The Spraggan and Butcher households are in for a shock when a surprise visitor arrives on the doorstep. Kat has a dilemma to face when she is given an offer she can't refuse.
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-Out the way, Liam.
-Mum, mind my hair!
-You can't wear jeans to school.
I have to. I can't find my school trousers.
-You said boiled egg.
-No, I didn't.
-I asked for poached.
I'm just doing boiled, Whitney.
-Can I have a boiled egg?
Is there any toast for me anywhere?
No, cos it's blown up, because it's overworked.
I know how it feels.
-Good morning, family.
-How was it?
Yeah, usual old thing, people in suits running away without paying,
drunks not knowing where they live,
secretaries passing out in the back of the cab.
-I love Christmas!
-Can't find my headphones.
What a shame, Tel boy,
you'll have to spend some time on planet Earth with us.
I've got a delivery coming later. Is Dad going to be about?
No, he left early, went to a trade show, and I'm off now.
Lucky me gets to go to work
and spend all day cooking for people, then cleaning up after them.
-We need some shopping.
-You going to be here?
-No, I'm going to go to bed for a while.
-No, you can't.
You've got to take the kids to school and get the shopping. Bye!
Come on, sweetheart, I need my beauty sleep.
You can do that for a couple of hours this afternoon
and, if you're lucky, I might even come back and tuck you in.
Get a room.
You can't wear jeans for school.
Yes, well, I don't have a choice.
Where you going?
I'm going home to get ready for work.
-This is your home.
-I haven't got time for this.
Tommy's dressed, he's had breakfast, you can take him to nursery.
If you want him back later, I'll bring clean clothes.
I want you both back later, permanently.
We spoke about this before. It's not a good idea.
I happen to think it's a brilliant idea.
It's too soon.
Of course it's not.
You belong here, your name next to mine, above the door.
Listen to me, right.
Before, I'd be in there like a shot, no reasoning,
no thought about who might get hurt, I'd just do it.
But I want Tommy to look up to me
and trust me as someone that does the right thing.
Mum, I thought you got a job interview today?
I wanted to talk to you. You haven't been here.
Mum, you can't just be late for your interview.
-I know, but...
-I can't be late on my first day back,
-I'll have Phil on my back.
-We'll catch up later.
Whoa! There you go, my angel. Wait, wait, wait - not finished.
A little bit of honey and a little bit of lemon...
Can I make one next?
We'll do some tonight, OK?
I loved watching you in the kitchen.
Well, those days are gone.
It's got to be better than being a cabbie.
Babe, me and restaurants, we don't mix.
I'm happy where I am, so just drop it, OK?
How's the pancakes?
Right. School. Come on, let's go.
I wish I could go to school. I can't wait till tomorrow.
-And that isn't my coat.
-Well, if it fits, it's yours.
Oh, mate, who's going to tidy up this kitchen?
Not me, I'm going to work. See ya later.
Can I tidy up the kitchen?
-Yeah, you can. Tel, you can help her.
And if you don't know how to do it, get on the internet and find out.
I don't want to go.
You have to. I've organised a play date here for Scarlett.
Put them off. We'll spend the day together.
Oh, if only. I can't, it wouldn't be fair on her.
All right. Can we at least meet up later, though, yeah?
Maybe we can steal half an hour.
Half an hour? I'll take it.
See ya later.
Lola. Lola. Come on!
She's still ignoring me.
Yeah, well, she is bang out of order, ain't she?
It's what we want, friends thumping the man we're on a date with!
You weren't there. He was after one thing and one thing only.
Hold tight a minute, bruv. Maybe that's all she wanted, a bit of fun.
She's not like that.
Another one of your fan club.
Yeah, I don't get her. Now her dad's out, why can't she just move on?
Women, bruv. All right, back to work.
-See you in a while.
-See you in a bit.
Hi. You all right?
Yeah. yeah, good.
Yeah. Yeah, I'm all right, as well, thank you(!)
Sorry. I'm glad. I really am.
But I think we should probably...
Keep our distance around the square?
It's for the best... See ya.
That suits you, although they do say black's a lot more slimming.
I don't know, Bianca, I guess they're just cocktail dresses.
Do you want to speak to Dad? All right, bye.
Are you worried about starting your new school tomorrow?
-No, I've done it before.
-What's up, then?
-I said, nothing.
What are we doing at Christmas?
-We'll be here, won't we?
-Yeah? And what about Mum?
Look, I know we normally spend Christmas with your mum,
but that just ain't going to work this year.
She might be working, anyway.
She's probably wangled herself a little trip to Australia
or Thailand. She loves a beach.
What if she's on her own? Couldn't she stay with us?
You're joking! Where's she going to stay?
-She could stay in here with me and Rosie.
-Tel, the inn is already full
and it's not like we've got a stable to put her in.
One more won't make any difference.
That's not fair on Bianca, is it?
Look, a tropical beach in a lovely sunny country
or a sleeping bag in Walford?
Which one do you think your mum's going to go for?
That'd suit you.
Red - you don't think it's a bit extreme?
Nah, go for it.
Nothing like a new hairdo to make you feel better.
I feel fine, thank you.
Of course you do.
When you've got a few more miles on the clock,
you'll realise there ain't many men who are worth losing ANY sleep over.
OK. Thank you, Cora, you've been a wonderful help(!)
-All right, girls?
It's freezing. Did someone order a cab?
-That was me.
-Where do you want to go?
Nowhere. I just need the driver.
I want to take you to lunch. An apology for this morning.
There's no need.
Please. One o'clock, at the Vic?
You know what, Poppy?
I don't care what Peter Beale says or thinks of me any more.
-So you keep saying.
-No, this time I mean it. I'm done with the posh boy.
-Oh... Where's your dad, gone shopping?
Whose is this?
Oh!! It's gone everywhere!!
-It's not mine!
These are imitation silk dresses!
Well, it's shower stuff, so it'll just wash out.
I can't sell them as new if they're all stained, can I?!
It was an accident.
Is that your washbag?
I mean, why can't anyone put anything away or tidy up in this house!?
There's nowhere to put 'em.
These are ruined now!
How was the party?
You feeling better?
Yeah. Sorry about that.
What are you doing here?
No. I've just had a job interview.
How'd it go?
Messed it right up.
I'm not surprised, if you went in with that attitude.
Well, I've got more important things on my mind at the moment.
What's up? Everything all right with you and Sam?
I need to talk to Dexter.
Oi, Tel, you all right, mate?
I am now.
Look at this, peace and quiet and chairs to sit on.
And how about this, we do beer, as well, can you believe it?
Bit crowded up at Butcher Mansions, is it?
Let's say it's...intimate.
-What can I get you?
-I'll have a pint of your finest ale, mate.
I think that's the problem when you get to our age, with relationships.
A lot of history, a lot of baggage, lots of other people.
They call it the joy of family life. There you go.
Cheers. You're not doing any food, are you?
Yeah, I can do you some bran, cornflakes.
Tell you what, keep schtum, how do you fancy a nice bit of cheese,
-maybe a nice bit of onion?
-Oh, yeah, yeah.
There you go. Bread's out the back.
-This is worse than being at home.
-On the house, an' all.
LOUD HAMMERING Come on!
What do you want?
Sorry to bother you, I just wanted to see Dexter.
You going to be checking up on him all week?
No, I just wanted to talk to him.
Oh, right, well, he's out dropping off a car,
but as it's personal, you can chat to him on his own time.
Kat just wants to take things slow, you know, to prove to me
and to everyone else that she's changed before she moves in.
To be honest with you, Tel, I don't really care what people think.
You've got to care, mate, you're the local landlord,
you can't fall out with everyone.
Yeah, I know.
Listen, I do feel,
seriously, I feel really bad about what happened between me and Roxy.
But the thing is, I'm mad about Kat.
We have, like, a chemistry, you know.
We're meant to be together.
Yeah, well, how can she resist, you know?
I know, amazing.
-Your catering skills alone.
I've seen grown women crumble and cry around this level of perfection.
Yeah, I can see that.
Because I've known you a week and I want to move in.
Really? You know what, I've got a spare room.
I'll have one for the road.
I thought it was just going to be a swift one?
Ah... Yeah, I'd better get back. Otherwise, I'll be getting "Terry!"
-Catch you later. Give me a bell, yeah.
-All right, Alfie, cheers, son.
All right, Phil? What can I get you?
I'll have an egg sandwich and a coffee, to take away.
Mayonnaise with that?
Just wanted to say that I know what you're going through.
Took me a long time to get over Kirsty.
I'm sorry, does it look like I need sympathy from you?
You look like someone who's going to bounce back,
show everyone what an idiot Alfie is.
What's he want?
He reckons he knows what I'm going through.
Do you know, I am sick of people sticking their noses in my business.
Yeah, people love making themselves busy, don't they? Well, stuff 'em.
Here you go, cheer yourself up,
go somewhere nice, take Ronnie shopping or something.
Some of these might be all right.
30% mark-up - we chuck three away, we break even.
Four and we're losing money.
I told you these were too expensive for us to sell.
