Syed feels the pressure mounting from his debts and his upcoming wedding. Lola, distraught at losing Lexi, lashes out at those closest to her. Sharon struggles with old demons.
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Well, that's the hard bit out the way.
Now you've made your plea.
It's only a matter of time, ain't it, before this gets sorted out?
Only a mug's going to believe that Alexa girl over you. Here, mate.
Lovely. Thank you.
You know, I...
-Hey, how you doing?
-I'm good. How are you? Hello!
Are you all right?
I better get going. I'll see you in a minute, I won't be far behind you.
Come on, twinkle. I know, sweetheart.
-She's a bit shaken up, but you would be, wouldn't you?
-Those girls need stringing up.
-Tell me about it.
From now on I want to know where you're going and who with.
Paranoid parent alert.
-Right, how many am I catering for?
-I'm thinking about 15 to 20.
That's unless Abs has invited any of her new sixth-form friends. Abi.
-This party tomorrow. How many people have you asked?
-I don't remember.
-Do you want a proper cake with candles?
-It's not even her birthday.
I know, but we didn't get to celebrate the actual birthday, did we?
How can you go on about a party when Lola's lost her baby?
-What did you say?
-Mmm. Yeah, Lola got into a fight.
Then the Social Services come and they just took her baby.
-They can't do that.
-Well, they did, and it's all my fault.
-Of course it's not.
-She only got into that fight cos she was sticking up for me.
Now, you listen to me. As much as I like Lola,
it was only ever a matter of time.
-Well, I'm not being funny,
but that kid can barely look after herself, can she?
You know, it only turns out Ben Mitchell is the father.
Lola is a good mum.
I don't doubt that, I don't. But let's face it -
what kind of life can she offer that kid, eh? I'll see ya later.
Oi! Wait there.
I'm going to be late for work, Mum.
I sometimes think all that lacquer you work with has gone to your brain.
Mum, I don't know what you...
That kid has done everything she can for her baby.
What she doesn't need is people like you casting aspersions.
I haven't got time for this.
You might not remember where you came from, but I do.
People round here, Tanya, they take care of their own.
They don't leave people hanging out to dry.
It's none of our business, Mum.
It's everyone's business.
Lo... What's the latest?
Can I have a word?
-What you said about Ben...
-Why don't you just leave her alone?
Not until I get some answers. Is it true?
You think she'd lie about something like that?
It wouldn't be the first time she lied to get herself out of trouble.
-How did it happen?
-How do you think it happened?
Are you going to let her do any of the talking?
Now, I'm going to ask you one last time.
Is Ben the father?
-I said so, didn't I?
-Why should I believe you?
Cos it ain't exactly something I want to be shouting about. My baby's father's a killer.
-There you are.
-Did they call?
-Social Services! Did they call?
-It's a bit early, Lo.
-I'm going down there, then.
-She's my baby.
Lola, listen to me, listen to me.
We've got to play this by the book this time. OK?
You go down there shouting the odds it's going to be even harder to get Lexi back.
Where you going, Lo?
What are you doing here?
Avoiding Christian and his to-do list.
-Oh, how's it looking?
-Better than last month.
So we're back in the black?
-What about the money that I gave you?
That will see us right, so stop worrying, all right?
My clever boy. Don't know what we'd do without you.
-We're in here.
-AJ. Tamwar. Family meeting in the kitchen.
-I just need five minutes, Masood.
What? It's pistachio. It's very rejuvenating.
-Next time try cement.
-It may have escaped your attention,
but we're getting married next Tuesday.
Seeing as my husband to be
is too busy making his first million, I'm going to need your help, again.
For you, for you and for you.
"Flowers, favours and centrepieces". Favours?
"Candles, fairy lights and confetti".
All the hours I've put into this wedding and you task me with table linen?
Question - where's my list?
Answer - give him a cow and he'll bring home magic beans.
-Trust me. It's easier this way.
-You can help me.
How am I supposed to pay for any of this?
-We'll put some in.
-No, you won't, all right? You've done enough already.
You've given us the Argee Bhajee for the day free.
-Now, come on. Chop chop.
-When do you want these by?
Yesterday. Now scarper. And you, come along.
-Yes, table linens.
-You don't need anything else from me?
Christian, don't you think this is all just a bit extravagant?
-What was wrong with keeping it low-key?
-Tell you what, I'll nip down the charity shop
and see if they've got a couple of suits.
-It was just a suggestion.
-I've had to listen to you
banging on about investments, business meetings, plans for expansion.
Now would be a good time to put your money where your mouth is.
Your little clip is so cute, man.
-Do you like it?
-Frames your face lovely.
-Sure you're not laughing at me?
-All right, Mr Branning. We were just having breakfast.
I can see that, Arthur. But where does it lead?
I mean, it might be breakfast now.
Next it'll be an invitation back to yours to play records.
-She'll end up pregnant, and you'll end up hotfooting it up the M1.
What? I suppose you've heard about poor little Abi.
Is she OK?
Lucky to be alive.
But that is why I want you to have one of these.
But I've already got a mobile.
Ah, but this is a special mobile. This has a tracking device.
-A tracking device!?
-Yeah. That way I'll know where you are at all times. Good, eh?
And you, come and see me later. I've got some business for you.
Did I just hear that right about the tracking?
He just worries about me, that's all.
-Where you going?
It's my day off. I was going to go to the market.
-On your own?
Give me 20 minutes and I'll come with you.
-Babes, it breaks my heart.
-Seeing them suffocate you like that.
-What do you think?
-Old lady jumble.
-I don't like anything too daring.
Every time you say that, a beautician dies.
-I can't stop this making noises.
All that work I put into your date with Anthony.
Is that why you've let things slip?
I didn't realise I had.
Classic case of denial. I see now the problems aren't just physical.
-They're psychological, too.
-I suppose I could get a trim.
Maybe get my nails done.
You see? You're talking like a fighter already. Come with me.
Your first fight, Abs. Now you really are a Branning.
That's not funny.
Someone to see you.
Oh! You scared the life out of me.
Lola, stay here if you like.
Beats sitting outside, don't it?
Feeling like everyone's looking at you.
Darling, you will get her back, you know.
-So you believe her?
-Well, why wouldn't I?
Cos Ben's...gay. At least he was.
-Ben's still gay, Mr Mitchell.
-How can he be?
What happened with Lola, it must've been a mistake.
What if it weren't? I always said that 16 was too young.
Kids get funny ideas in their heads these days.
-Ben was right about you. You never listen, do you?
-What am I supposed to think, eh?
He must've liked her. Otherwise how could he get her pregnant?
Unless you think she's lying?
Well, Lola wouldn't do that.
-Why didn't she say something before, then?
-Maybe she didn't want to.
Unless she's covering for Jay?
Them two are pretty tight, aren't they?
Lexi is not Jay's.
So I'm supposed to just believe that Ben's the father, yeah?
Do me a favour.
We were expecting a delivery this morning.
I told you all this before. I transferred the funds on Friday.
How am I supposed to run a restaurant without any food, eh?
-Ben Mitchell, a father?
-I know. Shocking, ain't it?
A gay man with a child.
-Are you serious?
-Come on, Mrs M. It's an open mic night, you know.
-Chance to prove all your haters wrong.
When I say haters, you know, what I mean is
all those that ain't got to see your warm affectionate side. You get me?
We are in the middle of a double-dip recession, Fatty Boy.
What exactly do we have to laugh about?
Oh, darling, I was very sorry to hear what happened about your little girl.
-And look, if there's anything we can do...
-She ain't dead.
-I didn't say...
-So why are you talking about her like she is?
Lo, she didn't mean it like that, babe.
Well, this is just a big misunderstanding, anyway. She'll be back tonight.
I'm very glad to hear it. Those are on the house, by the way.
-I don't need your charity.
-And you wonder why they took your baby.
-Zainab, that's enough.
-No, no, no.
If you've got something to say, then flamin' well say it.
What sort of example are you setting your little girl? Fighting in the street.
-You don't know what you're talking about.
-Social Services don't take these decisions lightly.
What if she hates me?
You didn't ask her to smack that Alexa girl, did you?
How could anyone hate you, eh?
I just want everything to go back to how it was, Jay.
And it will. I promise you.
How can we be together when Lola's lost everything?
She'd want us to be happy, Abs.
-I know what you all think of me.
-Is that right?
You think Lexi's better off in care, don't you?
I do, as it happens.
What sort of mother gives up at the first hurdle?
-You don't understand.
-You're right, I don't.
Because if I was you, I'd be banging on that door to Social Services
until my knuckles were bleeding.
Maybe it's all for the best.
Why are you saying that?
Everyone's a winner.
Lexi gets a new mum and dad
and you get to drink yourself into oblivion with your mates.
