Derek sends Mavis a Christmas card with his new address. She wonders if it's a hint. Mike refuses to back Frankie, he tells him he doesn't think he'll be successful with videos. Frankie is hurt. Dr Crawford tells Stan he's overweight and he may have an allergy to beer. He tells him not to drink any more beer until he sees him again. Bert worries that Fosters' may be laying off workers. He fears he'll lose his job. Ivy begins to worry that they won't be able to pay the mortgage. Arnold goes to Birmingham on business to pick up a load of parrots for Christmas. Emily takes over the pet shop. Mavis phones Derek. She hopes they'll get together for Christmas but he's visiting relatives. Stan is devastated that he can't drink anymore although everyone else thinks it's hilarious. Mike tells Fred that Frankie is a dodgy character. Fred asks for his money back but Frankie dodges him. Rita persuades Len to have Mavis with them for Christmas. An insurance man, Mr. Emery, calls at the pet shop telling a stunned Emily that Arnold's wife, Mrs Margaret Swain wants to finish her policy.
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Ivy Tilsley - Lynne Perrie
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Bert Tilsley - Peter Dudley
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Eddie Yeats - Geoffrey Hughes
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Emily Swain - Eileen Derbyshire
- Arnold Swain - George Waring
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Brian Tilsley - Christopher Quinten
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and hallway
- 5 Coronation Street - Living room
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- Baldwin's Casuals - Wages office
- The Kabin
- Dr Crawford's surgery
- Swain's Pet Shop
- TV Times synopsis: Dramatic news for Emily Swain about her new husband, Arnold. Stan Ogden finally goes to the doctor - and receives some advice that rocks him on his heels.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 19,000,000 viewers (1st place). This was the most-watched episode of the year.
- This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1980-1989, released on 31st October 2005.
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