Not if they weren't covered in shower gel!
Don't shout at me! I didn't do it.
I'll take them to Dot's see what she can do.
-Yeah, spend more money we ain't got.
-What else am I supposed to do?!
You'd better get back to the stall,
I told Fatboy I'd only be ten minutes.
Didn't expect to see you here. What you doing?
What's it look like?!
-Sorry for asking.
-Have you been drinking?
-I can smell booze!
-Not that it's got anything to do with you
but, yeah, I did have a quick pint.
I've been out all night, ain't I, working?
That's the answer, is it? Let's all go down the pub, shall we(?)
Well, if it makes you happy, it'd be a good idea, wouldn't it?
What's wrong with her?
One of the kids has got shower gel all over the dresses we ordered.
Is that it? The way she ripped into me, I thought someone had died.
That's just B, ignore her.
-She'll calm down, in a year or two.
I might have to take Alfie up on that offer of that room,
unless you've changed your mind?
Been talking about me, have you?
-All good stuff.
He's trying to get you to talk me into moving back in.
Look, it's none of my business.
I mean, you've got to do what you think is right.
What makes you happy.
It's not that simple. I'm trying to do things the right way here.
Yeah, but this is about family, innit?
Look at me and Bianca. It's a bit of a mess, innit,
but I wouldn't change it for anything.
This is nice, just the two of us having some lunch.
Yeah, it's not bad grub.
It's nothing compared to what you can cook, though, babe.
I really do think you should go back to it.
Ian's looking for a new sous chef.
How do you know?
I saw an advert in the local paper.
And he told me.
And I've already told you it's not a good idea.
But you love restaurants.
-Yeah, and look what happened!
-You're not happy at work.
Why can't you just leave it alone?
You can do it.
We're back together now, you have my support.
You think that's going to help?
Me being surrounded by alcohol every day?
You can get a drink anywhere, but you haven't.
Now it's time for you to take the next step
-and go back to doing what you're good at.
You say I don't trust you and you're wrong. I do.
Maybe it's time for you to start trusting yourself.
-Ugh! What are you doing!?
-I'd better go.
No, you don't have to go.
No, no. It's fine.
Feel a bit sick, anyway. I think it's the smell of cheap perfume.
KAT LAUGHS Janine!
-What is wrong with you?
-You don't know nothing, Kat, all right?
Your sister is in prison for killing Michael
and you're bedding the widow!
That's a bit sick, ain't it?
Don't you start lecturing me about my life,
-after what you've done to Roxy.
-I've done nothing to Roxy.
Oh, so she's happy, then, is she?
At least Alfie knows when he's made a mistake!
If you don't like how I live my life, Kat,
then you know what you can do, don't you?
You'll regret this, Joey.
It's all she's talks about.
And Pete's been banging on about her all day.
It's obvious they have, like, big feelings for each other.
Hold on a minute. Why don't we bring them together?
You know, like we did Tam and Alice.
Hold tight, Cilla Black, all right,
we don't want to repeat that train crash.
No, not our finest hour.
But maybe this is our opportunity to, you know, redeem ourselves.
Walford matchmakers, back in the game.
Babe, what if this one goes wrong, as well?
I think we're pretty safe with these two.
Have you seen Lola's angry face?
I mean, they're not even speaking to each other right now.
No, but they don't stop talking about each other, do they?
All we've got to do is make 'em realise
how deep their feelings really go.
Look who's just walked in.
-This is a sign.
-No, baby, it's just lunchtime.
-No, this is fate.
We have got to do this. Lo? Lola, come here.
I will talk to Pete, yeah, make him realise how deep his feelings are,
-and you, you can soften Lola up.
And I'll get Pete to talk to her... Hello!
I thought you were going home for lunch?
I was, but Tina and Shirley are there. They're doing my head in.
Oh, right. Well, I'm going to have to leave you two to it,
cos I've got stuff to do.
So, see you later.
I'll see you back at work, yeah.
-Finish my chips if you want. See ya.
So... Peter, fighting for your honour.
What a guy, huh?
Peter, on behalf of Fats and myself, I am staging an intervention.
You're staging a what?
I think it's an intervention.
Isn't that when someone makes a mistake and you try and stop 'em?
No, it's when someone's addicted to something and you make
-them aware of it.
-Yeah, that'll work.
For the sanity of myself and my other half,
will you please just ask Lola out?
-She's mad about you, and you obviously like her, as well.
Why do you think she's been flirting with you all these months?
That's not serious, she's just having a laugh.
You spend all your time together.
Because we're mates.
Mates? Oh, right, mates? Is that what you're calling it now?
Well, you know, that is a shame, because she really, really likes you.
Did she tell you this?
You're all she talks about.
So it's up to you. What are you going to do?
Come on, Lo, he didn't mean to embarrass you, did he?
It just came out wrong.
No, it didn't come out wrong, that's exactly what he thinks of me.
Come on, you don't believe that?
He punched out the guy, right, in your honour,
that's, like, some knight in shining armour thing.
-Are you having a laugh?
-Speak of the devil.
-Did you plan this? You and Poppy? Is that why she went?
-That how it is, is it?
What, you send your mate to come round and apologise for you?
I have to listen to him bang on about how great you are?
-It's going to take more than that..!
Who do you think you're talking to, eh?! Peter! Peter!
Put me down!
Put me down now or I swear I'll knock you out!
That is classic Walford foreplay, man.
Let go of me!
Look. I am really sorry for what I said at the party.
Well, so you should be.
-I didn't mean it.
-You wouldn't say it, if you didn't think it was true.
-I can explain.
-No! No. There's nothing to explain, all right?
You go your way, I'll go mine, and end of.
-I don't want that.
-Peter! I don't need a posh boy coming into my...
Can you just let me talk?
This is actually really hard and you're not making it any easier!
I never thought that you would even consider going out with me.
-And then Poppy told me that you like me.
And I'm going to kill her, if she's got it wrong.
But it's obvious, isn't it? Why would I get so angry
-when I see you with someone?
-Because you like me.
No... Well, I do, I do! But it's more than that.
I'm mad about you. Your sense of humour, your crazy temper,
the way you are with Lexi...
I think you're stunning.
And I can't stop thinking about you.
I don't want to see you with anybody else.
I want you to be with me.
Right, I need you to go to the bathroom and wash your hands, please.
Hi, darling. How are you?
I'm making pancakes.
Listen, I've been thinking, maybe it is time for a change of job.
You don't have to do this for me.
No, I miss working in restaurants.
I'm really pleased you've changed your mind,
and I'll be right here beside you, every step of the way.
I know you will.
So I'm going to give Ian a ring, ask about the details.
You can start your trial tomorrow.
I've already spoken to Ian.
Because I knew when you thought about it you'd see I was right.
All right, Mummy?
Smells nice in here.
Have you spoken to Dad today? I can't get through to him.
No, I haven't spoken to him.
Mum, why did you only set two places?
Look...your dad's not coming for dinner.
What, is he still on that job?
To where? What, Birmingham?
No. Birmingham was just an excuse. He's... He's left us.
Mum, stop being silly, OK?
You heard what he said. He's going away for a couple of days and he'll be back.
Dexter, he's not coming back. He's gone.
He's gone for good.
I hate it when me and Terry row.
Hardly a row. You didn't even get into second gear.
I ain't that bad.
Dot's done a good job on these, we can still sell 'em.
You know what it is, it's that house,
we don't get a minute to ourselves, you know.
It's a bit much, taking all of us on.
He's a big boy, he knows what he's got himself into.
You don't think he's having second thoughts?
Are you joking, a catch like you?
Look at you - Elizabeth Walton.
Mum, why would he just go without telling me?
I don't know. Maybe... Maybe he just needed some time.
Maybe he thought that's what was best for you.
-There's nothing wrong with the transplant, is there?
He's not answering. This don't make sense!
Dexter, look, me and your dad broke up, OK?
That's what was happening at the party?
-Where are you going?
-I'm going to find him, Mum.
Dexter! Dex! Dexter, please.
Dexter! Dex, stop!
He wouldn't leave without telling me.
-He wouldn't have done that, Mum.
-Why?! Why wouldn't he?
Look, 20 years ago he did it.
All of those Christmases, birthdays,
anniversaries without him.
-Really, you think he couldn't do it again?
-Because he's changed.
-No, he hasn't.
Look, we've always been OK, haven't we?
Me and you, we've always been fine. We've always done OK, babe.
-Is it me, Mum? Am I why he's gone, Mum?
Mum, just tell me. What did I do wrong, Mum?
No, baby... No, it's not you. It's not you.
It was me.
I told him to go.
I told him I didn't want him around any more.
£4.80, please. Lovely, thank you.
BANGING ON DOOR
-Trace, sort the change out for me, darling?
BANGING Yeah, all right!
Kat, I thought Tommy was staying with me tonight?
Room at the inn for one more?
Are you serious? What? You changed your mind?
You're moving back in?
If you'll have me?
What, is this the old Kat coming through?
No. The new one is nuts about you.
I've just remembered. I kept something for you.
-No, no, get your mind off that.
