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With the barber’s up and running in tonight’s one-hour episode, Nick returns to the factory. Carla’s irritated by his presence, wanting to keep her outsourcing plans from him. Nick’s suspicious and with Carla out of the office he starts going through the accounts. Managing to get what he needs out of Beth, he confronts Carla Connor about her intention to outsource production.

Nick storms onto the factory floor and announces Carla’s plans to the workforce and as they fear for their jobs, Carla feels all eyes on her. With the workforce feeling betrayed, she reveals to Nick that the roof needs replacing but she can’t afford to shut down the factory.

Nick rails at her for trying to cut him out whilst unbeknownst to them a drunken Robert listens from his balcony. As the workers berate Carla, Peter tries to step in but Carla rounds on him blaming him for saddling her with Nick as a partner. A stressed Nick informs David that Carla’s trying to cut him out of the factory, where all his money is tied up, and he’d be better off if it burned down. The disgruntled Underworld staff decide to fight dirty with Carla. Later, she finds her car window smashed with a brick, and Robert lurking nearby. 

Carla Connor

Rana tells Kate she doesn’t want Lolly at the wedding and Kate agrees to tell her. Lolly meets Kate and Rana in Speed Daal and when Kate reveals she’s no longer invited to the wedding, a scorned Lolly accuses Rana of making a pass at her. As Lolly continues to accuse Rana of fancying her, a row erupts in Speed Daal. Lolly’s stunned when Kate announces she doesn’t believe a word. Later, Lolly flirts with Craig, charming him into letting her inside Kate and Rana’s flat…

When Gary claims he’s got more work lined up, Jan’s pleased while a watching Seb seethes. As Gary pulls out a wad of cash, claiming he was paid upfront for a job, Sarah’s pleased. Eileen assures a downcast Seb that his fortunes will turn around soon but Seb blames Gary for sacking him and eyes him with contempt as he flashes his cash in the Rovers. Carla’s dismisses Gary when he chases payment for his recent work and as Gary and Sarah head home they are watched by a vengeful Seb.

Gary claims he’s got more work lined up

Simon encourages Peter to persist with his sailing ambitions but he’s still unsure. Ken compiles a list of pros and cons for Peter’s sailing adventure and he’s taken aback to see Carla’s name under both headings. Ken urges him to decide once and for all if there’s any future with her.

 A drunken Robert refuses to give Michelle the details of a wedding they have booked for tomorrow so Johnny throws him out of the pub.