A face from Lola's past appears on the Square and forces Lola to confront her worst nightmare. Kat and Alfie return from their time away, but will their relationship survive?
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-Oh, very nice!
-Yeah, it'll do, won't it?
Phil Mitchell Interiors.
Got a nice ring to it, innit?
Nah, it's all thanks to you.
I think I'll stick to motors and pubs.
-So, what now?
-What do you mean?
-Well, now you've got this place sorted.
-Well, it's a fresh start tonight, ain't it?
I'm back in business, I want everyone to know about it.
You might need to give people a bit of time to get used to that, Phil.
No, no! I've got a load of extra booze in, it goes tonight.
Just don't try and run before you can walk.
-You'll be there, won't you?
Oh, go on.
When was the last time we really enjoyed ourselves going out, eh? Just you and me?
Babe, it's just time, innit?
Things are still a bit tricky over the car lot.
-So you keep telling me.
-I'm working a lot of hours, ain't I?
If it was important to you, you'd make time.
Babe, it is important.
It's just words. It means nothing.
I'll tell you what, leave it to me
-and I'll sort something out for tonight.
Better get back. See you later.
-Get a proper grips on it, Fats.
-I'm trying, brother. Go on, man.
That's all I need, a barman with a broken foot.
What you got in there, Phil?
-Come in later, you'll find out.
-Can't tonight. I'm busy.
-Busy doing what?
-Taking Tanya out.
Bring her in here. Got a big night on and a load of booze to shift.
No offence, I think she's expecting somewhere a bit more, you know.
Well, I would've thought a man in your position
would want to support his local boozer.
If you know what I mean.
Whoa! What's happened? Has there been a tsunami?
It's called "relaxed parenting."
How are you? What can I do for you?
I was just dropping Amy at nursery,
-so I thought I'd come and see if you're OK.
You sure? Because last week you kind of freaked me out a bit.
Yeah, yeah. Your concern's touching, Rox, but it's unnecessary.
We're good now.
On a nice routine.
She's just a good girl, aren't you?
-Running like clockwork.
But since you're here, you couldn't look after her for a couple of hours?
I need to dive out and meet that investor from last week.
He's got some money for me.
Oh, nice one! I thought you'd properly blown that.
-But no, sorry, I can't help you.
-Cos I've got a shift at the Vic.
Why don't I come round later and help you tidy this lot up, yeah?
Nah, not necessary, all under control.
But I do need to make alternative arrangements, so...
-OK. All right.
-Thanks for coming by.
-I couldn't exactly say no to Phil, could I?
Well, I just couldn't. Anyway, it'll be all right.
Tanya's been on to me about doing something together.
A night out, keep her sweet, won't it?
-What, the Vic?
-You certainly know how to treat a lady, don't you?
-He's been on a right mission about tonight.
-He was on to Sharon about it, and all.
-You two going, and all, yeah?
-Sounds like it.
-Didn't sound like nowhere to me.
Phil's got a big night at the Vic tonight.
-Lovely. What time?
-It's more of a couples' thing, Del.
-There's me thinking you'd want your big brother along.
-Yeah, course, but you know.
With me looking after your interests.
-What you on about now?
-You've not got a bird to bring, have you?
I'll come on my own. Spend some time with the family.
You must know someone to go with him, do you?
If I wanted to bring a bird, which I don't,
-I'd find one myself. Judging by his latest squeeze, I'd be better off, and all.
-Oi, shut your mouth, Derek.
Phil Mitchell's cast-offs! You should be ashamed of yourself.
-I won't say it again.
-We'll say seven o'clock, shall we?
I look forward to it.
What's he on about?
Protecting your interests?
Tanya, it's going to do her nut.
I've got a load of booze out there and it's taking up space.
We are going to have a load of people in here tonight.
-Phil, it's lunchtime now and it's dead.
What's going to be so different tonight?
You know what? Maybe, all right, I could do some PR work.
You know, like in Ibiza. Getting the crowds in, and that.
-Don't worry. I'll take care of all that.
-Why wouldn't I be?
Listen, Phil. I might as well go home early.
-I've got to meet those funders in the gym this afternoon.
-You stay here until I say otherwise.
Oi. If you want this thing to work tonight,
you might want to try being a little bit nicer to people, yeah?
All right? I need a favour.
-I know that.
And I've got a really important meeting.
No. No way. I can't.
Please? Only for a couple of hours.
-No. I'm meant to be going out.
No, I am not staying cooped up in here all day
with somebody else's kid.
40 sheets, Lauren.
Excellent. Keys. Take her out somewhere nice.
Get yourself something nice.
And just bring her back to my place, yeah?
He's got a flaming cheek, talking about Sharon like that.
Jack, can you just ignore him? You know what he's like.
Can you sort him out a date, or not?
Don't tell me you threw out your little black book.
Max, people use their phones for that nowadays.
Anyway, he doesn't want a date, does he?
Well, if he's coming tonight, he's going to need one.
Tell you, Tanya's going to be in a right hump
if he's sat there playing gooseberry.
Actually, yeah. Come to think of it, I do know someone.
Yeah? She better be a sort. I don't need Derek sat there in a mood all night.
She's a stunner, this one.
-She only started coughing yesterday.
-Has she seen a doctor?
-I called, but I couldn't get an appointment.
Did you tell them it was for Lexi?
No. I just said, can I have an appointment and they said they were full.
Look, I know what she's like. It's just a little cough.
Didn't think it was a big deal.
What's that smell? Is it bleach?
Bleach? Oh, that! Yeah.
You can never keep the place too clean when you got a baby. That's what I always say.
-Pops! You're back!
I just came to collect my things.
I guess you won't be needing me any more.
-That's all right.
So, everything all right?
For now, anyway. I'm just leaving.
Sorry I missed you. But I'm back now.
So if there's anything that you need to...
I'm sure I'll see you soon enough.
Yeah. How were the kids?
Brilliant. Knackered me out, though.
Mind you, I don't look as tired as you do.
Oh, thanks. You know how to make a girl feel special, don't you?
Actually, I've been grafting while you've been away. Lot of cleaning jobs.
Check me pocket. All that cash.
-I was going to declare it, but I just ain't had time.
-Got any work lined up today?
Nah. Abi and Jay are going to come round.
-Why don't you go out and meet them somewhere? I can have her.
Yeah, yeah. Give yourself a day off.
Go and have some fun with your mates. Come on.
-Come here, darling, here we go.
-Too right, I will. Walford won't know what's hit it, will they?
Hello, my darling.
There you are. You got any party stuff over at the Minute Mart?
-Bunting and that sort of thing?
-What's the occasion?
Got a big night on at the Vic. I want the place to look nice.
You never struck me as the bunting type.
First time for everything, ain't there? What about you?
What about me?
Fancy a few drinks in the Vic tonight? First one on the house.
-Afraid not. I've got a family to look after.
I'll be over in a bit for that bunting, yeah?
Hopefully you can make it tonight, yeah?
Wow. Someone's had a personality transplant.
Ah, now that's what I'm taking about.
Suited and booted for a high-powered meeting like this. Yes.
I felt better in the jeans, though. You sure this is all right?
Listen, this is more than all right.
It is off the hook, off the scale, off the hanger.
Babe, we're talking about Sport England, all right?
I need them to say yes.
Listen, they're going to say yes to anything you say,
dressed in this suit.
Who's going to say no to the black James Bond?
-I'm not sure if this is me.
-Nah, man, this is you.
If this goes wrong, you know...
-Are you sure you're going to be all right?
I said so, didn't I? Go on, then.
-What you waiting for?
-Will you call me if her cough gets worse?
-Of course I will.
-Well, go on, then. What you waiting for?
-All right. Love you. See you.
Love you. Ta-da.
-Babe, you got a minute?
-It's just about tonight.
Don't tell me. Something's come up.
-No, no, we're all set.
-Where we going?
-Well, I thought we'd stay local - couple of drinks in the Vic.
The... Seriously? Oh, great(!)
Well, bit of luck, it'll be even better than the last time we were in there.
No, Phil's got some big night on.
Why not go the whole hog, eh?
