedding invites and the food. He can’t find the guest list and Heath says it might be in Brenda’s secret cupboard. He opens it and all this random stuff falls out, bike helmets, hot water bottles, all sorts.”
What does Bob make of that?
“He assumes Brenda is stealing again and the last time she did that was when she had the brain tumour. He thinks it is back. She has been distracted and keeps getting these headaches.”
Does he talk to Brenda about it?
“He does, but she wafts him away and tells him not to be so silly.”
What prompts him to talk to Laurel about it?
“Brenda gives Arthur money for a school trip and Laurel is angry and tries to give it back. Bob thinks it’s out of order, so he goes to see Laurel to apologise and mentions that he thinks Brenda’s cancer is back.”
Will Laurel tell him that Brenda knows about the affair?
“Well, they are having this conversation and things might well get said.”
Why do you think Bob cheated on Brenda?
“Bob genuinely loves Brenda, but they’re running a business and have kids to look after. With Laurel, all of a sudden, he got this bit of unexpected excitement in his life. He had that when he first met Viv and Brenda. He’s only human!”