Episode 7685
Production code P694/7685
ITV transmission date 7th September 2011
Script editor Sarah Mann
Story editor Iain MacLeod
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Lee O'Donnell
Martin Sterling
Jack Ford
Caroline Roby
Writer Chris Fewtrell
Designer Alan Davis
Director Terry Dyddgen-Jones
Executive Producer Kieran Roberts
Producer Phil Collinson
Previous episode 5th September 2011
Next episode 8th September 2011


Karl, Eva, Peter and Leanne contemplate the worst as they await more news on Stella. The doctor arrives to tell them that they have found the source of the bleeding, Stella has a ruptured spleen. As they absorb this latest development Frank appears. Tyrone suggests to Tommy that they go out into town. Lloyd drowns his sorrows in the Rovers after his argument with Cheryl. Frank apologises but proclaims that Stella stepped out in front of the car and there was nothing he could do to avoid her. As Lloyd downs another shot of whisky, Becky and Steve are concerned. Telling them that he feels neglected as all they ever talk about is Chris's brain tumour, Steve and Becky are taken aback by his uncharacteristic bitterness. Anne and Sam Foster arrive at the hospital and question Frank about what happened. Sam isn't sure whether to believe Frank when he insists that he was driving, not Carla. Peter tells PC Underwood what he saw. Leanne and Eva place blame on each other for what has happened. The lads go on a night out in town. Tyrone tells Kirk and Tommy that his pulling days are over. Frank tells Carla that Stella should pull through. Struggling with her conscience, Carla tells Frank she can't let him take the blame but he won't back down. Karl offers Leanne and Peter a place to stay as they can't return to the flat above the bookies until an inspector has checked it for structural damage. Simon is staying at No.1 with Ken and Deirdre so they will stay with him there. Leanne is grateful as Peter says he wants to wait at the hospital with her for news. Tommy pays Kirsty - a girl he's met in town - to talk to Tyrone. Solicitor George Eastham tells Frank that the worst case scenario is he will be charged with dangerous driving. He will talk to the police to see what he can find out, but reassures them that he doesn't think there is really anything to worry about. The doctor informs Karl, Eva, Leanne and Peter that Stella is out of theatre and they have managed to stop the bleeding. However they are concerned that she hasn't yet come round from the anaesthetic and there is a chance she might not wake up. The next step is to see if she can breathe unaided and if not she will be put on life support. Becky and Steve talk some sense into Lloyd and tell him he needs to cut Chris some slack. Steve is grateful to Becky for helping out. Chris and Cheryl share a bottle of wine and reminisce. Misreading the signals, Chris leans in for a kiss and Cheryl moves away shocked. The lads look on as Tyrone and Kirsty hit it off. Tyrone is impressed as Kirsty shares his love for cars. Kirsty suggests they meet up for a drink sometime and asks a thrilled Tyrone for his number. Tommy wonders if he has set Tyrone up for a fall. Things go from bad to worse as the doctor informs Karl, Eva, Leanne and Peter that Stella couldn't breathe on her own so she is now on life support and there is a chance she could have brain damage. Chris and Cheryl argue about what has just happened and Chris tries to apologise. The atmosphere between them is tense as Lloyd comes home. Frank breaks the news to Carla that Stella has gone into a coma, but insists it doesn't change anything.


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  • First appearance of Kirsty Soames.
  • This episode, shown at 9.00pm, was part of a week of special post-watershed episodes. All episodes broadcast as part of this special week ended with a short sequence of clips trailing the next episode.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast: 7,550,000 viewers (12th place).
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