Realising Lauren's drinking is out of control, Tanya is on a mission to stop her from getting her hands on any alcohol. Kim has a realisation at her birthday party.
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ALL: # Happy birthday Dear Kimmy... #
-# Happy birthday to you! #
-Now THAT is what I'm talking about!
-Come on, another! Another!
No, no. Kim's got some packing to do, she needs to pace herself.
You know, Ray is right. I should keep a clear head.
It's nice, though.
Happy Birthday, babe.
What is it, what is it, what is it?!
Nice. Must've set you back a bit.
Well, a sophisticated dress for a sophisticated lady.
Oh, it's great!
It's perfect for the next time I've got a meeting at the bank, innit?
No, I was thinking you could maybe wear it for the party tonight.
Yeah, why not?
But you've already picked what you're wearing tonight.
-That's your favourite, innit?
Well, maybe I've got a new favourite!
I'd rather wear yours.
Yeah. Thank you!
-Listen, I'll see you in the Vic at lunch time?
-All right, then.
-Nice one. See you later.
-See you later.
What's with you?
What's with the look? I know that look.
It's the "I'm not telling you cos you ain't going to like it" look.
-I'm staying out of that.
Come on, Lauren, up you get!
PHONE KEYPAD BEEPS
Hi, Max, it's me. Can you please give me a ring when you get this?
It's about Lauren.
Get up or I'll do it again.
-OK, all I'm saying is, moving in with a bloke...
..it's a big step, it's not something you do on a whim.
And, Kim, what about this place, eh? It's your livelihood.
Oh, what, you expect me and Patrick to just step in?
Well, I'll get someone in to manage it then, innit!
Look, just admit it, you don't approve of me and Ray. End of.
No, I don't approve.
Do you know why? You do all the work
and you make all the compromises.
He's asked me to move in with him.
He's bought me a very expensive birthday present.
-What more do you want, blood?
I...I don't want to see him hurt you again.
Look, you either get with the idea or you can forget
about an invite to our new place.
Because me and Ray, we're for keeps!
Ooh! Here you are.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
There you go. I don't suppose you could stay later tonight?
I've got some new clients that I need to schmooze over drinks.
Um, I dunno...
Please? I'll pay you overtime.
Thank you! That's settled.
Hey, don't know what we'd do without her, do you, Scarlett?
But you said!
We'll see Phil, but not today. OK?
Don't hold your breath, Denny.
Do you mind?
Why you giving him false hopes?
You know what Phil's like, he uses people then spits 'em out.
Now it's your turn.
Denny, go and get your stuff for holiday club. Yeah?
You want to have a pop at Phil, feel free,
but don't do it in front of Denny. Please.
You hold the truth back from him
and he's going to be more upset in the long run.
-This ain't Phil's fault.
-Oh, don't give me that.
One minute it's all rosy and now you're on the scrap-heap,
and he's swanning around like he don't care.
-'Plot 99, look at that.
'It doesn't sound too appealing, plot 99.
'Do you mean it's not actually built?
'No, there's signs of it being built and completed eventually...'
Can I not even watch TV any more?
Come on, Lauren, I hate it when we're like this -
at each other's throats all the time.
Can't be much fun for you, either.
Please? All I ask is that you try and meet me halfway.
Darling, I just don't want you to ruin your future.
Oh, talking about my bright future, I need some new college books.
They're really important.
And I ain't got no money, so... would I be able to borrow some?
Do you seriously expect me to believe that, do you?
Lauren, I've seen your reading list, you've got every book on it.
Not that you read them, cos you're too busy drinking all the time.
Mum, that is so out of order!
There's no booze left in the house, by the way,
just in case you were wondering.
You can keep fighting me on this, Lauren, it don't matter,
you ain't going to win.
You see, the trouble with having a boy
is that you carry heavier at the end.
Well, so they tell me.
Cos I ain't got no comparison cos I only had my Nick.
Well, we don't know if it's a boy.
Well, I told you, didn't I? I've got a feel for these things.
-We'll be able to tell you tomorrow, Dot, if you're right.
Yeah, we got a scan booked.
Ooh, goodness me.
Well, I'd better be off cos I only came in for change.
Mrs Ainsley, she'll be tapping her watch by the soap dispenser!
-See you later.
-Why do you tell her?
-Well, cos she's family, ain't she?
She would've found out sooner or later.
I know what'll cheer you up - Kim, she's having a party later.
A party where I can't drink? Great.
Got a right strop on, ain't you? What's the matter with ya?
You're not upset about me and Jack going to see Adam, are you?
No. I'm done with arguing about that.
Must be hormones.
Whoo! Special cocktail for the birthday girl,
courtesy of a well-wisher.
Come on, come on!
Oh, you remembered the orange liqueur that I love. Thanks, bubs!
Oi, you know I was thinking, for the party,
maybe we can get Rox or Alfie over to mix some cocktails.
-Unless you want to do it...
-Babe, that weren't me.
Kimmy, you like margarita?
I did get it right, didn't I?
-Oh, this is from you?
-Yeah, course. Standard.
Oh! Oh, right.
-And for my special lady so that she doesn't feel left out...
-..a little something for you.
-Wow! Thank you.
Mmm! Oh, it's lovely!
Yeah? I call it The 1D, you know, after our first dance...
-To One Direction's That's What Makes You Beautiful!
-I feel sick! Thanks, Fats. Thanks.
-All right, babe, listen,
I'm going to shoot off.
-Want to spend some time with Morgan before the party.
I'll pop over in a bit to say goodbye.
Don't worry about doing the cocktails. I'll ask Fats.
Don't you think that's a bit tacky?
You know, keep it simple - wine, beer, a bit of punch?
Yeah, you're right. Yeah, let's just keep it simple.
OK. Hey, hey, babe, keep it easy.
You got a big night ahead of you, remember?
You know, I probably won't finish this.
We can't stay long.
We've been out all morning and Janine will be worried
if we're not back soon.
Got even more demanding, has she?
-She just likes to know where we are.
-How very caring of her.
We can't talk now, though, cos Satan's little helper's at the bar.
Meet you in the usual place, yeah? Half five.
You're finished work by then?
-Yeah, usually, but...
Don't look so worried.
You OK, Alice? You look a bit tired.
Yeah, I'm fine.
Well, look, Kim and Ray are having a do at the B&B later.
-So, if you fancy letting you hair down?
Yeah, I know, sorry...
No, we won't be long. Yeah. Back soon.
All right. Bye.
Sorry. You were saying?
Kim and Ray's party. You can't miss it, darling, they're leaving.
Well, what time does it start?
-Cos I've got to stay late at work tonight.
it's a bank holiday, you shouldn't even be working.
Between them, Janine and Michael have got you run ragged.
What am I supposed to do?
Fight your corner.
It's like you're Cinderella and they're the Ugly Sisters.
Well, I'm your Fairy Godmother, right?
And I'm telling you to stand up to 'em, cos...
then you can come to the ball.
-Yeah. Maybe. All right, I'll speak to you later.
I don't know, Tan, she's over 18, and it's not really my place.
Yeah, but I'm not asking you as a manager, am I?
I'm asking you as a friend and as a mother.
All this partying Lauren's been doing,
it's getting in the way of her studies, you know?
Anyway, she's skint, so she probably won't even come in...
Don't worry, I won't serve her alcohol.
You know, I'd...I'd appreciate it if you'd do the same in the Vic.
I'll let Alfie and Roxy know if you like?
-Blimey, that must have hurt.
-Tell me about it.
You know, if...if Lauren wants to get wasted,
she's going to find a way.
Yeah. Not an easy one, though, not if I can help it.
Thank you, Gran. It's nice to have you to talk to.
-Mum's always busy at work,
and Dad's wrapped up in the Kirsty-baby stuff.
Oh, dear. Must be hard for the pair of you, you know,
being piggies in the middle.
I don't suppose Cora's much of a support.
Too busy thinking about herself.
-Yeah, and it's not like I can go out either.
Do you know how much it costs to be a student these days?
At least my mates get to see each other.
I can barely afford to top up my Oyster Card.
-Would that be a hint?
I've still got some of my faculties.
Here, will that be enough?
Is that enough to buy a kebab or some such?
That's what your friends and you dine out on these days, ain't it?
Are you sure?
Yes, course I am, go on. Go on.
You know, Ethel and Pauline and me, we used to have some lovely times.
You want to make the most of your friends...while you still got 'em.
I...I can't work late. I'm sorry, I really need some time for myself
and I'm sure your client will understand if you rearrange.
You're a working mum, they can't begrudge a contract because of that.
And since when did you go all feminist?!
No, it's OK. It's fine.
Just finish at the usual time.
-Yeah. You're important to me, Alice.
And if you're not happy neither am I...
SCARLETT GURGLES Ah, ah. ..and neither is Scarlett.
-And besides, the new client's cancelled anyway, so.
SCARLETT GURGLES Bye-bye!
I ain't got time for this now, Sharon.
I'm not here for me.
I'm here for Denny.