We'll have a candlelit dinner in McKlunky's.
Babe, don't be like that.
I think Jack and Sharon are going to be over there, as well.
-It gets better.
-Babe, it'll be a laugh. Family night out.
All right. I suppose so.
-There's one last thing.
-We were talking, and Derek came in, he overheard us...
-No! No way.
Jack and Sharon, fair enough. But I'm not having a night out with Derek.
Just relax, will you? It'll be fine. Jack's lining up a bird for him. He'll be distracted. It'll be fine.
I've got a job for you.
Stick these up all over the Square.
Not entirely sure that's in my job description, mate.
Just do it. And you can have the night off, and all.
I don't think my bank balance likes the sound of that.
You'll get paid.
As long as you spread the word and make sure you're in the Vic tonight. Yeah?
Don't you think you should be asking me that first?
-I want to make sure it's busy in the Vic tonight.
-Don't worry, I know what I'm doing.
Talk about desperate, eh?
Beg your pardon?
Him and his poxy night at the Vic tonight.
He owns this place and you work here.
You'd do well to remember that, Joey.
Shouldn't you be out there putting them up?
Del, about earlier...
Yeah. Your lack of loyalty did surprise me somewhat.
Well, you're coming now, aren't you?
And Jack's going to line up a bird for you.
It's a couples' thing, Del. I told you, didn't I?
Didn't think our family did couples' nights.
Well, we are tonight.
Just, Tanya... I just want to keep her happy.
To be honest, I just wish it was over and done with.
Well, if I wanted to take a bird, I'd have found one myself.
Apparently, Jack's lined up a right stunner for you.
She does the cutest little thing with her mouth when she's sleeping.
Like this, like...
-Aw, that's so gorgeous.
-And when she first wakes up,
it's like she don't quite know where she is.
I get that sometimes.
And then she sees me, and it's like, her eyes just light up.
And she don't look at anyone else like that. Just me. Not even Pops.
Change the record, will you?
You've wanted a day off for weeks.
Why don't you just enjoy your freedom?
As much as you can.
This bad boy comes off Friday.
So, what do you want to talk about, then?
Something less boring, like cars? Or maybe some boxing?
Talking about babies is fine, for the first few hours.
My mum reckons men aren't like women.
I always said that woman was a genius.
When it comes to babies, I mean.
-Jay loves Lexi really, don't you?
-Yeah, course I do.
Yeah, she reckons men only really get close to kids
when they're older.
-Like when they can talk and that.
-Yeah. Some don't even do that.
-Can I help you?
-All right? I'm Chantelle. Is he with you?
Well, it looks like it, yeah.
You know what I mean.
-What's it got to do with you?
-My mate reckons you're fit.
Well, I reckon you should tell your mate he's got higher standards.
Who could blame her?
Have you sorted it out yet?
-Yeah, I said I would, didn't I?
-Are you sure she's all right?
Yes, she'll be fine. Trust me.
What you doing here?
What you talking about? It's my office, as well.
Lauren said you had a meeting up town.
-Oh, I'm just getting some paperwork.
-Why didn't you mention it?
It's that geezer from last week. Thought it'd be a nice surprise.
What's all that lot about out there?
Oh, they're funders for the thing Ray's setting up.
-Yeah, people can't stop throwing money at us these days.
-Nice one, mate.
-I'm going to go.
-Yeah, well, good luck.
Cheers. See you later.
See you later.
I never understood how you ended up in business with him.
He's all right.
He just needs a bit of help at the moment.
He does. He needs help, all right.
OK, so the plan is to get the kids in here,
then we'll boost their fitness and their confidence, at the same time.
And what made you want to set up a scheme like this?
You see, I was a PT Instructor in the army.
So, I know the value of discipline and hard work.
I want to pass that knowledge on.
With all due respect, I'm sure there are a lot of ex soldiers out there
who know all about discipline and hard work.
What makes you so different?
Ah... Mr... Do you mind if I call you Keith?
OK. You know what, a few weeks ago,
I was reminded of what it feels like to be judged.
You know, to feel completely powerless.
The kids that I want to bring in here,
I mean, these kids go through this every single day of their lives.
I just want to help them get some self respect.
You know what? I'm going to go find out what's so funny.
Just leave it, they're not worth the ag.
Maybe we should just go.
-Yeah, you're right. Cos Jay looks a little bit scared.
We won't let 'em hurt him. Will we?
No. You're right.
Maybe we should go. Today's about fun. And this ain't it, is it? Yeah?
Do you know what I reckon?
I reckon Jay should buy us a drink for saving him from them big nasty girls.
I'd love to, ladies, but I'm skint, I'm afraid.
I'm sure I can stretch to a couple of teas, now I'm a successful businesswoman, an' all that.
I can ask my dad to give you a job.
I'm sure he'll be able to find you some work.
Yeah, good luck with that.
You all right?
Yeah, I'm fine, let's just go.
How many people you reckon will come?
That's the problem with parties, you know -
knowing who's going to turn up.
Hey, maybe I can get the decks in.
Play some big tunes, get this place bubbling, you know.
And you know what would be a good idea?
If we done a little VIP area over here.
You know, just for friends and family.
Can you button it for two minutes?
Is Derek really that bad?
Yeah. Just be careful with him. Yeah, he's a nasty piece of work.
I've handled worse before.
He gives me the creeps, you know?
No chance of completing the Branning set?
Oh, God, no!
Suppose you can't choose your families, eh?
You can choose your in-laws, though. But I didn't give it enough thought.
And if you had?
I probably would've done the same. Might have thought about emigrating to Australia.
You trying to warn me off the Branning clan or something?
No, of course not. Jack's a lovely bloke.
-Your loyalty's touching, Tanya.
-Anyway, Jack's lined up a date for Derek,
so, a bit of luck, he'll be too busy to bother with us, won't he?
Better hope she's got her wine goggles on.
Jack's bringing a girl, is he?
For Derek, obviously.
MUSIC: "You Lucky People You" by Frank Sinatra
# Then here's the green velvet landscape and to prove I'm no rogue
# I'll add a smart-looking rainbow like you see pictured in Vogue
# I've a wonderful buy in a wrap-around sky of moonlight blue
# And it's yours for a love song You lucky people you. #
MUSIC: "Everybody Changes" by Keane
-Are you waiting for somebody?
Can I get you anything else?
No, I'm fine. Thanks.
# And remember my name
# But everybody's changing and I don't feel the same. #
People are out for a good time tonight.
-I want smiles and fun.
-Phil, it's not Club 18-30.
I never said it was! People still want to have a good time, don't they?
-You all right, mate?
-All right, bruv?
I don't know. He said he'd be here, didn't he?
Max, this is Lisa. Lisa, this is Max.
Lovely to meet you.
-My other brother.
Oh, that's my wife, Tanya. Tanya, Lisa.
And that's Sharon.
Nice to meet you.
Right. Anyone for a drink?
Hey. How did it go?
-You know what, I shouldn't have listened to you. It was a disaster.
I couldn't relax in that suit.
I've just blown the whole thing, man.
-You know you left your phone at my place?
-Well, the guy just called.
-What, you answered my phone?
Relax, will you?
He said you should call him tomorrow.
Sounds quite promising.
He seems to think that the hoodies would relate to you, or something.
You do realise that I need someone to relate to?
Preferably somebody in a nice suit on the other side
of a nice posh dinner table.
-I'm sure I can help you with that.
Sorry about that, but some of us have got work to do.
Here he is.
How do you do?
My name is Derek Branning.
Very pleased to meet you.
You said a couple of hours.
I know, I know, I know, it just went on and on.
But it went like a dream. It was beautiful, start to finish.
This guy's a serious operator. Think I clinched it.
Well, you can give me an extra 20 quid, then, can't you?
OK, OK, fair enough.
This one's delighted to see her daddy back.
-I bet she is.
-See you later.
-There you go.
I'm glad we came, now. The entertainment's been first class so far.
What's going on? We ordered food ages ago.
-Come on, you can see how busy it is.
-You tell my stomach that, will you?
Just take it easy. I promise I'll be with you soon as I can.
