Jim suffers from the detox, sweating and shaking. Andy doesn't understand why he puts himself through it. Maureen avoids Bill. Des gives Mavis chocolates in the hope she'll babysit Becky but Mavis has an engagement. The Platts return from Canada and tell a shocked Audrey that Nick is staying. They explain he's enrolled in a private school for a couple of years, using his inheritance. Audrey accuses Gail of shoving Nick away because he's a problem. Jim stops drinking. He tells Bill that he wants to return to the firm but Bill tells him that he's unreliable and he's taken on another worker. Jim tells him that he can no longer use his van. Des is horrified when Mavis gives Becky a budgie of her own. Fiona tells Alec that if she's going to continue she wants a contract drawn up. When he agrees, Fiona feels that she's played into his hands but still says that she wants a contract. He tells Rita that he's backing Fiona because he wants to push one of his discoveries all the way to the top. Bill tells Jim that he'll take him back on if he stays sober. Jim agrees to let him use the van again.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 9.30pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: The Platts return from their Canadian holiday with some unexpected news for Alf and Audrey; the Wiltons have a present for Becky; and Curly is excited at the prospect of promotion within the Square Dealers.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,550,000 viewers (9th place - combined figure including repeat).
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