Look, he doesn't understand why he can't see you any more.
It's a bit low, Sharon, ain't it? Using Dennis as an excuse.
Phil, if I could change things, I would but I...
You can't. You can't, Sharon.
Is there anything else?
-Oh! Oh, oh!
-You are so cheating!
-Yes, you are.
-Right, come on you two,
time for the master to show you how it's really done.
Oh, do me a favour!
He really thinks he's all that and a bag of chips, your dad.
Promise I can come and stay at your new place?
-Yeah. Whenever you like.
-Woodford ain't far,
-you'll hardly know I'm gone.
-Won't be the same, though.
Listen, wherever I'm at, me, you and Sasha -
we'll always be a family.
That'll never change. All right?
And Kim, she's family too.
Yeah, yeah, of course! Of course, Kim.
You know what? I got to go, lots to do.
Can I have a hug?
Come on. Mmm-mmm!
I'm going to miss you, Morgan. Make sure you come round soon, all right?
But I have got the money.
Yes. The thing is, I promised your mum.
This morning. Look, she's really worried about you, Lauren.
Yeah. It's not even for me.
Don't make this harder for yourself.
Do you know what? Fine. I'll just take my money elsewhere.
And don't even think about trying over at the Vic.
Tanya's already got that covered.
-Looks like she's pulled out all the stops.
Lauren must have been a very naughty girl.
-So, when does Kim's party start, then?
Just got your message. "Something's come up." I don't understand.
Well, I'm going to Kim's party, so I can't do tonight.
Ah, I knew it. She's inveigled her way into your affections.
How weak of you, Alice.
-I'm not letting Janine get to me.
Well, I won't lie, I'm disappointed.
But never mind, you go to this party. You fill your boots.
That's clearly more important than the welfare of my daughter.
KEYS TURN IN LOCK
Oh. You not been out, no?
No. I've got to finish this.
I don't want to fall behind.
Well, I'm glad you've finally seen sense.
You out tonight, then?
Why the interest?
No, I just saw Abi with Jay and...they had Oscar.
I was wondering if they were babysitting for a reason or...?
Oh, no. No, I'm just looking forward to a nice long soak in the bath.
So...you carry on with your essay. I'll try and keep out of your way.
Oh! What's all this?
Yeah, well, I thought about what you said earlier,
about the cocktails and that. Why not?
Besides, I can't have Fats upstaging me.
-I made this one especially for you.
-DOOR BELL Thanking you.
-I'll get that.
You look beautiful, by the way.
SHE GIGGLES Stop!
Dee, I'm not in the mood...
No, I come in peace!
And I've been thinking about what I said earlier.
And do you know what? I was wrong. Sorry.
Truth is, the only people who know what's good about a relationship
are the people who are in it.
Um, Dee, what do you think about this dress?
Yeah, well, it's not your usual style, is it? But it's...it's...
it's nice. Very grown up.
Am I the first one here?
Let's get this party started then, eh?
You all right, Denise?
Babe, um, what's in this?
Creme de menthe. You're into that, ain't you?
Yeah, yeah, love it.
Phil! It's still working!
-Come on, darling, Phil's busy.
-Nah, it's all right.
So how's my favourite lad, eh?
I miss you. So does Mum.
Yeah, and...I miss you too.
Just cos you're not living at mine,
-don't mean you can't pop round now and again.
Yeah, I promise.
Phil, what about what you said?
Dennis shouldn't have to suffer in all this, should he?
Maybe we can...sort something out later in the week.
Yeah, she drives me mad, but I'm going to miss her.
Hey, you've still got me, you know.
I just can't imagine you going all suburban, Kim.
Pay attention to the second part of the word.
I intend to be more "urban", and less "sub".
Kim, I reckon you'll fit right in, hanging out with all the WAGS.
Listen, there's more to Essex than overpaid footballers.
Nice houses, good restaurants. Just the place to better yourself,
-Hark at him!
-Nothing wrong with being ambitious.
That where you see yourself, Kim, rattling around a big mansion?
Dunno, hadn't thought that far ahead.
You'll be having babies next.
It's the next step, ain't it? Look at Max and Kirsty.
Well, I'm ready for anything. Bring it on.
To pastures new, good luck to the pair of you.
Cheers, Max, mate. Nice one.
Listen, when we're settled, you guys come over for dinner.
Oh, yeah. No more going down the pub for a pint.
It's going to be all dinner parties from now on. Isn't it, Kim?
Yes, Shirl. It's called classy living.
Guess I'll have to forget your invite.
How many you had?
Oh, give me a break!
It's a party. Let her enjoy herself!
You all right?
No offence, but Kirsty looks well miserable.
Top up, anyone?
You finding it difficult not drinking?
Feel a bit dizzy, that's all.
Don't you think you should just slow down a bit?
We're not in your shop any more, Denise, OK?
And this is Kim's party. She ain't bothered, so why are you?
-Lauren, can you get that?
Have you got the phone?
Hello? Oh, hello, Denise.
-You OK now?
-Yeah, stop fussing.
I care about you, don't I?
Both of you.
Nah, come on, let's go home.
No, I told you, I'm fine.
Babe, I don't want to take any chances, do I? Come on.
LAUREN SQUEALS Yeah!
Young people! People that aren't like a million years old.
Or just act like they are. Come dance with me.
We should say hello to Kim and Ray first.
Um, they don't even care. Come on, come dance.
Specially for you...
Courtesy of Ian. He's very sorry he couldn't be here but he's busy with his restaurant.
He made this for me?
Yeah. Well, I can be very persuasive, you know.
-Hope you're happy now, are you?
-I'm really sorry, Kim.
It does actually taste good.
Get your mitts off my cake!
I'm so sorry, I'll pay for any damage.
This your idea of doing an essay, is it?
-Why do you always turn up and ruin everything?!
The girl drinks up our drink, wrecks my cake and no birthday present.
Kids of today, Denise!
Um, Kim, we're not all like that.
Um, from me and Fats.
Oh, thanks, Poppy! Thanks, Fats!
Happy Birthday, babe.
Me and Fats have got them in blue.
-You haven't, have you, Fats?
-No! Babe, stop joking.
Oh, shut up. You love your onesie!
Babes, it was supposed to be our little secret. OK?
Best present ever.
Ray, look! Look!
Are you joking? Come on, no offence, guys,
but no-one past the age of three should be seen in one of them.
I hope you got the receipt.
Right. Get yourself upstairs. Go on.
I'll bring you a coffee.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
Oh, finally found the time to ring me, have you?
Sorry about that. I would have got back to you sooner,
it's just been one of those days.
My heart bleeds for you.
I've got Kirsty...got the scan...
I think Kirsty's a bit more stressed than she's letting on.
What did you want to talk me about? About Lauren, weren't it?
'She been up to her old tricks?'
No, she...we had a row this morning, it's blown over now.
-'She was looking pretty lively when I left Kim's earlier.'
Yeah, she's fine.
She's in the front room watching telly, good as gold so...
You just concentrate on Kirsty and the baby,
everything's fine here. OK?
All right, I'll see you later.
Oh, look who it is!
Can you take her, please, while I just go get myself a drink?
Here we go.
-Can you just take her? I've got to go.
Alice, hang on...
Well, what do you reckon?
You never said it was fancy dress.
Then why do you come dressed like that then, Janice?
-Such a shame you're going away.
Come on, babe, I can see us in these, you know - DVD,
-brandy, roaring fire...
I'd stay away from the fire if I was you.
That looks highly flammable.
Listen, the cab's outside. It's time we said our goodbyes.
Bill, going to miss you, kid.
You think she realises she's only moving to Woodford
and not the moon?
Hey, Denise is not the only one who's been like a daughter to me.
Not getting soft on me now, Pops, are you?
It's not like I'm not going to visit though, is it?
Not going to be the same though, is it? Anyway, go to Ray. Go on.
-You got everything?
Almost. Almost...my bag, my bag, yeah.
Look after her.
-What was our first dance?
Our first dance. What song did we dance to?
I don't know, that was a long time ago, babe.
To be honest that's not the type of thing I keep up in here, yeah?
Babe, let's talk about this in the taxi, the meter's running.
It's not going to work.
Me and you, it's not going to work.
What are you going on about? What you doing?
Look, I like chillin' in a onesie.
Yeah? I like blingy dresses. I hate creme de menthe.
-And I don't want to do dinner parties.
-Whoa, whoa! Slow down.
No-one's expecting you to be the perfect hostess overnight.
-Oh, well, that's big of you.
-No, no, that's not what I meant, babe.
Look, I like chillin' out too, just not in a onesie.
I don't get it.
That's just it. You don't get me, Ray. You never did.
Fats and Poppy know me better than you do.
What does that say about us?
So I get a few things wrong,
that doesn't mean I care about you any less.
Look, it's not just that. I don't remember our first dance. Know why?
Because I'm never in the moment with you, Ray.
I'm always stressing about how I look,
or what I'm going to say or where we're headed.
We should just be. But you and me...
I don't see this as an effort.
