Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street's Leanne Battersby sparks more concern from her son Simon next week as he spots that she's lying again.
Leanne (Jane Danson) is continuing to struggle with her grief following the tragic loss of her young son Oliver, but she is trying to keep her partner Nick Tilsley in the dark over what's really going on.
In recent scenes, Leanne spent the entirety of Christmas alone in her flat, while her family believed she was spending the festive season with Stella and Eva in France. When Simon (Alex Bain) found out, he reluctantly covered for his mum.
Upcoming scenes see Leanne receive a visit from Imran Habeeb (Charlie de Melo), who wants to check up on when she'll feel ready to return to work at the solicitor's office.
The thought of getting back into a normal routine sends Leanne into a panic, so she tells Imran that she has decided to resign.
Simon can't help worrying about this, as Leanne has already started to become reliant on him and his chippy shifts to pay the bills and cover food shops. It seems that she will now be more dependent on his support than ever.
Next week, Nick (Ben Price) suggests to Leanne that they should have lunch at the Bistro with Simon. Leanne agrees as she wants to make more of an effort for Simon's sake.
During the meal, Leanne makes out to Nick that Imran is keeping her job open for her at the solicitor's office.
Leanne also lies that they're doing fine for money. Although Simon is unsettled by Leanne's deception on both counts, he chooses not to tell Nick the truth.
Later, once they're alone again, Leanne confides in Simon about how much she's still struggling and how she appreciates his support.
Simon promises Leanne that everything will be fine, but he's clearly masking his own anxiety. Is it only a matter of time before this bad situation gets worse?
Coronation Street airs these scenes on Monday, February 8 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.
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