Hilda throws all her rubbish into Elsie's yard. Elsie threatens to take her to court. Deirdre begins to get anxious as Emily spends so much time with her and Tracy. She feels that Emily is taking over Tracy. Renee tells Alf she can't marry him, it would be a mistake for both of them. Betty advises Deirdre to let Emily see Tracy; the child might help her bring herself out of the void she's in. Alf tells Hilda the small claims arbitration court will only cost her £1 and she could put in a counter claim. Emily thanks Deirdre for helping to bring her out of herself. Deirdre is touched and encourages her to be with Tracy. Renee tells Rita that she didn't like the way Alf proposed, taking it for granted that she'd say yes. She tells her that she does want to marry Alf, but she wants him to want her, not her availability. Rita tells Len. Len advises Alf to be more romantic with Renee and not take her for granted. Renee agrees to marry Alf.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Hilda finds out that she could enter a counter-action against Elsie in the Small Claims Court. And it's touch-and-go whether Renee will say yes or no to Alf's proposal…
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 17,750,000 viewers (4th place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Hilda Ogden: "Oh, I don't think I want to be involved in an unseemly row on me front doorstep this time o'the morning"
Stan Ogden: "That's a bit strong ya know, Hilda"
Hilda Ogden: "Ah well, that was what you might call 'spontaneous combustion' that, Stan"

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