Sally is embarrassed in the corner shop when she doesn't have enough money to pay for her groceries. Deirdre tells Sally to stop being so hard on herself over the business. Curly has a day off from looking after Ben and uses the time to go to see the council about funding. Blanche cadges £40 from Deirdre for a new outfit and hairdo. Fred admits to Mike to having a domestic problem. Ken has to endure Aidan Critchley's rendition of a poem written about trolley-pushing with the intention of humiliating him. Ken gives him the task of writing another on the theme of "Pushing Your Luck, Not Trolleys." Curly goes to see Councillor Naysmith about funding, but is told the event will not even take place. Naysmith explains that they needed to apply for all sorts of permits weeks ago. Sally is visited by the police in connection with the fire. They say the insurance company are not happy with how and when the fire happened. Egged on by Mike, Fred drags Eve into the back room for a serious talk. Eve comes clean about Linda and Fred believes her, but then he tells her how Ray Sykes told him that he and Eve have never divorced. It looks as if Blanche has been stood up by Archie. Eve admits to still being married and this makes Fred angry. They have a terrible fight and Eve walks out on Fred.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 8.00pm on a Tuesday to make way for Champions League football coverage in the programme's usual Wednesday slot.
  • TV Times synopsis: Fred and Eve's marriage lies in ruins. Curly's intervention wrecks Roy's plans.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 9,920,000 viewers (10th place).

Notable dialogue

Aidan Critchley's poem:
"Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's "Supermarket Man!"
Some people push pills, some people push coke,?
But our teacher isn't that kind of a bloke,
When he got well past such youthful follies,
In his old age he began pushing trolleys,
He would count them all out and bring them all back,
So the supermarket boss wouldn't give him the sack.
Out in the car park, who is this old crock?
Why a good shepherd in search of his flock.
Each missing trolley, marooned by the car flow.
Like a sheep stands and waits for his friend... Mr Baaaarlow".

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