Hilda camps out all night for a £5 colour TV in Perkins' January sales. She is so keen to be interviewed on local radio that she loses her place in the queue, and the bargain. Annie commands Fred to get the Rover a quick MOT and chauffeur her and a party of Lady Licensed Victuallers to Southport. Bet borrows Ken's taxi-driver's peaked cap for him.
Ernest Bishop is murdered by shotgun raiders during a wage snatch at the Warehouse. He dies on the operating table. After the funeral Enmily goes away to be alone with her grief.
Ken Barlow dates Albert's chiropodist, divorcee Sally Robson. Gail, Suzie and Elsie suspect they have rats in the rafters. They turn out to be pigeons, which have gained entry through a missing slate in the Ogden's roof. Suzie's foot slips through the Odgen's ceiling and Hilda retaliates by pushing a broom through Elsie's. The Small Claims Court rules that they each pay for their own repairs.
Alf proposes again to Renee, but she confides in Rita that she wants to be loved for herself, not the shop. When Alf hears this from Len he tells her he loves her, and she accepts.
Suzie Birchall runs into trouble for using Mike Baldwin's phone to ring a boyfriend in France. Alf and Renee are married and spend their honeymoon in Capri. Len spends the night in jail for being drunk and disorderly at Alf's stag party. Ernest's killers get life imprisonment.
Elsie receives her decree nisi from Alan and goes out on the town. After being picked up by a commercial traveller who mistakes her for a tart, she goes away to think things over. Ena returns to find the Snug taken over by Albert's British Legion chums, but quickly reasserts herself. Ken Barlow annoys Gail and Suzie by picking an Easter Bonnet Competition winner from another street to prove he is not biased.
Len is dropped as Ratepayers candidate after his night in the cells. Rita, angry at his suggestive remarks to the WPC who arrested him, locks him out of the bedroom. Stan is jokingly squirted with perfume by Bet, and Hilda suspects him of infidelity.
Mavis tells Derek a few home truths when he breaks the news that his mother has selected a wife for him. Alf and Renee, back from honeymoon, have difficulty removing Bet from the Corner Shop flat.
Ken organizes a bank holiday Lancashire Night at the Rovers, while Annie is in Jersey. Police, investiating the theft of her Rover, book everyone for drinking after hours. Annie returns deeply shocked, but her Rover is recovered with a note on the windscreen: 'Your tappets need adjusting'.
The Flying Horse challenges the Rovers to a sponsored pram race. Eddie, pushed by Mavis, gives up and is blackballed from the Rovers. He goes to thc Flying Horse to share their winning barrel of beer, but is banned from there too.
Fred Gee is told by brewery chief Richard Cresswell that he can take over the Mechanics Arms - providing he has a wife. He is turned down by Bet, Betty, and Alma Walsh, the barmaid at the Flying Horse.
Hilda asks Mike Baldwin for a new brush, and is promptly sacked for damaging her existing broom. The factory is ringed by pickets and Mike tries to bring in non-union labour. Elsie returns and passes the word around that she wishes to be known as Elsie Tanner again.
Mike Baldwin climbs down and offers Hilda her job back. Alf Roberts, upset at the prospect of his mother-in-law moving in, asks Bet to stay. Len is in debt when a contractor goes broke. He launches an emergency plumbing service, and Rita goes back to singing.
Ena cannot afford to replace her forty-year-old bed, but refuses to accept charity. Eddie, Len, Ray and Emily break in and install a new one. Ena, miffed but grateful, tells them, tongue-in-cheek that her life savings were in the mattress. Well-meaning Emily takes in a battered wife, who eventually rejoins her husband and turns on Emily.
Stan and Eddie hope for big money cleaning stained glass windows. They clean St Margaret's, where the vicar thanks them for their charity and arranges for them to clean St Chad's as well. Baker Joe Dawson opens a cafe next door to the Kabin, employing Emily as manageress.
Annie Walker vies with Bet to be photographed for the cover of the new brewery magazine. The editor, to Annie's horror opts for a picture of Eddie and Betty Turpin at the bar. Hilda, disgusted at her high water rates, insists that Stan takes a bath each day to get their money's-worth. The bath overflows, ruining her Alpine 'muriel'. She replaces it with a seascape to complement the plaster ducks.
Ken's son Peter arrives to continue his education in Weatherfield. Albert blames an outbreak of food poisoning on Annie's pies. The problem is traced to vegetables from Albert's allotment which had been sprayed with insecticide.
Ray Langton dates Janice Stubbs, a black waitress fron Dawson's Cafe. They decide to cool things in case Deirdre finds out. Elsie, who has a liaison wlth taxi-driver Ron Mather, hears that he has another woman, but she turns out to be a ballroom-dancing partner.
Annie Walkcr, suffering with back trouble, is examined by a bogus doctor who is really no more than a hospital porter. 'He handled me!" she moans. Deirdre confronts Ray about his affair, and ponders her future. Ken Barlow reluctantly allows Peter to join the Navy.
Unknown to Hilda, Stan and Eddie rent out their handcart and go to the races with the proceeds. Hilda finds it parked and wheels it home, only to be stopped by a policeman who discovers that it is loaded with stolen lead.
Elsie goes to Majorca with taxi-man Ron, and is wooed with champagne by wealthy Oldham exile Harry Payne. Elsie warns a jealous Ron: if he tries to rule her life, there will be trouble. Deirdre's marriage is on the rocks - Ray takes a building job in Holland, leaving her alone with Tracy at Nº5.
Mike Baldwin decides it is too quiet on the Western Front, and closes the shop down. Eddie offers to help cook an Old Folk's Supper at the Centre, but burns the food. The chip shop is closed, so he collects tins from door to door and warms up a spaghetti supper.
Suzie Birchall seeks her fortune in London. Illiterate Karen Barnes seeks reading lessons from Ken Barlow, who ignores advice that her jailbird husband is extremely jealous. Deirdre receives an ultimatum from Ray- join him, or sell the house. Brian Tilsley gatecrashes a party at Elsie's and makes a date with Gail.