A chance to catch up on the week's drama in Albert Square. Mick decides to delve further into his mysterious encounter, and Denise and Shabnam hatch a plan.
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You said you'd help me with winding up the B&B accounts!
I know but the builder just called. He wants to start the plastering but he can't find the plans.
-Oh, right. So that's...
-That's what you and Jane were arguing about?
It's just, I don't know why you're being so cagey about it.
It seems every time I ask you...
Canteen tables. That's what it is. These big, long tables.
-Jane wants to put 'em in there.
-Yeah, well, that's very modern.
It's a restaurant. It's... It's too familiar.
-What's that egg ever done to you?
I'm sorry. I had a mad one last night with Tosh!
If you don't want it...
Nah, all goes down the same way.
Said the actress to the bishop.
-Or the bishop to the actor.
What has happened to you?
Oh, nothing. Should've seen the state of the other geezer!
That's looking better already.
-State you were in, could hardly look worse.
-You never get into fights.
-It's not a fight.
Just having a couple of light ales and was mucking about.
-That does not look like mucking about, Dad.
-We was a bit tanked up.
-I still don't get how...
-There was a couple of sovereigns on his finger. I should've known better.
-You want an egg?
-Ain't he suffered enough?
Tin, I'd love an egg.
-So who did it?
-Don't matter who did it.
-Just let him eat.
You haven't even said where you were when...
I said, it doesn't matter!
He's told you - it was just lads messing. Now let him have his breakfast.
-I remember that - I loved that film!
-Oh, let's do it again.
-Let's sneak off in the afternoon, like we used to.
-You are a very bad influence, young lady.
She's got a restaurant to sort out, Dad.
She doesn't need you distracting her.
PHONE RINGS Ooh, secret lover?
So, has she said any more about how long she's staying?
-She's a friend. And...
-A female friend.
I'm not saying it's a problem, I just think...
-people will talk.
-I just don't want, for your sake...
-Oh, this is for my sake, is it?
-Yes. ..for anyone to get the wrong idea.
-I am not throwing her out.
-Right place, right time.
You not going to read your text, then?
I'll read it later. In private.
SHARON: What's with the balloons?
-Oh, right. Well, bring her to the opening tomorrow.
-I'll throw in some bubbly.
-Nonalcoholic, of course.
-Lauren's birthday, yeah?
-Yeah. Taking her out later.
I take it I'm not invited?
-There you go, birthday girl.
-I know she said she weren't seeing him but...
Lucy and Jake. They look all cosy.
What - he's seeing your best mate?
Wouldn't put it past him. I don't care.
-Just... You know, he's a mess. I don't want Lucy getting hurt.
-DOOR BELL RINGS
FRONT DOOR OPENS
-Hello. She's in here, yeah?
Yeah. Do you think they're really stupid?
No. No, I love them. Thank you.
I've booked a booth - EC2 Bar in Shoreditch.
Whitney's up for it, and Peter and Lola.
I don't know. I just... I was thinking something more low key.
Yeah, but it's your birthday! We have to go out.
Lucy, if Lauren's not up for it...
What, am I going to need a dodgy haircut or something?
-DAVID: Homework? TIFFANY:
-Chocolate that you're not meant to have that I didn't see you take? BOTH:
You taking us to school in that?
-Tiffany, that is rude. Now, apologise to your nan.
I was just saying.
Well, I think it looks nice. Change of image.
Look, this treatment, right?
One of the things it does is it makes your hair fall out.
I can either I take you to school looking like Terry,
or I wear a scarf.
Do you really look like Terry?
No, no, it's just thinning a little bit.
Not quite like Terry. More like...
-More like Grandad.
-Now, that IS rude.
-Come on, let's go.
-Ta-ta. Have a nice day.
-You all right?
-Yeah, I'm all right. I'm not going to lie to them.
-I thought the cold cap was to prevent the hair coming out.
-No, I stopped using it.
-Because it was really painful.
You know, like a big block of ice on your head.
What? Stop looking at me like that! It's the chemo that's important.
-This is... This is just hair.
Oh, hi. I was hoping Shabnam was in -
help me with the old B&B accounts.
-It's just, you know what it's like, Jane.
Trying to find somewhere quiet, you know.
Yeah, well, er, I'm menu planning in the dining room.
We'll use the kitchen.
You know, Ian - he won't stop going on and on about this row the two of you had.
It... It was, er... It was nothing.
Well, I said to him -
if Jane wants a big, open kitchen in the restaurant,
you know, watching everyone cook...
That... That wasn't what we argued about.
I said I wanted canteen tables.
Ian said, "Canteen tables, in a restaurant?"
Yeah. Well, you know what Ian's like.
Sticks to what he knows.
She used to be with my dad, didn't she?
Well, I wouldn't exactly say "with" him.
It's all right. Mum told me. She said - when they split up.
What's the phrase again? Any port in a storm.
He still likes her. You know, I mean, really likes her.
some men find it hard to move on from an ex.
I want to know everything. Where she's getting her drinks from,
food she's doing for tomorrow's opening, special events.
I'll write it all in secret code and hide it in rocks in the park.
That's my sausage.
-This is Sharon, not North Korea.
-You're just jealous cos you ain't part of it.
Once we've got our pool table they won't have any customers anyway.
Nothing wrong with having more than one line of attack.
We can plan it this evening after we've all had catch-up night.
If only Hitler had thought of an invasion of cocktail waiters.
You won't all be laughing when Johnny brings down her empire.
I was right last night, weren't I?
-It was your dad.
-I told you, my dad weren't there.
-Drunk again, was he? Get a bit handy with his...
-I was caught off guard by squats, OK?
The door was open, the kid comes running out.
Caught me by surprise.
So how come your dad's got squatters?
I seen the neighbour, Brian.
Dad's in hospital with a broken ankle.
-And you're just going to let some kid get away with...
-What do you want me to do, L?!
I ain't got time to be chasing after some kid.
If there was something...
..you'd tell me, wouldn't you?
Yes. There's nothing to tell.
We ain't had a proper night out in ages, have we?
Yeah. And Peter can show us his moves!
What're you talking about? I've got moves!
Can you imagine that to music?
I'll see you later...
-Are you going to be all right getting a baby-sitter?
Billy's working, ain't he?
-Actually, I've already asked Cora.
-Mwah! I'll see you later.
-See you later.
Making me lie to Denise!
At least I had the decency to ring and warn you.
How many times? There is nothing between us.
-I never said there was!
-And there isn't going to be.
Whoa, whoa, you two are not arguing again, are you?
no, actually. I was just saying how Jane was right.
Oh. I was?
About the canteen tables and...things.
Then again, she usually is.
-Well, maybe you'll learn to say it at the time.
Leave you two to it.
All right, Mick?
What happened there, mate?
-It's all right - it's none of my business.
-It was my son Lee.
You look smart.
Yeah. Yeah, Sharon's training me up.
Is she? What, are you working there now?
Big opening night tomorrow. You should pop down.
Your mum's going to kill you.
Yeah, well, I do what I want, don't I?
Listen, it's Lauren's birthday.
-There's a couple of us going out, if you want to come.
-Ah, no, I can't.
Me, mum and the others - it's catch-up night.
We miss a lot of TV over weekends...
What happened to "I do what I want"?
On catch-up night? Are you joking? She'd...
-I'll see you later.
"Jane's right about everything."
Oh, maybe he just meant, you know, the restaurant.
She comes back here - perfect mum, perfect businesswoman.
You're not helping.
Anyway, I'm going to show her - I'm all them things as well, you know.
Are you jealous?
-Do me a favour! I'm just sick of looking up her nostrils.
There's only one thing for it, then.
Time for some WWMD.
"What would Mum do?"
He's supposed to be in Afghanistan.
