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Perfection

Valerie is still reeling from the revelation when Ashley turns up on her doorstep - will she let him in? Ruhma helps Ashley's wife Helen deal with her own crisis.


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MOBILE JINGLES A TUNE

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Hey, I said I'd do that.

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You've done everything anyway. That's it finished.

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-Doesn't it look perfect?

-It's wonderful.

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Ashley, they're beautiful.

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Not as beautiful as you.

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-I'm running out of vases!

-Then I'll get you new ones.

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You've made me the happiest man in the world.

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You know that, don't you?

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-When are you going to...

-I'm not talking about it now!

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The cot's not going to assemble itself.

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I can't do it on my own!

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I'm leaving you.

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Is this a joke?

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You don't mean it.

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I've tried. I just can't do this any more.

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What are you talking about?

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-I was cross about the cot, but that's...

-It's more than that.

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What?

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Are you not even going to talk?

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-If I've done something wrong, tell me!

-It's not you.

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I don't love you any more.

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Yes, you do. You're just upset because...

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I don't love you. I don't think I ever have.

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Not really.

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On some level, you must know that.

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How can you say that? Obviously you did.

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I'm not stupid!

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Ashley, please. You're my world. You're our world.

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He doesn't deserve this. He's done nothing wrong.

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You have.

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You don't just leave like this.

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Is there somebody else?

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There is someone else, but she's got nothing to do with this.

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Morning.

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Morning.

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The system is working perfectly. Thank goodness.

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And finally, we have passed the inspection.

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That's great.

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It is a pity that it has taken so long, but we got there in the end.

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Yeah. In the end.

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What should I tell Mrs Tembe?

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I would say, domestic emergency.

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Like what? She is going to ask.

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-Rats.

-Rats?

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Well, we could very easily get rats if I don't give this place a proper clean.

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Valerie, it's fine.

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PHONE RINGS

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I'm guessing that's Mr Rat, isn't it?

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Tell him to stop ringing you.

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I can't talk to him again.

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-Text him, then. I'll do it.

-No!

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He is my problem. I don't want to encourage him.

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Give him an inch, he'll take a mile.

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Don't give in to him. Promise me.

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I do have some self-respect left.

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I'll tell Mrs Tembe that you're feeling off today, yeah?

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-OK. I don't like lying, but, thank you.

-Call me if you need me.

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Posh biscuits!

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No. No, no, no. They are for the team building tomorrow.

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Oh! Well, I suppose I can wait.

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Despite the biscuits, I am so glad I'm not involved.

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Do we really need all these motivation things?

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I'd have thought that after yesterday, we proved how successful we can be.

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Are you both satisfied with how we handled everything?

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I mean, could we have resolved the problem more quickly?

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-Why? Has anybody been complaining?

-We went through the process

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and we emerged stronger than we were in the beginning.

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In my book, that's a win.

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-I think he at least deserves a biscuit!

-Yeah.

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-As I said, they are for tomorrow.

-Fine.

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I'd like to know who this ungrateful person is.

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No. It's just... I'm sensing that some people's experience is

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slightly different than others, that is all.

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Well, if you want to test the temperature, that's up to you.

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But, personally, I think we performed remarkably.

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We were exemplary.

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While others whined in their consulting rooms, or destroyed

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valuable office equipment, we took the bull by the horns.

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Dr Carter has reimbursed the practice for the monitor.

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I should think so.

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Well, thank you both very much. You have been very helpful.

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PHONE RINGS

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Go away!

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PHONE CONTINUES TO RING

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Leave a message.

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BEEP

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Whatever I've done, I'm sorry!

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Don't. Please don't. Ashley!

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I'm sorry.

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DOOR CLOSES

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DOORBELL CHIMES

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-What are you doing?

-I've left her.

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Right, my appointments are here if anybody asks, OK?

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-Ah, Nurse Lee.

-Sorry, home visits.

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Oh, yes, of course. Can we talk later?

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Yeah. Add it to my list.

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-Sister Carter...

-Actually, I'm quite busy too.

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The appointment system is back online, if that helps.

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No. I'm going to stick with paperwork. Thank you.

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A system you can trust. I understand.

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As I tried to explain to Nurse Lee, I am just

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trying to talk to people about their experiences lately...

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I don't mean to be rude, Mrs Tembe.

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It's just, one of my ladies, she missed her appointment this morning

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and she's got high BP, so I just want to check she's all right.

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-Yes, yes, of course. Perhaps later?

-Mmm-hmm.

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PHONE RINGS Please leave your message after the tone.

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Hey, Helen, it's Ruhma.

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You missed your appointment at the Mill centre today.

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And I wanted to check that everything's all right?

