Ritchie tells Samantha he's not going to promise her anything as he wants her to sweat. Maxine has a good night clubbing and falls for James Wright. She confesses to Fiona that she wanted to impress him so told him that her name was Fiona and the Salon is hers. Fiona is amused and goes along with the charade when James calls. Nick is frustrated when he can't find anywhere to live and he has to move into the Battersbys' house, sleeping on the sofa with Leanne. Alma's dinner party is a disaster; Mike refuses to stay. the conversation is awkward and stilted and Audrey tells Curly and Hayley it was set up so they could get off with each other, embarrassing both and causing Curly to make an early and hasty exit. Des is upset when Ritchie phones to say he won't divorce Samantha. She is relieved. After the dinner party, Roy and Hayley take a taxi together and go to the Rovers for a drink and Roy is impressed by Hayley's determination to lead her own life. Gary accepts Steve's job offer. Jim assures Steve that he'd do anything to help Fiona forget how awful he's been to her. Fiona is horrified when James Wright sends a message out on the local radio, telling Fiona that 'Jim', referring to James, loves her and is passionate about her. Steve hears the message and is furious.


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