Well, then, he ain't going to be decking people in Canning Town, is he?
I know. I know, it's just...
It's mad, innit?
-You said it was dark, didn't you?
-He was the same height, same build.
I just can't help thinking that...
You just know, when it's your own kids, don't you?
You just... You just know.
It's funny - I used to see my boy Bradley everywhere.
I called out to someone once.
Geezer turned round, didn't look nothing like him.
Where is he, your boy?
He died, Mick. Four years ago.
I know it ain't the same but I know what it's like when you've got a son and you miss 'em.
What's Linda think?
I ain't told her yet, have I?
No secrets - that's always been our marriage.
Mine was always the opposite.
Well, I don't think I'd tell her, mate. Not till you're totally sure.
I don't want to worry her. It's just...
if it is him...
and he's done a runner from the Army, then he's in trouble.
-Just bell him up.
They won't let him have a blower. His e-mails - he ain't answering them.
-Right, well, ask your dad.
Seriously, Mick, if you think he's hiding your boy...
Nah, you're right. Probably just seeing ghosts.
About Jane - I think I was a bit rude.
-She's just a friend, Shabnam.
-And even if she wasn't...
-So you're saying that...
It wouldn't be any of your business.
I know you're just friends. I mean...
she clearly still has feelings for Ian.
I don't think so!
Come on, the way she looks at him...
It really isn't any of your business.
They're sat in our house together.
-I know but...
They've got a business together. They've got a kid.
Exactly, exactly! It's not easy to move on from that.
You know how important those things are to Ian.
-She divorced him.
-So? Doesn't mean people just...
Jane stopped having feelings for Ian a long time ago.
Though Ian, on the other hand...
Income and expenditure.
I ain't done a spreadsheet in, like...
Well, since school.
-Er...it's just about tonight.
-Yeah, it is good but we're still going to need an accountant at the end of the year.
PHONE CHIMES SHE CLEARS THROAT
What we were thinking was burgers, salads, that sort of thing - keep it simple.
-Burgers, salads - got it.
-DOOR BELL RINGS
Yeah, well, it was more Jane's idea anyway.
-Jake, I'm talking to you!
-Yeah, and I'm listening.
-Who's so important you've got to spend all your time on the phone?
-Ian, he can have a life!
Not when he works for me, he can't.
HE CHUCKLES Denise!
I'll make a brew.
I was just thinking that we never did anything,
you know, to welcome you back to the Square.
You don't have to do that.
So I thought I'd cook something this evening.
-Yes, well, it wouldn't be a welcome-back if she weren't there.
Well, that's great. Yeah, thanks.
-Shall I bring anything?
Just Masood - you know, make up the numbers -
and something to pick up Ian's jaw from off the floor.
I can't believe you've got all these spirits!
-Where do you get your stuff from?
This is Steffi and Curtis. Our new bar staff.
-Cooking for those three?
They run restaurants. Catering business, food stalls.
You work in a shop and sell a couple of sandwiches.
You got a problem with my sandwiches?
Denise has gone all MasterChef!
Where are you going to get a goat in Walford?
I'm not cooking goat! Will you all stop going on about goat?
I never said "goat".
-I love curry goat!
-I'm not doing goat!
Ian's going to be all over it. In and out of that kitchen.
Yes, and that is why I'm...
Doing it at Patrick's.
What, you, on your own, cooking a poncey meal?
No. No, not on her own. I'm helping.
-It was Denise's idea.
-With, er, her and Ian?
Well, yeah, Ian would be there too.
Hmm. Better put the iron on.
you don't think it's...weird?
My ex and his new fiancee?
Well, it's not like we're throwing our car keys on the table.
Lovely to see a woman with a proper set of curves.
All these girls, skinny as a rake.
Are those yours darling, or silicone?
Thought you was at death's door.
I do apologise - 76 years of age and he's still not house trained.
Been in the wars, have you?
DANCE MUSIC PLAYS
He's gorgeous, ain't he?
-I was just...
-A man who can do so many things with his hands at once?
-I was just wondering how he fit into them jeans.
How he does - or you could?
Well, it's the big day tomorrow.
So try to give the punters some attention, too.
But in the meantime...
-We was always patching up your face.
You were never there.
They won't let me go home on my own.
You seen Lee?
Why would I have seen Lee?
Just wondered if he'd paid you a visit.
None of the rest of you have paid me a visit.
Don't know why he'd fly in from Afghanistan just cos I've had a fall.
-I just thought that...
-Half the boys out there are lucky to come home with legs.
Me taking a tumble don't really count for a royal visit.
So you ain't seen him, then?
No, I ain't seen him. Ain't seen him for years.
Ain't seen any of you till you came sniffing round for money.
Tina's the only one who remembers who her father is.
That's cos she's spent most her life off her nut.
She doesn't really remember who you are.
Thanks for the grapes.
Really appreciate them.
Why all this talk about Lee?
Why you asking about him?
-I just wondered if...
-No, you didn't.
I went to see you at your flat.
And someone gave me a dig.
And I thought, er...
it was Lee.
I didn't see who it was cos they run off.
Must have been one of them ASBOs from the estate.
-They'd mug you for a cough drop.
-Nah. It didn't feel like it.
Moment they see an ambulance, they're in there like a shot.
Kick the door in, did they?
No, everything was fine.
Maybe I didn't shut it properly.
Lucky you got there before they could do the place in.
There was just... There was something about him. I don't know.
And you think your boy would do that? Hit his own father?
Before you know it, he'll be all grown up
and refusing to let his old dad come home with him to convalesce.
-Sure you don't want a coffee?
No, I'm all right. Shall I, er...
-Shall I get these business cards ordered?
What are you doing?
All right? Little gift.
Well, I thought, if you're going to wear a scarf, you know,
may as well have...
I'm really sorry, Carol.
Going to take more than a scarf.
-I'll leave it on there.
-No, don't. Haven't wiped that yet.
"Might not drink tonight. Peter."
Oh, "Lauren won't mind. Whitney."
OK. I'm sorry.
I thought you were texting Jake, didn't I?
I told you nothing was going on.
I know, but...
But what? You don't trust me?
Yes! Yes, obviously I trust you, Lucy.
-Because if we're working together, Lauren...
-Yes. I dunno.
I dunno, I saw you with him earlier, didn't I?
-And I saw you with him last week...
-It is all in your head.
You going to shoot me?
No. Course not. It's your birthday.
Well, I will have that coffee, then.
It is my birthday.
I'll take this.
Hey. Don't call me again today.
No, Lauren just searched through my phone.
It's fine - I delete all of your texts.
Curtis can do this thing where he picks up three bottles at once and I can't...
Whoa. You got a crush?
No, I'm just saying.
Oh, my God, he's got a crush!
-Who's got a crush?
-Johnny's got a crush.
Sharon's new barman. Curtis.
-You're there to gather information.
-That's one way of looking at it!
-You're there for me. Nothing else.
-And if it was a girl?
-That's got nothing to do with it.
-Come on, give the boy a break.
-You can tell me all Sharon's secrets later.
-I'm going out.
-It's catch-up night!
-I ain't going to be there.
-Where is he?
Someone mention my name?
I've just had Dad on the phone.
You ever going to tell us he was in hospital?
-It's not sticking!
-How you've managed to make it stick when you've put so much oil in...
-The spices need to cook out!
-But you're not cooking them onions properly.
This is how I always cook onions.
That's not how I've said to cook 'em, is it?
-You're meant to be making my life easier so Jane's impressed with...
-Would somebody tell me what...
-She's her mother's daughter, all right. Don't listen to a word.
-What are you doing in my kitchen?
-We couldn't get goat so...
I mean, while I'm out playing cards I want to know...