But don't stop there. Why don't you get a tattoo?
Dye your hair blue, go wild.
That ain't what I want.
You could've fooled me.
I just want my little girl!
Then fight for her.
What if they don't listen?
Then make them listen.
You don't shout loud enough now,
you're going to regret it for the rest of your life.
I'm so scared.
I know you are, darlin'.
-Here you go, my man.
-All the sat-fat I can eat.
You think Kim'll get up and crack a few jokes?
-I wouldn't count on it.
It's you and a stuffed bird if you don't get some names down.
-It's good to see you and Alfie making a go of things.
What's that supposed to mean?
Look, what's happened between me and Alfie is none of your business, all right?
I was talking about this place.
About putting the Vic back on the map.
Sorry I'm late.
Don't tell me. The pound shop has a special offer on doilies.
-Don't start, Christian.
-Babe, where've you been?
Well, let me see - sorting out the suppliers.
Trying to get the bank off our backs.
Isn't that Tam's mess? You should let him sort it.
I've really got to take this call. Sorry.
Can I have a word?
If it's training you're after I do boot camp on a Wednesday.
It's about Ben.
What about him, Phil?
Well, you got to know him pretty well, didn't you?
You could say that, yeah.
What would you say if I told you that Ben was a father?
I wouldn't put anything past him, Phil.
You can ask who you like. Facts remain the same.
You are a granddad.
-Does the offer still stand?
-Lo, where you going?
Listen, I tried to call Trish, but she ain't got back yet.
Lo, where you going?
-I'm going to get my baby back.
-You give 'em hell, d'you hear?
All this pussyfooting around, it ain't helping.
If I want Lexi back I'll to have to fight for her.
And just don't take no for an answer.
I'm so sorry. I can't seem to turn this off.
Oh, don't worry. No-one's going to recognise you.
What's brought it on, this makeover?
Suppose I'm a bit tired of being Daddy's little angel.
So come on. Who do you fancy?
I liked Anthony.
-So you like them dark? Yeah.
Sporty or more of a thinker?
I hate PE. I got a netball in my face in Year Nine.
Right. So someone who's read a book, then.
I bet you like a bit of danger, though. Yeah? Someone mysterious.
-So I'm thinking, yeah - Mr Darcy meets
-Ryan Gosling in Drive. Am I right?
Good luck with finding that round here!
Right. I think we're done here, Tanya.
I think we are, Poppy. Right, then, what do you think?
I tell you what I think.
I think you've made my beautiful little girl look like some cheap tart.
Now, hang on a minute...
Alice, come on. We're leaving.
Come on, we're going.
I'm not coming.
Me and Poppy are going out tonight. We might go up town.
Over my dead body.
You promised you wouldn't interfere.
No, I'm not interfering, love!
I just... I just don't want you to make a fool of yourself.
I'm 18. I can do what I like.
-You heard her.
You ain't heard the last of this, you.
Right. Shall we get you a little outfit sorted, then?
Billy and Lola have gone down Social Services.
Is that right?
-She's telling the truth, Phil.
-So everyone keeps saying.
-So what are you going to do?
I'm going to get a takeaway,
go home and put my feet up in front of the box.
Cos you know what? I'm sick of looking out for people.
From now on it's every man for himself.
-Zee. AJ and I, we've been talking.
-The answer's no.
You ain't heard what it is yet.
I don't need to. The answer is still no.
It's not right Christian and Syed having to fork out for everything themselves.
Our son is a very proud man. He wouldn't want us interfering.
-But - what if it was a gift?
-What sort of gift?
Somewhere sunkissed. Hot, sweaty nights. Skinny dipping in the ocean.
-He's a genius, no?
-It's not my word for it, no.
-You know where the gays love, don't you?
-It's an island off the north coast of Africa.
-I know where Gran Canaria is.
-What has it got to do with Syed?
-What better way of showing support than treating them to a honeymoon?
And how do you expect us to pay for this?
Tam and Kamil's savings that we put aside...
Masood, we can't touch that.
Come on Zee, he'd want to help his brother. We'll pay it back before he knows it's gone.
Well, I think it's a fantastic idea.
Great. That's decided, then. I'll call the bank first thing tomorrow.
I was hoping you'd call.
So what is this - business or pleasure?
That investment you were talking about.
I want in.
You all right, darling?
All that stuff I said earlier about Lola.
I do know she's a good kid.
I just don't want you getting caught up in it all.
I'm looking forward to meeting all your new friends.
-A couple of months and you won't have time to worry about Jay and Lola.
Cos you'll have your exams, university applications.
Not to mention all the parties with the new friends.
Trust me, Abi. You're better off without them.
Ah! I hate my life.
You know what I hate? You moping around like a spoilt child.
That girl needs both of you fighting for her in her corner.
So why don't you drop these histrionics, get a grip
and help her!
So did he force himself on you?
What are you talking about?
-No. Of course not.
So how comes you and him ended up...
I don't know, Pops, all right. It just happened.
I can't get my head around this.
Ben! Our Ben!
You know another one, do you?
All the blokes you could've gone with...
Pops, please just drop it.
He's not even...you know.
Well, he did a good impression that night.
-Was it just the once, yeah?
-Pops. I told you.
I'm not going to talk about this any more. So just shut up.
Just drop it!
What's taking her so long?
Thanks, Kat. So how long have those two been giving each other evils?
-About two hours, I reckon.
-What do you reckon, Tam?
Reckon you can tickle them into submission?
-Bagsy the younger one.
-You should do our comedy night.
Me? Nah. Tam's the funny one here, man.
I'm just the Tom to his Jerry. The Tinchy to his Stryder...
-Oh, my days.
-Looks good, doesn't she?
She looks hot like fire! Where you been all my life?
What do you think of Alice's new look, Kat?
Proper little stunner, ain't she?
I should've known better than to ask you.
What's that supposed to mean?
You're not what you'd call an understated beauty, are you?
You'll be wearing that Scotch if you're not careful.
-I think I should go.
-No, you ain't going anywhere.
Take this and get a bottle of cheap Hungarian.
I've got something here for you.
All right. Me first.
-Jay Brown. Will you be my boyfriend?
-I said I wanted to go first!
You snooze, you lose.
Give me till tomorrow, yeah? Let me think it over.
I love you, you muppet.
I don't care what my mum says. You, Lola, Lexi. You're my family now.
I'm sorry about what I did.
-Yeah. How is your hand?
-Nothing a tetanus jab didn't sort.
-Where is she?
-Let's talk in my office.
-You know Lola's pleaded not guilty.
-I just read the report.
-And her friend Abi, she said she'll be her witness didn't she, Lo?
So when can she come home?
-It's not that straightforward.
-No, my solicitor said...
It doesn't matter what your solicitor says. We have procedures to follow.
-She loves that kid.
-I don't doubt it.
What's more of a concern is whether Lola's able to care for Lexi.
I think if my mum found out about this, she'd die.
Like, I mean literally die. And I don't mean quietly.
We're talking, like, spontaneous self-combustion.
So can I stick your name down or not?
Low-achieving Asian youth telling jokes in a backstreet pub.
Yeah, it can't be any worse than last time.
Disappointed, Alice. Very disappointed.
-Just ignore him, all right.
-I should go home.
No, no, listen, we've only just got here.
No, Dad's right. This just doesn't suit me.
Oi! You never let up, do you?
PHONE RINGS, THEN STOPS
You all right?
-Can we have another one of these?
You calmed down now? I'm just trying to look out for my little girl.
-Not that it's any concern of yours.
-You're suffocating her.
-Don't talk rubbish.
-Wrapping her up like she's some porcelain doll.
-Derek, it's just weird.
-You want to remember who you're talking to.
Does she? Why exactly?
Bottle of white to take away, please, Kat.
Threatening little girls, that's about your level, Del.
-You just can't keep that zipped, can you?
It's all right. I'm not scared of him.
What have you got to say, eh?
Carry on like this, and you'll frighten her away.
I don't need you to tell me how to look after my little girl, thank you very much.
I need some help here, guys!
Alice! Alice! Oh, my God. Sit down.
-Oh, my darling, look at your face.
-I'm fine, I just fell and hit my face.
-Someone grabbed her bag.
-I'm going to kill him.
Mate, he was on a bike. I tried to grab him, but the scumbag was too quick for me.
-Let's get you sorted.
-You keep your hands off of her, you.
-I'm just trying to help, Derek.
-You've done enough already.
-What's that supposed to mean?
Come on, sweetheart, let me get you home. Come on.
So this interim care hearing tomorrow...
-Will determine whether Lexi remains in care.
Until we're satisfied you're able to parent her properly.
-Up to eight weeks.
-During which time Lola will have our full support.
