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Monday 23 September UK Original Air Date 11 September
SINEAD AND DANIEL DANCE THROUGH THEIR TEARS Sinead quietly takes Daniel to one side and breaks the news that she’s found a lump. As Daniel reels Sinead implores him to bury his fears and enjoy the day. As they cut the cake and everyone cheers Daniel is overcome and rushes out. Bethany finds him but Daniel refuses to talk and after returning to make an emotional speech, Daniel and Sinead dance through the tears.
MICHELLE GETS A PROPOSITION SHE CAN REFUSE Ray invites Michelle up to his room to discuss the franchise plan in more detail. However she’s taken aback to find him wearing a bathrobe! Telling her they make a great team, Ray places his hand on her thigh. Michelle’s shocked while Ray insists he meant nothing by it. Meanwhile Robert kisses Vicky passionately and suggests they go upstairs.
KEVIN HAS A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR ABI Abi lets Kevin down gently, explaining she loves him as a mate but that’s as far as it goes. However when Ali starts quoting Kevinisms from Abi’s web page, she’s forced to admit what she’s been up to. Kevin’s furious and sacks Abi.
ELSEWHERE Kate thanks an awkward Jenny for her generosity. When Maria overhears Ali and Emma whispering she jumps to conclusions and accuses Ali of cheating on her with Emma. When Ali reveals he’s booked a posh hotel for them and Emma’s agreed to babysit, Maria feels foolish.
DANIEL AND SINEAD’S FLEDGING MARRIAGE IS TESTED Having been to the hospital for a scan Daniel suggests a mini-moon to Sinead to take their minds off the results. Determined to remain upbeat she tells him to book it. As Daniel opens up to Bethany about his fears over the lump, Sinead takes a call from the hospital asking her to come in this afternoon. Their plans scuppered, Daniel and Sinead hug.
ALI’S LEFT RATTLED BY AN ARREST Maria’s disappointed after their night away, Ali slept for England! Worried he’s working too hard Maria arrives at the hospital with lunch but Ali’s distracted as his dealer is arrested and dragged away. As he vents his anger on an upset Maria it looks like Ali will have some serious making up to do.
MICHELLE TRIES TO PUT THINGS BEHIND HER Awash with guilt Robert returns home and apologising to Michelle confirms he’s happy to go with her franchise plans. But Ray tells Michelle he’s had a rethink and is not convinced she’s right for his business after all.
ELSEWHERE Sophie reckons Abi’s web page could be a money spinner for the garage as Kevin’s an internet sensation. Will he relent and give Abi her job back? Johnny thanks an uncomfortable Jenny for the generosity she’s shown his daughter.
Tuesday 24 September
SINEAD AND DANIEL FACE THE WORST POSSIBLE NEWS Sinead and Daniel’s worst fears are realised as the consultant breaks the news that the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes and liver and Sinead has only 3 or 4 months to live. Reeling in shock they share their awful news with a distraught Ken, Peter, Carla, Adam and Beth. Back at home the enormity of their situation starts to sink in. When Sinead tries to blame herself for delayed her chemo, Daniel points out that had she not made that choice, they wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. As Daniel and Sinead stare out of the window at people going about their daily lives, they cling to each other, utterly bereft.
Wednesday 25 September
DR ALI’S INCREASINGLY WITHDRAWN Ali goes to see Dr Gaddas and desperately trying to hide his withdrawal symptoms, begs for a diazepam prescription. But Dr Gaddas isn’t fooled and urges him to get help for his addiction. Insisting she’s got it wrong, Ali leaves. After also failing to pocket some of Carla’s anxiety pills, Ali heads home empty handed where he starts sweating and shaking. As Ryan arrives he’s horrified to find Ali on the floor, convulsing. As Ali’s seizure continues, a terrified Ryan calls for an ambulance. Regaining consciousness Ali’s horrified to realise that Ryan has called the emergency services. Covering his condition he sends the paramedics away. Cancelling his date with Maria, Ali admits to a shocked Ryan that he’s addicted to diazepam. Begging Ryan to help him, he explains how he couldn’t cope after Cormac’s death and turned to drugs. Ryan returns with Robert who assures Ali he’s here to help. As Ali agrees to go cold turkey, Robert and Ryan promise him he’ll get through it.
