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Summary[]

An unusual woman arrives in Walford. Colin and Barry end up in a row which leads to Colin putting down his foot about rent issues in which Barry isn't paying. Doctor Legg and Dot discuss how Mary deserves to be with Annie. Martin has a near accident in Lou's care.

Pete buys Lou a cheap bottle of brandy from the First Til' Last as a peace offering after their row. At first she is very pleased until she takes a proper look at the bottle and expresses her emotions by saying, "What's this cheap muck?"

Barry confides in Kathy about his and Colin's issues. Barry suggests he might move on and leave Colin, but Kathy says that isn't his game.

In the laundrette, Dot mocks Christianity for not guiding her, when a priest walks in and hears what she says he says that it's a bit un-Christian of her to tell them sort of things and he'll pray for her tonight. He also asks her if he knows where Mary lives. Ethel, who is eavesdropping on the conversation, says that she does and she takes the priest to 23 Albert Square. Mary and Rod are play fighting when the priest and Ethel turn up. Mary isn't the slightest bit pleased to see him as it turns out he is a good friend of the family's back in Stockport and she is convinced that her mother and father have sent him to her. Rod makes a dash for the Vic and leaves the two alone.

In the Vic, Doctor Legg and Doctor Singh are discussing new arrangements for the surgery. Doctor Singh suggests that they get a secretary to work for them as he believes they spend more time going over paperwork than dealing with patients.

Den is in a sulk and Angie pops in the Vic for a quick drink and notices him. It turns out that Jan has got married in Venice to Dario but Angie soon cheers him up.

A mysterious woman turns up on Turpin Road and asks Kelvin if there is a public phone around the area. He tells her that she has just passed one but she replies that it has been vandalised. He tells her there's one in the laundrette and they begin walking there as she doesn't know the way. They get talking and the woman tells him that she has come about the job at Naima's shop. Kelvin offers her a coffee in the café but she turns him down. The unknown woman turns up in the shop, and she is revealed to be Donna. She tells Naima that she was brought up in Canada and she was manageress of a store over there. Naima is hesitant as Donna has no references whatsoever, but when Donna mentions she has a driving licence, she gets the job.

Donna bumps into Kelvin again, and this time he is with Ian. She sits with them outside the café, and they begin talking. Donna tells the boys that she has lived in Scotland and Australia and hesitates before also saying Canada.

Carmel goes to check on Lou and Martin - whilst Lou was in the kitchen, Martin was playing with the lead on the iron which was on! After this incident, Carmel goes over to the laundrette and tells Pauline telling her that she shouldn't rely on Lou to look after Martin because she's old.

Barry tells Colin he will be able to pay his rent as Angie is giving him a job as a barman in The Dagmar, and when Willmott-Brown gets back she'll be suggesting they can have gay nights, much to Colin's horror!

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Notes[]

  • First appearance of Matilda Ziegler as Donna Ludlow.
  • Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) is credited but does not appear.
  • This is the sixth episode in which the usual drumbeats (commonly known as the 'duff-duffs'), indicating the end of the episode, are removed from the final scene.
  • Radio Times synopsis: 'Don't let him worry you Den. It's one thing saying it, proving it's something else.'
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 16,700,000 viewers (chart placing unknown).
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