Cora is upset when she hears that Tanya has agreed to meet with Max. An emotional Lola says goodbye to Lexi as Phil takes her away to Cornwall for a holiday with Peggy.
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Take one more step, and it'll be your last.
-Just want to see Tanya.
-Over my dead body. She's doing fine without you.
Is that right?
Are those Dad's? No, no, you can't just chuck them.
-Apparently she can.
-Mr Max Branning doesn't live here any more.
Sooner people realise that, the better.
Beer cans thrown in a Muslim garden.
Some people might call that a hate crime.
But no, your niece calls it a party!
And those hoodlum friends of hers, they broke our front gate.
-I'll have words with Lauren, don't worry.
any word from Mr Double M?
-Oh, yes, they'll be letting the successful candidate
know at some point today.
-Hey, where's mine?
-Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot...
-It must be that short term memory loss of mine.
Could be worse, you could have Janine as a landlord,
then you wouldn't get your gate fixed for over a year.
-At least the council will sort it out for you.
You ARE a council tenant, aren't you?
How am I supposed to get Tanya back if I can't even talk to her?
It's that Cora. I tell you, she's out of order.
Maybe you need to try cooling down a little bit, eh?
Nah, I've had enough of this. I AM going to speak to her today.
-Our guest not staying for breakfast, I take it?
What, you got a problem?
Listen, you don't mind if Jack takes you to school this morning, do you?
-I know darling, but I've got to go and see Lexi,
she's not very well.
-Phil wants to play granddad, let him just get on with it, yeah?
Look, she's my responsibility too. I can't just leave her.
Now don't forget, you keep away from that Morgan, darling. See you later.
Boys together, eh?
-Look at this, Mum. Billy Joel.
An Innocent Man?
Definitely not Max's.
-I'll help you sort through these.
-Shouldn't you be at the launderette?
Nah, I got ages until my next shift.
-Carol Jackson looking down her nose at us!
-I'm sure she wasn't, Zee.
We'll show them.
-We'll spruce this place up a little, just in time for spring.
I'll fix the gate, we don't need to splash out.
-When I'm Regional Manager, you want people to think we live in a council house?
-Let's wait and see, Zee.
SHE SIGHS Have a little faith, Masood.
Regional Manager. It has got a ring to it.
Be nice to make something of myself, actually. I've waited long enough.
-You've got absolutely nothing to worry about.
You virtually run this place single-handed.
-Who else are they going to give the job to?
-I thought you was off work today?
-I couldn't keep away!
-I don't suppose you've heard anything yet?
-Arthritis, that'll be the first sign.
-How old are you?
Blatantly, not as old as you, Denise.
That was a nice touch this morning,
the stairlift brochure on my dressing table.
Listen, you gotta plan ahead, innit. Why walk when you can glide?
Be like Alton Towers without the queues. And at your age...
It's my birthday tomorrow and my sister thinks
-that I am past it.
-I wouldn't say past it... exactly.
-How old you going to be?
-Older than Little Mix, younger than Moses.
-Er, excuse me?
-You can take this with you!
-Are you having a senior moment, have you forgotten the agreement already?
When I allowed you to move back in with me, after you lipsed up my man,
-you agreed to do the B&B laundry.
-What did your last slave die of?
Poking his nose in an unauthorised area - AKA my business.
I've got it. Denise, Denise!
Don't look so worried. You got every right to see her before she goes.
Phil ain't going to kick off, is he? Look, here she is. Come on.
-You ain't going to see her for a few weeks.
-You gotta say goodbye to her properly, ain't ya?
-I'm always saying goodbye!
Every time it just gets harder and I hate it!
Nah, I can't do it again. Please.
But I thought you wanted to see her. Come on, Lo, you can do this.
No, I can't. I'm sorry.
-Teething gel. It's a godsend.
-That's going to help me pack an' all, is it?
-Come on, Sharon, do me a favour, take her off me hands for an hour?
-Phil, I've got a business to run.
-Yours, in case you've forgotten.
-Well anyway, listen. Thanks for sticking around lately to help out.
I haven't forgotten how you spoke to me after the engagement party.
Yes, I know. But I was angry, all right?
Suppose that's your way of an apology, is it? Don't change, do you?
-You going to come say goodbye before we go?
-I remember what that was like with William and Janet.
-What do you want, Billy?
I was thinking - maybe me and Lo could have her at lunch time?
You know, give you time to sort things out, wouldn't it?
-Lola's desperate to see her.
-Is she now?
-I know we're not supposed to have her on our own.
-No, you're not.
If social services find out, who's going to get it in the neck, eh?
We're not going to say nothing, are we? I swear on Lexi's life.
Look, Phil, you're not going to get much done if she's teething.
-Two o'clock, then we're leaving. OK?
-So we can have her?
An hour, Billy, that's all.
-And listen, don't let her mess up again, will you?
-Yeah, yeah, course.
Come on, darling. There we go.
You're lucky that she didn't call the police.
It weren't all down to me.
You know, this is very, very disappointing news.
Why is it they said you didn't get the job again?
Just look on the bright side.
It's not like you've lost a job, it's like you've gained a new boss!
And I won't be a tyrant. Heh-heh! Nothing will change.
Except, of course, that I'll be in charge. Oh! SHE TUTS
Zee, come on.
You are allowed to smile. I know how much this job means to you.
-And...I'm happy if you get it.
-It would be good to be respected again.
Yes, well, those shelves won't stack themselves now, will they?
Well done! That's what I like to hear.
I'll stay behind and do some blue sky thinking,
-about our sales strategy. Just in case.
-You do that.
I tried to stop her.
You should get one of those mail redirection thingies.
-Tell your nan I ain't moved out, will you? That's still my house.
-You seen Tanya yet?
Can't get past the talking Rottweiler, can I?
-Now she's moved in, I ain't got a chance.
-Cora does the afternoon shift in the launderette.
She can't be in two places at once.
Same day delivery?
Yes, I'm very, very local. Yes, it's 41 Albert Square.
It's one of the PRIVATELY owned residences. Yes.
Oh, no, we don't rent. SHE GIGGLES
Can you stop doing that?
-It's a metric torque wrench.
But when you've seen one pointy metal thing...
This, Tamwar, is like the mechanic's lightsabre.
Tam, can you pick up Kamil from the nursery
while I get on with this, please?
More free childcare? Why not? I mean, I've got nothing better to do.
Well, you could stay here and help me fix it, if you like? Huh? Oh, wow.
-This is not for fixing a gate.
-Every man should have one.
-I'm going to just go.
-Does Phil know I'm borrowing these?
What the Dark Lord doesn't see, can't hurt him.
-You want to fix the gate or not?
If that's him, you haven't seen me, capiche?
Hello? Oh, hi, Rashid.
Yeah, she's here... Ayesha?
How are you, good? Yeah. Ayesha!
It's your lunch date, right?
Yeah, the family's well.
Thank you very much. (Rashid.)
-Speak to him.
Yeah... Got a bit of a problem. Yeah. Ayesha, she can't
get to the phone because she's...vomit... She's not well.
She's not well. Cancel?
-Yeah. Maybe that's a good idea.
Yes, I will, I will pass on your regards.
Nah, don't worry, we'll take care of her. OK. Bye.
-He weren't too happy you not being there.
-I wouldn't want to mollycoddle him now, Jack, would I?!
Dennis gave me these when I dropped him off.
He's been doing some project on family. Thought you might want to see 'em.
All right, Uncle Jack, been giving little Dennis any more boxing lessons lately?
-You've run out of that blue cleaning stuff, by the way.
Surprised you noticed.
