Mark feels wretched over Mike's illness and agrees to stay in Weatherfield, but Mike urges him not to stay for his sake. Gary is embarrassed to let people know of his romance in Blackpool. Les is pleased when his community service mate Dennis Stringer hangs around the street. Les puts him onto work at the building site. Desperate to do the right thing, Tyrone nervously asks Eric Sutherland's permission to marry Maria. Janice tells an unsympathetic Les that she's going to stay with her mum who has broken her ankle. Mr Sutherland kids Tyrone into believing he only wants Maria to inherit the Sutherland family's wealth. He tells a dismayed Tyrone that he won't let them get engaged until he knows exactly what his prospects are. Jim advises Gary to contact Paula again. Ken is troubled over inspiration for his new newspaper column in the Gazette. Mike advises Mark to go travelling, reassuring him that he will always be here to return to.
- Tyrone Dobbs - Alan Halsall
- Maria Sutherland - Samia Ghadie
- Linda Sykes - Jacqueline Pirie
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Mark Redman - Paul Fox
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Les Battersby - Bruce Jones
- Toyah Battersby - Georgia Taylor
- Spider Nugent - Martin Hancock
- Leanne Battersby - Jane Danson
- Dennis Stringer - Charles Dale
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Janice Battersby - Vicky Entwistle
- Gary Mallett - Ian Mercer
- Norris Cole - Malcolm Hebden
- Eileen Grimshaw - Sue Cleaver
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- Victoria Street
- No. 4 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Living room/kitchen
- Park Road B&B - Living room and dining room
- First appearance of Dennis Stringer since 11th February 2000.
- TV Times synopsis: Mark is devastated about Mike's illness. Vera spills the beans about Paula.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,150,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
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