Alfie turns to Michael for advice about Kat. Derek does his best to manipulate Tanya to get what he wants. Sharon struggles with her demons before Lexi's court hearing.
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KNOCK AT DOOR
Do us a favour - I need a shirt ironed.
For the Family Group Conference.
-We're still doing that?
-Course we are.
I've got a new care plan to show 'em -
one that don't involve lies.
Come on, Phil, this is stupid. It's over, you know that.
Nothing is over, all right?
You've got me.
That German market will be a wonder to behold tomorrow.
Sort of makes you want to sing.
# Deutschland, Deutschland! #
Oh, sorry, sweetheart, what were you saying?
-The German market will be absolutely wonderful.
Kat'll love it, anyway.
Here, Jean, I hope you don't mind me asking, right, but...
has Kat asked to borrow any money off you lately?
You know, I don't know, a couple of quid
or...a few hundred quid.
Oh, to buy you a big Christmas present or something?
-Yeah. Yeah, that's it. You know, a big surprise.
Come on, has she asked you...has she asked you to keep it a secret?
-Still time, though, Alfie.
Get your hands off my fruit.
You know, you can't sell any of this stuff.
-Oh, it's funny how I'm shifting a ton of it, though, innit?
-It's too big.
No, European regulations, OK?
-You are in direct contravention of trading standards.
Oh, you, you are priceless! Maybe it's yours -
Europe's very hot on this sort of thing.
Oh, come on. Right, I tell you what.
Here you go, you can send that in with your report,
and then you can sign it - Ian Beale, SPM.
Small, Pathetic Man.
That's charming(!) Not a very nice seasonal message.
Well, here's another one for you, then.
Peace and goodwill to all men...
I chose the blue one.
Oh, good. Now, let's go through this new care plan -
make sure you're totally behind it.
What if I'm not?
Well, then, it's goodbye Lexi, innit?
Do you know what? You could have at least asked me what I thought.
You know, all I need for you to do is look happy
and show social services you're right behind me.
Right, well, I want Pops here.
-He's away working, you know that.
-So get him back.
He's on a job.
Well, I'd be a lot happier if he was here.
-It's not possible. You got me, haven't you? That's all you need.
-Have a look. Look.
Oh, no, no! See? Look, I can't even iron a poxy shirt!
Lola, just relax, will you?
I can't have you like this when they turn up. I need you at your best.
Yeah, well, they know who you are, Phil, and they know all the stuff you've done!
What sort of person would do this? It's evil.
Shall I call the RSPCA?
Not funny, Mum. Dad loved him.
Abi, it's not real.
Right, well, I'm all reindeered out,
-so shall we go get a coffee, yeah?
It's got to be a quick one, though,
cos Tyler's taking me shopping for my birthday.
He says I've got to pick ten things I want - for Christmas as well -
and then he's going to choose five of them.
-Hmm. Ain't love grand?
Suppose we could always just hang a wreath on the door.
A Christmas wreath.
Oh, yeah. Sorry.
Oh, Abi, Abi.
Don't be silly.
These results, they're going to be...
good. They're going to be good.
Don't worry. Why wouldn't they be, eh?
The thing is, Tyler will probably end up buying all ten.
Oh, lucky you.
Not my fault I've got a great fella, is it?
Yeah, well, maybe you should go on double dates with Lucy and Joey, then.
The way you said that, it sounded like they're a couple.
Didn't you know?
Lucy hates Joey.
Well, hate must be very, very close to love, then,
-because you should've seen them Friday night.
-I don't get that girl.
Yeah. He obviously does.
I've called Europe.
Were they in?
Just you wait.
He thinks I'm selling oversized fruit.
You'd think living on the streets would have mellowed him out.
Listen, you silly little man,
-you cannot go round threatening my friend.
-What you doing?
-I'm giving him what for.
-This is my battle, thank you.
-Well, I can have my say.
Zee, this is my one.
Just leave it.
-Alfie! Oh, you haven't put the chairs down or anything.
I'm going to be on the stall today.
At least, that's where I'm supposed to be, all right?
-Oh. So who's going to run the pub?
-You're going to be Kat today.
-Oh, no, it's going to be too busy!
-Jean, Jean... HE SIGHS
Sweetheart, Mo'll chip in, and I'll check from time to time, OK?
-Maybe Kat asked Charlie for the money.
