Les finds the Lada needs more work than he thought. Samantha stalls on seeing her parents. Des urges her to face the past. Jim is delighted when Steve takes Rachel Forbes out but Steve isn't that keen on her as he still loves Fiona. Samantha is touched that Des cares so much and agrees to let him take her home. Gary tells Judy that Zoe should stay around for a while after the birth or the authorities will be on to them. Des drives Samantha to Hale. She becomes courageous and decides to call on Ian Phillips and confront him over what he did to her. She calls and is upset to discover he died about a year ago. Maxine goes with Fiona to choose a wedding dress. Fiona gets excited trying them on. Steve tells Rachel that he was married but his wife spent beyond their means and he was left to start again. She feels sorry for him. Samantha faces her parents and tells Des she doesn't know when she'll return to Weatherfield. She thanks him for helping her face the past.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Sam solves some problems from the past, Gary puts his foot down about Zoe's baby, and Maxine helps Fiona choose the best dress for her big day.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 10,880,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
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