Alec's giddiness over his meeting with Sandra gets Bet down. Ken refuses Wendy's offer of financial help. Bet tells Alec she's not going to Sandra's birthday party with him as she'd just be tagging along. Deirdre takes legal advice from her colleague David Gaskell. Ted Lucas, editor of the Gazette offers to buy the Recorder. Alec doesn't understand Bet's decision. She admits she's scared his new family will change him and he'll want more from them than her. He assures her that she's the best thing that's ever happened to him and nothing can be better than what he has with her. Bet is moved and agrees to go. Don is interviewed by the police again, with Ivy accompanying him. As P.C. Henry goes over the details, he mentions Don being in the betting shop. Ivy is furious but waits until they're alone to row as she doesn't want the police to know he's been telling lies. Ken feels the Recorder is on the up and decides not to sell. Lucas warns him that it's only a matter of time before the Gazette finishes him. Ivy is angry with Don for gambling but doesn't doubt his innocence. Ken collects his things from No.1. Deirdre is furious that he hasn't bothered with Tracy for a week. She asks him to buy her out of the Recorder as she prefers a lump sum to maintenance. Ken pleads with her to accept maintenance as he'd have to sell the paper to meet her demands. Don tries to pick a fight with Percy when Phyllis suggests he was behind the wheel at the time of the hit-and-run. Gail and Martin drag him off before it gets serious. Tracy is thrilled to see Ken at No.1 but turns on him when she finds out he isn't back for good. She tells him that she hates him while Deirdre breaks down in tears. Seeing first-hand the pain he's caused his family, Ken leaves full of guilt.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Deirdre takes steps to make her future more secure and hits at the very foundations of Ken’s life. And Percy Sugden discovers the consequences of opening his mouth once too often.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 21,220,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
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