Eddie Yeats returns to Walton in a prison van for overstaying his Christmas parole. Carlos proposes to Mavis, who sends him packing when she finds he is really looking for a residency permit.
Battered wife Lynn Johnson calls on Councillor Fairclough for advice, and is found dead in his living room. Len is held by murder squad detectives, but released when the husband confesses.
Granny Hopkins sends Gordon Clegg a nasty letter revealing his real parentage, but Maggie has already told him. He tears up the Corner Shop sale contract and the Hopkins leave under cover of darkness in Cox's Removals van.
Alf Roberts asks Rita to partner him to entertain a visiting alderman and his wife. He is embarrassed when Rita wears a plunging dress, but Alderman Digby's wife Dawn wears one equally revealing. Ray Langton sends Stan a Valentine from the lady at 19 Inkerman Street. Hilda storms round to confront her, and makes a fool of herself.
Len has an on-off relationship with Bet Lynch. Stan Ogden has been in hospital with middle-ear troule. He returns to find his social security benefit cut, and Hilda takes over the window-cleaning round. Eddie Yeats helps Hilda and together they make £4 more than Stan's normal wage.
Betty Turpin wins Newton and Ridley's 'Personality of the Pub' competition. Billy Walker shows Deirdre his £526 savings, and they name the day - a June wedding with top-hat, tails and all the trimmings.
Bad news for Bet: she ends the affair with Len when he refuses to live with her, and learns that her illegitimate son Martin has been killed in a Belfast road accident. Eddie Yeats encourages her to turn up for work at the Rovers and washes her tights at the laundrette because she has nothing to wear. Bet is touched by his kindness.
Annie Walker and Blanche Hunt discover they have bought identical daffodil wedding outfits. Stan Ogden and Eddie Yeats buy a dishevelled dog called Fury and branch into the guard dog business. Albert agrees to keep it in hls back yard.
Gail Potter applies for an air hostess's job, making Deirdre unsettled at the prospect of being tied by marriage. The engagement ends. Fury guards Len's yard, but a thief breaks in and steals £200 worth of copper piping - and the dog.
Rita sings at the Gatsby Club while, in the audience, Ray Langton brawls with a drunken oil rigger. Billy Walker leaves to manage the Hotel Carlotta in Jersey. Ernest Bishop and Alf Roberts are at loggerheads over the rates, prompting Ernest to form WARP - Weatherfield Association of Ratepayers.
A fight breaks out when Ernest tries to record Len's views on the rates on a tape recorder. Ernest wrongly accuses a councillor of corruption and has to apologize on Radio Weatherfield. Ken Barlow is now a taxi-driver, and Annie objects to him using the Rovers telephone to take bookings.
Mavis buys two gross of misshapen tights from a con-man - each pair has one leg shorter than the other. Deirdre resigns from the Yard office after a blazing row with Langton, but the hate turns to love . . . and thoughts of marrlage.
After a joint stag and hen party at the Rovers, Deirdre and Ray marry at Weatherfield Register Office. Len throws a surprise champagne reception. They miss their train and have to spend their wedding night at Blanche Hunt's. Albert Tatlock goes to hospital to have a 'floating' piece of shrapnel removed from his bottom. He proudly shows the memento round the Rovers.
Brassy Post Office canteen girl Donna Parker calls on Alf Roberts late at night, saying she has been thrown out of her flat. He takes her in and lends her £500 to start a hairdressing business. The lady vanishes.
The Street holds a party for Albert's eightieth hirthday, and the Lancashire Fusiliers send a Bugler. Ken Barlow enrols at a computer dating agency and is paired with a shocked Mavis, who joined undr an assumed name.
Is the ghost of Martha Longkurst haunting the Rovers? The regulars call her on a Ouija board to no avail. After the great rates uproar, Stan and Hilda discover that they are the only house to withhold their payments. The rating officer investigates.
A fare Ken picks up in his taxi turns out to be his estranged wife Janet and Vince Denton, the man she is living with. Ken invites them home and they get on well together. Newly-wed Deirdre has a party, but throws everyone out when someone burns her new coffee table with a cigarette.
Eddie Yeats is arrested for handling stolen property. Three young hooligans wreck the Centre. Ken calls at their home to remonstrate, but refuses to call the police. Society is to blame, he says. Albert reports them and the boys break Ken's windows, thinking he has shopped them.
The three delinquents break into the Warehouse and leave a cigarette smouldering in an armchair. There is a huge blaze and the Street has to be evacuated as the flames approach liquid gas tanks. Rovers regulars take refuge in the New Old Inn.
Next day, when the all-clear is sounded, Annie returns to find her nest-egg of thirty-five gold sovereigns missing. Billy had moved them for safety, leaving Annie ashamed that she had suspected her customers. A drunken Gordon Clegg lets slip the secret that Betty is his mother to a barmaid. Soon the news is all round the Street.
Betty finds it hard to face the Rovers. Ken Barlow is appointed Community Development Officer. His first prolect, a Bonfire Night reading of the history of the Gunpowder Plot, without fireworks, is a flop.
A distressed Len receives news of the death of Jerry Booth. Concepta's Irish husband Sean visits the Rovers and tries to kiss Bet. She allows him - then smacks him across the face and threatens to tell Concepta what a rat she married. Annie Walker is taken to hospital after being terrorized by two youths after closing time. Len and Ray intervene and beat them up.
Deirdre blacks Tricia Hopkins' eye for spreading a rumour that Ray is having an affair with a blonde housewife, Pauline Jarvis. The Rovers Amateur Dramatic Society perform Cinderella. Len is Buttons, Bet as Prince Charming mimes When I Fall In Love, with Rita singing in the wings. Tricia plays the title role with a black eye.
Hilda's son Trevor arrives to take her to Chesterfield, where Polly is expecting a new baby. Hilda refuses to leave until the panto is over.