You kept it?
Course I kept it. I couldn't get rid of this, could I?
Welcome home, Kat.
Cleaning squad, cleaning squad, attention!
Yeah, we're going to have to work on that drill, ain't we?
The kids have cleaned the house?
Yeah. Well, we couldn't go on like this, could we?
Cos we'll end up killing each other.
I thought of something about the bedrooms.
Put the boys in the same room downstairs, all the girls upstairs with your mum.
We stay in the same room and maybe put your dad in there.
And to create a bit of space, I took all nonessential items
and they're all going in the garage.
And we've even got a cleaning rota. What do you think?
I thought you were... Look, it's great!
I told you to get a room!
All right, all right, all right!
Nikki, what are you doing here?
Visiting my family.
-Does this top go with these jeans?
-Mm? Yeah, it's lovely.
Dad, you didn't even look.
Yes, Lauren, it looks fine.
I'm not Gok Wan, am I?
I thought you only had counselling.
We couldn't let you start your first day without looking the part.
Don't you like it?
Yeah, it's great. Thanks, girls.
Bella, why don't you go and finish your breakfast?
Is something wrong?
It's just... I mean,
if the trial doesn't work out, I've still got my cab licence, right?
Yeah, that might be a problem,
seeing as I sold your car to Max last night.
Are you winding me up?
-We can put the money towards a nice four-by-four.
Yeah, and what if the trial doesn't work out?
You're not a cabbie. You're a chef.
A very good chef.
Ian will see that.
Come on, you'll be late for counselling.
Thank you very much. See you later.
You all right?
Lauren, come on. This is stupid now. I miss being mates.
I know Lucy does as well.
My dad would still be inside if your dad had told his lies.
-I know, I'm really sorry.
-You could've said something, Peter.
I didn't know what to do. My dad was all over the place.
Luce thought he was going to have another breakdown and disappear again.
I'll say hello and whatever.
And we might be able to be mates later on.
But...I can't just forget what you did.
Nikki's on her way round to see the kids.
I thought she lived miles away.
So did I, but she crashed at the B&B.
Hi, everyone. Hello, darling.
I hope you don't mind me sticking around today.
I won't see them for a bit. I fly long-haul tomorrow.
-Oh, really, where are you going? Anywhere nice?
-Great for shopping.
-Speaking of which...
# Ta-da! Ta-da! #
-Oh, cheers, Mum.
-You spoil them, Nik.
Oh, I almost forgot...
I wasn't sure you'd be that fussed, but I got you a signed CD anyway...
Oh, my gosh!
-Is that One Direction?
-I met them on a flight to Chicago.
-Is Harry as gorgeous in real life?
-Did you meet Zayn?
Harry even gave me one of his peanuts.
-I would've kept it for ever.
-Oh, my gosh.
Come on, you two. School. Before you faint.
Go on, off you go, get ready.
See you later. Bye.
Do you fancy a catch-up over lunch?
You as well, Bianca. I saw a place down the road.
-Oh, it's overrated.
Yeah, Bianca's got to work anyway, so...
Oh, listen. Look, why don't I do something to eat here, yeah?
Maybe come round about 12-ish?
Yeah, that would be great.
Here's my wash, Mrs B.
Oh, ta. Tomorrow.
All right. So, how's the old church roof fund coming along?
You must be close to your target.
I've got other things on my mind, Arthur.
You know, what with Jim not being none too well and Alice in prison.
I still can't believe she killed Michael.
Well, Lord knows how she got involved with him in the first place.
I mean, all I can think of is her in that awful place at Christmas.
Come on, Mrs B. You're going to make yourself ill.
You need to keep yourself busy, yeah? I mean, look...
All right, how much do you need?
A hundred quid or thereabouts.
Well, how about a carol concert, you know?
Me and Fats can get a choir together.
Babe, come on! I've heard you sing in the shower.
I'm not letting you loose on Silent Night.
I hope that weren't in my shower, Arthur?
N-No, there was... There was one time.
Normally I'm downstairs when she is...
Anyway, Mr Cowell, got any better ideas?
Well, it is nearly Christmas... You know, what about mince pies?
I ain't got time for baking, Arthur.
Not with my shifts here and my church warden duties.
Mrs B, don't you worry about it, all right?
I have got it covered.
And I promise, by the end of the day, to turn that frown upside down.
So, what, that's it?
Life just goes on like Dad never came here, Mum.
Oh, Dexter, I don't know what to say.
Mum, help me find out where he's gone.
I haven't the faintest idea where to start.
You're telling me he just packed his bags and left?
No hint of where he was going? No clue? No nothing?
FRONT DOOR SLAMS
Where were you this morning?
I swapped appointments. I'm seeing a different counsellor now.
-Because I don't want to make this any harder for you.
Well, what do you want me to do? Just pretend that you don't exist?
It'll get easier.
How can you just turn your feelings off?
Oh, hiya. Look, I was going to give you a call.
Can you come in an hour early? I know it's your first day,
but the fridge's broken and I've got to get it sorted.
Wow. Really is all change, ain't it?
It's just a trial. Look, I've got a busy day...
Why are you changing the subject?
Because there's nothing left to say.
Maybe you should keep yourself busy as well.
What? So, that's it then?
I don't get a say because MY feelings don't matter?
Keep your voice down, will ya?
What else is there left to say?
What about everything that you said to me? That you loved me.
And I stupidly believed it.
-Don't do this to yourself, all right?
-How long have you known?
That she wanted you back. Ages, I'm guessing.
You just strung me along anyway.
Get your end away while you still can...
-Don't be silly.
-You didn't have the guts to face me this morning.
You'd rather carry on like nothing happened.
I'm sorry for the way things ended, all right?
But it doesn't change anything.
I love my wife.
So, please, just accept it and move on.
I don't know what Terry saw in her in the first place, Kat.
..Oh, YOU are such a filthy cow!
I don't want that image in my head, thanks very much.
..Yeah, all right, well, look, thanks for covering for me.
I owe you one.
Bit inconsiderate, weren't it,
her dishing out presents in front of my kids?
Well, that's Nikki, you know. All show. I've got to pop out.
-I've got a job to Croydon.
-Croydon? That's miles away.
and I don't think I'm going to get back for lunch.
Are you having a laugh?!
What am I to talk to her about if you're not here?
I wouldn't worry. She'll do all the talking.
I have got absolutely NOTHING in common with her.
-I can't turn it down. We need the money.
-Sorry, am I interrupting
-a domestic? Have you seen a blue logbook, Bianca?
I'll be as quick as I can, I promise, eh?
The logbook? It's blue. Come on.
-Listen, Dad, listen...
-I need to ask you a favour, please.
OK. So, what? Where are they going with that?
Are you sending it back? Thought you didn't know where he was.
I had to let it go. I'm sorry.
You sold it?
Maybe you can use the money for a holiday or something.
I don't want a holiday, Mum.
Look, the sooner you accept this, the better.
He is gone.
-Is anyone serving?
-The usual, love, yeah?
-Yes, cheers. Thanks.
-There you go, darling. Cheers.
-Yeah, fits you like a glove, that.
Yeah, but I've got a stall to run as well.
Yes, I know. I was thinking, how about you come and do a few shifts when you can?
I might. If you make it worth my while.
I can give you a packet of peanuts, know what I mean?
Seriously, it's great having you and Tommy back home.
It's great being home.
KAT AND ALFIE LAUGH
Come on, let's just go to the caff instead.
-I don't know what you've got to prove by coming here.
This is my local, isn't it?
Fine. Go on.
Well, it didn't take you long to get back behind the bar, did it?
Listen, Ronnie, we don't want any bother, all right?
-It's all right. We just came for a quiet drink, didn't we, Ron?
I'd better get back to work on my stall.
Cheers, Cora. Nice and clean in here.
-I don't think it's been this clean since Tanya left.
Thanks for tidying, Lauren.
Yeah, well, I live here too, don't I?
Are you feeling all right?
Yeah, fine. Why wouldn't I be? DOORBELL RINGS
I'll get it. See you later.
See you later. Does she seem all right to you?
I know you're looking out for her, Max,
but why don't you give her some space, eh?
I ain't going to make that mistake again, am I? See you later.
Nan, I need a favour.
-You all right?
-Are you all right? Shouldn't you be at work?
-What are you doing? Peter?
No... Not here, all right?
Pops is out tonight
and I'm sure the gruesome twosome are going to be down the pub, so...
Stop wasting time talking to that chav.
You're supposed to be running a business.
PHONE RINGS Oh, I got to take that.
Hey, P-Diddy Beale,
Can I interest you in some home-made mince pies, all right?
All donations are going to Mrs B and the church fund.
Hey, you buy before you try, bruv.
Isn't it "try before you buy"?
No, no, no, times are hard, bruv.
No, no, no...
Are you actually kidding me?!
That is disgusting. What have I done to you to deserve that?
Mate, come on, have a heart.
I'm just trying to help out Dot, you know, and the church.
It's for Dot?
I think I might be able to help you out.
Everything about her gets on my nerves - even her face.
