Martin tries to get his family to get along with each other for one day, but Gail tells him that she's sick of him being the voice of reason. Fred considers applying to be a magistrate. Discharged from hospital, Steve visits Jim on remand, furious with him for confessing. Jim explains that as he killed Jez he should take the punishment. Sarah hates the way that Gail takes over Bethany, making decisions about her without consulting her. Martin has enough of Gail snapping at everyone and rows with her. He tells her that he can't bear the insinuations and snide remarks. During their row, Sarah takes Bethany and leaves home. Sarah dumps herself and Bethany on the Croppers. She tells them that she can't cope with all the rows at home. Hayley is keen for them to stay but Roy doesn't approve. Gail is furious when Sarah tells her she's staying with the Croppers and threatens to go to social services if they force her to return home.


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  • After almost forty years this was the final episode to regularly feature scrolling credits. From the next day ITV began displaying credits on a right hand panel to enable "End Credit Promotions" to be displayed over the majority of the screen. Scrolling credits would still appear occasionally however during autumn 2000.
  • TV Times synopsis: There's trouble in the Platt household. Fred decides to apply to become a magistrate.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,650,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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