I ran my fingers under the basins this morning.
-Well, whatever turns you on.
-They were filthy.
-Could you do them again, please?
-Only if you pay me twice!
You want to be careful, Bianca. I'm one of the few people round
here willing to give you and Kat a chance!
-Been busy, ain't he?
-He's always loved his art.
-Don't you think there's something missing?
-Maybe you can take a proper look at them later.
-Yeah, yeah. Hello. Sharon Rickman.
-You deaf or something?! I told you I don't want to say goodbye.
Look at her. Lola, look at her.
This ain't just about you, you know.
Lexi needs her mum. She wants to say goodbye, don't she?
How about I get us a couple of hot chocolates, eh?
I don't want to say goodbye, so I'm not going to say it.
It's only cos I don't want you to go. You do know that? Come here.
Why can't it be just me and you all the time, eh?
We're in the park. Yeah!
An oasis of elegance and calm,
this ornamental addition to the executive home, is both chic and stylish.
I used to have a water feature.
A hot tub is not a water feature, it is
a desperate middle-aged attempt to recapture your lost virility.
-What's the Muslim Mary Portas up to now?!
-Don't worry about her.
-Here you go.
-My birthday's not until tomorrow.
-I thought you could do with cheering up today.
-I thought you were only doing laundry for the B&B?
-Yes, I thought so too.
-I think your sister's taking liberties.
But you know what that means, don't you?!
Me and her are getting back to normal!
You still here?
I ain't leaving till you give us our money.
I've done the basins. Twice, before you ask.
See Dennis is drawing weird pictures?
-Tiff went through that.
-My son is nothing like your kids.
If I were you, I'd get up that school and have a word. Nip it in the bud.
-I think you should go. Now.
-All right, keep your hair on, Sharon.
Explains a lot though, don't it, eh? Why Dennis The Menace belted Morgan.
-I said, get out.
-What about our money?
-I'll post it to you, along with your P45.
-You can't sack me!
And you can't tell me how to bring up my son!
-You fixed the gate?
-I don't like lying. To anyone.
He's your rishta, I thought you said you were going to give him a chance.
I tried. But it's no good...I don't know if I want to get married yet.
Not to him, not to anyone.
You were the one who said I should follow my dream.
He's not it.
You need to speak to Zainab.
-No. If Auntie-ji finds out, she'll send us home this time.
You can't say anything.
What's the matter? You're still here?
Rashid had a business meeting to go to,
we were only together a short time.
-How was it?
-Good. We're getting to know each other much better now.
You hear that, Masood? Young love! Rashid didn't see the gate, did he?
-No. No, he didn't.
-Come on then! I've got a surprise for you!
KNOCK ON THE DOOR
Tan, you in there?!
Babe, I ain't going anywhere.
I'll stay here all night if I have to. Can we talk, please?
Up to you - we can talk inside or THE WHOLE SQUARE GETS TO HEAR OUR BUSINESS!
-Like they don't already know.
-Can you be careful with that, please?
-A water feature, Zee?
-We can barely afford to pay our water bill!
-What price is our reputation?
We deserve this. And we CAN afford it.
Denise didn't get the job,
-which means it's only a matter of time before I get the call!
So that's your big plan, is it?
You going to rip everything out and pretend I never existed?
Is that what you want?
-Tan, I hate being without you. I can't do it.
-And I can't do this...not again.
I know you're angry and you got every right to be, ain't you?
I swear, I've never loved anyone the way I love you.
Can't just lose that, can we? Can't just throw that away.
We got to try, Tan, for the kids, for the family.
I've got nothing left.
-Why don't you come round Jack's later? We'll have the place to ourselves.
-There's no point.
-Just for a few hours to talk everything through. Properly.
-Don't you think we've said enough?
No, I think we've still got stuff we need to say to each other.
Babe, whatever's happened, we still owe each other that, don't we?
Abs, just give us a minute, will you, please?
Thought you weren't letting him back in the house?
People say a lot of things they don't mean, don't they?
It's all right, darling.
See you later?
I think you'd better go.
Sharon, we're going. I thought you was going to come and see us off.
-Probably got stuck at the club.
-Come on, I'm supposed to be picking Mum up from Aunt Sal's in half an hour.
Phil, you'll send us some photos and that, won't you?
-Billy, we're only going to Cornwall.
-Look. Take this. She likes that one.
And give my love to Peggy.
See you, Lex! Bye-bye, darlin'!
See you, Phil.
No. Sharon's already got the hump with me.
-Well, take her out, then.
-No, you take Tanya out.
What you talking about? It ain't that sort of a night, Jack!
It's just gotta be two of us, talking. No-one else there.
Jack, come on, she's coming round in a few hours, I can't back out now!
-You've got some nerve, you have.
-This could be my last chance!
-Where am I going to go, eh?!
-Where am I going to take Sharon?
-Take her wherever you want.
-I don't want your money. Keep your money.
-You really think this is going to work?
-Jack, I ain't got any other option, have I?
-Go on then.
-Cheers, bruv. Love ya.
Tell me Abi got it wrong, and you ain't planning a cosy night with him?
Mum, he just wants to meet to talk.
This is the way it always starts. Him worming his way back in again.
He ain't going to worm his way into anything. I won't let him.
-He's the father of my kids.
-You said you was moving on.
Look at the place.
You can chuck all his stuff out on the street - cufflinks,
dodgy CDs, odd socks.
But unless you get him out of here, you're never going to be free.
A thousand pounds. How are we supposed to find that?
-I should have discussed it with you, but...
-You KNEW I'd say no!
-We're supposed to be a team?
-We are. I am doing this for us.
-And to show off to the neighbours?
-No, not to... No. We belong here.
OK? We're part of the community.
I just want to show people in Walford that we're not that
same couple who moved here years ago, who didn't know anything...
-I liked that couple. They were fun.
-We still are.
I can't help it, Masood.
-Every time I walk past the Argee Bhajee, all I see is...
No. It's always there. It's like this sign that says that we failed.
The Masoods, with their big dreams, they failed.
Once I get the regional manager job,
then we don't have to worry any more. It'll be a fresh start.
-It was meant as a joke.
Oh, come on, I didn't mean it like that!
Tell you what, how about I cook us something nice for tea tonight?
You've only just got rid of me, now you're asking me round for dinner!
What you after? Babysitting? School run? Bit of laundry?
Can't one mate invite another mate round for a celebration meal?
What have I got to celebrate, exactly? NOT getting the regional manager job? Woo-hoo!
Yeah exactly. Lucky escape.
You don't need all that extra responsibility, do ya?
Tell you what, we could celebrate you NOT being 50.
Look, Lucy's out.
I got a lovely bit of haddock - it's on the turn, but it's perfectly
edible but I could do with getting it ate tonight.
You'd be doing me a favour.
Huh! That has to be the worst invitation I've ever heard in my life.
Is that a "yes" then?
He's just feeling a bit jealous of you and Lexi, that's all.
-Feeling a bit pushed out.
-I ain't going to let him out of my sight now.
-that's not what he needs.
-Jack, I don't understand,
one minute I'm accused of mollycoddling him, and the next...
-I'm not paying him enough attention?
-Sharon, he's a boy. All right?
Don't need his mum fussing round him all the time.
-Just needs you to listen to him. That's all.
-Well, I do...don't I?
All right, Dennis? How about you do a picture of the three of us?
Oh, and your burger and curly fries are on the way.
-Were you talking about me?
-No. Well, yeah.
I was just saying how, even though
I've been helping Phil with Lexi, you're still my number one.
My little man. Always.
Someone's made an effort.
All right, Tracey.
-Bottle of white wine, please.