-You know who she reminds me of?
She reminds me of that trout pout - Sam Mitchell, yeah.
Darling, I could be doing without this.
I'm supposed to be at an auction.
Oh, please. Please just wait until Terry comes back.
I can't deal with her.
She's so annoying. DOORBELL RINGS
-You all right?
Oh, they're nice. You shouldn't have. Come in.
-He had to go out on a last-minute job.
My dad's here, though.
-I'm Nikki. Nice to meet you.
-Yeah, likewise. David.
-You look nice.
-You want to sit down?
Do you want a drink, Nikki?
-Oh, I'd love a wine if you've got one.
Here you are, mate. These will sort you out.
Oh, brother, are you serious?! Ain't your dad going to go mad?
Mate, I could not care less.
Pete, you're the man. You know that, right? You know that.
I won't forget this, brother.
-See you later, mate. You owe me.
-I do owe you.
But you said it was coming in after two.
No, I AM close, but that's not the point.
Fine. I'll be there in a minute. I'll be there in a minute!
A delivery's just come in to R&R.
OK, so go.
Why don't you come with me? We'll get a bite to eat at the caff.
-I haven't finished my drink.
Stop telling me what to do, please!
Ron, go. I'll be fine.
Are you sure?
-Right, I'll see you later.
Another double rum, please, Trace.
You look like you need cheering up. Want a drink?
D'you know what? Yeah, to hell with it.
I will have a vodka tonic. Double, please.
Are you all right?
You all right? Do you need a hand with anything? Phone calls? Filing?
-I thought you were going for a run?
-I'll wash the cars if you want.
Why do I get the impression that something's bothering you?
Have you got any jobs or not?
-You can talk to me about anything, you know that, don't you?
All right, yes. A couple of motors could do with a wash.
Don't worry about that one, I've already polished it.
What is it even doing here?
I bought it off Sadie last night.
All right, you know where the bucket is, don't you?
Mate, this says "baby sweetcorn" and this is corn on the cob.
And where's the mozzarella, eh?
Boss, this delivery's wrong.
I'm sorry to do this to you on your first day,
but you deal with it. I've got to go back to the caff.
The repair man they've sent me is beyond useless.
Any problems, give us a call.
So, what do you call yourself these days?
It's not a stewardess, is it? Cabin crew?
In-flight service manager.
And what sort of countries do you fly to?
How long you got? Long haul mainly.
How about you, Bianca? What do you do?
Oh, I just sell knocked-off clothes on my stall down the market.
So will you be flying off anywhere far away this Christmas?
Oh, well, I usually book Christmas off but...
-Oh, what? To spend it with Terry?
-If you've got something to say...
-I'm just saying, don't get funny ideas about this Christmas.
-I don't have to listen to this.
-I don't know who you think you are,
coming in here, with your presents and your perfect life.
-Lording it up...
Are you for real?!
I fly halfway round the world and back on barely a few hours' kip.
If I'm not clearing puke,
I'm serving champagne to a bunch of grubby old pervs in business class.
And, yeah, I buy my kids presents
because I don't see them half as much as I'd like.
My life's just one big barrel of laughs.
-Don't go. Come on, sit down.
-All right, look, fair enough.
What's that? An apology?
I was out of order, all right? Just sit down, will you?
Right, well, I'm done.
You? Ice cream?
God help Terry if he ever steps out of line.
Yeah. Too right.
Look, Mum, seriously, can you leave me alone? Because I'm busy.
I'm moving out. What's it look like?
Yeah, that's right, I spoke to Nan.
She said I can stay with her.
Dexter, this isn't my fault.
So, whose fault is it? You kicked him out.
-I had to.
-Tell me why.
Because I thought it would be for the best. Oh, Dexter, please!
I'm begging you. Come on.
We're a team.
I can't even look at you.
They asked for medium rare, and that is cooked medium rare.
-Perfectly, you see?
-Take those to table four.
-Come on, Carl. Get the drinks in.
-All right, all right. There you go.
-Oh, yeah. Cheers.
-Cheers. To what?
To a lucky escape!
He did you a favour. What is he? Like twice your age?
Alfie, I forgot.
Did you say that you was picking Tommy up from playschool, or did I?
Kat, come on, you know I did.
I mean, who wants to be stuck behind a bar 24/7?
How much more fun is it this side of the bar, Carl?
-A quiet drink? How many's she had?
Listen, don't worry, you get back to the stall. I can handle Rox.
I wonder how long it's going to be before she cheats on him AGAIN.
What a mug.
You know what, it's dead out there.
So I think I'll stick around for a little while.
Erm... Well, they're mince pies. Home-made. For charity.
What, you made 'em yourself?
-Can I try one?
-Yeah, yeah, please do.
D'you know what? That's not bad...
Not as good as the ones we sell in the caff, but that's not bad.
You've got a hidden talent there, Fatboy.
Well, actually, I'm selling them to raise cash for Dot
and the church fund. And all donations are welcome.
You know, there was this one guy who gave me, like, £5 for two,
which is good.
Well, I tell you what, as it's for Dot, and as you've put
so much effort in, I'll give you 20 quid for the lot.
-I'll flog them in the caff.
-You've got to be kidding?
He says that every year.
He'll buy a last-minute frozen turkey
and most likely forget to defrost it.
Yeah, I can believe that.
What am I letting myself in for?
No offence, but I'd rather you than me this year.
Listen, ladies, I'm going to push off, all right?
Yeah, you push off...
Nikki, it's been a pleasure to meet you.
-Lovely to meet you too.
-Hope to see you again.
And you. Bye.
Wait till you see his Santa toilet seat cover.
It's tacky as hell. Terry's favourite thing in the world.
-You are joking?!
-He rolls it out every year.
Rolls what out?
We're talking about you, not to you.
You missed a lovely meal, Terry.
Yeah, was it all right?
My blue shirt, do you know where it is?
In the front room, in the ironing.
Well, I checked this morning. I couldn't see it.
I know I put it in there because I ironed it myself.
It's right there, you doughnut.
You're getting on all right, aren't you?
-Yes, now we've cleared the air.
-What do you mean?
I said a few things I shouldn't have said, that's all.
-No, well, you know, I'm glad I did.
I completely got the wrong end of the stick.
I never thought I'd say this, but she is really all right.
You really shouldn't be here.
I'm not a needy person, all right? All I did was fall in love with you.
And now I'm supposed to just walk away,
while you go back to your family.
You really want to have this conversation here and now?
Are they supposed to be that colour?
-What are you doing?
-What's it look like?
I haven't got time for games, Lauren.
Fine. You get the sack before you've even got the job then!
All right, all right.
-Come on, just choose it.
-Rox, I've done it already.
-I am choosing it... Oh, we've done it.
-We've done it already.
-Come on, come on.
-Let's have another one, yeah?
Mrs B, have I got a surprise for you.
You know that £100 that you needed?
I don't know what to say. Finally. I made it.
Yes, you have. See? I told you I'd turn that frown upside down.
God bless you, Arthur. Oh, thank you. Thank you ever so much.
I'll make sure that the vicar mentions you in the services
next week. I can't wait to tell him.
Thank you, Mrs B. I tell you what, I'll walk you home.
That's very nice of you, thank you.
Oh, it's like a wake in here.
DANCE MUSIC STARTS Now, this is a tune!
I'll turn it up.
-Turn it up.
MUSIC GETS LOUDER Whoo!
This is like my Ibiza days, when I was single.
Bet you were unstoppable, weren't you? Unstoppable.
I was unstoppable.
SHOUTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Whoo! Come on!
What the hell is she playing at?
You want to stop her before she breaks her neck.
All right, darling.
Roxy, get off the table...
Roxy, get down off the table! Roxy!
Roxy? Rox, come on, sweetheart. Roxy, you OK?
You all right?
Get off of me!
YOU do not touch me EVER again!
Phil, you might want to get her home. She's had one too many.
All right, the show's over, everyone, OK?
The show's over.
-There we go. Table three.
Ooh, what I wouldn't give for a glass of that right now.
The whole bottle?
You were wrong earlier.
I didn't say anything I didn't mean.
If I wasn't married...
Things would be different.
I didn't know you worked here.
Lauren just came to see if there were any jobs going.
Yeah. So will you tell Ian that I've been in?
Yeah. Yeah, sure.
Yeah, like riding a bike.
Don't worry, it went in the risotto - not down my neck.
Shame, really. Decent bottle of plonk.
Not even REMOTELY funny.
Come on, Sadie, lighten up. I was just kidding.
Sometimes I don't get you at all.
Thanks for having me, Bianca. Terry's really landed on his feet.
-Don't he know it.
-Not like his last few disasters.
Last few? What do you mean?
Well, it's always the same. Whirlwind romances.
I've lost track of the number of women he's shacked up with.
I hope he settles this time.
You'll be different, though - I can tell.
-See you later.
A close call, I know.
It's fine. It won't happen again.
I get the message, all right? I shouldn't have tried to kiss you.
That's not even why I came.
This is yours.
So, why did you come?
Because I miss you.
Are you trying to mess with my head?