I - sorry, we - wanted somewhere Ian weren't going to get all involved.
I'm cooking for Masood and Ian... and Jane.
Well, I hope they like washing up.
-He can have my room.
-It's not just your room.
-I'll sleep on the floor.
-I'm not having that man in this house.
He can go on the sofa, or we put a bed in the lounge.
-I don't want him in my lounge.
-He's not coming here!
-You can't leave him in hospital.
-Thank you, Nancy.
-If your dad says no, he means no.
He said he got a neighbour to call you yesterday.
-Mick went round his gaff and came back with a black eye.
-Is that when you got beaten up?
I didn't get beaten up.
So did you see who did it?
Yeah, just... It was just kids from the estate.
Dad weren't there, though, was he? Cos he was in hospital, where he's been all week.
Funny how he didn't tell us before he knew he couldn't come home.
-He's old and he's had a fall.
-You've been outvoted.
-And he ain't got no-one else.
He is not staying here!
TANNOY: 'The westbound District line is currently suspended...'
Thought I missed you.
-I'm not getting a bus.
-It ain't that far!
-We could go to the Vic.
-No, I ain't going back to the Vic.
Oh, brilliant. Cab?
Actually, I've got keys to the Albert.
Fancy a private party?
-Yes, let's go!
What did he do?
Like, when you and Dad was little - did he, like...?
Do you think he'd still be alive if he did?
Yeah, but I just don't get why you and Dad hate him so much.
Darling, there are hundreds of reasons why I hate him -
but that's not one of them.
This looks amazing.
I mean, you did all this for Jane? On your own?
Well...you know, Shabnam -
she come and she just give me a little bit of a hand.
PATRICK CLEARS THROAT
Sorry, me dear, I'm not staying.
Yeah. Yeah, I know. This is for me.
Oh, sorry - I just assumed.
I mean, it's not a double date, is it?
-You two, Jane and my dad?
I mean, I can go if you want.
No. No, you stay.
You know, it's like - the more the merrier.
So what happened, Mick?
At Dad's, when you went round there?
Like I said. Just a kid.
A kid rattled you?
I know you, Mick. There's something you're not telling me.
It just shook me up a bit.
You know, being back there.
You let him in, there's going to be nothing but trouble.
And I promise you I will not let that man
anywhere near this family again.
Dad's coming to stay.
Oh, no, back, back, back!
No hug for your old man?
He's not a dad, Teen. He's money out of the tills.
He's us losing punters. He's Linda going to stay back at her mother's.
If it wasn't for him we wouldn't exist!
The only reason he had kids is
so he'd have someone to send round the shop for his fags!
-I could knock you out.
-He's an invalid.
Roles reversed, OK? He would not take you in, Tina.
Look at us! He's been here two minutes and we're fighting.
Actually, he's OUR dad, so it ain't really any of your business.
It's my home you've invited him in to!
He's as nice as pie to your face but behind your back...
What? Go on.
Says you're not really into girls, you just need taming.
A strong hand.
What did you say he used to call her?
A dog without a lead.
Did the trick, though. I'm calling him a cab.
It's a term of endearment, love!
You know me, I'm a gags man.
Just remember, she's the only one fighting your corner.
You couldn't ask Linda to fetch me a cuppa...?
All set? DOORBELL RINGS
What you after, Ian, a guard of honour?
Come on in!
-Hi. How you doing?
-That's a bit formal.
Denise! How lovely of you to have us over.
-It's my pleasure.
-Shabnam. What are you doing here?
-Ian. Why don't you show everyone through.
-Starters are nearly done.
-Yeah. This way...
I shouldn't have told you that.
He can call me what he wants.
Yeah? Well, how come you're sitting out here?
Cos you always side with Shirley. He's my dad as well.
He's just scared, you know?
Cos if we all get on, then what?
Then we talk about mum, don't we?
We talk about when we were kids and he don't like that.
So he acts up.
Hello, love. You got a boyfriend?
-You want another one?
Oi, can you not interfere with the punters, please!
Take me home, Teen. I'm not begging.
If you want him gone, you have to take him back yourself.
I ain't kicking him out cos he's too scared to be decent.
They've been out there for ages.
They're working on him. He's a soft touch, your dad.
No, not with this. He knows...
Cancel the cab.
It's not for long.
The doctor said he only needs looking after for three weeks.
Linda. I'll keep to myself. Help out where I can.
Lying there with my broken ankle, it was your faces I saw...
I know I don't deserve it. But thank you.
-You're not going to fall for that, are you?
He is going to poison every part of this family.
By the end of the week we're going to be at war, Mick!
It'll be fine.
Please, Mick, don't.
Careful... Are we going to carry him up?
You look after the pub. I'll speak to Mick.
You two are hilarious. He's tiny.
If he kicks off, I'll, like, sit on him or something.
The way Dad was going on,
-I was expecting, like, Robocop - not Friar Tuck in a wheelchair.
-Don't be taken in by that.
When he used to drink he couldn't even tell us apart.
No matter what we did he just cut into us...tearing us...
until, one day, we just...
And there was silence at the table.
It's going to happen here, you watch.
And the worst thing was we started turning on each other.
Because that's his trick. He makes you hate yourself.
We'll make it just like home up here, Dad. You'll love it.
Colourful place you got. Are those...?
-Yeah, yeah, they're parakeets, yeah.
There you go.
-I got you.
By the look of you, we won't be doing that again in a hurry.
-Yeah. If he's better.
He'll be better.
Dad, Lady Di. Lady Di, Dad.
Best looking woman in the house!
-Yeah, after you.
This is so good.
Yeah? It's just an old, you know, family recipe.
Should be hearing about the market closure by Easter.
Not holding my breath, though.
Mint sauce, Jane?
-IAN AND JANE TOGETHER: Oh, no, she don't...
-Oh, no, I don't...
-She's minty enough.
-I'm minty enough.
What are you two like?
What's that? What does that even mean?
-It's, you know, like a play on words...you know...
-Like, with sugar.
How's the restaurant coming along?
Oh, I think we've finally decided on the Beales' logo at last!
-When can we see it?
-Well, we're not going to unveil it yet. It's top-secret.
We're all hanging on the edges of our seats here.
Do you know what, I think I'm going to get a little top-up.
-This really is delicious.
I mean, on behalf of Denise.
What's going on in here?
Do you remember? I always used to call you my Jessica Lange.
Only hoping that I'd call you my King Kong.
-Do you fancy it?
-We never did get to the end of it.
-Too busy snogging, that's why.
-Where are the kids?
-Sent them out for something to eat with Bianca.
Come on, sit down.
No, I'm going to go and see Max. He's got his genetic testing tomorrow.
Oh, Carol. Come on, that's nothing, is it?
It's only taking a bit of blood. He'll be all right.
Come on, sit down. I got popcorn. Nice bottle of wine.
We can have a nice romantic night in.
I think we're a long way from being romantic, David.
I thought Sharon was going to bed down here for the night.
Oh, wow, I can see the hipsters working their 'taches in here.
-Hipsters? It's a bit small, innit?
-But it's all ours.
Listen up! Ground rules! Oi!
Sharon's got this place just right for tomorrow
-so we put back what we drink and we leave the place exactly...
..exactly as we found it. Agreed?
THEY ALL EXPRESS AGREEMENT
Good! Cos Phil Mitchell finds out about this, I am a dead man.
You and that phone!
Just work. Trying to get us rich.
-LOUD MUSIC STARTS
-Lola, what have I just said? Can you turn it down?
-I can't get through to this delivery company.
-Thought they was coming in the morning?
Yeah, well, I need to double check. Not much of a cocktail bar without any mixers, is it?
Sharon, they'll come! You know what you're doing.
You've been in the game years, ain't you?
