Elaine tells Ken she doesn't love him and can't marry him. He feels bitter as she wants to remain friends. Alf is worried about the pending court case and plans to resign. Alan returns to Elsie in London and she tells him about Dennis. Ken uses Norma to pull back into life. Elsie doesn't think she can face the Street. Alf goes to resign but Annie learns that Norman Leach is pleading guilty.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Elsie tries to put things right with Alan. But is she in time to mend her marriage?
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,300,000 homes (2nd place).
  • The Granada Plus repeat of this episode on 12th October 1996 was edited down for timing reasons omitting two scenes, one of length 15" from Part One where Alan Howard drinks up and leaves a London bar, and the 55" introductory scene from Part Two where Alf Roberts refuses to share his problems with an inquiring Maggie Clegg at the Corner Shop, while Alan and Elsie Howard's conversation at the hospital was trimmed in two places by 12" and 8" respectively, and 10" was missing from the beginning of the scene where hospital orderly Mary Bedford applies Elsie's make-up.
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