DOG BARKS OUTSIDE
Alfie. Alfie, you awake?
What's that barking?
Can't hear it, I'm asleep.
Oi! Sh! Sh! Shut up!
Go on, get along!
I've got to be on a train in three hours.
The beauty product expo. In Salford.
You want me to make you some sandwiches for the trip? Sade?
I don't want sandwiches, I want that dog to shut up.
Yes, oh, yes. Come on!
Oh, this is so, so, good...
Hey, Kat, Christmas countdown has started.
-Count me out.
Christmas decorations arrive and local council make
up for last year and turn Walford into London's brightest bauble.
Come on, Day One. Ready? Day...
Day One. I get it.
Thought you'd have grown out of Christmas by now.
No, come on, this is what it's all about, eh?
Christmas, me, you and Tommy in the Vic where we belong.
Mummy? Mummy? Mummy?
Here you are. Do you want a bucket?
Oh, no. I'm good, I think.
C'mon, try and sit up. C'mon. Roxy, sit up.
Oww. Oww. My back...
Your silly mummy.
Ron, will you do me a favour?
Will you take her to school, get her dressed?
I can't face going out yet.
Yeah, course. No worries.
Oh, thank you.
Oww. What is it with my back?
You landed on it.
I did, didn't I? Was I on a table?
Oh, God. Oh, no!
Ron, this is the bit where you're supposed to jump in
and say it wasn't as bad as you think.
I wish I could.
Was I a complete embarrassment?
No, you were just angry. You were upset.
So that's a yes then. Oh.
-Right, come on. Has everyone got everything?
-See you later.
-Is your mum in there somewhere?
-No. She stayed out last night.
Right, just be careful, please, and have a nice day
and don't get in trouble, will ya?
-When you say stayed out...
I don't think she's working till later
so if you want to go round there if it's urgent.
-No, I'll leave it thanks.
-Listen, have you got a minute?
-I need a word.
You are making a right mess, aren't you?
Do you want to eat it? You all right, babe?
Do you want anything?
Erm, no, no thanks.
You still not sleeping?
Nope. I didn't sleep a wink last night.
Well, go and have a lie down on the settee, I'll bring you in a blanket.
Don't worry about Scarlett, I'll see to her.
All right, well, if you don't mind.
-But please stay in the house, I don't want you wandering out there.
No, I'm being serious.
Last thing I want is the whole world finding out about us.
-I'll get it.
-No, no, no, you stay there.
All right, come on, eat up.
Right, two things.
The Wilsons need their tenancy agreement signed today
-and Danny's got a problem with a tenant refusing to pay.
-I'm sure that he can handle it.
And Lucy said the VAT man wants paying as well.
He's round early, ain't he?
-Yeah. Goodbye, Billy.
-Janine... What about this tenancy agreement?
I don't need to be in the office, do I? I can just sign it round here.
-Oh, come on.
-You all right, Billy, mate? You done?
-Am I done what?
-Well, is there anything else?
-Well, no, I suppose I could...
-Yeah, all right, come on then.
-Bring the tenancy agreement over later.
-Good good. All right, mate.
-Yeah, yeah, all right, mate.
-Be lucky, won't you?
I'll get you that blanket then, yeah.
Look, I know this is stupid, right? Look, Terry's great, yeah?
He says all the right things.
You don't trust him, do you?
I'm sure he believes everything that he says to me, yeah?
But he's got a track record of moving from one woman to the next.
-Well, like you, ain't it?
So I just want to know why he does it.
Darling, I don't do that any more.
All right, maybe that's not you any more, so why has it stopped?
What's different now then?
Well, I suppose I'm just a better person, ain't I?
Yeah, but how did that happen?
Because I got a clearer idea of what I want out of life.
Think he knows what he wants?
Well, he sounds pretty genuine.
Yeah, but he could say that to dozens of women, couldn't he?
You don't know what he's said to dozens of women.
Well, you do. Because you've said exactly the same thing.
Look, come on, just give me one thing. Just one thing to make me trust him.
Yeah, it definitely is that.
What have you said to her now?
Why do I always get the blame in this house? Carol, listen...
No, listen, I can't stop, I've got to get changed for work.
-No, I need to have a word with you.
-No, sorry, I'm in a bit of a rush.
-I want to ask you about...
-About Christmas. What are we all going to do?
As a family I mean.
I suppose we'll have it here.
Oh, good. Was hoping you'd say that.
I know, but Mas might be going to Pakistan to see Kamil.
Oh. Well, let's hope he does.
It'll be nice for him to see his kid, won't it?
Yes, and if it doesn't happen then I shall invite him here.
Why would you do that? He's a Muslim.
-They don't do Christmas.
Carol, this is about us. Us lot.
Family. We're together for the first time in years.
Family, Carol. Us and only us.
Yes, and who's going to be stuck with all the cooking and the tidying
while Bianca and Terry are all loved up and the kids are charging about.
Then again, if Mas was here you'd be the one wearing the pinny,
That sounds like it's right outside our door.
Right, your mum always made a big list, didn't she?
You know, things to do, things to buy, things to eat. So, any suggestions?
You know what I'd really love? Goose instead of turkey.
What you talking about? I ain't cooking a goose. No, Lauren, you must be joking.
You'll be wanting swan next.
-No, just want something different.
-Is it that dog again?
Dad, wait, about Christmas, me and Lauren...
Oh, yeah. I forgot about that.
Who's that from?
Lucy. Not that it's any of your business.
Right, yes, you and Lauren?
Well, Mum's asked us to go to hers.
Right. So are you going to go?
No, we haven't decided.
But we haven't seen Oscar or Mum in like ages.
Sounds like you have decided.
It's just a thought right now.
-That flaming dog!
-Wait, I'll sort it.
Hello, you. Hey. What's the matter?
You're so cute. You're cute. Where did you come from, eh?
Do you like that?
Didn't say anything.
-You want to though, don't you?
-No, I don't.
It's fine, Kat. It's all right, I can take it.
Whatever it is, just say it, all right?
I don't want to say anything to you, all right? I promise.
-Oh, look, don't panic, it was just a thought.
You call those Christmas lights, you couldn't get less festive if you tried.
-You like a fairy light do you?
-Yes, I do. One or two. Hundred.
What can I get you?
-Just a tea, please.
-To take away?
That's strictly amateur, you know that, don't you?
Oh, shut up. You're looking at a seasoned seasonal professional.
-I am, where is he?
-No, no, no.
I'm known in these parts, wait for this, as the King of Christmas.
More like the Elf. Elfie Moon.
Let me tell you about the trip in Germany...
I wasn't panicking.
It's just Tamwar was thinking about going and spending time with
Syed in Birmingham, and I sort of said I'd go with him.
It's all right, you do what you've got to do, Mas. Honestly.
I thought you were ignoring me. Listen, Sadie's away for the day.
And I need to see you.
-I feel really bad now.
Don't be silly.
Just would've been nice to have you round at ours, that's all.
Look, let me speak to Tam.
You know, he might want to spend Christmas here after all.
Especially if I buy him that box set of Blake's 7.
Yeah, well, fingers crossed.
Yeah, it'd be nice to have you round.
Do us one of my coffees, please, Carol.
Sorry, is this a bad time?
What? No. Come in.
I'll be two seconds, I promise.
I was just asleep on the sofa. All right?
Whatever, it's none of my business anyway, is it?
Joey was just looking after Scarlett.
Joey? Joey? Joey?
I told him not to take her out.
-Do you want me to go and find him?
-No, I don't want people talking.
Janine, what do you expect? Joey is Alice's brother.
You think Alice, you immediately think Michael.
Not sure I need a lecture right now, thank you.
He's in your house, he's feeding your kid, he's running errands,
he's wandering around like you're man and wife or something.
Well, that is not how it is.
Oh, wake up, will ya? His sister killed your husband.
His sister, Janine. Look, I get that you're lonely, all right?
That you're feeling a little bit lost, but, believe me,
Joey is not the person that you turn to.
You all right? You all right, sweetheart? It's game on.
Terry ain't going to know what's hit him.
I'm thinking theme. A big theme.
You know what I mean.
Put old baldy back in his place.
I'm thinking maybe Hollywood meets Disneyland.
Or we make it about us.
Make it about the Moons at Christmas, you know.
Me, you and the Tomster. Merry Christmas.
-Come one, come all.
-No, you can't.
Or we could put a bit A, T and K in fairy lights outside the Vic.
It would be beautiful.
Roxy's going to love that, ain't she?
I can just see her face now as we rub it in even more.
I know, I know... I wasn't thinking.
She's not coping.
No, I know she's not. I know.
But listen Kat, come on, it's Christmas.
-We've got to do something. What can we have?
-We've got everything.
And most of it is what Roxy wanted, so let's not draw attention to that.
We can't do this to her.
Oh, my goodness. Some of these are so tacky.
Do you think Auntie Peggy will have me and Amy?
What, for Christmas?
Listen to me, you're just hung-over, all right? And that brings you down.
I went out earlier. Do you know what I saw?
I saw all these accusing faces, they were all staring at me.
