Determined to get Kirsty back and Max out of the picture, Carl steps up his campaign and does everything within his power to rile Max.
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KNOCK ON THE DOOR I'll get it.
So you got a big day? Counselling and one class in the afternoon.
Right. I'll give you a lift, if you want? No, it's all right.
I told you, I'll get the Tube. Honestly, Lauren, it's no stress.
Dad, it's bad enough everyone knows I'm repeating it because I failed.
And that I have to take time off to go to my alcoholic counselling.
I do not need Daddy dropping me off! Who was that, Abs? No-one.
"Straight to my lover's heart, for me."
What does that mean?
Not for me, are they? Might be for you.
Oh, no, Jay likes to give me them in person, likes to see my face.
Don't look at me, I didn't send them.
Someone did. If you think I'd send flowers and not take credit, you're having a laugh.
They might be FOR you, then? They ain't for me. Trust me.
I'm just going to pop out, all right?
I'll only be ten minutes. I'll give you a lift to your counselling.
Dad, are you serious?! I know, you're getting the Tube.
See you in a minute.
You'll be fine.
You really should be doing this yourself, you're old enough now.
That'll have to do. You can still see it.
Yes, all right, thank you, Liam.
Get them off. But, I like 'em.
Because she's your mother and she told you to.
Now go on, take 'em off. So unfair.
Look just go and get your bag and walk to the bus, will ya?
You all right? Yeah. First day at Walford High.
Going to get it right this time. Come on, Tiff, hurry up!
You think you're funny, do ya? Sending flowers round to my house.
What do you think, you're a big man? Think you can do what you want?
Did she like them, though, Kirsty? These mystery flowers?
Irises, that was her favourite.
That was what she was going to have for her wedding bouquet.
Six years ago tomorrow. What is it? What is it with you and dates?
Seriously, Carl, you should give it up, mate. It's getting embarrassing.
What was the song for the first dance going to be...?
Can't remember. I'll tell you what she loves though. Champagne.
Mad for that.
Life's too short.
Is there a problem? No.
But I mean, I HAVE worked, that's all I'm saying. Yeah?
I had to give that car back to Bob. So if you want to get paid,
you find my ten grand.
In the meantime, your wages are in my pocket, until we're square.
Oh and, er, one sugar in my coffee.
You wear them!
And when you're my age, you can wear 'em!
My dad got it for me in Japan. Don't think you can get it here yet.
Liam! Hang on! Come on! You're going to miss the bus!
657? Yep. Yeah, me, too.
Ian's making me go to school. So long.
I'll get those.
Come on, Liam! I'm coming!
I don't want to see you moping back home cos you've missed that bus.
Hang on. Mum.
Beautiful. I love you. I'm so proud of you. See you later.
All right, Kat? All right, Roxy?
Have you got any fivers? I'm flat out.
Yeah, I think we've got some upstairs in the safe.
I'll go and get them. When you come back down, can I have a word?
KNOCK ON THE DOOR
You paid for these and then you left them on the counter.
What are you up to today, Jean?
I am thinking of packing all of this in
and becoming a long-distance lorry driver.
Really? Why not? You think you'd enjoy that?
A big lorry, comfy seats, country roads, listening to Radio 4.
You wouldn't get lonely? Might as well get used to it. We'd miss you.
You want to be a lorry driver, Jean, you be a lorry driver!
We've all got other things we'd rather be doing. Really, like what?
Mind your own business. You've got no idea, have you?
You'll be stuck here for ever. Greece. Greece? Yeah.
Nice bar, view of the sea. Couple of rooms out the back.
Don't need much and he can afford it. Who? Phil.
You think Phil will cough up for that?! He will! Why?
After the way he treated me.
Shirley, if I got a flat from every bloke that'd treated me
like rubbish I'd be living somewhere different every week.
Good luck. THEY LAUGH
Don't need luck. Today's the day.
Here you are.
You wanted to talk to me about something? Yeah, it can wait.
Jean, I'll see you later. Thanks for the fivers.
What? You're overdue.
Keep your voice down. I'm not. I say you are.
I haven't got it here OK, I'll have to go to the restaurant.
Four grand and then we are done! I say when we're done.
Peter? Can you keep an eye on this place?
And sort their teas out. I can't.
I've got to look after the stall. Five minutes.
You know what, I can't believe it. He's taking it out of my wages.
Now that's unfair. He's down ten grand. That's why.
Yeah, but he can afford it. What's this, 20p.
All I've got to my name.
How long is it going to take me to pay back ten grand?
Abi, chuck us your notebook.
Hold on, you don't even know how much I earn. I'm guessing.
You know there's a thing on your phone. It's called a calculator.
You know what, don't even tell me. OK, tell me.
Oh, my days. Hold on, we was all on that trip, you know.
So we're supposed to be in this together. Teas, teas, guys.
Bruv, will you put that thing on silent,
that's doing my head in, man. Who is that keeps texting you?
It's only adverts. I'll get this. Seeing as how you're getting a car.
Oh, what, so this is some big joke now, is it?
We were all supposed to be a team! You lot make me sick, man. Right.
I'm going to head off to work. See you later, Abs. See you later.
I can't do this any more. Yeah, I know. Me, neither. So do it today.
After college. Definitely. Yeah? Cool. OK. See you later.
Thanks. See you next time.
Oh-hoo, you're in for a treat. The witch is in a right mood.
What? Not enough coffee? I think maybe she's had too much.
I know. She's good, though, isn't she? Can't say I've seen many.
Well, I've seen a few and she is.
Combined with the group stuff, you know... Getting there.
Anyway, I'll see you.
Yeah. Few people in a room talking.
It's more useful than it sounds.
There's a meeting today, if you're interested. Maybe...
I've got college though. Nice one. Yeah. It's my first day back, so...
So you're bricking it? Yeah. Yeah, I am actually.
Well, if you can make it, the witch has got the details.
Hopefully see you there... It's Lauren.
Lauren. Hopefully see you there, L-l-lauren.
Where've you been? Eh?
If you go out, take your phone! I've been stuck knocking on the
door like a pillock until Kirsty came home.
What's it to you? I've sold us 11 Astras, haven't I? Right.
And how'd you manage to do that? Because we ain't got 11 Astras.
No, not yet. You've got to get on the phone
to your mate from Stratford.
See what he can do by the end of the day.
You want me to sort out 11 motors? We've got no choice, Max.
There's a lot riding on this. Get on the phones. All right.
What price? Anything under five.
All right. Maybe five-and-a-half, then.
I'll get back to the lot. See ya later, Kirsty.
How did you know I liked irises? I dunno. Lucky guess, I suppose.
You OK? Yeah. Yeah, fine.
Jay. Yeah we're on, mate. No, no, no way.
But, Lola, please! Abi, I never said I would. OK?
Not my problem.
You've got a couple of nice motors out there.
You having trouble shifting them? Nah, not really.
Could put in a few calls, if you like. Find a buyer in no time.
Nah, we're all right, thanks. Let me know if you chance your mind.
Don't worry about him. He's never brought me flowers in his life.
So you're one up there. See you later.
You all right? Glad you could make it.
OK, guys, if everyone would like to take a seat, please. Over there.
Seeing Liam head off to the bus, with that Cindy wrapping him
around her little finger... I don't know.
Just made me feel a little bit sad.
He'll fall for that girl, clear as day. She'll torment him.
But it'll be the first time won't it? Me...
I ain't got no first times left. This is it.
And what's wrong with this?
When I was 14, I pricked my finger with a compass,
I squeezed the blood out really hard
and I swore I was never going to end up like my mother.
And what am I doing? Scraping by on a stall.
Have I got to listen to you moaning all day? What about you, then?
Spoke to Roxy yet? Tell me more about that compass thing.
Aww. "I'm going to march over there and ask her straight,
"When's Ronnie's coming out?".
You bottled it, eh? I will.
Bet you ain't even spoke to Alfie. I will. Believe that when I see it.
Hopeless, ain't we? YOU are. Oh, got big dreams then, have you?
I might. What are they then? Um... No idea. Come on.
What would you do if you wasn't doing this? I really have no idea!
Nah, I ain't interested. Look, I know we got off
to a bad start, Phil, and that's my fault, hands up.
