Jack and Vera celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary. Vera wears her underwear all day whilst Jack desperately tries to get out of going to bed with her. Sally forgives Gail. Alec keeps a tab on the free drinks offered by the Duckworths and encourages the guests to splash out. Sally joins the Platts at the Duckworths' party and sets about enjoying herself, even though Kevin is there with Natalie. Natalie is annoyed when Nick Horrocks refuses to back down over money. Alec encourages the guests to have a collection to pay for sparkling wine. Vera forces herself to remember all the bad times during her marriage to make her see how much she now has to celebrate. Ken is forced to make a speech and toast the Duckworths on behalf of the residents. Sally rows with Natalie in front of everyone, saying she's a hypocrite to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Natalie fights back, saying she rescued Kevin from a dull marriage. Kevin is embarrassed. Natalie tells Kevin that he'll have to cut Sally's money. Samantha assures Des she isn't going to London to get rid of him, just to get away from everyone else. Jack resigns himself to the fact that he's got to have sex with Vera.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Jack’s blood runs cold when Vera presents him with an anniversary gift, and Sally and Natalie go head-to-head in the Rovers.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,670,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
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