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Why don't you give me a ring and we can reschedule?

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-Please let me in and I'll explain.

-I'm sorry, no.

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Oh, Valerie!

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I was going to tell you.

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I was just waiting for the right moment,

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but then you found out first.

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I am so sorry.

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You have to believe me, I never meant to hurt you!

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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Come in.

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Hi. You wanted to see me?

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Yes, I need you to take over gender and sexuality issues.

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I thought Zara and Daniel were in charge of that?

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Look... Between you and I, I do not think

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they are the best people to guide the rest of the staff.

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Oh, because of the sex in the park.

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I...I do not wish to burden you, I know, you have a lot on with

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the VPAS and FME responsibilities,

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but it will only be a half-day course.

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All right, but only if it's just a half a day.

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And...

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with some light reading.

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And you will also have to brief the rest of the staff.

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-Is that all?

-I hope this is not too much for you.

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Are you all right?

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I am, but I have been talking to some of the staff

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and there seems to be a lot of discord.

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Well, not just that.

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After all the effort we had made with team building,

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I just hoped that there would be more progress, you know,

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that people would be working closely together.

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-You can't change people overnight.

-No, of course not overnight. But...

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I have organised another session for tomorrow, for those who

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missed the escape room, but now I really do not think it is enough.

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Well, if you want my opinion, I would leave it for another time.

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Perhaps.

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Hello, Helen? It's Ruhma.

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I just wanted to check that you're OK?

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I left you a little message, a while ago.

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Hello? Are you in?

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-Hey.

-Hi. Obviously I slept through the alarm.

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It's fine. Don't worry about it.

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Normally I wouldn't bother, Helen,

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it's just, we said we'd keep tabs on your blood pressure.

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And I'm here, so I can do it now?

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Yeah, thanks. Sorry, it's been a bit of a night.

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-But you're OK?

-Yeah, I'm great, thanks.

-Good.

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-Mrs Tembe?

-Do you know anything about this?

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-What?

-Who has taken these?

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I don't know. I can't know everything!

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No, of course not, sorry.

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You look very tired, Dr Vere.

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No, I'm fine. I just wanted to give you this.

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It's my phone statement from all the calls

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I made to Toby about the computers.

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-Oh!

-He does live in Johannesburg. That's OK?

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Yes, yes, it is fine.

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I will transfer the money into your account today.

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-And thank you again for all your hard work.

-It's fine.

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I don't mind as long as it's a one-off,

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but I wouldn't want it to become part of my job description.

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-I heard what happened to Al.

-No, I understand. And it will not.

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Please, Valerie!

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Is everything all right, Valerie?

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-I'm fine, Mrs Nitka. Don't worry about me.

-Are you OK?

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Yes, fine.

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-Thank you.

-This is not for you. This is for the neighbours.

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They don't like drama on their doorsteps and neither do I.

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You're angry. I understand that.

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You know, I respect that.

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Just say what you've got to say and then go.

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OK.

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-I love you.

-No.

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I love you, Valerie Pitman.

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No! You do not speak to me like that.

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You don't get to say words that you don't mean.

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But I do.

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I mean every syllable.

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I love you, Valerie Pitman!

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Shh! Not here!

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It's immaculate. Like you.

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Like I said, I never meant to hurt anyone, especially you.

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Everything I've said to you, I've meant.

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I would never lie to you, ever.

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Oh, apart from one tinsy tiny little detail!

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I should have mentioned Helen's pregnancy.

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But...I was scared.

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I'd lost you once already, I didn't want it to happen again.

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Obviously, I was going to find out! At some point.

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You're right. I wasn't thinking straight.

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All I think about... all I CAN think about is you.

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You're the one perfect thing in my life.

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I just want to be with you... to worship you.

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If you'll let me.

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Please.

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It's elevated, which is not what we were hoping for.

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I know, just, I really don't want to have to go back to hospital.

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I know, but we've talked about the risks.

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We need to monitor your blood pressure very closely.

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But you also said that I needed rest. I haven't had that.

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In fact, I've had a lot more stress.

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What's happened?

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Last night, after the hospital,

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Ashley just started acting really strangely.

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He locked himself in the study, said he was ordering takeaway.

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-He wasn't, he was talking to somebody.

-Right.

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Then I made it worse.

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When he came out, he wouldn't speak, so I tried to be productive.

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I started on the baby's cot.

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-It's been lying about for weeks, but...

-Hey, it's OK.

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He just said he was leaving me.

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I don't know what I'm going to do.

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I don't know what we're going to do.

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You are going to be all right.

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OK, whatever happens.

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Look. You've said your piece.

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-I'd like it now if you'd just go home.

-I don't have a home.

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I slept in my car last night.

