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Mike can't believe Alma has turned Roy's offer down. Derek is dismayed to hear from Billy Williams that his allotment shed has been broken into. Sue Jeffers is cold to Ken at work. Roy is puzzled over why Alma thinks he and his money need protecting. He is sad as he wants the cafe. Sally finds it hard working with counterfeit goods behind the backs of Kevin and the workers. Ida is told she can no longer have access to the storeroom where the goods are and accuses Sally of being up to something with Mike. Gail accuses Alma of not selling to Roy because she knows it would help her out. Alma realises that Gail really isn't exploiting Roy and apologises for saying she was. Alma tells Gail that she's worried that if Roy makes a mess of the business, Gail will get burnt. Gail tells her that she is being arrogant and patronising and says she must sell to Roy. Sue tells Ken she doesn't want to see him until he's decided if he wants a relationship with her or Deirdre. Derek is annoyed that his tools have been stolen. Roy is pleased when Alma agrees to sell him the cafe for £35,000. Mike is relieved it's all over though he thinks Alma could have pushed Roy for more. Sally breaks down and tells Kevin about her selling counterfeit stock, saying she can't stand it any more. She feels she's a criminal and is grateful when Kevin tells her they'll sort it out together.


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  • Last appearance of Ida Clough until 18th May 1997.
  • TV Times synopsis: The workers are restless at Baldwin's Sportswear. Sally doesn't know how much longer she can fend off Ida's questions.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,430,000 viewers (1st place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 2nd November 2020 was transmitted without any cuts.

Notable dialogue[]

Mavis Wilton (about Gary Mallett): "Honestly, that man... he'd make a bus timetable sound like filth."

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