Tracy worries that her school French trip might be in jeopardy as Deirdre is in financial trouble. Deirdre goes to the job centre and discovers she hasn't got any skills and will have to retrain. She contacts and old Council friend but he can only offer her a cleaning job. Deirdre gets a job interview for telephone sales and Phil offers to pay for Tracy's French trip but Deirdre doesn't let him. Ivy annoys Alf by sending a customer to Bettabuy; Audrey gives Ivy the run around at the shop. Having taken Rita's advice Mavis feeds Derek 'Parsnip Surprise'.