-No, I'm sure you were imagining it.
-No, I'm not.
I bet they were all looking at me and saying, "Oh, look, there goes that
"stupid woman, you know the one who lived in the pub with her fiance.
"Only now she's living at her cousin's wondering where her
"life has gone."
Listen, I know it's going to be hard at first.
But, Roxy, I promise you, you are going to move past this.
But I loved him.
I know, but in the cold light of day you are going to realise that
you are so much better off without him.
I'm not even close.
When I was out earlier, I was in the cafe, right, and he was
sitting there, with his back to me, and do you know what he was doing?
He was being himself.
Just the same old Alfie, like nothing had happened.
Like I'd never even been part of his life.
And he was more interested in talking about fairy lights.
I wasn't even a thought, Ron, not a flicker.
Nothing about me even crossed his mind.
Well, there you go then, he is an insensitive idiot.
You really think I'll be able to just get over it?
I mean, with him and her living in that pub,
the pub that I should be in.
You know, it's not just...
it's not just being mugged off, it's the forgetting.
It's the whole I never made one tiny difference to his life.
..is what makes me want to get on a plane and never come back.
Because if you think about it, if you really,
really think about it,
I don't even know if I was ever really here.
You're here, Rox.
I didn't deserve all of that, I didn't.
And I want to leave. I want to go.
KNOCK AT THE DOOR
Anyone see you?
No. I waited till the coast was clear. She definitely away?
So, this is you then.
I live here, but there isn't much sign of me.
Sadie chose the furniture, the fridge, the cutlery.
It's all pretty much her really.
Anyway, let's talk about something else.
-Anything you want.
What if I don't want to talk?
I've had a right touch.
I was up the West End, this geezer jumped in the back of my cab
and says he wants to go Bridge Street.
You can't get a better fare than that, can you?
Right on your doorstep.
Get home and make yourself a lovely big sandwich.
I hear that Nikki and Bianca had words.
Not as far as I know.
Well, when I say words...
No disrespect, David, but that's between me and Bianca.
Yeah, I know it is, but speaking as her over-protective father.
She don't trust you, Terry.
-Yeah, but I told her, I already said...
-Yeah, I know you did.
But there's telling her and there's showing her, isn't there?
Do you know what I'm thinking? She loves Christmas, Bianca.
She absolutely loves it. A time for family, isn't it?
Christmas. So I've got a tip for you.
You make this year spectacular for her.
Treat her like a goddess. Tell her you're going to do everything.
All the cooking, all the washing up, all the tidying.
Show her how much she means to you.
And don't just say it, show her.
You reckon that'd convince her?
I think that would convince everyone, Terry.
I wasn't expecting this.
Yeah, you were.
I've no idea where he is.
His phone must be off. Yes, I'll call you back.
There you are! I've been calling you all morning.
Is your phone off?
It's been playing up. What happened to your course?
The school phoned. Bella fell over in PE.
What? Is she all right?
She's fine now, apparently, just a nasty bump on the head.
So where is she?
By the time I got back into Euston the school phoned
-and said she was happy to stay.
Yeah, they were very reassuring. A complete waste of a day.
Well, maybe you should go and get her.
Babe, could you go? I've been rushing around all day.
I didn't sleep very well last night.
Yeah, it's just I was going to chase up Ian up about the job.
I called him earlier.
-So your phone is working then.
-Well, it was then, yeah.
Right. You going to take the job then?
It depends on him really.
-What was that?
I don't know. I just heard something.
It's probably outside.
Look, babe, I really think we should go and get Bella.
I'm really worried about her. Come on.
I suppose so.
Fathers and their daughters, eh? You got the key.
When you're ready, Trace.
-Ah, just the man.
I couldn't help notice how excited you were about Christmas.
Yeah. Yeah, it's going to be a really good one this year.
-Please, darling. Thanks.
No thanks. I'm all right.
So Tamwar's decided to stay after all,
and I was thinking of inviting Carol over to ours.
-Good luck with that.
-You'd be against that?
Not just me, mate, the whole family would. Thanks.
See, I can see what you're trying to do, you know.
And it's so obvious it's funny.
Well, as long as the message is getting through.
No, it's you who needs to get the message.
Carol and I love each other. You got that?
So perhaps you should just take a moment and step back
and start appreciating that.
Do you know what I see when I look at you? Nothing.
And do you know what? I'm not the only one.
Carol will never love you the way she loves me.
Oh, I forgot. The crucial element.
I've already asked Carol round. And guess what?
She wants to see the kids opening their presents
and then she is coming over to mine.
I should've told you that in the first place, shouldn't I?
OK, that's it, is it? That's Christmas with the Moons?
Yeah. OK. That's it.
-Can I have a word?
-Keeping my sister in the country.
-She wants to leave?
Yeah. She's going to phone your mum in bit.
So we need a plan.
-You got out OK then.
-I cannot believe that just happened.
Yeah. What was I thinking? Am I mad?
Never, ever again.
Never say never.
We nearly got caught, Lauren.
Christmas is going to be so much fun.
What are you talking about?
I've got three weeks off college,
which means there's plenty of time to be sneaking about.
Did you not just listen to what I said?
We nearly got found out.
Yeah, but we didn't.
Right, I think she's all settled now.
I'm going to nip down the chippy if you want anything.
I asked you not to take her out today.
I've had my fill of being gossiped about.
Who cares, Janine? They ain't your friends, are they?
No, but I still want to be able to look people in the eye.
Yeah, well, you've got me now.
That's the only place you need to be looking.
-Yes, Janine. What?
I'm sorry, but maybe you should go.
What, and leave you all on your own?
Yeah, I think it might be better that way.
Yeah, well, it wouldn't be better that way, OK? Come here.
-No. People see things and then they say things.
And then tomorrow they'll be talking about something else, all right?
Come on, this is good, Janine.
-You say that.
-I know I do, that's because it's true.
You know it and I know it.
Abs, what you doing, babe?
-Just get him out of here, will you, please?
-I want to keep him.
No, look at the state of him. He's disgusting. He's a stray.
He barks all night. Look, he stinks.
-Get him out of here. He's probably got fleas.
-He followed me.
Because he wants food, Abi.
-Just get him out of here, will you?
-Oh, no, you can't do that!
-I'll call the council and make sure no-one's missing him.
-Go on, out!
-What's this? have we got a doggie?
-No, we had a dog for about a minute.
-But I'm getting rid of him.
-No, that's not fair. I've given him a name.
I've given him a name an' all. Tramp.
You can't call him that...
Somebody likes you. First time for everything, isn't there?
-So can he stay?
Your mum won't want him round for Christmas
and I ain't staying here looking after him.
-Oh, we ain't going no more.
Well, I called Mum and said thanks and everything but, you know,
we'd much rather stay here.
There's a lot more going on.
-So we can all stay then.
-No. I didn't say that, did I?
I didn't say we could all stay here.
But look, he loves you.
No, that's out of order. That's emotional blackmail.
That's what that is...
Right, well, make sure you give him a good wash, yeah?
I ain't having nothing to do with him.
And that's why Dad's the best. Isn't it, Tramp?
-Come here. Who's a good boy.
Is anyone hungry? Got nuggets.
MUSIC: "Merry Christmas Everybody" by Slade
What do you think? I got the lights off Alfie.
It's Christmas then.
Oh, yeah. It's all official.
I got the papers from Lapland this morning and they gave me the go-ahead.
So what do you think? Do you like it?
It's a bit bright.
And you know what else it is, don't you?
It's a snapshot of the future. Our future.
Because I've done it this Christmas. I'll do it next Christmas.
And I'll do it the Christmas after that.
This is a lifelong project, Bianca. Like me and you.
Alfie, you big old unit.
You big wardrobe.
There's a step here.
Where are you taking me?
Are you going to try and chuck me out the window or something?
Yeah, I am. Turn around.
Hold on. After three, yeah?
-All right, yeah.
-One, two, three.
You like it? It's our own private Christmas.
You, me and Tommy.
When did you get the chance to do this then?
When you was downstairs sulking.
Fantastic. I dunno what to say.
Well that's a first, isn't it?
Do you want something?
Yeah, we don't have people up here unless they're invited.
It's all right. It won't take long.
I just thought you'd want to know.
That Roxy, she's not coping very well.
She wants to get off, she wants to escape.
Yeah, no, I can understand. Genuinely I am really sorry...
No, no, you don't have to worry, cos she's not going anywhere.
What do you mean by that?
Phil's looking for a buyer. He's selling the Vic.
Whoa, whoa? No, no.
Ronnie, no, no, he can't do that.
This is our home.
No. It was your home.
Well, then you're going to have to tell him, aren't you?
Listen, OK, think of little Tommy, OK.
This is his whole world, Ronnie, all right?
Well, you're going and that's that.
Hold on, you. We forgave you. Have you forgotten that?
It was me that brought you back to this Square.
I don't care about anyone except Roxy.
I told you, didn't I?
I warned you. I said no-one hurts my sister like that.
They're nice lights.
-My slidin' Santas! Three for two for you?