Well, earlier you were asking about presents and things.
Oh, Charlie! Of course, Charlie. Duh.
Yeah, he would, wouldn't he?
Jean, you're a genius, sweetheart! SHE LAUGHS
Of course she'd ask him. Wasn't thinking, was I?
No, you weren't.
-The social been round yet?
Do you know what you're going to say?
Phil's been rehearsing me.
-And all I've got to do is sit there, smile,
keep quiet and nod my head.
So he's calling all the shots and you're just going to do as you're told?
For ever, Lola.
Billy's already been muscled out. Who do you think is going to be next?
FRONT DOOR SHUTS
-Just leave it there.
-You went for the job, then?
Is everything all right?
Yeah, yeah, it's good, thanks, Jean.
Don't mind me - miles away.
It's just, um...
Have you seen what it's like out there?
-So what do you think?
-Should have brought my overalls.
Thought it might send a message - you know, brightening the place up,
making it a proper family home.
Well, can't do any harm.
Yeah. Now all I need to do is stop Lola tripping over her chin
and start looking positive.
Do you not like the pattern?
We should go get Lola.
She's already here. She's putting out biscuits for the meeting. She's in the kitchen.
Well, let's work on putting a smile on her face, then.
Yeah, yeah, I'm fine.
-It's going to have to be next week.
-But you promised.
I know, I know, I'm sorry.
But we're manic getting the stall restocked before this German market opens.
So it's not all love and roses, then, is it?
When's AJ getting back from Manchester?
In a couple of weeks? I don't know. Why?
Because I miss harassing him.
-You can call him if you like, if it's that bad.
-You just don't get it, do you?
When I say that I'm missing AJ, I am obviously missing working.
Oh, right, yeah, of course, yeah, sorry.
I need to do something, Mas.
Am I meant to think of everything now?
Any decent husband-to-be would leap up and find me something.
You look tired.
-One coffee, please.
Everything all right?
-Is it your ribs?
They must be hurting a fair bit.
Yeah. Yeah, it's my ribs.
-She won't have gone far.
-You know, if she blows this for me...
-For herself, you mean.
-I've gone out on a limb for that girl.
The least she can do is respect that.
Look, I'll find her, all right?
OK, you have 11 players against 11 players.
-It's not about... You know, you slide somebody in there...
-Oh, oh, oh.
-Oh, hello, it's the dream team.
Oh, listen, bruv, any day now the stock arrives, all right?
-And the war is on.
-Sounds like a little croak in your voice.
-Are you nervous?
Oh, Tyler, you know, I love a no-hoper!
-I can see all your dreams just falling away one by one.
-Oh, you reckon, do you?
Only it's been scientifically proven handsome geezers sell a lot more than munchkins...
-Oh, did you just call yourself a munchkin, bruv?
-I believe he did!
-Listen, look, I'll show you a proper stall. Come over here.
-Follow the yellow brick road! Go on. Loser!
Alfie, where's that dozy mare Jean got to?
-I thought she was working with you, darling.
I've got a lot of cracking Christmas deals that need my attention.
All right, Mo, I'll sort it, OK?
Never let it be said that Alfie Moon keeps Mo away from her dark and dingy world.
Well, you can just call Kat.
No, it's all under control, all right? Kat's with Charlie,
and you know, he's spoiling her.
Spoil her? He's got a chest infection, he's flat broke -
she'll be glad to get away.
What? Hold on, what? You telling me he's brassic?
Well, if you get a Christmas card this year,
it'll only be because he's made it himself.
Standards are dropping round here.
That's me, that is, that reindeer.
I think he wants you to go back to his place.
Yeah, well, I'll go when I'm ready.
Look, the minute you don't show up
is the minute that Phil gets shoved out the picture.
All these plans will turn to dust.
Yeah, it sounds good until you realise that Phil's plan is all I've got.
Why does it have to be like this, Shirley?
Why can't I just have her? She's my baby.
I should be running the pub.
How am I supposed to get through this lot on me own?
Oh, I'm sorry,
but I really must go.
You know what I've always admired about you, Jean?
Your willingness to help a friend in their hour of need.
Hi. You all right, B?
Oh, yeah, wonderful, I love being sent out for coffees(!)
Come on, sweetheart, you can't be grumpy at Christmas, eh?
We've got magic on its way.
Something Walford's never seen before.