That makes everything all right, then, don't it?
She'll be asked to attend new parenting classes.
No, I don't need that. Tell her, Pops. I don't.
There'll be three weekly contact sessions with Lexi.
Lola will be assessed on her ability to care for her.
She hasn't done anything wrong!
Oi. My Pops is talking to you.
We don't need no care hearing. She's learnt from her mistakes.
-I'm afraid it's out of my hands.
-What are you writing about me?
-Lola, leave it.
-No, I want to know what she has to say about me.
"Nappy rash. Suspected hangover." You'll like this one, Pops.
"Bad timekeeping. Late for three consecutive meetings."
I'll tell you what you can do with your poxy folder, shall I?
Now give me back my baby!
I don't think you realise just how serious this is, Lola.
Carry on like this and you'll lose Lexi for good.
MASOOD: So you'll go to the bank first thing?
-I said I would, didn't I?
-Must have a few grand in that account.
I don't remember, Masood.
We can spare 500. Just think of his little face.
This is going to be the one wedding gift he won't forget in a hurry.
This collar's making me itch.
What's going to happen, Pops?
We go in there and we make our case.
-What if it don't go our way?
-That ain't going to happen.
Yeah but Trish said yesterday...
Never mind about yesterday. OK? Lexi's coming home with us.
Scrambled egg on gluten-free bread for Little Lord Fauntleroy.
-Are they free-range?
-I laid them myself.
Don't mind if I do. Rrrr.
Is Denise about?
No she's off visiting Libby, can I help?
This place certainly seems busy.
Yeah, we're coining it...
Because I need my money back.
Through there on the right.
We were all a little surprised to get your call, Mr Branning.
Oh yeah? Why's that?
You requesting to see an officer of the law.
In fact, we all assumed it was a wind up.
Seeing as we normally turn up here uninvited.
Why don't I just take down some details from your daughter?
And then what happens?
We'll issue a description of the suspect
-and then we'll take it from there.
-Is that it?
Realistically that's all that we can really do at this stage.
What about the phone? The phone had a tracking device on it.
Can't you find him through that?
I'm afraid that they're very easily disabled, Mr Branning.
-You should've stayed up in Suffolk, love.
It's not safe for young ladies round in this Square.
-Why, what's happened?
-Alice got mugged last night.
-You all right?
-Yeah, it was just a bruise, that's all.
Don't worry, I'll protect you.
If I could just take down your name and date of birth, please.
-Hold on a second, love. I pay my taxes, don't I?
Well, I have done.
So that entitles me to the best possible service you lot can offer.
-So if it's all the same with you, Sergeant Heathcliff...
Heathcote, I want every available officer on this case.
You can't just waltz in here and start making demands.
I am asking you as a friend.
And as a friend, I'm telling you to sling your hook.
Hey baby! I got some great news...
Not now. Dick Turpin here is trying to get her hands on my cash.
Why don't I just leave you ladies to fight this out?
Do you know there wouldn't even BE a Kimberley's Palace
-if it wasn't for my family.
Have you been hit in the head or something?
Or have you actually forgotten that it was your nutter of a husband
that burnt this place down?
"Blood money" you called it.
All I'm asking for is a loan.
-OK? £500 - that's all.
-What do you need a loan for?
You got a roof over your head? Clothes on your back.
Everything that meant anything to me was in this house.
Photographs, letters, my old silicone implants...
You know what? Just forget I asked.
You're lucky that I'm not suing you for post-traumatic stress.
Dee can't even look at a candle without breaking out into hives.
-Here she comes!
-# Happy pretend birthday to you, happy pretend birthday to you... #
I remember when you used to be up at the crack of dawn on your birthday.
-# Happy pretend birthday... #
-It's not my birthday.
Yeah, we know that but just humour us will you, please?
Happy pretend birthday.
It's a year long pass to the zoo.
So go any time you like.
She doesn't like it. She don't like it.
I said she'd prefer cash, obviously.
She's worried about her mate, isn't she?
You all right, Abs?
-I love it.
-Happy pretend birthday.
-Remember, Abi's got some
of her new sixth form friends coming later, haven't you?
Did we put carrot sticks on the list?
-There could be.
You never said you had a new boyfriend?
-Probably some science geek, I reckon.
The hearing should have finished by now.
That baby needs to be back where she belongs.
You heard what they said. It's only temporary, isn't it?
There'll be another hearing in eight weeks.
We just have to give them a bit of time, Lo.
Then they can see how good you are with Lexi.
They've had three months - stop being so flaming positive!
She ain't coming home. You know that as well as I do.
-But if we play ball with them...
-It doesn't matter. They're in charge.
It'll be paperwork, phone calls, poxy conference meetings.
-We won't get a look in.
-You can't give up now.
I'm not giving up but that's life, isn't it, eh?
Your life, Dad's life, my life...
and now my Lexi's.
-I bet you're pleased anyway, aren't you?
-How can you say that?
Because you never wanted me to have her in the first place.
-Hey, I love Lexi.
-So why didn't you fight harder?
And do you know that her cousin was attacked only last week, don't you?
-Yes, I do.
So I take it you're going to pull a few people in?
Have an identity parade.
Absolutely, Mr Branning. I'll get right on it.
You know my brother was one of your lot.
Broke my father's heart.
So I suggest that you go back down the station
and you tell your Superintendent
that this is Jack Branning's niece we're talking about.
I'll phone you this afternoon to see how you're getting on. Good boy.
Oi, you! You pleased with yourself, are you?
Dressing my daughter up like some cheap tart.
Lucky it's her handbag that they grabbed and not her.
Oi, leave it out, Del.
You defending her? She practically pimped my daughter out.
-Oh, do you know what? I've had just about enough of this.
-I've warned you, Del, lay off her.
-Is that a threat, Maxwell?
Can't you just get on with her for my sake?
-I'd hate for me and you to fall out.
-All I want is an easy life.
-Is that too much to ask for?
-That's all any of us wants.
-So bury the hatchet will you, please?
-I'd love to.
Look, look, you're my baby brother, Max.
I'd do anything for you.
Just as soon as she apologises.
Your father wants to send you to the Canary Islands.
What're you talking about?
Your honeymoon - he wants to surprise you with some tickets.
-He doesn't have to do that.
-I know that.
But you try talking to your father
when he's got his mind made up about something.
He thinks I'm at the bank right now, Syed.
OK, so I'll talk to him.
He can't know that I gave you that money.
-It would break his heart.
-What do we do?
-£500 - that's all I need...
-Ma, look it's all tied up.
I know, but please, you must have access to it, surely?
-Please, I promised your father no more secrets.
This needs signing for.
It looks very important.
Yeah, it's just a new business credit card.
Well don't go mad, we've only just got on our feet.
You haven't seen your mother, have you?
Not since yesterday.
This time next week, YOU will be married.
-So what do I say to him, huh?
-I'll sort it.
-Just leave it with me, all right?
SIREN BLARES TRAIN RUMBLES
I need your help.
Yes, that's good.
-Come on, Denny, that's enough now, baby.
-Come on, he's enjoying himself, aren't you, mate?
I just don't want him thinking fighting's the answer, that's all.
The boy has got to learn to defend himself, hasn't he?
-He's six, Jack.
-Yeah, didn't do me any harm.
I mean look at you. Your stance is all wrong, isn't it?
You should be standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
What do you reckon Dennis? Sounds like fighting talk to me.
Here he is - the man of the hour.
What you talking about? Derek's had you practically knighted.
Oh, yeah? Perhaps he'd like to volunteer for Fighting Fit.
So you got the official nod?
RAY CLEARS THROAT
So what happens now?
Once we get the money in the bank then we open the doors
-to the local kids...
Then we get them to ditch the gangs and then they start boxing with us.
Just make sure you keep them in line.
Cos the last thing I need is a bunch of hoodies giving me grief.
Don't listen to him, Ray, I think it's a great idea.
Thank you, Shaz. Listen, have either of you lot seen Kim at all?
No, not since this morning.
That woman, man!
-You know what, just tell her I'll be at the gym, yeah?
Come on then, where were we?
I just knocked you out.
-Really? I think I would've remembered that.
-My Dad was a boxer.
-Was he now?
-Before he left to join the army.
He had a helicopter and a medal.
-Is that right?
-Except he died saving his...
Comrades. Right, come on, baby. Let's get you in the bath.
We've got a party to get to, remember?
His old man sounds too good to be true.
Please, Phil, I wouldn't ask if we weren't desperate.
I don't see what I can do.
Get one of your flash lawyers, anything that can help our case.
It's your problem, you deal with it.
Do you know what our life's going to be like over the next few months?
And for what, eh? Because once that lot make up their minds about us,
me and Lola, we ain't going to get a look in.