How long's that going to be?
-Sorry about the delay. The food'll be right with you, won't it?
Just something we need to do. And he'll have you sorted.
So, you've known Jack for a while, then?
A little while, yeah.
You haven't known him as long as I have.
I could tell you a story or two.
You can spill the beans when I get back from the little girls' room.
I certainly will.
-The little girls' room?
-That's what I thought!
Oi. You think that's funny, do you?
-Don't have a go at me, mate. He's the one that brought her.
-You're laughing at her!
-It was an accident.
-Don't you think I don't know what's going on either.
She's gorgeous, all right? Lighten up, will you?
-I think you make a lovely couple.
-When I want your opinion, I'll ask for it.
If I've got an opinion, I'll give you it, all right?
-Derek, Derek, calm down, mate.
-And you keep your advice to yourself, an' all.
-It's hardly Sharon's fault, is it?
-Just leave it. It's fine.
Can I have a bit of hush, please?
Can I have a bit of hush, please, everyone? Thanks.
The reason I've called you all here together tonight
was to put something back in its proper place.
So, here goes...
There's a free drink behind the bar for everyone.
Someone's pushing the boat out, ain't they?
-It's a tiny little boat, innit?
Like a canoe or something.
See you, I reckon you're getting too big for your boots, you.
-Oh, yeah? I reckon you're taking yourself a little bit too seriously.
-Oh, is that what you reckon, is it?
It's all right.
-I think it's about time someone taught you a lesson.
-You reckon you're capable?
-You know I'm capable.
Pack it in. Both of you.
Just you're a whole 41 minutes early for your curfew.
Ha-ha-ha! You're so funny. How's she been?
She's been an absolute angel. Ain't you, eh?
Yes. How was your day?
Do you know what? I think freedom's a bit overrated.
Yes. It's your mum back!
Has your mum come to see you? Has your mum come to see you?
-Listen, I'm going to call her a cab, yeah?
You all right?
-Yeah, yeah. Fine.
-You done well, getting it so busy tonight. Peggy would have been proud.
That was good, you know.
The way you had us thinking that the surprise was that old thing
when you wanted everybody together to welcome back Kat and Alfie.
Phil, I like your style, brother.
Maybe a Branning triple date was a little bit ambitious.
Funny, though, weren't it?
Well, still got time for dinner in McKlunky's, if you fancy it!
It is so good to have you home, brother.
-It's great to be back, Fats. Thanks, mate.
Jean's at Wendy's. Don't worry about Jean. Tell me about fiesta time.
We had a wonderful time. Just what the doctor ordered. But now it's time for action.
Good, time to get this party started. Let's do this.
Phil, I just wanted to say, well, me and Kat want to say,
that we're genuinely sorry about leaving you in the lurch.
Well, as I was about to say before all the interruptions...
I'm back in charge of the Vic. For good.
Kat and Alfie - they don't work here any more.
ALARM CLOCK BEEPS
Oh, you're awake again, are you?! Do you not need to sleep?
You can't keep doing that.
You can't keep doing it, cos it's disgusting. And it's driving me mad.
Lauren, hi, it's Michael.
Yeah, how do you feel about earning some extra money again?
OK, yeah, yeah, that's cool. All right, bye.
(All right, all right, all right. Fine, fine, fine.)
No, he can't just chuck you out like that.
He's got to give you at least a week's notice.
Anyway, how was the second honeymoon?
It was lovely, Jean. It was perfect. It was great.
D'you know any minute now my name's about to be taken off the top of this door?
Yeah, well, if you hadn't just run away like that, this wouldn't have happened.
Do you know how stressful it's been? Running the Vic? Looking after Phil?
Let alone deal with his sudden interest in decorating?
Oh! Hello. Your toaster broken, is it?
You know how I like to start the morning -
seeing my beautiful daughter.
-Dad, come on! You know Jay's good with cars.
-I know he's good with an alibi an' all, don't mean I trust him.
He'd be bad for business, all right?
Not Derek again! He's called about six times this morning!
-What does he want?
-Apparently we didn't treat him with enough respect.
-See you later.
See YOU next meal time.
You know what I like about Derek? Manners.
Should never underestimate good manners.
Squaring up to his brother in his local boozer?
Very well-mannered, Mum(!)
Families are for life, girl.
You want to learn how to get along with him.
Do I? Why?
What is it with you and Derek? This hate?
What is with you always sticking up for him?
He's like a Jack Russell.
Small. Bit yappy. Ultimately harmless.
Keep telling yourself that. Don't know the half of it.
It's nothing. It's nothing.
What ain't you told me?
Don't walk away from me when I'm talking to you!
Mum, honestly, just... ignore me, it's nothing.
I'm not being funny but I've got my books to do, so...
I'll see you later.
I'm a big girl.
Y'know, I still can't believe what he's done in there,
he's changed everything.
Like Phil Mitchell's gone all aqua.
It's like he's painted the life out of it.
This is all my fault.
If we hadn't have left, if I hadn't...
Why d'you delete it then?
I dunno. Sorry.
That was a PIZZA OFFER.
It wasn't anything, I swear.
Alfie, I promised you I wouldn't have any contact with him.
All right? I promised you!
I know, I know, I know.
Let's stick to what we agreed, yeah?
A deal is a deal. No more questions. Just looking forward.
And no looking back. All right?
Cos we're a family. Yeah? Yeah. Come on.
I'm going to talk to Phil, I'm going to get it sorted.
I'm going to be late. Lexi kept me up all night.
-Yeah, I heard.
-Well, I'm going to get these done
then get myself down the community centre.
She's sleeping now, but I'm really, really late.
Why don't you let me look after her, eh?
-Give me something to do.
-But it's a mother-and-baby class.
Waking up a baby that ain't slept all night, that's good parenting, is it?
You're the best mum out of the lot of 'em!
Go on. Go!
-Yeah, bye, see ya.
-It's all right, Phil, I can clear up.
-Ain't your job.
And I want you out of here by the end of the day.
Listen, Phil, I'm really sorry. But you can't chuck us out!
-Should have thought of that before.
-I know. And I'm really sorry!
I really mean it, I'm sorry.
-But you can't chuck us out.
Not without giving us a week's notice. I've checked the agreement.
It's my pub, and what I say goes.
Phil, I know what you're trying to do.
You're trying to distract yourself. Move on.
But don't move on by moving us out!
Please, c'mon. This is our home, Phil.
A week's notice - home and job. And Roxy's the manager.
-Least she ain't going to disappear, is she?
Yeah, thanks. Bye.
Phil's given us a week. So we've got a week to change his mind.
That was a supplier!
He wanted to know what name to put on the order. Because Phil said we left.
Phil's made Roxy the manager.
Right. Come on! Let's tidy this place up then.
But she hadn't slept all night.
This is a practical parenting class, Lola.
Waking a baby that hasn't slept all night is good parenting?
Your social worker wanted me to let her know how you're getting on -
if I don't see you with Lexi, I can't do that!
I'll have to tell her.
Make yourselves comfortable. Sit down.
-Look, I promised Amy we'd go to the zoo.
-Yeah. We'll come too.
-Babies love animals.
-But if I'm with you, I'm not with Amy.
It's a daddy date.
What's a daddy date?
All dads have to have special time with their little girls.
-Anyway, Roxy's got her hands full.
Kat and Alfie came back last night.
-And Phil sacked 'em.
-Did he? Both of them came back, yeah?
Yeah. Both of 'em came back. Why'd you say that?
No reason, no reason. Go on, go have your "daddy date".
Oh, how'd that meeting go yesterday?
Oh, no joy.
No surprises there, then.
What other ways have we tried to help baby go to sleep?
I don't know. Clean 'em,
feed 'em, sing to 'em.
Put some brandy in their bottle? Innit?
I was joking, Gillian. I didn't mean it.
NEVER try that. That isn't funny!
KNOCK ON DOOR
Are you ready to tell me what happened? I've shut up shop.
And I'm not leaving here until I get some answers.
D'you remember all that business with Alice?
You know, Derek got upset? You got upset?
What about it?
