Schmeichel is taken to the vet's. It's touch and go and Chesney's distraught. Les, Cilla, Kirk and Fiz all wait for news. Claire's very shaken: glad that Joshua's okay but worried about Schmeichel. Vera's all loved up having had her wicked way with Jack but he can't wait to escape. Betty, Emily and Blanche all turn up at Keith's house bearing food. They realise they've been had for mugs. Jack lets himself back into No.9 giving Tyrone and Maria a shock - so much so Maria drops the towel she's wearing. They persuade Jack to go back to Formby. Craig and Rosie tentatively make friends again. Keith apologises to Betty, Blanche and Emily and offers to do odd jobs in their houses in return for food. Charlie steals a bottle of champagne from the bar and takes it up to Shelley. Worried Claire goes to the vets wanting to know how Schmeichel is. Norris, Blanche, Lena and Rita go speed dating. Norris passes himself off as a novelist but Blanche blows his cover. Rita finds herself being likened to Rita Hayworth. When Ciaran knocks on the bedroom door, nervous Shelley asks Charlie to tell him to go away. Schmeichel's unconscious after his operation. A tearful Chesney keeps a vigil at his bedside.


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  • This was the first of three consecutive weeks in which the usual broadcast pattern was amended to transmit two episodes of Coronation Street back-to-back, though not as one continuous hour-long instalment. This was to lead the two episodes into ITV1's Celebrity Love Island and boost its ratings. This second episode of the evening was transmitted at 9.00pm.
  • TV Times synopsis: Claire's first day as a bus driver doesn't go as well as she hoped; tensions continue to simmer between Leanne and Danny; while Norris, Blanche and Rita try speed dating. (The magazine published one synopsis to cover the two episodes.)
  • Viewing Figures: 10,580,000 viewers (2nd place).
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