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Vera is fretting about the £20,000 they've lost through Richard and is convinced that Gail must have known what was going on. Jack notices she has started smoking again. Ashley goes back to work and Fred looks after Joshua. Shelley's sister Sharon has taken a turn for the worse. Peter persuades Shelley to go and visit her saying that he will look after the Rovers. Jack and Vera report their lost investments to the police. They explain that Richard insisted that they had to write the cheque out to "Richard Hillman" rather than a company. When DC Brett expresses incredulity that they did such a thing, Jack explains that it's because Gail is an old friend and they trusted her. They realise how naive they've been. Sarah gives Gail a letter from the bank telling her that her account has been frozen. Ken phones Bob Critchley and finds out that Aidan was released on Saturday. Ken is disappointed that Aidan never bothered to let him know. The police interview Gail over her finances. She is shocked to find that as Richard's business partner she now has to prove that she knew nothing of his malpractice. Peter tells Lucy that Shelley has gone to visit her sister in Bradford so he can stay the night with her. Vera bangs on the Hillmans' door and accuses Gail of stealing their life savings. Sarah tries to protect her mother explaining that she knew nothing about it. Gail breaks down.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Gail learns the truth about the state of her finances and is stunned by the force of Vera's venom; news from home throws both Shelley and Peter into further turmoil; and Ken decides to find out what's happened to Ade.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,300,000 viewers (3rd place).
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