Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Coronation Street spoilers follow.
They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but what is Corrie's Audrey Roberts supposed to do with her secretive son Stephen Reid?
In scenes soon to air on ITV, Audrey's attention is drawn to the arrival of Claudia Colby and Charles Moore inside the hotel's dining room while she's taking her afternoon tea.
A fired-up Claudia is then amazed to find Ken Barlow, Rita Tanner and Audrey pop out from where they've been earwigging on her row with Charles.
As the trio comfort Claudia, Rita suddenly remembers that it was Audrey's birthday recently, and preparations are hastily made to celebrate.
However, to the group's shock, Audrey then reveals that she recently attempted suicide before a waiter's rendition of 'Happy Birthday' cuts through the silence.
Later on, Audrey stops by Number 8 to announce her intention of spending a great deal of cash on a makeover for the salon, much to Stephen's consternation. He quickly informs Ken and Rita of Audrey's plans, but realises they know more than they're letting on.
Feeling out of the picture, Stephen grills his mum about the situation, but she lies, making out she's just had a minor health scare.
Unmoved, Stephen suggests it'd be an ideal time for her to sign the trust fund paperwork – she's put some money away which is now overseen by her son – but Audrey insists that she's not in any rush to do so.
Could Stephen be planning a scam on his own flesh and blood?
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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