I'll wear that. But you can't tell me you don't need the money.
You took a ten grand hit last week. Who told you that?
And I've seen Shirley hassling you.
That's none of my business. We all have our ups and downs.
But it's not natural for a man like you to be down too long.
This could be like 50k, just to start off with. It's easy money.
Just move a few motors. Two-and-a-half K set-up costs.
All you've got to do is give me the nod. Nah. Nah, I ain't interested.
I'll leave you to mull it over.
I'm Christine. ALL: Hi, Christine.
It was always wine for me.
White wine has to be cold,
and once I'd sat down for the night, that was it.
I wouldn't get up for anything.
Thing is, you drink three, four,
five bottles of wine a night.
That's a lot of bottles to get rid of.
Pass out on the couch, alarm set for five.
Then you do the rounds of the neighbours' bins.
Bottle here, bottle there.
I've probably gone on too long.
Sorry if I was boring. Get up!
I'm fine! Out.
I'm really sorry, Christine.
I thought you needed help, but no way are you ready for this. Please!
It won't happen again. I promise. Just go, will you?
A down payment, I said. And I said we're done. Three grand.
That's all I'm worth to you, is it? Are you sure about that?
You got one card, Shirley, if you want to play it,
but that's all you're holding. Enough to send you down. Maybe.
And maybe not. No guarantees. Don't forget that.
One phone call to Marsden,
that's as close to a guarantee as you're going to get.
She'd love to see you swing.
She'd even open the trap-door you give her half the chance.
Thanks for the chat.
Let me buy you a cup of tea?
What do you mean he didn't have 'em? What I just said!
He didn't have 'em! You didn't tell him who we were selling to, did you?
Because you know he'll cut us out. What? You think I'm an idiot? KNOCK ON THE DOOR
All right, boys? What do you want?
This is Abi's. She left it in the cafe.
Is that it? Because we're busy.
Like I said to Max earlier, need a hand shifting those motors,
the offer's still there. Did you not just hear what he said?
We're busy! Oh, yeah, real busy. I can see that.
Better leave you to it. Oh, yeah, Max...
That song we were talking about. Came to me. "Cupid". Sam Cooke.
You all right? Yes, mate, I'm fine.
Got to shift these motors, ain't we?
Anyway, I'll put a call in to Sid Smith. Sid Smith?
The motors'll be dodgy, then. Or nicked. Sorry, Jack!
I'm not the peanut who sold 11 motors that we ain't got, am I?
Steady on! What have you done?! Who have you called?! All right!
I make all the phone calls, you just sit there,
you just twiddle your thumbs! Max! It's OK! They're just cars!
Ain't the end of the world if we don't get 'em.
You sure you're all right?
Sid. You all right, mate?
I can come back next time. I don't think that's a good idea.
I was just... I was nervous! I'm really sorry!
I DO want to hear their stories. I want to hear your story.
You walk into a room like that, Lauren.
You stand up in front of everyone and you tell your story,
that's a step forward. A big one.
If those other people in the room aren't there for you,
why would you want to take another one?
Can you understand that?
Restaurants. What? I'm a chef.
I had restaurants in Manchester. Two of them. And now I don't.
That's my story.
Is that all that you lost? How do you mean?
It's just... I saw the ring...
I'm sorry, it's none of my business.
Does it get any easier? No.
Well, what do you want me to tell you? Do you want me to lie to you?
Every day is just as hard as the last one.
How about you?
Parents split up. And I didn't cope very well.
Let's just leave it at that, eh? Whatever you like.
In fact, shall we just leave everything about our pasts?
HE LAUGHS I'm liking that idea.
So what type of restaurants?
I thought you wanted to leave our pasts? It's one question. Bistros.
French. So like... chips and steak? Frites. Not chips.
Mmm! What's the one that's just... raw meat? Steak tartare, yes.
People actually paid you NOT to cook them food?
I was good at what I did - what can I say? The best.
Rate yourself a bit, don't you? Someone has to, don't they?
I'll get. I'll get it.
It's £3.20. I think I can manage.
All right then. Well, I'll get it next time.
Got too many fivers now! SHE LAUGHS
Roxy, you got any tens? Yeah. Well? About the same.
Could be worse, couldn't it?
Oh! I am so sorry! I'm so sorry! Jean, Jean, it's OK!
I don't know what happened! Somebody must have shaken the can. It'll dry.
Go and sit down there, yeah. Roxy, do us a favour?
Make her a cup of tea? Yeah, yeah. I don't think I'll manage, Kat.
This is Ollie, ain't it?
I don't think I've got what it takes to get my HGV licence.
Well, we'd like you around here a bit longer!
Cos he was really trying, Kat.
I mean, he got all the information off the internet,
because he wanted to understand me more...
Because he's a lovely, lovely person. And I didn't let him.
Do you think I should phone him?
You do whatever you think makes you happy. Ollie made me happy.
There you go. Happiest since... since Brian.
Shall I phone him? What do you reckon?
You phone him and you're an even bigger mug than I thought you were.
Who asked you, Shirley? He's done exactly what I said he'd do.
He's screwed you over. And given half a chance he'll do it again.
Ollie's not like that. They're all like that.
The only thing way to get 'em back is you get in there first.
Take it you didn't get your flat in Greece then? There's a surprise.
No, but I will. And if he don't give it, I'll just take it.
Thanks for that. Tracey, can I have another Ouzo in here, please?
You're going to be all right, yeah? I'll manage.
Here we go, Jean, here we go. Kat, that's yours.
Right, I have a minute. What did you want to talk to me about?
It don't matter now. I'll see you later, yeah?
No, actually, it does matter! When's Ronnie getting out?
I know it's soon... Monday. OK?! My SISTER is getting out next Monday!
You know what, this is the worst day ever.
LAUGHING Hold on are you lot laughing?
What is that? Start you off.
And what are you doing? We were always going to pay.
Do you really think we'd leave you in the hole for ten grand?
We're meant to be pals, ain't we? 60p!
Great start that is, thanks(!) It's a symbol, you peanut.
Course we're going to give you some more. Really?
Oh, you know what, I love you lot, you know. I actually love you lot.
All of you. Well, almost all of us. Cindy's got no money, sorry.
And Lola? Nope. Still, it's a start though... Speak of the devil.
Where do I put it? Really? Yes, really, Abi.
I can't have you making me feel guilty for ever.
And YOU, this means you have got to be nice to me, for ever.
Yeah, yeah, course. Can I just say you're looking spicy right now. Dex!
You know what, group hug? I can feel it... Uh, no... Come on, group hug!
Don't milk it. I'm milking everything! Get up. Come on.
Squeeze me! Embrace. Go on, squeeze me. Oh, I love you, I love you...
Don't be daft, mate. I'll do it for four, six. (Oi. More...)
All right, go on then. Four, eight.
Kenny. Hello, mate. Got your motors.
Nah, all in fifty-two, eight. Right, I'll do it for 50.
I'd say 65k, even. Sid, mate, final offer - 52.
Fine, 62. That'll be good. Have we got a deal, yeah?
Have we got a deal? Fine, mate. I'll pop down there tomorrow. Lovely.
See you tomorrow, mate. All right cheers, Sid, cheers. YES!
THEY LAUGH Get in there! Ten grand.
We're back! 4.8, good day's work!
What's all this? Your dad is a genius.
How'd it go? All right? Yeah, not bad, actually. Is that it? Yeah.
That's it. Wooh!
Where's that come from? It was just sitting outside.
"Cupid, draw back your bow". What?
Right. Quick drink at the Vic? Yes.
Come on. Celebrate I'll get Abi. Yeah. Ten grand...
Mum! Morgan got ketchup on his top.
Mum! All right, let's have a look.
Go and get a sponge and clean it off. Mum! Go on. I'm reading.
That was very good, mate.
You went a bit low, though, made the old ticker go a bit... Good day?
Yes, well, you could say that. Must've been a good day.
Look at this. This is a good one. He was terrifying.
Really? Unbelievable, Kirsty. Yeah. Gave me chills.
I had chills for the first time, I must admit.
Shall we go and have a drink? Yeah, let's go and open it.
Oi. He ain't worth it, is he?
All right, Carl. MOBILE RINGS
Come on, let's go and have a drink.
Sid. You all right, mate?