Derek pinned me up against a wall. Told me I was a dead woman.
Yeah, I told Alice what he was really like. Maybe I shouldn't have.
There's no reason for a man to threaten a woman. EVER.
-That's all right. I'll see how he likes being pushed about.
Just leave it.
Honestly. Both of you. It's done. It's finished.
We're the heart of the Vic. Right?
-Yeah, we are. You're everyone's favourite landlord.
we've just got to find a way of getting the punters back in the pub.
Appeal to Phil's wallet.
And who likes a bargain more than anyone else?
Jean! Sweetheart, listen,
I'm sorry about all the upset and everything that's going on.
Why don't you take the day off today?
-Give me a chance to find somewhere else to live, I suppose.
-Means you can keep your eye on Tommy.
-I got a plan!
There you go, you're with your Auntie Jean now!
-Come on, then!
Remember who I am, then? Now you ain't with your posh mate?
Cos I thought you was too good for us,
now you got yourself a "real family".
Y'know? Up yourself.
Ain't like that, Alexa.
What you doin' now? You want to cotch with us?
Yeah, go on then!
All right, ladies. Let me introduce to you
the big, bad Miss Lola Pearce.
-Good to see you again.
What do you reckon, eh?
Fiver? Maybe a bit of bingo. Maybe a pub quiz...
What're you doing?
Pensioners pint, pie and mash all for a fiver.
-We've got enough pies in the freezer.
Look, I'm really sorry but... You'll have to run it past me.
It's for the punters. If you not interested, then fine.
I'm not saying that! Just.... We got to discuss... Fine.
Do it. OK?
How was the second honeymoon?
-It was lovely, yeah.
All right for some. Is Amy ready for the zoo?
Yes. She's upstairs. I'll get her in a minute.
Michael wanted to tag along. I said he couldn't.
-You should've let him. He's finding it hard.
-Today's about me and Amy.
-What d'you mean - finding it hard?
-Left the both of them.
-What? Him and Scarlett?
-Yeah, he's not taking it well.
-When did this happen then?
The night you left.
-Anyway, you ready?
-Yeah, come on.
Sorry! I'm so sorry.
You still in Dalston?
No, my new fosterer lives in Hackney.
Keeps going on about my "future".
What about you? How's it going with, your, um..?
-He's a right laugh, actually.
That's good. No offence or anything,
-but I'm not really interested in happy-ever-afters. Y'know?
It's all right.
Do you fancy hitting the sales? Getting a few...bargains?
I'm barred, actually. Been caught sale shopping way too many times.
OK. You keep lookout then, yeah? Come on, girls.
Roxy said Janine's left you!
Hello, Michael, how're you? I'm fine, Kathleen. Thanks for asking.
How are you?
I'm fine, thank you, Kathleen. Thanks for asking.
Good. We're both good.
So has she really left you?
It was me that ended it. I...
Me. Not her. It was me.
Are you going to look me in the eye and tell me that?
It was me.
Michael. You don't have to pretend.
I can't believe you didn't say anything that night.
You just listened to me...
Wasn't really about me, that night, it was about you.
So where's she gone?
Wherever that is.
She's not kept in touch.
She...left those for me.
Come on! Come on!
Alexa! Alexa! Come in here!
Told you I'd get some bargains, didn't I?
You're mental, do you know that?
What have you got there?
Not bad. Mirror, please. Do you want that?
Same again please.
Actually, make it a double, Alfie, will you?
That girl that Jack set me up with...
And I don't appreciate being laughed at. Show some respect.
You want some respect do you, Del?
What, after you threatened Tanya? Pinned her against a wall?
C'mon. Fair dos. No-one stands between a man and his daughter.
You don't lift a finger to her, right?
You're telling me what to do now, are you?
You should be nice to me.
Do you want Tanya finding out about your problem?
Look, there's only one thing that's going to sort that out and that's money.
You want 'em to keep quiet then pay 'em.
-I HAVE paid 'em, Del.
-Yeah, well, it's obviously not enough, is it?
You all right there, Alfie?
Heard you an' Kat have been on a second honeymoon.
If you need a hand, just give me a call. All right?
-You don't need to do this on your own.
You was right about me and Alfie.
We are worth fighting for.
It's a shame Janine didn't feel the same.
D'you mind? Take your feet down.
Are you going to let them get away with that?
I found this. It's minging.
I want a new burger and my money back
or I'm calling environmental health.
When d'you get that tag?
Few months ago. Comes off Friday, though.
Nah, it's all right. Had a heavy one last night. It was mental.
-I got so wasted!
-Thought you looked knackered!
Michael Moon speaking, yeah.
No, no idea where your cleaner is.
What did they look like?
All right, Phil?
I need more motors.
-The usual, yeah?
I'll make it worth your while.
I'll have a word with my mate.
You'll have to get someone else to do the dirty work.
I thought you could, y'know? Same deal as before.
No, I said, you'll have to get someone else to do the dirty work.
-Here you go, sweetheart.
-Thanks, darlin'. Place ain't been the same without you.
Thank you, Cora. Much appreciated.
-How's your lovely boy?
-Yeah, he's great, darling. He's...
All right, babe. Where you been, then?
Went to see Michael. What with Janine going...
Listen Kat, we have enough worries of our own.
-Michael can take care of himself.
-He'd like you to think that.
He's making out that he dumped Janine.
But I saw him the night that she left.
And that was not a man that wanted to split up his family.
-Look, it's been really nice catching up but I got to...
-We ain't even started yet.
Hiya. Can I have a doughnut?
-Er, excuse me?
-Why, what've you done?
Can you stop that?
Forget it. You should really chuck them out.
D'you hear what she's saying, Lola? That's not very nice, like, is it?
You know these morons?!
Are you going to let her talk to us like that?
Cos you're either my mate or hers. You can't have it both ways.
Come on, let's go.
Here, Rox, how come you've got to go and see Michael?
I'll be half an hour. He needs me.
Oh, he needs you. Poor abandoned Michael.
You of all people should know what he's like! The bloke only thinks about himself!
Rox, have you forgot about Jean? And Ronnie? He's using you, all right?
Grandad, I'm just going to help a mate out. All right?
He needs someone to talk to.
-What's the matter? Is everything OK?
-Yeah. Absolutely fine.
I just need to dive out for a bit of business. Won't be long.
-Michael! Michael! Hold on! Where are you...
-She's asleep in there.
Where are you going? Are you coming back?
-Are you coming back, Mic...!
-I hoped I'd see you.
-I've only got a minute.
I've got a delivery coming to R&R early and I need to pick up Denny.
Could you wait for it? Please?
I can pick him up for you, if you want, give him some tea.
Don't mind hanging out with a six-year-old boy?
Nah, six is the best age to be.
Thanks, Phil, I'll let the school know. Cheers, mate.
I don't understand why you won't give Jay a job.
-Babe, just change the record, will you? Please?
-Give him one.
You must be able to find something for him to do.
You changed your tune.
Why'd you say that?
I've been thinking about it.
It's the only way we can keep an eye on him, ain't it?
I saw Derek.
What? You promised me you wouldn't!
I weren't going to just not say anything, was I?
-Oh great! Now he really will kick off, won't he!
-Course he won't kick off!
Babe, I ain't having him treating you like that.
I love you.
I do. I love you.
-Where've you been?
-Sorry. How's Lexi?
I had to wake her. Didn't want her up all night again.
All right, all right! Hang on!
-Where is she, Bill?
-Where are you going?
-There you are!
29 Edward Street. Mr Ridge. Ring any bells?
Used to be with Butcher's Joints. He's got himself a new cleaner. You!
-What a coincidence!
-I can explain...
-Oh, can you really?
How'd you get the details? Bit of light thievery? Bit of breaking and entering?
-What you talking about?
-I bet social services would love to hear about that. And the Old Bill.
-Why don't we go there together?
-Get your hands off her!
Stealing my business from underneath my nose!
Well, Janine didn't want it, did she?
-Ow! Get off me!
-What're you doing?
She's a kid! What're you doing?
Here y'are. Want to play with this? You just, er...
Is it yours?
It was... It was my boy's.
