Albert and the committee camp on the Rovers' doorstep in order to get to the snug before Ena only to find her there already, cleaning the horse brasses. Ena keeps interrupting the Legion's committee meeting. They try to ignore her. Elsie stays away from work. When Mike calls she tells him about being picked up. She's depressed and feels she's lost everything, even her self-respect. Ken asks Ena to try and get on with Albert, for the sake of their working together. Ena breaks the committee up by causing them to fall out with each other. Elsie leaves No.11, taking her clothes with her. Alderman Chapman tells Len the Council are angry about him being charged with being drunk and disorderly. He asks for Len's resignation.
- Gail Potter - Helen Worth
- Suzie Birchall - Cheryl Murray
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Steve Fisher - Lawrence Mullin
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen and hallway
- Community Centre flat - Living room and kitchen
- The Kabin
- Ray Langton (Neville Buswell) is credited but doesn't appear.
- Last appearance of Elsie Howard until 19th June 1978.
- TV Times synopsis: Mike Baldwin goes to see why Elsie Howard has stayed away from work - and hears she has made a decision. Len Fairclough receives a shock, and Ena Sharples wins a victory.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,550,000 viewers (2nd place).
Elsie Howard: "I was quite something when I was young. I could have had any feller I wanted. They used to queue up just to take me 'ome from work. An' the dances... wallflower? I didn't even know the meaning of the word. Gail and Suzie... they don't know anything. 'Ow I ever come to marry a nothin' like Arnold Tanner I shall never know. Yes I do, it was a mistake a lot of young girls make and live to regret it. But you know I... could 'ave done anythin', gone anywhere. Not just with fellers, but life in general. I was a fighter... You know, all I once thought I was is not there any more. I keep lookin' at meself from the outside... seein' meself as... as other people do. It's lousy. Terrifying"
Elsie Howard: "I walked down that street last night, pourin' o' rain an cried me eyes out... for a girl I once knew who 'ad guts, and hope... only she's dead now. And I don't quite know when it was she died."
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