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Alma is trying to come to terms with her illness - she knows she's going to die soon. Alma tells Frank that she has incurable cancer. Frank is distraught. Emily agrees to help Curly with his election campaign. Duggie agrees to let Edna have a trial period behind the bar because they are short-staffed. Tyrone and Maria are enjoying sharing a room at No.9. They can't get enough sex and only appear briefly at mealtimes. Frank tells Alma that he doesn't want her to move to Much Wenlock with him as he can't bear to watch her die. Alma admits that she doesn't really want to go as she would rather be near her friends and her doctor. They hug each other and say goodbye. Maxine tells Evelyn that she doesn't like her as she thinks she's a gold-digger. Much to Maxine's annoyance, Ashley goes and invites Fred and Evelyn for dinner at their house. Matt tells Alma that if it hadn't been for the mistakes made at the hospital with the smear tests then she wouldn't be in this mess and he will make sure that it isn't swept under the carpet. Jason proves himself to be really useful at the hardware shop - he mends Karen's hairdryer for her. Sally is pleased. Matt tells Charlie about the smear test blunder and also about Alma's cancer.


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  • This was a forty-five minute episode.
  • TV Times synopsis: Alma is left feeling devastated by Frank's decisions, while Edna gets her big break at the Rovers.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,060,000 viewers (4th place).
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