February 21, 1983 12:00 am
Ken sleeps on the sofa. When Albert finds him there in the morning he realises something is wrong but Ken tells him to mind his own business. Ken gets Albert out of the house before laying into Deirdre. Deirdre apologises for hurting Ken but he tells her it's too late for her to be sorry. Suzie starts doing more work than usual as Annie returns from visiting Joan. Fred is annoyed as Annie still treats the Rover as if it was hers. Ken wants to know Deirdre's plans and accuses her of being selfish. She accuses him of never wanting her, just someone to clean up after him. Albert feels in the way at No.1 as the Barlows row. Deirdre accuses Ken of tolerating her and it feels as if they've been married for twenty years. Mike calls on Deirdre. She tells him Ken knows, she has to stop Ken from hitting Mike whilst he drags her away from Mike, nearly hitting her in the process. Fred tackles Annie for petrol money but she ignores him. Ken calls Deirdre calculating and tells her she's killed their marriage; she must pack and get out.
May 4, 1983 12:00 am
Bet and Betty are stranded in the Rover in the middle of a lake. Fred wades out to the car but can't start it. Annie tries to cope alone at the Rovers with a lot of complaining customers. Suzie finds Terry Goodwin in No.11. He tells her he's sorry he hit her. She tries to phone the police but he has cut the phone wires. He tells her he loves her and doesn't understand why she's such a cow. He threatens to kill himself if she doesn't return. Fred carries Bet and Betty to land. Bet is furious when he sits her down on a cowpat. Terry packs Suzie's things but she refuses to leave. Elsie arrives and gets Suzie to run out and get help. She gets Eddie and Alf to come to Elsie's aid. They find she has dealt with him already. Terry tells Suzie he'll leave her alone and admits defeat. Fred, Betty and Bet return in a taxi, cold and haggard. Fred blames Brian but Annie rules that as he took the car without the mechanic's consent he is to blame for everything. Fred tells Brian he wants the car brought back free of charge.
May 16, 1983 12:00 am
Ken's article on "Abandoned children" appears in the Weatherfield Recorder. He feels Pamela Mitchell has changed his words and worries that the piece will get him into trouble. Annie puts Suzie onto a job at the "Lord Nelson". The female customers upset Bet by laughing at the idea of video-dating. Hilda worries about her brother Archie Crabtree's health. Bet visits the "Bill & Coo Video Dating Agency" run by Margot Sutcliffe. She views the videos of the agency's men. Alf doesn't like Ken's article and accuses him of having a go at all Councillors now. Bet is startled to find Jack Duckworth on the video, calling himself Vince St. Clair. Suzie gets the job at the Nelson. Hilda is upset as Archie dies of a heart attack. She is now the only one left in her family. Stan comforts her.
May 25, 1983 12:00 am
Mavis fears that she'll never see Victor when he moves. Vera arranges to meet Jack at the Rovers, through the "agency". The Ogdens go to the chip shop and tell Avril Carter that as Archie's next of kin the chip shop is theirs. Hilda is amazed at the amount of money taken over the counter. Avril throws them out, threatening them with the police. Victor secures the cottage and arranges to transfer his work to Saddleworth. Vera dons a red wig to pose as "Carole Munro". Jack dresses up in his "Vince St. Clair" outfit to meet her. On seeing that Carole is really Vera, he is horrified as all the Rovers' regulars look on and laugh. Vera chases him out of the pub, attacking him with her handbag. Victor tells Mavis the cottage is big enough for two. He invites her to join him on a trial marriage.
June 27, 1983 12:00 am
Trevor and Damian Ogden visit the Ogdens. Stan demands to know what Trevor wants. Trevor asks them to look after Damian for the night whilst he attends a job interview. Brian tells Gail that Suzie tried to get him into bed. He tells her he threw Suzie out. Bet challenges the Rovers' men to lose weight. Eddie, Stan, Fred and Alf agree to put £5 each in a kitty and the winner to take all. Fred slips bags of coins from the till into his pocket for the first weigh-in. Gail tells Suzie they're no longer friends. Suzie says that Brian led her on and persuaded her to sleep with him. Elsie reveals she saw Suzie in her bed at midnight. Gail is relieved. Stan is certain Trevor is after Archie's money. Hilda is upset that he thinks so little of his son. Elsie tells Suzie she's not welcome in her house anymore. Elsie slaps her face when she brings up her old flames and also calls her "a slag".
October 12, 1983 12:00 am
Emily is flattered when Percy flirts with her. Mavis bakes a cake with a mystery ingredient in it. Annie and Hilda also bake cakes. Fred is amazed to find Miss Weatherfield selling kisses at the Fayre. Marion tells Winifred Willis about the wedding and she takes the news well. Elsie guesses that Marion is pregnant. She tells her that she's very happy for her. Rita runs the Bring and Buy stall, Mavis the cake stall, Vera the bingo stall and Percy the jumble. Eddie decides he'd like Hilda to know about the baby from him rather than hear from anyone else. Hilda is thrilled when the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Winters buys Hilda's cake. Gail is sad when she has to start packing the house up. Albert guesses that the mystery ingredient in Mavis' cake is sage. When she gives him the cake he refuses to take it as only a fool would eat a cake with sage in. Victor is horrified when his pottery ends up on the plate-smashing stall. Eddie tells Hilda that Marion is pregnant; she is disappointed in them but also pleased for them
November 30, 1983 12:00 am
Hilda has a new carpet laid at No.13. She thinks it's the most beautiful thing she's ever seen. Eddie doesn't want to live with Winifred but is aware that Marion is worried about her. He is furious that Marion wants to be with her mother rather than him. Percy is keen to start breeding their budgies but Mavis doesn't think Randy will be suitable. Len spends all his time in Ashton working on another disco. Percy pushes Mavis to mate budgies but she feels Harriet isn't keen. Percy takes the huff when she suggests Randy has knocked around a bit. Hilda plans a Ruby wedding party.
December 7, 1983 12:00 am
The factory girls are amazed that Ivy is no longer supervisor. Vera and Shirley ask Mike to reinstate her but he refuses. Stan is horrified that he has to have a bath for the party. Rita is fed up of Len working in Ashton until all hours. The Yeats' treat the Ogdens' party as a farewell party. Vera is put out that she hasn't been invited to the party. Mike leads Elsie to believe she could have the supervisor's job. Alf toasts the Ogdens as their children aren't around. The residents join in the congratulations. Eddie says that the Ogdens have been like parents to him and he'll miss them. Jack agrees to play the piano if he and Vera can have free drinks. Rita sings for the partygoers. The Yeats' say their goodbyes and leave. Hilda is touched when Rita sings "We've been together now for forty years". The police arrive at the party to break the news to Rita that Len has been killed.