-Close the door on your way out, will you?
-She needs your help, Phil.
Everyone that girl's ever loved has been taken away from her.
Billy, don't you think I've got enough on my own plate?
You think I've got time to sort out your mess as well?
Good old Mitchells, eh?
Always there for each other when the chips are down.
Don't blame me that you can't keep your own family in check.
I can come back later if you like.
Do what you want.
It's just Mum's throwing me this party later...
I just thought you might want to get out for a bit, that's all.
Haven't seen her since Friday.
But you are going to get her back, aren't you?
-Not if they get their way.
-There must be something you can do.
Pops reckons we've just gotta do as Social Services tell us.
Maybe he's right.
No! No, Abi, I'm sick of it.
I was supposed to take her to Stratford, you know, shopping.
I had tickets for the London Eye.
All the things I never got to do as a kid.
And her poxy foster parents aren't going to know
what Dizzee Rascal song gets her to sleep.
-She needs me,
she needs her mum.
It's OK, Lola. It's all right.
Come on, you.
What you looking for?
What happened to that money I left out this morning?
Yas needed a cardigan - not to mention a winter coat.
What do you expect me to do? Let her freeze to death?
Of course not. It's just Mum's a bit short, that's all.
What, you bailing them out again?
Is that the time? I've got to get back to the restaurant.
We've got stuff to do. We need to talk about DJs, caterers...
-Tonight, I promise.
-There's not going to be a wedding at this rate.
-I said I would, didn't I?
-What is up with you?
This is supposed to be the happiest day of our lives.
-It will be.
-So what's with the face?
The face that looks like you don't want to be here.
Yeah, it's me again.
I need a favour.
Why does she take so long?
First rule with women, Dennis - be patient.
Well? How do I look?
NOW can we go?
Look, I'll catch you up, OK?
Yeah, well Abi's expecting us.
-Yeah, I'll be five minutes, Jack.
Phil! Phil, hang on.
I've heard about Lola.
What about it?
Well, will you tell her I'm thinking of her?
Is it true what they're saying about Ben?
-Well, have you told him yet?
-He's got enough to deal with, hasn't he?
It's his daughter, Phil.
He ain't a lot of use to her in there, is he?
It's a good job they've got you on the outside then, isn't it?
-Lola ain't my problem.
-Well, Lexi is.
And it's your job to protect them, no matter what.
-Sharon, I don't need the hassle.
-I don't believe you.
You fight for them, Phil.
Because right now they're the only family you've got.
I can't believe they just took her.
Do you reckon there was more to it?
I don't know.
Maybe she, like, left her on a bus or something?
No, seriously, you don't just take a kid for lamping someone, do you?
You girls got something you want to say?
So you still coming to Abi's party then, yeah?
Um, no, I'm going to stay in with Tyler tonight.
Come on, Whitney, you can do that any night.
Please, do not leave me with my family, come on.
-We're a bit old for a 16th anyway.
-Joey, tell her.
-Tell her what?
-That it's not a party without her.
-She's got a point.
-Is Lucy coming?
She's working. So you've got me all to yourself.
All right, Trace? Just a lemonade, please.
You know sometimes I think this family's jinxed.
Four generations in care.
How's that for luck?
-It ain't going to happen again, Bill.
She blames me, you know?
Of course she don't.
Jay, I'm supposed to be looking out for her.
And what do I do, eh?
I let that lot waltz in and take her baby.
There was nothing you could do.
When I think of what that girl's gone through.
Living in care, losing her old man...
She don't deserve none of this.
Listen, this ain't your fault.
Try telling that to Lola.
I don't...I don't know why I'm surprised.
I'm a disappointment to everyone, ain't I?
Just a big, fat waste of space.
You sorted me out, didn't you?
Didn't do a very good job, did I?
Moved in with Phil as soon as you could.
Yeah, look where that's got me.
What's happening with Lexi then?
Jay, you know what those places are like.
Once they get their claws in, they ain't letting go.
What if we lose her for good?
-Not going to happen.
-How do you know?
Because she's got you, hasn't she? Fighting for her.
-I don't think I've got any fight left in me.
-Yes, you have.
You're Billy Mitchell.
Sorry about that, man.
So come on then.
What are we celebrating?
Don't tell me. Sasha is going to boarding school.
That was a joke.
You're going to take me to an all-inclusive in Cancun?
I've been given the official go-ahead for my project.
Of course. Thanks to yours truly. Ooh!
Well done, babe!
How about you lend me £500 to get Eva Braun off my back?
I didn't think so.
So come on, let's open up the bubbly.
I've got five Polish coming in at three.
Is that it?
-Look, I've done my bit, Rocky, it's down to you.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
But a little bit of support wouldn't go amiss.
-I DO support you.
-When it suits you.
What are you talking about?
All right, how about I put on some boxing gloves?
Then we can work up a sweat.
-He's not here yet, you know?
Abi's new boyfriend.
-I reckon it's some geek from school.
-Yeah, well I don't care who it is.
Anything's an improvement on the last one.
-Want a drink, Whit?
Right, come on then, give me the low-down.
-Who's the first to kick off?
Usually followed by Uncle Jack.
Oh and just for the record...
If you're planning on sitting down for Christmas Day,
I'd avoid putting on a DVD.
Babe, it's all right, I'll go.
You all right, Del? You all right, Alice?
-How are you feeling, babe?
-It's just a bruise, I'm fine.
Well, she's lucky she never wound up in the mortuary.
Go on, go through.
Oh, Del, I've got something for you.
It's from Tanya.
Oh, very nice.
You know what women are like. Can never admit they're wrong.
-Think it's her way of making it up to you.
-You know me, Max.
Never one to bear a grudge.
So let's just enjoy the day, shall we?
Yeah, I'll be on my best behaviour.
What's he doing here?
Well, seeing as you've had the good grace to apologise,
we shall say no more about it, Tanya.
Apologise about what? What's he on about?
-Where's the birthday girl?
-She's just coming.
Oh, look at you.
You look an absolute knockout, Abs.
Chip off the old block.
-I bet you broke a few hearts in your day, eh, Cora?
-I had my moments.
Here Jack, Jack...
I phoned your lot three times today
and they still haven't got back to me.
-Do you think I should go down there?
-I wouldn't bother.
What's that supposed to mean?
It's just the police are so overloaded these days.
-Excuse me, who's talking to you?
-Derek, she's right.
-Muggings are ten a penny in this city.
-What am I supposed to do then?
Just sit back whilst my daughter's been violated?
Hopefully in a few weeks' time Alice will have forgotten all about it.
-She's really starting to get on my nerves.
-I beg your pardon?
-I'm trying to talk here. Do you mind?
-It's all right, Jack.
-I can handle myself.
-Oh, can you?
-Well, this is family business.
Would you mind keeping that shut, please?
Oi, Derek! Do you want to just play nicely?
Remind me, Sharon, where do you stand on the '80s?
Bad perms and tragic jumpers mainly.
Forget it, Tan.
-You're not going to turn her into Jane.
-Come to think of it.
You don't have any more Bananarama have you?
Have I got any more Bananarama(?) Do you hear that, Max?
She only wants to know if I've got more Bananarama.
-I'll get it.
-Is that him, Abs?
-It could be.
MUSIC: "Love In The Third Degree" by Bananarama
For anyone who doesn't know, this is my boyfriend...
Well, that's a first.
Asking for a return before I've even made the investment.
I can't thank you enough.
I don't make a habit of lending money to strangers, you know.
It's just as well I like you.
-So that's twice in one week.
Does that mean we're officially dating?
Listen, you have to go.
-I come all this way and I don't get a drink?
-Next time, yeah?
-Well, when will I see you?
Listen, we're business partners now.
You're stuck with me.
I'll call you, yeah?
Who was that?
Oh, he works for the caterer. Told you I'd get things sorted, didn't I?
Did you see my mum's face?
My heart's still racing, you know.
Do you think we should go back in?
There's no rush, is there?
Nice one, Abs.
I'm so sorry if, you know,
the makeover did have anything to do with what happened.
Oh, don't be silly, it was my bag he was after.
-You were lucky Ray was there, weren't you?
-He was amazing.
Yeah? Your knight in shining armour?
Yeah, I never really got to say thank you properly.
You should, go and find him.
Yeah, if you want.
Don't worry about your dad.
Tell you what, why don't you give him this?
I think he'd appreciate it.
-It's all right.
Quite easy on the eye, isn't he?
-I hadn't noticed.
MUSIC: "Scream" by Usher
# Get on your back # If you want to scream, yeah... #
-If it wasn't your birthday, he'd be out on his ear.
# I'll take you there
# Get you going like a... #
Let me help you.
No, I can manage, thanks.
