Hayley has pulled off the motorway as she's not comfortable driving on it. Roy hasn't decided where they're going yet. He's just trying to gain time until they can devise a strategy. This isn't a game of chess Roy, says Hayley in frustration.
The other camping party are taking a break to stretch their legs. Todd tells Sarah he's had a good time, but is worried she'll tell Candice about the girl at the disco. Don't worry, Sarah wants to live. David asks Martin if he'll put the cops onto Roy and Hayley. They're a right pair of Twockers (Taking WithOut Consent, apparently). Rosie reveals David's theory: they're a couple of spies whose cover has been blown, so now they're on the run. Martin privately tells Sally he thinks it's something to do with Wayne. They may have thought he was in danger. He's pretty sure they won't be in Weatherfield when they all get back.
Meanwhile, they've stopped at a roadside café. Roy is paranoid and wants to keep moving. There could be someone watching them right now! But the others need a break. Hayley wonders if Alex really did call Social Services. It could get him in trouble too. Roy reiterates that Wayne's safety is their top priority.
Molly thinks that Richard has put colour into Gail's cheeks. Gail is cautious: it's early days, I'm taking things slowly. It may not go further than last night. She sees Sally's car and asks Molly to keep it quiet. When she sees Martin getting out of the car, she asks him where theirs is. Roy and Hayley have done a runner! David tells her. Seems like you had an exciting time. Sally and Martin exchange a look (this is surely going to carry on, despite their protestations).
Ash meets Mat in the Rovers. Mat's worried at outstaying his welcome and suggests he moves on, but Ash assures him it's no problem. He does however, encourage him to talk to Charlie. Les smarms to Shelley. The beer's been tasting better since she's been serving. It's due to her aura. He thinks the two of them have a strong spiritual bond. Martin arrives and Kevin asks if Sally was too much trouble. Nothing I couldn't handle, is the reply. (oo-er missus). Then he tells them about the car.
Hayley tries to persuade Roy to return home. Running away looks like guilt. We're not running away he starts to protest... Well, we're not guilty. Wayne doesn't want to go back to Alex. Hayley suggests they go to a hotel. They can think things over and start fresh in the morning.
David takes Rosie to see Barney, and Sally tells Gail they all got on well. She avoids the how was Martin question Sarah was subdued but is strong. But she's the one who looks like she's had a holiday. What happened? Richard. No! when? Last night (giggle). She's dreading telling Martin and the kids. Sally assures her that Martin is not like Kevin and will be happy for her. Gail gives the early days speech again.
The Croppers arrive at the hotel. Roy declares it cosy, in a modern characterless way. Then it all catches up with him. What have I done? Hayley says he's just tired. No, Roy has played right into Alex's hands. Hayley was right, the innocent don't run. They'll never be believed and can't go back now. What have I done to us all?
Martin goes to the café to see if there's been any word. Toyah thinks they must be in real trouble to have done such a thing. The Croppers meanwhile, have decided to travel to a campsite further south. Their choices are becoming limited. Hayley wonders how they'll get Martin's car back. Roy suggests leaving it in a car park with a note. But then they'll have to hitch - not very practical. Let's face it Roy, we're not cut out for life as fugitives. And it's no life for Wayne. But Roy says they're committed now and this is the only way to keep Wayne safe. They agree they're together on the plan.
Over at the garage, the nasty man (missed his name) arrives for his backhander. But Kevin is surly and arranges to meet him at the Rovers later. He doesn't want the lads finding out.
Les talks to Toyah about the runaways. His theory? Wayne has found out Hayley is a freak and they've scarpered before Social Services find out. Toyah tells him they already know, which he finds shocking. Wait til I tell Councillor Curly! Just then the police arrive. Vera is worried something's happened to them but is told they're looking for them. Well she doesn't know where they are. Les helpfully shouts out about the stolen car. Martin is there and has to admit they took the car without his consent, but they are friends. Was a boy with them? Yes, Wayne, their foster child. The police reveal that Wayne wasn't being fostered. They ask for the keys to the flat.
Meanwhile, they've arrived at the campsite and Wayne goes to explore. He's still happier with them despite everything that's going on. But Hayley insists they need a plan. Perhaps they should phone the café to get an update. Roy goes to the phone box.
With the police in the flat, Vera and Toyah discuss what's happened. How can they not be fostering Wayne? But they'd never hurt him. The phone rings. Roy apologises to Vera but won't say where he is. She tells him what she's learned. The police are behaving like you've kidnapped Wayne. They hear the police coming downstairs and she quickly hangs up, then she and Toyah act casual.
Ash goes home and finds Mat. He asks him again if he's spoken to Charlie and he hasn't yet. They both want him back with her. But Mat's frightened that it won't work and they'll finish. He tells his patients all the time to come to terms with what's happening, but he can't do it himself. Ash cuts to the chase. Do you love her? Does she love you? Then it'll work. But Mat wonders, does Charlie still love him.
Martin updates everyone in the Rovers. People are starting to speculate there is something strange going on but Sally speaks up for them: Roy and Hayley are the nicest people I've ever met. No-one can make sense of it. Wayne didn't look like he was there against his will. Whatever's going on, they're in a lot of trouble.
Roy finally returns to Hayley and tells her the news. They're being hunted down like common criminals. They can't ever go back.
Cropper rant. Is it just me, or is this the most preposterous story? Most things seem to develop at their own pace, but this one seems like someone's said: let's get Roy and Hayley on the run, and done it as quickly as possible, with no thought behind it. They've lurched from one ridiculous step to another. Each episode we get Roy coming up with a mad scheme, Hayley points this out in her sensible down-to-earth manner, and then they do it anyway. It just wouldn't happen.
Written by Catherine Hayes Directed by Penelope Shales and Anne Ross Muir
Chez the Duckworths. Vera and Jack are up early, Vera unable to sleep for worrying about Roy and Hayley. Jack advises Vera to keep to herself the fact that Roy has phoned, for she ought to have told the police.
Mike is opening the factory while speaking to the detective who's leading enquiries about Roy, Hayley and Wayne. Mike says that Hayley is an ideal employee, and that the police are welcome to see her file. Tyrone asks Sarah what's going on, with the police in the street. Sarah doesn't reply.
Martin meets Sally and suggests a drink in town tonight. Sally not sure. Martin insists they're mates!
Breakfast at the Battersby's. Sally arrives and hands Janice her wages plus a bonus, to thank her for looking after the shop to let Sally have such a 'great holiday'. Janice then tells Toyah that there is a girls' holiday in Tenerife planned and there are two spare places. Toyah can't go, for she has her job at the cafe and can't let Vera down.
Roy and Hayley are on the run with Wayne and have spent the night in a tent. Hayley is worried that what they're doing is not right and what do they do when they run out of money?
At the cafe, Toyah and Vera wonder about what's happening with Roy and Hayley. However, they'll both work on, for Roy wouldn't let them down. The detective is asking Sally about Alex's visit to the camp-site - Sally can only tell him that Alex was aggressive towards Roy.
Martin calls in to see Gail, who's looking very pleased with herself. They all had a great holiday, he says, and would she mind if David stayed a couple of nights with him. Gail thinks that is a very good idea. Just before Martin leaves, Gail lets him know that there is someone in her life - Richard. Martin is pleased for her and he hopes things work out well for her. Gail looks radiant!
In the cafe, Jack is off to his new allotment, leaving Vera working in the cafe. Candice and Sarah discuss the holiday, Candice just so slightly suspicious of what Sarah and Todd got up to. Next week, Candice is off to Southport for two weeks and she plans to have a good time.
In the Rover's, Duggie is looking forward to the Landlord of the Year competition and tells Shelley to be on the lookout for a 'mystery customer', who'll be one of the judges. Smile, he tells her! Martin and Sally have a quiet talk. Martin sees no problem with their relationship, since Gail now has Richard in her life. Sally doesn't agree that it's as simple as that... Richard has no ties, and they do.
Roy has bought a paper and tells Hayley that they're now national news for having abducted a child. What do they do now? The police throughout the country are looking for them...
Gail's house. Sarah is just going out and Richard arrives bearing flowers. Gail is so happy to see him.
Roy and Hayley packing the car (Martin's car!) after their overnight stay in a tent. Hayley suggests that they head for Warwickshire where a friend of hers, Ruth, has a farm.
Toyah is chatting to Charlie in the street and they exchange their individual problems. Charlie advises Toyah to take her time before decidiing what to do about the letter from Phil Simmonds in jail. Charlie's problem comes down to: gain a child or lose a husband.
Outside the Corner Shop, Jack and Tyrone are selecting potatoes and carrots.
Candice and Sarah are discussing Gail's new boyfriend, Richard. Candice thinks he looks about 50, well 'past it' according to her. They go off to buy a paper for news of Roy and Hayley. Jack and Tyrone are busy getting fresh soil from Matt's garden to make the vegetables look as if they've just been dug up from the allotment. Matt appears, but doesn't seem to notice them.
Matt and Charlie tell each other that "I've missed you". He's come home, to stay. They end up in an embrace, although their problems are not over yet, you wonder...
Jack and Tyrone arrive home, to Vera's wrath - why isn't the dinner on? However, all is forgiven when Jack tips out his 'home-grown' produce on to the table! Vera offers to prepare dinner, for Jack must be very tired after his work at the allotment. (There is no trace of the soil from Matt's garden on the vegetables!!)
Roy, Hayley and Wayne stop for a break and to check the map. Apparently, her friend, Ruth, knows about when she was Harold, and is now Hayley, but she doesn't know about Roy.
Back at Gail's house, Richard and Gail look so happy in each other's company. Sarah arrives home. Richard leaves, promising to see Gail tomorrow. Sarah tells her Mum that it's good one of them has a love life.
Toyah, at home, phones Phil's brother, Jim, and agrees to see Phil (the alleged rapist) in prison.
In the pub, Martin is showing some photos of the holiday to Kevin and Shelley, who has just worked out the relationship between Sally, Kevin, Gail and Martin. "Isn't life complicated on this street?" she gushes. Les ogles Shelley, but he is warned off by Janice. Les asks Duggie's opinion on Janice - "isn't she a real belter?" - and he admits that she's a Botticelli Venus. (Does that not mean she's small and fat?) Martin tries to persuade Sally to come out with him, but she wants to cool the relationship.