There might be a few glitches along the way
but anything goes wrong, you'll deal with it, easy, won't you?
You trying to get back in my good books?
Why? Am I not there already?
Not quite. So how do you fancy christening The Albert?
Before the punters get their grubby hands on it tomorrow...
-Come on, come through.
-OK. Thank you.
-You don't mind, do you? I'm just finishing my dinner.
-You don't do that every night, do you?
Oh, you're worse than Liam. Put that phone away.
Oh, it's Lauren. She's out for her birthday.
Just waiting for that call from A&E.
She'll be all right. She's been around alcohol before.
-I'll stick the kettle on.
Apparently, it's all about the snappy hand movements.
So you look like you're doing something impressive...
Don't... Don't do that.
-Have you actually studied mixology or is this just guesswork?
-Peter, shut up, he's really good!
MUSIC TURNED UP
Can you turn that music down?
Don't do this and don't do that.
-Can we actually go somewhere we can have some fun?
-This is fun.
There you go. Use a beer mat...
Ah, the good old mocktail.
What happens if have too much vitamin C, guys?
Nothing, babe - not buzz-wise, anyway.
Look, I can't drink that. Have you got any cider?
So what's it like working together again?
-Just like the good old days?
Yeah. It's not exactly like them.
No, not exactly, but...
We know how to work in tandem, don't we?
What he means by that is I ignore his moods and get on with it.
All right, I admit it. I can be a difficult partner.
But I aim high.
He says boss when you're not around.
Oh, old habits...
So, come on, you must have loads of old stories
working together over the years.
Really? Really, stories about a cafe?
Things have gone down in that cafe, believe me.
Yeah, and some things are best kept secret.
You know, you don't want to bore our guests to tears, do you?
Denise, is everything OK?
Can anyone smell burning?
VOICES ON TV
Here you go.
That's disgusting. You never could make a cup of tea.
Your way takes ages. Faffing about with all that milk.
No, you don't put the milk in first, Carol,
cos the tea bag don't infuse, does it?
How you feeling about tomorrow?
It'll be all right. Only a scratch.
Well, makes you think, doesn't it, about the kids? It did with me.
Honestly, that tea bag.
Packaged in India and then flown 4,000 miles to be mullered by you.
Do you want me to come with you?
What, you not had enough of hospitals lately?
You know, a little while back, Tanya would have gone with you.
-Or even Kirsty...
-What's that supposed to mean?
It's just bad timing. You not having anybody.
I got the girls! Well, I ain't got them tonight.
-Not tomorrow either?
-Why are you worrying about tomorrow for?
Everything's fine, Carol. The girls are happy. Business is good.
And you - you're supposed to be living in the present.
-Yeah, well, I'd be at home with David watching King Kong.
-You should be there.
Instead of round here, trying to get me worked up about tomorrow.
Honestly, just live in the present.
Yeah, where I've got cancer?
No. Where you've got a fighting chance.
Unlike that cup of tea.
I'll make a fresh one.
Maybe we should go in there and help.
No. Denise told me I couldn't interfere.
No reason why you couldn't though.
-Oh, no, I don't think...
It's ruined. The whole thing.
I thought you were meant to be helping me.
Not helping Ian and Jane just reminisce all night!
I cooked everything for you!
Yes, and now it's burnt to a crisp, innit?
Is there a problem here?
Actually, we could use your help. Chicken's...
Right, well, look, you've made this delicious curry sauce.
We could go vegetarian?
No. No, because there's not enough veg, is there?
-Of course there is... You've got a courgette...
-And look at that, you've got two onions.
-That's a real feast, that(!)
We don't need much.
Look, it's my dinner and if I say there isn't enough...
I think Masood's making things worse!
Ian, Denise seems really on edge.
All I know is this wouldn't have happened with you.
It was fun, weren't it?
Talking about the old days in the cafe.
Yeah. Happy memories.
Tell me you haven't been thinking about that kiss.
Denise has just popped out for a takeaway.
You are joking?
Peter, I'm going to grab something to eat.
Take that out, would you? And use the chippy's, yeah?
-Try to relax, babe.
-This was a big mistake.
Yeah, but look, everyone's having a right laugh.
Yeah, but it's me that loses his life. This is like Sharon's baby.
-Which means it's Phil's baby, more or less. And if they knew...
-MUSIC TURNED UP
Peter, can you TURN IT DOWN?!
-I'll clean it up. Don't worry.
Do you know how many times Sharon's counted these glasses?
-I don't know, Peter.
Hey, what you doing down here on your own?
What is that?
I dunno. I just wanted to join in.
Lauren, have you seen how strong they're making these?
In an hour or so, everyone is going to be throwing up
and making a fool of themselves, and then you're just going to say,
"Thank God that's not me - they look stupid."
Yeah. You're always looking out for me, ain't ya?
Let's just go back upstairs, yeah?
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
You get more and more stunning.
-Your cataracts are just getting worse.
-HE LAUGHS HEARTILY
I'm doing this for Tina, OK? It's important to her.
-Right, Dad, here's your feather.
Tina's going to bring in your blankets.
Shirley ain't exactly making the customers feel welcome down there.
You need anything else?
You all right getting to the khazi of a night and all that, yeah?
Quite all right, thank you. Nancy. Come over here.
Let's have a look at you.
Yeah. Haven't you turned into a beauty?
Dunno 'bout that, Stan.
Call me Grandad.
I look like a useless old so-and-so, you might as well call me one.
What's the time? Boxing's on in a minute!
-Take an interest, do you?
Watching men knock each other out? 'Course.
-You one of her lot?
-No, she ain't, Dad. Don't panic.
She just knows her enemy.
Well, come on, sit yourselves down and we'll do a bit of man-hating together.
Can't stand either of these two fighters.
Right pair of chauvinists, they are!
Can't believe you made me stop off for a meat pie.
I've been at work all day, I'm starving!
-I was trying to be spontaneous.
-This is spontaneous.
Didn't know I was going to come in till I walked past.
There's nothing wrong with the head on that. You don't like it, there's plenty other pubs.
-It's quiet tonight.
-Bet it ain't up there.
We're about to have dinner. Mick wanted you to join us, actually.
Yes, what else am I supposed to do? I've got to give them something.
Don't tell me. Another old family recipe(?)
-All right, sweetheart.
-Nice hat, Pops.
-Give us a chip.
-Oi! You want a chip, you have to earn your keep.
-I said I want a chip.
Come on, wind it in.
So what is it now? Lauren, Lola, me...
Is there anyone, apart from your sister, that you ain't been out with?
-You two went out?
Oh, yeah, yeah. We "went out" didn't we? For about ten minutes!
She's been out with everyone, though.
She'll be trying to turn you next.
It was a joke!
Whit, it was a joke!
Help me with this and you can have a chip.
Peter, he just... He didn't mean to upset you.
It's all right. No-one ever does.
-What you doing!?
-Come on, Johnny.
Come on, Peter!
-What's got into you?
That's it, run, boy. And you keep running an' all!
I'm proud of you, son. All this. Everything we never had.
And whose fault was the lack of stability?
You got to stop blaming your mother some day.
Was hard in those days.
Shirley did her best, didn't you, Shirl? But she was young.
She was great! She always had our dinner on the table.
She always had us ready for school.
Wouldn't catch me doing that for Johnny.
There's that maternal instinct again(!)
You had your moments, eh, Shirl? Some better than others.
We all struggled.
Yeah. But like I said at the time, it wasn't your fault.
What weren't? Sylvie leaving?
Yeah, well, you don't need to drag that up now, do you?
What with you being on your best behaviour.
-There he is!
-What's the matter, boy? You look ill.
-Is this the boy?
No. No, I just... Er... Whitney tried it on with me.
What's the matter with that!?
