Lionel shows David the ropes and hands the shop over to him. Irma lets David serve all the customers to get the hang of it. Club man Fred Nuttall chases Minnie for the £17 she owes for a coat. Minnie doesn't go home when she hears about Nuttall from Irma. Jack lets her sit in the snug before opening time. Ena notices right away that Minnie isn't herself and guesses that it's about money. Minnie breaks down over Ena's intrusiveness and tells her to stop trying to run her life. Jackie cooks Ken lunch and persuades him to go with her to a play she's covering at the grammar school. Ken calls home to tell Val he'll be late. Jim Mount beats Len in a running race to the Rovers. Jerry is annoyed to find Len drinking when he's meant to be on a job. Minnie continues to evade Nuttall by offering to babysit the twins for Val and go to the Luxy with Hilda. She goes home when they turn her down and finds Nuttall waiting for her having been let in by Clara. Jerry tells Albert he'd like to expand the business but Len doesn't have the ambition. Lionel says his goodbyes in the Rovers before leaving to catch his train to Wales. Annie presents him with an umbrella as a farewell gift. Fred puts pressure on Minnie when she says she can't pay any of the money back. He tells her that she's only been paying interest in the money she originally borrowed. Emily buys drinks all round as she's celebrating. A delighted Minnie receives a visit from Jed.


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Guest cast



  • Final appearance of Edward Evans as Lionel Petty.
  • Jed Stone, although returned to the street, does not actually appear in the episode. His return was heralded by his famous cap being pushed through the letterbox of No.5 at the very end of the programme, thereby alerting Minnie (and the viewers) to his return but saving on paying for an appearance by the actor. Kenneth Cope was present from the next episode onwards.
  • The children playing Peter and Susan Barlow are uncredited.
  • TV Times synopsis: Minnie up to her ears, Miss Nugent on her toes
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 8,750,000 homes (1st place).
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