Roy, Hayley and Wayne arrive at Ruth's farm. Hayley tells her that their flight from Birmingham airport was cancelled and she introduces her husband, Roy, and their foster-son, Wayne. Ruth invites them to stay the night but, from the look on her face, it appears that she might have seen the report in the papers...
Roy tells Ruth that their airline has gone bust asks if they can stay another night. Offers to do some chores around the farm in return for her hospitality. Hayley tells Roy about her relationship with Ruth, they were best friends at school but Ruth was keen on Harold, so when Hayley took over they drifted apart. Roy and Wayne think there should tell Ruth the truth. Tyrone and Jack go for a days skive at the allotment. Later Tyrone brings back the fruit of their toils Aubergines. Norris is surprised they grow in Weatherfield.
Janice leaves to go to Tenerife. Les promises to take care of Toyah.
Duggie is still trying to get all the staff to meet and greet American style. Georgie is not amused thinks it is false. Audrey joins Richard and Gail for a drink insisting she wont be a gooseberry..
Harvey goes to see Mike at the factory. Mike has a new contract for him, Harvey is surprised Mike wanted to do business with him after what happened, also that Mike has forgiven Linda . Mike reassures him that he hasn't forgiven anyone this is strictly business.
Matt and Charlie are pretending to be happy , Matt decides he can't continue with this charade and he has to make the decision whether to stay with |Charlie and have no Children or find somebody else. Charlie says she can't change her mind just to keep him but she may change her mind in a few years. They decide as they have had a good marriage to keep together.
Toyah tells Sam that she is going to see Phil Simmons. Sam doesn't think it is a good idea and wishes she hadn't told him.
Th croppers tell Ruth the truth, Wayne wants to know if she is going to turn them in . Ruth says she will have to sleep on it as they have abducted Wayne regardless of however they try to quantify their actions.
Richard and Gail are in a passionate embrace in the kitchen, when David walks in. Demands to know what they are doing and goes back to his dad until Richard leaves.
Martin gets up in the morning to find David playing a computer game. Martin explains to him that Richard makes his mum happy. David says he now understands why Martin feels funny, but not to worry he still has him around!
Matt and Charlie have made up and they are kissing each other. They realise they can't be apart, and so they go back upstairs .....
Ruth tells Hayley that she wants to chat to her alone.
Sam tells Toyah that he wants to come with her when she goes to prison to see Phil Symonds.
Rita tells Gail that she thinks that David will soon get used to Richard. She suggests next time that Gail locks the door when he is around.
Ruth tells Hayley in no uncertain terms that she considers that she has kidnapped Wayne. Hayley tries to explain that they are trying to help Wayne.
Rita tells Les that they are advertising for staff at Underworld. Les says that it is because the child snatcher has disappeared. Rita is more tolerant and says she wants to hear the whole story.
A local reporter gets talking to Norris about the Croppers. He asks if it is correct about Hayley being a transexual. Norris starts to reply but is interupted by Rita who recognises him as a reporter and chucks him out of the shop.
Ruth thinks that Wayne will regret in the future what has happened. He may never see his real mother again. Hayley thinks it is just Ruth's way of getting back at her for what has gone on in the past.
Toyah goes to prison. Phil tells her that he never set out to hurt her. He says that everyone is out to get him. He got chucked out of his flat, he cought pneumonia from sleeping in the streets, and basically he just lost it and lashed out. Toyah refuses to accept his apologies. She said he raped her in a ginnel. He should live with that forever.
Duggie puts notes behind the bar to remind the staff to keep smiling the customers.
Gail apologies to Martin about how David found out about Richard. Martin says it is ok, and they decide to have a family dinner to talk to the kids.
The reporter chats with Emily. She praises Hayley as a very warm, wonderful person. She also says that it took her sometime to get used the sex change.
Ruth relives the old times. She had hoped that one day her and Harold would have got engaged. Roy comes in and Ruth announces that they can stay a few more days and then they are on their own.
Toyah tells Phil that at her mum's place, he said he done it because she was friends with Duggie. Then she notices he has a slash on his wrist.
Sarah and David have a chat. Sarah reckons that Richard will want to be very nice to them, so they will like him. He will probably buy them presents.
Phil tries to apologies to Toyah again. Sheasks why he doesn't plead guilty. He says he doesn't want to stay in prison. She says he can do one good thing in his life by pleading guilty. He agrees to change his plea. She says she will never be able to forgive him.
Norris questions Charlie why as Wayne's teacher, she has never seen his parents. She is rescued by Matt, but Norris follows them to a table.
Rita is taken aback over Shelley's over politness serving.
David and Sarah come round to their mother's for dinner and realise that it is going to be a family conference. Martin says he is now happy with the idea of his mum with Richard. If it is what she wants then it is ok with him.
Toyah is shaking after visiting the prison. Sam tries to comfort her. Les comes in and she explains that she is glad she went, because he has changed his plea to guilty. She says she is no longer afraid of him.
Hayley is worried what will become of Wayne. Roy thinks he will have to go back to Wetherfield to get their passports and leave the country.
Don't forget - coming soon ... Gail's makeover!
Vera opens the café and hears noises from the flat. It's Roy, collecting passports. Vera promises she won't tell, not even Jack.
Hayley is up early and waiting for his return. Ruth sees her and hears what Roy's doing, and is as flabbergasted as I am to hear this plan.
Gail see Martin in the Kabin and they agree David can stay with him for the rest of the holidays. Emily's interview is in the Gazette. The journalist has take some liberties with her words. Norris maintains it's kidnapping. Duggie and Gail agree they need to hear the Cropper's side.
Roy's left money for 2 weeks wages. He'll call Vera about the future of the café. She tries to persuade him to give himself up. They'll get him eventually and what about Wayne? Roy says he's doing this for him to be safe and happy. He sees the Gazette. This reinforces his belief that they can't give themselves up. He leaves by the back door.
Edna washes the Rover's windows and Duggie thanks her for doing a good job. She immediately expects bad news: is he going to sack her? Norris tells Mike there's a lot of interest in his advert for machinists.
Toyah sees Les in the café. She's glad she went to the prison, now Simmonds will change his plea. Fiz arrives (with ruby-coloured hair) and gives forth about the kidnap. It could've been her, she could tell you some things about them Croppers. Vera will have none of it: Hey you, foghorn, clear out. Norris finds Emily reading her interview. They've twisted every word she said. But Les agrees with it all.
Sally is round at Gail's advising on a make-over (long overdue). Audrey arrives and advises Gail to go chic and upmarket. Pop over to the salon whenever you're free. The horrified glances of the other two clearly show Gail had planned to go elsewhere.
One interviewee leaves the factory as Edna bursts in. We're not that desperate, says Mike. Bobbi reminds him she was a good machinist. But she betrayed him in Barlow's article. They finally agree she can start on a trial basis. What about the cleaning job at the Rovers? No problem, she can manage both.
Kevin is planning to take the girls off to Florida. (Have we ever seen so many holidays?) He wonders if Sally talked about him at all on the camping trip? Martin claims their time was taken up with the kids. Kevin thinks that with Danny off the scene, he's in with a chance. Never say die are his words. A detective arrives, looking for news on the Croppers. Vera and Emily defend them while Les makes digs. He says ominously that withholding evidence is conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Vera takes a swig of her drink.
Fiz is now pestering Norris. She may call the police with her first hand experience. Or perhaps the papers would be interested. Fred arrives and says: You have a very lurid imagination young lady. Fiz thinks he must have some dirt on them, but he retorts that he leaves that to snotty-nosed scandal mongers. She's unfazed and sees the Underworld advert on her way out.
Toyah tells Charlie about her prison visit. He looked small and pathetic. Charlie calls him a spineless loser. Toyah can face anything now. She asks about Mat. Charlie thinks they'll be OK.
Edna is telling the girls that her maturity and experience are required when Fiz enters the factory. Isn't she a bit young? I'm old enough to know my way round a cotton gusset, she replies scornfully. (Fiz definitely got all the best lines in this episode, with Fred in silver). Mike recognises her and gives her a 10 minute interview. I'm a fashion designer by trade but I'm a bit strapped at the moment and can do you a favour. I designed and made everything I'm wearing (this featured a T-shirt held together with safety pins). All for under £10. She talks herself into a week's trial.
Hayley is worried sick as Roy hasn't yet returned.
Duggie is still being sickeningly nice behind the bar. He thinks a glam woman in a booth is the mystery judge. Shelley advises him to be himself. Fred thinks he's greasier than one of Vera's fry-ups. Another woman arrives and Eve identifies her as the real judge. She was in their bar last week. The glam woman leaves and Eve tells Duggie she was the judge. He goes for a celebratory drink and completely fobs off the real one.
Audrey returns and sees Gail's new haircut. (It is nice, but is really just a shorter version of her previous style. Still too heavy and too much fringe for my taste). She went to Manchester. Audrey says she doesn't mind as long as she tells everyone she went to her.
Lunchtime at the factory, so the girls are in the Rovers. Fiz tells them she'll be the next Vivienne Westwood. Edna says she had great plans too but life brings you down. Fred complains about a filthy glass and Duggie is rude. The judge asks for a hot pot and Shelley tells her food stops at 2 and talks to Duggie - no apology is given. Duggie thinks Fiz is too young to drink and asks for ID. She refuses and he wrestles the pint from her. The glass breaks and she gets covered in beer. The woman leaves in disgust and Fred and Eve reveal she was the real judge.
Kevin agrees the holiday with Sally. Martin arrives and suggests she doesn't have to be alone while the girls are away.
Gail packs for David and tells him he has to come back to feed Barney. Martin arrives and admires her hair. Even David likes it.
Roy finally returns. He kept changing trains throughout the journey to throw off the scent. (But was this not more dangerous? It would involve hours of hanging round at stations). He shows Hayley the Gazette and tells her they have to go abroad. But they won't get through passport control. OK, Ireland. Ruth calls him a fool. He ignores her. He'll check the ferry times and try and get something in the morning.
Written by Susan Wilkins Directed by John Michael Phillips and Gareth Tucker
Roy and Hayley argue about the idea of fleeing to Ireland with Wayne. Roy is for the idea, but Hayley is totally against it, saying it's complete madness.
Mike arrives at the factory to find Fizz sitting on the steps applying her eye make-up. She apologises for her run-in with Duggie, but Mike is only disappointed that he wasn't there to witness it himself.