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I had a shower in the community centre.

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-I'm sorry, but...

-But I'm not.

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For the first time in nearly two years, I'm free.

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Leaving you was the worst mistake I've ever made.

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When I saw you at the PPG, I couldn't deny it any more.

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You were like a shining light,

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revealing all the lies I've told myself.

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I never loved Helen.

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I was trying to fill the void of losing you.

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I knew it and, well, she knew it.

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-You told her about me?

-No!

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Yes.

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I told her I'd lost you.

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What I should have said was I'd found you again.

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-So you lied to both of us.

-I didn't mean to.

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I wanted to shout your name from the rooftops!

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But, every time I tried, there'd be another disaster.

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Helen's not like you, she's not a strong woman.

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It sounds like she needs you, then.

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She needs someone.

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I don't think she cares who.

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After she got pregnant, everything changed.

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She didn't need me for me, that's what I realised.

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All this time...

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..she'd been using me.

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Shall we go and sit down?

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Oh, it was you!

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Those biscuits are for team building!

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It was very clearly marked on the box.

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Oh, Emma thought we weren't doing it any more

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-and it had been cancelled.

-Well, Dr Reid was wrong.

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Thing is, when I eat chocolates, I eat them all...

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I have not cancelled the team building workshop

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so please stop telling people that I have.

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All right. I'm sorry, I thought you were going to.

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I will have to start persuading them all over again.

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Is that really necessary? I thought we'd pulled together rather well.

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Have we? While you lot have been congratulating yourselves and saving

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pennies, Sid and Al have literally run themselves into the ground!

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I thought that had been addressed?

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We are trying to find a permanent IT consultant.

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-Someone you might actually have to pay.

-Ayesha.

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Did you even notice how hard we've been working?

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There are two nurses and seven doctors.

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Try explaining that to patients.

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-Yeah, well we're all working hard.

-Not like us!

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Ruhma had to stay late and rewrite some reports

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Yeah, and that's just the start.

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Because we've had no access to patient records,

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every consultation has overrun.

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-I'm knackered and so are Tash and Ruhma.

-Then why did you not say?

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Why didn't you ask?

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I had this nagging feeling this was wrong,

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but I kept pushing it to the back of my mind.

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Eventually, I managed to fool myself that we could be happy.

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Well, that didn't happen, so I threw myself into my work.

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So you didn't talk to anyone?

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I'm sure we looked like the perfect couple,

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but we had nothing in common.

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I dreaded going home.

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Even she realised there was no point in pretending,

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but then, suddenly, she got pregnant.

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So things can't have been that bad, then!

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Obviously, I couldn't leave her.

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I was trapped.

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I tried to forget about how bad things were

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and concentrate on being a good father.

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Like my dad did...

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He was never happy either.

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HE SOBS

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As soon as we met, we just clicked. You just know, don't you?

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I got a sort of shiver when I met him.

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He said he felt something.

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Kismet, he called it.

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And then the miracle.

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I'd given up hope of having a child so when it happened,

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I was so excited.

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I thought he was too. He seemed happy, didn't he?

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-Yeah, yeah. He did.

-Maybe I was too demanding?

-No.

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I nag too much, I know I do.

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I just wanted everything to be perfect.

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Ashley never minded that, you know.

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He liked the house being clean when he came home.

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And me - he said he was proud of the trouble I took.

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He liked me looking good for him.

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No wonder he's gone. Look at me.

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Hey. No-one, no-one is perfect.

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-Oh, come on, look at the state of me.

-I think you look lovely.

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You have to say that.

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But I know that, all the problems I've had,

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they wouldn't have happened if I'd started trying five years earlier,

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-would they?

-Maybe. Maybe not.

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All I can say to you, Helen,

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is you're going to have a lovely baby,

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which is what you need to focus on.

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It's not the way I dreamt it.

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It's probably not the way he dreamt it, either.

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Which is why he's off with... who knows?

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Thank you.

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PHONE BUZZES

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You have to promise that you are never going to lie again.

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I won't lie. I won't need to.

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Nobody ever needs to.

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You've got to value people enough to tell them the truth

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and give them a chance, not run away when everything goes wrong.

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I've learned my lesson.

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I'll stand by you, you don't need to worry.

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What about your baby?

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Well, I'll do the right thing,

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send support whenever I can.

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Whenever you can?

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I'm not a rich man, Valerie.

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I'm mainly freelance. I work in the community.

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I'm talking about emotional support. Being there.

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-Or do you just not understand that?

-I do!

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What's wrong?

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What's wrong?

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Everything's wrong - with you!

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Wherever he is, you need to stop blaming yourself.

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He said he never loved me.

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He said we were deluding ourselves.