Magic? Couldn't magic me up a proper tree and some presents, could you?
My tips don't stretch to a turkey leg.
-you don't look too happy yourself, Alfie.
-Nah, I'm all right.
No, I'm all right. Thanks.
-What, do I have something on my face?
You keep staring at me.
Hmm. Yeah, I'm just sitting here wondering how can you be such a mug.
Anything else to compliment me about?
I'm really trying not to say anything, but come on, Joey?
-Yeah, well, he's...
-It's wrong, Lucy.
-Who asked you?
-Friends don't need to be asked.
-Yeah, and friends also know when to butt out.
-I think you should let it go.
So you're living my life now?
He's not right for you.
# We wish you a merry Christmas
# We wish you a merry Christmas
# We wish you a merry Christmas
# And a happy new year... #
-All right, mate? I'll be back in five.
No, no, it's not that. It's...er... This is from your shop, right?
-What of it?
-OK, well, listen, I know it cost a package but...
do you remember selling it?
-Oh, that's for me to know, innit?
-Please, help me out here.
Do you remember a girl - 30-something, gobby, dyed-black hair?
Mate, look, I can't discuss business like this.
Listen, mate, please just try and think about it, all right?
Who bought this from your shop? I just need to know.
It's policy. We don't reveal customer purchases.
What do you want? Listen, I'll pay you. What do you want? 10, 20 quid?
Why is it so important?
It just is, all right? Will you...? I need to... I need to know.
Kids, can you shut up, please?!
-Nice(!) They're only trying to earn a few pennies!
-I know, I know. I...
SHIRLEY DIALS NUMBER ON MOBILE
Er... Lola's had to pop out for a bit.
One of her friends has had a family crisis or something.
She's like that, you know. She's always helping out, trying to...
trying to do good.
Can you call her? Only she needs to be here.
Yeah. Yeah. Course I can.
Sorry. Be right back.
-See you soon.
-Do you know what? You got lovely hands, you should be a hand model.
Hiya. All right, B?
Can I have a word?
I've had a brainwave, OK? Quiz question.
Who ran to the top of a hill with a load of kids and started singing?
-Oh, erm... Mary Poppins!
-No, the other one.
Oh, yeah, um... "The hills are alive." That... What's...?
-Are you all right, Alfie? Do you want to sit down?
-No, no, I'm good.
I want you to open the bag.
-What's in it?
Well, it's as good as. What's in the bag will help you get your tree and baubles.
Oh, Alfie, I don't know what to say.
You don't have to say nothing, B.
But you're going to have a good Christmas, all right?
-You come up with another plan?
Why don't you get yourself over there, then?
Because it's just too much to handle.
I mean, the best thing I can do is also the worst thing.
Did you do this?
Yeah. Not long after Lexi was born.
You forget, don't you, how tiny they are.
Maybe that's the best thing I can do -
forget. That sounds like a plan.
You see this swing here?
It's just a swing.
It just sits here.
And mums, they come along and plonk their kids on it.
All mums do it.
It's part of the package.
Taking them to the swings.
Buying them an ice cream.
Reading a bedtime story.
There's loads of things in that package...
..and most of them I didn't do.
Couldn't be bothered.
And do you know what...?
This is a big "do you know what".
..I wish that I had.
Cos I might be a different person.
Now I...I walk about half-empty.
Because all those things I missed out on I can't get back.
So that's me, is it? You in 30 years?
Sometimes when you want things in life, you have to pay a price.
A high price - way too high - but you pay them anyway.
And you do this Phil's way...
..he's going to own you.
He's going to own both of you.
He can try.
That's better, bit of fighting talk.
But I've had to fight. I've had to fight my whole life.
Then get yourself over there.
The sooner he sees you're not a pushover, the better.
I'm not saying this ain't going to be a fight and a half...
and I'm not saying you're going to win.
But do you know what?
It's about time somebody else did.
So, Ian, Europe got back to you yet?
Zee, my war.
Sorry, did you say something?
It's just I'm busy counting my takings here, you know.
-Haven't got a calculator, have you?
-Oh, Zee, look at that.
He's still learning to count with his fingers.
Right, get ready to get busy.
I've put your name down for all of these.
This is...this is all volunteer work!
Yeah, well, you can still harass them.
-This is the best you could do?
-I spent ages on the internet!
Oh, this is not what I was hoping for, Masood.
