Rita is pleased when Sharon asks her to give her away at her wedding. Natalie gets sick of the way Lorraine takes advantage of her because she's her aunt. Tom Ferguson answers Maxine's advertisement. She takes him on for a trial and is impressed with his style and confidence. Ashley is upset when Lorraine tells him that she's not interested in him. Ravi apologises to Rita for Nita upsetting her by selling newspapers. He pleases Rita by saying they should work together and not in competition. They agree to go back to normal. Tom is pleased when Maxine agrees to keep him on until Audrey returns. Alison reports Kevin to the police as a missing person. The police tell her that he's at risk because of losing the children. Betty is embarrassed to see Natalie kissing Ian. Ian has a narrow escape when he calls to spend the night with Natalie and sees Sharon drinking in the pub.


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  • First appearance of Tom Ferguson.
  • This episode was broadcast at 9.45pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Alison reports Kevin missing to the police, and Ian continues to skate on thin ice.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,970,000 viewers (9th place - combined figure including repeat).
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