You just twist it. I think.
Think it's broken, mate. Sorry.
Thought you were meant to be good with cars.
Now, show me how you did that again. Go on.
Cos that was on top of it...
-And the roof was off like that.
So I just clipped the roof on...
and then put the back up.
Then I shut the doors...
-Swear you didn't break into Butcher's Joints?
-No, I didn't!
-How did you get that client's number?
-Gift of the gab.
-All right, Kat?
Have you got any work going? I'll do anything.
I ain't fussy. I just want to treat Lexi.
-You could pop in tomorrow and give the barrel store a once-over.
-I'll see you tomorrow.
-See you tomorrow.
Was it Michael?
Where've you been? I'm supposed to have been at work.
Alfie was right, wasn't he? You're actually using me.
No, I'm not. I'm not using you.
Well, you just keep telling yourself that, yeah?
-Come on, don't be this way! Don't be this way!
I would never lie to you.
Come on, you mean something to me. You're special.
You're very special.
Michael, what you doing?! What's the matter with you?
I'm sorry. I didn't... I didn't mean it!
You have not changed one bit, have you? You just...
-You just use people.
That is what you do. That's what you do, Michael.
Come on, don't leave me!
Look after your daughter!
Look at me, darling.
Alfie, look at me.
It weren't Michael.
I told you - it's no-one you know. No-one.
It weren't him.
I swear on Tommy's life.
No, don't you ever say sorry. Ever.
You've got nothing to say sorry for!
I thought I could do this, Kat.
Right, I'm going to level with you, all right?
I know it's not been the best of weeks... I know...
We've both been worked up, and things have got out of hand
and I'm sorry about that.
I've been so tired. So tired.
But if we're going to make this work, you know.
I really, really need you to work with me on it, OK?
We've got to work together.
Think you can manage that, just for a day?
Oh, here we go, look, quaint rural pub in peaceful settings...
It may be the fresh start we need. What do you reckon?
Alfie, we've been through this...
If you don't trust me, it doesn't matter how far we run.
Kat, I do trust you. But we ain't running, are we?
We're being kicked.
Then we kick back, we don't give up without a fight.
I know, but I've already tried to make Phil see sense,
he won't give us more than a week.
Right, then I'll make him. After everything we've been through,
I'm not going to let him bring us down.
Nice and early.
-Don't think it's a bit too much, no?
-You look great.
Doesn't he, Dad?
Right, we've got to go and pick up some motors later,
I want you to look over 'em. But in the mean time...
It's all right.
It's better than sitting indoors, feeling sorry for myself, ain't it?
Right, well let him get on with it. I might change my mind.
Roxy, come on, I know I got it wrong last night... I'm sorry.
What can I do to make it up to you?
Erm. You could drop dead.
You'd throw away our entire friendship for one silly mistake?
Come on, I was desperate. No, I wasn't desperate.
Not to kiss you... You know what I mean.
You've been there for me and Scarlett since Janine left.
You've been great.
You'd have seduced me to get me to change her nappies.
You know how difficult this is for me.
Why? Because you can't cope with your own daughter?
D'you know what, I feel sorry for her, I do, Michael,
but you are going to have to grow up and start taking responsibility, OK?
And find yourself another unpaid nanny.
Cos you might be desperate, but I'm not, OK? Excuse me.
Ta-da! What every junior mechanic needs.
-Better not be any hammer in there.
-Just the one.
You already got him toys, you don't need to spoil him.
Thought it might cheer him up seeing as he ain't been feeling well.
Anyway the boy likes motors, don't he.
He also likes fireworks, doesn't mean I let him play with them.
Phil, you got a minute?
How long you going to keep this up?
I've been through all this with Alfie the other day.
Look, you're proving a point. You're showing us who's in charge.
We get it, we should never have gone off.
I promise it won't happen again.
You disappeared earlier this year.
That was different, my dad was sick.
What's your excuse this time?
-Well, it always is with you, innit.
You spend more time in passport control than you do behind that bar,
you never listen,
and on top of that, you're behind with the rent, ain't ya.
Just give us another chance, we'll pay you.
Well go on then.
We ain't got it right now.
Just give us a couple of weeks, we'll pay back every penny.
Be too late by then.
What do you want me to do? Flog a kidney?
Up to you.
Come on, Denny.
I heard you didn't take Lexi to mother and baby class the other day.
Checking up on us then?
Just thought I'd pop by to make sure her cough hadn't got worse.
Lola's been a proper Florence Nightingale, ain't you?
She's much better now.
Hopefully now you'll have time to get on top of everything else,
have a bit of a tidy up, get the washing up done.
I was just going to do that as it happens.
I'll be back later for our official visit.
What was this then?
Just a friendly chat.
I ain't got time to clean here for free, Pops, I've convinced
Cora into giving us a few extra hours at the charity shop.
And I've got to go down the job centre, haven't I?
All right, well I'll just chuck it under the sink when I get back.
I've got more important things to think about than washing up.
Yeah? Yeah? Yeah?
My dad always used to say that it's harder to run a boozer
than be an accountant, a copper or a priest.
You had to be all three.
Den never struck me as the holy type.
People like to see a friendly face behind the bar, Phil.
Are you saying mine ain't?
Well, I fixed the shelf.
Great! He's going to be "fixing" things all day now.
Can I go and work with Phil then?
-You're supposed to be off with earache.
-I feel better.
Then you should have gone to school. Phil's busy.
Well, I've got a few things to do at the Arches,
but he could be my apprentice for the day.
Not sure I want him learning all your trades.
I won't teach him anything dodgy. Not too dodgy anyway.
Probably weren't a good idea to wear the suit, was it?
I'm going to make a move in a bit.
Get up the Arches. Go and pick these motors up.
You never said anything about Phil being part of the job.
Well, you ain't got to cosy up to him, just got to pick 'em up.
-Not a problem is it?
-Look, I'm on bail, Max.
I can get sent down if I'm caught with dodgy motors.
Jay, who said anything about knock offs?
Look, Abi's been on at me for days to give you this job
and if you back out now you'll be letting us both down, ain't you.
Hope you ain't worn yourself out. Got a few hours off this afternoon.
Oh, yeah? Thought Dennis was sick and off school?
Well, he's made a miraculous recovery
so Phil's taken him to work to learn the trade.
Oh, yeah? Which one's that? Pick-pocketing? Or drug running?
Oi, wouldn't be able to cover us for a couple of hours, would you?
Not unless you want people training to the sound of a baby crying.
Give me a couple of days, Jack.
I'm going to sort out an au pair. It's going to be sweet.
Got a Swedish blonde moving in, have you?
I don't care where she's from as long as she takes care of this baby.
Well, if it doesn't work out with the au pair, there's always Phil.
Listen, do you reckon we can persuade Phil
to have Dennis tonight an' all?
They're already spending enough time together, Jack.
Come on, it's only one day, how much damage can he do?
You look great.
Then all you do is put your foot on the clutch, foot on the accelerator,
sling it into gear, let go of the clutch and off you go.
Oh, that's safe, innit? Letting a kid drive on the pavement.
Save the parenting advice till you've got Social Services off your case.
Well, actually, I...
Just leave it, ain't worth the hassle.
No, you're right. See you later.
All right, Phil?
What's he doing here?
-He's working for me.
-How do you know he won't lose his bottle?
He's got a track record for saving his own skin.
I didn't do it to save myself, you know that.
Well, I ain't working with a grass. So either he's out, or I'm out.
What's a grass?
Have you seen Tommy's bank book?
I could've sworn we put money aside for him.
No, no, no, no. You can't have that.
We have to pay Phil. I will put it back.
That's what we said last time we dipped into it, Kat.
He won't change his mind if we don't pay him.
He probably won't anyway.
Alfie, we can try.
Kat, listen, it's not your fault that we lost the Vic, all right?
I made you go away. I practically forced you.
No, no, no. I didn't have to agree. I made that decision.
And, sweetheart, I would do it all again in a heartbeat, all right?
Even if it meant losing everything?
Listen, you said it yourself, we're family. That's what counts.
And all this stuff? This can all be replaced.
