Vera takes charge of Tommy before Des can get him. Des has stayed over at Curly's house; Curly and Angie try to comfort him. Des feels that he should have left Lisa in Blackpool and blames himself for her death. He feels that he destroys everything he touches. Vera is determined to keep Tommy with her until Terry leaves prison. Jack thinks she's mad as they'll never be able to cope. Des is upset to see Tommy with the Duckworths and tries to take him but Jack stops him. Vera accuses Des of killing Lisa and warns him to stay away from Tommy. Angie and Curly worry when Des disappears with his car. Angie fears that he'll drive into the canal so they drive to Anderton Lock where he burnt the boat. Des turns up at Phyllis's house. She tells him that she knows how he feels and explains how she felt guilty over her daughter Margaret, who died of cancer when Phyllis had told her not to worry over a lump she had found. She makes him see that Lisa's death was nothing to do with him and assures him that people care for him. Vera decides to give up Bettabuy to bring Tommy up. Jeff Horton arrives and tells Vera that he's come for Tommy. Vera refuses to let Tommy go, saying that Terry is still his father. Jack throws Jeff out but he warns them that he'll fight them and win.