Laurel is left without a babysitter after Hilary and Doug are delayed returning to the village and she is forced to take Daniel into work. Nicola is furious and Laurel asks Jasmine to look after Daniel while she finishes up. When Hilary and Doug finally arrive the family sit down for a late lunch. Daniel starts to cry, but Hilary stops Laurel from attending to him, reassuring her that he will settle of his own accord. Laurel goes to check on the, by now, quiet Daniel after lunch but she is horrified to discover that he has stopped breathing. A desperate Laurel phones for an ambulance, while Ashley attempts CPR. The paramedics arrive and attempt to revive him, but Daniel has passed away. Mel turns up for her first day at work and is nervous when she realises that she'll be doing her shift with Viv. It's not long before nosy Viv starts asking Mel about her marriage, but Mel keeps her mouth shut and refuses to rise to Viv's barbed comments, much to Viv's annoyance. Also, Jo is forced to store Charlie's guns in the loft. Jake threatens to tell Jack about her 'liaison' with Charlie, but Jo convinces him of the truth.


Regular cast

Guest cast



  • Final appearance of Clive Hornby as Jack Sugden as he left the show suddenly due to illness (explained in-show as Jack travelling to Spain to look after his ill mother). Although he intended to return, Hornby never recovered from his health problems and passed away in July that year, with Jack dying off-screen in February 2009. Jack appeared in this episode as a ghost, using pre-recorded footage, edited into the scene.
  • Final appearance of Rachel Moonie as Daniel Thomas.
  • Send Us a Quiet Night by June Tabor plays in place of the theme music during the credits.
  • This one-hour episode, again with a title, was broadcast at the programme's usual time of 7.00pm.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 7,510,000 viewers (17th place).

Memorable dialogue

Bob Hope: "Yeah, but simply, people come in asking for stuff and you try not to jam your fingers in the till when you shut it."
Mel Doland: "Won't you be here?"
Bob Hope: "No, child-minding with these, and then I'm off to work myself. You will be in the capable hands of Darth Vader."


Jack Sugden: (about Jake Doland, to Jo Sugden; final line) "He's just a kid. He thinks he's God's gift. I was a bit like that."

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