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Judy calls on Mavis to offer condolences and ends up weeping over Joyce's death. Mavis comforts her and is touched by her love. Maxine asks Ashley if he wants to start afresh with her. Fred thinks Ashley is stupid for not jumping at Maxine again. Norris returns Derek's belongings from Hawthornes and Mavis snaps at him when he goes on about how well-liked Derek was. She tells him that Derek knew he was trying to force him out. Mike takes his solicitor, Frances Stillman, with him when the police ask to see him. She gets the police to admit they don't intend to charge Mike. He is jubilant and takes her to lunch in the Rovers so everyone can hear that he's in the clear. Jim asks Liz to talk Andy out of leaving university but Andy refuses to listen to anything she says, telling her that he's the way he is because of her. She tells him and Jim that she is sick of them both blaming her for their mixed-up lives. Vera tells Ray Thorpe not to get too close to Tricia as Terry will be back for her soon. When the cafe is shut, Ron Harris makes a play for Audrey, trapping her against the counter and telling her that he knows she fancies him. She gets scared and is grateful when Roy arrives. He tells Ron that Audrey's his mother and demands he leaves. Ron backs off. Maxine is pleased when Ashley agrees to take her out. Mike is thrilled when Frances gets the insurance company to pay out in full. He thanks Don, in the pub, for burning the factory as he burnt all the evidence against him and now he can start up all over again. Don is sickened.


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  • A lady customer in Elliott's Butchers is uncredited despite having two lines of dialogue.
  • TV Times synopsis: The police have some news for Mike. Audrey finds herself in a tricky situation.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,330,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 30th November 2020 was transmitted without any cuts.
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