Tyler, you mean.
Oh, yeah. Same difference I suppose.
Either way he's punching above his weight, isn't he?
-Is that right?
Trust me, babes, it's only a matter of time
before something better comes along.
-Like you, you mean?
-You said it, not me.
You're so full of yourself.
Why did you...?
-Why did you do that?
-Because I could.
Look at him standing there disrespecting you.
He's all right, Del. A good kid at heart.
-He's an accessory to murder!
-Have you got something to say to us?
No, Derek's just wondering how Lola's getting on, that's all.
Well, she's lost her baby. How do you think she's getting on?
Yeah, nasty business.
Least that little girl's got someone who can look after her properly now.
My daughter was right.
You don't know when to shut your mouth, do you?
Tell you what, how about a toast, eh? To the birthday girl.
Hold on a minute, hold on a minute, where's Alice?
I came to say thank you...
for helping me yesterday.
Was there something else?
It got me thinking.
Maybe you could teach me some self-defence?
Stop my dad and brother worrying so much.
What, you really think I've got time to start training you
on top of everything else?
12 o'clock sharp tomorrow, all right?
Did you get the money?
-I told you I would, didn't I?
-Yes, yes, yes.
Not a word to your father.
-Well, how did you get on at the bank?
-See for yourself.
We can give it to him next week.
Let Syed choose where he wants to go. You know what?
I have got a good feeling about this wedding.
-Let's not tempt fate.
-No, I mean it.
Syed's doing wonders at the Argee Bhajee and as for Tam...
Well, he'll find his own calling.
And what about us?
I feel like I've got my wife back.
-I haven't been anywhere.
-You know what I mean.
There's been a great, big cloud hanging over this family.
But not any more.
-No, this is our time.
# You would still have me
# We'll work together, you'll see... #
-So, enjoying your birthday?
-Why has it always got to be about them?
I know and they think we've got problems(!)
-Any sign of Alice?
-What's it got to do with you?
-Oi! Don't talk to her like that.
-Everybody just calm down.
If anything's happened to that little girl...
Don't you think you're overreacting a bit?
At last, someone's speaking some sense.
She's probably gone to see a couple of mates.
-I thought I told you to button it.
-Derek, I said that's enough.
Jack, it's all right. I've taken on bigger bullies than him in me time.
-You want to watch this one, Jack.
She ain't had a lot of luck with fellas.
Stick around long enough and you might end up
with a knife in your back like poor little Dennis' old man.
I thought it was common knowledge that his old man got murdered.
-See what you done?
-Just stay away from us.
Just when I think you couldn't stoop any lower,
you go and pull a stunt like that.
Well I didn't know the little fella was standing there, did I?
-Get him out of my house.
-It's all right, he didn't mean any harm.
I'm sick of this. Why will you never stand up for me?
Fine! I'll do it myself, shall I?
YOU stay away from me and my family. Do I make myself clear?
Go on, you heard her.
Big mistake, Tanya.
MUSIC: "Please, Please Let Me" by The Smiths
-You look comfy.
-I am as it happens.
Don't you want to know what I've been up to today?
-Not really, no.
-Been on the blower to Trish.
Lexi is coming for a visit tomorrow.
-It's only three hours. But it's a start, isn't it?
BANGING ON FRONTDOOR
All right, all right, I'm coming!
-Now's not a good time, Phil.
-Is Lola there?
What do you want?
I'll help you get Lexi back.
But we do it on my terms.
What's it to be?
We don't need your help, Phil.
This is my family.
We do it my way.
Sharon. It's me...again.
Hiya. Right, what you having?
I ain't hungry.
-Oh, come on, Lo, my shout.
-I know what you're trying to do.
You're trying to prove that everything's different,
but it's going to take more than a bacon roll.
Abi. She must have a guilty conscience.
-Look, what difference does it make if Jay and Abi are together?
They're still your mates. Only thing that matters now is Lexi.
-And you don't think I know that?
-Look, I know you're a great mum...
Yeah, but just saying it don't make it true.
You ARE a great mum, but I can't prove it unless you help me.
They're never going to see me as anything more than a care home kid
that can't look after her baby or stop getting into trouble.
We've got this visit this afternoon, yeah? Supervised. Three hours long.
Well, over that three hours, me and you are going to prove to anyone
and everyone that Lexi belongs with you.
We ain't got no choice, Lo. We got to play them at their own game.
-Yeah, well, that sounds impossible.
We can do this if we just stick to the rules.
So come on, eh... Stick to the rules.
Stick to the rules.
Marie, bacon roll, lots of ketchup.
Do you know, Sharon's still not answering?
Morning. You all right?
She's not talking to you.
Yeah, and I'm not surprised. Derek threatened her, Dad.
What's going to happen, Mum?
Nothing. It'll blow over.
This is Derek we're talking about.
He's not just going to let you embarrass him in front of everyone, is he?
-Don't go to work.
-What's wrong with you two? This ain't the Sopranos!
Well, I'm glad I got to say my piece.
Someone's got to stick up for this family, haven't they?
-I'm off. See you.
-Uh! Before you go, you come here, you.
Don't you ever go off without telling me
where you're going again, young lady, do you hear me?
I want to be kept in the loop, as to your movements at all time,
especially in the evening.
Sorry, I was knackered. I had an early night.
Well, I wasn't to know that, was I?
I mean, you can't just go walkabout in the middle of a party, can you?
I just went to thank Ray.
Well, why didn't you say that?
I mean, you caused a lot of bother, Alice.
It was just a spur of the moment...Tanya's idea.
Oh, I see.
Look, Dad, I know you want to make up for 18 years' worth of worry,
but you've got to relax.
Nothing's going to happen to me.
I've even got a self-defence class later.
Who with? Why didn't you come and speak to me about that?
I mean, I could have shown you how to look after your...
What did he mean? Why did he say that about Dad?
-Not now, Denny.
-But I want to know!
If you'd come downstairs when I called you,
I'd have had time to explain, wouldn't I?
Was Dad stabbed?
For the last time, Denny, forget about that man. He's a liar. OK?
-Listen, can I see you later? I'm worried about you.
I said, I'm late.
But what did that man mean?
Was it a knife that Dad was stabbed with?
Tell your boss to drop his prices or we'll go somewhere else.
I liked you in that suit.
I suppose I could get used to seeing you in this.
Suppose you're way too busy to help me out?
Wouldn't want to get sweaty before a meeting.
-You don't like dirty work, then?
-Depends who it's with.
You seem to have a lot business round here, lately.
Well, when my investment comes through, I'll be able to
afford to pay someone else to do all this.
Shame. Won't be as nice a view.
You know when Lexi comes round, I thought I could put all her
toys on the sofa, so it's like Christmas or something.
-What do you reckon?
-I reckon that's a good idea.
This your action plan is it, Billy? Big breakfasts?
Listen, Phil, we ain't going to be bullied here.
-When he lets you down, yeah...
-You'll have a long wait.
Oi, don't listen to him. He's just jealous, ain't he?
He knows all I need is my Pops, right?
-You all right, Bill?
-You all right, Max?
Max, take a pew.
I was beginning to think I was disowned.
It's all right. I'm not a man who bears a grudge.
I'll admit I was a bit out of sorts after some of the things
that your missus said to me last night.
Being turfed out of a family event like that.
Still, at least I know I've got you in my corner, eh?
Del, how am I supposed to defend you, eh?
After what you done last night? You know, you upset everyone.
-You threatened Tanya...
-By calling a spade a spade?
I'm backing her on this one, so...
You know, when you first brought Tanya round for Sunday lunch,
she didn't eat the fat on her lamb.
Do you know what Mother said to me afterwards?
After you took her home?
She said, "High maintenance."
She said to me, "Derek, watch her.
"Any girl that far up herself will cause wars in a family like this."
Well, thanks for that, Derek.
So the gloves are off now, ain't they?
Your mouthy missus has made it perfectly clear
what she thinks of me.
Maybe it's time that she learnt a few home truths about her old man.
All right, sweetheart?
Put me through to Jimmie, will you? Phil Mitchell.
Never mind what I want, just put me through to Jimmie - now!
# You know you like it but it drives you insane
# You know you like it but it drives you insane
# You know you want it but you're scared of the shame
# What you want what you going to do
# You know you like it but it drives you... #
That's your contract. Signed, sealed...
You property hunting?
Yeah, I was looking at some penthouses not far from here.
There's always opportunities. You've just got to know where to look.
I might have to pick your brains sometime. Nothing like a bit of local knowledge.
-Sure. If you're interested.
-I'm very interested.
I'll leave you to it.
Christian. Whoa. Whoa. Calm down.