-You the know the stuff Tanya likes?
Hey, you all right?
You nicked my shirt an' all?
Thought this weren't going to be a big night.
Just want everything to be nice for her.
Go back, put a nice bottle of white in the fridge.
-Go round and surprise her. Pick her up like I used to.
Just want to get my life sorted.
-See ya later.
-See ya later, mate.
-Looks like we might be getting the flat back to ourselves.
-Is that supposed to be me?
-You're missing a bit there?
Oi, oi, oi! Right, let's draw Jack next shall we?
Hang on a minute...
Is that supposed to be my head? Twice the size of the rest of me.
I wish you didn't have to do this, Mum.
-So do I, but I've got to.
-No, you don't.
-She's made her mind up.
We're behind you. Right, girls?
Tamwar, you're the brains of the family.
-These are simple instructions.
-Yeah, simple, if you understood
Svenska or Japanese or Polska...
Anyway, I give up, what is it, some kind of well?
Yes, Tamwar, it's a magic wishing well to conjure your darkest,
I could try. Dad always said I was good at puzzles.
Hello, Yes, this is she.
Yes, the regional manager, yes.
Yes, yes, I'm still here.
Thank you for letting me know...
Pass the salt, Abs.
DOORBELL CONTINUES RINGING
Just leave it, Nan.
-I'm trying to eat my dinner. You're giving me indigestion.
-I ain't come here to see you, have I?
I've come to get Tanya. All right, girls?
Abs, go and get your mum for me, will you, please?
She don't want to see you, she's changed her mind.
-She can tell me herself, can't she? Tan!
-She's not here.
What do you mean, she's not here? Where is she?
She over the Salon or what? Well, where is she?
You had to push her, didn't you? This time you pushed her too far.
-You've lost her for good.
-What you talking about?
-What do you mean, I've lost her for good?
-She's gone, Dad! Mum's gone!
You were tossing and turning all night.
How would you know? You were snoring
and making that camp bed of yours creak every five seconds.
KNOCK AT DOOR
I'll get it.
Is it that manager's job?
I can't believe they're keeping you hanging on like this.
I thought they were supposed to call you yesterday.
I think they have other people to see, you know, Masood.
Will you please eat your breakfast now? Come on.
Look what Rashid sent.
Oh, they're beautiful!
"Ayesha, can't wait to see you again, my princess-in-waiting."
OK, we have to have him over for dinner, shouldn't we?
Uh, well, why don't we wait a while?
Till the water feature's finished.
We don't want Rashid to see the garden in such a mess, do we?
Best get on with it then.
Eat your breakfast. Say "ahh..."
Tan, just talk to me, will you?
I'll back off. Whatever it takes.
I just want you to come home.
I just want to know you and Oscar are all right.
I love you.
I'll talk to him, all right?
In a bit.
Sharon, do me a favour, will you? Try Tanya. She might talk to you.
Please, go on. I'm only asking for one phone call...
Actually, Max, we think it's time you found another place to stay.
I'm sorry, Jack. I can't carry on living like this.
There must be somewhere else you can go.
I was thinking of moving on, anyway. I've got a mate who's got a big flat.
He said I can stay there till I get sorted.
Great. Settled, then.
-Well, you snooze, you lose.
Come on, Jessie J. You're going to be late.
I'm going to be late for work.
-KNOCK AT DOOR
# Ain't about the cha-ching Cha-ching
# Ain't about the ba-bling Ba-bling
# Want to make the world dance
# Forget about the price tag... #
Don't she ever stop?
You won't be saying that when she's famous.
How did you manage to get us the sack?
Sorry, Sharon was mouthing off about Morgan.
And you couldn't bite your tongue?
Like you did with Roxy? Look, I'm sorry, Kat.
I didn't mean to get us the sack. Should've kept my mouth shut.
What are we going to do? I really need that job.
Come on, then.
Look, we'll find something else, yeah?
I don't know. Maybe we should start looking for our own place.
Oh right, yeah. How are we going to afford that?
I don't know, but I'd take a rat-infested cesspit
for some peace and quiet.
And quality time with my sexy girl.
Seriously, do you think we could?
Thanks for covering.
I'm really not comfortable with any of this, Ayesha.
You won't say anything, will you?
Ayesha, can you drop Kamil off at nursery for me, please?
I'll take him. I'm going that way.
You sure you're OK?
Yes, I'm fine, I'm fine. I just don't want to be late for work, OK?
OK, well, try and relax. As you said, the job's in the bag.
Yeah. OK. Bye.
All right? Fancy earning some extra money, baby-sitting?
I could use the money.
Yeah, good. Here are the keys. You know where everything is.
Not this week. I've got college, nursery and after-school club. Sorry.
No, sorry. I've got college, too.
OK. See you in a bit.
My boss wants to see me.
Oh, yeah? Thought you had the day off today.
Must be important.
I think he's going to offer me a team leader role.
Ah, hello, you.
Erm. Where's mine?
Didn't know you wanted one, did I?
All right! There you go, treat yourself.
I did see that, Whitney.
That look you just gave me when I kissed Lauren.
If you've got something to say, just, you know...
Sorry. Sorry, Joey. It just doesn't feel right, that's all.
What? Like you and Tyler, you mean? Perfect couple, you are, ain't ya(?)
Not perfect. Not cousins.
Right. So I suppose Tyler wouldn't mind then,
if he found out about our kiss, would he?
I'm just saying, Whitney, all right. None of us are perfect.
That might be something to think about
next time you look down your nose at me. Know what I mean?
Definitely your colour. Complements your beautiful red hair.
Gok Wan in scruffy overalls. I've seen it all now.
Let me buy you a drink.
I hardly know you. Anyway, I'm busy.
Just so you know, I don't give up easily.
This your plan, is it?
Get yourself a sexy little number and pull a sugar daddy?
I wouldn't be seen dead in half this stuff.
There's been nothing decent on this market since I worked here.
That's not a bad idea. Getting back on the market.
-We could start up on our own.
-You having a laugh?
Why not? We've both done it before.
Not as if there's much competition, is there?
-Ain't you sick of having your hands shoved down bogs?
Right, then, what've we got to lose?
You missed a bit.
Masood. What do you want?
Oh, some work experience person.
In a suit?
He's a jobsworth. Actually, I think he's a bit of a nutter.
That's a lot better. Zy...
Spick and span. Let's try and keep it like that.
That is Mr Edwards. He's the new regional manager.
I told Sharon I was staying with a mate.
She don't want me there.
But if you ain't going home, who's looking after the girls?
She can't look after herself. She ain't fit to run a household.
I mean, look at the trouble she landed me in with the council.
I don't sleep at nights, I can feel my migraines coming on.
I mean, you can always have a bed at my house, you know,
you are Jim's son, but I think you ought to go back with the girls.
Don't worry, Dot.
Honestly, I'll sort it out.
Anyway, I'm going to make a move. See you later.
Lister shouldn't be a problem now.
But where are we going to get the money from?
I suppose we could get a bit of stock on credit.
License fees ain't cheap.
Then there's the insurance and the pitch fees...
Stop being so negative.
I'm not being negative, Kat. I'm just being realistic. I'm skint.
All right, I could flog some jewellery. Maybe my wedding ring.
No, you can't do that.
I don't need it anymore. Alfie's loved up with Essex now.
No, this could be a good thing. Out with the old, in with the new.
Cream cake therapy.
I don't have time to sit around eating cake.
Come and sit down.
Why didn't you say anything last night?
What did you think I'd say?
I didn't want your pity.
Pity? Is that what you call it?
I'd call it being there, supporting the woman I love, no matter what.
