Gary returns home after staying with a mate but Owen is immediately on his case again. Gail goes to Milan to visit Sarah. After his good spirits at Christmas, Steve is downbeat again. Steph tells Nick she needs help at the bistro. Sally puts everyone on their best behaviour to impress the Nazirs. The teenagers turn up at the cafe again and insult Hayley. Carla and Leanne see them off. Max acts up as he misses Kylie. Roy thinks the teenagers broke into his flat. Carla is worried about him. Owen warns Gary about making promises he can't keep to Faye. Michael volunteers to look after Max and Lily to give David a break. Gary finds a set of keys to the cafe in the bookies flat. The teenagers loiter outside the cafe and harass Roy when he leaves. Intimidated, he retreats inside and locks the doors. Tony is sick of Tracy's games. David tells Eva about Kylie leaving. She urges him to get Kylie away from Callum. Leanne helps out at the bistro at Steph's request while Nick is away. Sally is all set for the Nazirs arrival when she finds the sofa has disappeared. Tim admits that Kevin just loaned it to them for Christmas. Gary lets himself into the cafe and prises open the till, desperate for cash. Roy hears him from the flat and goes down to confront him, armed with a cricket bat. Not recognising Gary, Roy chases him outside and batters him to the ground. Sinead sees it happen and gets Chesney to call an ambulance. The Nazirs arrive at No.4 for dinner. Sally is too embarrassed to admit she doesn't have a sofa so Sophie gets rid of them by saying the house stinks. Nick asks Leanne to come back and work at the bistro full-time. She isn't sure. The police arrest Roy. Gary is kept in hospital overnight as a precaution but has no spinal damage. He requests no visitors, much to Anna's disappointment. David tells Audrey he hates Kylie. Sally is upset the neighbours think her house smells. To cheer her up, Tim, Sophie and Maddie decorate the living room, giving it a romantic vibe. She is cheered up. Leanne agrees to return to the bistro on the condition that she's the manageress and the place gets a makeover. Nick agrees. Anna blames herself for Gary reaching such a low ebb. Roy is put in a cell.


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  • Episodes 8540 and 8541 were edited together to create this hour-long episode, transmitted at 7.00pm.
  • Jeff Hewitt-Davis was credited as the Stunt Co-ordinator and Christian Knight as Stunt Double on this episode.
  • TV Times synopsis: Gary has an unexpected encounter after trying to steal from the cafe till; and David makes an announcement in The Rovers.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast: 6,390,000 viewers (20th place).
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