No. What you talking about, mate? We agreed.
Well, if it's price, we can always talk about price.
Sid, we had a deal, mate.
What you talking about? We agreed!
Sid! We had a deal!
I knew this'd happen. That's ten grand. Ten grand!
Something funny? What do you mean?
It's just you look like you're finding something funny? Nah.
Nah, I feel for you, mate. Can't get a break at the moment, can you?
This, her problem... What you talking about?
It happens to the best of us, you know.
That's the problem with drunks, though, you know...
They think they're over it, but that fire keeps burning.
They'd do anything for a drink. Or anyone.
Oi! Oi! Oi! I'm warning you!
All right! Whoa, whoa, whoa. You go anywhere near Lauren!
You go anywhere near any of my family again and I'll kill you!
What's the matter with him? I'll kill you! You hear me?
I'LL KILL YOU! YOU HEAR ME?! I'LL KILL YOU! Max.
No, no. No. No.
I know it's your first time, but...
Old boyfriends? It's football team, from the Isle of Dogs.
Future boyfriends, then? No, their gym closed last week.
What deal have you done? How do you mean?
Well, have you given them some half-witted cut rate or something?
No. I'm glad to hear it.
I haven't given them any rate, at all. They're just trying
the place out. You can't charge them for that, can you?
Oh, so we're a charity now, are we?
Janine didn't seem to mind.
Do you hear that?
That clock. Still ticking. And it's getting louder.
How are you feeling?
Yeah, yeah, I'm fine.
I'm sorry, Yesterday, I shouldn't have caused such a scene.
It wasn't Kirsty you yelled at.
Yeah, and it weren't Kirsty you said you was going to kill, either.
This is what he wants, Max - to rile you, to get under your skin.
Just keep away from him for a bit? Concentrate on work - the business.
There won't be a business, not if Carl's got anything to do with it.
Sure he scuppered that deal. You're doing it again,
letting him get to you. Just don't rise to it.
Now, if you do that, hopefully, he'll soon get bored.
And we'll get rid of him for good.
Say that again. What?
Rid of him for good. It's got a nice ring to it.
Ain't you finished that yet?
I'm just about to take it on a test drive. "Just about to," are you? "Just about to"?
I suppose you're "just about" to finish that an' all?
Don't forget, customers don't pay for "just about to".
They pay for actual finished jobs.
Right. One cup of tea, one sausage bap and a side order.
Yeah, well, I didn't order anything else, did I?
CAROL AND ROXY CHUCKLE
Here you are and a card from me.
Happy birthday, Jack. Well, go on, blow it out!
And don't forget to make a wish.
Yay! Well done, well done.
Oh, look, it's already working! Oi!
So, you got any plans?
No. Just a working day, really. Oh.
Today? Tomorrow? I don't know. Going anywhere?
No. Oh. Why? You hoping I am?
No. Why should I be?
Well, you've got something on your mind, ain't you?
And it ain't birthday cards.
Ronnie gets out Monday.
I didn't think you knew.
No, I knew. I just didn't exactly know when.
I'm sorry, Jack, I'm so sorry.
I know it's your birthday, but I really thought I should tell you.
It's fine, it's fine. Thanks for the news.
Right, that is you all booked in, then.
Is your phone working OK?
Yeah, why? Oh, I just can't get through to Jay.
It's probably nothing. So, that's two o'clock tomorrow.
Day after, Abs.
Abi? You all right? I heard about your dad yesterday...
Oh, compared to some of the stunts my dad's pulled, that was nothing.
Got your message. What's the problem?
This deal. There's a few details I want to get sorted out.
Such as? Who are we meeting? Where are we meeting 'em?
And what, exactly, are these motors we're supposed to be knocking out?
I'm picking up some papers later on. I'll give 'em to you then.
Meeting's at six, right? Yeah.
Well, make it five o'clock. Give me a chance to get up to speed.
Thought you were going to say you had a problem with the money.
Five, it is.
Oi! You ain't even told her yet, have you? What?
You ain't told Abi about you and Kitty!
There is no "me and Kitty". It was a stupid kiss. Is it?
Is that why she just phoned you?
She might be phoning, but I ain't answering!
So, you've got to do that right there, have you?
Hello, Max. How are you today?
Well, you know, I'm trying to run a business.
It's an old motor. It's not going to show up yours...much.
Here, he made a bit of an exhibition of himself yesterday.
What was all that about, then?
I ain't asking for myself,
cos, I mean, you know me, I ain't one to gossip.
But so as I know.
And then, if anybody asks me, I can put 'em straight.
It was a misunderstanding. It's all sorted.
Ah. Oh, well, just as well.
We don't want to spoil Jack's big day. Jack?
Forgotten, have you?
Yes, please, Lauren?
Dad, I've had enough. All right? I don't want to work here no more.
What? Well, why not? Cos it's not a proper job. It's a Toytown job.
It's something you've made up, because you feel sorry for me!
Oh, so I get to be bored witless some of the time, not all of the time. Brilliant(!)
Things haven't been that busy recently, all right?
Give it a couple of days or a week. I promise, we'll be snowed under.
Two sugars, yeah?
I hear you're not too happy with Danny's latest brainwave.
I despise Danny. Danny's a no-mark.
And free membership is not a brainwave.
Free membership is bankruptcy. We'll be FLOODED with freeloaders.
He's only doing the sponsorship with one team, though.
What sponsorship? From what I understand, they wear our logo on their shirts,
they get to work out free one night a week, when it's quiet. Sounds like a good deal to me.
I'm surprised you haven't come up with something like that.
I'm sure you will come up with something like that, sometime soon?
What was that with you and Motormouth?
In other words, hooky stuff. In other words, earning money,
money so I can pay wages - yours and Dexter's wages.
Not to mention get back some of that money that you've lost me.
Remember that before you come over all Sunday School.
Didn't think Dexter was getting any wages. He can't live on fresh air. And neither can I.
You can pay our wages, anyway. We've got work coming out of our earholes.
And that's enough for you, is it?
Scrabbling around week to week, earning "wages"? It might suit you, but it don't suit me.
It's just Carl...
Carl? What? You think I need looking after?
I didn't say that, did I? No. Don't even start to even think it, either,
because you won't be on wages, you'll be out that door.
You still want these? Yeah. Cheers, darling.
Told you, I'm working through lunch.
You're not going to take your brother out?
Yeah, it's his birthday, ain't it? I knew you'd forgotten.
Right, I better get him a card, pop over there.
Before you go... Yes, don't worry, I'll get you a card an' all.
No, Kirsty, will you talk to him, please? About what?
About this job. Actually, let me correct myself, this non-job.
Lauren... Doing nothing all day. We've been through all this.
I want out and he won't listen to me.
I need something that's going to keep me occupied,
keep my brain ticking over.
You don't understand, I NEED to be busy, Dad.
Listen, you know as well as I do,
that it's really not a good idea if I'm not.
Maybe she's right, Max, maybe you should let her go.
With nutters like your ex out there?
Carl ain't going to do anything to Lauren.
He's not going to pick on young girls. Ain't his style, never was.
The biggest threat to Lauren right now is a bit closer to home.
Look, Abs, I know you and Jay had a barney last week.
But I thought that was done and dusted now?
It wasn't just a barney. Not really.
Well, what was it, then?
I thought I might be pregnant. What?
No! No, I wasn't. It was a false alarm.
But I said some stupid things, things I didn't even mean.
And I thought we'd made up, but ever since we got back,
it's like he's been avoiding me.
But wait, I thought you just said everything was all right?
Yeah, and I thought it was. He said everything was OK.
But I don't know. I don't get why he's blanking me all of a sudden.
Abi, this ain't doing you no good, is it?
Go round there and have it out, face-to-face.
You all right, Denise? All right. I'll take these two, please.
Yeah, just give me a minute here, will you?
You up to your eyes? And ears. What's that old saying?
They say, "Not waving, just drowning."
You wouldn't consider taking on extra staff, would you?
You got someone in mind, have you? Yeah, Lauren.
Nah, she's a good worker. No, it's not that, it's just...
What? Well, it's just, no offence, Max,
but we do stock quite a lot of booze here, you know?
There's no point putting temptation her way, is there?
Cheers. Thank you, darling.
