Ashley is pleased when Claire announces she is going to take baby Thomas with her when she goes to visit her sick mother Yvonne. He confides in Audrey that looking after a new baby and helping her mother through her illness is taking its toll on his wife. He thinks Claire has had a rough time of it lately but is happy she finally seems to be coping better. However, his world crumbles when a fit and healthy looking Yvonne enters the butchers fresh from a holiday abroad. Realising that Claire has been lying for weeks about her mother being terminally ill a panic stricken Ashley realises that he has no idea where his wife and newborn son are and sets about trying to track them down. Will Ashley be able to find locate the missing pair? Meanwhile, a reluctant David is taken to school by Gail in order to meet with the headmaster. The moody teen again refuses to name the culprits behind the bullying but when Mr Griffin informs a stunned Gail that she is breaking the law in keeping her son out of school the pressure is on for David to come clean. Backed into a corner will David reveal the identity of his tormentors and is he telling the truth? Elsewhere, over at Underworld Adam hands over the reigns to Liam who wastes no time in stamping his authority when he sends Kelly home to change her risqué outfit to something more suitable for the workplace. Also, Cilla is pleased when her items start to sell on the internet auction site and Steve attempts to persuade Liz to think about buying the Rovers herself.
Writer: Jan McVerry