Ian? Ian! Hello?
Hey, what's he doing?
Please be moving house, please be moving house...
You should be glad of the job.
I sell twice as many cars as he does.
If you keep it up he might make you employee of the month.
Oh, thanks very much. That's really helpful.
Anyway listen, I'm late, I've got to go and see Alice's solicitor.
I'll see you later.
Why's Joey going into Janine's?
I don't know, love. I'll see you later, yeah.
Are you selling up?
Come on now, man, don't you think you're taking this a bit too far?
-Right above the door should do it. Yeah.
I tell you, this is going to break Kat's heart.
Here, Phil Mitchell's selling the Vic. Just seen him putting the...
What's all this?
Huh? Oh, Christmas, isn't it? Abi's idea.
Thinks it'll get people spending.
Like she should know.
So how much did Phil put the pub on for?
No idea. Mind you, if we sell that hatchback you
brought in we should have a deposit.
Oh, Max, that shows a whole new side to you!
Very funny. Nothing to do with me, is it? Must be Lauren's.
Always doodling. Must have picked it up by mistake.
Why, she got herself a new fella?
MUSIC: "Counting Stars" by One Republic
Do you have to make so much noise?
I was just trying to make you a little bit of breakfast.
-I'm not even hungry.
Yeah, why wouldn't I be?
You just look a little bit tired, that's all.
Right, well, do you want me to take the day off today?
Look...what are we doing here?
-Let's just enjoy it.
-I know. But your sister...
She don't even come into it, Janine.
She's made her choice, ain't she?
And I've made mine.
Janine, look if you're all right, I've...
I've got to nip down the club. I've got a delivery.
Jake! Have you seen my keys anywhere?
Jake? You could at least help me find them!
What are you doing? What are you doing?
Come on, take it out my mouth, it tastes horrible.
I took the job. Got my uniform off Ian this morning!
You took it?
I start next week. I...
I thought this is what you wanted?
I'm going to be late for work!
Oh, yeah, hi... I'm calling regarding Michael Moon.
Now this is how we should start every day. Beautiful.
I bet we've overslept.
Have a look at your phone. What time is it?
It's after nine!
Oh, you're joking! You're joking! Tommy! I'll get Tommy.
Tommy, I'm coming to get you. Where's our alarm?
What're you shouting for!
I've got cramp! Oh, that couch is uncomfortable.
You all right? Sorry, I just got a bit held up.
Yeah, yeah. It's only your sister.
That lipstick... That Janine's, is it?
All right? Mr Sager.
Call me Mark. And you must be Carol.
Thanks for meeting at short notice.
You said it was important.
I saw Alice yesterday.
How is she?
We don't have much time.
The plea hearing is on the 24th.
Oh, right. Merry Christmas.
So, given that...
I wanted to talk to you both about the possibility of Alice...
..pleading guilty to manslaughter.
-Kat, listen, calm down, sweetheart.
No! I'm going to kill her!
Just take a minute, all right?
-At last! Ain't you seen the sign?
-Oh, Fats. Just calm down.
Nothing's going to get sorted if you start shouting at Ronnie in the street, all right?
So we just take it? We smile while they show people round?
Do we have to reapply for our jobs?
Fats, no-one's reapplying for nothing right now! OK?
Listen, Phil's probably just done this for an easy life to shut Ronnie up.
I'll talk to Phil.
He hates you.
Phil doesn't hate me. All right. I'll get through to Phil.
Cos we were, like, nearly family, weren't we?
What's all this?
Oh, yeah. Surprise.
Right, so you're just going to give up on her, yeah? Her own solicitor.
Perhaps you could tell us why.
Like I said, Alice is very... confused about that night.
Very agitated and I worry that if I put her on the stand,
the prosecution will barely have to say a word.
You think she'd incriminate herself?
-The case against your sister is compelling.
-She was defending Janine!
That second stab wound could suggest otherwise.
Look, when you're facing a lengthy jail term,
the only thing that matters is serving as little time as possible.
Yeah, and how's pleading guilty going to do that, eh?
A manslaughter plea could allow us to argue diminished responsibility.
The anti-depressants she was prescribed after your father's
-death play neatly into that.
-Sorry, what're you talking about? Anti-depressants?
-You didn't know?
-No, I didn't know.
She was fragile after the funeral.
Drawn to Michael, an older man, a father figure. He manipulated her.
Controlled her. Became violent and she...snapped.
Yeah. But that ain't what happened, is it?
Is this the best way forward?
If she pleads not guilty and loses she could get 15 years.
And with diminished responsibility?
The courts like an early plea. Saves money. Maybe two years?
I've had clients get two years.
Right. OK. So what happens then? If she goes for manslaughter?
The whole process speeds up dramatically.
She could be sentenced very soon.
I've arranged a meeting with her at 11.
Why don't you talk it through with her then?
Whatever yuletide tat you're trying to sell me, I ain't interested.
No, it's not that! No. It's just that, like you know in football,
when clubs change their managers, you know,
some players fall out of favour, you know, like Carlton Cole.
Fats, shut up.
Look, it's Christmas, innit?
And I just need to know that my finances are cool.
You know, so, is my job safe?
Well, I don't know. You look like you're doing all right to me.
No, not this. The Vic.
I dunno, ask Kat and Alfie.
-Oh, wow, you don't know?
Kat and Alfie have been kicked out.
What's Alfie like, eh?
He felt bad for giving the decorations to Terry
so he snuck out last night and got some more. What a wally.
Yeah, well he loves this place, don't he?
It really makes me angry.
Yeah. Me and all.
If she could talk, eh?
She'd be gutted that we're going. Won't ya?
Blink once for yes and twice for no.
It can take ages to sell somewhere.
Maybe you still got a bit of time.
-To change someone's mind.
Don't go charging in. It's not just your job on the line.
Hey, can I get an orange juice, please?
Yeah, come on, look.
I'm sure I've just seen her blink once.
So the current landlords, what sort of contract are they on?
-They're there for a few months now.
-Well, like that matters.
-It does, as it happens.
Well, even if we found a buyer tomorrow,
the surveys are going to take a while anyway.
Well, look, can't you just get it sorted out? Me and Roxy can run the pub.
Just calm down, will you?
KNOCK AT THE DOOR
I want to hear it from you, Phil.
Or does Ronnie conduct all your business now?
Your mum should be here, Joey.
Well, she ain't interested.
You OK, love?
You've been crying.
-I can tell.
Have you got everything that you need? Shampoo? Toothpaste?
We met with Mr Sager this morning, Alice.
Yeah, he thinks the best thing...
The thing that's going to get you out of here the quickest
cos that's really all that matters, isn't it?
He thinks that you should...
He thinks that we can win the trial.
He said he's going to have you out of here in no time so come on,
get practising that smile.
You're going to need it.
-Hi, it's Ronnie. I'm not here right now so Leave a message.
Can I help you, Roxy?
Or are you dying to sip your way through an orange juice?
-I'm waiting to speak to Alfie.
To tell him I didn't know.
Right. And now you do? What if a chain takes over?
Or a property developer turns it into flats?
-Phil's not going to do that.
You love this place as much as I do, I know it.
You know this is wrong!
Otherwise you wouldn't want to speak to Alfie.
Or maybe you can't help yourself but have a laugh at our expense, yeah?
I thought more of you than that!
OK. Forget it, yeah?
Right. The photographer's coming round tomorrow
so we should have it all online in a couple of days.
Yeah, well just make it quick, yeah?
Right. I'll see you soon.
You want to hear it from me, Alfie? I'm kicking you out.
You and Kat are gone.
Phil, it doesn't make sense. All right. You're a businessman.
Not an agony aunt.
Look at you, all brave.
We run that place really well. And you make money from this.
Phil, there's boozers shutting down all over the country.
OK, we make it a place that people want to come to.
You're right. There's no way I can replace you two.
-So why are you doing it then?
-Cos the market's up and I'll get a decent price.
No, no, no, this ain't about the market, is it?
This is about me and Roxy not working out.
-You betrayed her!
-This community needs that pub, Phil.
Oh, don't be so sentimental.
After everything, eh?
I don't owe you. That's how forgiveness works.
Whatever, it's just another boozer.
No! No, it's not. This is your heritage, Phil!
You walk down Albert Square and there's the Queen Vic in your face.
This is part of the Phil Mitchell Empire!
Without it you're just another bloke on the street.
Nah, nah, nah, I've got plenty.
You're just the other bloke on the street.
OK. And what about the Duchess. How does she feel about this, eh?
Does she even know you're doing this?
You threatening to tell her?
Wow... You've not told your mum, have you?
Why don't you walk out of here while you've still got the chance?
What kind of bloke would that make me then, eh?
I've just seen the Vic...
-Roxy. Will you please...?
All right all right, enough! Yeah.
You really want me to take that sign down, yeah?
Oh, come on, you're not actually...
Then you gotta show me how much it means to you. Yeah?
You get down on your knees and you beg for her forgiveness.
-Phil, I don't want that!
-You beg for her forgiveness.
And I'll tell you what, I might, I might consider it.