You know the rent isn't due till tomorrow, don't you?
Tomorrow, today, what difference does it make?
Take a day off and add it to next month if you want. Here you go.
Phil, we have got one problem. What's that?
Ronnie gets out on Monday. Right.
It's going to be weird for her, coming back after everything.
Everyone's going to be looking, talking about her. She'll be fine.
I haven't even told Alfie yet.
We'll make sure she is. She's a Mitchell, ain't she? Yeah.
You'll have it later. Finally got through to you, have I?
No. I'll just do anything to get you off my back.
Hey. You all right, Jack?
Been trying to find you. Here you are. Happy birthday.
Cheers. So, what are you up to?
Going to Romford to check out a motor.
No, I meant, for your birthday.
You mean, after I've taken this price off the back of your card?
See you later. Yeah.
Max. Is he all right?
Oh, I don't know. Not exactly full of birthday spirit.
That might be my fault. Look, Ronnie gets out next week.
I should have left it, shouldn't I? Told him at the weekend.
Now, I've completely ruined his birthday.
No, you ain't. Not really.
What's this? My treat.
Reason? Does there have to be a reason?
Just think, six years ago today,
that would have been a slice of wedding cake.
No hard feelings.
Yeah, well, I'd prefer it if you laid off Max.
He's just got the hump, cos I didn't buy a motor off him.
No, he's got the hump because you keep winding him up.
Why would I do that?
If I upset him, I upset you, what's the point?
What, so you're telling me you ain't playing games?
I would shake his hand today. He's just got to say the word.
I'd prefer it if the pair of you didn't have
a stand-up screaming match in the Square.
I didn't do any screaming. I don't want any hassle.
You can tell him that.
If he wants to shake my hand, he knows where I am.
It's still irises, isn't it? What?
Your favourite flowers?
You all right, Carol? Look, I've had an idea.
A little birthday surprise for Jack, few drinks in the Vic, about five?
Yeah, sure. Yeah? See you. I want a word with you.
I'm beginning to think you're blanking me.
Course I ain't, I've just been busy, that's all.
What, too busy to even check your texts?
My battery died. Charger's playing up, as well. Right.
Well, we're having a surprise party in the Vic for Uncle Jack.
Well, a few drinks to celebrate his birthday. At five o'clock?
I mean, you don't have to stay long, you can just pop in...
Look, Jay, if I've upset you... You haven't. Come here.
So last week's really behind us? Yeah, course it is.
I was really starting to think I'd hurt you.
Well, I'll come over at about quarter to, OK?
Dad wants us all in place before Uncle Jack gets there.
Sounds great. See you. OK.
Why didn't you tell me the flowers weren't from you?
I bet Carl loved telling you that, didn't he?
Do you know why he sent them? And I take it the champagne was from him, too? Nah.
Because today, six years ago, would have been our wedding day.
What's the idea? Better late than never? No, it was just for old times' sake.
He's no threat to us, Max, please, believe that!
I mean, why can't you just do what he says? Forget everything.
Move on and just shake hands. No.
Have to count my fingers after, won't I?
You just can't do it, can you? He can let go, but you can't?
What're you going to do, carry this through to the bitter end? Yeah.
Yeah. The bitter end. Sounds good to me.
Check it. What for? I trust you.
Then I'll start to think you're an idiot.
And it makes me nervous, doing business with an idiot.
Now, your turn. Them documents.
I'm waiting on 'em. I promise I'll have them before the meet.
Well, make sure you do.
All right? Hi.
Hi. How about you and me go for a drink sometime?
No offence, but I'm beyond pick-ups in the middle of the street.
I was thinking maybe more, a proposition. A business proposition.
So. What's all this about, then?
You on me? Or me on you? Don't tempt me. No, sports massage.
So, your salon. My gym. It's a perfect fit.
I get my punters on the punch bags, knacker them out,
send them over to you. Your punters see my punters,
feel fat and disgusting and you send them over to us. It's beautiful.
There's a lot of gyms around, though, and not just private outfits, like yours,
And most of the top hotels have got health clubs, too.
So tell me, why should I throw my lot in with you, instead of them?
Hey, you all right, Phil?
Listen, mate, this might not be any of my business... But?
You doing a deal with Carl? You're right. That ain't your business.
I'm just trying to mark your card. So many people today,
poking their noses into what don't concern them. Well, he's bad news.
You think I've spent my life in a monastery - never come across dodgy chancers before?
The only deal I'd do with him would involve an undertaker.
And I've been trying to do a deal with you, remember?
Right. Fair enough. Well, don't say I didn't try and warn you.
Whatever you've got coming, Phil, on your head be it.
She's not getting the message, is she?
And she won't, you know. Not until you ring her and you tell her.
Yeah, we'll do a few sandwiches, sausage rolls, that sort of thing.
Sounds good, yeah. I think Jack will appreciate it.
You know, someone's got to try and cheer him up. Max, he had to know.
Michael, we're sorting out a birthday drink for Jack, if you fancy it?
Keep it shtoom though, yeah? It's a little surprise. I can do that.
Lovely. Cheers. I won't be there.
All right. Very nice(!)
I'm not very nice, though, am I? Particularly to people
who sell their share of the gym from under me.
All right, Dad? Is Uncle Jack not coming straight here?
Yeah, no, he said he was. I texted him, said to meet here
for a drink. He must've changed his mind, cos I just saw him on the way to the car lot.
These are impressive claims.
I prefer to view them as facts.
Come on, give it a year.
What do you think? What I thought when you first floated all of this.
I like it. Yeah.
In fact, I decided to go with it, there and then. Did you?
Wouldn't want anyone thinking I was a pushover, though, would I?
Look, I know I said we should have a drink, but, you know,
I'd prefer to have a little bit of quiet time.
It's not very sociable, is it? You know, your big day.
Not really that big, is it?
I don't know, mate. You get to our age, every birthday's big.
Well, anyway, like I said. My day, my decision, innit?
Listen, er, Roxy told me about Ronnie.
That's what this is all about, ain't it?
Is that why you're here and not in the flat?
What is it? Too many ghosts?
Maybe. That's why you want to come out, you know,
see a few people, friends, family.
Trust me, Jack, I know.
If you spend too long in the company of ghosts, you do, you lose it.
Come on, why don't you come out?
Come on, let's go and have a drink? For me?
Yeah? Mm-hmm. Well, I'll see you over there.
I meant what I said, Max. Yeah.
Yeah, Kirsty told me, what was it? Shake hands and make up?
You drop dead.
Three weeks, Max.
Lovely, cheers, mate. Thanks. Thanks very much. Cheers.
Oh, and who's that, then, eh? Anyone I know?
Yes! All right, all right! I'll ring her!
Right. Let's do this, shall we?
Are you, er, going back to the gym? Yeah, I am,
I'm going to ready the place for all our new clients. What new clients?
I'm glad you asked, Daniel. Just done a deal with Sadie.
All of Beauty's customers are going to be OUR customers.
Max, er, listen... Listen, did you get my message? About Lauren?
Yeah, I did. Both me and Denise feel the same.
I mean, Lauren around booze all day long,
we know what happened last time. Come on. That was then, this is now.
Max, I'm sorry. OK? I can't take the risk.
Hello, Kitty, it's Jay.
Yeah, I know you've been calling me, but listen,
I don't really need you calling me any more.
It shouldn't have happened and I'm sorry it did,
but I've got a girlfriend and everything.
Just don't call me any more.
Who was that? What?
Someone just came in. What you talking about?
What's the time? It's coming up to five.
No! No, get away from me, Jay! What are you doing?
I heard you! All right? I heard everything you just said!
So I... I'm going to find my friend, Abi. That's my best friend.
I'm going to tell her what a dirty, lying, cheating boyfriend she's got!
I've just put a card through your door.
From me and your father. Happy birthday, Jack! Thank you.
I heard about Ronnie, too.
She deserves a second chance.
A lot of people round here won't be willing to give her one, but...
you will, won't you, Jack?
I'll try, Dot.
Well, off you go, then. Enjoy your party.
Party? Yeah. It's supposed to be a surprise.
I hate surprises, don't you?
Take care of yourself. See you later. Thank you.
So, how many points are you planning on collecting today, eh?
You sound like my mum.
