Bet plans an exotic dinner party. Jack gets Vera to agree to settle with just a fire. Bet annoys Alec by spending all day preparing for the dinner party. Jack takes possession of the fire and decides to install it himself to save money. Ken is furious when Deirdre is too busy to visit Tracy. Bet is upset when Rita and the Hallidays have to call off the dinner party. She forces Emily and Mavis to take their places. Tracy understands that Deirdre is busy but Ken makes the most of the situation to call Deirdre a bad mother. Bet is upset when the meal is a flop as she's such a bad cook. Alec asks her to stick to her lipstick in future.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Bet's vigour for housewifery is giving Alec the jitters - she just isn't the woman he married. And Jack Duckworth is having trouble shaking off his poor reputation for DIY.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 13,800,000 viewers (5th place).
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