BETH Tinker crossed a line during a recent trip to Weatherfield.
But when her secret becomes public knowledge in Coronation Street, it all takes a toll on her romance with Kirk Sutherland.
Hope Stape has been up to all kinds of trouble in recent months, from destroying Phill Whittaker's car to uncovering her serial killer father's past and keeping his legacy alive.
However, the young girl played by Isabella Flanagan seemed to have met her match in the form of Beth Tinker (Lisa George) who had had enough of her antics.
Unfortunately, Beth went about things the wrong way and slapped the child with no witnesses around to expose her.
Beth then bribed Hope to keep her quiet but when Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) and her husband Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) pop home for a romantic lunch, they find the child has skipped school.
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Fiz steps towards her and Hope flinches, begging her mother not to hit her.
Stunned, the Underworld machinist turns to Beth and accuses her of slapping Hope then lying about it.
Sam Blakeman (Jude Riordan) had tried to tell Tyrone Beth was guilty of slapping Hope, despite making out the girl was lying.
All hell breaks loose next week and, soon enough, Beth has no choice but to come clean.
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In later scenes airing next week on ITV, a contrite Beth hands Fiz a letter for Hope, which the latter promises to pass on.
But Beth is also left to pick up the pieces of her relationship as a shocked Kirk Sutherland (Andy Whyment) was left reeling by her admission.
When it's clear he sees her in a very different light, Beth is encouraged by Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon) to remind Kirk that she's still a good person.
Bolstered by Kirk's younger sister, who would know him better than anybody else in the cobbles, Beth goes ahead and shows him some mementos from their relationship, telling him how much she loves him.
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Kirk is touched but Beth can't do anything more – he needs more time.
Sadly, the lovebirds continue to row later on and it all comes to a head when Kirk decides to move out of Victoria Street.
Where will he go?
Is it really the end of the line for him and Beth?
Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.
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