A vivacious, hard-working mother of five (Denise Welch) arrives in Skelthwaite to begin working at the factory. In other happenings, Tom attempts to breathe life back into Goddard's after winning a contract for a hotel chain; and Joe and Molly are less-than-thrilled with Tom's latest flame. Marty Sargent Jr.: Christopher Fountain. Tammy Sargent: Nicola Headley. Marty Sargent Sr.: Mark Mc Gann.
Beth's morning jog is interrupted when she notices an elderly man who was hit by a motorbike. In other happenings, Beth finds it increasingly difficult to keep a lid on her burgeoning romance with Tom; and the men are disgusted with the newly renovated local Indian restaurant. Graham Bryant: John Duttine. Jeanette Bryant: Lucy Gaskell. Ray Ballinger: Geoffrey Hutchings.
New headmistress Elaine Cheverton is wary of a beloved schoolteacher's peculiar behavior. In other developments, David fixates on the Scorpions' fortunes; and Tom and Anna meet with a bank manager at the factory. Rose Franklin: Anna Keaveney. David Buckley: Philip Middlemiss. Anna Kirkwall: Lesley Dunlop.
Bad timing marks the arrival of a wedding cake at Anna's door seconds before she leaves for Tessie's funeral. Karen is dreading the event, because it involves crossing paths with Garth for the first time since he attacked her. Elsewhere, Dick and Cheryl receive a disturbing letter; and Anna and Karen check on the health of a pig farmer (Noah Huntley) being treated for an ulcer. Lisa: Sarah Churm. Cake Supplier: Sue McCormick. Garth Banks: Ifan Meredith. Phil Ludford: Benedict Sandiford.
Karen and Anna assist a young man (Ifan Meredith) in caring for his pensioner grandmother Tessie Banks (Jean Heywood), who has just been released from the hospital. In other developments, Tom awaits an important visit from a German client at the paper factory; and Beth moves into her own place. Hildegaard Gruber: Lara Cazalet. Melanie: Christine Entwisle. Claire Finlay: Sally Ann Matthews. Jack Finlay: Jack Rae. Mike: Robert Whitelock.
A pregnant woman (Tracy Whitwell) hasn't been keeping her prenatal appointments. Elsewhere, all's not well for Anna, who has just parted ways with Simon; and a new romance is evolving between Jess and Dean. Terry Philips: Sebastian Abineri. Maggie Flanagan: Anita Carey. Tony Peterson: Ralph Ineson. Derek Flanagan: Denis Lill. Harry: Buster Reeves. John Flanagan: Paul Swinnerton.
While treating a patient (Miranda Foster) in a wheelchair, Anna and Karen find themselves drawn to the man (Gavin Abbott) tending the garden. Elsewhere, Simon's life continues its downward spiral; and Dick organizes a surprise farewell party for Vic (Tony Haygarth) and Lucy (Jessica Baglow). Gemma Sheringham: Leah-Verity White. Fran: Barbara Wilshere.
A jealous Evelyn (Rosie Rowell) exacts revenge on David and Karen by revealing disturbing secrets about Karen's past to Cheryl. Elsewhere, Anna questions the effectiveness of an epileptic boy's medication; and Simon and Anna continue preparing for their impending nuptials. Natalie Wilson: Geraldine Alexander. Ray Wilson: Derek Riddell.
A surprise visit from a former flame (Rosie Rowell) leaves David shaken and stirred. Elsewhere, Jess is upset with Joe, who has designs on Anna's comely nanny; and Beth talks to Tom about his mother's failing health.
Karen and Beth become concerned about a forgetful elderly patient. In other developments, Molly badgers her father into visiting his mother; Jess is upset with Joe; and Vic assesses his future in Skelthwaite. Wally Vernon: Geoffrey Bayldon. Sarah Hooper: Claire Hackett. Jess Buckley: Kelly Wenham.
Karen and Beth touch base with a woman whose son has just received a liver transplant. Also: Anna and Simon adjust to family life after the birth of their daughter; Tom Beresford takes the reigns of Goddard's Paper Factory while Simon is out on paternity leave; and Vic (Tony Haygarth) shares some unsettling information. James Parker: Matthew Beard. Julie Sprake: Tracie Bennett. Mary Parker: Victoria Carling. Bob Parker: Gordon Kennedy.