Jim's so upset about Michael Wall stopping visiting that Liz goes to his clinic. He says he can only handle not seeing Liz by staying away. Sally resents Greg going for lunch with a businesswoman, Maggie Knight, which she's indirectly paying for. Greg is angry when he brings the buyer back to the office to find Sally has the girls with her. Les taunts Hayley and she's had enough. She tells Roy that she's leaving but he begs her to stay and they brave the Rovers together. Judy is upset at Natalie's hen night when she answers the door to Tony. Les and Des are incapable of leaving the Rovers and have to stay overnight, slumped against each other in one of the booths.


Regular cast

Guest cast



  • This episode was broadcast at 9.45pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • First appearance of Tony Horrocks since 28th February 1997.
  • Linda Sykes speaks of having a husband in this episode, something that is not alluded to again in the programme.
  • TV Times synopsis: Judy gets a shock at Natalie’s hen party, and Greg becomes angry when Sally turns the office into a playpen.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,510,000 viewers (10th place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogue

Linda Sykes: "It was dead mean of me to stop you using the ladies'."
Hayley Patterson: "Oh, I see. No need."
Linda Sykes: "No, no. Not many people stand up to me the way you did, you know. Not even me husband."
Hayley Patterson: "Oh, you're just saying that."
Linda Sykes: "The way you stood your ground. Showed you had balls."
Hayley Patterson: "Thank you..."


Janice Battersby: "Well, you could at least shift some of them rolls of fabric instead of doing nowt."
Linda Sykes: "No, they're too heavy. It's man's work, is that... Hayley?"

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