Exactly! Cos we're not equals.
You keep setting this standard, and I'm just not matching up.
-I never said that.
-You didn't have to.
Kim, this is stupid. Are you coming or not?
I think you're making a big mistake.
And I tried talking you out of this. You remember that.
Tell Sasha I'm sorry, yeah?
You all right, babe?
I am! Kimberley Fox can do so much better than that.
I'm really proud of you.
That's a first.
Come on, you lot, get back inside. Party's just getting started!
Just give me a minute, yeah?
All right, babe? Cup of tea?
How you feeling?
Fine. I know everything's all right from last time, don't I?
No, I mean, you ain't been sick again, have you?
Oh... No, not this morning.
Seems silly to go for a scan before 20 weeks,
just to see a blob on a screen.
The amount I'm paying, I want to see more than just a blob.
I know you went on your own last time cos you didn't think it was a big deal, but it is to me.
TANYA: Dot, I cannot apologise enough.
Honestly, I can't. I promise you, this will never happen again.
-Take this so you're not out of pocket.
-No, I didn't come for that...
No, I absolutely insist. Take it, Dot.
I won't take no for an answer.
-If you insist. I'm sorry.
-No, I am.
Lauren, get down here, now!
-I need to get ready for college.
-No, don't even bother lying to me,
cos I've seen your timetable, I know you've got no classes today.
Oh, what?! Privacy issues, much!
Did you just go through my bag for that?
Yeah, I did actually, amongst other things!
Cos I wouldn't have put it past you to sneak some booze back from Kim's last night.
Seriously, Lauren?! Ripping off an old lady for money for booze -
that make you proud, does it?
I didn't rip her off, she gave it to me!
Save it. I don't want to hear it.
Now I'm the one that's out of pocket, so you can pay me back.
How am I meant to do that when I ain't got cash?
You'll have to earn it, like everyone else.
-'Cept I ain't got a job.
-You have today.
You can either do an honest day's work, or I'll call Poppy,
get her to cancel her day off while I sit here
and watch you clean every inch of this house.
With a toothbrush. Your choice.
I just asked you if you wanted to have lunch with me later in the Vic.
-I can't, we're busy at work, innit.
-Phil can't stop you having lunch, there are laws against that.
Maybe I just want to have a sandwich.
-Do you mind?
I was just saying good morning, is that so terrible?
No, it's not terrible, it's just pointless.
Or have you not got the message yet?
You can't ignore me for ever.
Well, I ain't giving up.
Anyway, where were we? Lunch in the Vic later? My...
Look, I already said no, innit!
Don't you ever listen? You're as bad as he is.
FRONT DOOR SLAMS
It's like a bomb went off in a Chinese sweat shop!
I'm having a clear out, innit.
Nothing, I just expected to come home and find you
moping about in your onesie, flicking through old photos of Ray.
Ain't nobody got time for that.
All this is the old Kim
-and the old Kim was sending out the wrong message.
Walk all over me, don't treat me good, don't treat me special.
That was one bloke and you kicked him into touch.
No. It was Ray and all the guys before him.
Now, what have all those guys got in common?
-Dodgy taste in music?
-No. Me! So as of today, the old Kim is dead,
and it's all about the new Kim.
Well, ain't you going to tell me not to do anything rash,
like you usually do?
No, I think it's a great idea. And I'm going to help you.
Mum, I'm not being funny but your job ain't exactly rocket science.
We're not going to Booty's.
Where we going, then?
You can't be serious!
And because I know how good you are at getting around Dot,
I persuaded her to swap shifts...
Don't just stand there, Lauren.
I need someone to make a start on this lot.
Right then, I'll leave you to it.
What, Tuesday? Today week? Oh, yes, that'll be fine.
I'll make you a Battenberg, I know it's your favourite.
Along with my Jim.... Oh.
Well, I hope she likes marzipan. I'll see you then. Bye-bye.
Mrs B, special occasion? Not everyone gets the Battenberg treatment.
Well, the Vicar's invited himself to tea along with his curate lady,
Myra or Manda or whatever her name is.
They're coming to assess my suitability as a church warden.
Suitability? You've been going to that church for years.
They must know already how good you'll be.
Yes, well, the trouble is I don't think Myra... Manda, whatever, likes me.
I overheard her talking to the vicar, saying that what the church needs is vigour and youth.
So I don't think she's going to go for an old age pensioner.
It's not all down to her though, is it?
You've still got the regular parishioners on your side.
Well, I'm afraid that she is very well liked.
Well, look, if she's really trying to modernise things, it might
take more than a bit of cake to win her round.
Not saying that your Battenberg ain't the business Mrs B, but, um...
But sometimes...you can be a bit...outspoken.
And winning elections is all about PR, you see,
so it's really important that you brush up on your people skills.
People skills? What are they when they're at home?
Look, it's... It's a bit like what I do in my job.
..why don't I train you up a bit?
-Can I get a black coffee to go, please?
-Everything all right?
-Why wouldn't it be?
Sorry, just I know you were having a scan today.
Max mentioned it. There's nothing wrong with the baby, is there?
Oh, you'd love that, wouldn't you?
Course I wouldn't. I'm a mum, Kirsty, you know.
I understand how terrifying all this can be.
I'm sure your baby's going to be perfect.
Just don't go thinking it's the most stressful part of it,
it's just the start, you know.
You never stop worrying about 'em.
But whatever I say about Max, he is a really good dad,
and I'm sure he will be with your baby, an' all.
..you don't need to sit around feeling sorry for yourself, do you?
You've got everything you wanted.
Let me tell you something, in case you ain't noticed -
I'm ignoring you, innit?
-You obviously ignored what I said earlier.
-Have we met?
Since when did I ever take no for an answer?
Whether you're in a mood with me or not, you've still gotta eat.
I'm offering you pie and chips at the local boozer -
how can you refuse?
You don't even have to talk to me!
You can just sit there and look at your phone like you do,
and I can mutter about how we didn't even have mobile phones in my day.
Yeah, what was it in your day then, carrier pigeons?
Have I got a choice?
-What's so funny?
What's wrong with our washing machine?
Well, I haven't had time to do any washing,
what with all my revision, so I was hoping you could do it?
Can I have it ironed, as well?
Course you can, darlin'. All part of the service.
Put a bit more effort into it, Lauren.
Nan! It's a bit hard to get excited about other people's knickers.
Less of your lip, young lady. A job's a job.
Trouble with your generation is you think everyone owes you a living.
Well, I got news for you - it don't.
Did you put this jumper in the tumble dryer?
Juvenile little pranks like this ain't gonna make me send you home.
Every time you pull a stunt like this adds another hour to your shift.
I'm covering for Dot all day long,
and you can either make this as painful or as painless as you like.
Either way, you're stuck here with me until I decide otherwise.
You all right?
All right, Max? You ain't seen Kim since yesterday, have you?
-Hope she's all right. See you later.
-See you later.
You're Tanya's ex, right?
I'm staying at the B&B, the landlady's been filling me in on who's who.
Right, yeah. I bet she has, yeah.
-Sam. I used to be with Ava, a million years ago.
How are you doing?
So in another life, we would have been in-laws.
Mind you, you never had Cora for a mother-in-law,
-didn't suffer like I did.
-That woman's got a lot to answer for.
Tell you what, we'll set up a little support group.
There's a seat over there?
Forget that, man. I ain't even hungry no more.
Oh, found yourself a little friend, have you? That's nice!
I wouldn't bother getting to know him, Max.
Cos as soon as you start to rely on him, he'll cut and run.
-Don't do this.
-Did he tell you that he's Dexter's dad?
Did he tell you that he left us, ran out on us
when Dexter was only three months old?
No, didn't think so.
Cos it's not the sort of thing you say
when you want to make friends and influence people, is it?
I think maybe you two should continue this conversation in private.
Nice to meet you.
I don't want you around, Dexter doesn't want you around.
So there is no point in you hanging around making yourself all cosy!
This is Kirsty Branning.
My husband made an appointment for a scan this afternoon,
but I'm afraid something's come up, I have to cancel...
-All right, Den, is Kim about?
Yeah, just go on through.
I've gotta get back to work., Just wanted to make sure she weren't in a bad way, after what happened.
-Who's saying that?
Cos if anyone's in a bad way, it's Ray.
I dumped him, remember? He's the dumpee, yeah. I'm fine.
In fact, I'm more than fine. I'm great.
I'm fabulous. OK? Understood?
Well, better get back, then.
Uh, what was that?
I won't let people think that I'm the victim, y'know.
-Where are you going?
This wardrobe overhaul is not enough.
I need to rethink my whole new look, let the world know that
Kim Fox is back, bigger, better and slimmer than ever!
-Come on, babe, where you been?
-Sorry, I felt ropey. I'm fine now.
Good. Let's go. We'll still make it if the traffic ain't too bad.
Why are you still here?
Believe it or not, I'm trying to build bridges - right a few wrongs.
Bit late for that, ain't it?
Not when it's as important as my own flesh and blood.
-Surely you understand that?
