Zoe is forced to leave the Battersbys' sofa as she's in the way. Ashley is concerned for her when he hears of her plight and feeds her at No.4. She tells him about the Malletts buying Katie off her and how she doesn't have anyone to care for her. Natalie wants Kevin to know about Sally and Chris but knows he'll be angry and fears he'll take it out on her. Alf tells Audrey that he'll buy the salon for her when he realises that if she's working she won't be out shopping all day. Alec asks Jack to escort for him with a new client, Roxy Lamour. Maxine is stunned when Audrey tells her that she intends to buy the salon. She is annoyed to discover Ashley has told Zoe she can stay a couple of nights. Kevin is sorry that he's going to miss out on seeing the girls first thing on Christmas morning. Vera dresses up for her date and is furious when Jack turns up to meet Roxy. He calls her a trollop for paying for an escort whilst she pours ice down his trousers. She storms back to the Rovers and accuses Alec of setting her up. He finds the whole thing amusing. Maxine doesn't like having Zoe around the house and tells Ashley to get rid of her.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 9.45pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Jack gets a nasty surprise from his new date. Maxine is enraged by Ashley's new house-guest.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,460,000 viewers (8th place - combined figure including repeat).
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