Chas may be back in the village, but her problems are far from over. First she finds Bernice fighting her for ownership of the pub, then she discovers she’s picked up a stalker who’s fond of prank calls and chucking bottles in her direction. At least there’s some light relief in the form of a well-publicised Brontë evening that’s been organised by two unlikely Heathcliffs — yes, Bob and Dan are your romantic leads for this dubious-sounding night out.
The new year brings with it new employment prospects: Bianca and Kat are vying for a cleaning job, while Shirley gets some shifts at McKlunkys. Why, the very thought’s enough to put you off your fried chicken. Over at the Brannings’, Ava’s son Dexter is making waves, while at the Massoods’, Ayesha is sending Mass certain signals by playing footsie. Kim’s method of communication proves to be far more direct — she gives Denise a slap across the chops.
Kylie’s eventful Christmas Day has landed her with her an unexpected present, but it’s one that won’t be delivered for, ooh, let’s say… nine months. Obviously, the father-to-be is shellshocked and implores her to have an abortion, but what decision will she reach? The festive fallout continues for Leanne, too, as she plans to walk out of Weatherfield for good, while devious puppetmaster Lewis schemes to isolate a blinkered Gail from her family.