Well, I think I might have time for a little piece of cake.
It's not flowers but I do have my moments.
I'll crack on with that water feature in a bit.
You know, I know that you think I can go on sometimes...
Oh, only sometimes...
But I only want what is best for our family.
I don't want Ayesha to make the same mistakes that our children did.
Maybe my not getting this job was a blessing in disguise.
That way, I can focus all my energies on making sure
she gets all the guidance that she needs.
Oh, Whit, couldn't do us a favour, could you,
and ask Tyler if I can have an advance on the rent?
He ain't made of money. What do you want it for?
I'm setting up a stall on the market.
Me and Tyler, we're going to maybe get our own place together, soon.
You know I rely on that money though, don't you, Whit?
I know, but we do need our own space.
It's not going to be for ages yet anyway,
cos we've got to save for a deposit, so...
Hang on a minute.
What you said earlier.
You don't mean anything by it, do you?
What was all that about?
All right, Alice?
Alice, what's wrong?
They got rid of me, Joey.
-I lost my job.
-That's coming along nicely, Masood.
And where've you been?
More presents? You lucky, lucky girl.
I got you this. Keep you warm while you work outside.
Oh, you shouldn't have.
Aren't you going to try it on, Masood?
It suits you.
Thank you. That's very thoughtful of you, Ayesha.
You look like some old codger auditioning for a boy band!
Thank you, Ayesha.
Everything all right?
Don't give me a hard time, all right?
I'm not, but just...
If you want me to keep it, then I will.
I thought you might want to keep the rings for Tommy or something.
-Kat, sweetheart, if you're strapped for cash...
-You're obviously not fine, otherwise you wouldn't be here.
Listen to me, Al, you're far too good for that place anyway.
Dad was so proud when I told him I worked in recruitment.
Yeah, I know that, but there will be other jobs, you know.
I feel like I've let him down.
No. No, Alice, come on, don't do this to yourself. Please.
-I miss him so much, Joey.
I know you do, Al.
All right? I can set you up an office in the corner, if you fancy.
I couldn't settle her at work. Could I, eh?
She must like the smell of skanky old boozers.
To be honest with you, Michael,
I don't think it's the skanky boozer I can smell right now.
It was ages ago. It was before Christmas.
What were you thinking?
It was nothing. It was a quick meaningless snog.
-Are you sure?
All right, maybe I thought I liked him for like a second.
Not any more. I love Tyler.
So what, is Joey giving you a hard time about it?
No, not exactly.
I just don't want him holding this over me.
You know, I want to move things on with Ty.
So what, you just can't handle the guilt?
I just don't want any secrets or lies coming between us, that's all.
Listen, if I were you, I'd just forget it. Not worth the aggro.
I'm going to pick some stuff up from home.
Only you know what's right for you and Ty.
Journalism. Good choice.
I'm just looking into it.
Is that why you were in town?
Oh. You told Auntie-ji that you were with Rashid.
What else could I do?
I can't keep covering for you.
So why do it?
It's cos you know me better than Auntie-ji.
But we can't lie to her.
I might as well pack my bags and go home today, then.
Come on, she's not that bad.
But I know she won't be happy if she finds out some other way.
The truth is better coming from you.
I'm going to have to head back,
try and get a bit of kip before work, you know.
You are sure you're going to be all right here on your own, yeah?
I just need some time to think, that's all.
See you later.
Oh, she's gorgeous.
She's not so angelic at three in the morning.
Like babies, do you?
I couldn't help but overhear you lost your job. I'm sorry about that.
Must be tough.
If you're looking for something, I could use a baby-sitter.
I wouldn't even know where to start.
If I can do it, anyone can. Really.
Maybe it's what you need, you know,
instead of just sitting around moping and feeling melancholy.
Just the ticket, huh?
Could start you off a few days. See how you get on.
She's not normally this bad. Normally much quieter.
Good. How about 8.30 tomorrow?
See? She likes that, don't you? That's good news.
-Brilliant. See you then.
Why don't you go home? Now Tanya's gone.
No, cos I want her to come back, don't I?
Ain't going to happen, Jack, is it, if I plant my feet under the table
the minute she walks out?
Anyway, Cora's baying for blood.
That's never bothered you before though, has it?
Yeah, but I don't want to upset my kids any more, do I?
Alf, I've been having a bit of a clear out.
Would you mind if I flog some of this in here?
Why, leccy bill due or something?
No, me and Kat are starting up on the market.
OK, great. That's good.
-Yeah, sweetheart, knock yourself out.
-Go and set yourself up over there, that's all good.
Babe, look, sit down.
I reckon we could be out of here in no time.
If I work harder on the stall, cut down on booze, takeaways,
I could even ask if Alfie could chuck us the odd shift.
And we might even have enough to buy a few things. Make a place our own.
Cheap rug, few candles, that sort of thing. Lovely.
I can't promise you Buckingham Palace, girl,
but I do want our first place to be special.
You know I love you, don't you?
It's hard not to, ain't it?
I just... I want everything to be perfect.
And it will be.
What's bothering you?
Something happened, Tyler.
It was ages ago.
But it meant nothing.
What meant nothing?
I kissed Joey.
The Spin-The-Bottle kiss.
I kissed him again.
Here you go.
Now, what kind of a chaperone would I be
if I gave up on you every time you had a seed of doubt over Rashid?
But it's more than that this time.
It's a big step.
You're bound to feel jittery. But it'll pass again.
I want to go to university.
I want a life before I settle down.
Yeah, like Tamwar.
Using Tamwar as a role model will not get you very far in life.
You're a beautiful young woman, Ayesha.
Rashid would be lucky to have you.
There's more to life than looks.
I know, I just...
Give Rashid a chance.
Trust me, suitors like him do not come along very often.
He is ambitious, he is driven, he is intelligent.
You'll not want for anything in your life.
Think how disappointed your family will be
if you let an opportunity like this pass up, huh?
You don't kiss someone unless you fancy them. Let alone twice!
I don't, OK? I don't, I swear. It was all over in a second.
-Oh, so that makes it OK, does it?
I'm so sorry, Ty.
I don't get it. Things were going so great for us.
Nothing's changed. They are. Nothing's changed.
I trusted you, Whit.
Nothing, nothing will ever happen like this again.
I swear, OK? I promise.
Now I've told you because I'm in it for the long haul.
You're the only one that I want, Ty.
Hello, Dot. Can I get you a drink?
No, thank you, I ain't stopping. I just wanted a word with you.
I mean, you know me, Sharon, I ain't one to pry,
but we look after them what are in need around here, don't we?
Even if they're habitual sinners.
I don't follow.
It's about Max.
He ain't got no place to go.
He's staying with a mate, Dot.
No, he ain't. He only said that cos he weren't welcome at Jack's.
The thing is, Tanya's a friend.
Well, it wasn't the best situation if I'm honest.
Well, I know how you feel,
because I've never been none too keen on Max myself.
But he is Jim's son.
And you know what the Bible says. "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
That's Matthew, 7, verse 1.
And then, again, you needed sanctuary yourself, didn't you?
Many, many moons ago with Michelle, you know,
that business with Phil and Grant.
Just as Max needs his brother now.
You didn't mind me butting in, did you, Sharon?
No, no, course not.
-I'll see you.
Go on, you know you want to.
All right, here's the deal.
You buy something off me and you can come for dinner.
Where are you going?
For a walk.
We are OK, ain't we?
Yeah. Is Jean back with Tommy?
She's running a little bit late at the moment.
Listen, why don't you let him stay here tonight?
Have a night to yourself, eh?
There you go.
