Kenneth is anxious about John Potter's whereabouts and state of mind. John phones Val and tells her that he's going to kill himself. Elsie explains a traditional British Christmas to Steve, and he orders to organise one for them this year. Ena questions Albert on how far is experiences with managing tug-of-war games span from his imagination to reality and teaches the men her tug-of-war tactics. Mrs Potter discovers John is at a garage. Ken realises he only wants to be a mechanic. Lucille introduces her hippy friend Robert Croft to Dennis and Elsie. Dennis is horrified to discover he and his friends are coming to the party, Elsie has to make alternative arrangements for Linda and Ivan's place of residence when they come home for Christmas because of it. The men of Coronation Street competing in the tug-of-war game are shocked to discover Albert will not be coaching the game and instead, Jack will. Ken makes the Potters see that if they push John academically, he'll never succeed. Mr Potter reluctantly accepts his son's choice of life, without Mrs Potter's approval. Steve tells Elsie he's been posted back to America.


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  • In the scenes (approximately ten minutes into the episode and twenty minutes), where Ena questions Albert on how far is stated experiences with administrating games of tug of war in the area span from his imagination to reality. And Albert rounds up the troops at the yard. A boom mic can be briefly seen entering the shot above her/his head.
  • TV Times: No synopsis appeared in the magazine between Episode 702 (6th September 1967) and Episode 755 (11th March 1968)
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 8,450,000 homes (3rd place).
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