Battered Steve is nursing his wounds after being set on by his new colleagues at the quarry. But tough man Steve is determined not to let his pride take a beating too -and turns up for work despite pleas from Kim. When he sees one of his tormentors he snarls he's happy to take him on - one to one - a challenge that is quickly turned down. The quarrymen think Steve worked hand in hand with Chris to bring about changes that cut their wages. But Steve tells one of them they can beat him all they like - but should never link him with Chris. And if that wasn't enough for the down-at-heel Marchant's, Kim is distraught to discover her horse Kaiser is sick. Zoe tells penniless Kim the illness will be expensive to treat. Kelly learns a few home truths from Roy when she persists in blaming everyone else for her troubles. And she gets a flea-in-the-ear from Zoe too - whose home she's lodging in - when Zoe tells her to stop her self-pitying. Eric continues his campaign to oust Kathy from the tea rooms. He tells Marlon he can no longer help with the early-bird breakfasts, knowing full well Kathy will be unable to cope. Marlon secretly warns Kathy of Eric's plans and realises she is at the end of her tether. The wiley Dingle insists she must get tough and fight the schemer at his own game, but she breaks down, saying she has nothing left in her to fight.


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