He's just talking with Dot, he's on his way. Oh, is he?
Right, listen, he's coming in.
Get ready, all right?
You ready? Yep. One big cheer, all right?
So, this deal, yeah? Them details?
There's some documents in the glove box. Dockets and stuff.
Take a look, tell you everything you need to know.
Nah, it's just stiff. Give it some welly.
Here, come here...
Carl, what're you doing?! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
I thought you said he was coming in? He was! Yeah, so where is he?
THEY ALL CHEER
What a surprise, eh? Happy birthday. All right?
CAR HORN BLARES CONSTANTLY
You all right, mate?
Don't stand there, get an ambulance.
HORN CONTINUES TO BLARE
Thanks, darling. Cheers.
You all right? Happy? Yeah.
Is that yeah, as in, yeah, or yeah, as in, you're being polite?
Ten minutes ago, it would have been me being polite.
But no, I'm enjoying myself now. Nice thought, bruv.
Strange for you, but nice.
Well, I just thought we should go for it.
Make today really special.
Forget all about Carl, yeah?
Who is that?
Is he OK? Just let the paramedics deal with him.
He's not... Just wait there, just wait there.
They've called the air ambulance,
everything's being done as quick as it can.
His name's Phil Mitchell.
55 Victoria Road, in Walford.
He's got family there, someone needs to tell them.
It's OK, sir, just leave that to us.
HELICOPTER BLADES WHIR
INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER
Are you OK to talk?
Right, let's get you seen to, yeah?
Mr Mitchell? Mr Mitchell? Can you hear me?
Observation is low, CGS is three.
We need to get him out of here now.
OK, let's have this roof off, quick as we can.
What happened, can you remember?
The brakes just went.
We touched a lorry...
I tried to hold on to the steering wheel.
Right - one, two, three.
On the count of three... One, two, three - lower.
We could do this later. OK.
I don't understand.
It's never happened before. The brakes were fine.
Come on, guys, quick as you can. Let's get a move on.
INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER
What's going on?
How is he?
MAX: Nah, I ain't seen her, Jay.
Lauren, you ain't seen Abi, have you? No, not for a while.
Where is she? She was well up for this. I don't know.
Jay, Lola's not here, either, I just checked.
This is all my fault, innit?
If I never told you to phone Kitty... Too right it's your fault.
All right. Listen, leave it to me, I'll find Lola, talk to her...
I have been listening and look what's happening to me.
Leave well alone.
Do you think this is enough? Yeah, yeah, just a few nibbles, Max said.
It's not, is it? I'll do some more.
Jean, there's enough to feed the 5,000 here.
Yeah, well, just to be on the safe side.
Stop and just enjoy the party, yeah? Take your pinny off.
Oh! I ain't missed it, have I? The big surprise?
Sorry, I got caught up in a traffic cone convention on the high street.
All right, sweetheart? Eh, birthday boy!
Does he know there's another surprise
about to smack him in the chops?
He has to know sometime. And he WILL know.
What, when she turns up?
In my own time, in my own way, all right?
Really have been a busy little ducker and diver today, haven't you?
Yeah, I ain't finished yet. All right, Sadie? Hi.
You couldn't use an extra pair of hands at Beauty?
Yeah, I could use them.
Oh, yeah? Couldn't pay for them, though. Right.
I find it hard enough to make up the wages each week, as it is.
We couldn't come to some sort of little deal, could we?
Well, you certainly know how to treat a lady.
I spend all day with a bunch of screaming kids
and what's my reward?
Egg, sausage and beans at the local greasy spoon. Woo-hoo.
And talking of screaming kids...
Are you going to eat that?
I ain't had a chance.
You keep nicking my chips before I can get at them.
I probably need to adjust my insulin a bit.
Happens every now and then.
Get it wrong, plays havoc with my stomach.
That's the second time now.
What is? That Denny's come home upset.
Said you got at him about his spelling, or something.
Oh, no, I didn't get at him,
I was just showing him where he was going wrong.
Oh, well, his spelling's fine at home.
Well, maybe he gets a little distracted in school.
And maybe it's the teacher.
Here you go, ladies.
Thought you was going to bottle it, for a minute.
With you on my back? No chance.
I don't mean to sound like an old dragon. I know.
It's for my own good.
No point in hiding myself upstairs, licking my wounds.
What are you up to?
Huh? What makes you think I'm up to anything?
Cos you've got that look on your face. You've had it most of the day.
Don't know what you're talking about.
Um...found all this...
when you went to bed last night.
Oh, yeah, I was just doodling.
Looks more than just doodling to me.
Yeah, I told Kat you used to be interested in that sort of thing.
Still are by the looks of it.
And then, I remembered you did that course up in Manchester.
Found out... they're doing another one.
I phoned first thing this morning and they've still got spaces.
You should at least think about it.
Must be the day for it. For what?
Nice surprises. I've just gone and got myself a job.
Really? Yeah. Part-time, obviously.
Where's that? Beauty. I start Monday.
That's great, Lauren.
I mean, obviously I'll be sad to lose you from the car lot but...
I'm really pleased for you.
Not sure how pleased she'd be,
if she knew that you were paying her wages.
You're quite an operator when you want to be, aren't you?
Can't stop thinking about her - me and her.
But I thought there was no more you and Jean?
I made a mistake. A big mistake.
I thought she dumped YOU.
So it doesn't really matter what you think, does it? It's down to Jean.
OK, but why DID she dump me?
I could see it in her eyes.
When she was telling me about her condition,
she thought I was judging her.
And was you? No, I wasn't.
In fact, I even tried to read up about it before I met her,
so I could be well prepared.
OK, I admit...
I didn't deal with it very well
when she went on about you and Alfie.
Me and Alfie? Yeah.
About how you were meant to be together.
She said I didn't need all this.
That no-one did.
But I do need this...
..and I need her.
Look, Kat, I just want to talk to her, OK?
Put things straight.
Yeah, all right. Um...
Can you wait for me over at the caff? What, you mean you'll...
I don't mean anything. I'll talk to her, all right?
Abs. Oh, good, I thought my arms were going to drop off
if I had to carry this for much longer.
It's Uncle Jack's birthday cake.
I had to wait nearly an hour for the shop to finish it off.
So you ain't seen Lola, then? No, why?
No, nothing. Give it to me.
Oh, good. I'll get the door.
Of course I love her. You've got a funny way of showing it!
You've had one barney and you're onto the next one - is that it?
It wasn't like that.
Guess that explains why you ain't been answering her calls.
Too busy answering someone else's.
No, not at all. You do realise that Abi thinks this is all her fault?
When all the time you're the one cheating on her.
I ain't cheated. It was just a kiss. That makes everything all right(!)
I weren't thinking straight, right? My head was all over the place.
No, your hands were.
ALL SING: "Happy Birthday"
Look, Lo...something happened while we was away
but me and Abi got over it, we moved on.
Yeah, I know you've moved on. Moved on to someone else.
Listen, if you want to ruin all this, you can.
But what happened last week is finished.
Me and Abi, we're not.
ALFIE: Hip hip!
Everything all right? Do you live here, sir?
No, no, but my cousin does.
Is your name William Mitchell?
Look, Kat, this is really not for me.
Listen, I know it'd take a bit of sorting out... And the rest.
You've always wanted to do something like this again.
It doesn't matter what I want to do, it's what I can do.
You're not even going to think about it? With the kids? Me job?
How much it's going to cost?
Yeah, it'll be a doddle, won't it, eh(?) Have you been looking for me?
Only Dexter said that...
Lo! Not now, Pops, I'm busy. Yeah, now! And you, Jay.
Why, what's the matter? Shirl, Rox, you need to hear this.
Bill, what's the matter? What's happened?
Phil's been in an accident.
It's a car crash, Lo, it's really bad. But Phil went off with Carl.
Look, I don't know too much.
All I know is we've got to get up the hospital as soon as.
So, shall we?
Any news on Phil? Still being operated on.
What about the car, has anyone checked that?
"The brakes just went." That's what you told our colleagues.
Yeah, I don't get it.
One minute I was driving, the next, no brakes. Don't make sense.
And it's been fine up till now?
I was driving it this morning, no problem.
And where do you park your car normally?
Just out on the Square. Why?
What do you think we should do?
