Mike tells Deirdre that Emily warned him off. When questioned, Emily tells Deirdre that she has her best interests at heart and points out that Ken is reliable. Gordon Lewis stops Bet from smoking behind the bar. Deirdre tells Ken that he's been unreliable with her in the past and she will not marry him. They are over. Ken tells Mike the field is clear for him and asks him not to hurt Deirdre. Gordon throws a hotpot supper but he sees Fred helping himself to a short and confronts him. Fred argues that it's a perk of the job. Fred threatens to hit him when Gordon accuses him of stealing. Gordon suspends him. Wally Randle takes Elsie to the Rovers. Bet and Betty walk out of the Rovers when they hear about Fred's suspension. Gordon phones old friends Carole Fairbanks and Diane Hawkins to replace them.
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Bert Tilsley - Peter Dudley
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug and back room
- 15a Coronation Street - Living room/kitchen
- Corner Shop
- Jim's Cafe
- Mark Eden makes a pre-Alan Bradley appearance as Wally Randle.
- TV Times synopsis: The big bust-up at the Rovers ends with cellarman Fred Gee being suspended and barmaids Bet Lynch and Betty Turpin walking out on Annie Walker's stand-in manager. Meanwhile,Ken Barlow is waiting for an answer from Deirdre Langton. What will it be, and where will it leave Mike Baldwin?
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 17,200,000 viewers (4th place).
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