In the garage, Dennis, Sam and Tyrone are discussing their, as they see it, imminent bonus for the extra hard work they've put in.
In the Rovers, a large brown envelope arrives in the mail from the brewery. Duggie learns that he hasn't even made it to the short list for Landlord of the Year. He is not a happy man!
In the cafe, Sally and Gail discuss life and, well, Richard. Sally advises Gail to 'make the most of it' and Gail seems completely happy to go along with Sally's advice. Toyah is on the phone, anxious to know of any developments in the rape case. Someone will be round to see her tonight. Kevin asks his three employees if they'd like lunch. Part of their bonus? Unfortunately, there'll be no bonus, since their target of 1500 has fallen short by some 500. Dennis, Sam and Tyrone are not pleased at this piece of news.
Ruth tells Hayley that she'd be mad to leave for Ireland with Roy and Wayne. When Roy arrives, she leaves. Hayley then tells Roy that, if he wants to take Wayne to Ireland with him, that's fine, but she'll not be going with them. Roy decides that they've got to stick together, as a family.
In the garage, Dennis 'overhears' Kevin telling Gail about his holiday plans to take the girls to Florida.
Outside the factory, Fizz ogles a hunky mechanic. No, not Sam, but Tyrone. Edna advises her that having 'lead in his pencil' is no substitute for 'plastic in his wallet'.
Martin is off swimming with David and offers to take Sally's girls with them. Everyone seems pleased at this arrangement.
At the farm, Roy, Hayley and Wayne see a televised news item, in which Wayne's Mum and her partner, Alex, plead for information about Wayne's whereabouts. Wayne can't understand why his Mum is so upset and wonders if he'll ever see his Mum again...
In the Kabin, Edna pronounces her condemnation of the Croppers for having abducted Wayne, but Toyah speaks up on their behalf. Fizz sticks her oar in and says that she could have been abducted when she stayed with the Croppers - Toyah cuts her short, and leaves her to consider how she can get her story to the papers...
Chez Gail. Sarah has wee Bethany on her knee when Gail appears in a stunning little black dress (and Gail looks wonderful!). Sarah is more concerned about what's happening to Roy and Hayley, but Gail reminds her that 'even nice people sometimes get carried away by their feelings'. Sarah goes off to get ready for her sleepover at Jenny's.
Back at Ruth's farm, Wayne offers to ring his Mum and explain the situation to her, but this is not seen as a good idea. He then offers to write an open letter to the papers, as he sees their parlous situation as being his fault and he wants to 'make things right'.
In the Rovers, Toyah tells Sam that she may have something to celebrate tonight. However, Sam, Dennis and Tyrone see their chances of a bonus evaporating, after Dennis' revelation about Kevin's trip to Florida with the girls...
Richard arrives at Gail's, with flowers and a bottle of Champagne. Richard thinks Gail ought to be spoiled a bit.
Ruth goes off in her Land Rover to post Wayne's letter. Roy and Wayne agree that Wayne will never go back to Alex.
Sally arrives at Martin's flat to pick up her girls, who have been spoiled, she says. Martin gallantly offers to spoil Sally, who'll "bear this in mind".
Ruth's neighbour, Sue, arrives at the farm in her car and mistakes Roy for 'Trevor'. Roy is very off-hand with her and she leaves, but not before handing to Wayne the local paper.
In the farmhouse, Roy and Hayley read the paper, the front-page of which concerns them. Has Sue seen this? What are Roy and Hayley going to do now? They're a family, so they'll stick together, no matter what.
Richard and Gail have shared a romantic meal and the talk concerns Gail's relationship with Martin. Gail tells Richard that she has no love for Martin any more, which news makes Richard's night, he says. Gail tells him that she's never been this happy for a long time...
Toyah learns that Simmonds has not changed his original plea and that he's going to plead 'not guilty' to the rape charge.
After their romantic meal, Richard and Gail settle down on the sofa and some more chat. Inevitably, they end up in a passionate embrace which is interrupted by little Bethany's crying upstairs. Gail goes upstairs to see Bethany, leaving Richard to contemplate on his own. He obviously didn't know that Gail was baby-sitting...
This episode of Corrie was transmitted in the UK head-to-head with the other popular soap, Eastenders. As far as I'm concerned, tonight's episode was worth it, if only to see the total transformation of Gail, who is now a real stunner, in my humble opinion. As well as that, Corrie still retains some humour and happiness, thank the Lord.
Apologies for an oversight first - thank you to Amanda for standing in during my absence. Hopefully next week will be back to normality!
Events in Weatherfield are courtesy of Granada Television Limited, sponsored by Cadbury's Crunchie, written by Mark Wadlow and directed by John Michael Phillips and Garth Tucker.
Hayley and Roy are worried - they are perpetually on edge. A visitor has disturbed them. Ruth says they cannot stay for ever. Wayne's letter has been published in the papers. The letter reflects on them well - but Ruth tries to bring them back to earth - it is unlikely that readers will take the letter at face value. Ruth says that people are unlikely to change their opinions. It is a big adventure for Wayne - so he is excited and the letter will have little impact. Ruth reckons they are deluding themselves. She is going into Birmingham - do they want anything.
Gail is grinning like a Cheshire Cat, wearing her dressing gown. Obviously she has spent the night with Richard and she cannot believe it is happening. The poor man then has to kiss her! He reckons his life has improved. Gail does not think that Sarah will disapprove. The door bell goes and it is Audrey. Richard decides to hide.
Audrey and Gail discuss the Croppers and Audrey notes that it was breakfast for two. Richard re-appears and Gail tries to explain but Richard has to depart - he has an appointment - she feels she has offended him but he tells her not to be daft.
Toyah is complaining to Les about the "Not Guilty" plea entered by Phil Simmons. Vera is unable to feed the masses - shortage of food. Sam, Tyrone and Dennis are not happy. They are convinced they are being ripped off so Dennis decides to check the books whilst Kev takes the children shopping.
Roy and Hayley are washing up and discussing the next step. They have dragged an innocent person into all of this. Roy feels uneasy with Ruth. Roy feels they are digging a hole to fall in. Roy reckons the time has come to move on.
Dennis and the boys are checking the books - when they add it all up the total on the invoices, including Weatherfield Windows, comes to more than the figure at which the bonus applies.
Gail has got Richard to come back to the Rovers for a drink. They had a wonderful night and morning and then she spoiled it. She should be shouting from the rooftops but she is worried she is too happy and it won't last. And anyway it is too early. Richard wants them to go out together properly, publicly. Gail's inane smile continues as she accepts the offer of a public relationship with a seven day cooling off period!
Les apologises for being short with Toyah earlier. Toyah is not worried about the trial. She knows he is guilty and will get a longer sentence for pleading not guilty.
Tyrone, Les and Sam are 500 over target - the same amount as the backhander to the manager of the windows company - which they do not know about.
Roy suggests going to Ireland - but Hayley does not accept that. Roy cannot see a way forward. He thinks a lot of people are seeing them as bad. Whilst they are on the run no-one is going to hear their side of the story. Hayley accepts this and Roy suggests that they should phone the police - the running is over.
Gail and Sal are discussing the progress with Richard. Sal points out that financial advisors have the gift of the gab. Sal then goes onto point out that some women would reckon Martin was a good catch - Gail says they would be welcome to him - but then remembers that they had some good times until Rebecca came along. Richard is perhaps a little more mature. Martin and David arrive and a barbecue is arranged for the afternoon - Sal and the gurls are invited as well.
Roy is about to dial when Hayley asks if they are doing the right thing. She wants to think through just whom they should be contacting - the police, social services, newspapers. Hayley suggests that having the papers there might help their story. Roy is not keen on this - the papers distort so much. Hayley wants people to know the truth. Roy suggests going to Weatherfield and social services so that Wayne is in proper care before they go to the police.
The barbecue is being prepared when Richard returns and the relationship is made public. Gail tells Richard she is positive that he should participate. The barbecue is not cooking well - more charcoal needed. David notes that "Tricky Dicky" is here and Richard is formally introduced. Sal asks about his job - he gives advice but does not sell pensions. Sal and Martin head to the shop to get some more charcoal. Richard reckons the introduction was painless.
Kev finds a deputation waiting. They reckon that Kev has made a mistake - they are 500 over target - they wanted to see for themselves. Kev says he has not fiddled them. They think he is going away on their money. Kev tries to mislead them over the Weatherfield Windows business but gets little acceptance.
As they leave the shop Sally asks Martin if he feels jealous. Martin says no - he and Gail are all over - there is only one woman he is interested in. Sally says they cannot do what they want - because.
Dennis and Tyrone do not believe the story so they confront Kev at the bar in the Rovers. Dennis is spokesman - he wants the bonus paid - or they quit.
Roy and Hayley are still discussing their surrender and have reached a conclusion which they tell Ruth when she arrives - followed by police officers. Ruth says it has gone on too long and has to come to an end. They are formally arrested on charges relating to abduction and taking of a motor vehicle. Roy and Hayley are put in separate vehicles whilst Wayne is comforted by his mother and Alex Swinton. (Although how they could have been there is hard to credit).
Will Wayne and his mother eventually do the decent thing?
Will Martin and Sally ever get it together?
When will Richard start ripping people off? And who will lose how much?
And will someone please prevent young David ever wanting to leave?
K Richard Whitbread
Here I am at my little computer thinking what a busy week ahead I have. It is our busiest time of the year at work; I work for a University. Lots of school leavers get their exam results this week, and there will be a lot of them looking for a place at our University. That will mean the telephones ringing constantly - oh bliss. And, then Janette has gone off for a week leaving me to do the reports ... but don't worry about me .... worry about Roy and Hayley .. !! :-)
The police take them to Wetherfield Police Station. As they are brought in they are spotted by Emma Watts.
Wayne's mother Sheila is pleased Wayne is home. She and Alex say things will be better now. Wayne says he will tell the police everything. Alex says it was Sheila that reported his abduction to the police and therefore he would be getting her in trouble.
Roy is interviewed by a police officer. He tells him that he was about to give himself up. The officer then suggests that he is therefore admitting guilt. Roy says all he was trying to do was to protect Wayne from his step-father.
Dennis, Tyrone and Sam, drinking in the pub together. They agree to stick together while on strike. Eileen thinks they are a bit hasty calling a strike. Kevin could get new mechanics in to replace them.
