Joyce threatens to tell Sunliners Travel Agency about Alec paying her with their money to clean his flat. He tells her that she's a blackmailer as well as a thief and sacks her. Martin wants to buy Curly's car for Gail to learn to drive in. Anne and Vera organise a farewell party for Curly. Vera invites the Armstrongs to spend Christmas with her at the Rovers. Bill sells the Spanish holiday to Gary. Don is hurt when Sarah Louise tells him that he's not invited for Christmas as Audrey doesn't like him but Roy is coming round instead. Don is angry that he's left out whilst a stranger is invited. He breaks open Ashley's present to him - a bottle of whisky. Judy is upset for Joyce when she breaks down and tells her that Alec framed her and accuses her of stealing from him. Don accuses Gail of shutting him out in the cold. Martin buys Curly's car for £1,200. Gerry tells Liz that Fraser is angry at him for breaking into her flat and apologises to her. Mike gets drunk at The Hour Glass and hires Don to drive him home. Don refuses to drive him and gets abusive, witnessed by the police. PC Park realises that Don is drunk and breathalyses him.


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  • TV Times synopsis: The atmosphere in the Malletts is tense as Joyce relates how Alec planted the marked fivers on her. A disgruntled Don begins drinking.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,110,000 viewers (9th place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogueEdit

Betty Williams (about the Rovers Return Inn): "The secrets I've had to keep while working here. I could get into MI5 with my qualifications."

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