Fred is shocked when Ashley tells him that he wants to find Kathleen Gutteridge. Fred puts him off by saying she went to live in Australia. Sharon spends the night with Danny and is full of lust for him. Rita advises her to take things steady. Alma confronts Mike and Linda at the factory, saying she knows all about them. She rows with Mike for getting at her friendship with Ravi when he's been involved with a scrubber. The factory girls are amazed when Alma tells them about Linda sleeping with Mike. Janice and Alison feel they can't trust Linda any more if she's involved with the boss. Linda turns on Hayley for telling Alma. Hayley refuses to row with her. Linda asks Mike to sack her but he refuses as she's his best worker. Deirdre fears Linda will undermine her authority and decides to quit.


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  • This episode marks the 1,000th appearance of Amanda Barrie in the role of Alma Baldwin.
  • TV Times synopsis: Deirdre decides she's had enough, and Linda enjoys her new-found status now that her secret's out.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,580,000 viewers (1st place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogue

Natalie Barnes: "Beauty's not always in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes it's in the inside breast pocket."

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