A little something to get you started on the market, that's all.
-Who told you?
-Bianca told me. I think it's a fantastic idea, Kat.
-Honestly, I think it's going to be great for you.
But I don't need your money.
Kat, just take it. For the sake of Tommy, yeah?
Alfie, I can do this on my own.
What you saying? I'm not going to take care of my boy? Take it.
Kat, what's good for you is good for Tommy. All right?
I'll pay you back every penny.
Excuse me. Got to get that.
Hello, Queen Vic?
What do you want?
I think you should come back to Jack's.
Well, I think I'd feel more welcome in a lion's cage.
You can't sleep here.
Shut the door on your way out, will ya?
You think that's going to help? Get a grip, Max.
Look, I won't pretend it's ideal you living at Jack's,
but I promise to back off so long as you stop pestering me about Tanya.
Offer's there if you want it.
I don't get it. Wouldn't you rather go back to sharing a bed with Jack?
Well, let's just say you owe Dot a couple of sherries.
Are we doing this? I can't believe we're doing this.
I know. Shall we drink to celebrate?
-KNOCK AT DOOR
Cotes du Minute Mart.
Joke's over. So what's on the menu? Lamb? Steak?
I said you could come for dinner, but I didn't say when.
I can't believe you just done that.
Ayesha, what is it?
I'm going to go powder my nose, yeah.
Oh, right, so I'll get the drinks in, shall I? Yeah, nice one.
You touch Whitney again, and I'll kill you.
Do you understand?
I don't know what you're talking about, mate.
You came on to her. She blew you out.
So what, you thought you'd try it with your cousin instead?
How sick and twisted does that make you?
Now, see, the thing is, Tyler,
if I were you, I would get my facts straight before I opened my mouth.
Weren't me who touched Whitney.
What did you say?
She couldn't keep her hands off me.
Now you're lucky that I'm actually a man with a conscience,
cos it was far more than a kiss that she was after.
Go on then, mate! Go on, son!
Oi, that's enough! That is enough!
Let's take it outside then, eh?!
What the hell?!
-Lauren, please, take him home now.
Say that again! Say that again!
Tyler, that is enough!
Whitney, take him home. Enough.
Don't touch me!
Listen, whatever he said to you, he's lying.
Why'd you even tell me in the first place, Whitney? I mean, Joey?!
What, did you want to find out some other way, huh?
I can't handle this.
-Maybe it's for the best.
-What's for the best?
Calling it quits before we go and get a place.
I understand you're under a lot of pressure,
but marrying Rashid to please your family,
that would be a mistake.
Yeah, OK. I'll speak to Zainab.
I will do what I can
but I don't like you talking about Zainab like that.
She treats you the way she does, but you're so protective and loyal.
She's my family. I love her.
I wish I could find someone like you.
I'm not that special, believe me.
Yes, you are.
You're thoughtful and gentle and kind, and sensitive.
Everything I've ever wanted in a man.
You don't know what you're saying right now. You're upset.
You told us to be honest.
I'm just being honest with you.
I think we should stop there.
Do you know how hard it is living with someone you love
and not being able to show it?
Zainab doesn't love you.
Not the way I do.
And you love me too.
I know it.
Hi. Come in. If you can.
You having a clear-out?
-I wish I was. Starting with Tyler.
-Oh, has he moved in?
No. Well, yes, he has, actually.
Unfortunately. Until he finds a place of his own.
If you do see him can you just tell him I'd like that stuff,
I don't know, call me old fashioned, where it lives, cupboard.
On a hanger even. These...I want them destroyed.
Sure. is Scarlett still sleeping?
I've no idea. I've not seen her since he got here.
She could be under here for all I know.
Back about 11.00, all right?
OK. What about her nappies and her feed?
All on the table in there.
And that's it, no instructions, nothing?
No, you'll be fine.
You're a natural. It's all pretty straight forward.
You'll pick it up.
Could you pass us the milk, please?
Everything all right?
Yeah, good. Really good. Great, actually.
And I think we can all guess why.
Did I hear you on the phone to Rashid last night?
He called, yeah.
-He's such a nice young man, isn't he?
Look. Look at her. Eyes shining. Skin glowing.
Nothing quite like it, is there? A young girl in love.
-All right, Abs.
-Yeah, I've got to get to class.
-I'll take you if you want.
There don't have to be a reason, does there?
Dad giving his daughter a lift?
So you can talk to me and try and find out where Mum is?
Look, I've told you, Lauren's told you and Nan's told you.
Just leave her alone for a bit, yeah?
So it isn't just a tiff, then?
No, don't look like it.
Don't say "I told you so." OK? Don't start being nice to me
and don't even mention his name, yeah?
-So Tyler's history, then?
-Yeah, he's ancient history.
All done and dusted, yeah?
Probably the best thing that could have happened.
-Well, if that's it...
-..you won't mind if Tiff moves back in with you then, will ya?
If it's only going to be you kipping in there from now,
seems a bit of a waste. Bedroom that big.
Well, thanks a lot, Bianca.
As if things aren't bad enough as it is.
-You just said things weren't bad.
You said it was the best thing that could have happened.
Come on, I want you to have a butchers. Look.
-I thought it looked a bit grubby.
You've cleaned it. It looks much better.
No, Jean, it's brand new, darling.
-Oh well, that explains it then.
No, what's the matter? New plaque. See, what's that? What's that say?
Yes. Yes. Ten out of ten. Well done.
-I'm just going down the cash and carry, OK?
All right, darling. Listen, I'm going to miss you.
-See you soon.
-See you later.
What's the matter with you?
I can't believe you didn't even notice that.
Roxy will. That's all that matters.
-Maybe we should do an unveiling or something.
It's a big deal. We need to mark the occasion.
You've only been with her a month, her name's already over the door.
Exactly. And I want everyone to know about it, don't I?
You all right?
-What do you think of these?
-Yeah, but we can get 50 for a tenner.
It don't matter how horrible they are.
Even if punters use 'em as floor mops.
-Then we could clean up.
Hilarious. How'd you get on with Lister?
What's the problem? We've got the deposit
and they've lifted that ban on you being on Bridge Street.
It's not Lister that's the problem.
I made you these.
Half meat, half mixed veg.
They were supposed to be all meat but I ruined the first batch.
You not seeing Rashid today?
Maybe you should.
-You know what I think of Rashid.
-Maybe you should think again.
I mean, he's a very suitable young man.
An ideal suitor, as Zainab said.
I don't want to see Rashid, you know that.
I will never want to see Rashid.
She's very upset.
I can see. What about? Did I hear "Rashid"?
Thought that was all too good to be true.
She met someone else, has she?
What you doing here?
It's all right, Cora. I'm not moving back in.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
Still my home though, innit? My kids still live here.
Your wife don't.
And there's no point you trying to find out where Tanya is.
How many more times are you going to do it, Max?
Hit her with yet another dirty little secret?
No, don't answer that. Because you're not.
Not if I've got anything to do with it.
I was just trying to be honest, that's all.
I saw the state she was in, the state you put her in. Again.
How much more of it do you think she can take?
It kills her, a little bit each time and if you carry on like this...
Carry on? What are you talking about, carrying on?
I'm not carrying on like anything.
Which is what you say every time, I suppose?
Yeah well, this is different, innit?
It always is. Always ends up the same, though.
My daughter, on the floor.
And the man that done that to her wants to see her. Again.
Wants to talk to her. Again. So that in six months,
a year's time, he can do exactly the same again?
No, Max. It ain't going to happen.
Oi, veg boy, I want a word with you.
-Yeah? Lucky you. Cos Bianca isn't.