-Uh-uh-uh, you and me - not the same.
True. What you had to do, I can't imagine how hard that must've been.
I'm not trying to make an enemy of you, Cora.
We've never even met properly.
How about you give me a chance to prove myself before deciding I'm the devil incarnate?
If you think you can swan back into that boy's life
and magically make up for all the missed years, you're wrong.
Dexter's too smart for a bit of fly-by-night charm.
-What do you mean? What reason did they give?
All I know is I rang to see if I needed to bring anything
and they just said they had no record of our booking.
Well, we have, we got that letter they sent out.
-You got it on you?
-No, I... I don't know what I done with it.
Don't matter. We'll go down there anyway.
-Kirsty, it's their mistake, it's not ours.
I tell ya, we're getting that scan today.
I've been meaning to say for some time how much more
I enjoy coming to the Vic now that YOU'RE in charge.
Yes, I mean, Kat, she was a very good landlady,
but the one thing you've brought to the role...
Right. OK. Well, we aim to please.
See, told you you could do it.
I don't think I agree with this "charm" business,
not if it means being so dishonest.
I mean, Roxy is many things, but one thing she ain't is classy.
It's not really being dishonest, just, you know,
a bit of harmless flattery.
Everyone does it.
Hello, baby, you OK?
Hello. We are just testing out Mrs Branning's new people skills.
I think - I think - Roxy was won over,
now we're just going to try Denise in the shop next, yeah?
You're kind of preaching to the converted there, aren't you, babe?
Roxy and Denise, they already love Mrs B, like the rest of us.
Oh, don't, you're embarrassing me.
I'm just saying, if you're going to test those skills,
test it on a tougher audience.
Yes, that's it! Yes. I love it! I love it!
Two, three colours...extensions... Love it.
That's the one.
OK. Right. Well, I'm booked up for an hour
so why don't you have a look at that
and I'll call Gaynor and she can maybe make a start on your make-up.
Right, OK. Bring it on, Tan. Bring it on!
The make-up, the hair. New Kim is a-comin'!
You did good today, I'm impressed.
Go on, off you go.
You can stay if it makes you happy.
I am sorry about before. I was angry at Mum, not you.
In here, there's still a very sweet girl.
She just needs encouragement to come out these days.
What makes you drink until you pass out?
What's making you so unhappy?
Come on. Tell me.
I don't know. Just sometimes...
Right. I'll go, then.
Thought I was doing a double shift.
Or are you just checking up on me?
No, no, not at all.
I just popped in to say thank you very much.
I very much appreciate your stepping in for me.
That's all right. I had a bit of help, as it happens.
Well, it's up to you who you recruit to take the strain off you,
when you find you can't manage.
About yesterday, I am really sorry...
Your mother has apologised on your behalf. Let's leave it, shall we?
Cos what's done is done.
Bye, darling. See you later.
That was very forgiving.
Yes, well, that's what Jesus told us to do,
isn't it? Turn the other cheek?
Well, we must do what he says, mustn't we?
I would appreciate it in future
if you would pass additional staff by me.
Well, I am the manageress.
And I know that Lauren is family, but she took money off of me
under false pretences.
And I don't think she is to be trusted with the public -
not as she is at the moment.
Shall we go, Mrs Branning?
That girl's been grafting all day long, she deserves a break.
Thou Shalt Not Steal.
That is one of the Ten Commandments,
not that you've ever taken any notice of that.
From what I understand,
you offered Lauren cash with very little prompting.
So she didn't steal from you, she was trying it on!
Anyway, I also remember something in the Bible about people
without sin casting the first stone.
You without sin, Dot?
We are all sinners, Cora!
And don't you go chucking the Bible back at me.
Well, don't keep spouting it every time you want to win an argument!
-You are a very irritating woman, Cora...
-Oh, here we go!
..and you will get your comeuppance on Judgement Day.
I really think we should go, Mrs Branning! Let's...
No! No, no, Poppy. You stay.
Dot likes to run things her way, she can finish the shift.
I'm sure I'll make a better job of it than you will!
With no assistance!
What happened to the charm offensive?
No offence, but I told you, didn't I?
It's no good doing it unless you mean it and I can't with her -
always having a dig at me faith!
So I'm sorry, but just let's give the "people skills" a miss,
All right? If you think you can cancel us
at the last minute, you're mistaken.
-Sorry, sir, I don't...
-It's a joke, innit?
I didn't choose a nice place like this so you can mess us about
cos of your mistake.
If you would just slow down, and tell me your name...
Max Branning. And I know it's in there cos I phoned up and made the appointment myself.
-The name does sound familiar.
So what happened - another couple come round, flashed a bit more cash?
If there had been a mix up, then of course
we would accept full responsibility, but in this case no error was made.
-What's that supposed to mean?
-I've got something to tell you...
Babe, let me just deal with this. What's that supposed to mean?
You trying to say it's our fault, that what you're saying?
-Are you all right?
Babe? What's wrong?
I can't... I can't...
I think she's having a panic attack.
It's all right, my love.
-Can you try and take deeper breaths for me?
Oi! I don't remember saying you could come in!
You know what? I didn't have a choice.
-You didn't give me one.
-What are you talking about?
I didn't just jump out of your lives, I was pushed, partly by you.
The way your mum gave you up when you were a baby,
you always said it didn't matter, but it did.
The whole time we were together, you were
so paranoid I'd leave, you made it impossible for me to stay.
-Oh, what a convenient excuse.
Accusing me of cheating every time I was late home?
Checking through my stuff all the time?
You think I didn't notice?
That's not the way I remember it.
Probably because it's easier to blame me,
but maybe you should be passing some of that stuff Cora's way.
She was this ghost you carried around with you.
I thought things would change when Dexter came along, but it didn't.
So you just ditched us!
I tried to stay.
Not hard enough, Sam!
Me and you were both messed up kids,
but I would've done anything to make it work, I loved you so damn much!
You know I loved you too, right?
No. No, I didn't know that. Not back then. No.
You were my world.
You and little Dexter.
You still are.
No! You need to go.
Just go, Sam.
Babe, you all right, now?
I don't know.
Where's she gone, that receptionist?
She's gone to get a nurse, you know, check you over.
I don't want that. I'm all right now.
It's only a precaution.
Has anything like this ever happened to you before?
I weren't blaming you, for the appointment being cancelled. You know that, don't you?
I reckon they'll still be able to fit us in, you know.
There's hardly anyone else here.
Can you get me some water?
This is one of our senior nurses.
Oh. Did your wife go far?
We got off to a bit of a dodgy start, but she came good.
Yeah? Well, that's something, I suppose.
Compared to most girls of her age, Tan, she's an angel.
I ain't forgotten what you was like at that age, and as for Rainie...
Yeah, I know. I suppose that's why I'm so tough on her, isn't it?
I just don't want her making the same mistakes.
But she's quite a good girl, though, isn't she, given half a chance.
Thanks for today, Mum. See you.
Right. I'm all yours.
Sorry about the wait.
-Do you like the make-up?
-Yeah, I suppose...
Good for you, you know, doing all this.
Honestly, the amount of times I've split up with Max
and I've thought I'll give myself a radical overhaul,
and then I've just bottled it.
Cos I've thought, it is hard enough, ain't it, getting over a broken heart,
without the risk of giving yourself a bad hair day permanently.
Right, come up when you're ready, yeah?
There you go. That's £3.90, please, Cora.
Sorry, I'm a bit short.
Uh, sorry, you know we don't do credit, Cora.
I took 20 quid out the cash point this morning... Don't make sense.
OK, all right, it's fine. Just this once, yeah.
Been trying to call you, I was worried about ya.
Why do you do that?
-It was too hot in there, I had to get out...
-I ain't talking about that.
That receptionist said they never cancelled the appointment.
They said you did.
Right. Get ready for the new look!
Come on, then, don't keep us in suspense.
Let's see the new Kimberley Fox!
Oh. Am I missing something?
What happened to the whole major image overhaul?
You know, I got thinking, maybe I'm not the one who needed to change.
It's all those guys who got it wrong, innit?
And what about all that lot?
They can stay.
Except for this.
Maybe I must have bought it when I was drunk or something,
it's got spinster written all over it, ain't it?
That's mine! You borrowed it for a job interview.
So, let's be clear about this, the NEW Kim is OLD Kim -
you're changing nothing?
My thinking is, why mess with perfection?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, innit!
I never intended to go today.
The last few weeks, I've wanted this baby more than anything.
That's what makes it all worse.
Babe, what you talking about? I don't understand.
When we got back together, I thought...
"I'm going to give this man everything",
and that's what I've been trying to do.
You need to remember that, when you're hating me.
Why would I hate you?
Because of what I did.
Because of the lies.
I wanted everything to be so perfect...
..and now it never will be.
It's just all messed up.
This is all my fault.
It IS my fault. I've just been pushing you too hard.
Like with this scan, you said you didn't want to go,
but I didn't listen to you, did I?
Just went on and on.
-No, Max, it's me!