The police officer tells Roy that is allegations against Alex are unfounded. He is told that the Social Services have investigated his claim. Roy tells of paying Alex money so that he could keep Wayne.
Emma sees Hayley in her cell. Hayley explains to her what has happened. Hayley wants Emma to go round to see Wayne's mother who would tell her everything. Emma says she can't do it because it is not her case.
The police officer tells Roy that Sheila's statement contradicts Roy's statement about the facts. The officer thinks Roy is obsessed with Wayne. He tells Roy that regardless of what Roy says it is still abduction.
Eileen asks Dennis if the other support him on strike. He says they are 100% behind him. Then they spot Tyrone in her overalls heading for the garage. Dennis manages to stop him.
Solicitor explains to Roy that both he and Hayley will be charged together. Roy wants to know what will happen if they are found guilty. The solicitor says it depends on the judge. He could get between 3/4 years or a a suspended sentence.
The police officer then interviews Hayley. She considers she is as much responsible as Roy.
Curly goes to Kevin's garage to collect his car. Kevin says there has been a delay but it will be ready shortly.
Hayley tells the police officer that they are protecting Wayne. When the Social Services come round to his house, Wayne turns very quiet, because Alex and Sheila are there. He tells them everything is ok and asks to go to his room.
Blanche, Ken, Vera and Gail go to the court to see Roy and Hayley appear. Blanche says they are local villans. The charge of abduction is read to them both.
Kevin goes to the pub to find Dennis et al. He asks them to go back to work. Kevin explains that they guy that put the contract his way wanted £500 "kickback". After thinking about it for aminute or two they agree to return to work.
The magistrate at court sends Roy and Hayley for trial. The prosectuion has no objections provided they reside at their own home, report to the police three times a week, they must not leave the UK and they must have no contact with Wayne. Roy agrees to the conditions, but Hayley objects it says it is like admitting guilt. She is remanded in custody.
Vera sees Roy in the café. He's not stopping, just collecting some things to take to Hayley. Vera's worried about him. How did he manage last night without Hayley? Better than her, he expects. Vera is sure that it will all resolve itself. Weren't they trying to help a kiddy? But Roy doesn't have such blind faith in the system and sees this as one in a long line of miscarriages of justice.
Hayley is at Barnhurst Prison, being introduced to her cellmate, Steph Hughes. She's not very happy at having someone share her cell, or being turned into a tour guide. That's your bed, food's down the hall, she tells Hayley.
Audrey goes to Gail's. Alma's will came through this morning and she got £40 000. She's very uncomfortable about it, not wanting to profit from Alma's death. But Gail says Alma wanted her to have that money, partly as thanks for being such a good friend. Why doesn't she do what they did best together...shop?
Sally is taking the girls to the shop when she bumps into Martin. He's taking David ice-skating and offers to take the girls too. Steve and Karen return from their honeymoon to grey Weatherfield. They agree the holiday was worth getting married for. Roy is getting distressed at the bus-stop, so Emma gives him a lift to the prison.
Eileen greets Steve. She's been getting bored baiting Vikram and needs someone else to tease. They're expecting to hear they've broken up but Steve tells them: me and the wife are very happy. It's the first anniversary of the taxi business so Eileen persuades them to have a party.
David and Sarah meet in the café. She says it's great at home now. Gail's so happy with Richard, she doesn't notice what Sarah is up to. She even gave her money to get her hair cut in town (though I couldn't see the difference. Maybe she hasn't actually gone yet). David calls Richard a dork. Fred arrives with the pies and Eve sees him. She reluctantly aggress to meet Fred at Ashley's later. They're both at some trade show this afternoon.
Mike sees Karen in the Kabin. Got another job yet? You're old one's there if you want it. Karen turns him down.
A bolshy woman in prison recognises Hayley as the tranny who nicked the kid. They decide to call her Harold and make lurid inquiries about the incident and her operation. What happens when they chop it off? Do you keep it in case you change your mind? Were you trying to make the kid a girl too? They should keep perverts like you away from kids. Hayley stands her ground and replies assertively that Wayne's mother had agreed they could look after him.
Fred meets Mike in the Rovers and congratulates him on the factory's turnround. No doubt due to your managerial skills. How's your lady wife? Mike doesn't recognise this description of Linda. Fred asks if there's no way they can find a way out of it, but Mike suggests he mind his own love life. Because if Eve is anything like her daughter, you'll curse the day you met her. Max comes in, radiant, to tell Ash she's got some good news, but the butchers have to leave for the show.
Mr. Hartnell arrives at the flat to see Roy. He's sorry for what happened and feels partly responsible for letting it get out of hand. But Roy says they knew what they were doing. Peter says again they found no evidence of mistreatment and that Wayne is happy where he is. My colleagues can't back up your version of events (and how can they, when they question a child suspected of being bullied, in front of that bully. I've never seen such a wishy-washy interview as the one we saw on Monday. I hope this isn't based on fact). Roy says Heaven help the kids in danger then. Social Services are so busy scrutinising decent people like Hayley that they can't see what's going on under their nose. They were left with no choice but to step in. You're the one who should be in prison. Roy asks Peter to leave.
Rita and Emma discuss the situation. Rita's starting to wonder if the police weren't right, but Emma is glad there's someone standing up for kids. She can't believe Hayley is in prison when there's scumbags walking free.
Eileen is not impressed when Steve tells her the party will be in the Rovers. She decides to take charge. £500 should do it.
David collects his gameboy from home and asks Gail about Richard. Will he be there every night? Will he marry Gail and move in there? Will he have to call him Dad? Gail tries to reassure him and says that he has a Dad and no-one's trying to take his place. She decides they should all have dinner together on Sunday so they can get to know each other better.
Max is preparing the table for a romantic meal when Eve arrives. She's distracted and clearly upset. Eve gently gets her to say that she's had another false alarm. I bet you're pleased, you said I'd make a lousy mother.
Rita goes to see Roy. She says he needs their help so he can support Hayley. He's very distracted and thinks he's a stupid useless coward. He should be the one in prison, not her. And he can't bear to think about Wayne. Rita comforts him and says they will find a way.
Audrey meets Gail in the Rovers, laden with bags. But they're all gifts for the family. She's had a lovely time, thanks to Alma.
Sally collects the girls from Martin's flat. David is a bit chastened. He tried to impress Rosie with his fast skating, but she beat him. They all go to feed Barney so the adults are left alone. There's a quick kiss but Sally wriggles free and goes home.
Eve and Max are having a drink and talking. They've been trying for 10 months. Eve says they just need to keep trying. You're joking, we never stop! Eve says she should consider herself lucky. At Fred's age, you're lucky if they get up to go to the bar for you. The boys arrive. Fred is pleased they're getting on and suggests they all go to the Rovers, but Eve gets him out so the other two can talk.
Hayley explains to Steph that no-one will listen to her. She feels she's going mad. Steph says it's difficult to be taken seriously in here. She also wonders why Roy hasn't been. (She's still wearing the same clothes, so the relief parcel hasn't been handed over). She thought it would be easy to prove her innocence. Steph suggests she learns how to survive in there. She's not making any friends. Hayley replies she'll be out soon. But Steph says, from where I'm sitting, you could be here for a long time.
Written by Julie Gearey Directed by Mervyn Cumming
Curly is running Roy to the prison to see Hayley. Roy is taking a 'wireless' for her, although he tells Curly that she'll not be in there long. How so? All he has to do is persuade her to agree with the bail conditions as laid down by the court...
Kevin is looking forward to taking the girls to Florida and hopes that Sally will be alright on her own. Sally assures him that she'll be ok, while Martin watches the family scene from across the street.
Fiz arrives just as Roy and Curly are to set off for the prison. She tells Roy that she's sorry that she made life difficult for Hayley and him while she was in their care, by reporting him to Social Services. Fiz reminds Roy how awful prison can be, just what he doesn't want to hear.
In the Corner Shop, Dev informs Geena that their date for tonight (at a posh restaurant) is off, for he has to do his VAT returns. Gail meets David and reminds him of his invitation to dinner tomorrow night; David is quite unenthused at the prospect, to say the least. Sarah is collecting signatures for a petition to have Hayley released from prison, but Dev refuses to sign it - he cannot condone child abduction and tells Geena that he's entitled to his opinion, no matter what she thinks.
In the cafe, Fred and Ken sympathise with Vera about her increased work-load without Roy. Ken thinks he ought to write a column for the Gazette, but Fred thinks little of that idea. Audrey breezes in and meets Maxine who is eating an enormous breakfast. Maxine tells her that she and Eve are now friends, but Audrey warns her that Eve is just after Fred's money and not to be taken in by her, for it's genetic.
Again in the Corner Shop, where Sunita advises Geena that, to keep Dev interested in her, she ought to sort of show Dev that he has some competition. Geena isn't sure she wants to 'play games like that' but Sunita assures her that it's all to do with the Laws of Nature.
Roy eventually visits Hayley in prison. She thanks him for the radio and he explains his previous absence - he didn't follow the correct procedure for visits. Hayley reassures Roy that the other inmates don't know about her and that she's doing fine. (While they talk, one of the other inmates, who has already given Hayley a hard time, is seen in the background!)
In the Corner Shop, Dev and Deirdre are busy with VAT returns, but Sunita keeps on at Dev about how so many men find Geena so attractive.
In the Rover's, Duggie agrees to have Sarah's petition available for people to sign. Geena talks to Steve about his imminent party, which he's not looking forward to. (Dev sees this conversation from the background.) Audrey floats in, and finds her daughter, Gail, having a quiet drink with Richard. Audrey would like to spend Alma's money on something, but she doesn't know what. Gail suggests that she ought to consult Richard on this matter. Who else? Richard could meet Audrey at Gail's house. Where else? Duggie asks Dev to sign Sarah's petition, but he declines, saying that he came in for a quiet drink, not a lecture on human rights, and leaves without his drink.
Roy tries to persuade Hayley to agree to the bail conditions, so that she could be freed, but Hayley refuses, as that would be tantamount to admitting her 'guilt'. Whatever it takes, she's done nothing wrong and she's not going to resort to lies.
In the pub, Fred is delighted that Eve is getting on so well with Maxine. Drinks tonight to celebrate? Les is discussing the imminent party with Eileen. Les' idea is that they start off with drinks at the Rover's, then a visit to the dog track, finishing off with a spot of lap-dancing, but Eileen has other ideas. Karen reminds Eileen that she should be back at work by now; as she is Steve's wife, she is Eileen's boss too. Fiz apologises to Duggie for her misbehaviour the other day. Apology accepted, but she has to stick to soft drinks.
