When Gary finds out that Phelan has come on strong to Anna, he flies into a blind rage with disastrous consequences.
"Gary just completely sees red and loses it," said Mikey North, who plays Gary. "He is insanely protective of his family and always wants what’s best - that’s why he was pushing for the partnership with Phelan in the first place."
When Izzy confides in him that Phelan has made a pass at Anna, Gary is left reeling.
"Gary’s absolutely livid. I think he’s overcome with shock, too, as for him he feels it comes out of nowhere. He can’t bear the thought of his mum being put in that position and he’s also close to Owen now too, so he feels completely screwed over by Phelan."
After promising Izzy that he won't tell Owen, Gary decides to confront Phelan at the building site.
"When Owen’s gone, Gary seizes the opportunity to confront him. Phelan thinks he’s untouchable and knows what to say to get Gary worked up. He tells Gary that his mum is a tease and probably has a whole host of men on the go," said Mikey.
"The second Phelan calls his mum names Gary is blinded by rage. He completely sees red and he lashes out in a moment of anger. He throws himself at Phelan and attacks him."
The second Phelan calls his mum names Gary is blinded by rage. He completely sees red...
– Mikey North, who plays Gary Windass
And as hot-headed Gary strikes him with a piece of copper pipe, he fears he's delivered a fatal blow.
"Gary goes in panic mode. He can’t wake him and Phelan’s body is lifeless. He doesn’t know what he can do, so the only thing he can think of is to ring Owen..."
But he returns to the site with Owen in tow, Phelan's body is nowhere to be seen.
"While Gary was worried that he’d killed Phelan, they're now worried about his whereabouts and what he will do. They both know from past experience that Phelan takes no prisoners."