Me and girls don't really mix.
Sorry, who is that?
Oh, this is Stan, this is your grandad.
And he's another woofter?
Oi. Oi, oi. Oi.
First Tina. Now Johnny. Still not too convinced about Nancy.
Lee's the only proper one and he'll probably come home in a body bag!
What did you just say?
-Excuse me. I've just got to...
You could make this easier.
What have I said now?
DVD PLAYS ON TV, DOOR OPENS
-Is that you, Carol?
You're back early.
-You're finally watching it through to the end, then.
38 years later.
-She going to be all right?
-Yes, so long as he doesn't drop her.
Do you think he will?
Take more than a few bi-planes...
Well, that's the old woman in bits.
Poison!? Is that what you all think?
-Not going to leap to my defence?
-Why don't you just leave?
If it weren't for me you'd be dead, son.
What you talking about now?
There'd be no fancy wallpaper. No bulldogs.
-You owe me everything.
-What, just cos you're his dad?
-Cos I saved his life once.
Oh, here we go. What's this? Another one of your stories, yeah?
This one's different. This is one you want to listen to.
It was our faces you saw, weren't it, when you did your ankle?
But not one of them faces will be at your funeral.
Shirley! DOOR SLAMS SHUT
Wow. She thought that would take a week.
Same old Shirl. If it weren't for her
you would have known your grandma.
You would have known your mum.
Dad. Why don't we go and get your stuff?
-Oh, that can wait till tomorrow.
-Let's give everyone a breather.
Let them get used to the playing field. Yeah?
Baby, go and set your grandad's wheelchair up.
Put it at the bottom of the stairs.
Couldn't set one up for me an' all, could you?
I heard Denise come back ages ago.
She's a bit...not herself.
It's me. The ex.
You're here with me.
I don't blame her.
Ian does talk about you a lot.
I mean, the whole time we were cooking, it was Jane this,
Jane that. I'd hate you if I were her!
I'll go see what's up.
-Jane this, Jane that.
-I'm sure it's not that bad.
Oh, come on, he fawns all over you!
-He obviously wants you back.
-Well, I don't want him back.
Really? All those trips down memory lane...
Clearly he thinks there's something on the cards.
Finally, dinner is served.
Oh! 'Scuse us.
I got three kids and six grandkids.
Two of them are fluffy. That's... That's, what?
That's 25%! I'm underpinning the gay community!
I made some funny choices when I was younger, your mother included,
but never that.
You sure you made the right choice, giving Shirley a job?
This ain't Canning Town. My flat's miles away.
Surely this is Stratford?
It's Stratford, isn't it?
-Mick, what's going on? Mick, careful.
Oww. What you doing!?
Look, son, you're not leaving me!
Son, I'm sorry. I don't know what I did...
That thing with Lee. It was a joke! You can't do this!
I haven't got nothing!
No. You lost the lot.
Is she coming?
Sharon ain't going to run all the way down here, is she?
She's pretty mad! And I bet she's going tell my dad.
Oh, well, it'll be Johnny that gets in trouble, not us.
Well, it was a good night.
No! No, don't tell me this is how my birthday night's going to end!
Why don't you just come to mine, we'll watch a film. My dad ain't going to mind.
I can't. I said that I...
MUSIC PLAYS IN BACKGROUND
He didn't mean nothing by it, Linda. He just don't think.
Yeah, Lee's going to be home in no time.
-You all right, Mum?
Yeah. Where's your dad?
He's taken Stan to get a change of clothes.
Wish he'd dump him there.
Oi, Sharon's downstairs for you.
-Yeah. Why? What have you done?!
Nothing, nothing. You should go down there.
Just tell them I'm not here, or I'm dead!
What have you done?
-# Oh, what did you expect?
# Oh, tell me what did you expect? To lay it on my head...
# Always so easily led
# Bang bang, you're dead Put all the rumours to bed... #
Shirl, it's me.
I've done something stupid.
Where are you?
What you doing there?
-Do you think they saw us come in?
-I don't know.
-Dad's out. What you doing back?
Girlie night in, it is for us! I'll be having that.
-What film do you want to watch? No rom coms.
I was going to watch something on my own.
-Yeah, well, it's my birthday. So you can watch with us.
-Er, no, thanks.
Just me and you, then.
KNOCK AT DOOR
I'm an idiot. I'm such an idiot!
So, you two, it's a bit sudden. Is it a new thing?
MUSIC PLAYS IN BACKGROUND
It's always hard to put an exact date on these things.
Isn't it, Mas?
Yeah, it is.
I think you two, you make a lovely couple. Don't they, Ian?
Yeah, yeah, it's just, erm...
I mean, has this been going on since you came back?
Why do you care?
I'm just making conversation.
Well, I think this deserves a little toast.
I'm going to go wash up.
-Don't be silly. Raise your glass.
-I did everything else today, I might as well finish the job!
BACKGROUND MUSIC # Tell me how am I supposed
# To live without you... #
-What was that?
-What was what?
Oh, you know what?
You're not being honest with me.
And I know that someone turned that grill up on purpose, Shabnam.
-Jane should be with Ian, not my dad.
If it wasn't for you, then she would be
and my family wouldn't be in this mess.
So you were trying... Oh, what exactly?
You were trying to ruin my relationship? I live with the fella.
He's my fiance. This ain't one of your teenage little kicks!
You should be turning cartwheels then, shouldn't you?
Because even after everything you did in there...
-You don't have to worry about Jane any more, do you?
-No, I don't, do I?
-Did Shabs just...
-Oh, yeah, sorry. She just....
Well, she... She's feeling emotional.
You know, it's you and Jane.
It's just a lot to take in.
-Please, can we just pretend I'm not here?
-No, we can't. Now get out there.
-Please don't be mad.
-If I was mad, you'd be having this chat with St Peter!
-I'm dealing with it.
-If he's damaged something, we'll pay for it.
-Damaged? It's not that you broke into my bar.
-You did what?!
-I used the key.
It's not even that you trashed the place hours before the opening.
Sharon, I didn't know. I'll get him to clean it up.
But when I walked in, you just ran away, Johnny.
You didn't give me enough respect to face me.
First sign of trouble, you go running to your mum?
-I think we should all just calm down.
-You know, I trusted you.
-Sharon, he's a good boy.
That's what I thought, Linda. You're fired, Johnny.
I'll bring your bar tab round tomorrow.
DOOR BUZZER SOUNDS
I'm glad you're home. I forgot my keys.
So you made him kiss you?
I thought you were on your way to bed?
Well, no, Whit needs support, so...
Should have seen the way he looked at me.
Like I'd violated him or something.
-Well, he is gay.
Exactly. So it doesn't really count as a rejection, does it, eh?
Yeah, I know he is, but I swear it's like when we're together -
the way he makes me feel, the way he looks at me,
I know it's not just friendship.
It's not even going to be that if you keep molesting him, is it?
What have I done?
I tell you what, no matter how bad I mess up with boys,
I always know she's out there doing something worse!
-She's not much better, is she?
-Well, to be fair, we're all completely hopeless.
Speak for yourself! Because I don't get mugged off any more.
Yeah, and I'm OK, too, actually.
All right, why don't we just put the movie on and pretend boys never existed
Yeah, I'm going to go make a phone call.
Hey, it's me.
look, I don't think I can come tonight.
It's not easy lying to her, you know.
TV IN BACKGROUND
Well, someone's turned this place over.
There was no money in the wardrobe, so I had to get creative.
That's what's left.
If you've come here to try and persuade me to come back,
Mick, you're wasting your breath.
So you're going to stay here?
Thought you'd redecorate(?)
While he's there, I'm here.
That's just the thing. He's not there any more.
I just dumped him in the street.
Oh, it's beautiful.