Hayley and Roy discuss the mess they're in. Hayley sees her time in prison as beneficial, in that the papers are interested, and everyone's talking about the case. A bell rings - visiting time is over. Just as Roy stands up and says he won't leave Hayley in prison, one of the other inmates introduces herself to "Harold's" husband, telling Roy that being a child abductor and a 'tranny' get 'extra points in here'. Roy now knows the truth about Hayley's time in prison - she has told him a pack of lies. A prison warder breaks up this little 'conversation' and declares to the astounded Roy that "there are no secrets in here". Hayley heads back to the cell.
At Gail's house, Audrey is putting all her financial affairs in Richard's hands, while Gail looks on approvingly.
Curly and Roy are back from the prison. Roy asks David, who's passing, how Wayne is, but David tells him that Alex won't let him near Wayne. Roy gets angry - what have they achieved after all this?
Kevin is off to Florida with the girls. The taxi awaits. He hopes that Sally will enjoy some time to herself...
Fiz meets Curly and asks how the prison visit went. He tells her that Roy hasn't said a word about it, but hopes that he won't do anything stupid.
Martin meets Sally in the Corner Shop - he'll be in the pub tonight. See you there? Sally not sure. Sunita keeps on about Dev to Geena, who, in her turn, assures Dev that there's nothing to be jealous about - it's part of a barmaid's job, that's all, chatting to customers.
Roy sits alone in the cafe. Fiz enters. Although the cafe is closed, Roy listens to Fiz as she tells him to look on the bright side of things. She makes him a cup of tea.
Back in the Rover's, the talk is all about Roy and Hayley, with Deirdrie saying that she knows too well that Hayley needs their support. Maxine meets Sally, who says that she's 'rattling around alone in her house'. Maxine advises her to get someone to 'rattle around with'... Audrey meets Eve and accuses her of taking Fred for his money, nothing else. Eve rounds on Audrey, tells her that she's an 'old lady' and to back off. Audrey, very miffed, exits, even refusing a drink from Fred! Eve tells Fred that Audrey is very happy for them and they share a very warm moment together...
Sally is going home, but Martin runs after her. Sally is going home for a microwave meal on her own, and she says that the 'single life' is great.
Dev locks up the shop, while Sunita and Geena are off to enjoy the meal in the restaurant. Sunita wishes Dev 'Happy VAT Returns'!
Still in the cafe, Fiz assures Roy that, in spite of how she treated them, she was happier with them than any of her other foster carers. They may have been weird and old-fashioned, she says, but she knows that they both wanted to help Wayne as best they could, and that Roy is a 'good bloke'. She then offers to make a meal for them both - but no chips!
Hayley is looking for her radio in her cell. It's disappeared. Steph, her cell-mate, tells her that, in prison, it's a question of 'finders keepers'. One of the other inmates comes into their cell and Hayley accuses her of pinching her radio which, of course, she denies. This little confrontation is broken up by a warder who advises Hayley that there are two ways of doing things in prison - either keep your head down, or become unpopular.
Events tonight were sponsored by Cadbury's Crunchie, written by Peter Whalley and directed by Mervyn Cumming.
We are in StreetCars. Karen is bored upstairs in the flat and comes down to see Steve - he is on duty until Eileen arrives. She is going out side for a walk. On the way she meets Vik coming in - his continued presence in the flat is part of the difficulties. Les had identified what they should be doing on the day out - a day at the races and he lectures Steve and Vik on their responsibilities in ensuring it is a good day out. Both Steve and Vik are looking for a way out of the day out.
Sunita takes the opportunity to update Dev on events the previous evening when she went out with Geena. Curly has a bad stomach ache and wants some medicine in the Corner Shop which Dev provides. Curly denies that his bad stomach is derived from drinking the previous evening - he did not touch a drop. Apparently Geena was being chased all evening by a bid spending, rich, well heeled and dressed individual. Dev does not entirely believe it. Gail arrives looking for Yorkshire Puddings which apparently live in the freezer. Sunita reckons that Dev is playing a dangerous game by not making an honest woman of Geena and taking her for granted.
Karen is out on the Street staring up at Eileen's window. Eileen comes out and reminds Karen that she has a proper signed lease on the McDonald's house. Karen reminds Eileen that she is working for her - as she is married to Steve. Eileen suggests she might like to unblock the drain instead of Dennis but Karen simply retorts that she is glad that the property is being looked after.
Gail meets Sal in the Street. Sal is at a loose end - a house with no children so Gail invites her round to Sunday lunch. David wanders by at this point and is reminded that he is expected for lunch as well as Richard is coming. Sal tries to get out of it but Gail won't hear of it and David asks if Martin can come as well. Gail is forced to invite Martin, probably against her better judgement but she asks Martin to be on best behaviour as Richard will be there. He agrees he will not say anything.
Curly and Emma are in the Croppers' flat talking to Roy. Roy thinks it is all his fault and that he merely needs to convince Hayley to accept the conditions which the court has imposed. Curly is suffering - but denies over-indulgence. Curly says that Roy has to stay positive. Roy doubts that they will look after Hayley in jail - he has got to get her out.
Sarah and Bethany were going to go out but have to stay for lunch. Richard arrives and gets welcomed as "Dick" by David. Gail tries to correct him but Richard says he is not worried. Gail takes Richard to one side to tell him about the lunch guests. He does not seem to fazed by it.
Eileen arrives at Streetcars and gives Steve an earful over Karen's earlier comments. Steve seeks to mollify Eileen. Vik also wants the staff day out cancelled but it becomes modified into a day out only for those who have completed a year's service as Eileen dreams up this story to enable Les to be excluded from those taking part!!
At the Rovers Steve tries to correct Karen but she is not impressed - it is a family house and she and Steve have better rights than Eileen, Dennis and the boys. Fred arrives with Eve and they have one drink but cannot make a session of it as Eve has to go to work. Fred asks her not to go but she insists. Dev arrives and asks Geena how the previous evening went. She tells him it was boring - they were dancing around the handbags and she makes it clear that Sunita's version was simply a little story. Sunita is trying to make Dev jealous so that he proposes. Does not seem likely. Les arrives and takes up the "one year of service story" with Steve who does not get a chance to say anything. The only people who qualify are Vik, Steve and Eileen - no workers will get a day out. Karen reckons that Steve is taking Eileen out. Steve looks as though he cannot win.
Sally arrives in the Rovers and accepts a drink from Martin. Martin then orders a bottle of wine so that they can take one to lunch. Sally is not happy with that - it will look as if they have come together (in retrospect I think I could have worded that differently too). Martin corrects his order - two bottles of wine, one red, one white - no chance of treating them as a couple.
Roy is walking along a street. He "hides" behind a bush and sees Wayne and Alex leave their house. He goes to the door and rings the bell. Wayne half sees him hiding. (Great coincidence that they go out as Roy arrives).
Roy is trying to get Wayne's mother to tell the truth. Sadly she is not going to change the story. They live with Alex and he is a changed man as he promised. She remains afraid that he might hurt them but things are much better since Wayne returned. She asks Roy to leave but he wants to speak to Wayne direct. She gets worried at Roy's intransigence. She makes it clear that if Roy is there when Alex and Wayne return then the one who suffers will be her and possibly Wayne. Roy notes that at least the truth is emerging now but is discomforted by the harm that might fall on her and Wayne.
At Gail's lunch is served and Martin proposes a toast - but is left short of words and eventually Richard proposes "Friends" and glasses are clinked all the way round the table. Richard asks after Sally's family - away on holiday and Sally says she enjoyed her camping trip with Martin - but then there is clarification that they were simply in the same camp at the same time - but not "together" (as if anyone would think that). Anyway Martin enjoyed it - looking at Sally - better than going to America as far as he was concerned.
In the Corner Shop Dev tells Sunita that if Geena can forget him so quickly when she goes out that he has told her that it is all over between them. Geena can do what she likes - he has told her when she can go and why - he thanks Sunita for telling him the truth and he pretends to cry.
Gail sends Sarah to look after Bethany and David vanishes upstairs. The adults are left alone. Gail, Martin and Sally are talking out the breakdown of the relationships - they would all prefer civilised acceptance of the end of marriages. Gail thinks her marriage was a great success - she has happy memories and is sorry it had to end. Richard admits he is a widower - his wife died five years ago after 25 of marriage. Martin, having had a couple of drinks, observes that Richard is settling in well, taking over his family. Gail asks if he has anything else to say and Martin gets awkward looks from both Sally and Richard; Martin realises he has overstepped the mark and apologises - he did not really mean it. Sally is left wondering if he really still wants to be with Gail.
Wayne and Alex return from the video shop. Wayne asks if Roy has been there but his presence is denied.
Steve arrives in Streetcars to find out why Les thinks the three of them are going out. Eileen has decided that they are going to a casino and she will take great pleasure in telling Karen that partners are excluded. Steve will tell Karen himself.
Curly and Emma arrive in the Rovers as he orders his usual and an orange juice. Curly re-assures Emma that his problem has gone away and Duggie asks if he had too much to drink. Again Curly denies he had any alcohol at all.
Dev and Geena are enjoying a drink when Sunita arrives. Sunita has come to apologise for winding up Dev earlier - so Dev admits his earlier announcement was also a wind up. Sunita merely says that she wants Dev to do the right thing by Geena - or ten years will pass and they will still be in the same position. After Sunita departs Geena admits that she is probably right. Dev throws his paper down in disgust.
Roy arrives and sits down with Curly and Emma. Roy will not tell them what happened. Roy had started the day intending to get Hayley out of prison at all costs - but when he sees the cost to other people he simply cannot do it - he is a defeated man.
Fred is sitting at the bar - a lonely man. Duggie tells him to take his face elsewhere - possibly to Eve's pub. But she will think I am watching her - but responds Duggie she might appreciate the attention. So Fred departs.
Martin in rather more relaxed mode is chatting to Richard - what financial advice would he give Martin? Richard responds that "things can only get better". In the kitchen Gail acknowledges that Martin is a nice man - she does not want to be married to him - anyway she hopes that Martin will find someone to make him happy. Sally agrees with most of Gail's comments.
Fred arrives in Eve's pub - to find that she was laid off three weeks ago.
