Lynette and Des spend the night together. He tells her she is helping him forget Steph and tells her he would like to see her again. Des has the boat taken to the tip; he paid the driver to detour down the Street to see the Wilton's reaction. The Wilton's are horrified with the Charred remains of Des' boat are retuned to the house. Mavis threatens to leave home if the boat stays. Father O'Rourke finds Ivy crying in the church. She tells him she realises she has driven Don away. Ivy tracks Don down at the cab control centre. He grudgingly talks to her. Don tells Ivy he can't live his life as a shrine to Bert and Brian. Ivy assumes Julie lured him away but he tells her it has nothing to do with Julie. She forces him to tell her Julie is younger than she is. Ivy begs Don to stay the night, even if he sleeps on the settee. Bet discovers that Alec is going on the cruise as MC and accuses him or treating her like a skivvy.She is upset that he is going to be spending Christmas in the Caribbean. Alec promises to take Bet away to Paris when he returns but she tells him she won't look after the pub in his absence.