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Sharon fears that she's seen the last of Ian. Derek discovers Doreen has left him and calls to find out what she's up to. Maxine tries to mediate between them but they argue over their boring lives. Doreen accuses Derek of lacking passion and loving his wagon more than her. Maxine is embarrassed when Doreen belittles Derek's sexual appetite. He tells Doreen to act her age and walks out. Linda tells Mike that she's being pestered by Paul Wheeler and it makes her feel awkward. Derek tries to win Doreen back by ordering a new bathroom suite but she refuses to return to him. Mike orders Linda to leave Wheelers, telling her that she must return to Underworld. She is delighted. Sharon apologises to Ian and lets him kiss her. Spider decides to go for a job as a claims assistant at the DSS even though it's against all his principles.


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  • This episode was broadcast at 9.45pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) and Tom Ferguson (Tom Wisdom) are both credited but do not appear.
  • TV Times synopsis: Spider decides to forget his principles and apply for a job at the DSS. Meanwhile, Linda schemes to get her job back by making Mike jealous of her new boss, Wheeler.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,540,000 viewers (9th place - combined figure including repeat).
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