SINEAD CAN’T FACE THE PITY Sinead asks Beth to tell people her sad news. Chesney’s devastated but when he tries to offer some words of comfort Sinead makes it clear she doesn’t want his sympathy.
GEMMA DISCOVERS HER MUM’S TAKING THE PEE When Bernie takes Gemma shopping for maternity clothes, Chesney wonders where she’s found the money. His suspicions are confirmed when the uncovers the positive pregnancy test scam. Furious Gemma turns her anger on Bernie and tells her to go. But as Bernie tries to leave the shop, the alarm goes off. As Bernie’s accused of shoplifting she’s taken aback to discover the security guard is her old flame, Kel. After talking him round a bickering Gemma and Bernie return home to a knock at the door, Bernie’s invited Kel for tea to say thanks
ELSEWHERE Kate asks Sophie if she’d like to go travelling with her. Meanwhile when Craig reveals he saw Gary slipping the envelope of cash into her bag, Kate’s baffled and goes to confront Gary. Gary lies to Kate saying his wealthy mate Derek gave him the money and he simply wanted to help fund her travels. As her family and friends gather in the pub for Kate’s leaving do, Sophie reveals she’s staying and has enrolled on business management course, Paula’s thrilled. An old school friend, Michelle, contacts Kevin online wanting to meet up.
Thursday 26 September
PAUL’S ROCKED BY THE GHOSTS OF HIS PAST Paul’s disgusted to hear about Bernie’s pregnancy test scam and that she’s back with her old boyfriend Kel, who Paul last saw when he was fourteen. Paul resolves to come up with a plan to get rid of them both. Later, an angry man calls at No.5, claiming to have fallen victim to a hoax pregnancy and vowing to go to the police. Chesney orders Bernie to pack her bags with Gemma’s support. In the Rovers, Paul comes face to face with his mum’s ex. Bernie announces she and Kel are getting back together. Kel catches up with Paul in the Rovers’ yard and asserts that what happened between them in the past was special but he’s committed to Bernie this time.
SINEAD’S READY FOR ANSWERS Sinead arranges a visit to a hospice as she’s considering her options. After being showed round, Daniel admits that as her husband he wants to care for Sinead at home to the bitter end.
RYAN IS DESPERATE TO KEEP ALI’S SECRET After an exhausting night nursing Ali through his withdrawal, Robert nips out to work leaving Ryan to keep watch over him. But when Ryan heads for a shower, Ali slips out of the flat.
ELSEWHERE In the Rovers, there’s a spark between Izzy and Derek. With Gary away, Nick forces a reluctant Derek to sign the rental agreement for the factory. Jenny makes a fuss of Adam as he moves into the Rovers to give the Osbournes space. Aggie wants to throw a housewarming party to make friends with the locals.
Friday 27 September
BILLY MAKES A SHOCK DISCOVERY ABOUT PAUL’S PAST Bernie’s gutted when Kel leaves, blaming Paul for making him feel unwelcome meanwhile Billy quizzes Gemma about Paul’s feud with Kel. Gemma reveals they used to be inseparable until one day Paul flipped, making everyone’s lives a misery and causing Bernie and Kel to split. Billy is concerned when he learns Paul was fourteen and later asks Paul outright what went on. Paul furiously orders Billy to never come near him again.
DANIEL EXPRESSES HIS DOUBTS Sinead assures Daniel that any decision on where to spend her final days will be in the best interests of him and Bertie but back home from her chemo session, an exhausted Sinead is sick in a bucket while Bertie cries in his bedroom.
ALI FINDS A LISTENING EAR Ali struggles to conceal the symptoms of his withdrawal to a knowing Toyah in the cafe. Toyah tells him that whenever he’s ready to talk about his problems, she’s willing.
ELSEWHERE Ed puts his foot down about the house party however devious Aggie reveals to her sons the party will instead be a surprise birthday bash for Ed and that their sister has agreed to fly in for Ed’s party. Derek’s horrified to learn that Gary’s the father of Izzy’s son and, while Izzy returns to work, Derek knocks back a drink.
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