Albert suspects Minnie’s motives in taking Handel in. Elsie goes to see Mrs Painter who insists Mavis Sidlow has only two weeks to sort herself out as she is under pressure from the sales executives to improve the stats. Ken tells Albert that they’ve not yet made up their mind to go to Jamaica. Albert tells them he doesn’t like the idea of the twins being brought up there. Painter has enough of Elsie’s excuse about Mavis and tells her to fire her. Elsie refuses to sack her and is fired herself. Brian Hoggatt visits the Barlows and tells them how marvellous Jamaica is. Mavis reveals to Elsie that her husband left her a year ago - it was only an excuse and she has a boyfriend happily living with her. Elsie is livid at being used. The Barlows decide to go to Jamaica. Alan is annoyed over Elsie's firing because of his debts and they row. He rips up his bank book in frustration.
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Valerie Barlow - Anne Reid
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix (Credited as "Elsie Tanner")
- Emily Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning
- Irma Barlow - Sandra Gough
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Mrs Painter - Barbara Mitchell
- Handel Gartside - Harry Markham
- Mavis Sidlow - Carmel Cryan
- Janet - Maxine Turner
- Brian Hoggatt - Bill Morrison
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen and hallway
- 14 Coronation Street - Living room, hallway and kitchen
- Corner Shop
- Dawn Painter’s office
- Although ITV had begun full-colour transmissions on 15th November 1969, the ITV Colour Strike which began on 13th November 1970 caused this episode to be recorded in black and white.
- From studio chatter on the original master tape of this episode, director Carol Wilks wanted a re-take of the final scene but the floor manager advised her that they didn't have another prop bank book for Alan Browning to rip up!
- TV Times synopsis: Elsie takes a stand - and the Barlows make a decision.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,850,000 homes (joint 3rd place with Episode 1042).
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