After lying to him about Marcus not being keen about moving to London, Maria is guilty when Aiden tells her he's not accepting his job promotion and throws the offer letter in the bin. Later at the salon, her nerves shredded, Maria tells an astounded Audrey she thinks she's fallen in love with Marcus.
Audrey's sympathetic as Maria tells her about the kiss she and Marcus shared, but reminds her that Marcus is with Aiden and she's with Jason who's a decent bloke. In turmoil, Maria fishes the letter out of the bin and slips it into Marcus' post. Finding the letter, Marcus tackles Aiden about it. Aiden tells him he's turned it down for him after Maria's advice about long distance relationships. An irked Marcus tackles Maria about meddling in his relationship. As the pair begin to row, emotions start to escalate and Marcus demands to know why Maria doesn't want him to leave Weatherfield. Lost for words, Maria realises there's only one way she can answer this!
Gail feels terrible as Lewis hands her some money to pass to Audrey, he's still determined to pay back his debts. Realising his feelings for her mum are genuine, Gail suggests Audrey try talking to Lewis again. Audrey tries to return the money but Lewis won't accept it and assures her that once he's repaid his debt he's leaving Weatherfield. Devastated, Audrey tells Gail she'll never forgive her.
Ken and Deirdre agree to put the Wendy episode behind them but will Deirdre be happy to let Ken resume his role as chair of the school governors? Later, over a romantic meal, the couple reflect on their marriage and how much it means to them.
Mandy offers her services as chef at the Rovers. Ryan persuades Stella to let him and Steve put a pub football team together.
Marcus and Maria kiss!
An irked Marcus Dent tackles Maria Connor about meddling in his relationship.