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Alf and Audrey return from the hotel early as Alf suffers from food poisoning. Tracy has nightmares about Deirdre disappearing. She tails Deirdre everywhere, fearing she'll go again. The Brennans and Duckworths go horse racing on Boxing Day. Don refuses to drive as he wants to drink. Vera is furious as she has to drive. Ken wants Brian Roscoe caught as he feels he could have raped Deirdre. She just wants to forget all about it. Deirdre breaks down and tells Bet she really feared she was going to be raped. She felt vulnerable and frightened. Bet tells her that she mustn't be frightened any more. Vera has a rotten day as everyone but her gets drunk. Don celebrates a big win on the horses. He feels he's on a winning streak. He gets Jack and Mike to have a game of cards with him. Ivy thinks it's hysterical that Alf and Audrey had to leave the hotel because of food poisoning. Ivy feels uncomfortable when Don plays poker with Mike at No.5. Don wins £60 from Mike. Ivy is frightened that Mike will be a sore loser and sack her.


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Guest cast




  • TV Times synopsis: Audrey's got her work cut out keeping the lid on Alf's embarrassing little secret, but, unfortunately, walls - and children - have ears! And Don presents arch-enemy Mike with a challenge.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 15,600,000 viewers (5th place).

Notable dialogue

Bet Gilroy: "As I see it love, when we go through lousy experiences we've got two choices. We either grow stronger from it, or we grow weaker. Which one's down to you."

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