And that is it for this week.
Will Sally make a decision about Martin before the gurls return?
Where is Eve?
And will Dev make an honest woman of Geena?
Is there hope for the Croppers?
K Richard Whitbread
Vera comes down in the morning to find Jack, Tyrone and Maria serving breakfast and singing "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". It's her 44th wedding anniversary. Vera is overcome with emotion.
Curly suggests to Emma that he ought not go to work with his stomach complaint. It doesn't look good for the customers if he has to keep rushing to the loo.
Roy is talking to Rita about Sheila. Rita understands what she is going through. Roy thinks he has failed Hayley. Rita disagrees with him.
Curly asks Norris for indegestion tablets. Norris starts talking to him about illnesses, which makes Curly feel worse.
Jack recalls when he first met Vera. She was one in a million.
Fred offers to drive Eve to work. She is reluctant, but he insists.
Vera talks to Rita about her anniversary. She wonders where the years go.
Curly comes back to the Kabin. Norris refers him to an article in a magazine. Norris suggests that he makes an immediate appointment at the medical centre.
Tyrone and Maria organise a plan for when Vera turns up. When she turns up they pretend Jack has probably forgotten he was taking her out that night. They say he is probably still at the allotments, and meanwhile Vera is all dressed up for an evening out.
Martin comes to Sally's shop. He suggests that they eat together. Sally wonders if it is a good idea. She is worried where it may lead. Martin agrees but says he'll be back.
Curly tells Emma about his illness. He is pregnant. A sympathetic pregnancy.
Eileen mentions to Steve in front of Karen that he has given £25 as stake money for the casino.
Fred tells Rita that Eve isn't working. Rita thinks she is too proud to tell him that she has lost her job.
Vera arrives at the allotment with Tyrone and Maria. As she goes in she sees her clothes on a scarecrow. She goes in to the shed where Jack is waiting all dressed up as someone out of a Bogart film.
Eileen wins £20 on the roulette. Karen says she wants big money. Eileen and Karen continue to score points of each other. Eileen then wins on a single number - 35/1.
Jack has made his shed a "home from home". Jack reminices their early days together. They both say that when they first got together it was their 'first time'. Vera says she wouldn't have known had he not jumped on her and shouted "at last".
Eileen wonders why Karen doesn't like her. Karen just snipes at her. Eileen gets back saying that she wouldn't marry for a bet. They have quite a slanging match and Eileen quits her job.
Jack and Vera both thinks they are very lucky to have each other. She says it is her best anniverary.
They sing together "My Old Dutch" [all together now .."We've been together now for 44 years ..."]
Fiz comes calling and sees Roy and the flat in a right state. She sends him packing to the bathroom while she gets busy with the washing up.
Martin calls on Sally opening the shop. The both apologise about last night, she as she's been sending mixed signals. She thinks they should stop seeing each other. She remembers how Gail was when Martin had an affair and thinks this would be 10 times worse. (despite what Gail's been saying recently).
Vik struggling taking calls at Streetcars. Steve and Karen arrive. He's shocked at the latest credit card bill, all spent by Karen of course. Vik rounds on her too and says she should apologise to Eileen. By some bizarre logic, Karen says Eileen should be apologising to her and storms out to do more shopping. Steve hopes it will be window shopping only.
Martin sees Sally in the Rovers. She's right. He doesn't want to wreck her friendship with Gail, so he'll keep away. It'll be hard though. She agrees. Audrey arrives with Richard but fails to notice this intense conversation. Steve and Vik are at the bar when Eileen arrives. Steve goes to apologise and says it was just the drink talking and Karen is very sorry. But Eileen knows this is just Steve talking and she'll only believe it when it comes from the horse's mouth. And she's being polite when she says horse there. Steve begs: we can't run the place without you. I know. Explain that to your wife. She knows where I live.
It's prison visiting and Hayley is at last in clean clothes. Roy tells her about the visit to Sheila. He's the one who should be in prison, as he's been breaking bail conditions. He says he's coping fine, though not as wells as her. But she says it's only because he's there for there. Roy says he loves her more than ever.
Back at the Rovers, Fred wonders if Eve can afford to pay for their drinks. He reveals he knows about her being fired and she calls him a spy. Why did he drive her to the pub if he knew about the job. They start to row and Audrey listens with avid interest. Karen returns from shopping, she's bought a sexy nightie. But it wasn't on the credit card, she opened a store card so she won't have to pay til next month. Steve can't explain that this is the same thing. But then he plays a blinder. They can't go on with only one of them earning. She needs a job and he's got just the thing.
Eve explains she didn't want Fred's charity. Other folk might see it that she was out for what she could get. Who, wonders Fred and she can site Maxine, Linda and Fred's lady friend (meaning Audrey) as examples. Fred says they're a couple now. What's the point of that if they can't help each other out when they have problems? She's sorry. But sharing problems doesn't mean trying to solve them. Agreed.
Alma's money has been sorted by Richard. £5000 for charities, £10000 in the Building Society, £3000 in an ISA and the rest in trusts and shares. He doesn't want a fee but he would like Audrey to recommend him to others.
Over at the allotment, Jack is still singing. He's joined by Stanley Wagstaff from next door who knew Jimmy well. He's concerned about the weeds at Jack's, as they'll spread to the other allotments. An arrangement is agreed. Stan will work Jack's path. Jimmy liked potatoes. Jack likes chips aye. Jimmy liked his mashed, then distilled. He produces a sample. Jack chokes on the poteen.
Sally sees Gail in the café and suggests a girl's night out, but she's taking David to the pictures. Wayne sneaks in while it's busy and goes upstairs without being seen. Eileen joins Dennis. He thinks she's being too intransigent, but she's confident she'll get her apology by the end of the day.
Steve and Karen arrive at the office. She doesn't think this is a good idea, but is stung when Vik suggests the job would be too much for her. She takes the next call, putting on a very silly posh voice.
Martin goes to the shop, claiming he needs a lightbulb. He gets unnecessarily close to Sally to discuss the finer points of wattage. David's out tonight, so I'll be alone. I know, Gail told me. Ah, Gail. He leaves.
Roy returns to find Wayne in the flat and explains that they're not allowed to see him. Wayne knows he was at the house the other day. He's heard Hayley's in prison. Why not Roy? Hayley was very brave. She wouldn't promise not to see Wayne.
Jack suggests to Vera that getting rid of their bar would give the kids more space. Vera sees through this immediately - he wants it for the shed. But she agrees he can have it as a reward for the other night. Fiz asks after Roy. She's a nice lass says Vera. Then she returns and asks after Tyrone. Vera warns her off. What a madam! Karen approaches Eileen who expects her apology. I've come to ask you to move your things. They're getting in my way. And I've been promoted to Office Manager.
Sally walks down the street with her shopping. She stares forlornly up at the flat. We switch to Martin, forlornly watching the cricket and the phone alternately.
Wayne admits that's nothing's changed. Alex and his mum still fight all the time. But he was too scared to tell the police about the beatings. Roy says he'll have to stay away until it's all sorted out. But when Alex goes to the pub, he should go to bed early. That's what he used to do with his step-dad. (Ah ha!)
Martin turns off the cricket and hears a knock at the door. It's Sally, in tears. She's tried to stop thinking about him and wanting him and she knows it's wrong, but she can't help it. They kiss.
Written by David Lane Directed by Colin Cant
Morning finds Sally in bed with Martin in his flat, having spent the night together. Sally wakens - it's 8.45 and she'll be late for work. Never mind, Jason has a key, but Sally is still concerned about what people will think...
Vikram is manning the radio at Streetcars when Karen makes a late appearance on her first day. Vikram sets out for his cab, while Karen wastes no time in getting rid of all Eileen's possessions which are lying around. Eileen appears and claims her stuff, including the A-Z which Karen is using! (Karen is NOT coping.)
In the Rover's, Eve tells Fred that she's off for an interview at The Nag's Head.
In the cafe, Vera and Toyah try to keep Roy busy, to prevent him from moping about Hayley. Eileen comes in and asks Roy about Hayley, whom he says is 'bearing up'. Vera tells Roy that they need beans and ketchup, so he'll need to go to the cash and carry.
Candice and Sarah are sprawled out on Gail's couch, talking about their plans for the evening. Gail answers the phone, tells the girls to go upstairs and all we hear of her conversation is that she 'doesn't believe what she's hearing'.
Back at the cafe, Eileen checks the local paper for work. Roy tells Vera that they have plenty of beans and ketchup and wonders what's wrong with her and Toyah. Rita asks Eileen what's going on, for she's been waiting for a taxi for more than an hour. Anyway, Eileen should be celebrating, for Todd has received his GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) results - with a total of nine, including three As and two Astars, he did brilliantly.
Karen frantically tries to cope with her new job, but it's getting worse by the minute. She tells Vikram about a hire for 52 Second Avenue, which neither he nor Steve have heard of. Rita pops in to complain about the non-arrival of her cab and she suggests Sefton Avenue? Rita leaves to get Emily to run her, with 'This is not a taxi firm, it's a shambles' as her parting shot. Karen is not having a good day...
In the Rover's, Vera offers to accompany Jack to the allotment, but Jack has too much to do there to be distracted, like the other night! Eve arrives and tells Fred that she didn't get the job at the pub; it seems that ageism is alive and well in Weatherfield.
Back at Martin's flat, Sally phones Jason to tell him that she'll be there within half an hour. Martin wonders what he and Sally could get up to in that time but his thoughts are interrupted by a knock on the door, then Gail's voice. Sally makes a dash for the bedroom, just before Gail enters. Gail informs Martin that Gary Adams will not be prosecuted for his alleged abduction of Sarah, since no crime has been committed. Martin and Gail discuss this, with Sally listening behind the bedroom door.
Still at Martin's flat, Gail tells Martin that the police officer is coming round tonight to explain the situation. Gail has not yet told Sarah. When Gail leaves, Sally comes out of hiding and feels bad that she has betrayed her best friend. Martin reminds her that they're now both free agents...
Hayley phones Roy from prison and they discuss the bail conditions, but Hayley will not give in and lies to Roy that she's now being left alone. One of the other inmates (Spud?) appears, cuts Hayley's call off and grabs her phone card. A prison officer tells Hayley that, since she has now got her phone card back, there's no damage done.
