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Vernon is sympathetic when Derek arrives in the Rovers and reveals that Linda’s chucked him and she wants a divorce. Liz is worried when she sees Derek chatting to Vernon and she takes him aside. A bitter Derek tells Liz that unless she continues their affair, he’s going to ruin her life too and tell Vernon everything. Liz refuses to continue seeing him and Derek makes good on his promise and tell a devastated Vernon that he’s been seeing Liz.


Claire and
Ashley return from Claire’s mum’s in time for Freddie’s first birthday the following day. Hayley and Roy enthusiastically help plan a birthday party but Claire is listless. Ashley hints that Claire should make an effort for Freddie and stop obsessing about the fire.

Tyrone is still suspicious of Paul and he grumpily refuses to eat with the Duckworths when Paul prepares dinner for them all. Molly ticks off Tyrone for his attitude to Paul and reminds him that the longer Paul stays, the easier it will be for them to find a flat of their own.

Also, Gail complains to environmental health about Daryl playing his guitar too loud.