Why can't all dads be like that?
What, sacrifice themselves to save the world from killer asteroids?
-Sacrifice themselves so their daughters can marry Ben Affleck.
Our dad would never do that.
Your dad's all right.
Yeah, I mean he treats you like adults.
Mine still thinks I'm a kid.
-He's not that bad!
-Least you've got a dad.
You've always got to be one up, haven't you?
What was that?
Well, I mean, your dad died when you were like ten, right?
If he hadn't, you'd never have met Tony.
Don't worry, I'm leaving.
That was painful.
-Hey. You OK?
-Yeah. I'm going to bed.
Shabnam, you know Jane and I are not together?
That was just for show.
It's nothing to do with me.
Mas... Don't just walk away.
What do you want from me?
You don't think it would be just a little bit
humiliating to see your father being used like that?
Look, I am really sorry.
It's just that all that stuff Shabnam was saying about Ian,
talking about me. I just wanted him to get the message.
What message is that, exactly?
That I'm not interested in him.
And what kind of message am I supposed to take from that, exactly?
SOUND OF TAP RUNNING
Why is my height even on here?
I was in care then.
He always measured your height when you came home for visits.
Wanted you to feel part of the family.
No, he wanted other people to think I grew up here.
I remember my foster parents had a purple kitchen.
I mean, how could you forget that?
And I had like, um... I had like this little toy car.
It was like a little Cortina. And my foster mum... What was her name?
You really loved her.
Used to scream your head off when we used to come and take you out for the day.
But when I came home, you know, it wasn't things I remember.
I just remember how I felt.
Because when you're a kid and you wake up in the middle of the night
and there's no-one there...
..you just remember feeling scared.
And when you're sitting outside on a step and you're freezing,
in the sleet...
..you don't remember the colour of the door.
You just remember thinking...
..why doesn't he know?
Why doesn't he know I'm hungry?
Why doesn't he know that school's finished?
Why doesn't he know, Shirl?
I'm six years old!
That's a lie!
I was never here!
No-one was here.
This place doesn't exist.
Mick, I wish I could've stayed longer when you came back but...
..I... I just couldn't handle it.
It wasn't your job.
Who cares what lies he's told himself? He's alone now.
He's out there, cold and scared.
Like you were.
-He deserves it.
No, no, it's not right.
-No, I've got to go back.
-I've got to go and pick him up.
What have you just been saying what he did to you?!
I can't be him.
I will NEVER be him.
And neither can you.
What are you doing out here?
Is Whit all right?
Yeah, she'll be fine. She's just drunk, ain't she?
Well, tell her I'm sorry.
Luce, what's up?
You've been acting funny all night.
All week, really.
Just worried about the business.
Yeah, well, you can talk to me about things like that.
That's what having a partner's all about.
The business is going to be fine.
It's me and you all the way to the big time.
Why are you being so nice to me?
Er, because you're my best mate.
Well, look at you earlier, making sure that I didn't have a drink.
And then making it funny, so that I didn't care about it.
I'd hate to think that you were upset about something
and you couldn't talk to me.
I'd better go.
OK, well before you go, please do one thing with me.
Aren't you going to make a wish?
Nah. We'll do it together. Ready?
I wonder where we'll be on my 21st?
-Getting chased out of bars and hiding in the cold.
Whitney crying her eyes out, because she's fallen in love
with some bloke from a different country on death row.
Yeah, who's in a civil partnership with another man.
Oh, just come back inside, eh?
It's boring without you.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
Nah. I've got to go.
Just tell Whit that I didn't mean it.
Thank you for sticking by me today.
Got there in the end.
Sure you're doing the right thing?
He'll upset everyone.
He'll offend the punters. He'll get at Johnny.
Bring out the worst in Nancy.
All of that.
It will be the longest three weeks of my life.
Unless you help me.
Did I die?
Yeah. You didn't make heaven, funnily enough.
Can I have one of those?
If you like.
I didn't think you'd get so angry.
I'm not angry.
-It was a stupid thing to do.
I'm just digging myself deeper, aren't I?
Look, Jane, you've done nothing wrong.
-It's fine. Just go to bed.
-We both know that's not true.
It's my fault.
I mean, you haven't been here, I...
Life has been one long screw-up for a while.
I've made some very odd choices.
But having you around the last few days, it's been...
The reason why I'm angry is that while you were kissing me, you were thinking of Ian.
I wasn't thinking of Ian.
You going to be staring out that window much longer?
Who are you waiting for, anyway?
They're not coming.
Sadie's taking Bella to Dubai. She's got a sister out there.
My little girl.
When will they be leaving?
I made their favourite. Moussaka.
You might as well have it.
Er, you're not hungry?
I'm done crying over them.
I can't believe you broke in!
I used the key.
Maybe you have got some of your grandad in you, after all.
Oh, come here, you've had a bad day.
Just seen Mick pulling up outside.
You took your time.
Yeah, well, I had to round up Shirley and all.
I'm sorry, that thing I said about Lee.
-Yeah, well, you don't seem to know any better.
It won't happen again.
Can we go up? I'm tired.
All right, everyone, the living room's out of bounds, yeah?
How long's he staying for?
Three very long weeks.
If he upsets either of you, you come straight to me, OK?
I'll be all right, it's Johnny you want to worry about.
-Sensitive soul, ain't he?
-Get over yourself.
-Whoa, is that Phil Mitchell?
DOOR LOCK BEEPS
SOUND OF SHOWER RUNNING
Good night, Dad. It's good to have you here.
So, you're all sweet, yeah? So we'll see you in the morning.
Three weeks. Don't get too comfortable.
-You still scared of water, Son?
When was the last time you went down the swimming pool?
I'm too tired for this. I just want my wife and I want my bed.
Or swam in the sea?
Or paddled on the banks of the Thames on a nice sunny day?
Course I have.
I... I remember so vivid. That song.
"I'll Never Smile Again" on the radio in the kitchen.
I remember, because we were sent home with the snow and I thought,
"You must be joking, Frank! I'm grinning from ear to ear."
And then I see water dripping down the wall.
He doesn't need to hear this.
Race upstairs. Someone's run a bath, fallen asleep.
On the landing, Tina's crying, carpet's soaked.
Into the bathroom.
-She's over the bath. Arms in the water, staring down.
"What you doing, you silly cow?!"
Turn off the taps. Takes ages.
Water all swirling.
And then I see...
..something held down.
Push her away, shouting.
Pull you out.
Someone was holding me down?
Lay you on a bed. Panic.
Can't think what to do.
..a little cough.
I thought I was going to fall over.
Frank still singing up through the floor.
Her still staring in the water.
Who? Who is it?
Sent her off to Aunt Babe's that night.
Last time I saw her.
You take your time, Mick.
Bet hating me was the one thing in life you could count on.
Like British summers, or Aunt Babe's trifles.
Thanks for coming round to the idea of me staying, Shirl.
I think, from now on, things will run very smoothly.
# I'll never smile again
# Till I smile with you. #
-Stop it. I am not ticklish.
-I never have been.
-Yes, you have.
SOUND OF KISSING
Your tea's going to get cold.
TV: "Then folding in the whipped cream."
Oh, you OK?
Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine.
Come and give me a cuddle.
Come and give me one.
All right, just this once.
Didn't think you were going to bring him back.
-It was tempting.
I swear to God, if he says one more thing about Lee...
We'll ignore him.
You want me to leave the water in for you?
Nah, you're all right.
Yeah. It's me.
That thing we discussed.
Well, now's the time.
You took your time.
Got here in the end.
-It's just Whitney.
That's not the first time she's tried
to get hold of you in the last 24 hours.
Johnny?! Did you know about this? I could kill Sharon.
Where's your dad?
Mick, answer me!