You told a little white lie
to get out of something you didn't want to do.
You haven't ruined everything, have you?
You ain't gonna scare me off that easily.
Babe, please can you just trust me?
I know, all right, I know I weren't there for you first time round...
Please. Things are different now, ain't they?
I'll prove to you.
I'll prove to you, I'm here.
I'm here for the long-haul.
Just you, me, and Baby Branning, it's everything.
It's everything I want.
Oh, look, here she is.
There you go, there's whites and colours in there.
This is new. Says - wash separately before use.
-What are you talking about?
-Your nan says you're a natural.
Um, can I have these washed too? Yeah, these trousers are handwash.
-So that's cold water, Lauren.
-You two are hilarious, aren't you(?)
-Yeah, you're such a good washer.
-She's a laundress.
You ever thought about that, have you,
-a professional career in clothes-washing?
-OK. I get it,
-all right? I'm just going to go get a coffee.
-Yeah, I'll be fine.
Yeah, of course.
Look, here. Take that. For your coffee.
No, it's all right, I've got cash.
I know. Get yourself a bun...or something.
-See you later.
-Off out somewhere?
-Just going to get a coffee.
-That's nice. Need any money?
-No, it's all right.
Good. Cos I'm a bit skint, myself.
-Yesterday, I had £20 in my purse.
Now it's gone.
Know anything about it?
Um... You spent it?
It's a mystery, then, isn't it?
It was there when you was helping at the laundrette.
And when you went, it was gone.
OK. That's a good story, Nan.
See you later.
Sorry about that. Got a bit...distracted.
What can I get you?
-Can I have a coffee, please? To take away.
You all right?
What have you brought me here for, Poppy?
-We're going to help you become church warden.
-Oh, no, not that again.
It was enough of a disaster yesterday and,
if it's all the same to you, I've decided to give it the elbow.
Oh, come on, Mrs B, we still think you can do it.
Well, don't think I don't appreciate your support.
But the reality is that Ms Quinn, she is the curate
to Mr Stevens, who is the vicar, and she's got his ear.
And you know how gullible he is with women.
I mean, look how he was after my Rose, Arthur.
-And she has persuaded him that
the future of the church lies in it being modern.
Well, you're very modern, Mrs Branning.
Not according to Ms.
According to Ms, I'm a relic of the church, well-past my sell-by date.
Well, look, I made a promise to help you become church warden, right?
So I'm not going to let this Ms Quinn,
or any other little setback, derail me, right?
-Am I what?
Are you going to let yourself be derailed?
Oh, all right. No.
You see, that is the Mrs B I know and love.
Right, let's get started, then.
Yummy! Can Mummy have one?
Who's that, Lexi? Is it Pops? Who's that? Look! It is.
-Say hello, Pops!
-Managed to get any kip yet?
Lola, you're up feeding her two or three times a night.
-You're going to wear yourself out.
-I'm fine. Look at me.
I'm absolutely fine.
Yeah, you're fine now. But what about tonight?
Tomorrow night, and the night after that?
You've got to get some sleep, Lo.
Pops, I've had plenty of sleep, all right?
Haven't we, Lex? We've had plenty of sleep.
Yeah, I have.
He's a good boy, that Denny.
-He's obviously very fond of you.
-What are you on about?
Well, he reckons that you and him are great mates.
-Why do you think he thinks that?
-I don't care.
Is it because his mum thinks it?
-How's this got anything to do with you?
-Well, she thinks that
you and her might have another chance.
Why don't you do the right thing, Phil, and just put her straight?
I had it at lunchtime, did my shift, stopped off for a drink,
-and it was gone.
-Well...what are you saying? You...
I'm worried sick about her.
Look what happened the last time I accused her, Mum. She's not a thief.
This is different. We've been here before.
-She's nothing like Rainie.
I wouldn't want to make the same mistakes again.
Well, thanks for your advice, Mum. But actually,
I don't recall you being much help when it came to Rainie.
In fact, I don't recall you being around at all, so...
What about her father? Why ain't he pulling his weight?
He's got his own family to worry about now, hasn't he?
Anyway, Mum, I don't want him sticking his nose in, you know?
I can manage on my own. I am managing.
Whatever you say.
You could've knocked.
-It's a surprise.
-I've got to work.
-You ain't working yet, are you?
Until then, you can kick back and relax. Come on. Bed.
Bed. Move it. I've done your favourite.
There you go.
Got a present for you, an' all.
It's not all for you, but...
-Babe, just open it. Go on.
They're cute, ain't they?
Stickers. You stick 'em on, peel 'em off. Move them about.
Be nice, won't they, on the nursery wall?
-Yeah. They're perfect.
-I might get started on that nursery tomorrow.
But I just want to prove to you, you know.
I meant what I said. I'm going to look after my little family.
You're a good one, Max.
Enjoy your lunch, all right? And relax.
-This is the worst job. I ain't doing this one on my own.
I think we're going to rock-paper-scissors this one, boys.
-That ain't fair!
I was under there. We need a warning system in place.
-Rules is rules. Enjoy that one.
-This is workplace bullying.
I'm having a word with the union.
-This what you call work, is it, mucking about?
-This what I pay you for, is it?
-We had three jobs this morning,
the alignment on this one's almost done.
We'll have this service finished and the place swept before afternoon tea.
-And clean out the pit, an' all.
-You want to argue with me?
-No. Clean out the pit.
-What are you talking...?
No-one goes until it's done.
-What was all that about?
-He's in one of his moods, ain't he?
-He's made me hungry. I need a snack after that.
-You read my mind.
-Shall we get chip butties?
-Well, that ain't fair, is it?
-Rules is rules.
-We need to have a word about these rules, cos this ain't right!
-Nah, nah, this ain't right.
-Salt and vinegar, yeah?
I knew you were... I knew.
Yes, but I already had a makeover, ain't I? Dotty done it.
She even made me get my ears pierced.
Mrs Branning, with all due respect,
makeovers are for teenage girls at slumber parties, right?
Did Hillary Clinton have a makeover?
Um, Maggie Thatcher? Jackie Kennedy?
No. They all had style.
And style is what wins hearts.
No-one cares what comes out of David Cameron's mouth,
as long as he looks good in a suit, you know,
and don't cheat on his wife.
-That... THAT is style.
-Who'd cheat on her? She is fit, man.
Look who it is! How you doing?
Hi, Lola. Hello, beautiful lady!
-She all right?
-Yeah, she's brilliant.
Right, listen... Any chance you can do a shift this afternoon?
Tanya can't come in and we are really heavy with late bookings.
I don't think I can, I've got a meeting with Trish.
Oh. Well, what about after that? I mean, anything you can do.
Who's going to have her? Pops is working.
Can I maybe bring her here?
You know I would love that,
but we've tightened up on Health and Safety, it's just not safe.
No, I understand. I'm going to have to say no.
I mean, I could really use the money, but I can't.
Oh, sweetie. Look, we'll figure something out, all right?
-We'll get you back in.
-Yeah. I'm really sorry.
-No. It's OK.
I totes understand.
..Mrs Branning, do you want to head upstairs, yeah?
-If you say so.
-I won't be a sec.
-Don't worry, all right?
You little gorgeous girl, you! Ain't you so beautiful?
Ain't you so beautiful? Just like your mummy.
How long have we had this gin?
-Um, since I ordered it.
-What was wrong with the old one?
All the glasses came back empty, didn't they?
Why don't you sample the new one, Phil? Oh, no!
I'm sorry, I forgot. You can't, can you?
Any more helpful feedback, please put it in writing.
-You have been spending a lot of time alone recently, from what I've heard.
-You want a slap, or what?
-Go on. Try it.
-No-one's slapping anyone.
Janine, go and do what you've got to do in the office, yeah?
The suggestion box...
is right here, Philip.
You can keep it shut, an' all.
Oh, I've long given up telling you what to do.
Stuck in that house on your own, no less than you deserve. Excuse me.
How's, er, how's Dennis?
Is that it?
-What do you want?
-A bit more information would be nice.
Well, he misses you, if I'm honest.
He won't let me put milk on his cereal.
I can't do it like Phil does.
-He'd like to see you.
-Well, he's always welcome, you know that.
How about later? I mean, you can come an' all, if you like.
-Yeah, of course. I'll get some grub in, some pop,
sausage rolls, whatever he wants.
-Be nice for all of us.
-Why wouldn't I be?
-Well, I'll put it to Denny.
Has Lauren been in?
-All right, Tan?
-Good. Um, just pay for those, please.
-She was in earlier.
-Well, she just said that...
-It's none of your business.
-Yeah, all right.
Mum's looking for you.
-What a surprise!
-She's only looking out for you, Lauren.
Does she not know that I am an adult?
Oh, really? So that isn't a sick stain on your shirt?
OK, fair point.
Why did you become so grown-up?
-You mean boring?
-No, I don't.
I mean... I don't know, you always seem to make the right decisions.
Yeah, and so do you.
Occasionally. But you are trying.
I stole £20 out of Nan's purse.
I don't know. I didn't even think about it.
