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Fred and Ashley have a heart-to-heart. Fred explains how he was disappointed to learn that Joshua isn't a blood relation but he also knows that he can still love Joshua. Ashley forgives him and they make up. Richard is delighted to find that he's sold another flat at the full asking price. He tells Gail that he wishes the bail hostel had been scrapped weeks ago but doesn't explain why. Tracy and Lucy are chatting in the florist's shop. Peter comes in and Tracy introduces him to Lucy not realising that they already know each other! Tracy assumes he's come to buy flowers for Shelley. Audrey tells Gail about the Diazepam found in Ade's bloodstream proving that he's innocent of Maxine's murder and Emily's attempted murder. Gail responds disbelievingly and throws her mother out of the house. She later confronts and berates Sarah for visiting Ade behind her back. When she is alone, however, Gail ends up recalling the moment she saw Richard looking through their medicine cabinet on the night of Maxine's murder. Ashley tells Fred that he's going to move back into No.4 with Joshua. Fred asks if he can move in with them and help. Ashley agrees. Richard and Gail celebrate in the Rovers with the fact that they are moving to a new house. Karen compliments Gail on her new bracelet, but later Gail is visibly concerned when she overhears Steve telling Karen that the bracelet she's wearing wasn't bought for her by Richard - it had belonged to a potential client and was found on building site at the flats. Gail begins to get a bad feeling, and when Ashley walks into the bar while Richard is making a speech, Gail sees the look of guilt on her husband's face. As the pieces start to fall into place, Gail leaves the party without a word and goes home where she looks through the medicine cupboard for the Diazepam tablets. Richard walks in on her, and Gail asks him outright if he murdered Maxine. Unable to lie to his wife, he confesses that he did.


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Notable dialogue[]

Gail Hillman: "I'm wondering about things that have happened. All the trouble with me mam."
Richard Hillman: "Oh, she's been putting the poison in, has she? That's it, isn't it?
Gail Hillman: "No, not just that. I saw the way you looked at Ashley tonight... like you were seeing terrible things. I have to know, Richard. I can't stand what I'm starting to think. Please, tell me the truth."
Richard Hillman: "I always tell you the truth, Gail."
Gail Hillman: "Please, please tell me the truth now, Richard. didn't kill Maxine, did you? Did you?"
Richard Hillman: "I won't lie to you, Gail. Perhaps this is all for the best. Yes - it was me."

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