In the Rover's, Fred offers Eve a job at Freshco's, forgetting that her son has been killed there. Eve will not accept charity, not from anyone. Vikram complains to Steve about Karen's incompetence and lets him know that he'll eventually have to sack her. Steve looks forward to that!!
At Gail's house, the police officer explains that Gary Adams will not face any charges, since he has committed no crime. Sarah stomps off upstairs, convinced that, once again, she's 'messed up'.
Jack, in his hut at the allotment, welcomes two friends to what they call Jack's Tavern, and they proceed to sample some of the illicit booze. Jack even has music - Alma Cogan. Tyrone appears, having been sent by Vera to see that Jack is alright. Is Tyrone a real man? Yes, he can lie to Vera.
In the Rover's, Karen tells Steve that she'll get the hang of things soon at Streetcars. Betty confides to Fred that there's a job going at the Rover's which would suit Eve - not only would Eve be pleased about landing a job, but she'd realise that Fred would have had to swallow his pride, on her behalf. Fred thinks this is not such a bad idea, after all...
Back at Jack's Tavern, the three pals get ever more drunk. Tyrone goes off to inform Vera that Jack is fine.
Candice arrives at Gail's for Sarah, but she is not going out, ever again, for she fears for her safety since Adams is now free.
At Jack's Tavern, he is sound asleep in his chair. His two pals switch off the music and leave.
Hayley discovers Spud going through her things, looking for her phone card. Spud spies a photo of Hayley and Roy and crumples it up before accusing Hayley of being a pervert. When Spud leaves, Hayley rescues her photo and says that she can't take this any more.
Written by Joe Turner, directed by Colin Cant.
Jack is nursing a hangover having slept in the shed - he gives Vera a cock and bull story which she faintly believes.
Fred is hectoring Duggie into giving Eve a job - until Fred is reminded that Eve and Fred lost him his chances of being Innkeeper of the Year. Duggie says "FFFFFFFFFForget it"" - you almost think he was going to say something else.
Hayley is being threatened by two other inmates again. They push her breakfast on the floor and she has to clear it up.
Sally admits to Rita she is seeing Martin - and that perhaps it is serious. Sally admits that not only is she back on her feet (more like laid on her back from what we have seen). Rita can see the problems this might bring. Gail is Sal's best friend. Just how serious is it? And what will Kevin think? Sal knows people will get hurt - but she is falling for Martin - and he is keener. Rita says she must tell Gail before she finds out. Sal is afraid. Either tell or end it says Rita.
Eileen finds Duggie in the cafe and asks for a job. He promises her first chance of employment. In the meantime he is thinking about it. Eileen cheers up. Dennis will look forward to chatting up the barmaid.
Eve has failed to get the job she was after - a teenage strip got it - and Eve refuses to go out with Fred - she is not happy unless she has a job. Sheila and Wayne arrive in the cafe. She has been severely beaten by Alec and she asks to go to the police station with Roy - they need to get there quickly before she changes her mind.
Hayley is mopping the floor when her tormentors turn up. They insult her again and her bucket is tipped up. The warder refuses to notice it and Hayley has to clear up. Hayley cannot stand it much longer and asks the warder for a transfer.
Karen is on the phones at Streetcars, painting her nails. There have been no calls. Karen has not got a lunchbreak planned either.
Jason has had good results for his exams and he sympathises with Sarah over Gary being left off (well he did nothing wrong after all). Sarah is worried that Gary will come looking for her again, she is convinced he will do it again until he hurts someone. Peter wanders in and exchanges pleasantries with Vera until Alec Swinton arrives demanding to see Roy. Vera cannot find Roy until Alec asks if Vera is mucking him about. Vera admits that she is - she saw the damage he had done to Sheila and she enjoys telling how much she will enjoy it when he gets his come-uppance - which should be soon as they are all at the police station.
At the police station Sheila has not yet given a statement and is having second thoughts. Finally the officers appear and as she is about to be interviewed Alex turns up and asks for another chance. She thinks about it and then says sorry as she refuses his entreaties. He then tries to stop her physically and has to be restrained by a uniformed officer.
After the break Eve is eating in the Rovers when Fred leans on Duggie to give her a job. Fred offers to pay Duggie for the work - just for a few shifts to build her confidence and it will not cost Duggie a penny - and not for long, just until she finds something more suitable.
Karen is getting a bite when Steve and Vik wander in. It has been quiet - no calls. Vik expresses his annoyance and she returns to work.
Sheila has given her statement. Alex is being interviewed and they have arranged somewhere safe for Sheila and Wayne. The policeman advises Roy to start proceedings to get Hayley released.
Duggie wanders over to Eve and talks her into accepting a few shifts. She gets 5 - which Fred is picking up, he nods his agreement - an hour which is more than the other staff!
At the remand centre Hayley is lured into a cell with a false story. Once there her tormentors have yet another go, calling her Harold, threatening her. The warder arrives and tells her to get her stuff together - she does not know why.
At StreetCars there are still no calls and Vik checks the telephone - it is dead, the lead is out of the socket. Vik thinks it is her fault and says so. He reckons she has lost them money - she is a liability. Immediately the phone starts ringing. Rather than answering it she walks out. Vik is a happy man.
Sal tells Martin she has told Rita. They discuss the situation. She admits she is falling in love with him. They stare gormlessly at each other. Martin does not know what to say. Then he admits he is falling in love with her.
Peter is supping a pint at the Rovers and chatting up Eve. Fred pays her a few compliments. Eileen walks in and asks Duggie why she had not got the job. Duggie cannot explain - it is business and his hands are tied. Eve has certain advantages and is a special case.
The warder walks in - Hayley is going ... where ... home. And Roy is there to take her. He has had meetings with all sorts to get her out - it is all over Sheila has told the truth.
See you next week
K Richard Whitbread
Today in the UK it has been the Late Summer (August) Bank Holiday. It has been a really good day here in London (better than yesterday when it rained all afternoon). We had a bit of a nostalgia trip on the telly tonight. The second part of a dramatisation of Victoria and Albert. An anniversary special on Cliff Richard, and the highlight has been 100 Best Childrens' TV programmes. I have had to tape the final hour of the latter so I could get this report to you!! On top of all that it is an extended (extra 15 minutes)of our favour soap to report.
Roy gets up in the morning to find Hayley already up, she couldn't sleep. She is watching the sunrise. They say they never want to be away from each other again. A newspaper reporter phones up, and Hayley tells him that she doesn't want to talk.
Vikram is annoyed that there is no food in the flat. Karen has left it in a mess. He accuses her of being lazy.
Tyrone makes lunch. He says Maria has gone shopping. Jack says it is not right to go shopping on Bank Holidays. Jack tells Vera that he won't be drinking today, because he and Tyrone are going to do some work on the allotment. He then tells Tyrone that they can have some of the illegal alcohol that he is brewing.
Martin tells Sally that he would like to spend the day with her as a couple.
The police ring Roy to say they have charged Alex with Actual Body Harm and blackmail. He is now in prison.
Linda makes brunch for Mike. Mike tells her he wants her to remove all her stuff from the bedroom.
Janice comes back from holiday. She has heard that Toyah went to see Phil Simmonds in prison. Toyah says she is glad she went, even though he didn't change his plea.
Sarah brings a card and gift to Roy for Hayley. Janice overhears and says she wants to see her. Roy says she is sleeping.
Martin thinks he ought to go round to Gail. They kiss together and then see Sarah and Todd at the window. They think they had a lucky escape.
Eve and Gina think Jason's friend is winking at them in the Rovers.
Janice tells Gina that her tan is all over. Mike overhears and says he doesn't want to know, but offers her job back. She says she gets paid more at the cafe. When he says he can't match the salary, Janice retaliates and accepts his offer.
Eve suggests a Happy Hour (half price drinks) at the pub for the afternoon to boost the trade. Gina and Eve realise that Duggie has swopped the shifts. Eve is having to work all day now.
Steve is annoyed at Karen for not accepting Baldwin's job. She thinks she is better than a machinist.
Hayley is off her food. Both her and Roy are thinking of Wayne. They are upset they have not heard anything about him yet.
Tyrone is digging in the allotment. Jack sits watching and drinking.
Linda has a chat with Gina. She doesn't like th idea of separate bedrooms. She still loves Mike. She is determined to make the marriage work.
Steve tells Eileen that Karen has resigned. She says Karen has got him where she wants. Eileen thinks he ought to play at her own game and to do something to annoy her. He offers her job back.
Todd tells Martin that "he didn't see anything" , his brother Jason works for Sally, and he doesn't want to get involved.
Fred is annoyed that Duggie has given Eve extra shifts.
Vera makes a surprise visit to the allotment. As she arrives the shed explodes. Vera is in tear rushing in calling out for Jack. He then arrives behind her. He confesses what he had been doing, brewing illegal alcohol. She is very annoyed with him.
Martin agrees that they have to talk to Gail before she hears about them second hand. Gail walks into the pub with Richard. Sally makes an excuse to leave.
Vera argues with Jack about all the things he has done wrong in the past.
Todd and Sarah talk about Sally. He asks if a boy and girl can be best friends without a committment. He asks if Sally and Martin were friendly when he was married to Gail. Sarah thinks two people can be friends but not best friends.
Steve tells Karen some home truths, and tells her that Eileen has her old job back, and says if she doesn't like it she can go. However he still fancies her.
Gail tells Richard that she thought Martin gave Sally a longing look when she left.
Vera "persuades" Jack to take her out for a drink and an expensive meal.
Janice is drunk and goes after Jason's friend in the pub,and tells him that she wants his shirt, and they run down the street.
Linda gets Mike a video he wanted to see, and cooks his favourite food, but he says it won't get her anywhere.
Martin tells Sally they maybe getting worked up over nothing. Sally doesn't agree. They agree to both tell her tomorrow.
Martin meets Sally in the café. She didn't' sleep, they have to tell Gail. They finally agree to see her at lunchtime. Then we'll just have Kevin to tell, jokes Martin. She reminds him there'll be no going back. He assures her he won't want to.
Emma's having the day off and Curly tells her to relax. He'll get the tea. Does she fancy egg custard? Yes, with chips!
Max asks Ash for a driving lesson at lunchtime. He's not sure. She tells him she's got a cancellation and her driving test is next week. He thinks she should go to a school and learn properly. Emma joins them and agrees with this. Max leaves in a strop.
