Michelle's son Ryan Connor's reappearance, as played by a new actor, has raised all kinds of questions of body, age and personality transplants - though not even his own mother has noticed the difference.
Formerly a drippy rather androgynous monosyllabic adolescent composed mostly of fringe, he has now transformed into a roguish, verging on villainous, womanising muscle-bound young Noel Gallagher lookalike mature man who looks well into his 20s (the actor Sol Heras who plays him is in fact 25 though is supposed to be 20).
Heras is clearly a better actor than young Ben Thompson who previously played the role - but the total character and physique morph is initially a tad difficult to accept., though he is convincing enough as the new incarnation.
The writers and producers have clearly decided to throw Ryan 2 ( like fellow parachuted-in handsome rogue, permagrinning Carla's brother Rob ) headlong into the action, trying to seduce Sophie, causing a fire, faking an accident in the factory, pretending to hurt his back and trying to sue for compensation, all seemingly within minutes of his arrival.
However Ryan's accident scam was foiled by Rob who used new factory employee Eva (employed for her looks rather than than her non existent knicker sewing skills) as a honey trap to catch him out as Rob arrived at a pub to see Ryan showing off his athletic skills playing snooker. Later the pair squared up in a clash at the Rovers.
Wasn't too impressed by the scene where Eva flashed her ample cleavage in a low cut dress to try and pretend to come on to him - demeaning to the actress and like something out of a 1970s Carry On film or On The Buses
Meanwhile, loving mad Mary's attempts to worm her way into Roy's affections by swatting up secretly on steam trains - resulting in an offer from a flattered Roy to listen to his steam train record collection - about as near as Roy is going to get to showing her his etchings
And psycho Kirsty had another meltdown moment after her baby shower party, cutting it short and then turning once more in fury on poor Tyrone, accusing once more of flirting with old flame Fiz.