Oh, it's an e-mail from Shabnam.
Yeah, I forgot, your mate Rabiah wants her daughter Ayesha
to come and stay here for a while.
-I don't know, she said she'd tell you all that when she calls.
I thought we could put her up in AJ's room.
Oh! You've already agreed to this, haven't you?
They've said they wanted to arrange some suitors for her down here.
Oh, did you hear that?
Rabiah wants my help.
Do you know what that means, Denise?
No, but I'm sure you're going to tell me.
Yes, it means that my social standing is currently sky-high.
People are asking for my help.
Zainab Masood is right back up where she belongs.
-The new care plan is going to work just as well as the old one.
-Can you elaborate, Mr Mitchell?
Well, I know me and Sharon ain't together any more,
but in a funny kind of way that's going to help me getting to see Lexi more.
Sharon, I said no offence.
Oh, none taken.
And... Well, and me and Lola, we're on the same page.
When it comes to bringing up kids, I mean, a child,
we're both really determined to make this a good and happy home, you know?
In fact, you wouldn't find a better one anywhere.
I've been a father before, and, well, I've loved every minute.
It won't be any different bringing up Lexi.
Back door was open. And I'm sorry -
I had a few things to work out.
But I'm ready to have my say now.
-< Yeah, cheers, mate.
-CAR DOOR SLAMS
CAR DRIVES AWAY
Well, this meeting's been driving me mad.
Because, deep down...
..I know I'm not good enough.
She...she don't mean that.
But that just means I know what I have to do to prove myself to you.
And I will. I swear.
I swear I'll be the best mum for Lexi.
Oh, Abi, I'm busy, I'm meant to be at work.
See, Mum? Look.
What on earth are you doing in here?
Earning a living.
You two need to talk.
-I've got work to do.
-Mum's terrified about Thursday.
What's happening Thursday?
She's getting her results!
Well, go after her, then.
but I'm a bit busy in here.
You're happy with the new care plan?
And you want Lexi back?
Of course I do.
What do you think you need to do to help make that happen?
Well, first I need to start by being a proper mum.
And learn from all my mistakes, obviously.
But that's where Phil comes in.
He's a dad, and he's a really good dad
and he'll help me.
Right, Mr Moon, no peeking...
-cos in here is your pressie.
But I might give you something later...
cos I've missed you.
-Where did you learn to speak like that, eh?
-I pick things up.
Kat, sadly, no can do, not tonight. I've got to work through the night.
Get the Christmas market ready for tomorrow.
-Fat Boy can help the boys.
-I know, but I said I'd help too.
-# Away in a manger... #
-BOYS RELUCTANTLY JOIN IN
# No crib for a bed... #
# ..The little Lord Jesus
# Lay down his sweet head. #
-I'm not. I'm not.
-Please, Mum, I'll do anything.
-I'll get more shifts at McKlunky's after school.
-We look like girls.
-No, you don't, you look like angels.
I need you out there on the street,
breaking hearts and making big money. Ready?
-# The stars in the bright sky... #
-BOYS RELUCTANTLY JOIN IN
# ..Look down where he lay... #
Am I a cow?
Sorry, I didn't mean to be.
It's none of my business what you do, is it?
Yeah, well, I ain't doing nothing, anyway.
Joey doesn't want me.
I was there on a plate, but truth is, he loves someone else.
It was lovely to meet you.
Don't ever do that to me again. Running off like that -
-what do you think you're playing at?
-Never mind that.
Well, I do mind, cos we only just about scraped through that meeting.
All you need to remember is she's my daughter, Phil.
And if she comes to live with you, she comes on my terms, all right?
No, I mean it, Phil.
I'm her mum and I always will be.
I thought you had a stall to sort out.
Yeah, I'm going back there soon.
Kat, listen, about the pawn ticket...
What pawn ticket?
You know, the one that was on the notice board.
Well, it's gone.
-I don't know what you're talking about.
-Yeah, you do - the pawn ticket, the ring.
Where did it go?
Oh, yeah! Yeah, sorry, I binned it.
It's not like we can afford it, anyway.
That means you'll never see it again.
Maybe I don't care.
-I know, but I thought that you...
-We don't need it.
-Man in the moon...
..that's all I need.
# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
# Everywhere you go... #
That's it. That's lovely.
Spread them apart, like these ones here.
That's it, just keep... You need... You might...