Sarah and David argue over the TV. She thinks he's turned it off, but it's gone bust for the third time. Sally arrives to check Gail will be there at lunch. She will and is looking forward to a long chat with a cup of tea and her mate.
Fred goes to see Duggie, who's up to his eyes in paperwork. Fred's not happy that Eve has so many shifts. Duggie says she's a fantastic barmaid and she's free. He refuses to change her hours.
Blanche goes to the café for a cup of tea but Toyah's on the phone. Blanche blathers on about customer satisfaction, then heads off to the Rover's in disgust. Max finds Ash. He's stood her up for the driving license. She drags him off.
Emma's in the Kabin, where Rita checks that Curly is taking good care of her. Gail arrives, followed by Richard, who invites her out to lunch. But she sticks with her date with Sally. In passing, he hears about the TV and how the kids want a wide-screen.
Max is wearing gold strappy sandals and refuses Ash's request to change them for something more suitable. Blanche tries to get Deirdre, then Audrey, to join her in the pub. Max says Blanche is a good advert for residential care. Ash takes her through the mirror, clutch, accelerator routine. Blanche gives up and heads across the road to the Rover's just as Max puts her foot on the accelerator. It slips and comes down far too heavy, slewing the car across the road, heading straight for Blanche. She freezes in horror, but Emma races across from the Kabin and rugby tackles her to safety.
Martin rushes over and Rita describes the scene: these two had a lucky escape whn madam's car went out of control. Masx is vry chastened. She says her foot slipped off the cluth. Emma sees her shoes and isn't surprised. Max runs home. Emma holds her bump protectively. Blanche needs a brandy.
Linda is at the bar, trying to interest Mike in her negotiations today, but he turns away. Toyah comes in to see Janice. Simmonds has changed his plea after all, so there'll be no trial and she doesn't have to go to court. Big hugs.
Sally is at Gail's, looking shifty. Gail tells her she's got a secret admirer. She say Martin giving her a look. Is she interested? In Martin...No! The man arrives. Sally leaves and mouths No at Martin. Gail gives him the excuse he needs. Have you come to talk about David?
Blanche is holding court to the women. She still feels shaky. Deirdre was astonished at Emma's derring-do. She just did it automatically, it must be the training. Blanche won't forget she saved her life. Deirdre did nothing. Oh yes, I'll have that thrown in my face now.
Linda is talking to Eve (her mum) to try and get some advice about Mike. Her comment: I know he's getting on and he's no oil painting, but his wallet's in the right place. Linda says she's not with Mike for his money and her mother has no idea. Audrey overheard this.
Sally is standing outside the Kabin where Martin finds her. She tells him Gail knows. Or is very close. So she's denied it (what a silly woman!). Martin hears that Gail saw the way he looked at her and put two and two together. She might be testing us! wails Sally.
Richard drives up and gets the kids to unload their new wide-screen TV. They're entranced and barely have time to say Hi to Martin as he walks past.
Max is sobbing on the settee. I nearly killed a pregnant woman and an old-aged pensioner! What if I've hurt the baby? Ash tries to reassure her that everyone understands it was an accident. He will speak to them and explain how sorry she is. Every the absolutist, Max says her driving days are over.
Linda joins Mike. Is he avoiding her? Can they plan something for their anniversary? He likes the Lakes, how about a weekend? Bad choice of location. Linda isn't fit to go anywhere Alma went. He leaves in disgust. Geena joins her and Linda confesses she has no idea what to do now. She says she'll find out what Mike's thinking. She joins Dev, who calls her his Angel of the North. How would he like to have a talk to Mike? No, no and no. It's none of our business. But she cajoles him into it. He's putty in her hands.
Curly comes rushing in. He's just heard, is she alright? Yes, stop worrying.
Sally is round at Martin's, but all he can think about is Richard buying the TV. They could have asked him. He doesn't like some bloke buying his way into his kids' affections. Sally finally gets him to talk about them. What will they do about Gail? He thinks she's reading too much into it. Sally has got the idea that Gail has hatched some Machiavellian plan to trap them into admitting how they feel. Then she'll do something dastardly. I don't know where she's got this from, the woman's mad. Anyway, Martin thinks they can turn this to their advantage. Sally has said she's not interested, but Gail can see Martin is. So let her match make. She can be the one that brought them together. Gail won't be hurt, and we'll be together with her blessing.
Richard and Gail have gone to the Rover's. Gail doesn't like him buying such expensive things, but is nice about it. Ash asks after Emma. She's going for a check-up tomorrow. He tells her Max is gutted and can't face her. Emma says she's OK. Curly says she should have more common sense. Eve leaves with Fred. She's taking him to La Capricciosa (very expensive Italian restaurant) on her wages. It's all thanks to Duggie. Audrey is watching, frowning and tells Gail what she heard Eve say. Gail says she's not to tell Fred. He's old enough and ugly enough to take care of himself.
Dev is round at Mike's. He hopes Mike doesn't think he's meddling, but they're friends. Linda is confused. Mike says he was too, but chatting to Dev has helped him see things clearly. He can't live in the past. It's time to look to the future. Dev leaves, taking the message that Mike will get back with Linda. But we aren't so sure.
(Mike went to the phone but my video cut out here, so I don't know if we heard who he called... Apparently he asks his solicitor for a divorce)
Written by Catherine Hayes Directed by Tony Prescott
Fred and Eve, on their way to breakfast at Roy's, meet Duggie carrying kegs into the pub. Eve goes off to the Kabin, and Duggie tells Fred that he's very pleased with Eve and their 'arrangement'.
Fizz meets Tyrone and Maria coming out of their house, and she tells Tyrone that he wouldn't be yawning if she had a grip on him. Maria tells her to sod off.
Mike and Linda arrive at the factory and Linda presses Mike to forgive her and go off somewhere to celebrate their anniversary and sort out their marriage. Mike is unimpressed and doesn't think it'd be worth the effort.
In the cafe, Emma calls to ask about Hayley, who's still refusing to come out of the flat. Maybe she and Curly will call round later? Maxine and Ashley enter and Maxine apologises to Emma, who says that it could have been worse. Ashley lets Emma know that he's to have further tests today and that he's on edge. Maxine and Ashley leave, and the camera lingers on Emma caressing her bump... Fred is coming out of the cafe as Audrey enters. Audrey warns him of Eve wanting him for his 'brass' only, but Fred won't listen - he likes Eve as she is. For once, Audrey seems to be lost for words!
Sally and Martin are talking in the hardware shop. (When does he ever work these days?) He tells Sally that, if 'Dicky' is around, Gail won't care that they're together. Emma and Curly come in to get some colour charts; they're going to redecorate the baby's room. Emma asks Martin what he's 'up to' - joinery, DIY or what? When Martin and Sally are on their own again, they realise that that was a close call, but they're only talking...
Hayley and Roy, in the flat, are just about to have dinner when Fizz barges in unannounced, just to tell Hayley that what they did was wonderful and that Hayley is brilliant. Big hugs.
On the street, Gail and Sally meet up. Gail apologises for embarrassing Sally about Martin, and she invites Sally for a drink, which Sally, looking very guilty, declines.
In the Rover's, Geena is telling Linda that Dev has been round at Mike's flat and she thinks that Mike now wants to be reconciled with Linda. Tyrone enters, sweating. Maria complains that he's not as fit as he should be... Gail admits to Richard that, if Martin and Sally were to get together, it might just be a bit too close to home. Audrey passes and broaches the subject of investments, but Gail puts her off, for she wants to talk to Richard, on his own. Is tonight a good night for him to stay, she wonders? It seems like it is!
Back to the cafe. Emma, Curly and Matt (the doctor) are chatting, when Emma feels a kick. Matt advises her to go home and rest - doctor's orders. Martin and Sally continue their discussion about Gail's 'matchmaking'. Fizz eventually forces Hayley down from the flat and they leave together...
In the pub, Fred passes across an envelope containing Eve's wages to Duggie, but Linda witnesses the transaction. Tyrone is munching on a giant packet of crisps, and Maria, again, complains about his lack of fitness. (What can she mean??) Hayley and Roy enter, to a great welcome. Duggie even offers champagne, but they settle for soft drinks.
Mike is talking to his lawyer, in his flat. He wants shot of Linda, but he's afraid of the cost, for Linda will want every penny due to her. Lawyer advises him to salt away as much money as possible, live with Linda as normal and then serve divorce papers when she least expects it.
In the Rover's, Duggie hands out the wage packets. Eve notices that her envelope is white, not brown, and that she has no pay slip. Duggie will sort that out next week. Roy and Hayley realise that they have good friends on the street - their future is here.
Emma collapses in pain on the street, and Curly leaves her sitting in the bus shelter while he goes to fetch the doctor.
Gail and Sarah, on a walk with Bethany. Gail broaches the subject of Richard - what would Sarah think about his staying the night...? Since David is at Martin's, would tonight be ok? Sarah seems fine with the idea.
Matt arrives at the bus shelter and tells Curly to get the car and take Emma to the hospital right away, just to be on the safe side.
Ashley is not chuffed with his test results, but Maxine cuddles-up to him and assures him that they can be a normal couple for the next week - he'll see. (Wish I did!!)
Curly and Emma get to the hospital, where she collapses in pain again. A nurse arrives, but Curly demands that she see a doctor immediately.
A cosy moment chez Gail, with Richard, Gail and Sarah having shared a meal. Richard suggests a video, but Sarah is off to see Hayley. Gail says that she ought to take little Bethany with her, which she does, leaving Gail and Richard staring longingly into each other's eyes...
In the Rover's, Fizz again makes a play for Tyrone, telling Maria that Tyrone is 'man enough for two women'. Maria, almost literally, throws Fizz out of the pub. Mike suggests to Linda that they go out for a nice meal. Eve confides to them that she took Fred out for a meal the other night, and she paid. Linda spills the beans to her Mum about the 'arrangement' that Duggie and Fred have, which she witnessed. Eve explodes in anger at having been humiliated and storms out. Fred follows...
Eve storms down the street, closely followed by Fred. (A small crowd gathers to hear this not very quiet moment of drama!) Fred tells Eve he loves her, wants to spend the rest of his life with her and asks the assembled crowd to witness his question: "Eve Sykes, will you marry me?" (In spite of repeated pleadings from Fred, Eve doesn't give her answer.)
At the hospital, Emma is in bed and the doctor tells her and Curly that Emma has been having contractions. She needs complete rest. Will she lose the baby...??