Yeah, you're right.
What are you doing?
Whatever it takes.
-Look at her little fingers, she's so tiny.
-That's all right, isn't it?
The agency said that you had experience with premature babies.
I can show you my references if you like.
No, no, that's fine, Emily, that's fine.
I'm sure you're very respectable.
Won't be coming in drunk, throwing the baby around.
When can you start?
I like to get to know the family a bit first.
There is no family, there's only me.
What about Scarlett? What's she like?
She's...a baby. Oh, no. Yeah, she's great.
She's no trouble, if that's what you mean.
She's a bit tired, a bit cranky today.
Poor little thing, looks like she needs a cuddle from Daddy.
Why don't you give it a go there and get to know her.
She likes you.
I'll talk to the agency, let you know.
All right, Marie? Cup of coffee to take away please. All right, Abs?
Don't like that, seriously.
Gives me the heebie-jeebies every time I see you with that kid.
I'm minding her for Lola while she's at work.
Yeah? Don't get any ideas.
So how's Jay getting on?
I was just about to head over and see him.
Oh, he's not over there.
I had to let him go.
He only started this morning!
People know he's been in bother. It's already losing me business.
-Well, you know he's got a problem with Jay.
Jay was involved in murder.
Which you knew when you gave him the job.
Babe, I was trying to do you a favour, weren't I.
Thanks a lot, remind me to never ask you for anything again.
Oh, look who it is.
I'm not in the mood for your childish games.
Oh, you were happy to look down your toffee nose at us the other day.
Look at you now, just another pram face.
What are you talking about? It's not my baby.
Oh, really? Whose is it then?
Mine. So why don't you leave them both alone, yeah?
Hello? Yeah, I'm glad you called.
I'm glad you called, cos, erm, you don't need to send anyone else,
cos I offered the job to the first girl.
I see. Did she say why she didn't want to do it?
Fine, well if you could find me
someone who's actually interested that would be great!
If you're going to start banging on about the cleaning again,
don't, cos I'm not in the mood, all right.
Tired? Baby keeping you up?
Suppose you and Lola must get quite a lot of help.
Must be quite handy having all those people around, offering advice.
Handy? They're Social Services, Michael!
Still, it's more than most of us get, isn't it?
I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy, not even you.
All day yesterday we was hanging out
and you never mentioned that you had a baby.
Well, I didn't think you'd be bothered.
No, too ashamed more like.
All that larging about your cushty new life.
And you landed yourself with a screaming brat!
Ignore them, they're just jealous.
Oh, yeah, wish I'd ended up a chavvy mum, working in a dirty old shop.
You got it made, Lo.
Yeah, I have, Lexi's the best thing that's ever happened to me.
I named her after you.
I used to think you were someone to look up to.
You ladies looking for anything in particular?
Just talking to my mate.
Friends of yours, Lola?
No, not any more.
Then why don't you go and pretend to be tough somewhere else?
You can't make us.
Abi, darling, look up the number of the Council's truancy officer.
Right, if you've finished your smackdown,
maybe I can get some cleaning done?
Kat... All right?
Look, if you're looking for babysitter, I'm busy.
-Just an hour while I find an au pair.
-I haven't got the time.
Everyone's telling me to take responsibility,
but I can't find an au pair because I'm feeding her,
I'm changing her, I'm pushing her round.
You couldn't have been looking for that long.
I've already had one turn me down. Can you believe it.
It's going to take a few days and there's only so much a nanny can do.
Michael, you're the one she needs.
If you get desperate call me, but you'll be fine.
My mum says you should always tell the truth.
Your mum's spot on.
So did Jay tell lies about Ben?
Then why are you so mad with him?
Well, what would your mum say
if she found out that I let you drive a motor?
But if we didn't mention it, well, we wouldn't be lying, would we?
Just not telling tales.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Hang on a sec.
The rent we owe,
plus another hundred for all the trouble that we caused.
All right, thanks. But you're still sacked.
That's everything I had!
Only what you should have coughed up months ago.
You've got no idea what I had to go through to get that.
What, dipped into the holiday fund, did you?
One less jolly to Spain.
I told you before, it wasn't a jolly.
You come back with duty free and a tan!
Anyway, I don't give a monkey's, I've had it with you and Alfie.
He makes out he's the life and soul of the Vic,
but he's a jumped up barman who'll do anything for an easy life.
It wasn't his fault, I'm the reason he walked out.
What, you held a gun to his head, did you?
I had an affair.
And even after I told him everything,
he was still willing to give me another chance.
What you telling me for?
You know what it's like to lose everything.
You're not seriously saying that you doing the dirty on Alfie
is the same as Ben going to prison?
No, but think about it.
How would you feel if you was given another chance to start again, eh?
To win Shirley and your family back?
I can't believe you're putting this on me.
No, nor can I,
but it would break Alfie's heart to leave everything that he knows,
and no matter what he says he'll never get over it.
So this is it.
This is my last chance and, unbelievably, you're the one
who gets to decide whether I lose my family or not.
I've been sorting through mouldy old clothes all day
and I really want to treat Lexi, I just need another fiver.
And you think I should cough up for you, do you?
Here you go.
Whatever anyone says, you ain't doing a bad job.
Don't let 'em grind you down.
I'm so sorry.
It's all right. It's not your fault.
If I'd've known the job had anything to do with Phil,
I never would have got you involved.
Maybe I should just keep my head down
and concentrate on the case now anyway.
Well, Billy's having a few people over to celebrate Lola
getting her tag off, so you've got to come to that.
No, I'm not really in the mood to face people.
Well, what if we went out on our own first?
Just you and me.
I don't really want to drag you down an' all.
I can't think of anyone else I'd rather be with.
You knew we had a meeting, I called round earlier to remind you.
Yeah, and I have got better things to do than sit in here
waiting for you all day.
Which apparently doesn't include cleaning up the mess.
-I was just about to do that.
-You said that earlier.
What do you want? I've been working, he's been down the Jobcentre.
We can't just drop everything just for you!
-Yeah, down the job...
-I thought you had a steady job?
What else are you not telling us?
Where have you been all day?
You're supposed to be working your notice.
I hope you've had the holiday of a lifetime,
cos it's your last for ages.
Are you giving 'em their jobs back?
Don't worry, you're still the manager, OK?
This is your last chance, Alfie, so don't blow it.
Hello, darling, you had a good time with Phil?
Come here and tell your mum all about it.
Uh, uh. I ain't a grass.
What's been going on?
Nothing we couldn't handle, was it?
Must've been something if you're telling my son to lie to me.
Lying is different than keeping your mouth shut. Right, Uncle Phil?
Uncle Phil's teaching you all sorts, ain't he.
We were just having a bit of a laugh weren't we, son?
Well, he's not your son, is he?
And you're not his uncle either.
I know that.
Maybe it's best if you don't spend so much time together.
We're just getting on well, what's wrong with that?
No. No, don't get me wrong,
I just think it's probably best for both of you, that's all.
Come on, babes.
It ain't our fault.
The business was shut down after my boss walked out.
Then why did you tell us everything was fine?
Because I thought...
Because I thought if I could get something else you need never know.
So you lied about it instead?
It ain't his fault, he's doing the best he can.
I suppose you've not declared the work you've been doing either?
I was going to, actually, I just haven't got round to it,
-not that you'll believe me.
-No, I've had enough!
I'm doing everything you ask, I'm sticking to my curfew,
I'm not getting into trouble and it still isn't enough, is it.
Now look what you've done.
No, I didn't...
Suppose you're going to report us for that an' all now?
I'm sorry, I'm going to have to call a meeting
with my colleagues as soon as possible.
It's our job to make sure you're coping.
Well, we would be, if everyone would just leave us alone.
I still don't get it, right.
Cos it ain't like Phil to back down.
Look, I just went to see him again
and I finally talked some sense into him.
What exactly did you say to him?
Not much. Just reminded him of what a great landlord you are.
Really? What, and he fell for that, did he?
That and the big wad of cash might have helped.
I found a stash I'd put away for a rainy day.
It hasn't stopped raining all year.