And she won't be either, left to the likes of you.
Look, some of the traders have got a problem with her.
-I don't see why.
-She assaulted Lister, OK?
And she was nicking stuff off of the traders.
Lister forgave her for that. And I thought you did as well.
Anyway, it's not just Bianca that you're blanking here.
I'm not blanking anyone. What's this got to do with you?
This is my business you're wrecking as well.
So I don't need some little Hitler giving us grief.
-A little what?
-You're a fascist.
-What did you just call me?
-And if you ask me, Bianca should've assaulted you an' all.
That's enough! Ian, I'm sorry. What's the problem with you, eh?
HE CLEARS HIS THROAT
Masood, spit it out.
She's fallen for me.
So, you feeling as bad as Whit?
Well, you look it. Pair of you look gutted.
Sit down there.
Kat, did you talk to him?
The things she's been saying.
The way she's been acting, I mean, I-I don't know what to do.
-Lie back and think of Pakistan?
-Trouble is, she isn't.
-Oh, you don't believe me?
-It's not just what she's said.
You mean something actually happened?
She played with me.
Under the table.
You and Ayesha were under the table?
No. She was playing footsie with me under the table.
I thought it was Zainab but she got up
and I looked across and there she was.
Just looking at me with her big, brown eyes.
Oh, Mas, Mas, Mas.
This isn't a laughing matter.
Not for you it isn't. Bet it's given her no end of amusement.
-Mas, it's a wind-up. And it's working beautifully, too.
-She's teasing you.
The same reason all girls do. Because they can.
Because the devil gets into them. Because it's funny.
And the more the man acts like a frightened little rabbit,
the funnier it is, little minxes.
You really think that?
The alternative explanation is far more likely.
The most gorgeous girl on this Square,
the girl who could have her pick of anyone,
has gone for the local, middle-aged postie.
And his paunch.
Wow, you really did read him the riot act, didn't you?
-Actually, I haven't seen him.
-You did it?
Scarlett went back to sleep, so I didn't have anything else to do.
I pay you to babysit though, don't I? Not to clean.
I was just happy to be doing things and keeping busy.
Files on that table?
I put them in that drawer.
The middle one?
These are my files, yeah? They're private. My business.
I didn't read them or anything. I just put them in the drawer.
I was only trying to help.
Yeah, I don't pay you to help, I pay you to look after the child.
All right? Got that?
It's all right, there's no harm done,
so we'll say no more about it, yeah?
It's just...this came today.
I should open it. But I can't.
It's just a credit card application. That's all.
That's all it is.
So, that's all right. All you need to do is ring that number there
and after a couple of days they won't bother you again.
So that's great.
That's what Joey keeps saying.
But I don't want them to stop.
I don't want him just forgotten.
But then another letter comes and I get all upset again.
I just... I look at Joey. I look at the whole family and I don't
understand how they can just carry on like nothing's happened.
Like everything's just back to normal.
Maybe they're not.
Changed your mind?
Couldn't resist them. Way too tempting.
I mean, I just couldn't help myself. I had to have them.
In fact, they smell so nice d'you know what I'm going to do?
Before I go to work, I'm going to share them
with the wonderful woman who's about to become my wife.
Suppose Whit asked you to have a word, did she?
Not now, Tyler. I got my own problems.
Take that as a yes, then?
-She said you was history.
Ancient history. That was her exact words, yeah.
So do you feel the same?
Now you sound like her. What is wrong with this family?
-First Max. Now Whit.
Why doesn't everyone just keep their gobs shut?
Max was honest with Tanya, she takes off.
Whit does the same with you and now look. Oh, talking of big gobs.
Look, don't worry. Alfie's having a word with him.
-Ian. About earlier on.
-Did you hear what she said to me?
Yeah, I know, and it's out of order.
I tell you, Alfie, you are well shot of her.
-It's not just Kat. It's Bianca, too.
-Oh, right. Poor cow.
Exactly. After everything she's been through.
I know how some people here feel about working with her,
but if you could just have a word.
If it was just Bianca on her own, maybe.
But Bianca and Kat together's a toxic combination.
-I don't want to get my fingers burnt.
-Hi, I got you these.
No, no. I was just collecting the post.
Royal Mail delivering pasties now, are they?
Masood. He's just very strict on personal visits, OK?
He says we have enough to do with serving the customers.
And not to have to deal with family as well.
Are you that ashamed of me, of what I do?
What? No, I'm not ashamed of you, honestly.
I just don't want him getting the wrong impression of us.
Half the Square's got the wrong impression.
Still. Once you've finished that water feature... OK?
All done. Carol's gone shopping, but I've texted Joey, Lauren and Abi.
Hopefully, Max and Jack can come.
We're all going to go to the Vic for a drink to remember Dad.
Lovely. Very nice. Very nice.
I'll speak to Mo, and get her to take Scarlett, then.
I didn't do anything.
You were right, they are missing him. It's just nobody's showing it.
Just give Ian free beer till Easter, I suppose. Can't think...
-All right, girls?
-Well, what did he say?
Don't bother. He said no.
He said, yeah, all right.
He just needs to have a chat with the other market traders,
you know, smooth it over with them.
Just keep it shtoom, between us for now, is that all right?
I don't believe it.
Join the club.
Why is everyone smiling at me?
-All the market boys.
They're all grinning at me as I'm coming up from the tube.
Because you, my love, are a ray of sunshine.
-What are you up to?
-Don't know what you mean.
Really? Is it something to do with that surprise?
What surprise? What's she like, eh? Surprise?
Alfie, what are you doing?
Jean, I know, I know. I know, OK?
You saw. You saw Kat's face, she'd be gutted.
I just need to talk to Ian again.
I've got to find away round it, that's all.
All to do with this new plaque, isn't it?
-Roxy's name going above the door.
I want to do this for Rox, I really do,
but I've just got to think about Kat, that's all.
So you're doing this to make her feel good?
You can't keep doing this, Alfie. Pleasing one.
Then trying to please the other.
-I know this is just a bit of fun for you.
-A little bit of sport.
-What are you talking about?
-And I know I should be able to take a joke.
I'm just not used to this kind of thing.
What? Someone finding you attractive?
You see, you're doing it again. I know you're not serious.
So why do you keep pretending?
-Whit! We've got it.
The stall. Alfie worked his magic.
Why don't you just forget about him?
I have forgotten about him. I told you.
You need someone who appreciates you for you. Who you really are.
Well, who's he think I am, then?
Come on, Ian. You've been married a few times, all right?
Please don't remind me.
You may not have parted with your wife, sorry, wives, on good terms.
Yeah, one way of putting it.
But, listen, if one of them come to you and said, Ian, I'm in trouble...
-..and they needed help...
Ian, come on mate, you've been married before,
you've been in love before, right?
Yeah, I know, I know. But, Ian, she needs my help.
And I need your help. So, from one mate to another,
please, will you... If you could just have a word, yeah?
All right, Abs.
Nan asked me to bring these over.
You not coming in?
At least they're in one piece this time.
This is so I don't use it as an excuse to come over again, isn't it?
It's like I said, Dad. Just...just give things time.
Listen, if you want to grab your coats
and make your way outside, all right?
Everyone, keep the noise down,
cos I don't want to spoil the surprise.
-What are you up to?
-Just give me two minutes.
-Trust me. Get your coat. You're going to love it, I promise.
Come on. Hurry up. Good girl.
I think everyone's a bit busy, you know.
I know he was no saint but everyone should be missed by someone, right?
Otherwise, what's the point?
He wasn't all bad.
Do you think so, too?
You knew him from way back, didn't you?
So you must remember something about him?
