Steve sleeps on the sofa but insists that Maxine is just jealous of Fiona. Curly has been charged with trying to extort money from Freshco's and bailed. DI Fox tells Anne that Curly thinks she planted the book. She tells him that Curly was in love with her and obviously the extortion is his revenge. Alma overhears and realises that Anne has set Curly up. Steve accuses Maxine of wrecking Fiona's life and tells her only she can make things right. He points out that unless she tells Fiona she lied, she'll lose her job. Emily and Spider worry about Curly when he disappears. Fiona accuses Steve of betraying her and tells him that he makes her feel worthless. He is adamant that Maxine is lying. Rita gets frustrated as the builder fails to turn up and she's left with a huge hole in her wall. Alma receives a note from Curly telling her that he's going on the run as he doesn't want to go to jail. Emily and Spider worry over the implications with her. Maxine tells Fiona that she lied about Steve because she was jealous. She is horrified when Fiona ends their friendship and sacks her.
- Steve McDonald - Simon Gregson
- Fiona Middleton - Angela Griffin
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Spider Nugent - Martin Hancock
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Rosie Webster - Emma Collinge
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Betty Williams - Betty Driver
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Maxine Heavey - Tracy Shaw
- Anne Malone - Eve Steele
- Alma Baldwin - Amanda Barrie
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Greg Kelly - Stephen Billington
- Coronation Street
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 2a Coronation Street - Living room/kitchen
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- 15a Coronation Street - Living room
- Hair by Fiona Middleton
- Freshco - Manager's office and shop floor
- Douglas Road
- 2 Douglas Road - Living room
- This episode was transmitted at 8.00pm to allow for an earlier edition of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?.
- This, and subsequent episodes, had to be hurriedly re-written to explain the absence of Curly Watts following Kevin Kennedy having to be admitted to a clinic to deal with his alcoholism.
- The scenes at Freshco were recorded at the former Somerfield supermarket, 13 The Precinct, Cheadle Hulme. The unit is now occupied by Asda.
- The ITV3 repeat of the episode on 30th June 2021 was edited to remove Fiona Middleton calling Maxine Heavey a "bitch" in the last scene of the episode.
- TV Times synopsis: With the case against him mounting, Curly takes drastic action. Steve brings Maxine round to his way of thinking.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,860,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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