Kat, come on sweetheart,
you know as well as I do you can't get your hands on that sort of cash.
Unless something happened that you ain't telling me.
You seriously think... Phil?
No, no, listen to me, I just need you to tell me the truth, all right?
Now, where did you get the cash? Was it Michael?
No, it wasn't Michael.
-If you must know, I pawned a few bits.
-You don't need to know.
-Yes, I do need to know.
Do you remember what we said? No more secrets and no more lies.
It was just a bit of jewellery.
A necklace and some stupid old ring I never wore.
What? What, your mum's ring?
You pawned your mum's ring?
That's all you had left of hers.
No, it ain't.
She's the one that taught me you do anything for the people you love.
If she was here she'd tell me that you and Tommy
matter a million times more than some rusty old trinket.
I know it's going to take time, but I'll do whatever it takes.
I'd do anything for you, Alfie.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
That is not what you think, I told Michael to call me
-if he needs help with Scarlett.
-Yeah, well, he obviously needs you.
I don't care.
Alfie, I need to be here with you.
BABY CONTINUES CRYING
TV VOLUME INCREASES
Ain't you done yet?
Nearly. Wait a minute.
Well, can you hurry up please, cos you know I've got plans
and I've got things to do.
How's it going?
She's still messing around with it, now.
She didn't want that bottle then?
Nah, she didn't.
-I think she just wanted a cuddle with her mummy. Didn't you?
-KNOCK ON DOOR
Et voila. You're a free woman.
Finally. I can't tell you how good that feels.
Well, we aim to please.
Hey, Lexi, look. Your mum is officially an ex-con.
Is this a bad time?
All right, Kat. Three pints, please.
You all right, Phil?
Not hanging with Dennis today, Phil?
Kat, why don't you bring them over to the table, eh?
And I'd like a nice big head on mine.
So I've been thinking about Jay.
Well, you got rid of him?
Yeah. Of course. As we agreed. I just ain't happy about it, you know.
It's Abi, she's distraught. On my case.
You don't know what it's like having a sulky teenage daughter.
So I thought, maybe, maybe we should reconsider.
Or maybe we shouldn't.
If Jay sets foot on that forecourt, the deal's off.
Right. Fair enough.
We discussed your case
and it was agreed that I should visit daily from now on.
All right, fine, well, can you at least call me to let me know
what time you're coming round? So I can make sure I'm in.
Sorry. It doesn't work like that.
We need to get a picture of how you're caring for Lexi.
How's her nappy rash?
Almost gone. I've been putting bum cream on it.
Good. Mind if I check?
See the place could still do with a bit of a clean up.
We're having a party later.
This time tomorrow, the whole place will be spick and span.
Is that alcohol?
Yeah, yeah. But that's just for me.
For later. You know, celebrate.
Yeah, I've had me tag taken off. You know, security tag.
Before 8.00. In before 8.00. Curfew. You know, doing my head in.
After the party I was going to take Lexi out for a little treat.
You know, up that Eye thingy.
Apparently, when it's dark, you can see all the lights.
Like you can see the whole of London.
Look. I've got a video here. Hang on.
You see that, that's the whole of London.
That is all the lights. Look.
You don't think she's a bit young?
No, course not. Wow, imagine all that going into her little head.
Probably be her first memory ever.
Yeah, definitely. You ain't going to forget something like this.
Can't be any worse than mine anyway.
Grumpy old care worker.
That was my childhood.
But not Lexi. No, she definitely ain't going to be like that.
What time will you be back?
Oh, not late. Well, not late, you know, after 8.00. Obviously.
So it's dark enough for her to see all the lights.
And how are you going to afford it?
I've been doing some extra cleaning. I've saved up.
She might need a fresh nappy.
I was just going to nip out and get some, weren't I.
What you writing down?
Notes. Just notes. Nothing to worry about.
Look. I am a good mum.
I know you don't think I am. But I am.
And me and Pops, we're fine here, aren't we?
Yeah, brilliant. Brilliant.
And I don't need you checking up on me all the time, you know.
I'm me own person and I'm very independent.
Well, I'm afraid that's not really my concern. My concern.
My only concern is the welfare of the child. Do you understand?
I have to be satisfied that Lexi's getting adequate care,
that's my only interest.
The child has to come first.
She does come first, doesn't she? She always, always comes first.
Good. We're on the same page then.
Let's just make sure she continues to do so.
I can see myself out.
That was hard work. He's settled now though.
Had to watch Toy Story 3 for the 100th time. Where you going?
I'm going to change me top. I spilt beer on it.
OK. Yes, mate, what can I get you?
There we go. Listen, why don't you stay here, eh?
I'll go and get the nappies.
No, you're all right, I want to get some fresh air.
Well, don't be long, eh? Ab and Jay will be round in a bit.
I'll be straight back.
Oh, get some crisps.
All right, fatty.
Ah, are those for me?
Yeah, here you are.
Oh, your tag's off. Excellent.
What's that smell? Are you wearing aftershave?
No. Must be that new soap. Anyway listen, I've gotta shoot,
but I'll see you at your party later on, all right?
Yeah, all right. Don't miss it, though.
It's going to be mental. Crisps. Formula milk. Lexi. See ya.
Whoa. Wow, wow, wowee. Look at you, eh, girl.
Hey, hello, sweetheart. Lexi come to see her Uncle Alfie, has she?
Hello... she's gorgeous, ain't she, eh?
You all right?
-Yeah, I've just come for that money.
-Yeah, tenner, weren't it?
-Tell you what, why don't you make it 20?
-That's all right. Look at you.
Beautiful. Here you go, sweetheart.
-That's all right.
What you giving her money for?
She did a cleaning job. Cleaned up the cellar.
-Yeah, a tenner.
Listen, you got your job back but you're on probation.
You want to chuck the cash around, that's fine.
But it comes out of your pocket, not my till.
-Alfie, it's all right...
-No. No, it's fine.
And in future, don't come sniffing around here for handouts.
Alfie might be a soft touch, but I ain't.
Oh, yeah, I know that. We all do, don't we. Especially your son.
What d'you say?
You're a bully, Phil. I mean, getting Jay the sack.
How pathetic was that. It's no wonder Ben's inside.
I don't need fatherhood advice from a dirty little slapper like you.
Look at you, single mum.
You don't even know who the kid's dad is, do you?
Lexi don't need a dad actually, she's got me
and that's all she's going to need, so just get out of my face.
THE BRANNINGS LAUGH
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
Yeah, I've split a nail.
I'm going to go over to Booty's and get it sorted out.
All right, sweetheart.
-I won't be long.
-OK. Who's left that here then?
Oh, no, no.
Oh, is that it, then? Not even a hello for your old mate?
What do you want, Lex?
I want to take a look at your baby. A proper one.
You're my mate. My oldest mate. I got a right, haven't I?
Yeah, she's a right minger.
Oh, have you ever seen such an ugly little skank?
What did you do? Did you get with a really ugly bloke?
Like, was he a really old ugly man?
There's nothing wrong with her. She's beautiful.
What d'you go and get landed with a screaming brat for?
Ain't you ever heard of abortion?
I mean, you go in, half hour and it's done.
Sorted. I've had three. Three.
You must be so proud.
Rather that than get stuck with a kid.
Cos you know she's just going to end up just like us.
Pregnant at 15. If she lasts that long. Or banged up.
You say one more word about my baby. One more and I swear...
What you going to do? going to tell your probation officer?
Probation. I ain't on probation.
Right, well, your social worker then,
cos I know you've got 'em crawling all over you. Ain't you?
-Just leave me alone.
-You used to be a mate. You used to be a laugh.
I ain't the one that left, am I? You are.
You got fostered and left me in that stinking home.
Look how well that turned out for me.
I ain't been anywhere longer than three months.
And whose fault is that, eh? Not me. So why are you starting?
Cos you, you are so up yourself.
You got a kid. Posh mates. You think you're it, girl.
Oh, look, and here she comes now. Little Miss Snotty.
You all right, darling. Come. Come and join us.
Come on, we're just having a laugh. D'you want a drag?
No, thanks? Sorry, are my cigarettes not good enough for you?
