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Jack and Vera get a visit from the VAT (tax) man who brings
them bad news - they've got behind in their VAT payments and owe
the huge sum of £17,000. While Vera goes to Morecambe on
holiday with Trish and Ray, Jack ponders their future from the
back room of the Rovers. After unsuccessfully trying the banks
for a loan, he asks Rita if she'd like to buy into the Rovers.
She's initially keen but Alec Gilroy talks her out of it, saying
it isn't a viable business. However, Alec's got his own reasons
for talking Rita out of the deal, he wants the Rovers for himself.
Jack can't face losing the Rovers but he certainly doesn't want
to go back to being Alec's cellarman again.
Bill Webster walks into Kevin's house in time to catch Kevin
and Natalie holding hands across the kitchen table - by 'eck!
Bill confides his suspicions about the affair to Rita, and they
agree to do something about it, so Bill rings Sally at her mothers
and tells her she must come home at once - the nation depends
on her to break up this nonsense immediately. Sally rings Kev
to say she's returning home but he's in bed with Natalie and doesn't
get Sally's message on the garage ansaphone. Chris finds the message
and warns Kevin about Sally's return, so as Sally walks in through
her front door, Natalie quickly nips out the back while Kevin
buttons his trousers up. With Sally home, Kevin is on edge, he
wants to be with Natalie but doesn't want to hurt Sally, and sneaks
to see Natalie when he can, telling her he's not going to give
her up. (I read in the papers this affair is set to drag on till
Christmas...yawn). Rita and Bill are hoping that Kev will break
his affair with Natalie, but neither of them are sure that Kev
wants to, Bill and Kevin argue about the situation and Bill calls
Natalie "that tart". Natalie also gets invited to tea
at the Wesbters when Sally feels sorry for her and invites her
in. While Kev is out at Natalie's house, Sally asks Sophie about
Natalie "Oh, I like Natalie" she says "So does
Daddy. Natalie was here in the house lots of times while you were
Deirdre moves into the flat above the betting shop and Jon
the airline pilot is there to help her move in. Best friend Liz
McDonald happens to come by and wants to know the ins and outs
of Deirdre's new relationship, "So, 'ave yer schlepped with
Jon is a bit miffed when he finds out that her ex-husband lives
across the road from her new flat, and cools towards Deirdre before
walking out. But, all ends well when he buys her flowers and a
box of chocolates from the corner shop (why didn't he buy them
duty free?) and ends up staying the night with Deirdre after she
cooks him dinner.
Chris wants Angie to have a 30th birthday party but Angie doesn't
want reminding that she's getting older. You'd think, wouldn't
you, now that both of them are earning a salary, they could afford
to buy a more comfortable sofa to sit on, that one of Des Barnes'
looks extremely uncomfy and most unsuitable for helping to create
a romantic situation. No wonder these two don't know whether they've
having a relationship or not.
Meanwhile, at the factory, Angie is upset that Mike wants to
sell her designs at local markets, she feels her designs are worth
more than that and that Mike is trying to sell her work cheaply.
Janice Battersby steals some of the frillies from work and takes
them home, road-tests them on her poor husband Les, and declares
them to be an unqualified success in the nuptials department.
Angie finds out about the thieving and tells the girls it must
stop at once. Mike secures a huge order to make military underwear
for the Dutch Army, much to Angie's dismay, her creative talent
just isn't being recognised in the way she thought it would be.
Fred Elliot takes Maureen to the ballet and woos her, I say,
woos her for a few episodes before he pops the question. Yes,
THE question, to which Maureen says "no" to his offer
of marriage. "You're a handsome woman, Maureen, I say, a
handsome woman" but she still says no. Maud is certain that
the only thing Fred is after is Maureen's shop and advises her
daughter against a merger.
Judy and Gary have tests to see if a reason can be found as
to why they haven't had any success in trying to have a baby.
While they're waiting for the results, Judy goes back to the hospital
alone and confides to the specialist that she had an abortion
when she was 16 and is afraid that this could be the reason why
she can't have children. Judy has more tests and is found to have
some sort of blockage which is preventing her from getting pregnant.
She eventually tells Gary about the abortion, and this puts yet
more strain on their marriage. The two of them go to the hospital
for the results of the tests after which Judy's tubes are a source
of discussion for some time.
Steve McDonald gets to roll those famous eyeballs around their
sockets quite a lot this week. He tells Fiona he has an interview
in Manchester and she offers him the £30 he needs for his
coach fare to get there. However, he doesn't go (ha!) and returns
the money to Fiona when boyfriend Alan is there, making Alan suspicious
and he wonders why Fiona didn't tell him she'd lent her ex boyfriend
some money. Further stirring the pot is Liz McDonald who tells
Alan that Fiona had been spending some time with Steve and that
she feels it likely that Steve and Fiona will get back together.
Steve tells his dad that he'll accept his offer of work, and becomes
a labourer for Jim and Bill's building firm.
And that, as they say, is that - for this week
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