DOOR BUZZER AGAIN
DOOR BUZZER AGAIN
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DOOR BUZZER AGAIN
DOOR BUZZER AGAIN
Oh what, you proud of yourself, are you?
I slept like a log, thank you very much.
Oh, I stopped you getting your leg over. You're upset. I get it.
No. You don't get it, cos you never do.
It's called looking out for family, Jack. A rare thing these days.
-But don't worry, I've got your back.
-You know what?
The truth is you can't stand seeing anyone else happy, can you?
How could you have forgotten to send out the invitations?!
It wasn't intentional.
Babe, they were supposed to have been sent out weeks ago.
I fail to see how having a go at me is going to speed things up.
You trying to tell me something? Is that it?
Don't be stupid.
Look, I hold my hands up - I've been distracted with the business.
I have, and I'm sorry.
I have an appointment for you both. Five o'clock. It is a surprise.
Zainab, I'm really not in the mood.
I've just found out that Sy...
that somehow the invitations haven't been sent out.
I didn't do it on purpose.
OK, never mind. Come to mine, I'll help you get them out. Come on.
That buzzer's been driving me mad.
I wasn't sure if you were going to let me in.
-Yeah, well, if I'd known...
-I've been so worried about you.
With you not answering any of my calls...
Yeah, I dropped my phone in the bath.
Look, I'm going to take Oscar swimming after school.
Do you want me to take Dennis as well?
-I've got to get on, Tanya, OK?
We are still mates, ain't we?
-You've got to believe me, I never told Derek...
-Oh, save it.
Look, I don't how he found out. The man's poison.
I swear, I never told him - I never told anyone.
I never spread stuff. Not stuff like that, I wouldn't...
I've always prided myself on being a trustworthy friend.
Me and my mate Jane, we used to put the world to rights,
the stuff she's told me I swear I'll take it to the grave.
Jane's stuff weren't half as bad as the things you...
I'm making things worse, aren't I?
Look, you do believe me, don't you, Sharon?
I don't know who to believe, Tanya.
All I know is I've got a little boy
who doesn't know if he's coming or going...
Well, then let me take him swimming.
Please, let me do something nice for the two of you.
-You know, after the shock he's had. I can take his mind...
His costume's at the school, OK?
Great. Well, maybe I'll give him his dinner an' all.
And then we can put them in front of a DVD,
-maybe open a bottle of wine...
-No, you're all right.
I'll pick him up and give him his tea.
Sure. Whatever suits you.
Hello. Lexi, it's Mum.
We are just going round and round in circles.
OK, what about my earlier suggestion?
We cannot write on the invitation.
'Partners permitted, only if happily married!'
-Because it's ridiculous!
I agree with Christian.
All right fine, only on AJ's then.
This isn't exactly getting me in the marital mood, you know.
Why don't we go down to the Argee Bhajee
and get some inspiration from the venue?
Sy, are we boring you?
Course not. Sorry.
Not until we have discussed the dress code.
We have already decided we do not need a dress code.
Well, I suggest smart-casual. In order to discourage the...
We've got gay friends. What do you expect them to do,
sit there and act like it's a funeral?
Do you know what? I'm just going to leave all of this to you lot.
Because this - it has got absolutely nothing to do with me.
-Oh, come on.
-No. Christian, this is all about you.
No, it isn't. How am I ever going to be a part of this family?
Syed. Go after him.
Give him some space.
Can't you just have a word with him? He's your brother an' all.
Oh, sorry mate. Listen, I can't be held responsible if I bump into him
again today, all right?
If it's any consolation, Sharon ain't talking to me either.
It'll be all right. She'll come round.
-She ain't answering my calls.
-Well, go and talk to her.
-I've tried. She don't want to know.
-So that's it? Just go round there.
You know where she'll be, she'll be in her office...
It ain't that easy, Max, is it?
So you're just going to give up. When have you ever done that?
-I'll see you later.
-See you later.
Tan, it's me. Look, I know you don't want to talk to me but just...
but just be careful, will you?
Just make sure you ain't in the salon on your own, all right?
Tan, whatever you do, just stay away from Derek, will you?
Max? Why should Tanya stay away from my dad?
You all right?
Just needed to see a friendly face.
Thanks to Derek Branning, everyone knows about the stabbing.
Surprised it didn't come out sooner.
Oh, thanks, Phil, I knew you'd understand.
I think it's better Dennis knowing the truth.
I can't believe I came round here for a bit of tea and sympathy.
Well, I'm sorry. But I ain't got time for either, you know.
Well, you know, you're the one who didn't want me
to spend time with you and your son.
Now, suddenly, I'm a shoulder to cry on. Well, I can't, I ain't got time.
I'm going to see my brief, Jimmie.
He's going to give me some advice about Lexi.
Well, you were the one that said, "Fight for her", so I'm fighting for her.
Here they are. Right, I'm going to have to chuck you out.
You're going to have to find somewhere else to be spaced out.
He said that, in front of Sharon's son?
Babe, the last thing I want to do is upset you.
He said that in front of Dennis and he hasn't apologised?
No, he thinks we owe him an apology for chucking him out.
-Everything all right?
-No, it's not. But it will be.
PILLS RATTLE IN BOTTLE
You looking for these?
This thing I've booked at five o'clock...
-It is your wedding present from me.
Will you come and see what it is?
I lost the key.
-You ain't been taking my calls.
-I don't owe you anything.
I knew there was a reason why you were knocking me back.
Has it ever occurred to you that I'm just not interested, Jack?
No, it ain't.
We can go to mine.
Kettle's boiled. Trish?
White please. No sugar.
Cup of tea, Lo?
Here you are.
After Dennis died, I didn't know what to do with myself.
I didn't know how to survive that sort of pain.
I've never known anything like it...so I went to America.
I thought a new country would change things.
But, in the end, I went to see a doctor...
He wrote a prescription. Pills - he said they'd help.
And did they?
Yeah, they numbed the pain for a while.
But then it'd come back worse.
-And that's it. No more to tell.
No. No, I got off 'em.
Well, it was hard, it was really hard, but I did it.
So, why did you keep these?
Seriously, Jack, I don't need them. Wash 'em away, if you want.
Me? Not for me to do, is it?
Well, all gone.
Show me your hand then.
Blousy women - you can't even talk to them!
Dad, you gotta stop taking chunks out of people because you don't like what's happened.
What you said to Sharon was disgusting,
-and in front of a little boy.
-Well, that was unfortunate.
And as for threatening Tanya and blaming her for what happened...
It was her who got you dressed up like a dog's dinner, wasn't it!
Excuse me?! How dare you! I wasn't attacked for the way I looked!
It was because of what I'd just put in my bag -
that expensive phone you got me!
Now, if there's anything decent about you at all,
anything, then you know what you have to do. You'll apologise -
-I'm not judging you.
-Yeah, course you're not.
Look, you're not the only person to get addicted to something...
I'm not addicted! Jack, I'm not.
-I haven't taken one in years.
-Yeah? Why you keeping them then?
I don't know what I've done to deserve all this attention.
Sharon, why are you keeping 'em? Just tell me!
Because every morning I wake up wondering
if I've got the strength to get through the day, all right?
Look, I go to meetings...
Sometimes they help but... You saw the office today. I nearly...
Yeah, but you didn't, did you?
Sharon, I know you think you're weak but you're not, all right.
You're amazingly strong, and you're a good mother.
All them things you make up for Dennis,
you make up to protect him, yeah.
I always saw that.
-Yeah, course I knew.
Did you tell Derek?
No, but secrets like that don't stay secret.
I owe Tanya an apology.
Look, all parents make mistakes, Sharon.
Does a good mother lie, tell her son that his father was a war hero?
-Does she? Some helicopter pilot?
-Yeah, well, look at me, all right.
D'you think I'm proud of the way things turned out with my kids?
-Jack, you don't understand...
-Yeah, I do understand, all right.
Cos I know what it's like to lose someone.
You know, someone perfect - see your life all stretched
out in front of you - and then you just watch it get snatched away. I know that pain...
All right. And I know how hard it is to move on.
I've been there.
I mean, you might see me down the Vic with some dolly bird,
but do you think that's really what I want?
What do you want?
-Just open the top button.
-Open it. Open the top button.
-OK. He's set up.
-Masood. You stand on my right. That is your best side.
-Hang on. That means I've got a bad side?
-Hey. Woo, jazzy!
How do I look?
Christian, I really hope that this makes you feel part of our family.
It's a lovely gesture, Zainab, and I'm truly touched.
Well, it's the least I can do for making my son so happy.
You know what I've realised? We don't need to have a big wedding.
It's just a lot of pressure.
Most of the people I care about are right here in this room.
Well, people have small weddings.
Yeah, they do.
Well, small and intimate works for me.
Well, we're agreed then, yes? Small and intimate it is.
