Published Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Corrie's Steve makes a deal with Stella. (© ITV)
Aware that Michelle is going through difficulties at the factory with Peter Barlow, Steve thinks that if he buys her the pub, she will be happy.
But despite current landlady Stella Price's warnings, Steve also thinks it's a good idea to but the Rovers without telling his girlfriend first.
Corrie actor Simon Gregson explained: "Michelle says something to him about how she liked being in charge, so Steve thinks: 'well why don't we buy the Rovers and I will make her the boss and she will be dead happy!'"
"Stella doesn't think it is a great idea. She knows that this is not something he should do as a secret. She tries to warn him but he doesn't want to listen. He just thinks Michelle would love it.
"He thinks he is being romantic, that it is better than buying her a diamond ring."
But with all his grand plans, Steve doesn't stop to consider whether or not this is something Michelle would want.
"In his mind he remembers the Rovers as happy times," said Simon.
"He has conveniently brushed the affair with Becky under the carpet, and also when he kissed a man he thought was a woman. Steve has 'forgotten' all that, but it is obviously paramount in Michelle's mind.
"On face value Steve is buying the pub for her but there is no doubt that he likes the idea of standing behind the bar and being at the centre of the community.
"Steve hasn't really thought about the work aspect of it. He likes to hide away in his little cab office and do as little as possible."
Yet Steve buying the Rovers is not the biggest surprise Michelle is going to have to deal with, as he fails to tell her who his 'silent' partner is.
Simon revealed: "Well not only has he bought the Rovers secretly, he has enlisted his mum's help and kept that a secret too.
"Steve and Michelle are the licensees and he thinks Liz will be a silent partner... but then she arrives in Weatherfield!"
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