Just keep... Oh, they need to be fanned out.
It looks beautiful.
Come on, you've been up all night. Come back to bed, yeah?
Nan and Jean have taken Tommy to Belinda's, so...
No can do, sweetheart.
I've gotta finish putting all these lights up. Fats!
-Come on, mate, you're with me today, all right?
-What about the stall?
-Don't worry about the stall, we've got to finish the market.
-You all right?
Denny, can you hurry up, please?
Listen, you go and sort him out. I'll take care of that.
-It's all right, Jack, I can manage.
Are you going to sign my card or have you got one of your own?
Oh, of course.
Jack, look, I promised Phil I'd go over tonight.
Come on, he's my nephew!
-Sorry, but we need to go over what to say tomorrow.
-Well, go over after.
Max and Tanya, they're expecting us,
and besides, he's Oscar's mate, isn't he?
-Look at that.
-Look at that, eh?
I haven't even started yet.
I just want everything to be perfect today.
I don't want to think about anything else except my little boy.
These scan results...
they'll be fine, I promise.
We don't know that, do we?
Well, there's no point thinking otherwise, is there?
-Anyway, like you said...
-..today, it's all about Oscar.
Yeah. So you can start by dropping him at school, please.
-All right. See you later.
-Not too late.
Well, I've got a car auction up in Enfield.
-Babe, I won't be late. Couple of hours.
Three hours, tops. I won't be late.
OK? See you later.
All right, birthday boy! Somewhere you need to be this morning?
Pucker up! Get your free mistletoe with every purchase over three quid!
Here, Denise. Word of advice for you, love.
Customers love a gimmick. You've got a lot to learn.
Well, I've got to give it to you, Alfie.
I didn't think you'd be able to pull this off.
Yeah, well, wish I could say the same about your stall, Tyler.
All right! You'll be laughing on the other side of your faces later
when we rake it in.
Oh, we're just quaking in our boots, bruv! Quaking!
-All right, Alfie?
-You all right, Derek?
What, have you given up on the wager already?
Whoa, hold on! What, you call this giving up, do you?
You ain't going to make no money with an empty stall, are you? Eh?
Mind you, you're doing us a favour.
More business for me and Tyler here, eh?
Oh, Fats, take no notice. Oi, come on! Let's get back to work.
Oh! Hello, ladies. Hello, Pops.
Hi. This place looks amazing!
I love Christmas lights.
Wait till you see them turned on.
This place is going to be buzzing! Listen, you're all coming, yeah?
-Try and stop me.
Um, I dunno, Fats. I'll try, yeah? But I can't make any promises.
We're back-to-back today
and, you know, Bianca's meeting her probation worker this morning, so...
Ah, well, OK. No worries, you know. It's no biggie or anything.
-Sorry. I'd best make a move.
-I'll see you later.
I thought you were supposed to be at work today, you.
No, I'm shopping.
Right, my little sugar cube. I've got a surprise planned for you.
-Tomorrow, as soon as I shut up shop,
we're hitting the West End.
I can't tomorrow, babe, I've got after school club.
Whit, sweetheart! Listen, what time are you sending Liam and Morgan over?
You know, carol singing? Liven up the market a bit?
Umm...yeah. As soon as they get back from school.
Hey, that's my girl. Well done.
Knock 'em dead today, all right?
-Whitney, you haven't got a mo, have you?
Now, THAT is Christmas!
Yeah, I know, I know. I call it my... What is it?
"Piece de resistance", or whatever the German equivalent is.
Listen, Fats, it cost an arm and leg, but I think it'll be worth it
to see the little faces when it lights up.
Listen. I'm guessing this girl is...Poppy, yeah?
How did you know?
What do you mean, how did I know? You're all over her like a rash...
You know, buying her that snow globe... I know how much that cost.
..inviting her to the lights...
-So, what, do you think it's lame?
-No. Stop right now.
Fats, I promise you, I don't think it's lame, all right?
It's just that... I dunno, Alfie, man...
I'm not that lucky long-term with the gallies and that,
-you know what I mean?
-OK, let me stop you right there.
Couple of things wrong with this conversation. What did you just call her?
-You can't call her...
You ain't going to get nowhere like that. Gallies? What's that?
-So, do you think she likes me, then?
Come on. What's there not to like? Look at that beautiful cherub face!
