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Joe tells Karen that as partner in crime she will have to get Mike to sign cheques to his bogus company, Artrec, too. Tommy and Martin go fishing together. Adam continues to give Peter and Mike a hard time for being too busy to bother with him. He eventually agrees to go shopping with Mike but on condition Peter goes too. Peter asks Bev if she could stay around for a bit longer as they might need someone to look after Adam. Mick plans to take Janice away for a long weekend. She is delighted. Blanche introduces Wally Bannister to Deirdre and Ken. He invites them all to come and use his swimming pool. Les asks Ken to be a character witness for him. Ken refuses. In desperation Les asks Shelley and Archie, both of whom refuse. Emma and Curly witness Les's desperation. They both feel terrible about it. Joe gets Karen to sign some bank papers making her a co-signatory on the Artrec account. She is now officially his partner in crime. Les breaks down in front of Kirk at the injustice of his situation.


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  • TV Times synopsis: As the trial looms, Les's hopes of a reprieve are dashed; there's a surprise in store for Karen; and Peter and Mike clash over Adam's welfare.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 11,790,000 viewers (8th place).

Notable dialogue[]

Les Battersby: "There's not one of yer got a mind of yer own! Oh aye... I drive yer around, you take me money, but when it comes down to it I'm just vermin and scum. At least when I'm in jail I'll be rid of you lousy stuck-up lot!"
Norris Cole: "Well, the feeling's mutual."

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