Betty tries to get in contact with Bet but in vain as Alec returns three weeks early. Betty tells him that Bet has gone to the cinema. Gail is upset that Nicky continues to think Brian is still alive. She feels that he's becoming a handful. Derek tries to contact DP at home. He tells DP that he'd love to work in dispatch but DP refuses to take him back. Bet and Paul Rigby return at midnight. Bet is thrilled to see Alec but he thinks that she's been unfaithful and throws Paul out. She swears nothing happened. Nicky thinks Gail is responsible for Brian's absence and attacks her. She tells him that Brian is never returning and begs him to love her. Alf demands his £80 rent from Curly. Gail finds Nicky has disappeared from the house.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Panic sets in at the Rovers, as Betty organises a search party to forewarn Bet of Alec’s surprise return from the Middle East. And Derek’s world is in ruins, but what is Mavis going to say when she finds out?
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 16,030,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).
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