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The police let Ashley know that they've charged Ade with Maxine's murder. Blanche points out to Ken that if he represents Ade the locals won't like it. Ken says that he has to as something is telling him that Ade is innocent. Doreen and Audrey reminisce about what a lovely girl Maxine was. Emma calls round to the Rovers where Ashley is staying and gives him Maxine's rings back. Ashley breaks down. Richard gets a call to tell him that one of his clients died almost two weeks earlier and he will get £23,000 from the equity release scheme. He is guilt-stricken as he realises that he need never have tried to murder Emily. Gail is confused as to why Richard is so upset since this will solve his financial woes. Fiz finds a pregnancy testing kit hidden behind a cushion. Maria is forced to admit that it's hers. Ciaran confesses to Peter that he's done a runner from the navy as he was caught in bed with the skipper's wife and he in turn gave the skipper a kicking. Peter confesses to Ciaran that he had an affair with Lucy and that he's in love with both Shelley and Lucy. Maria's pregnancy test is positive. She confesses to Fiz that the baby is John's.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Maria makes a shocking discovery. Richard reaches the end of his tether when he realises his crimes could have been avoided.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,320,000 viewers (4th place).
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