Well, why should we do anything?
Dad, don't you think we should maybe call this off? No, what for?
Well, it seems a little weird, us all having a party...
With all this going on. We don't know what's going on, do we?
Phil might have sprained his big toe, for all we know.
Yeah, but it's not just Phil, though, is it?
No, it's Carl, as well. Carl(!)
Geezer's an accident waiting to happen. A nutter with no brains.
Only a matter of time, weren't it? Dad! Really?
Babe, do you think we should call the party off
cos Carl's had a scrape?
No, I suppose not. No, well, there you go. See?
Well, we'll take Alfie's car. Yeah.
My Capri, what...? Yeah, yeah, course.
I'll grab the keys. I'll meet you round there, all right?
You OK? Why wouldn't I be?
Well, I know that you and Phil aren't together any more
but you don't just turn it off, do you? I do.
You turned it off all right with Ollie.
Yeah, well, I didn't really know him that long, did I?
Shall I go over there, do you think?
No, no, no, Billy will tell you if there's any news.
All right, Jay?
It's all right, lighten up, enjoy the party.
Phil's going to be fine. He might not be.
Here you are. You boys are staying, aren't you? MEN: Yeah.
Oh, Mrs Rickman, I was thinking...
If it puts your mind at ease,
why not pop into the school some time and sit in on a lesson, maybe?
And what good would that do?
You just don't like Denny, end of story.
I'm not paid to like or not like...
Well, it's a good job when it comes to my son.
I'm paid to teach, which I do and I don't discriminate.
Well, you won't have to put up with him much longer.
I've made some calls
and it seems there's another school that might take him on.
So, fingers crossed, eh? All round.
Lola, do you want me to look after Lexi?
You don't know how long you'll be down there for. You don't want to be fussing over her.
Come on, Lo.
Yeah. Thanks, Shirl.
Come on, don't look like that.
Phil, he's tough as old boots, he always has been.
Yeah, well, from what the police said to Pops,
he's going to have to be, ain't he?
He... he went through the windscreen, Shirl.
Look at Lexi. She's tiny. She hardly even knows him.
What if he...
Oi, oi, come on. Listen, sweetheart, Shirl's right, you know.
Phil's as tough as they come. Ain't that right, Billy?
Alfie, he's not exactly a spring chicken.
Yeah, and something like that... What?
No, no, no, no, Alfie's right. He's Phil Mitchell.
He's tough as they come, ain't he?
Come on, let's go. Yeah, all right.
All right, mate. Keys are in there.
Well, did you talk to her?
I wanted to ask you something first.
Look, words are easy to say when everything's going OK.
And at the moment, Jean's fine
and you two could get back together and everything'd be great.
And here you are, rabbiting on about your rhubarb.
Bit early for rhubarb. I don't really care.
Radishes, maybe... Ollie, shut up!
But then what if things aren't so great, yeah?
And Jean don't want to talk about rhubarb and radishes,
when she's going through one of her phases.
What are you going to do then?
Because you ain't been that impressive so far.
What, are you asking me for some sort of guarantee?
Well, I don't know, do I?
I mean, it's all new territory for me.
I mean, obviously I'm going to try... Trying's not good enough.
No, "trying" means you might fail and then you'll let her down
and I can't have that, cos I know what it would do to her.
Well... No, Ollie, don't say any more.
I've got my answer. I can see it in your eyes.
And you've got yours, yeah?
For Jean's sake - stay away from her.
All right, come over. There's plenty over there.
Go on, get stuck in. No, I've had too many.
No, I can't... Plenty to go round. Jack, here you are.
No, you're all right.
Listen, I know you don't like Carl. I can't stand him.
Just tone it down a little bit, will you? Cos this ain't just about Carl. This is about Phil 'an all.
I tried warning him an' all. What? I told him, stay away from him, don't have nothing to do with him.
It was only going to end one way. What does that mean? What do you want? Crocodile tears?
If something's happened to Carl and he's hurt, badly hurt, what do you want me to say? I'm happy.
Alfie. Have I just seen Billy driving your motor?
Yeah, cos I've lent it to him.
You've lent that idiot your pride and joy?
Oi, calm down! I had no choice!
They've all gone to the hospital. They'll need one, the way he drives.
Phil and Carl have had a crash.
Just brings it home, don't it? Life's too short. Don't start again.
I don't see what the problem is. Kat can cope on the stall.
Is she's going to take on my kids? I can manage them for six weeks.
We had no problem when you were away.
It's not just that, it's the money.
Well, Jack said he'd help any of us out. So I'm down to begging now?
Course not! I mean, why don't you just think of it as a loan,
if it makes you feel better? Yeah, and then I'll be in debt.
I've only just heard. Is there any news?
No, Billy's going to ring Jay when he hears anything about Phil.
OK, and what about Carl?
We ain't heard nothing about him.
So it means he's probably all right, innit?
No, not necessarily.
Everyone knows Phil, so everyone'll be thinking about him.
Whereas no-one knows Carl
and something could have happened to him - something bad,
something really bad - and we wouldn't know about it.
MOBILE RINGS Look, I was just saying...
Babe, where are they going?
I don't know. People aren't really in the party mood any more.
I ain't done the toast yet, have I? Carol, might need your help in a bit.
Oh... Yeah, and I might need your help, actually.
She's just an over-protective parent, that's all.
You must have had them before.
Not as bad as that one.
She can't see any wrong in him at all. Takes it as an insult
if I even try suggesting that he's not totally perfect.
She really has got to you, hasn't she?
It's not that.
Pushy parents I can handle.
It's just that, well, what she said -
part of it's right, I suppose.
I don't take sides - you know that - and I don't discriminate,
not in the classroom, I really don't.
It's just that kid. I can't help it.
He's a nasty little bully.
B, this is your moment, you know. Your time.
You get one chance in life to do something you really want to do.
You've got to go for it. I can't believe you lot.
I try my best, I put my family first, my kids first,
I do not swan off doing what I want to do, I'm responsible,
and all I get is a load of verbals.
So it is what you want to do, then? You told me it wasn't.
No, I can't just think of myself.
I'm not thinking of you. I'm thinking about the stall.
Maybe if we sell your designs, we might make a bit of money.
None of this is the problem, though, is it? What?
I mean, not the real problem.
It's not the stall, or the kids, or the money - that's all sorted.
It's you. You're the problem. You're just bottling it.
Babe, you carry on like this, I really will start to wonder.
About you and Carl. Look at you - face down on the floor.
I'm concerned. Wouldn't you be, if something happened to Tanya?
Yeah, but she ain't pond life, is she? That's the difference.
He's as tough as old boots.
He made it through the op.
You didn't know, did you? Know what? What's happened?
It's almost like you're revelling in all this. In what?
The crash. Carl being hurt. Doing a toast, don't want anyone to leave.
No, it's just that Jack's ex, Ronnie, she gets out Monday.
Jack's pretending he don't care... Yeah, but he does. Course he does.
Babe, that's why I'm trying to make all this extra special.
Yeah... Yeah, OK.
I mean, Carl is just the icing on the cake, ain't he?
Max is just about to do the toast.
Do you really think I could do this?
I know you could.
So does Whit...Jack... and Kat...and Max.
Just leaves you.
Have you heard any more about Phil? No.
Are they back? No. Billy just asked me
to come round and make sure everything was locked up and safe.
I saw the gate open and I thought they might be back.
Fancy a cup of tea?
Right, listen up, everyone. Please...
Thank you. Bit of quiet. Hope you've all got a glass.
Right, just to say thanks for coming.
I think we all know why we're here.
Just to let Jack know that it doesn't matter that he's another
year older and that none of us mind he's starting to lose his hair.
Just a little bit.
Just a little bit? Just at the front there. What's he talking about?
But seriously, I mean, it ain't been the best year for the Brannings.
There might be the odd difficult day ahead, so...
Well, today's just a chance to put all that behind us
and raise our glasses and say, cheers,
happy birthday and, well, here's to the future. Happy birthday.
ALL: Happy birthday!
Are you Max Branning, of number 5, Albert Square?
Yeah. DS Dunstable. DC Penrith.
Look, strippers have arrived. LAUGHTER
Glad you find this amusing, sir. We suspect you of tampering with a motor vehicle.
