In All His Glory
He had me fooled. But I’m enjoying seeing the real Todd back. I liked the nice Todd too, the Todd who cared about his family and wanted to be a good boyfriend to the Vicar. I felt good about Todd turning over a new leaf or returning to his original leaf – the nice, bright and conscientious boy he was before he went to that London.
But he’s not. It turns out it was Todd who “complained” to the Bishop about said Vicar and boyfriend cohabiting. He did it with Billy’s best interests in mind, so he says and Billy believes. Make Billy think about the restrictions that he was living with in order to be part of a church that would not fully accept him.
Billy ends it. He tells Todd “I always thought your lack of empathy was a defence mechanism. But this is the real you, the real Todd in all his glory.”
The Real Todd
Sooo, that’s the end of Todd and Billy. But not the end of Billy having the scales lifted from his eyes. He tells Sean that, despite how it was done, he is questioning his vocation.
Todd is genuinely upset that he couldn’t keep the good person up front in his psyche and actions. He wishes he were the person Billy thought he was or could be. But, if you are bad, you might as well be full-bore bad.
He joins forces with Phelan. He has tried to convince his mother that Phelan is scamming her and Jason and anyone in Weatherfield foolish enough to buy into their flat conversion. She tells him that he is being vindictive and hateful and just wants to ruin her happiness.
Before everything comes undone with Billy, he got Phelan to admit what he was doing. Yes, it’s a scam, don’t tell your mother. Phelan has some sort of plan to shut him up and calls him to meet at the building site. Phelan’s partner Vinnie has a simpler plan. He brings his toolbox to the site. Shut Todd up permanently.
On his way there, Todd meets Billy, finds out Billy knows about the phony complaint call, and whatever Todd had planned for the meeting changes. He’s in, he tells them. He stipulates his conditions, to protect Eileen and Jason. Phelan and Vinnie, gobsmacked, agree. It’s a partnership where all three partners would be advised to sleep with one eye open. But especially Phelan and Vinnie because, if I were a betting person, my money would be on Todd.