Right, come on, let's get out there! Come on, move, move, move.
You look nice.
-Where are Oscar and Dennis?
-Oh, they're building a den upstairs.
-Babe, it's all right. I'll go. Get 'em to clear it up.
She's not going to talk to you.
What do you want, Del?
Can he just say his piece, please?
I'm sorry for hurting Sharon.
I'm sorry for spoiling Abi's birthday party.
And I'm sorry for upsetting you, Tanya.
Right. Is that a sincere apology?
Cos I only accept sincere apologies.
You owe one to Sharon an' all.
I'm over-protective. I know I am.
And I ain't had much experience of being a dad...
and I've made a lot of mistakes.
But mainly what I've learned is that sometimes your love for them...
Well, it can blind you to everything else.
I'll make us some tea, shall I?
You want one?
Yeah. That'll be lovely, cheers.
Listen, they want more money.
Del, can you just leave me to sort it out?
No, no, no. You've got enough on your plate.
Let me handle it, eh?
"Here's a little baby. One, two, three.
"Stands in his cot and what does he see?
"Peepo! He sees his father,
"standing on a big brass bed
-"and then he sees..."
-"A big..." No tea, ta, Pops. "A big..."
No, no, no. Darling...time's up.
-What? No, it can't be.
Trish gave you the heads up about 15 minutes ago.
No, that wasn't 15 minutes ago, more like five! Tell her, Pops.
Look darling, I know... I know this is difficult,
but we have to do this now...for Lexi.
I promise you, all right,
I promise you, I swear to you,
it's going to get easier, OK?
Thank you, Lola. There will be another visit soon.
You got her?
I promise to get you home soon, yeah?
-Thanks for bringing her round.
-It's all right.
No, I'd better not.
You all right?
I'd...better be getting back for Denny.
-See you later.
Who'd have thought it, eh? Me, part of the family.
I'm sorry about before.
Glad it's all sorted.
We're all right, aren't we?
-Guys, mum wants you to have a look at the test shots.
How are you fixed for tomorrow?
Lola, darling, I've made you a fresh cup of tea.
KNOCKS ON DOOR
It's so easy to make a mistake. Forget things.
Just going to have to try and stay on top of everything.
Which is why I am now at your disposal until the wedding.
You mean it?
And I've booked us a honeymoon.
Just a weekend in Paris.
You, me, moonlight over the Seine, the whiff of Gauloises in the air.
The whiff of Gauloises in the air?
I thought you wanted to keep it small.
Doesn't mean it can't be classy.
And the first thing I'm going to do to help
is remind Jean about the flowers.
Run that one by me again.
What, just like that?
Just like that.
What did you do wrong?
-You really must've done something.
Usually it's the fingers in the till,
-or getting caught in the wrong bed.
-How is this any of your business?
Well, if it's the bed, I want to know details.
What about I've just had enough of living in this dump?
You'll get over it.
Well, how about this dump's had enough of you living in it?
Come on, Tam, man. You've done it before.
Yeah, a long time ago. What if no-one laughs?
Look, I'll be there, bruv. You are going to smash it.
Syed said write about the family.
So what if that's not enough?
What if I get up there, I do all this stuff...
I just want to be good at... something.
And you will be. I mean...
As long as you stop with this origami.
It's making you look a little bit OCD, brother.
Just doing to the napkin what I'll be doing to my dignity later on.
This is what I'm talking about, man. You see?
Maybe I'll just get up there and just tell some jokes.
No, don't tell jokes. Anyone can tell jokes.
Have you heard my mum?
All right, almost anyone can tell jokes.
You know what separates the men from the boys?
You are on fire. No, not the law, man...the truth.
Yes, man, the truth. Keep it real, brother.
And if it ain't real the audience will smell it.
They're going to smell something, all right.
You see, this is what I'm talking about. You can't help yourself, man.
You're leaving today?
When Denny gets back from school.
Hang on, I don't get it. What about last night?
I can't stay, Jack. Not after what Derek said...
I mean, I can tell Denny that Derek's a bad man,
that he's a liar but...if we stay, he's just going to find out.
Right, so you're just going to run away again.
Cos you can dress it up all you like, that's what it is.
I'm just looking after my son, that's all.
Yeah, and who's looking after you, eh?
Maybe you think you don't need it?
Don't do this, Jack.
You don't know me well enough to judge me.
Oh, I do.
You need somewhere to be home. So does Dennis.
And it's there for you, if you want it.
You've just got to stop the lies.
Expert, are you?
Look, I know you think you're protecting Dennis but you're not.
You've got to tell him the truth.
What if he can't take it, Jack?
Yeah, well, at least he'll know, all right.
You can't protect someone with a lie. Cos they're going to find out.
And when they do, you know what, he ain't going to blame you.
He's going to blame himself for trusting you.
You always get found out.
So you going to take that chance?
Hey, hey. I hope you're ready.
-Your stag night. I've got something very special planned.
Look, Uncle AJ, you really shouldn't.
Trust me, you are going to love it.
Hey, be prepared to be disappointed.
Yeah? I'm used to it.
Because I am giving Syed a night to remember.
That'll be a first, won't it?
-What's he planning?
I keep trying to tell him that I don't...
OK, you're all talk. He's all talk.
A night to remember.
OK, I've got plenty lined up for Christian.
So don't you worry about me.
-La la la la la la la...
Look, this is getting out of hand.
It's a stag night.
Yeah, well, I gotta go.
-I got loads to do, so...
-Oi, oi, oi. I'm impressed.
Well, I had you pegged as like a runaway bride.
But actually you're really getting into it. Who knew?
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name's Tamwar...
Hi. How you doing?
How you doing?
Some people might know... No.
Hi, my name's Tamwar. My friends call me...very rarely.
Hi, the name's Tam. The name's Tam?
Tamwar? What're you doing?
-You'll see tonight.
I won't. I'm not coming.
Neither is your father.
What? Mum, it's one night.
In case you hadn't noticed we have a wedding to prepare for, all right?
Can't have anything ruining Syed's wedding, can we?
Lola, if you want to hide away, I can understand that.
But this ain't going to solve nothing.
While we're waiting for Kim, do you want a doughnut or an apple Danish?
Good choice. This one's more Danish than apple.
You know I love you very much.
And I know you like it here, but...it's time to move on.
Is it what that man said about Daddy?
You know I'd do anything not to hurt you, don't you?
It's just that sometimes...mummies...
and daddies...they do things they probably shouldn't.
Like when you shout at me?
I wanted you to think that he was a hero.
I only wanted what was best for you. It's just...
Derek was right.
Your daddy wasn't a helicopter pilot,
and he didn't die rescuing anyone.
He didn't die?
No, he did. Some bad men hurt him.
Do you always lie to me?
I don't want this.
Denny, what's important is that I loved your daddy so much,
and he loved me.
And we were very happy.
But I think knowing that you were on the way made him happiest of all.
I don't believe you.
Oh, you come to collect your bags then?
-Yeah, about that...
I don't know what Billy wants us to do.
Maybe Lola just needs someone to talk to.
I'm not really good at talking.
Well, I think you're brilliant at it.
You think we should dial it down a bit?
What, you and me, you mean?
Well, maybe not too full-on in front of Lola.
Be a bit like rubbing her nose in it.
How caring are you?
Common sense, that's all.
That's why you're doing the talking then.
But I thought you said you couldn't wait to get out of here.
What was the word you used?
-Ah, "dump". That was it.
You want an apology?
You could try and see where it gets you, yeah.
For calling my place a dump?
And for generally being a princess?
You're enjoying this, ain't you?
Well, yeah. I'm sorry.
Now can we move back in?
What? Oh, I've let your room to someone else.
But you can get your bags.
Cos they're in the way, yeah.
See you later.
-So they've arrived, then.
-Yeah, and they're a total mess.
They sent the wrong suits.
We're going to look like a couple of lounge singers.
Well, there's nothing you can do about it now.
I'll see you at the house later for a fitting.
I really don't see the point.
It would have to be the suits, wouldn't it?
I mean, the ones I chose, they were so...
we were going to look the business.
-I don't mind.
-Yeah, well, I do.
It's a wedding, not a two-week stint down the Copacabana.
I don't mind, because it doesn't matter.
It's not about the suits, or the flower arrangements...
It's about you and me... together.
First day of the rest of our lives.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Billy called us. He was worried about you.
Look, I know things are bad but...it'll be all right.
I mean, it's not like you can't see her, it's just that they...
And, anyway, once they see how much you love her then...
Look, the thing is, we're here, Jay, me, Billy.
All of us on your side... all rooting for you...
Yeah, yeah. All rooting away.
So you see, we're all...
Why don't we get some fish and chips in, yeah?