I'm arresting you, on suspicion of causing criminal damage,
with the intent to endanger life.
You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence, if you do not mention, when questioned,
something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say, may be given in evidence.
She's just popped out.
Any news on your dad?
No. The police have been all through our house,
even my room.
I guess they're just doing their job.
My dad didn't do it.
Who's that? Just a text from Abs.
Saying sorry for her old man, is she?
POLICE RADIO CHATTER
Let's get out of here.
Jack...call me as soon as you know anything.
Yeah, all right. Call me.
I've only got a fiver's worth. Alfie deserves to know. Then you tell him.
No. She's your sister, not mine.
So what are you two cooking up, then? Nothing.
Talking about this accident. I don't think it was down to Max, do you? Does seem a bit weird, you know.
Shoots his mouth off, then does something like that? He ain't that stupid, surely.
Well, at least Phil's OK. Phil's OK? Phil's OK?
Phil's hooked up to every machine in the world. Well, if you see him, send him my love, won't you?
Yeah, we will do. From now on, you might want to find your own change,
because this is not a bank. Yeah.
Rox, if you want to... I'm fine!
Eh-eh-eh-eh! What are you doing?
You're all over the place here.
Listen, why don't you just go and see him, eh?
It's not Phil. So what is it, then?
You seem to have been on edge all morning. It's Ronnie.
She's getting out on Monday.
They've charged him. How? Why?
When they searched the house, they found tools.
You know, things needed to cut the brakes.
The stuff under the sink?
They've charged you because you own pliers? They're not mine, are they?
They reckon they can match them to the ones that were used.
What? And that's all they've got?
Plus, Dad telling everyone he was going to kill him.
Well, no, they've got a witness, as well.
Witness to what? Apparently, someone's made a statement
saying they saw me tampering with the brakes. Somebody saw you?
No, Lauren, no-one saw me, cos I didn't do it, did I?
It's obvious what's going on here, innit?
Carl, he's stitching me up.
You should have told me, Rox. I am telling you.
So what are we going to do, eh? HE SIGHS
You organising a get-out party?
Blow up some balloons, get the banners out?
It's not a complete surprise. We all knew this day was coming, didn't we? Stop.
I'd have liked a bit more of a warning.
So have you spoken to her?
Just briefly, on the phone. Just briefly, because she wanted to tell me what time, OK?
HE SIGHS She's nervous, you know, and...
..but she's looking forward to getting out.
She's done her time.
HE LAUGHS What?!
What, you think she's going to stay in there for ever, do you? Huh?
Alfie, Alfie, look...
She's getting out, OK,
and I know, for you, it is not that simple...
..but for me...
..to finally have my sister free...
Free? Why don't you listen to yourself, Roxy?
Free? She can hardly stroll up Bridge Street, can she?
It must be really weird in her head, knowing that me and you are together
cos there's three of us in this mix, now. Do you understand that?
So what's she said, then, about, you know,
me and you being together?
Oh, well done, sweetheart. You haven't told her, have you?
You're saying Carl has got someone lying for him?
Yeah. Him and some other scum are setting me up.
Lauren, Phil and Carl nearly died. I didn't do this, I swear.
KNOCK AT DOOR
And whoever is in on this with him, I'm going to find out.
Listen, you've done good. Stick to the plan. Don't call me again.
Bruv, he threatened to kill him,
of course he did it. This is Abi's dad we're talking about.
There is no way that he did it.
Bruv, everyone saw him, though. He wanted him dead. Oi.
Phil's in hospital and you prattle on, like a couple of old women.
You taking the mick or what? We're on a break, Bill.
Yeah, well, break time's over. Come on, shift it. Shift!
I'll be checking in on The Arches later. Watch what you're doing.
Phil's lucky to have someone like you looking after his interests.
Well, that's what this family does. How is he? He's not good.
We're just going in to see him.
Is he speaking and stuff?
He's drugged up to the eyeballs,
that's the only thing keeping him going. Cheers, darling.
I'd love to pop in and see him. It's just family at the moment.
I mean, maybe... once he's out of the woods, yeah.
I don't understand, how can there be a witness if you..?
That's why I've got to get out there, Carol. Find out who it is.
What, interview the whole Square? No, I'm going to get it out of Carl. That's a cracking plan.
Listen to Jack, because kicking off ain't going to help the matter. You got to wind it in, Max.
Carl was hurt, as well. Why would he do that? Because he's sick.
Sick enough to try and kill himself?
Yeah, if it meant I was out of the way. He's capable of that, ain't he?
Who have you upset, Dad?
What do you mean? Are you seeing someone?
Somebody's wife or something? Lauren...
Right, we'll find out who this witness is soon enough.
But even then, you've got to stay away, all right?
You break bail, you'll be back in that cell locked up until the trial.
Do you want that to happen?
So all this time, Rox, me and you, what, you just lied to her?
I didn't want her to lose hope.
Hope? What are you talking about? What hope?
We had a plan, me and Ron, OK?
She was going to get out and I would be there to meet her...
and then we'd just go off.
Just the two of us, we'd go off to Ibiza.
Nice. All Thelma And Louise?
Yeah, it was, actually, if you like. Yeah.
We had no-one to answer to, Alfie.
It was just me and her and off we would go.
..it was just something for us to hold on to.
And it was before me and you got together
and before there was an "us".
And now, I'm going to tell her everything is different
because I'm with the man I love...
..and I'm not going anywhere.
Anyway, look, the last thing I want is for her to come out
and feel like she's on her own.
So, now all your plans are, you know, messed up...
..where's she going to go now, Rox?
There was talk of her going to Phil's.
So she's coming back to Albert Square?
No, it was just an idea and now...
obviously now, I don't know, do I?
So what does that mean to us?
I honestly have not thought past Monday, OK?
I just want to make sure she's OK.
I need to get back to the bar.
We're going to need to keep an eye on Lauren. She'll be fine.
This gets as messy as it could do, it might get too much for her.
We can't let that happen. Let what happen?
Let this family fall apart.
Yeah. It's not looking good, is it?
The way he was at the party, once he heard.
He don't need you doubting him. I'm not, I'm just saying how it looks.
It don't matter how it looks, all right?
He says he's innocent, so he's innocent.
And what he needs right now is us all onside.
I can't go now, can I?
Tell her, Max. Her staying isn't going to help, is it?
Yeah, B, your mum's right.
This could get worse. What if Phil dies?
Well, that's not going to happen. Well, you don't know that.
This is a chance to make something of yourself, for you and the kids. And what about the kids?
You'll be rushing about. I've got Mas, like, he's helped out today.
I can't. It's not right, you're my uncle. It's not.
In a couple of days, everyone's going to know I didn't do it.
If you blow this chance because of me, I ain't going to forgive myself.
Here you go. Ta.
Is, er, is Phil..?
Yeah. We're going to... going to go see him.
But your text said that you wanted to meet me.
Yeah, Abi... We all set? Yeah. Don't worry, Abs, it can wait.
My dad didn't do it, if that's what you wanted to ask me.
Awkward. No, when he's released, you'll see.
He's already back. Charged and on bail, from what I hear.
No, he... Yeah. I saw him before with Jack.
Coffee to go, when you're ready.
Come on, Lo, let's make a move.
Lola, why don't you leave Lexi with me again?
Oh, no, Phil will want to see her, won't he?
Shirley's right, they ain't keen on kids visiting, are they?
No. She'll be better off with me.
Yeah, all right, then. Thanks, Shirl.
Make sure you give my best to Phil, yeah? Yeah. Will do.
SHE GROANS Lo, look, hang on, wait up, wait up.
Oi-oi-oi-oi! Why ain't you at the Arches?
I got this for Phil.
Come on, Lo, let's go.
Look, listen, I'm really sorry about being an idiot.
All right? I messed up, but it won't happen again, I promise.
Abi means everything to me, you know that.
Please don't tell her.
No, no, I won't.
Thanks. No, Jay, don't say thanks.
I'm not doing it for you, I'm doing it for Abi.
She don't need no more grief at the moment. I know. Lo?
But I tell you something now, Jay, you do that again
and I swear I'll tell her exactly what you're like.
It's going to be fine, I promise.
So...so, they've charged you?
Yeah, well, that don't mean it'll go any further.
