Elsie takes a shine to cafe customer Wally Randle. Gordon Lewis charms Betty and Hilda but shows contempt for Bet and Fred. Mike asks Deirdre for a meal. Instead of accepting she invites him for a meal at her flat, he agrees. Emily is upset that Deirdre is seeing Mike and not Ken anymore. Elsie takes a liking to Sandra Webb and takes her on at the cafe. Ken asks Deirdre out for the evening. She tells him that she's busy. Stan accuses Betty of short-changing him. Gordon sides with Stan and gets Betty to give him the extra money. An angry Betty accuses Gordon of making her seem dishonest. Deirdre cooks steak for Mike. He assures her that he isn't the womaniser that people think he is. He tells her that he fancies her. Gordon tells Fred that his cellar is a shambles and he wants it putting right. Ken sees Mike kissing Deirdre goodnight.
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Tracy Langton - Christabel Finch
- Gordon Lewis - David Daker
- Wally Randle - Mark Eden
- Johnny Webb - Jack Smethurst
- Sandra Webb - Shelagh Stephenson
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug
- Corner Shop
- 15a Coronation Street - Living room/kitchen
- Viaduct Street
- Jim's Cafe
- Mark Eden makes a pre-Alan Bradley appearance as Wally Randle.
- In a continuity error, Sandra Webb states that she has been unemployed since leaving school, aside from a Christmas temping job at Woolworths, but in the previous episode her uncle Johnny Webb tells Elsie Tanner that she has been unemployed since being laid off at a firm named Johnson's.
- TV Times synopsis: Deirdre Langton turns down a date with Ken Barlow, but doesn't tell him she's entertaining another admirer to some home cooking. Will Ken find out? Barmaid Betty Turpin has a row with Stan Ogden over some money at the Rovers. Whose side will the new manager take?
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 17,600,000 viewers (4th place).
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