Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street killer Stephen Reid is confronted by Michael Bailey next week after his latest lies backfire.
The Weatherfield villain is facing yet another difficult dilemma after threats from sleazy businessman Rufus Donahue.
Rufus has figured out that Stephen drove Carla Barlow out of Underworld by secretly spiking her drinks with LSD.
Side-effects from the drugs caused Carla to worry that her psychosis was returning, so she has taken an extended break from the factory. Her staff, who are also shareholders in the business, have since voted for Stephen to take over as boss.
Using this knowledge as leverage, Rufus has ordered Stephen to cancel his planned American deal for the Nippersnapper range. Rufus wants to secure the American rights to the products himself.
In upcoming scenes, Stephen lies to the factory staff by promising that the existing deal with the American clients is still on track.
Stephen makes out that there's one last meeting to finalise the American deal that afternoon.
Michael, who has been shadowing Stephen to learn the ropes, checks his boss's diary and is worried to find no mention of the meeting.
Later in the week, Michael shows his newest Nippersnapper designs to his uncle Ronnie.
Michael explains that he hopes to persuade the American clients to get back on board, after Stephen told him that they'd pulled out.
After speaking to one of the clients, Michael is baffled to learn that Stephen knowingly cancelled the deal.
Michael demands to know why Stephen did this and why he has been lying about it. Can Stephen come up with another cover story?
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
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