Maureen is thrilled with Simon the dentist and thinks he's perfect. Maud is happy as she thinks Maureen is having a relationship with Bill. Fred offers Alec the chance to join the Square Dealers but Alec refuses, saying he's not the type. Derek and Jack are horrified to learn that Alec has been asked to replace Tommy Mook at the Dealers and can't understand why he turned the honour down. Jamie writes to Carl in prison. Maud is stunned when Maureen tells her about joining the lonely hearts and her blind date. Fiona is impressed when Alec promises her training and support and says that he'll book Rita as her coach. Ken struggles directing A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rita doesn't want to coach Fiona in singing for Alec until Fiona tells her that she genuinely wants to be trained. Sue Jeffers opens her heart to Ken and tells him that her husband has left her for another woman. He tries to comfort her. Jim gets Bill and Liz together in the Rovers, telling them that as Liz wants half of all he earns he is no longer going to work and his partnership with Bill is over.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Tricia has to do some fast talking to dig herself out of a hole. The uneasy truce between the McDonalds is taking its toll on Jim.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,190,000 viewers (4th place - combined figure including repeat).
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