Mavis worries that Victor wants to sack Derek as he thinks that he doesn't like Yvonne. Alf is made President of the Weatherfield Association of Retail Traders and Stockholders (WARTS) and has to give a speech. Mavis secretly sees Victor to find out why Derek's job is at risk. He tells her that the branch isn't profitable enough and Derek won't be able to save it. Mike doesn't know how to tell Alma that it's over. He feels he has to do it today as do it closer to Christmas would be cruel. Jack doesn't know what to get Vera for Christmas. Alma plans Christmas in Wales as a surprise for Mike. Mavis asks Derek not to get his hopes up but he's confident that his salesmanship will rescue the branch. Alf wants his speech to be funny and asks around for jokes but Jack's suggestions are less than inspiring. Kevin and Martin worry about the births. Mike tells Alma there won't be a Christmas. She realises that he loves Jackie and breaks down.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Alf worries about the preparations to make him a big WART! Not for the first time, Mike has to make a decision about his complicated love life.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 18,410,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogueEdit

Mavis Wilton: "I'm going to have to do something about it."
Rita Fairclough: "Now before you do owt, do nowt."

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