Ashley is amused that Becky has sent him a Valentine and disappointed that Maxine hasn't sent him one as he's posted one to her. Anne doesn't pick Curly up so he's late for work and misses a meeting with Eric Firman. She tells him the car broke down but he refuses to listen to her. She pleads with him to like her, saying she'd do anything for him. He snaps and starts to shake her, telling her he won't play her games. Eric sees them and is horrified. He sacks Curly on the spot. Jack is thrilled when Betty arrives to look after the pub so he can go to the dance with Vera. Maxine admits to Fiona she likes having Ashley panting after her as he's like a puppy she can train. Samantha is furious to hear Curly has been sacked because of Anne's manipulations. Tricia helps out behind the bar but has to stop when she goes into labour. Betty is forced to look after her, with Jamie's help. Liz is stunned to discover Fraser is buying The Hour Glass from George Freeman. The Duckworths return home to discover Betty and Jamie have delivered Tricia's son but as he's so premature he's in an incubator.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Betty Williams: "Alec, you’ve got a job, love. Come behind the bar will you, and run this ship?"
Alec Gilroy: "I’m sorry, Betty. I realise you’re busy but things have been said you know, and after all, it is Friday night."
Betty Williams: "All right then, I’ll run the bar. You go in there and help the woman have the baby! Go and see Tricia!"
Alec Gilroy: "Right, you’ve just hired a barman!"

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