Episode 5438
Episode 5438
Production code P694/5438
ITV transmission date 10th February 2003 (Monday)
Script editor Gareth Philips
Jane Hudson
Story editor Colin Steven
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Josie Burke
Nazrin Choudhury
Bryan Kirkwood
David Millard
Writer Carmel Morgan
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Tony Prescott
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Kieran Roberts
Previous episode 9th February 2003
Next episode 12th February 2003


Karen starts her new job as supervisor at Underworld. Janice makes her life hell. Hayley is quietly pleased that Karen is having such a tough time. Peter and Shelley arrive back from Mexico. Shelley is put-out to hear that Ciaran has moved in with Sunita and is thinking of opening his own cafe. Against Fred's advice, Ashley goes to the clinic with Joshua to have the paternity test. Angela is feeling happier and more accepted by the factory girls. Janice and Fiz bitch about Karen, their ex-friend, who's crossed the management line. Shelley becomes suspicious about the amount of leave Ciaran seems to have from the Navy. Janice announces to the whole pub that Maria got herself pregnant by Toyah's boyfriend. Maria runs out in floods of tears. Karen and Joe are having a laugh together in the Rovers. Steve is jealous. Peter advises Ciaran to give himself up to the Navy but Ciaran ignores him. Karen approaches Janice hoping to make up with her but Janice makes it clear that Karen is no longer a mate and throws her beer all over her. Karen is livid.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 8.30pm to allow for an hour-long episode of Emmerdale at 7.00pm and to avoid a clash with BBC's EastEnders at 8.00pm.
  • TV Times synopsis: Karen and Janice lock horns over the new work arrangements; Fred urges Ashley not to seek out the truth; and Peter tries to talk Ciaran into turning himself in.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,180,000 viewers (4th place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Janice Battersby (to Maria Sutherland): "Preening yerself for all t'fellas? I wouldn't bother. Unless you want somebody who's married or spoken for, and then I'd save all that slap til later eh? The tarty look is always better at night!"

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