Oh, no, that was...
Yes. He chased...he chased some bullies away once.
That were ganging up on you?
Oh, don't tell me. He didn't want any competition.
No. No-one's thoroughly bad, are they?
Not even...not even your old man.
Not even me, huh?
I don't think you're bad at all.
-What do you think?
-Well, it's Alfie's favourite.
It's the least we can do after everything he's done for us.
Yeah. Yeah, you're right.
Don't worry about it, OK. Listen, thank you for coming, everybody.
Coming to what? What are they...? What are they coming to?
-To mark this occasion, and it is...
Listen, OK, OK. It's a very, very special occasion.
-I'm telling you why, OK.
Because we have a new name above the Vic door.
THE CROWD CHEER
-Alfie, I love it.
-Yeah? You like it?
-I love it. I love it.
THEY KISS LOUDLY
-That's all right. It's good, innit?
I knew you'd like it.
Look, Bianca's right, I don't want to...
Look, the other night when you was telling me about you and...Joey,
all I could see was the two of you...together.
But I'm not seeing that now.
Now I'm seeing someone who made a mistake.
Someone who's tried to be honest about it.
I made a mistake too, telling you we was through.
I don't want that. I never wanted that.
So please, Whit, can we start again?
Are you sure that's all you were seeing?
-So you didn't see -
what do you expect,
she's never going to change,
same dirty little Whit?
-I never said that.
-I tried to be honest with you, Tyler.
You've got to start being honest, too.
Oh. Um...I'm sorry.
I-I thought you were out.
How is it?
Ayesha, what are you doing?
How else am I supposed to do it?
How else am I supposed to prove that I'm serious?
This isn't a joke.
Ayesha. I can't.
Again. This time don't do anything.
I'll deal with him when I get back.
-You want to sing me a song?
A performer's got to be prepared for any kind of audience.
All the top stars say it. Even Tulisa.
Good ones, bad ones, and real nasty pieces of work.
Ah, so you thought of me? How touching.
No, I thought of Uncle Derek. He wasn't nasty.
Just said things straight. But he's dead.
So then I thought of you.
How long's Uncle-Ji been out there?
Oh, since first thing.
He's so excited about finishing that water feature.
Hardly slept all night.
It's freezing. He'll get frostbite.
Frostbite. Don't be so dramatic, Ayesha! It's bracing.
Whose is that?
Kirsty sent it back.
She's playing games.
Yeah, well, she's gone now, hasn't she?
Now the damage has been done.
She's signed them divorce papers, yeah?
After wrecking everything for me and Tanya.
Come on, Max. Why are you sitting about here,
brooding like this anyway?
-I called her, didn't I?
To say all this to her.
Look, come on, Max, it's done with now, you've got to move on.
Some geezer answered.
I didn't ask, did I? Don't have to.
You know, she comes here, smashes my life into little bits.
You did a pretty good job of that yourself.
Now she's gone back, she's picking up the pieces with some other mug.
Oi, Max, it's water under the bridge, mate.
Do you want anything?
Tea, coffee, hot soup?
I can fetch your hat if you want.
Masood, don't forget we have our meeting with the new Imam later on.
Discuss our wedding. We must make a good impression, no?
No, I'm fine. Thank you, Ayesha.
Well, in that case, I'll be going. I'm seeing Rashid.
We're meeting for a coffee.
So...so Alice is babysitting again for you, is she?
Yeah. You got a problem with that?
No. No, no, no. Not so long as she's getting paid properly.
Treated properly. Not being taken advantage of.
Such a caring family, aren't you?
Yeah, well, we do try.
I saw that yesterday, in fact. In abundance.
I thought you...
I knew you wouldn't come back in till you'd thought I'd gone.
There won't be a repeat performance, don't worry.
You've made your feelings crystal clear on that score.
It's not that I...I mean, that you're...you...
I'm as good as married.
To a woman who thinks more of her precious water feature
than her own husband.
I've told you before, please don't criticise Zainab to me.
I'm leaving. It's what I came in to tell you.
I've called a friend to come fetch us.
Does that matter?
You're a beautiful girl, Ayesha.
A beautiful girl with your whole life in front of you,
this, whatever this is, it's not real, it's foolishness.
And you and Zainab, that's real, is it?
She makes you happy?
I'm not criticising. I'm just asking.
She makes your heart sing?
HE CLEARS THROAT
-The way you make mine?
I...on the surface she can be...
Yeah, I know, sometimes she's... on occasion, I know she...
What am I saying?
Why am I justifying my whole life to you?
Yes. I am happy!
What's really going on, Max?
I told you. Just want to deliver a few home truths.
Yeah? How are you going to find her?
The last place she was staying was with her ex's brother.
I'll start there, won't I?
Oi, Max! There's not something else going on here, is there?
What do you mean? Like what?
Maybe this has got nothing to do with what Kirsty did or didn't do.
-Sorry, what's that supposed to mean?
-This other feller. Whoever he is.
You know, maybe it's him who's getting under your skin.
You need help, you know that?
'Hi, it's Whitney. Sorry, I'm not here. Leave a message.'
Have you seen my shoes? I think I left them in the hall.
Along with everything else.
Don't you start. Getting enough of that from Michael.
Yes, I have seen your shoes.
Where are they?
In a safe place.
What does that mean?
All ready for you.
Alice, look I really haven't had the best of nights, sweetheart.
Now I've got to get to the market stall sharpish.
And I've got to speak to Whit, so...
And you will. Just as soon as you've tidied that up.
I've got another pair.
No, you haven't.
And there's no point looking for your trainers,
because they're in a safe place too.
You're not serious.
Shouldn't you be in school? Don't tell me.
It's another one of those inset days, is it?
-There's only one a term.
-Feels like more.
-Heating's broke down.
-A lot more. Every time I see you.
-I'll do what?
-Gary'd definitely approve.
-Who is Gary?
Are you actually alive?
Am I what?
I want someone to listen to my song.
What song, child?
I need an audience. To help me become a superstar.
Oh, and so you thought of me?
Right, I don't know what to say.
Well, I did think of Uncle Derek, but he's dead.
Then I thought of Michael, he just got the hump.
Then I thought of you.
Derek and Michael?
Why would you want them to hear you sing,
they're both dreadful people, both of them.
So? What do you say?
I would say, give up now.
You haven't even heard me yet.
I don't think there's any chance of you ever being a superstar.
You know, it's just not going to be possible.
-Well, because of the...and your...
I did not say anything gingerist.
But if you happened to say it, then...
See? You're perfect.
Eh, do you know where Zainab got these from?
I can't find the invoices.
-Actually, I do. Have you got a pen?
-Place on the High Street.
-Yeah, go on?
The Totally Tasteless Tile shop.
Speaking of poor blinkered souls, how's Ayesha today?
Still pining, is she?
-It's like you said. A bit of a joke.
-You amaze me.
-Can I buy you a drink?
Yeah, in the Vic? Five o'clock.
Well, I don't get off till five.
No, I mean...
Yeah, I suppose.
Or, I tell you what, how about I make that lunch?
And we'll go somewhere really nice.
Is there any particular reason?
Yeah, Bobby's away on a school trip whilst I'm going to visit Michelle,
and that means Lucy's going to be on her own.
It'd be great if you could keep an eye on her for me.
Please don't say anything to her or she'd kill me.
Just our little secret, yeah?
There's a slap-up meal in it for you. What do you say?
Just had some good news. The Imam. He can't get here till late.
And that's good news because?
Well, because with you starting early.
And him now not arriving till later...
It's not going to be ready, Zee.
It certainly won't be if you keep taking all these breaks.