-Hold on, hold on, he's punching way above his weight.
-Oh, Ian, stop!
I'm just kidding. You want my pearls of wisdom, OK?
Being yourself with the ladies gets you nowhere.
Obviously isn't the right one then, is she?
Listen, Fats, for what it's worth, my piece of advice...
Never try and work out a woman.
Seriously. You'll just end up confusing yourself.
You treat her like she's the centre of your universe...
..and I promise you, you can't go wrong.
Yeah, I see.
-I get ya.
It's... It's like this place, isn't it? It's not just for us...
This is for Kat.
You... You, Alfie Moon, you're a diamond geezer.
And she is one special lady.
So, what time's this party, then?
Well, I'd hardly call it a party, Derek. It's just...
Mum. Where do you want this?
Good morning, Lauren.
Oh no, this don't look like a party at all.
Look, I've just invited a few of Oscar's school friends, that's all.
Yeah, and Jack and Sharon...
Yeah, well, Sharon's Denny's mum, isn't she?
I'm not being funny, Derek, but I haven't even invited my own mum,
so it's not going to look very good you turning up, is it?
-I'm off. See you later.
You can really tell why she's the apple of Max's eye, can't you?
I mean, she's studious, clever, sensible...
Any chance of you going back to college, Lauren?
She might do. Maybe. Next year.
You know who's really surprised me? That Lucy Beale.
What a smart kid, that is, eh? Running her own business.
What my Joey was thinking of when he got rid of her, I don't know.
BALLOON DEFLATES LOUDLY
Did I say something wrong?
-Here, let me give you a hand with that.
-No, I'm fine.
-Maybe I should go and have a word with her.
-Will you just leave my kids alone?!
I mean, I'm just saying, she's just...
She's a bit vulnerable at the moment, that's all.
-What time's Max back?
-I want to talk to him.
-Never you mind.
Just tell him I called, eh?
CAROUSEL PLAYS "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
Right, take me down.
-Well, I worked hard for this, Michael.
So, what was all that about?
Nothing. Just admiring your work, obviously.
He's bringing Scarlett to the lights
so I said we'd meet him for a drink beforehand.
What do you that for?
Listen, you know how busy I am, all right?
All right, I'll meet him, then.
Come on, chop, chop! You only got a few hours.
All right, take me up.
Yeah, I'll be there as soon as I can, Phil.
No. No, I won't be late.
Oh, keep it going mate, that's it, a bit more. Couple more feet to go.
Keep going, keep going...
That'll do you. Lovely. Sweet.
Check out my boss! He doesn't do things by half, you know?
Careful, darling. Don't want you spending Christmas in hospital!
Right, everybody, if I may have your attention, please?
This...is the crowning glory.
Yeah, yeah, all right. Come on, we ain't got all day!
I'm quite admiring the view from down here!
What, you lost something?
Yeah, Denny's homework.
Can't find it anywhere.
So what's the urgency?
Well, he needs it for tomorrow.
We're going to Tanya's tonight, then I'll be at Phil's.
-I haven't got time.
-You're looking for the pills, aren't you?
-Don't be ridiculous!
I'll get the lunch ready, then, shall I?
I just need the one, that's all.
It's just for today. I just need something to calm my nerves.
I mean, what good am I going to be to Lola like this, eh?
-You'll be fine.
-I binned them.
Look, they're my pills and I want them.
Being in a relationship's about supporting one another, but you?
You just stand there and judge me.
Well, I got you wrong.
I thought you understood me.
Well, I walked out of one controlling relationship,
and believe you me, I ain't about to walk into another.
It's not about control, Sharon.
All right? It's cos I care for you.
And I thought you were stronger than that.
But it's your choice, yeah?
Alfie, come on, it's only a star.
It's not just a star, Kat! It's more important than that!
-It's on all the posters!
-We'll get another one.
-I'll get Nan to call Fat Elvis, yeah?
-It won't be the same.
It doesn't matter. The market looks stunning.
No-one's going to notice a missing star now.
-Well, they're not going to notice anything then, are they?
I can't do it any more. I'm not...
Get out there and sort the lights out.
No! OK? I'm not interested. Let someone else deal with it.
I don't want to do it no more. I'm done with the lights.
All right. Forget the lights. Forget everything.
Go and have a sleep.
Go and have a sleep.
Um, hi, Max, it's me...
I was hoping you'd be home by now, so...