Because you're just a nice, normal girl, right? English Rose, he said.
He reckons there ain't a jury in the land will think you're guilty.
You'll be out of here in a couple of months.
Fill her head with dreams, Joey.
Bottom line, Alice, is that you know you only stabbed him once.
Right? So you stick to that.
No, that's not what he said.
Sager wants you to plead guilty to manslaughter, Alice.
This is between me and my sister, Carol.
Sometimes I think about that night.
Stabbing him. Once.
So this is Janine's fault now?
Sometimes I think...did I?
Did I stab him again?
Him looking right into my eyes. And I just didn't care...
No, that just ain't you, Alice. All right? You ain't a murderer.
But maybe I am. Cos there was the pills, wasn't there?
The pills we were supposed to give to Janine. And...
Michael crushed them up and I said I wouldn't do it.
I said no, no, no, I promised that I wouldn't...
Alice, Alice...what pills, darling?
Sometimes I used to think maybe...
Calm down. Calm down. What pills are you talking about?
This isn't doing any good.
Joey, you're condemning her to 15 years in prison!
You want her called a murderer for the rest of her life?
I want her to have a life! You have to plead guilty, darling.
Am I the only one who's looking out for her interests here, Carol?
Yeah, says the man who's sleeping with Janine!
I don't understand.
Are you sleeping with Janine?
Answer me! Are you sleeping with Janine?!
-OK. Let's calm down. Alice.
She's the one that put me in here.
Don't you get it? She's the one!
Alice, listen to me, it ain't like that, all right?
Joey, you couldn't care less when Dad died, you left me
when I was in pieces.
You scrutinised me for being with Michael
and now you're sleeping with Janine!
How could you do that to me?!
Listen to me. I'm on your side, Alice! I swear!
No! Nobody's on my side! Only Dad! And Dad is dead.
And I wish that I was with Dad. I wish.
See, you use the buffer to put the wax on, yeah?
Then the towel to take it off. No marks. No grey swirls.
Just a perfect finish. There you are.
Surprised you ain't gone home, Max, all guns blazing, demanding answers.
Look, this is a soppy 20-year-old art student in an apron.
Nothing to worry about, is it?
You know what to do.
If you want her to lead a normal life, forget about it.
Put it back.
So you're giving me family advice?
Like the blind leading the blind, that is.
Even so, there's an opportunity there.
Cheers, boys. Should keep me in the good books until Christmas.
What? We can talk. We do actually know each other.
No, no more risks. You need to back off.
That's so sweet of you. I love it! Hi, Lauren.
Jake just bought me a new sofa.
Oh. What was wrong with the old one?
Lauren was just asking about baby-sitting.
Oh, is money tight?
Yeah, I'm sure we can use you for a few hours here or there.
Get your pocket money up a bit.
Yeah? Oh, thanks!
I could always do with the extra pocket money.
Come on, you. Lunch is on me. See ya.
Look back. Look back.
No, it's all right, let me.
Nice to see you up and about, Janine.
I'll leave 'em on here, look.
I just went to see Michael's solicitor about his estate.
-He didn't leave a will, so I get everything.
What, half a run-down boxing gym?
That's all he had.
Listen. I saw Joey coming over here this morning.
Was that everything?
How does that work then, Janine? You two?
And him visiting Alice in prison?
He doesn't visit her in prison.
Well, he's down there now with Carol.
They left an hour ago.
So you're going to go get drunk now?
"I want to be with Dad!" That's what she said.
Do you know what that means, Carol?
-Alice deserved to know the truth, Joey.
-You don't know, though!
I don't know what? Why you behaving like this?
No. I don't, Joey. We're family.
So tell me.
I did call Mum. Asked her to go and visit Alice.
Do you know what she said, Carol?
Her exact words were, "Go and ask your dad."
So I'm going to do this on my own now, Carol. Cos family...
is a myth.
Probably wasn't the best thing to say.
-Probably true, though.
-That makes it worse!
Alfie was supposed to sort this out and he's just disappeared!
-Patrick, I'm sorry. All right?
-No, don't you worry about me.
I can always join the merchant navy. Travel the world.
Just let me help. Excuse me.
-What can I get you?
Where have you been today?
Look, I've had...
Early delivery. That is what you said.
Now will you please just tell me the truth?
I went to see Alice today.
-And I didn't want to upset you.
-Why would I be upset?
She's still my sister, Janine.
I thought you'd made your choice?
She... She told me. About Michael and the sleeping pills.
-What sleeping pills?
-She said they wanted to poison you.
Whatever goes on in that girl's head is of absolutely no interest to me.
Now please don't follow me.
We're not seriously joining them, are we?
Alfie, it's me. Where are you?
Just call me. Yeah?
Has he really been gone since 11?
-Here you are, everyone.
So you're on the old orange juice, are you, Jake?
Yeah, he's got some heavy lifting to do this afternoon.
Got a new sofa.
Great. You'll have to get us round to show it off then.
That's a great idea! How about dinner tonight? Jake can cook.
Oh, yeah, I've got the restaurant to run!
Get an agency chef in!
Please, Ian, we ain't been out in ages.
Looks like that's settled then!
When do I ever get to make any decisions?
You get to choose your clothes. Badly.
Right, I need another beer!
Maybe he's had some luck. They could be talking it through.
Phil don't talk. Alfie would've gone round there trying to be his best mate
and get round him and he will have just kicked him out.
-Maybe we should go and check?
-Excuse me. Can I have another beer, please!
Joey, don't be rude. They're about to be kicked out of their home!
And my sister is in prison right now, Bianca! Facing years!
-So don't you give me whinging about some poxy little boozer. All right?
-You need to calm down now.
-Maybe I will, Kat. When the new landlord gets here.
-You think that'll help Alice?
Kat! Kat, I didn't mean that, all right!
Alfie! Where've you been? Did you see Phil?
Hey, where're you going with that, man?
I won't be long!
That was out of order. All right, look, I've had a bad day.
Go and cry on Janine's shoulder.
-Because I haven't got the strength for this, Joey.
That's what lovers do, isn't it?
You know I might have thrown away 15 years of my sister's
life today...just to buy me some time.
What do you need time for?
To work it out.
See, there is no way that my sister killed anyone.
Don't let your missus hear you say that.
Every night I lie and I watch Janine scream his name.
It's called grief.
No. No, no, no, Kat. It's called guilt.
And it's eating away at her.
I just couldn't work out why, Kat. Couldn't find that motive.
But then I found out something today.
You know that Michael was trying to kill Janine?
And he wanted Alice to help?
Is this something that her lawyer just cooked up?
She denied it just now but she would, wouldn't she?
Cos that is why she did it, Kat. That is her motive.
So, no. No, I can't go crying on Janine's shoulder.
Not now I know.
I just need Alice to plead not guilty.
Sorry, um, I thought you came up here to apologise?
Not to go on about Michael
and his murderer like she's some sort of victim!
Janine killed Michael! All right, Kat?
And she did it because Michael was trying to kill her!
And every night I am going to lie in her bed and I'm going to listen
to her screaming until I can prove that she's the one who did it.
I just want to know when you decided all of this.
Why should you be the one forced to leave the country?
-Let them go.
-I want to leave!
-Why're you still here then?
-I'm trying to stop you going on the rampage!
All right! Enough. You two are worse than when you were teenagers!
Now Alfie has had his chance to get the Vic back, OK?
I actually thought he was going to get down on his knees and apologise.
He's got more guts than I gave him credit for.
Phil, don't sell the Vic. You're going to regret it.
I doubt that.
Ron, look, one of these days I am going to meet someone
and I'm going to settle down and be happy.
And then years later you're going to wonder what all the fuss was about
and you're also going to wonder how come you don't own the Vic any more.
This is so typical of you.
A man treats you like Alfie did and you go and defend him.
Ron, a year ago with you inside, yeah,
who would've thought the three of us would be sat back round this table?
Things change. Things move on. This is going to move on.
Don't sell the Vic over nothing.
She's got a point.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
The Spraggan and Butcher households are in for a shock when a surprise visitor arrives on the doorstep.
Cracks in Terry and Bianca's relationship begin to show but is this the end of their relationship before it's even begun?
Kat has a dilemma to face when she is given an offer she can't refuse, but her conscience quickly comes into play and she can't decide what to do.
Joey is caught in a compromising situation with an unlikely lady but what will people think?
Despite Kat's best intentions to do the right thing, her plan backfires and she is left feeling guilty.
Bianca asks David for moral support with Terry's ex wife but she is surprised when things take an unexpected turn.
Things get rowdy in The Vic when Roxy gets drunk and loses control.
Ronnie drops a bombshell that means big changes are afoot in Walford.
David and Masood continue their battle for Carol's affections but who will come out on top?
Billy is stunned when he discovers who Janine's new love interest is and he warns her off, putting doubt in Janine's mind.
Alfie is still shocked by Ronnie's revelation and refuses to give up without a fight, but has Alfie made his biggest ever mistake?
Joey lies to a distraught Alice to try and lift her spirits but his plan backfires when Carol blurts out the truth.