Emily has moved into the camera shop flat with Auntie May. Ernie is completing his assignment in Holland. Emily offers to go to evening classes with Elsie to occupy her evenings and gets a sharp retort from her. Annie wants to give Billy the £2,000 she got from the insurance company when Jack died but he refuses it. Len returns and Maggie tells him about Alan and Elsie’s split. Billy shows a man round the garage. Alan tries to get answers from him about his money but gets nothing. Lucille and Lorraine Binks ask Emily for photos of them so they can get go-go dancing gigs at other venues aside from the Aquarius but, shocked, she refuses and suggests they ask Ray. Ernie returns, with a beard. Emily is surprised and delighted to see him. Lucille and Lorraine agree to let Ray be their agent. Len is distant with Elsie. Ernie tells Emily he wasn’t tempted to stay in Holland and wanted to come back and see her though he feels his horizons were enlarged by his foreign experiences. He isn’t pleased to hear that Auntie May is living with Emily. Len refuses to console Elsie. He tells her she brings it on herself and she's hurt him enough in the past. Alan wants to know from Annie why Billy is avoiding him. She counsels patience. Ernie wonders how long they’re going to be stuck with Auntie May, especially when they’re married. Billy tells a furious Alan he's sold the garage and the buyer is bringing in his own staff.
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Emily Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix
- Billy Walker - Kenneth Farrington
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Lucille Hewitt - Jennifer Moss
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning
- Ernest Bishop - Stephen Hancock
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 9 Coronation Street- Back room/kitchen
- Camera Shop
- Camera Shop Flat
- Canal Garage and office
- First appearance of Ernest Bishop since 1st September 1971.
- Len Fairclough refers to his attempt to get Elsie Howard's gloves back from Robert Maxwell's crashed car. This occurred in Episode 498 (20th September 1965).
- TV Times synopsis: Annie gets shock news from Billy
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,500,000 homes (5th place).
Len Fairclough (to Elsie Howard): "Every time you came a cropper, you turned to me, didn’t you? And every time you opened it all up. Oh, you turned me down alright. But would you let me go! Would you hell as like."
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