Think about it, Masood. The Imam arrives.
And as he approaches the house,
he hears the sound of a babbling brook.
-We've run out of tiles.
-What? Well, go and get some.
You didn't tell me where you got them.
Why didn't you come and ask me?
-You said I was barred from the shop.
I thought your new manager didn't approve of personal visits
during business hours.
I'm sure he would have made an exception in an emergency.
-Here, here, here. Here's the address.
Please, please, please. For me.
-Come on, Masood. Please? Hurry up!
Alice, I expressly said not to tidy up.
She didn't. I'm going to put it outside on my way out, OK?
You really aren't serious.
Just wear two pairs of socks. You'll be fine.
I got you these. Looking at them now, they're horrible.
Just to say thanks, you know.
I don't want you to think I'm taking advantage of you.
For being so nice yesterday.
Not gate-crashing, am I?
You won't be. Once you let yourself out.
I'm going to the Community Centre, Tyler.
Whit, please, you've got this so wrong.
What you said about what I see when I look at you.
I know what you see when you look at me.
-Before you say anything, I've already spoken to Zainab.
And the answer's no.
All right, Tiff. No to what?
You're no good.
No good for what?
I need advice. Feedback. For my stage act.
You'd just treat me like a little kid.
So you're looking for someone like that guy off the X Factor?
OK. Well, how does this sound? "Look, dull, dull, dull."
Like Craig Revel Horwood.
That was Simon Cowell.
He's not even on X Factor any more.
Did you really think that was Simon Cowell?
I don't watch that many talent shows.
I'll go practise.
LOUD MUSIC FROM HOUSE
LOUD DANCE MUSIC
So you did come back here.
What's the matter, has his hearing gone?
You all right?
-I'm a bit busy right now.
What are you doing here anyway?
You sure you're all right?
Look, just go, will you?
Well, well. Lover boy's returned too, has he?
Second bad penny in a week.
Can we talk?
I said, go, Max.
What's that? Has he done this to you?
Has he? That your work, is it?
Someone talking? Don't think so.
-How's that, eh? Taste of your own medicine.
-Max! Max! Max! What you've done?!
-Get her out of here.
What've you done?! What've you done to him?!
Max! Max! Max!
-GROANING AND THUDDING
Max! Max! No!
Max! No! No!
Do you sell marker pens?
Yeah. Over there.
You haven't got any left.
What's that, darling? Oh, marker pens? Sorry, we've run out.
Yeah, had one of my managerial memos earlier.
Something about our stock control playing up.
All them things are going to be a thing of the past now we've
got a brand new Regional Manager.
Oh, I'm sorry, Zee. Look on the bright side.
You haven't so much lost out on a job, you've more gained a new boss.
Yes, yes, very good.
Even if he does look about 12.
It must be ever so disappointing, though.
And after you were so sure that the job was yours too.
Tell me something, darling,
why is it that they said you didn't get it again?
# And we don't let nobody bring us down
# No matter what you say it won't hurt me
# Not matter if I fall from the sky
# Cos wings were made to fly. #
Well, I already told you, I don't watch a lot of talent shows.
But I thought it was, well, to be honest...
And you are by the way. Totally the wrong person for this.
So this is perfect.
If someone like you likes what I'm doing,
then I'd be in real trouble, wouldn't I?
So all I've got to do is make sure you hate it.
Then I'll know I'm on the right track.
Hi, Zainab. No, I couldn't get any more, cos they'd run out.
I know. Yep.
What do you want me to do,
go down to the factory and make them myself?
So that's OK, then?
Yeah, yeah, I just need about 10, 15 minutes. Yeah.
And you've told her to come late, have you? All right lovely.
Thank you. Bye.
That was a bit of a surprise.
Sorry, mate, are you talking to me?
Your sister. And Michael.
-So that's what that babysitting's all about.
-I did wonder.
-What are you talking about, Tyler?
I just left the two of them
getting very cosy with a bottle of wine earlier on.
Alice and Michael? Yeah, all right, mate.
I think you might have got that a little bit wrong, don't you?
Yeah. Actually, you're right.
I saw them getting very cosy with a big bunch of flowers
and a bottle of wine.
I just had the most surreal experience.
Almost as surreal as listening to you yesterday,
going on about the lovelorn Ayesha.
-I was just in the Arches...
-Why did you come here, AJ?
-And why do you stay?
I mean, you find us such figures of fun.
Zainab with her water feature.
Me and...we're ridiculous to you, aren't we?
You poke fun at us all the time.
Only because you're that kind of family.
What kind of a family? Stupid?
Certainly strong enough to take a little leg pull.
That's why I came here, that's why I stayed here too.
You've got a family, Mas, a proper family, and a real home.
Crazy, yes, ridiculous, sometimes, definitely.
But aren't all the best families like that?
All the best homes?
-What are you doing here?
-I've got something to show you.
Tyler, I've got a whole class to look after.
Please. Two minutes, that's all. All right, just a second, yeah.
I know you asked me what I see when I look at you, all right.
And I could try telling you how amazing you are,
how kind and generous, how good you are with them kids.
But I thought I'd try and show you instead.
OK, ready? Now!
That's what I see when I look at you.
So what do you say?
SHE LAUGHS EXCITEDLY
You going out?
Rashid's taking us to see a film. He's called us a cab.
Well, enjoy yourself.
What you were saying earlier on.
Maybe you weren't.
Maybe I wasn't what?
Maybe you weren't trying to justify your life to me.
Maybe you were trying to justify it to yourself.
And you're both sure now?
Yes, yes. We're both absolutely sure.
Because I'm aware you have had some doubts in the past,
Yes. Which have made us both stronger.
Masood will tell you the same.
All our troubles are now in the past,
and we are looking forward to one thing and one thing only.
And that is a very long and happy life together.
Masood? Is that you?
Would you excuse me for a minute, please?
He's never done that before.
He's threatened, but more like a joke, really.
But he's never actually hit me. He's off his head, Max.
He has been ever since that mate of his came to stay.
It's all that stuff they're on.
So why didn't you just get out of there?
I was going to. I was just waiting for the two of them to pass out,
then I was going to go in, and get my stuff.
What was it? You haven't got anywhere else to go?
You know I don't.
And what, it's cos of that stuff he's on,
that's why he lashed out at you, is it?
Isn't that enough?
It's not cos of you and him?
No, Max. There is no me and him.
Would it matter?
Just trying to get it all straight, that's all.
Geezer's off his head, hitting women.
I never expected to see you again.
I signed the divorce papers.
Well, I haven't sent them back yet, have I?
Why are you here, Max?
I don't know, Kirsty, I don't know what I'm doing here.
-I thought I did.
It's just seeing you like this...
Seeing what he done to you.
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Cora is upset when she hears that Tanya has agreed to meet with with Max and she does all she can to stop her daughter making another mistake.
An emotional Lola says goodbye to Lexi as Phil takes her away to Cornwall for a holiday with Peggy.
Denise and Zainab battle for the regional manager's job and, convinced it's in the bag, Zainab makes a rash decision in an attempt to raise her profile within the community.
Masood becomes increasingly uncomfortable around Ayesha and encourages her to follow her dreams. However his plan backfires when Zainab interferes and he is shocked at the consequences.
Tyler and Whitney happily talk about getting a place of their own, but things take a dramatic turn for the worse when Whitney ignores Bianca's advice.
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Jean voices her concerns when Alfie excitedly tells her that he is planning to surprise Roxy by replacing Kat's name with Roxy's on the licensee plaque above the door.
Annoyed at the way things have turned out, Max decides to go looking for answers but he gets more than he bargained for...