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Alma worries that Nita is pushing her out at Freshco's. Mike searches all his workers' lockers. He finds the locker belonging to Jean Walters full of underwear and sacks her on the spot. Linda is thrilled by the rush of power the confrontation gives her. Curly struggles to prepare for the summer ball, which he has to host. Fred escorts Audrey to the Freshco's ball, Nita takes Ravi and Alma goes with Curly. Ashley takes Maxine and is amused by Fred's attempts to pair him with Belinda Peach. Ravi and Fred lock horns in order to spend time with Audrey and Alma. Alma feels jealous as Curly goes out of his way to introduce Nita to influential people and praises her in his speech. Belinda tracks Ashley down and annoys Maxine by being over-friendly with him. Maxine warns her off and pushes her in Curly's direction. Steve asks Linda to help him celebrate his birthday but she isn't interested. Nita is devastated to overhear Alma and Audrey bitching about her, with Alma saying she's throwing herself at Curly in order to get ahead at Freshco's. Audrey is shocked when Fred proposes to her at the ball. Maxine is equally stunned when Ashley proposes to her.


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  • TV Times synopsis: There are proposals galore at the Freshco summer ball, and Mike gets tough with the factory girls when he finds out there's a thief in their midst.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,920,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
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