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|ITV transmission date||12th December 1997 (Friday)|
|Story/Script editor||Ann McManus|
|Story associates|| Di Burrows|
|Previous episode||10th December 1997|
|Next episode||14th December 1997|
Ashley is stuck in the middle between pleasing Maxine and feeling sorry for Zoe. Zoe tells him that she'll leave but wants to say goodbye to Katie first. Vera tries to make the peace with Jack, saying she was only getting back at him. Judy is upset when Ashley tells her that Zoe has the right to see her baby. When she sees that Zoe is still in residence, Maxine packs her bags and storms out. Les scrounges pints off Des and keeps reminding him of how he saved him from Ritchie Fitzgerald. Des just wants to get the gratitude over with. Ashley refuses to let Zoe sleep rough and tells her to stay at No.4 with him. Chris shops for Christmas presents for the girls, causing concern for Sally that he's getting too close. Des can't shake Les off and ends up having to take him back home to share a takeaway with Samantha. Les is disappointed when Samantha insists that Janice joins them. Gary finishes his contract with the cable company and celebrates being out of work. Des is stunned when Les assumes he wants some wife-swapping, assuring him that Janice will be game. Janice shoves Les home when he brings up his curry. Sally tells Chris that she feels there's nothing long-term for them and she doesn't want him becoming part of her family as she fears the girls will get hurt. She is relieved when he accepts the brush-off without a fuss. He is hurt and tells her that he'll give the presents to someone else.
- Maxine Heavey - Tracy Shaw
- Ashley Peacock - Steven Arnold
- Zoe Tattersall - Joanne Froggatt
- Les Battersby - Bruce Jones
- Des Barnes - Philip Middlemiss
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Chris Collins - Matthew Marsden
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Judy Mallett - Gaynor Faye
- Katie Mallett - Lucy Whipday
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Natalie Horrocks - Denise Welch
- Samantha Failsworth - Tina Hobley
- Gary Mallett - Ian Mercer
- Janice Battersby - Vicky Entwistle
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and back room
- 4 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 6 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- Corner Shop
- Hair by Fiona Middleton
- TV Times synopsis: Sally makes a painful decision, and Les has a suggestion to put to Des.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,770,000 viewers (3rd place - combined figure including repeat).
|December 1997 episodes|
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