You don't have to see anyone else, talk to anyone else,
not if you don't want to...
It's just us. We're here.
Well, your mum can tell Barry Manilow
he can have his costume back.
Oh, see? They look great.
If you're a member of The Four Tops, yeah.
Well, I think you'll look splendid up there.
You're hardly going to miss us in this.
At least you can cycle home safely afterwards.
-We're not going home. We're going to Paris.
-Yeah. Syed surprised me with it this morning.
Out of the blue. Just like that.
-Syed, you keep coming up with the goods.
-Well, you know, Roxy...
-I thought you were keeping it small.
So did I, but obviously boy wonder's got other ideas.
Yeah, of course he has. He has a proper sense of occasion.
D'you know, I can't get this...
Honeymoons, lists. You've got him well trained.
My work here is done. Look at the state...
Syed. Here...let me...
-No, I'm fine.
-I've got it.
-Syed, let me try.
-You don't have to...
-Don't be silly...
-I've got it...
-Just leave me.
Syed? You all right?
You didn't look fine.
If something's the matter, now is probably a good time...
It's just a tie.
She let the room?
Yep, in about ten seconds.
Any chance she'll change her mind?
I think I burned my bridges there.
So, what now?
Find somewhere else. Plenty of B&Bs, ain't there?
I will find somewhere, won't I, Jack?
Yeah, you're bound to. Yeah.
I told him.
Yeah, we'll be fine. In time.
You did the right thing.
Well, I hope so.
You know, for a moment,
I thought you two were going to be moving in with me.
-Yeah, just for a moment I did, yeah.
What, the three of us, living at your place?
Well, I can't see it. Can you?
Well, like I said. It was just for a moment.
Right. Well, better make a start.
Denny. Come on, babe, let's go.
Yeah. Yeah, we'll manage.
Oh, and Jack, thanks for looking after the bags, yeah.
Yeah, you owe me a quid.
She's got to come out sooner or later.
She just needs time.
She needs Lexi here with us.
Which you're going to make happen.
You know, until yesterday,
I don't think we realised just what this was going to be like.
I told Lola that the only chance we stood
was if we did what we was told.
Model citizens. So that's what we did.
I told her that we had to trust the system.
And look where that's got us.
I don't think she's ever going to forgive me for that.
Lola! Lola, you can't do that.
Don't tell me what to do!
Come on, it's about time you got changed.
Listen. I'm... I'm not coming.
It's Tam's big night.
Yeah, I know, but... I've got to get on top of all of this.
-Come on. Leave it.
It's just one night.
I can't. There'll be no time next week, will there?
I suppose not, no.
Tell Tam I'm sorry. He'll understand.
Laugh ridiculously loud for the both of us, yeah?
It's gone already? Yeah, I know it's late.
First thing, OK. Doesn't help me tonight though, does it?
All right. Thank you.
No worries. Plenty more.
Plenty more what?
Places to stay that aren't already booked up.
We're not at the B&B. It's a long story.
But we'll be all right, won't we, darling?
Did you know my dad?
Yeah. Yeah, I did.
What was he like?
Phil doesn't want to be bothered by questions like that, darling.
Only Mum just lies to me.
Denny, you have to see - I just didn't want you to hurt like I hurt.
Why don't you come to mine?
No, it's OK.
-I've got room, ain't I?
-Well, I know you have, but...
-Toys and everything.
Be a laugh. Just the three of us, won't it?
And I can tell you all about your dad.
Cos me and your mum, we go back a long way,
so if there's anything you need to know...
Focus on your family. We're fine.
Well, if you need me, you know where I am, yeah?
Someone's been avoiding me.
I text, I call...
It was a busy day, that's all.
I'll pretend I didn't hear that.
I didn't think it was such a good idea.
But then you changed your mind.
-Any particular reason?
Does it matter?
Not any more. Whisky and coke, please.
OK. Whatever it takes. Just help us.
Sorry, what d'you mean, he's not coming?
-He's working, Tam.
-I don't believe it.
He needs to get the books sorted for next week, that's all.
And that's more important than anything I'm doing.
He told me to tell you he's sorry. Now, good luck.
OK, brother, you ready to kill it?
You have no idea.
So I'm going to get up there, introduce you,
big you up a bit, you know what I mean and then you come on...
I tell them about my dad.
How he knows exactly how to handle my mum.
He cunningly tricks her into thinking she's got her own way,
when she actually has just got her own way.
And then there's my mum, who has the ability to see straight through me.
But I don't mean she can tell when I'm up to something,
I mean she literally can't see me.
Unless obviously she needs my help, putting out the dustbins or
picking up groceries, or saving someone from a burning building...
Oh, actually, no, I think she's blinded by the light shining
out the back of my brother's trousers.
Hey, brother, I mean, it's a bit heavy, innit?
It's the truth, isn't it? That's all that matters.
I can't do this on my own.
Does Lola know you're here?
Whatever it takes?
I'll phone my brief, Jimmy.
We can put in a residency application for her to live here.
But hang on, if you have residency...
Then Lexi comes here and lives with me.
What about Lola?
Do you want that kid back or not? Now they're my terms.
Take them or leave them.
Why are you doing this?
If you don't like it, you know where the door is.
You want to slam it in my face again?
-So we're not going to stay at Phil's?
Even though he's got the room?
But I thought you were friends.
Yeah, we are.
You go back a long way, he said.
Yeah. Yeah, way back. That's the problem.
Then what are we going to do?
Concentrate on looking forward.
You're rubbish at that.
One day I'll get it right, huh.
Come on, baby, let's go.
How's our investment?
It sends its best.
Fine, last time I looked.
It's just...I could do with a bit of cash upfront.
Again? What happened to the last 500 quid?
I had...expenses to take care of. Business trip.
So, if there was any more...
What am I, just a cashpoint to you?
Don't be stupid.
It'll pay out when it pays out.
Look, we all need a little bit of rescuing every now and again.
No? What, a chance to get away from it all?
Be whoever you want? Remind yourself what it's like to want someone?
And be wanted?
I'll get another drink.
he knows how to...how to control Mum. He cunningly tricks her
into thinking she's got get her own way, by letting her get her own way.
Now, my mum.
She's my mother.
Let's forget about my mum.
She seems to have forgotten about me.
Man goes to the doctor, says, "It hurts when I do this."
Doctor says, "Well, don't do it then." Pretty simple.
I wanted to get into gymnastics after the Olympics.
So I went to an instructor, he said "OK, well, how flexible are you?"
I said, "Well, I can't do Tuesdays."
Shame you could come tonight.
HE WHISPERS: OK.
Shakespeare went to a pub.
Landlord said, "Well, you're bard."
Get off! Rubbish. Boo!
Anyway, you guys have been...
you guys have been great. Thank you.
Well done, Tam.
Evening. Glad you could make it. I very nearly didn't.
I didn't know what to wear.
Went to the local suit shop, and I said,
"What's the cheapest suit you've got?"
They said, "You're wearing it."
I owe you a quid.
So you do. You got it on you?
I was wondering if maybe we could keep our stuff here a little bit longer.
How long for?
How long you got?
There hasn't been a sound since she...
We tried to get her to come out, but she won't.
HE KNOCKS ON DOOR
Lola, it's me.
Everything's going to be OK.
Yeah? Why's that?
Because I've got the best lawyers.
Because I've got the deepest pockets.
And because I'm in charge now.
I am going to make sure that Lexi is exactly where she belongs.
Who knew you'd be the type to play hard to get?
Well, I like being unpredictable.
Keeps people on their toes. Be a bit dangerous.
I mean, who wants to play safe?
Safe is boring.
Settling down, worrying about bills and what's for tea
and how shiny that suit is....
Life's too short.
It is, isn't it?
I just lost my way, that's all.
Don't worry, brother. I understand, man.
And hey, look, at least you're funny offstage, yeah. All right, brother.
How was your day?
I think it's better that Mum didn't come.
Yeah, well, you can practise all you like, doesn't matter
if you've done it before, once you get up on that stage,
in front of all those people...
You didn't lose your way, did you?
We let you down.
And thanks, Tambo.
There you are.
Sorry, I needed some air.
Yeah? Seemed to me like you bolted.
-Why would you do that?
Hey. I'm talking to you.
What's with the games?
-In fact, why did you call me in the first place?
-You know why.
-We could've talked business on the phone.
-I've changed my mind now.
-No, you haven't.
-Yeah, I have.
Tell me I'm mistaken.
Tell me that I've misread the signals. And this is wrong.
This is bad.
Then why does it feel so good?
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Syed feels the pressure mounting from both his debts and his upcoming wedding. Lola, distraught at losing Lexi, lashes out at those closest to her. Sharon struggles to keep her old demons at bay.