Curly orders his staff to be more effective. He's worried about senior management at Freshco turning up disguised as customers. When an American customer shops in the store, Curly is all over him. Sally throws a knicker party in the Rovers' back room, laying on free wine and her whole range of lingerie. Rita tells Alec that she was touched by his offer but she just feels too old to get married again. He suggests she stops coming into the Rovers. Curly is horrified when Anne Malone arrives and tells him that she's his new area manager. Sally is uncomfortable when Maxine starts telling the girls at the party about her sex life with Greg. She accuses him of loving having two women on the go at the same time. Vera hears about Rita turning Alec down and tells him that his plan has backfired and he's stuck with them at the Rovers. He is upset that anyone would think he'd marry for anything less than love. Curly is certain that Anne is out for revenge.
- Betty Williams - Betty Driver
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Greg Kelly - Stephen Billington
- Sophie Webster - Emma Woodward
- Rosie Webster - Emma Collinge
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Alma Baldwin - Amanda Barrie
- Maxine Heavey - Tracy Shaw
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Janice Battersby - Vicky Entwistle
- Judy Mallett - Gaynor Faye
- Anne Malone - Eve Steele
- American Customer - Billy J Mitchell
- American Customer's Niece - Nicola Reynolds
- Margaret - Yvonne Dawson
- Coronation Street
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and back room
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- Firman's Freezers - Shop floor and manager's office
- First appearance of Anne Malone since 23rd February 1997.
- TV Times synopsis: Curly is horrified to discover the identity of his new boss. Sally hosts her first underwear party at the Rovers.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,840,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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