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Alma feels positive about the future having seen Don. Sally is sad to hear Bill is leaving the country. He is emotional about leaving her and the girls but feels the street has nothing to offer him any more. Fred is saddened when Maureen tells him that her expectations were too high when she married him. He surprises her by suggesting they have a holiday together. Don escapes from hospital when his guard, Ted, has a secret smoke. Natalie tells Sally that she overreacted and isn't going to take her to court. Martin and Gail are alarmed to hear Don is on the loose. Rita lets her customers know she isn't leaving any more. Chris views the corner shop flat and agrees to rent it. Mavis tells Rita that she's going to buy the cottage in Cartmel on her own and run the B&B herself. Don hangs around Firman's, watching Alma at work.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 7.00pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Don escapes from Weatherfield General. Mavis has a surprise for Rita.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,590,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
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