Friday, 9 January 2009, 7:00PM on ITV1
Aaron (Danny Miller) breaks into Mill Cottage and begins to graffiti the walls in protest over Carl’s (Tom Lister) treatment of his mother. However, Carl catches him in the act and Aaron has to dash out of the door to avoid facing the angry King. Carl refuses to let him get away with it and pursues him down the Main Street, eventually rugby tackling Aaron to the ground. Chas (Lucy Pargeter) is mortified and accidentally tells Carl that Aaron also scrawled on Tom’s grave. Before Carl’s anger becomes uncontrollable Chas frogmarches Aaron outside and tenderly tells Carl she’s make things right.
When they get home Aaron tells Chas that he’s trying to ensure that Carl doesn’t hurt her again. He tells Chas the he saw the kiss with Carl and, although shocked, Chas is touched to see some care from her son. However, Aaron turns and issues Chas an ultimatum: either she chooses Carl or him. With no other choice Chas lies to Carl that she’s not interested and never was. Both are crushed. Later, Carl tells Debbie (Charley Webb) that the resurrected King & Sons will be operating out of the garage and he’ll keep her on, though the repayments will rise. Can Carl and Chas move on from their feelings for one another?
Meanwhile, Paul (Mathew Bose) is deeply upset when he receives a letter from Jonny wanting to tie up any loose ends in their marriage. While Lily (Anne Charleston) schemes to engineer a meeting between the pair, Val (Charlie Hardwick) is convinced her son needs fresh male attention. Lily texts Jonny pretending to be Paul and is pleased to receive an acquiescence to meet. Over at the Woolpack, Val’s ropey mothering skills come to no good when Paul declines her offer of a night on the town. How will Paul react to the matchmaking efforts of his friends and family?