What are you trying to say?
-Leave her alone, Lex.
-What you looking at?
-Nothing? You calling me a liar?
Are you calling me a skank? Are you getting in my face, girl?
Ah, look. Look, girls, she's wearing make-up.
This is a nice dress, isn't it?
Mind if I borrow it some time, use it as a tent?
-I'm going to go.
-No. You ain't going anywhere. Is she, girls?
Come on, Abs.
She's staying. You go.
Leave her alone. She hasn't done anything to you.
Like that? She's like a little bouncy ball.
Bounce her over here.
Oh, look. Oh, you got a message. "Where are you? Kiss kiss."
Who's he then? Got a little boyfriend?
-Give her the phone.
-Give it to me.
-I said, give her the phone!
-Take Lex and go. Go now.
Oi, skank, where do you think you're going? Come back here.
I said back off. Leave her alone.
Get out of my way. First I'm going to deal with you.
Then that little posh cow friend of yours.
Then that little rat-faced baby.
Think I'll give her her first kicking.
-Put colour in her cheeks.
-You touch my baby and I swear...
What you going to do? You going to cry? Boo hoo.
-I'll kill you.
That baby's dead.
Do you hear me? She's dead.
Get off of me!
Now, any one of you come near me or my baby again,
you'll get the same. Do you hear?
KNOCK ON DOOR
Have you lost something?
Are you all right?
I gotta get Lex home.
Um, thanks. Thanks for...
Listen, I...I won't be a minute. I'll catch you up.
You don't get to give up, Michael. Not like that.
She's just a child. A baby. And she's yours.
What's this? Is it to keep her safe?
My mother gave that to me as a comfort.
Thought it would be comforting for her as well.
A comfort? No mum. No dad.
Just a cheap bit of tat round her neck?
It's not cheap.
It is a memento for her to remember me by.
What, the day you walked out on her?
I don't know what else to do.
You stay. You love her. And you look after her.
Michael, what are you afraid of?
Look, d'you think I'm a natural parent, or Lola?
What makes you so different?
I'm not her mum. I can't replace her mum.
That's not your fault.
What Janine's done, that's just her.
If I left, right, I know that Alfie would soldier on.
You would, wouldn't you?
Well, of course he would,
because we're cut from different cloth, aren't we?
Look at him. I mean, he's nice, he's a nice geezer.
He's loveable, he's the perfect dad. I am not.
I am a weird...
Twisted creature. Who would want to love me?
Who would want to have a dad like me?
That's what you're afraid of?
You think she's not going to love you?
Why would she? Look at the evidence.
All of them couldn't wait to be shot of me.
That wasn't you, Michael. That was her.
Listen, you are Scarlett's father, all right?
She's got no choice but to love you.
Look at her.
Michael, look at her.
Take her hand.
No, no, I can't.
You can. You can.
Michael, you can.
You are her world.
She don't need anyone else.
Lola saved me. I'm in a right state now.
Come here. Come on.
I know I'm acting like a stupid little girl but I was,
I was really scared.
Listen, anyone ever does anything to you, they'll have me to answer to.
I love you.
I love you too.
Tell me where these girls are,
cos I'm going to go round there right now.
No, no, just leave it, OK.
It's not worth it, is it? We'll just have our little party.
We'll have a laugh, yeah?
Then I'm going to take Lexi out and I'm going to show her the world.
You're amazing. Do you know that?
What happened to that stroppy little girl I met in that home, eh?
Where's she gone?
I'm still here.
I'm so proud of you. I am.
You're shaking. It's all right.
Look at me. I'm welling up here.
Get off me, you soppy old sod.
Yeah, I know, I know. Excuse me, madam, where's my crisps?
I lost 'em, sorry.
Don't worry. I'll go and get some more.
Might get a couple more beers too. I feel like pushing the boat out.
OK, well, don't be long, cos I don't want to leave late.
I shall be right back.
What's he like, eh? Look, Lexi. Don't it look pretty?
It's your first party, eh?
If you think about it, right, Kat, we're like the A-Team.
Any troubles round the world, we'll just go there and sort it out,
there'll be no problems anywhere. All gone.
I love you, Alfie Moon.
You know what, Mrs Moon, you're not too bad yourself.
So are you going to get your nails done or what?
Yeah, why not? Got to look my best, haven't I?
I won't be long.
All right, darling.
-That your tea, is it?
-What if it is?
Listen, why don't you come round ours, eh?
We've got a few beers in, bit of food.
What about Lola? You expect me to put up with that mouthy little cow?
No, no, no, she's taking Lexi out.
To be honest with you, mate, I could do with the company.
Unless you're busy or got something else on.
What, you're really that desperate?
Yeah, I am.
All right. Here you are, you can have that.
Phil, you couldn't sub us a tenner? Just till tomorrow.
Cheers mate, thanks. Here you are, love.
You listen to me, all right?
You don't listen to what them girls said.
You ain't going to be nothing like that.
You're going to a beautiful, clever little lady, do you hear me, eh?
And I promise you're going to have the happiest life, OK?
I'm going to make sure of it.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Look, Lex, someone's here. Shall we go and see who it is? Eh?
Are you Lola Pearce?
Yeah. Why? What's going on?
Do you mind if we come in?
That's fine, yeah.
What are you doing here? What's happened?
There's been a complaint.
A complaint? No. No, I haven't done anything wrong.
It's alleged you attacked a young woman.
A young...what you talking about?
Alexa Smith. It's been alleged you attacked her in Turpin Way,
less than an hour ago.
-There's video evidence. There are witnesses.
This is a serious allegation.
We need you to come to the station to answer questions.
No. No, that ain't what happened, all right? She attacked me. My mate.
They attacked us both. I...
You'll get your chance to put your story across at the station.
What about Lexi?
You can give her to me.
You? What are you even doing here?
You're on a child protection plan, Lola. The police called me.
-Is Billy here?
-No, he just popped out.
-No. What do you want them for?
-Come on. We need to go.
-You'll need to give Lexi to me.
No, I ain't giving you Lexi.
You have to go with the police. I'll take care of Lexi.
You're going to take her?
Not for long. It's for the best.
No. Wait. We've got plans.
I told you, I'm taking her for a treat.
Up the London Eye and she's going to look down
and she's going to see all the lights.
I told you that.
I told you that.
Not tonight, you're not.
It'll be much better if you hand her over voluntarily.
OK, can I carry her to the car?
Can I carry her to the car at least? Please?
Come on, then.
Abi, Abi, tell them what happened. You know, those girls. Tell 'em.
-They attacked you. I was defending you.
-Go on, tell 'em.
-That's right. She did. They, um...
You'll have time to give a statement later. Come on.
They want to take Lex. They're going to take Lexi.
No, no, you can't. They attacked us. Those girls...
No. No. You're not having her.
Don't make this any worse, Lola.
You've already got a file as thick as a brick.
Now, just hand her over.
No. No, I'll never see her again. She's not going into care.
She's not. You're not having her. She's my baby. She's my baby.
Just give her to me.
No. You're not taking my baby. You're not.
Pops! Pops, please help me. They're trying to take the baby.
They're trying to take Lexi. Stop 'em. Please.
-What do you think you're doing?
-Have you been drinking, Mr Mitchell?
I've had a couple. We said we were having a party.
-Lola, give me the child.
-What is happening here?
-We need to remove Lexi, take her to a place of safety.
Phil. Phil. Help me, please.
Please. You want to know who Lexi's Dad is. It's Ben.
I know it sounds crazy but it's the truth.
I swear, Ben is Lexi's dad.
Get your hands off of her.
-You can't do this. She's done nothing wrong.
Don't touch my baby. No! Lexi!
Give her back her baby!
-Give me back my baby.
Please don't do this.
Please don't do this to me. Please don't do this to me...
I haven't done anything wrong. Please! No!
SHE SOBS HYSTERICALLY
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A face from Lola's past appears on the Square and forces Lola to confront her worst nightmare. Kat and Alfie return from their time away, but will their splintered relationship survive a return to normality? A desperate Michael reaches breaking point over Scarlett, with shocking consequences.