The Faircloughs buy Sharon some earrings and a tool kit for her birthday. The wheels are nicked off Alec's van whilst he sleeps in it. Ron Sykes reveals Brian is homesick and didn't want to come home as he's getting settled and doesn't want to be disturbed again. Gail has a phone installed at the house. Len and Rita spoil Sharon's party by their presence. Sharon convinces them to leave them to it. Ron tells Gail that Brian is missing her but couldn't get leave. At the party Sharon is pleased when Steve Dunthorne tells her he fancies her. She is annoyed when her brother Wayne Gaskell turns up and starts causing trouble. Betty offers Alec the £40 back so he can get some new wheels and he accepts. When Wayne starts a fight with Steve, Sharon gets Len to return and sort Wayne out. Alec agrees to stay with Betty until his van is repaired. When all the guests are gone, Steve tries to get Sharon upstairs. Len throws him out, upsetting Sharon. Gail phones Brian and discovers he's in Cairo on leave.
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Eddie Yeats - Geoffrey Hughes
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Ivy Tilsley - Lynne Perrie
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Sharon Gaskell - Tracie Bennett
- Nicholas Tilsley - Warren Jackson
- Ron Sykes - Bobby Knutt
- Jackie Moffatt - Jacqueline Tong
- Alec Hobson - Tom Price
- Wayne Gaskell - Philip Pollitt
- Trish - Debbie Bowers
- Steve Dunthorne - Howard Grace
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen and hallway
- Corner Shop
- The Kabin
- 5 Buxton Close - Living room and kitchen
- TV Times synopsis: Gail Tilsley is told that work kept husband Brian from getting home to see her - then finds out he's on the loose in Cairo. Alec Hobson wakes up to a big shock in his caravan.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 17,950,000 viewers (2nd place).
- This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1980-1989, released on 31st October 2005.
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