I just saw it, it was there...
Here we are.
What do you want me to say, Abi?
Why do you keep doing this, when things are going well?
Are you stupid?
Does she know?
I'm guessing so, cos that's, like, the 15th time she's tried to call me.
You going to give it back?
Because I spent it.
Does it matter?
Yes, all right, Abi, I...
I get it. I'm stupid.
Please don't be mad at me.
Well, you've got to give it back.
I think we've established
that I don't have it.
-Hi, mate. OK? You ready to race?
-Go on, then, get your jacket off. Everything's set up.
-Go and get yourself a sausage roll and a drink, yeah?
And how's she sleeping?
Yeah, brilliant. I mean, I watched her all night.
-She barely even moved.
-All night? You didn't sleep?
Yeah, I had about an hour. But I sleep right next to her,
so I would have heard if anything was wrong.
-Does that happen often, that you don't sleep?
Yeah, I suppose it does.
And you've got her all day today?
-Lola, have you ever heard the expression,
-"It takes a village to raise a child"?
It's an old African proverb.
It basically means that looking after a child isn't just
the mother's responsibility. It's everyone's.
No, I don't need help raising her. I can do it.
I am doing it. Look at her, you've seen her, she's happy, ain't she?
-What more do you want?
You're doing a wonderful job. I'm really pleased.
But you can't do it all.
You can't sit up and watch her sleep
and then care for her during the day and work enough to support her.
It's not possible for one person to do all that.
You're allowed to ask for help.
-Yes, I know, but I don't need it.
-We all need it.
It's just a fact of motherhood. We all need help. And that's OK.
Are you using your care plan?
-No. Not really.
You have people willing to help. Use them.
Give yourself time to rest, or work, or sleep.
You're the most important person in Lexi's life and you always will be.
But...if you try to do it all, you'll struggle.
You won't be able to be the amazing mum Lexi deserves,
and that I know you can be.
And that's a fact.
-Are you ready?
-Yes. Ready. Ready. Ready.
Let's see it, Mrs B!
Ooh, look at you! You are looking class!
Well, I ain't quite sure about the trousers, you know,
cigarette legs. I mean, is it quite appropriate in church?
-Oh, no, this is what all the modern women are wearing.
-Yeah, this is THE look.
Definitely. You, little miss, are a genius.
And you, Mrs B, you have got it in the bag.
-Do you really think so?
-Go on, go on!
-I don't understand any of this. How is it fun?
Don't knock it till you've tried it.
-Here, my go now.
There's me thinking you got it for Denny, and you got it for yourself.
-I need the loo.
-You know where it is, darling.
-I appreciate this.
-Well, kids and computer games.
-Ain't rocket science, is it?
-You'd be surprised.
Not many people know how to handle a six-year-old boy.
You know, it's not the same in the B&B. It's lonely.
Well, for Denny.
-Yeah. He misses being here, Phil.
Really misses it.
Is that what this is about, Sharon, eh?
-Is that part of your plan, using Dennis to get back in here?
You plotted that one out nicely, didn't you?
Denny! Come on!
Sharon, I asked you to leave here for a reason.
Those pills, remember? So give it up. Cos it's embarrassing.
Oh, I'm well and truly giving it up, don't you worry.
Denny! Come on, we're leaving.
-Because I said so. Now, go and get your coat.
I did this for my son, Phil. No other reason.
-Are you serious?
-Well, you said if I ever needed anything...
Well, yeah, but I didn't mean money.
What DID you mean?
-Cuddles and support.
-Sorry, Jay. I didn't catch that! What did you say?
-I don't need cuddles. I need £20.
-Hugs, innit? Go on!
-Don't worry about it, Abi. Shall we just go?
He's meant to be there for me, he's going to be there for me.
-I've only got a tenner, anyway.
-Make up the rest in cuddles, then!
Don't think you're getting out of it. Open your wallet.
-We're saving for this holiday...
All right, you can have a fiver.
Dex, I can see a 20 in there.
-Yeah, but that's my walking around money, man.
-Come on. Come on!
Boys, thank you.
Yeah, I'm just on my way now.
Have you got any idea how I'm going to pay this?
Thank you. You're not boring!
I think you're amazing.
Abi Branning, bruv. She's definitely my cousin, you know.
KNOCK ON DOOR
All right? Would you mind Lexi?
Just look after her for a bit. It won't be for long,
but I've been offered this shift at the salon and, well,
I really need the money. I know it's short notice,
but there is a care plan and you did say that...
If you don't want to do it, don't worry.
-Till half seven?
Please, Phil. I'm desperate.
-Yeah, all right.
-What, you don't mind?
I said so, didn't I?
Brilliant. Oh, right. Well, nappies are in here, wipes, her dinner.
She's due that at six. And she's got a snack which she's due now.
Yeah, yeah. I know what I'm doing, thanks.
Of course you do... Thanks.
Back with Granddad Phil? Is it time for a snack, is it?
Well, I've got something you're going to like. Yes, I have.
What's that, then? What about that? Yeah!
I thought you'd like that. Let's get your special bowl, shall we?
Where's your special bowl? Where's your special bowl?
Is that you, darling?
Can you come in here, please?
Any more jokes about washing and I'm straight back out.
-I thought you were only nipping out for a coffee.
-What, have I got a curfew now?
-No. No, of course not.
-Good. Cos I am an adult now.
I know, I know.
So, you had a good day yesterday at the laundrette?
-Get on all right with your nan?
-Yeah, she said you were a big help.
She mentioned that she had £20 in her purse, and now she hasn't.
I just wondered if you knew anything about that? I hate to ask, honestly.
-No, it's OK.
-But it's just, your nan,
she's got history with this sort of thing, so...
What's that supposed to mean?
I just mean that...
a lot of things used to go missing when Rainie wasn't very well.
-Nan thinks I'm like Rainie?
-Rainie is a drug addict!
-What, she thinks I'm like her?
-Of course not. No. I just... I think
maybe you and I should just spend the rest of the day together, here...
-Is that what YOU think of me?
What... You... This is...
You're supposed to be my mum!
I don't even know why I bother TRYING to do the right thing.
-How many times, Mum?!
-I'm so sorry. Honestly.
No. You accused me when your pills
went missing, didn't you? KNOCK ON DOOR
-And how did that work out for you?
-'I'll get it!'
-Not very well.
But, oh, no, you decide to do it again.
Cos I'm such a lost cause, you're bound to be right eventually.
-No, Lauren, stay here.
-As if I'm going to stay here with you!
-I don't want you to go out.
All right, Abs, your mum in?
What was all that about earlier? You know, Kirsty's having a rough time,
-and you bite her head off for asking a question.
-What are you talking about?
-I'm trying to be sensitive about this baby stuff. You ain't making it easy.
-I'll leave you to it.
Well, yeah, why not?
You were going to help me with the pots at the back.
-I'm just going for a walk.
-There's nothing wrong with a walk, is there?
-No, of course not.
-Good. See you later.
-See you later.
She's only going out for a walk.
-You all right?
-Yeah, I'm fine. You?
Where do you want me?
-I don't think I can.
This is a pub, ain't it? Or am I mistaken?
No, this IS a pub.
-Well, then, Kirsty...
-Can I have a vodka, please?
-I can't serve you!
-I promised your mum.
-Let's just go home.
No, no, wait... You're going to let that woman boss you about?
She hates you. She actually hates you, Kirsty!
-What? No, I am not going home to her!
Yeah, well, I can't serve you here.
All right, well, I'll just get someone else
to get me the drink, then, won't I?
-I'm sorry, Lauren, but I can't help you.
-Why? What, are you scared of her?
-A little bit, yeah.
-Quite a lot, actually.
This... This ain't the only place you can get a drink.
-Leave me alone!
-Just come home.
-Shall we just clear things up, eh, Abi?
I... I'm going to have a drink, all right?
In fact, I might have several drinks.
And if I do eventually get home, I intend to be drunk!
Why do you have to be so mean?!
Is it so much to ask that you just come home and be with your family?
Please, Lauren! Are we that bad?
Am I that bad?
-Just go home, Abi.
-Just go home!
-Lauren? Lauren, you all right?
No, I'm not all right.
Joey! Can you help me with the bins, please?
It's all right, babe,
-it's all right.
-Just one second, please, Luce.
Off for a drink, are we? It's a bit of a late start for you, isn't it?
Usually on, what, half a dozen by now?
Lucy. Just leave it, please, yeah?
Yes, Lucy. Do as you're told.
Oh, I will.
I'll do exactly what I'm told. I'll do whatever he asks.
-Let's just go.
-You know what? I'm actually a bit of a novelty for him.
Not being related.
Do you want to push me, Lucy?!
-You really want to push me?
-What are you doing, Lauren? Put it down.
You don't get to tell me what to do!
Nobody gets to tell me what to do!
There was a time we used to just argue about the kids, didn't we?
This is how things should be, Tan, you know.
-Us just doing what's best for the kids. Together.
See you later. Right, you.
See you later. Can I get a high five?