-Yeah, babe, what?
-What you doing in there?
I must have fallen asleep.
I was about to bust the door down.
I need you in the living room. Family conference, now.
You all right, Curtis?
Ooh - "Tonight, come celebrate the grand opening of The Albert
"with free cocktails and canapes."
-All I can say is the owner of this establishment must be very generous.
Come on, let's go.
-Sharon, am I reading this right? "Free"?
-That's what it says.
-Well, on selected cocktails.
I knew there'd be a catch. I'll think about it.
You do that.
Mum! You all right?
Oh, yeah. As if everyone wasn't looking at me already.
-No-one's looking at you. Don't be silly.
-Is that all right?
-You look beautiful.
-Thank you. I'm late for work, darling.
-Carol! I've got a full caff in there...
-Sorry, I got held up.
-Yeah, that's fine... Just take all the time you need, yeah?
Oh! So that's how you shut Ian Beale up.
I think he's already left.
Oh, but I didn't hear him come in last night.
Yeah, well, you know what you're like. Sleep through anything.
-Right, well, I'm going to go. I'll see you later.
-See you later.
You're not going, are you?
Why don't you just come back to bed?
I've got a really busy day.
I've got to go.
See you later.
Have you seen these? They're plastered all over the Square.
Free cocktails and canapes. She's doing a spread now. How can we compete?
If you're worried about a few vol au vents and a prawn ring, we ain't going to go out of business.
It's all we need, with the market maybe closing. If only we had the pool table!
-We could've started the tournament tonight.
-Relax, L. Nancy's on the case.
We're not competing with this mob. The Albert's a poncy bar. We're a boozer.
Yeah, but what else has she got up her sleeve? That's what I want to know.
I blame you for this. You were supposed to be my eyes and my ears.
-I've said I'm sorry, didn't I? I made one mistake. If it was Nancy that did it...
OK, fine, fine. If it was Lee that had done it, then,
you would have shrugged it off and gone "Oh, that's Lee," and all would've been forgotten.
Don't you bring your brother into this. He's out fighting for his country. What are you doing?
-What is it you want from me?
-I want you round there kissing Sharon's backside and getting your job back.
Do you think you can do that?
< It's nice to see the family getting on(!)
And you can put that cigarette out, right now.
If I wanted my ceilings yellow, I'd have gone with the magnolia.
If you want to smoke, do it out the window, or outside, I don't care.
This house is getting very crowded
and you are in my bottom two, so be warned.
Outside? I can't manage the stairs in my condition.
Well, if it's the stairs you're worried about, I'm happy to give you a nudge.
L. Go easy on Johnny. He said he was sorry.
Cheers. Thank you.
I like the scarf.
You don't have to say that.
-No, I actually do.
-Thanks. What can I get you?
Nothing. Actually, I'm just looking for my dad. Have you seen him?
No. Not since yesterday. Why?
What is it?
Well, he didn't come home last night... I don't know.
I know there's something's going on with him.
Listen, you'd better sit down, Lauren.
If you've come here to help tidy up, you're a bit late.
If I was you, I wouldn't give him the time of day.
Just give us a few minutes, yeah.
I'll be upstairs.
I just wanted to say I'm sorry.
Well, I don't know what you do at the Vic - that's between you,
your mum and your dad, but you do not steal from my bar.
-I don't make a habit of stealing from anyone.
-So why did you do it?
To make friends.
I'll put back everything I took.
It's not about that.
You know, this place means a lot to me and I trusted you.
Look, Johnny, you've done the right thing. You've apologised.
So you can go.
What about my job?
Well, I'm not sure this is the right thing for you at the moment, Johnny.
What is the right thing for me, then?
-Go on, please tell me cos everybody else seems to know but me.
I knew you were going to waste my breath. No-one listens to me anyway, do they?
You all right? What's the matter?
I can't believe you've been hiding something like that from me.
What do you mean? What are you talking about?
-What, were you just not going to tell me?
-Can you just tell me what you're talking about?
Don't you get it? If you could have that gene then I could have it too, Dad.
Yeah, well, I just didn't want you to worry, Lauren, not till I got the results back.
And Abi, she's got her exams to focus on.
I don't want to stress her out, do I?
Right, well, I'm coming with you... to your appointment. Carol told me it was today.
Lauren, it's only a blood test. I don't get the results for weeks.
I don't care. I'm coming with you.
You shouldn't have to go through this on your own.
All right, fine, I'll go and get changed and then we'll go, yeah?
You don't have to keep secrets from me.
Yeah, I know.
You said nobody listens to you.
Well, go on, I'm listening.
What you said back there wasn't just about the job, was it, Johnny?
No, I'm just angry at myself for messing things up. Just as I was getting somewhere.
-Things ain't exactly been great at home since...
Since I came out.
Dad's been brilliant, but it's Mum.
She thinks she's open-minded
cos she bought a Joe McElderry Christmas album but the truth is
she can barely even look at me.
Which is weird, cos she's the one person
I thought would stand by me the most...
Yeah. Yeah, course.
But she just shut down on me
and I spend every day trying to win her back and I can't do it any more...
I'm at uni. I'm the first one in our family that did that.
You gave me the job at The Albert
and I really felt like I was winning her round.
She even called me "sausage" again the other day,
which I know sounds completely ridiculous, but that means I'm on her good side.
You know, when I was your age,
I was a nightmare trying to get my parents to notice me.
I was always playing up.
I wasn't trying to get a job and go to uni.
if I did, it would probably have been a different story.
We all make mistakes.
Learn from it, move on and don't steal from other people's bars.
-I really am sorry.
-Yeah, I know you are.
-Which is why I want you behind my bar tonight.
Really. I can't be doing without my best-looking barman, can I?
I thought Curtis was your best-looking barman.
He's not a patch on you, sweetheart.
Dad? Something happened last night
and I don't want you to freak out about it.
But you know I went out with my mates?
I almost had a drink.
I had the chance to and I didn't.
But it got me thinking maybe I can.
Maybe I can have just one drink.
Lauren, it don't work like that. You can't just "have one".
It don't matter if you feel like you're in control.
Yeah, I know, but what? Am I just never going to drink again?
Well, maybe, yeah.
You've done really well up to now.
Why are you just going to throw that away?
I dunno. Moment of weakness, I guess.
Right. I'm going to go see what's taking them so long.
You've got a visitor.
Sorry for just turning up like this.
But you haven't replied to any of my texts so...
Johnny, I was really drunk last night, OK?
Yeah, yeah, they say the truth comes out when you're drunk, don't they?
No, I'm sorry.
Sorry that I opened up to you.
-Don't be like that.
-I told you things.
I told you things I'd never told anybody before.
-I said things that I hadn't even said out loud.
-And all along you was just trying to get in my pants.
What if it was the other way around? What if a boy did that to a girl?
He'd be accused of taking advantage.
I don't know. I don't know, Whit. I don't know where we are any more.
-I thought we were mates.
-We are, Johnny.
Yeah, and that's all.
-Yeah, I know.
Yeah. I promise.
-Did we just have our first fight?
I'm going to go back to work and get some lunch.
-I'll see you later?
-Sharon gave me my job back at The Albert.
It's the big opening tonight if you want to come.
-So! How did it go?
-Great. I got my job back.
No, I meant with Whitney!
Yeah, fine. It's all sorted.
-So, have you not got anything to say about me getting my job back?
-What do you want? A gold star?
You're lucky, after what you did.
Sorry, what is wrong with you?
-I'm over it. I'm over it, Mum.
I'm over trying to impress you. If nothing I do is good enough for you which clearly it's not,
then don't bother coming tonight. I ain't doing it for you anyway. I'm doing it for Sharon.
At least she cares about me.
Wasn't that bad today, was it?