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He can't tell you how you feel. Helen, only you know that.

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I don't. Not after last night. Maybe it wasn't real?

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Maybe I was so desperate for a child,

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I just grabbed the first available man.

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Well, that is probably much harder to do than it sounds.

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Something was off, I knew.

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As soon as I told him I was pregnant,

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I could feel him pulling away from me.

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Did you try and talk to him?

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I tried, we'd just end up arguing.

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Usually about silly things, like the cot.

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I thought it would get him more involved.

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Some men, they can't cope with the prospect of fatherhood.

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And others, they have a problem with responsibility.

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Whatever is holding Ashley back,

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that might change when the baby's born.

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-He's seeing someone else.

-We don't know that yet, do we?

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He left with a suitcase. He could come back.

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-Would you have him back?

-That's not for me to say.

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Look, if you value your relationship,

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then maybe you try and work it out.

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And what if he doesn't?

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A relationship is more than one person. You've got a say as well.

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I think it's important that you don't rush into anything, OK?

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Just take your time.

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And when you feel calmer, you think about what you want to do.

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But always remember, for your sake as well as the baby's,

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you have to value yourself, Helen.

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-I don't understand.

-Because you are incapable!

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I can't believe I let you back into my life again.

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-A second ago, you were holding my hands.

-Yes.

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And then I was reminded of how easily you walked away

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when I needed you.

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You hurt me, Ashley.

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But you're so full of yourself, you can't even think of that.

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Now you're hurting Helen.

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They're completely different situations.

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Not being there for you was the biggest mistake of my life.

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And I am saving you from making another one!

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Please. Let's calm down.

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I love you, Valerie.

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Sweet, beautiful...

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There is something wrong with you. You need psychological...

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Do you know what, never mind, it doesn't matter what you need -

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the simple truth is you are not good enough for me, Valerie Pitman.

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No. No, don't.

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This isn't you. I know you.

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You've been brainwashed by that militant Ayesha.

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Who knows nothing, by the way.

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She might be pushy and loud, but all she does is put people off.

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She puts men off.

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Is that really what you want for yourself?

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To be alone, like her?

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Because that's all she's ever going to be.

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I would rather be on the shelf than in the wrong cupboard.

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Valerie. No! No, Valerie!

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-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Come in.

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You wanted to talk?

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-Yes. Well, if you have the time.

-Yeah.

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How is your patient?

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I had to wait and see until her blood pressure settled

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and it did, so it's all right.

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That is good news.

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Yeah. I made a follow-up on the appointment system.

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It's working perfectly.

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I am so sorry it has taken so long.

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It's been difficult.

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Yes. Perhaps it has affected some more than others.

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I don't need to tell you the pressure that we're all under.

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Everybody is working hard, but the difference is, when things go wrong,

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me and the nurses, we have a lot of patients, Mrs Tembe, and no support.

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If I had known, I would have taken steps.

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But to know, you have to ask. And nobody has spoke to us, actually.

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Well, I am very sorry about that.

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At least you're asking now.

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-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Come in.

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Biscuits for you.

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I thought they were supposed to be for "team building".

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Yeah, well, I will buy some more.

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I just wanted you to know how grateful we are

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for all the extra time and effort you have been putting in lately.

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I hope they're not supposed to be compensation

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because I'd prefer a pay rise.

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Yes, well, we cannot stretch to extra money,

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-but I can give you some time off in lieu.

-Really?

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Really.

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And I also think you should join us tomorrow.

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In case you hadn't noticed,

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I've already had my time of being locked in a room and being...

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It is not that kind of exercise.

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I am organising something a little different.

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Like what, exactly?

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Something that nobody is expecting.

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That is all I can say for now.

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Enjoy your biscuits.

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Helen! I'm locked out.

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Can you open the door...please?

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I'm a bit busy at the moment!

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Excuse me?

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Helen!

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I owe you an apology.

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I'd like to make it in person, if you let me in.

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Talk to me, at least.

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Maybe you should talk to your friend instead?

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I told you, she's nothing to do with this.

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She was a mistake.

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Nothing happened, I promise.

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I need you.

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I hope you need me too.

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Helen?

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Good morning!

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Morning! Good job Zara's not here.

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She wouldn't have gone for the whole "flat shoe" thing.

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You need to call the police.

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Right. Anyone know why we're here?

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Lips are sealed, apparently.

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Put me in a cell. Please.

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Not until you tell me what you've done.

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Just lock me up. Lock me up.

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I have these...thoughts, basically. These horrible thoughts.

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Valerie is still reeling from the revelation when Ashley turns up on her doorstep - will she let him in? Meanwhile, Ruhma helps Ashley's wife Helen deal with her own crisis.