Kevin tells Sally that they're going to pay back her debt. Emily tells the girls that Mike is working them so hard to get out a big order. They are furious that Mike has cheated them into working all hours so he can make a big profit. Kevin realises everything is going to have to be put back the way it was at No.13. Martin can't believe it. Don is appalled when Ivy tells him how Mike has used his workers. He tackles Mike, telling him that he's not being fair. Ken agrees with him when Don tells Mike he can't go treating people like dirt. Mike refuses to listen to them. Don accuses him of raking in blood money. Ivy fears his outburst could lose her her job. Sally is thrilled when Alf agrees to sub her a month's wages so she can pay off her debt. Ivy tells Mike he's not going to get good results from the girls whilst Connie Parker is breathing down their necks. Vera has enough of Connie bossing her around and tells her to shut up. Connie reports her to Mike and is astonished when Mike tells her that she's fired; she's served her purpose. He gives Ivy the supervisor's job. Sally urges Kevin to apply for a mortgage in his name. He tells her to give Alf his money back; they'll repay her debt out of their savings. Gloria is upset when Mike breaks a date. Bet warns her that Mike will hurt her.


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  • TV Times synopsis: As one door opens, another one slams in your face - at least, that's the way the Websters are seeing the start of the new year. And there are fireworks in the factory when Ivy Tilsley sticks her neck out for her workmates.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,950,000 viewers (4th place).

Notable dialogue

Alec Gilroy (about Mike Baldwin): "Smooth lecherous little Cockney he might be. But there's not many of the boss class left like him... dedicated to grinding the faces of the working classes and laughing all the way to the bank. Now that's what I call job satisfaction, that."

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