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Don tries to convince Ivy that Mike was probably just giving Jackie a supportive hug. She's surprised by him defending Mike. Des has spent the night on the Websters' sofa to teach Steph a lesson. Mike worries about what Ivy will say to the workers. Curly tells Kimberley that he wants her body for Christmas; she has been saving herself for marriage. Des asks Rita to talk Jenny into quitting the promos, hoping that Steph will follow suit, but Rita refuses to intervene. She advises Des not to push Steph as she'll dig her heels in. Ivy assures Mike that she isn't a gossip and won't tell anyone. Don pays Marie's gas bill when the board try to cut her off. He lets out his anger in the corner shop when Jack asks him for a £10 loan to join a card game, ranting about how wasteful people are with money. Mike is embarrassed when Jackie mentions their affair in front of his secretary Amanda Worsley. Steph refuses to give up the job so Des packs and leaves for the night. Marie indicates to Don that she'll sleep with him if he wants. He is appalled and tells her that she's worth more than that. Mike asks Jackie what she's playing at - she's realised that he was lying about his and Alma's relationship from the way he reacted to Ivy. She tells Mike that she's not going to share him with Alma and orders him to finish with her tonight. He's furious at being given an ultimatum.


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  • First appearance of Kimberley Taylor since 10th August 1990 as Suzanne Hall took time off for maternity leave.
  • TV Times synopsis: Mike finds himself out of his depth for once as Jackie takes control of their relationship.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 18,450,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
  • This episode was repeated on ITV3 on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 10.00pm to mark the programme's sixtieth anniversary. This was part of a sequence of episodes shown which had originally been transmitted on or near every tenth anniversary of the show.
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