And who knew Max Branning was scared of needles?
No-one, Lauren. And it's going to stay that way, all right?
KNOCK ON DOOR
I'll get it.
-Are you expecting anyone?
-You all right?
-Yeah. I hope I'm not interrupting anything.
-No, no, not at all.
-OK, I've got some really good news that you might want to hear.
-What is it?
-I got us a meeting about running the lettings campaign on Walford Common.
What? That is amazing!
-Come in. Come in. We're just having dinner.
-Oh, no, really, it's fine...
-No. No, it's all right. Dad, you don't mind if Lucy comes in, do you?
Er...no, no. It's fine.
You'll show Sharon up, looking like that.
I don't think so.
Course you will. You look gorgeous.
I mean because I'm not going.
I thought you wanted to check out the competition?
Allegedly, Ian Beale's on nibbles
so I can imagine how pretentious it's going to be.
-You two coming?
-Won't be a minute, girls. I'll meet you downstairs.
All right. Hurry up.
Johnny needs you there.
Rubbish. Did I tell you what he said?
He's not doing it for me.
He's doing it for his best friend Sharon.
And you believe that, do you, L?
That's a real shame.
Cos I remember when his best friend used to be his mum.
Mum, why don't you come tonight?
-Just for a bit.
-What? Let my hair down?
Honestly, darling, I'm tired.
-Just come and have one.
-No, honestly, I'm shattered. You go.
Have fun... be young!
-Yeah. See you later, then.
DANCE MUSIC THUMPS
Where did you find these people?
I told you I was after a new crowd, didn't I?
Sharon's certainly wearing the trousers tonight.
How's it feel to be the woman in the operation?
I don't know. Why don't you tell me?
You're the one she's had in the kitchen all day preparing finger food.
Oh, here she is!
Thanks for coming. No Linda?
No, no. She sends her apologies. She's run off her feet at The Vic.
Oh. Go and get a drink, yeah?
You know, if you was my wife,
I wouldn't want to go off and leave you at home.
If I was your wife I wouldn't be at home.
I'd be diving headfirst off the nearest bridge.
That's what I mean. You're a feisty one.
Not going to down to watch your little Nancy
taking her turn behind the bar tonight?
-You mean Johnny.
-That's who I'm talking about.
-Just pulling your leg!
-I don't like you talking about him like that.
Like what? Like the way you do?
Do us all a favour, and drink yourself to sleep.
Whoa, whoa, slow down. No-one's going to take it off you.
They will in a minute when it's empty, won't they?
Can I have a Sex on the Beach please, Senor?
-Yeah, and three Zam-brucas.
What's with you two? Are you on a mission or something?
Terry, you have gotta live each day as if it's your last,
cos you don't know when it's going to be, do you?!
Here we go, get that down your gregory, girl!
So basically, the developers on Walford Common are looking
for a lettings company to manage their properties.
And it's really competitive.
Yeah, but Lucy told them that we could offer them
-a reduced commission and they said that they'd meet us.
Yeah, what did your dad say?
He didn't bat an eyelid. But that's not surprising.
Well, no offence, Lucy, but your dad's an idiot.
They can't all be like you, Max.
Well, to us!
Check her out. Su Pollard called. She wants her glasses back.
Who's Su Pollard?
I thought you said Linda weren't coming?
Don't say a word.
I've already re-applied my mascara once this evening.
-I'm trying, Mick. I am trying.
-I know you are.
Linda, you made it.
Shirley insisted she could hold the fort, so...
The place looks...
I love what you've done with the dolls.
And thanks for giving Johnny another chance.
It's not hard. He's a good kid.
I think twerking girl over there has had enough.
Let it go, will you? You're barking up the wrong gay tree.
That's why there's so many single women in London.
They hag it up for as long as they're young enough to dance
and then they get spat out on the wrong side of 40 with no man,
no dignity and wearing their boobies as an ankle skirt.
You're a nice girl. You don't want that.
-B, I'm going to go now.
-Don't go! Stay!
-I don't feel like it.
-Oh, come on, Whit, Come and dance!
-What's happened, what's happened?
-I'm not drunk.
-Yes, you are.
-No, you ain't. You're leaving. Come on. Come on, out.
Come on, Phil - it's only a spilt drink, innit.
Look at the state of your woman. You need to control her.
I don't "control" my woman, Phil, I ain't that kind of a bloke.
-Come on, we don't want any trouble.
-You know she's going through?
I don't care what she's going through. She don't bring it in here.
Sharon, can I get five minutes? Please?
Four. Chuck us a cloth.
-What are you getting upset about a spilt drink for?
-I'm not upset about the drink, am I?
I'm not upset about the drink... It's just me.
It's just everything...
It's just every time I think about my mum I just feel horrible, don't I?
Come on, don't be silly.
You're doing everything you can, aren't you?
You just don't get it, do you? It's just...
Every time I think about her, I just feel horrible.
And every time I look at her I just think that could be me.
And then I feel even more horrible because I'm just
thinking about myself when I should be looking after my mum.
She's so strong and I don't know if I can be -
I just don't know if I could cope.
Bianca, you're one of the strongest women I know.
Albeit outspoken, loud-mouthed and sometimes a liability...
But that's the reason I love you so much.
Look, worst case scenario, you've got this gene
and you get sick from it, you'd be stronger than you realise.
I know it.
And on the days you can't be strong, I'll be strong for you.
How does that sound?
Do you think I'm a silly cow?
But I wouldn't change you for the world.
Oh, get lost!
What you done?
I don't know what I'm doing any more.
-Let me help.
-No. Don't bother!
-It's all right.
-Don't bother with me, Johnny! I mean it!
Just don't bother with me. Or this. Or anything any more, OK?
I don't want to be your mate no more.
-There's a fire at The Vic.
-There is a fire at the Vic.
-Oh my... Quick!
Dad, we're just going to go outside and see what's happening. You coming?
No. No, you girls go. I need to clear up the kitchen.
I'll help if you like.
-I'll catch you in a bit.
It was a small fire in the living room.
Luckily we got it before it caused too much damage.
How? What started it?
-Looks like it could have been a cigarette.
Where's Dad? And Shirl?
They went in the ambulance. They're fine.
It was only Stan up there. Luckily some lad saved him.
I don't know - a punter, I think. He went with 'em in the ambulance.
You all right?
I'll get the motor.
I didn't mean to make things awkward tonight.
It's all right. Don't worry about it.
I was just really excited about the news.
Well, you should be. You did well.
Yeah, I said as much, didn't I?
It's nice to know that someone appreciates me.
Look, Luce, if your dad found out about this... Or the girls...
Found out what?
-Thank God you're OK.
-I'm fine, I'm fine.
-What about Dad?
-Old iron lung? Yeah, he's fine.
Apparently if you smoke 180 fags a day, you don't die of smoke inhalation.
Tosh said some bloke rescued him?
-What you on about?
-Who is it?
Mick decides to delve further into his mysterious encounter, but will he get the answer he was hoping for? Linda's idea begins to take shape, but Johnny has second thoughts. Mick is later conflicted by his behaviour, and Johnny must face up to what he has done. When Linda then takes her frustrations out on Johnny it is the final straw, but there is even more drama ahead for the family.
Denise and Shabnam hatch a plan, but what are Shabnam's true intentions? Denise's dinner guests are left reeling by Jane's unexpected actions, but when Masood confronts Jane about her behaviour he is shocked by her response.
Tina's decision causes upset but she sticks to her guns, even after hearing some home truths. Later, Tina gives some advice to Whitney, who realises what she has to do.
Lauren and her party guests have an event-filled evening, and Lucy spends time with her friends, but it is clear she would rather be elsewhere. After an emotional day, Lauren receives some good news from Lucy.