See you soon.
No, no, no, we need to go. Come on, we need to go home, Lauren.
Get off me, Abi. I just want a drink.
I just want a drink, OK?
We'd like to speak to you about an incident that happened a few minutes ago with Lucy Beale.
No, there's no incident. I wanted a drink and she wouldn't serve me one. So, if anything, arrest her.
-Let's not worry about a drink. Let's go and have a chat, yeah?
-Get off me! Don't touch me.
-Lauren Branning, I'm arresting you...
-Don't touch me!
-..for assaulting Lucy Beale, and for criminal damage. You do not have to say anything,
-but it may harm your defence...
-Get off me!
-..something which you later rely on in court.
I only wanted a drink! Ow!
Where you off to?
Not sure. We'll just see where it takes us, won't we, little Scarlett?
I'm going to miss you, little one. Yes, I will.
We can stay here if you like.
No, I couldn't do that.
Honestly, it's no bother.
No, no, no, you go.
We both know how much she loves her walks, don't we?
It's just amazing to know that she's in such great hands.
You're a godsend.
Mum, Lauren's been arrested!
-Yeah, yeah, just now in the Vic.
She punched Lucy in the face and broke the window of the caff.
-What? Is she drunk or what?
-No, Kirsty wouldn't serve her.
Oscar, Oscar, turn that off. We're going out.
Hello, Mum, it's me.
I'm going to drop Oscar round to you and I'll explain later, OK?
I'll ring Dad.
No. No. Just let me speak to Lauren first, all right?
We might not need to worry him. Come on.
Look, see you tomorrow, yeah?
-What happened there?
-What did she do?
-Smashed the window. Started in there.
-I don't know the details.
I said I don't know the details.
-How's the car going?
Some people see an old banger and just think, "It's not worth the effort. I'll just buy a new one."
What's wrong with that?
YOU see hard work, a few new parts, a cut and polish,
boom bam bam, some serious Ps.
-Can you stop it?
-Ps is money, though, innit?
-Mum, can you just stop it?
-But I'm jokes, though, innit, cuz?
What's wrong with you, Mum? We're in public, man.
All right, Ava. Dexter.
-I'll see you at home or something.
-Well, when was this?
-About 20 minutes ago.
-Why didn't you tell me?
Well, I thought Tanya would've done. Come on, then.
-Babe, don't be stupid. You're working, ain't you? You stay here.
-No, I'll get cover. This is family.
-I just want to talk to her.
But she's my daughter. Surely I've got some sort of right to see her.
I know, I'm sorry but you don't have any right to see her.
You see, she's an adult.
So as far as the law's concerned, you're just another person.
-But I'm her mother!
-She's been arrested and she's in custody for assault and criminal damage.
That means no visitors.
-Right, well, when CAN I see her, then?
-When she's been questioned.
-Shouldn't be more than a couple of hours.
-A couple of hours. Right, great. So what do I do till then?
What's the deal with this outfit? Shocking pink?
Can't you dress her in something a little less horrific?
That's borderline abuse.
So, about tomorrow, can we do earlier? Cos I can't.
-I've got an appointment.
-What do you mean, tomorrow?
What do you mean, what do I mean? I want to see her tomorrow, I'm her dad.
That's what dads do - they see their children every day.
Don't they, darling? They see them every day. You're a godsend.
All right? How's your day been?
-It was OK.
-Will this help?
-There you go. Whit?
Oh, yes. Thanks.
How about going shopping with me?
Buy yourself a new dress.
-Race you to the market.
-You all right? I want to see Lauren Branning, please.
-Who are you?
-She's been arrested and is in custody.
-What does that mean?
-We can't see her.
-All right, Tan? Thanks for the phone call(!)
-I've only just got here myself.
That's great - finding out second hand my daughter's been arrested. Thanks.
Thought we'd moved on from all that.
-I was in a hurry, all right?
-Oh, you were in a hurry?
So where's Oscar? Where is he? What - is he with your mum?
You had time to call her, drop him off,
-but couldn't find time to let me know Lauren's been nicked.
-You're here now!
-Abi could've told me. I just want to know.
-You're here now and we're thrilled to have you, true to form,
telling me what I've done wrong, sticking your nose in.
-Sticking my nose in, Tan? I'm her dad!
-You don't get to decide what's important and what ain't.
-I know, and I would have called you...
Will you stop? Will you stop fighting?
We are supposed to be here for Lauren,
not to yell and scream at each other, all right?
So you over there. And you here.
And shut up until we know something.
-Why couldn't we stay at Phil's?
-Because I said so.
-I was having fun.
Well, we had fun at the playground, didn't we?
-I want to play at Phil's.
-Well, we can't play at Phil's.
-Because I said so, Denny!
Now, go on. Go upstairs and wash your hands. Please.
Had a rough day?
Look, I'm only making conversation.
Well, that's not going to drink itself.
I said I don't want one.
Lucy Beale and Joey Branning to see Officer Peyton about the assault by Lauren Branning.
Lucy Beale and Joey Branning here.
And we want to do everything to make sure she's charged.
Lucy, come away, I don't want you near them.
-Lucy, just come away. I don't want you talking to them, OK?
-I don't even want you in the same room as them.
-Do me a favour, Ian.
And Max, I'd advise you not to speak to Lucy or Joey.
-They're witnesses - it's not appropriate.
-Right, you an' all Joey, yeah?
This is how you look after your family, is it? Grassing 'em up.
You all right, Lucy?
No, she's not, Tanya. Joey, take her further away, please.
-What? Are you serious?
-Dad, I'm fine.
-Ian, it's a schoolyard scrap, all right? She'll be fine.
Is she actually all right?
Well, she's been released by the hospital. They don't think there's going to be any concussion,
-but we've got to keep an eye on her. They might have to do some scans.
-Scans! What you talking about?
We won't know until the bruising goes down, OK? There might be some scarring.
-We're really sorry about all of this. Really sorry.
-It's a black eye, Ian. A black eye.
-Waste of time.
-I think the police will see it like I do -
an unprovoked, violent attack and criminal damage.
-Sorry, are you joking?
-Just be quiet, Max.
No, let him talk, Tanya. It's not going to change anything.
Your daughter's a thug and she's going to go down for what she's done to Lucy.
-You having a laugh?
-Will you shut up?
-It's a scratch.
-Come on, Max.
-I'll have a word with her in a bit, sort it out.
-Well, it's only a chat.
-No, don't say anything to her.
Max, please, promise me you're not going to say anything to her. I'm dealing with this.
-You'll only make things worse. I'm handling it, all right?
-How are you handling it?
Just promise me. Promise me you won't say anything to her.
All right, yeah, I promise. I promise.
Going for a cigarette.
Hey. Hello! How'd you go?
-We had a lovely time.
-Oh, good. Whereabouts?
-We just went round the market.
-That's funny. I went into the cafe. I didn't see you.
Booty's Pamper Package? I don't understand.
It's the least I can do.
-Janine, no, please. It's too much.
-Alice, I just want to say thank you
for everything you've done for me and Scarlett.
You deserve it.
Ooh, shall we go and change that stinky nappy?
Coffee. Ooh, and one of those buns, please.
I'd avoid them if I was you. A bit dry.
-Was anybody asking you?
-Just call it community service.
I'll have two, actually.
Make that three.
Sorry, is something funny?
Is he giving you grief?
No, I'm OK. Thank you, Marie.
Could you do me a favour and take Oscar over to the laundrette for me?
-He'd love one of them buns.
Go on, darling, go with Aunty Ava.
Nana will be a minute, OK?
Normally I'd get pink, but I wonder if I'm growing out of pink.
-So maybe I should say no to the pink one.
-You made notes?
Don't get a new dress every day, Whit. I want to get it right.
Now that I'm ten, I think I should be going for something more mature.
There was the navy...
which was classy. But was it as nice as the black?
Well, it's definitely down to one of them.
Could you just make up your mind, Tiffany? Get the stupid dress and go home!
She'll be OK.
Oh, what, you know her that well, do you?
She will be.
Oh, Abi, what if she goes down for this, eh?
What am I meant to do? What else can I do?
Why didn't you ring Dad?
-Eh? Well, we didn't have time, did we?
-There was loads of time.
Cos I knew he'd do this. I knew he'd make things worse, wading in.
Why did you just let her go?
-She's a grown woman, Abi.
-No, you didn't want Dad to know you weren't coping, so you just let her go.
-I am coping, thank you.
-Why won't you just let him help you, Mum?
-Abi, I don't have to answer to you.
-Why? Why will you not let Dad help you?
He loves his kids. You know that.
Yes. Yes I do, thank you, Kirsty.
Listen to me. He loves them. It's not fair on anyone to freeze him out.
-Why are you even here?
-Well, you don't like me?
That's fine - I'll get over it - but don't take it out on Max.
You'll just end up punishing the kids.
Oh, hello, are you giving me parenting advice?
-Mum. Mum, Mum.
-Just leave it.
Is Phil OK?
If you want to say, "I told you so," Shirley, just say it and leave me in peace.
