Eileen Travis has returned to England after a stay with her sister in Canada, determined to take control of her life. Her husband, Geoff, is as yet unaware of her return and she is staying with Albion Market stallholders Lynne Harrison and Lisa O'Shea.
Lisa is still finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that her mother, Lynne, slept with her boyfriend, ex-market superintendent Alan Curtis. The gossip going around the market about her is also giving her grief as several people believe that her getting a stall was simply because Alan was "on a promise".
Lynne continues to clash with market hairdresser Viv Harker.
Carol Broadbent has returned to the market and requested a reference from her former employer, cafe owner Peggy Sagar. She has landed temporary work as an assistant on Lisa's classic clothes stall.
Jaz Sharma is feeling exhausted after his recent traumas and no longer feels safe on the market. Simon Walker is worrying him. Is Simon planning something?
Both Miriam Ransome and Peggy Sagar have written to Brenda Rigg to try and find out how she and Larry are faring after being kicked off the market by Alan Curtis.
For Keith and Louise Naylor, married life is proving difficult. Keith's domineering mother is still causing problems and Louise has had a one-night stand after a boozy night out.
Derek Owen and Ly Nhu Chan have resumed their affair, but both are unaware that somebody else has discovered their secret. Chan has flu and is currently at home, confined to bed. But the "somebody" who has discovered her secret affair also knows where she lives...
"I can't put it off, Lynne," said Eileen. "It's time Geoff knew I was back!"
Eileen frowned: "Well... I don't know!"
"It's 'alf your 'ouse after all," said Lynne.
And that was that.
"Not a lot goin' in the way of jobs, is there?" Lynne was sympathetic.
Carol sighed: "You can say that again! Anyway, I felt angry - angry with Peggy, angry with Jaz... Then I got angry with meself... started to see that I was the only one to blame. Peggy 'ad been really good to me. I know when she took me on she wasn't even sure she could afford it..."
"She's a good old stick, Peggy," said Lynne.
Carol nodded: "I know. So, I decided to make the best of a bad job, ask Peggy if she'd give me a reference an' see if I could get a bit of work 'ere to get more experience. An' that's it."
"No, sounds dead common, yer silly cow," she muttered.