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Deirdre feels depressed on her fourth wedding anniversary to Samir. Fred decides to raffle a luxury hamper in the shop, telling Audrey that if she invites him for Christmas dinner he'll make certain she wins it. Zoe upsets Natalie by saying that Des died because she is a sinner. Outraged Lorraine throws her out. Ashley feels Zoe has no time for him any more and that the Etheric Foundation is taking over her life. Natalie returns to work as she can't face being alone. Les makes a fool of himself, accusing Alec of forcing Natalie back to work. An embarrassed Natalie puts him straight. Jackie entertains Les in Deirdre's flat. He gets her drunk but just as they get physical, Deirdre returns and throws him out. Ashley is furious when Zoe tells him that she's not going to have sex with him any more. He begs her not to shut him out.


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  • This episode was broadcast at 9.45pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Zoe falls out with Leanne over her new-found beliefs.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,390,000 viewers (8th place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogue[]

Alec Gilroy: "Now see, Mrs Roberts is a good customer. She doesn't come in here to be insulted."
Jackie Dobbs: "Where does she go then? The pet shop?"


Alec Gilroy (about Les Battersby): "The man's a beast in human form. Well, almost human."

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