Oh, you really think I want to see another woman chewed up by Phil Mitchell? Cos I don't.
You're quite bitter, aren't you?
Yeah. I've got reason to be.
Well, I don't do bitter, I'm afraid. If I make a mistake, I live with it.
Oh. So this was your mistake?
Well, missed our moment, end of.
So you slipped up?
Look, I don't know, but one minute you're in the master bedroom,
the next minute you're here.
I mean, what happened?
-Hang on, darling.
-Denny, what happened?
-The tap went wrong.
Come on, let's get you dried off.
Will you do me a favour while you're up there?
Have a little think.
About all the things you did for Phil. And what he did for you.
Come on. Let's get you dried off.
"Can't do tomorrow. Sorry." No reason?
-Did you tell her?
-No, I didn't.
Well, then, I find it peculiar. Also confusing.
Cos I was under the impression that we had an arrangement.
-I can't do it any more.
-This is the thing, Alice, it's not about you.
It's about her, isn't it? It's about a girl seeing her father.
And by saying, "I can't do it any more," you're depriving that girl of seeing her father.
And that's a ghastly thing to do, innit? It's a ghastly thing to do - don't you agree?
-How does it make you feel?
-Obviously it's not what I want to do.
You surprise me, Alice.
You of all people - you should know what that does to someone.
So I'll see you tomorrow, yeah?
In the park. As we agreed.
Did you think that bun was dry, Oscar?
-What happened with Lauren?
-Quite a show.
Kicked off in the pub. Decked Lucy Beale, as far as I can gather.
How's everything with Sam?
All right. Apart from the fact that he exists.
There was nothing wrong with them buns, by the way. I don't know what he was on about.
Dexter's not happy about him being around, is he?
Dexter never wants to see him again.
Can't say I blame him. What about you?
Why don't you just tell him to go?
Don't you think I've tried? He just seems to have some happy family fantasy reunion
stuck in his head for some reason.
Why would he have that idea stuck in his head?
Because he's a maniac.
I have told him I don't want him around.
Don't seem to have got the message, does he? How clear were you?
I was clear.
And then...he didn't leave.
..I nearly kissed him.
-See? I don't know why I bother telling you anything.
-You want me to be happy about it?
Well, I'm not proud, am I? I mean, what sort of woman does that?
-After what he did to me...
it's like I hear him laugh
and then all of a sudden it's 1993
and I'm in some squat in Croydon.
We were happy.
And then he left you.
Pathetic, innit? I spend my life trying to give girls self-esteem -
trying to teach them that they're more than
what some bloke thinks of them - and then he laughs and...
It shouldn't even cross my mind. But every time I hear it...
You forget what he did to you.
Well, he reckons that's all your fault.
I beg your pardon?
He reckons because I was abandoned, I had so many issues that we never stood a chance.
Fine. You want to give him another shot? Good luck to you.
I don't want to give him another shot.
Right. Then tell him to go.
Come on, darling. Nana wash your hands.
Want a mint?
Yeah, she's proper cracked you one there, ain't she?
It's all right, Lucy, I know. You can't talk to me, can you?
I remember Jack cracked me one like that when I was a kid.
I pushed him off his bike.
He got up, took a swing at me, caught me right there.
I mean, we used to fight all the time
but you weren't allowed to punch each other in the face.
So that was it - I had him.
Ran in, showed my dad, told him what happened, and I won.
Jack got a right thrashing.
Mind you, I think I knew, though.
Soon as I told my dad, the rules had changed.
Me and Jack - it weren't just about us any more.
No, it was like we weren't brothers.
How long you and Lauren been mates?
-Yeah, it has been a long time, ain't it?
Nah, you're all right. Keep those.
I'm going to go with the blue one.
-I really don't think she's going to want it.
-Well, we can try.
When she feels like talking to me, I'll go up and I'll apologise to her.
-I don't get it. It was your idea to go shopping in the first place.
-I know, all right? And I'm sorry.
-See how we get on with this.
Er, yeah, hello. I'd like to make an appointment.
Yeah, that's fine. Who's that with?
Dr Arthur. OK, thanks.
Is he all dry now?
-You know what you're doing with him, don't you?
-I'm his mum.
Blonde slapper. That's what I thought when I first met you.
But you're not that bad, really.
I'm still not convinced about you, Shirley.
So, did you have a think?
I'm not reducing my relationship with Phil
to a pro and con list, Shirley.
All those things you did for him with Lexi.
Pretending to be his fiancee. Doing everything he asked you to do,
even down to the christening. And then...
Then you make one mistake...
-A big one.
-..and you end up in a poxy B&B with your son.
And in his twisted mind,
he makes you feel like it's all your fault.
And then you're killing yourself with the guilt. Am I getting warm?
Everything you done for him...
What's in the other column?
Look, Sharon, I'm on your side.
Like I said, Shirley, if I make a mistake, I live with it.
Yeah, and you're the one that has to go. But it never happens to him, though, does it?
All the things that I went through with him -
not just the drink.
If it had been just the drink, it would have been a doddle.
But we both know what it's like in Phil Mitchell's life, don't we?
He gets you.
And then he takes every little bit of good that is inside of you.
And then he's done.
Doesn't seem fair, does it?
I told you to leave her alone. This is a criminal investigation.
-I didn't say anything, did I?
-Have you talked to her?
-I had a chat with her. I didn't say anything.
-That is witness intimidation.
-It's all going in Lucy's statement.
-Lauren's going down.
-You promised you wouldn't talk to her.
-I didn't say anything.
I banged on about when I was a kid, gave her a mint. I don't even remember what I said.
Lauren could go to prison for this. Do you not understand how serious this is?
-She ain't going to go to prison, all right? Trust me.
-You wonder why I don't tell you things?
-Why I don't call you and get you involved?
-This is why!
Lauren's my daughter! You don't get to chose when I'm involved.
-You don't listen! You just barge straight in...
-Don't matter what's best for Lauren
as long as you get what you want. What sort of mum shuts the dad out completely?
-Cos that's what you're trying to do, Tan. You're trying to exclude me.
-You give me no choice!
You pick and pick and nothing I do is right. You make everything harder.
-It has to stop. This has to stop.
-Is that right?
-It does, yes.
-I think he's right.
You provoked her, Lucy. We all saw it.
-She hit me.
-You asked me what I thought.
OK? I've told you. It ain't right.
If you're the kind of person that can do that to one of your friends, that's fine, Luce.
But you're on your own.
-You didn't want me to know you're struggling.
-I'm not struggling.
-Yes, you are.
-I'm not struggling. I'm not.
-I'm not pressing charges.
-What do you mean?
-She doesn't mean it.
-You don't know what you're saying.
-I'm not pressing charges or making a statement. Neither's Joey.
-We are the only witnesses.
-Is that true, Joey?
Thank you, Lucy, thank you.
-I want an apology.
-You will get one.
I'll tell the policeman.
-Why are you doing this?
-It doesn't seem right.
-I know, but Ian loves it.
He's going to create a whole meal around it with a poached egg on top or something.
Do you know anyone that likes it, Let alone knows how to pronounce it?
Is it celery-ac, as in celery...ac?
Or celeriac? I don't know!
SAM AND JEAN LAUGH SAM: Don't look at me!
-I'll catch you tomorrow, yeah?
Recovered from that bun yet?
I want you to leave.
Give it a minute and I'll be in there.
I mean, leave Walford.
I've only just got here.
Go, Sam. We don't want you here.
-Dexter can't stand you.
Dexter's a boy.
And every time he looks at you, he just sees the man who walked out on him.
And what do YOU see, Ava?
I want you to go.
Say it again.
Like you mean it.
I want you to go.
I don't think you do.
Look, you walked out on us, yeah? You disappeared.
And we got by. We managed. Me and Dexter.
We don't need anyone else. We don't WANT anyone else.
I think you do.
How many more times? We don't want you here!
Dexter doesn't want you here. I don't want you here.
No-one wants you here!
Lauren, come here, darling. Come here.
I'm really sorry, Mum.
They've given me a caution.
It's OK. Everything's going to be all right.
Stick your nose in.
It's going to be all right, OK? It's going to be all right.
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Realising Lauren's drinking is out of control, Tanya is on a mission to stop her from getting her hands on any alcohol. However, things do not go to plan.
When it all gets too much for her, Lauren admits the truth to Abi about her recent stunt. Rather than be angry, Abi decides to help her sister. But just when things start looking up, Lucy pushes Lauren too far, causing her to snap.
Kim has a realisation at her birthday party that makes her consider her future.
Alice feels caught in the middle of Janine and Michael and decides to take control of the situation but will she succeed?
As the pressure begins to mount for Kirsty, she finds a way to get herself out of a tricky situation, but will Max realise what she is up to?
Ava and Dexter are furious when they realise Sam is still in town, so Ava takes matters into her own hands.
Phil is taken aback by Sharon's actions and he bluntly tells her what he thinks of her. But Shirley's advice makes Sharon think she may be right about Phil.