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Steve is annoyed to discover that Mike has won the contract. Don gets a friend, Eddie Baines, to pose as a Catholic priest and perform an exorcism at No.5 to put Vera's mind at rest. She falls for the charade. Liz lends Andy £50 to pay his rent to Des. Liz tells Deirdre about her relationship with Des. Vera is thrilled that Ivy's soul has finally been laid to rest and treats Baines to a free hotpot. He leaves his bag in the Rovers by mistake. Jim is furious to find his £50 savings gone and accuses Liz of lining her fancy man Des's pocket. Liz tells him that she gave the money as she doesn't want Andy owing Des anything. Vera is horrified when Jack opens Baines's bag and snaps a rosary. When she turns icy cold, Vera feels Ivy's soul has settled in the pub. Stephen is taken aback when Alma makes a pass at him in his hotel room. He is very nice about it but Alma feels awful when he doesn't respond. She runs off, observed by Audrey.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Will Alma pluck up the courage to let Stephen know his true feelings? Don calls in the ghostbusters.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 19,570,000 viewers (1st place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 9th July 2020 was edited, cutting one of Eddie Baines's uses of the word "Begorrah" in the opening street scene.

Notable dialogue[]

Eddie Baines (posing as a priest in the exorcism to fool Vera Duckworth): "Omnibus, minibus, terminus. Tempus fugit in minibus; Nintendo in omnibus, Armani et semper."

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