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Alma is alarmed to find Don is driving the taxi as she knows he hasn't got a licence. Vera gives Tricia a hard time about moving out. Tricia tells her she'd be a fool to let Ray go as he's the only chance she's got of having a family life. Gail and Audrey visit Mavis and try to comfort her about losing Derek. Jim tries to help Andy off drink by inviting him to join him in a drinking session, saying he'll match him drink for drink. Alma gets frightened when Don drives past Weatherfield Quays and refuses to let her out of the car. He likes being in control. He tells her that he wants her to feel useless as he does, as Mike has caused him to feel. He tells her he laughed when he set fire to the factory, unnerving her, telling her he wished Mike had burnt in the fire. Chris hopes that Angie will sleep with him as he's given her a great evening but she refuses, making him angry. Alma tries to raise help on the taxi radio but Don rips it out of the car and orders her out of the car onto wasteland. He drags her out, kicking and screaming. She fears he's going to rape her, disgusting him so he hits her. Andy isn't impressed by Jim getting drunk and trying to make him see sense. Jim tells him he used to be proud of him but isn't any more. Alma wrenches herself free of Don and runs away from him. He chases her in the taxi, cornering her in a back street and forcing her back into the car. Mike enjoys his evening out with Frances Stillman and is in no hurry to get home. Chris is confused when Angie refuses to go to bed with him. She is angry that he thought he could win her over by cooking her a meal. Tricia tells Vera she views her like a mother but refuses to stay just so she can have Brad at home. Vera realises she can't stop her leaving. Don tells Alma he's driving her home but says Mike won't want her any more as she's dirty and rubbish. She tries to get control of the situation by telling him she now understands how much Mike hurt him. She tells him he's right; Mike cheated him out of the garage. Andy lays into Jim for pretending to be drunk whilst throwing most of the drink down the sink. Jim hits back by saying he's got nothing to live for and starts to drink for real. Andy gets upset and tells him he can't bear it when Jim drinks as he loves him. Jim tells him he's getting his own back; he watched whilst Andy threw his career away now Andy can watch him throw everything away. Don fears that he'll get locked away because he kidnapped Alma. She swears she won't tell anyone but he doesn't believe her. Andy apologises to Jim for hurting him so much and tells him he won't give up his studies. Don tells Alma she's as bad as Mike and deserves to die. He drives the taxi straight into the canal with them both inside it.


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  • This was a one-hour episode.
  • Andy Bradford was credited as the Stunt Arranger on this episode, with Stunts by: Daniela Biernat, Stuart Clark, Ray De-Haan and Richard Hammett.
  • TV Times synopsis: A taxi ride for Alma turns into a nightmare. Chris and Angie spend a cosy night in.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,050,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
  • This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1990-1999, released on 5th September 2011.
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 2nd December 2020 was heavily edited: in Part One, 1" was cut from the end of a Rovers' scene where Alec Gilroy puts a cigarette in his mouth, and another 2" from a scene in 11 Coronation Street, where Andy McDonald says "I'm not Irish"; in Part Two, nine separate cuts totalling 3'12" were made to the various scenes of Don Brennan's kidnap of Alma Baldwin; and in Part Three, the first 46" was cut from the opening scene where Don tells Alma that Mike won't want her any more, and another 1" from a scene in No.11, where Andy calls Jim McDonald a "selfish bastard". In addition, the footage of the car's canal plunge was the abridged version taken from the recap at the start of the next episode, which omits 6" of a crazed Don shouting "liar!" but extends the shot of the passer-by clinging on to a tree after dodging the swerving taxi. A total of 4'08" was cut from the broadcast. The end credits on the ITV3 broadcast also omitted Taxi Controller (Jimmy Hibbert) and Executive producer Carolyn Reynolds.
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