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Plot

Sinead goes for blood tests. Beth takes on the burden of telling her friends and family the awful news. Ali isn't feeling well. Maria agrees to give him a second chance. Paula presents Sophie with a load of college prospectuses. Bernie treats Gemma to a shopping spree following a supposed win at the bingo. Chesney is told about Sinead's prognosis. Ali asks Dr Gaddas to write him a diazepam prescription as he's been having trouble sleeping since the fire. Noting his agitated state, Gaddas realises he's experiencing withdrawl and suggests he see a counsellor. Ali rubbishes her theory that he's been taking drugs. Craig tells Kate that the £1,000 came from Gary. Sinead turns nasty when she catches Chesney staring at her in the Street. Carla and Roy are reminded of Hayley's death. Desperate to score some diazepam, Ali offers to help Roy persuade Carla to take her prescription. Pocketing the pills, he makes little real effort with Carla but is thwarted when Roy intervenes and persuades her to take them. Kevin is contacted by an old girlfriend, Martine, through Kev the Crank. Jenny encourages him to meet up with her. Aggie alerts Chesney to the pregnancy test scheme. Gary tries to pass off the £1,000 as simple generosity. Kate doesn't buy it as she knows he doesn't have much money. Chesney tells Gemma what Aggie told him. Gemma rows with Bernie in the middle of a shop, calling her an embarrassment. Bernie storms off still wearing a pair of maternity trousers she was trying on, setting off the alarm as she does so. Ryan arrives home to find Ali having a seizure and foaming at the mouth. He wastes no time in calling an ambulance. Bernie is suspected of shoplifting and the matter is referred to the head of security. Gary tells Kate that Derek is loaded and asked him to pass the money on. Kate decides to accept it and urges Gary to let go of his guilt over Rana's death. Ali stirs while Ryan is on the phone to the paramedic and grabs hold of his phone to kill the call. Ryan lets the paramedic inside the flat, against Ali's wishes. The head of security turns out to be Kel Hinchley, Bernie's ex, who makes Bernie think he's going to call the police before releasing her. Ali regains his compusure and seems okay. Ryan goes along with his lie that it was just a panic attack until the paramedic has left, before asking what's really going on. Ali admits he's been hooked on benzodiazepine ever since Ronan Truman's death. It was only meant to help him sleep at first, but it spiralled out of control. His dealer was the pharmacist who got arrested, and now he's run out. Ali blames Ryan for starting it all and demands he help him. Kevin and Sophie both decide to take a leap of faith, inspired by Sinead. Ali plans to wean himself off benzodiazepine a bit at a time. He's terrified of being found out as he stands to lose his career. Bernie invites Kel round to No.5 for tea as a thank-you. Gemma is pleased that they've got back in touch as Kel was good for her mum. Sinead apologises to Chesney for the way she spoke to him. Ryan helps Ali by letting Robert in on his secret. Robert and Ryan lock Ali in the flat and force him to go cold turkey to get over his addiction. Ali resists at first but eventually calms down and thanks them for not giving in. Sophie signs up for college and gets a conditional offer in business management. The residents say goodbye to Kate at the Rovers. Carla presents her with a photo album while Johnny tells Kate he's proud of her for being so strong.

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September 2019 episodes
Mon 2nd (1 2) • Wed 4th (1 2) • Fri 6th (1 2) • Mon 9th (1 2)
Wed 11th (1 2) • Fri 13th • Mon 16th (1 2) • Wed 18th (1 2) • Fri 20th
Mon 23rd (1 2) • Wed 25th (1 2) • Fri 27th • Mon 30th (1 2)
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