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Claire gets a letter from the RAF saying they want to discuss her widow's pension. She fears they are going to prosecute her and guesses that someone has shopped her. Des is certain that Derek is to blame and tells him that he's gone too far. Derek is alarmed by the ferocity of his anger. Gary acts as peacemaker between Joyce and Judy, reconciling them. Mike has to call on Sally when he can't find a file. He tells her that he won't give her a reference and doubts if she'll find another job. Alec is interested in Roy's memory. Roy is wary of him and tells him that he doesn't perform to order. Emily decides to spend Christmas with her sister in Bridlington so Percy asks Maud to spend the day with him. Maureen is thrilled as she can go on holiday with a clear conscience. Alec wants to exploit Roy but Roy doesn't want to know. Maud is thrilled that Maureen and Bill are going away over Christmas. Claire hands the flat keys back to Sean, deciding that she's had enough of lying. Joyce tells the Malletts she's had to leave her house and descends on them with her bags and Scamper. Sean is set upon outside the bookies by two thugs who beat him up. Sally tells Mike that she'd like her job back. He agrees to take her back and promises to be more understanding about women with children.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Des knows who to blame when Claire receives a letter from the RAF about her pension. There's trouble for Sean Skinner as he locks up the bookies for the night.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,540,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).
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