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Vicky is sickened to find that she and Steve are on the front page of the Gazette. Tricia starts work at Baldwin's Sportswear, being trained by Ida. The Duckworths are puzzled over the difference in takings and agree to keep it to themselves. When Claire has a spare twenty minutes in the afternoon she rushes to make love with Des. Betty realises the Duckworths have found something wrong with the books and is furious. She walks out of the Rovers. Jamie has no money for lunch so offers postage stamps instead at the cafe. Roy realises he is hungry and plays along, hiring his baseball cap for four hours at £1 an hour in exchange for food. Jamie thinks he's mad. Ida is annoyed as training Tricia has slowed her down. When Tricia gives her a sob story about fearing for her job, Ida tells Mike that she's doing well. The McDonalds visit Steve in prison. He is full of self-pity. Norris turns up at the Wiltons' house telling them that he can't take any more and wants to get drunk to forget all about Angela. Derek feels obliged to help him. Steve accuses Jim of not caring about him. Jim admits he's let him down in the past and swears he'll make it up to him because he loves him. The Duckworths admit to Betty that the takings were up when she was in charge. She points out that is because when they are around they both keep dipping into the till. Steve tells Liz that he'd like Fiona to visit him.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Steve's future looks grim. Tricia starts work at Mike's factory.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,410,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 10th August 2020 contained a brief edit to a scene in the prison visiting area in Part Two, in order to cut Jim McDonald's use of the word "buck" before "eejit", despite having broadcast the full phrase in many previous episodes.
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