It’s Steve’s birthday but he doesn’t want to celebrate until he knows whether his licence will be renewed. Meanwhile Lloyd is still giving both Kelly and Steve the cold shoulder. Eileen and the drivers are worried about their jobs and things look grim when Steve returns from the meeting with bad news. Sean has got a lot of questions to ask his mother when she returns from holiday and he is frustrated when he receives a postcard from her on the day she is due to return home. He leaves another message on her answer machine. Gail’s home study plans for David falter at the first hurdle when she struggles to help him with his maths problems. David suggests asking Craig for help but instead of discussing school work the youngsters end up mulling over their family problems. Maria is still seething about Chris standing her up and is less than impressed when he turns up a day late. He insists he was working and couldn’t let her know – will he manage to win her round? Elsewhere - Diggory is concerned about the future of the bakery as business continues to fall. Steve is confident that the business can keep going if Lloyd takes over the licence but Lloyd has no intention of doing that unless Steve quits. Les and Eileen become increasingly worried as it seems Steve and Lloyd aren’t going to agree. Steve insists they will soon be back in business but with the main partners at loggerheads it seems increasingly unlikely. Meanwhile Liz wants to celebrate Steve’s birthday but it is the last thing he feels like doing. Sean finally gets hold of his mum and arranges to meet her tomorrow but keeps the reason for his visit a secret – hoping to catch her on the hop. Chris finally manages to convince everyone he is genuine when he drops hints about a famous client who prevented him from keeping his date with Maria and when he serenades her with a song it seems she is finally won over. Elsewhere Molly’s concerns about Diggory grow when he admits that he has had to get a bank loan to keep the business afloat.
Writer: John Fay