As she's leaving the house, Sally intercepts a birthday parcel for Ashley, knowing full well that Laurel's been waiting to give it to Ashley for his birthday. A furious Laurel can't believe that her parcel hasn't arrived in time for Ashley to open with his presents. However, Laurel's pleased that Sally seems to have finally got the message about leaving them alone and spends some quality time with Ashley. While Laurel's at work, Sally turns up at the house and hands Ashley a nicely wrapped leather-bound bible as a gift. Ashley's genuinely thankful and reveals to Sally that Laurel was disappointed her gift hadn't arrived. She offers to take the family out to dinner but Ashley explains that Laurel's planned a surprised. Sally's put out and plays the martyr when Ashley says that he doesn't think it would be a good idea if she attended. Sally agrees but leaves deflated that he didn't try to convince her to attend. Laurel turns at the church to deal with the parish paperwork, only to find that Sally's already there. Fuming, Laurel demands to know if Sally's deliberately trying to wind her up. Playing the innocent, Sally suggests they stay there until they resolve their apparent differences. When Laurel insults Sally's failed marriage, Sally finds it hard to contain her anger and goes to leave. Before she leaves, though, she menacingly positions the heater closer to the vestry curtain. Pleased with her actions, Sally locks the door, leaving an unassuming Laurel alone inside the church. Unhappy at the thought of working in the shop without Leyla, Doug tries to persuade her not to quit and, in turn, allow Nathan the last laugh. Realising that there are no other jobs available in the village, she takes his advice and decides to stay at the shop, determined not to let Nathan get the better of her. Trying to make it up to Terry, Val decides to work extra hard during breakfast at the B&B. She's doing well until a customer questions her menu and she ushers them off, playfully leaving Eric and the customers less than impressed. Having seen the guests in the pub, Terry's furious when they say that they won't be returning. Spinning it to her advantage, Val mentions that she maybe shouldn't work the breakfast shift any longer if the customers love the way Terry does it.


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  • A customer at the B&B is uncredited despite a line of dialogue.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 7,160,000 viewers (23rd place).

Memorable dialogueEdit

Sandy Thomas: "Just think, 48 years ago today, hm, your dear mother suffering excruciating pain giving birth to you."
Ashley Thomas: "Thanks, Dad, you really know how to create a party atmosphere."

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