Well, it will, if they don't drop the charges.
You'll have to go to court?
Yeah, well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
So you could you go to prison?
No, I mean, you won't, will you?
No, it's not even going to get to a court. It's just been a mistake.
I didn't do this, OK?
Come on, what are you flogging now? Training sessions at the gym.
Oh, you mean like keep fit?
Well, it's football-based, mainly, you know, skills,
bit of circuit training.
And tied in with Sadie at the beauty salon, sports massages.
Oh, really? OK. Yeah, it makes a good deal. It's all inclusive, you know.
Here, Peroxide, he wants to know if he can stick these up. You reckon?
We're aiming it at pub teams, local businesses... Whatever. "Whatever." The boss says yes.
Knock yourself out. Just round there. One there, that'd be lovely.
Thinking about getting the football team back together, bit of hard training. Are you sure you're OK?
Football training and massages, what's not to like?
Yes, fellas, what can I get you? Yes, mate.
I don't think this is such a good idea. Why? I've done nothing wrong.
You can't go stomping around the Square like nothing's happened. There's people worried about Phil.
She's right, Max. You need to be cautious, you don't need to be giving anyone ammunition.
No, I'm an innocent man and people need to see I've got nothing to hide.
Tell the girls to meet me in the Vic, yeah?
Slightest thing, you call me.
Pass it. Let go, let go. Let go.
Make sure she eats her breakfast, please. I will.
Hey, come on, you, I need a cuddle to last me until I see you again.
Love you. Love you more. Wouldn't be so sure.
Right, come on, come on, let's go. Bye. See you later. I love you.
Bye. Love you. See you later. I'm going to miss you.
Bye, B. Oi, in, now.
She'll be back soon.
Just make sure you bring back some amazing designs, yeah?
I will, yeah. THEY LAUGH
Well, that's the plan.
She won't be going anywhere, if she doesn't get a move on.
Well, see you later. Yeah, see you later.
Listen, you'll be all right...
Look, if Ronnie rocks up, you can face her. You're strong, yeah?
(All right.) I'll see you soon. See you later.
Max? Yeah, you all right, Ian?
I'd like to make a booking for tonight, please. Tonight?
Yeah. Is that a problem?
No, I just thought... You want to eat here? Yeah.
Yeah, cos you're a restaurant, Ian. That's what people do.
Look, let's go somewhere else.
No, I want to eat here. So can I book or not?
Yeah, course. What sort of time?
I dunno. Eat earlyish, shall we? Say about half six?
Five of us, yeah? Yeah, that's fine.
All right, lovely. Looking forward to it.
Even your food's got to be better than what I got in the cell.
Is he going to be all right?
It's all right, mate. You don't have to worry. Everything's sorted.
Cos all the Mitchell businesses, they're in safe hands.
Cos I'm dealing with them all.
So...you mustn't worry about nothing, right?
Just got to get yourself better, ain't you?
Yeah, come on. You'll be home soon, won't you?
Lexi...Lexi needs her grandad back.
Phil, Lexi needs you, can you hear me? Please.
HE GASPS FOR AIR What's happening? What's happening?
We all need you, Phil.
You know what? This... This used to be my house once.
What am I going to do, eh?
Lexi, what's your granddad going to make me do?
This is hard, formal, focused football training...
You're not selling this very well. Shut up, I ain't finished yet.
..followed by a full body massage by Sadie at the Salon.
Sold. There you go. I knew you'd be interested. You're damn right. Jay, you in? Come on.
You won't catch me charging about. You donkey.
Don't even think about the football. Just think about the massage.
Rox, you're all right about me putting this team together?
I've just got a text from Billy. All right. Everything all right?
I've just got to go round Phil's, pick up some stuff
and take it to the hospital.
By the time you get back, I'll have the Queen Vic super squad put together and nothing will stop us.
Thank you. I do love you.
You going to tell me I'm barred?
Are you going to tell me if you did it or not? Rox...
Did you do it?
Well, come on, tell me.
We don't want any trouble, we just want a drink.
How about everyone just ease down? It's all good, all right?
I didn't do it, all right?
Get us a whisky, please. Large.
Rox, see you later.
I found some ice cream. I think it's strawberry.
It could be raspberry.
I need an official taster, really.
She's gone back to prison, hasn't she? What?
No, course she hasn't. She has. I promise you she hasn't.
Your mum's gone to do some really exciting things at a college.
She's gone to learn lots of new things, that will help her
do really well on the stall and so she can be
even more of a brilliant mum to you than she already is.
You promise she's not in prison?
I promise. I promise on my share of the ice cream.
Everything all right?
The Branning freak show continues.
Dad, can we just go?
Max, you've made your point, all right?
You don't need to do this. Do what? Be innocent?
Oi. Remember, all right? It ain't worth it.
Can I have a drink, please, Alfie?
We've got that table booked. Why don't we go there, eh? No.
Just got the drinks in, ain't we?
Alfie, another round, please. No, we're all right, actually, Alfie. We're going.
Oi...don't do this.
Here he is, here's your old dad. Hello, mate. You all right?
Daddy. Yeah, Daddy. Here you go. What's this? High Noon?
Oh, don't. I've got the Old Bill on speed dial, haven't I?
Be a good boy, you. Be a good boy, yeah? Love you.
Say, "Bye, Mummy." Bye, Mum. Bye-bye, darling. Kat...
you knew, didn't you?
Knew what? Don't do this. Roxy told me about Ronnie coming out.
I didn't think it was my place to tell you. And are you OK about it?
I'll pick him up Sunday night, all right? OK, OK.
Bye-bye, you. Love you. Say, "Bye, Mummy." See you.
Dad, please, I just want to go. Come on, you've proved your point.
Why did you do it, Max? Eh? Why did you try and kill me?
Come on, what do you fancy for dinner?
Phil, he's hanging on for dear life from what I've heard.
Eh? What have I done to you? Why are you trying to kill me?
If I'd done this, you wouldn't be here now.
Do you hear me? Do you hear me?! Max! Oi!
Max, don't give him the pleasure. All right, I'll deal with it. No.
I'll deal with it. Yeah, Max, don't give me the pleasure,
that's going to be Kirsty's job soon. Max!
Alfie? Alfie, I'm just going to drop this stuff in for Phil.
Are you going to be all right?
You know, Rox, I've tried to get my head round it, but I can't.
I can't let Ronnie back into my life.
You are under arrest for assault, where you caused actual bodily harm.
You do not have to say anything... Dad? Dad?
..but it may harm your defence if you do not mention,
when questioned, something you later rely on in court.
Anything you do say may be given in evidence.
Stick to your witness statement and you're debt-free, mate.
Bottle it and owing me money is the least of your worries.
Three weeks since I called it, Max,
and now I've got Kirsty all to myself.
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Determined to get Kirsty back and Max out of the picture, Carl steps up his campaign and does everything within his power to rile Max.
Carl makes Phil an irresistible business offer but will Phil stick with his instincts or will he make a deal with the devil?
Lauren sees Jake again at counselling but while there Lauren infuriates him, possibly ending their friendship before it's really begun.
Despite being warned about Carl, the pressure for Phil to produce cash leaves him with no other option. However, on their way to the deal Carl loses control of the car and the pair are involved in a catastrophic car crash leaving Phil fighting for his life.
Carl continues with his quest to bring Max down but Max refuses to let Carl get to him. Instead Max focuses his attention on Jack who is struggling to deal with the news about Ronnie's release.
Michael's nose is put out of joint when Danny lands a lucrative deal so he does his best to gain the upper hand.
As Carl is slumped over the wheel, Phil is left fighting for his life as he has been thrown through the car window. An air ambulance is called but will Phil make it?
Following the crash, the police follow up their enquiries and their attention soon turns to a Walford resident.
When Lola discovers Jay's secret he begs her not to tell Abi, as he knows it will ruin their relationship, but will Lola agree to keep quiet?
As news of the arrest reverberates around Albert Square, it appears all is not as it seems when it transpires a key witness has come forward.
Taking advantage of Phil's absence, Shirley breaks into Phil's house to take what she sees as rightfully hers but she panics when she hears someone else come in the house.
Kat pressures Roxy to tell Alfie about Ronnie's impending release, but when Alfie finds out, he is incredulous.