Forcing an unusually cool Debbie to open the garage safe, Carl deceitfully promises to leave her alone once she proves that she has nothing to hide. With Carl distracted, Debbie reaches for a wrench but spotting her actions out of the corner of his eye, he flies into a rage of fury and grabs her. With that, he forcefully states that until he retrieves the money, he won't be leaving. Back at Tug Ghyll, Debbie insists that Cain is sleeping upstairs but calling her bluff, Carl refuses to leave without the money and marches her upstairs. Questioning why she would keep a bag of cash indoors, Carl bundles Debbie outside and down the garden path towards the shed. On hearing the commotion, a passing Charity races around the back of the house and takes Carl out by hitting him on the back of the legs with a spade. A wounded Carl is then sent packing by mother and daughter. Later, Charity confronts Chas and furiously relays the chain of events. Livid with Carl for choosing the money over her, Chas shouts him down for attacking Debbie. Adamant that he won't give up until her retrieves what's rightfully his, Chas is left reeling by his rejection. Meanwhile, Sally's desperate to win Ashley around and creates an opportunity to talk when she stops by Mulberry with a Christmas card for Gabby. Ashley reluctantly allows her inside and is unfazed when Sally turns on the waterworks. Despite the tears, Ashley shows Sally the door and is relieved to have stood his ground. Elsewhere, Lisa's deeply shocked by Lizzie's honest admission but is intent on cheering her up at the pub. Stepping out for the first time since her ordeal, Lizzie enjoys being back in familiar surroundings with all her friends.


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  • A guest at the B&B is uncredited despite a line of dialogue.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 6,990,000 viewers (16th place).
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