Look, can you just try and get here please
before Oscar gets home from school?
I want us to surprise him together, and...
Just come straight home, OK? Bye.
You all right?
Look at him, he can't help himself.
All that rubbish about loving someone else.
Do you think it's her?
I doubt it. She's not really his type.
What type? He probably has a different girl every night.
Like I care.
You should just forget about him.
I think we should go out tonight!
We went out last week. I can't afford another night out.
Oh, come on, Lucy. It's the Christmas lights.
There's going to be loads of free mulled wine. Come on!
Whitney's going to be there as well. Please? Please?
Go on, then.
Lauren, will you say happy birthday to Oscar for me, yeah?
You remembered, then?
-Are you...Are you going to the Christmas lights tonight?
Well, we're going to be there...
So what's wrong with the last one you gave me?
Just thought I'd give you an early Christmas present, that's all.
So I don't get rid of my old one sharpish then? Is that right?
-Well, now you come to mention it, it wouldn't hurt.
-Yeah, all right.
I'm guessing these ain't paracetamol.
-All right? Where you been, then?
-I had an appointment.
OK. First I've heard.
Fat Boy's on his own out there.
Are you going to help him, or have you changed your mind?
Listen, Kat, I said I'm not doing the lights.
All right. Keep you hair on.
Now get your sexy bum behind that bar.
-We're going to be busy soon.
-Hold on, where you going?
I've got to help Kim with something.
She doesn't take them any more.
It's that poor little Lola I feel sorry for.
-Pinning all her hopes on a cheap criminal and a drug addict.
What if this got out?
-She's not an addict.
-I'd be doing you a favour, Jack.
Derek. Do not mention this or breathe a word to anyone.
All right, keep your knickers on!
Her secret's safe with me.
'Just come straight home, OK? Bye.'
What do you want?
Is your dad in?
Oh. Is Lauren back?
Yeah, she's upstairs. Why?
Right. Look, no peeking in the front room.
You go upstairs with Abi for a bit.
-I'll see you in a bit.
SHE LAUGHS Oh, look!
OK, all right. So, you know what you have to do, don't you?
What's going on?
Oh, it's Christmas, Ian. It's all about the children.
I mean, you would be a fool to resist a couple of cute children
singing at Christmas time.
OK, gather round everyone. Gather round. Come on, come on.
Let me introduce you to Albert Square's very own...
...might I say, exceptionally talented choir.
Oh, I wouldn't go that far.
Is this some sort of joke?
Oh, oh! And come on over to the Minute Mart.
One hundred percent organic produce.
-Oh! Thank you for the advice, Ian.
TUNELESSLY: # Silent night
# Holy night.
# All is calm, all is bright.
-# Round yon virgin mother and child... #
Will you stop mucking about?
Sorry, we'll start again.
# Silent night
# Holy night
# All is calm, all is bright... #
-Do you want us to start again?
-No, no. Sorry.
Why don't you try door-to-door, or something?
Well, no. It's not our best. We haven't...
OK. Come on then, boys.
Denise, what can I say?
Hats off to you for trying. I mean, it was a really good effort.
But if I was you, I'd stick to selling the fags and the booze.
Come on, everybody!
What's all this, Del? You only got us new mobiles about five minutes ago.
Ah, not like these, though. These are state of the art.
Nothing but the best for my favourite brother.
Jack, on the other hand...
Well, I think you'd be lucky
to get a pint of beer and a Ruby out of him for your stag do.
He's clearly got other things on his mind.
Yeah, well, I know that feeling, Del.
I've got to pay for this wedding, haven't I?
I couldn't even afford Oscar a decent birthday present.
Tanya's getting her results tomorrow.
I'm trying, Del, I am.
I'm trying to be there for her, but it's hard, isn't it?
And this other lot, they're not making it easy for me, are they?
Del, it's never-ending...
Oh, hello, Tan.
-You all right?
-You were meant to be at home by now.
Yeah, I know. I was coming. Del just wanted a quick word, so...
We were...just discussing his last night of freedom.
-Right. Let's go home, shall we?
-Yeah. Cheers, Del. See you later.
Oh, don't forget.
You have lots of fun tonight.
Take lots of pictures for me, won't you?
Why don't you join us?
Yeah. Oscar would love it, wouldn't he?
You can give him the present yourself.
Thank you, Tanya. I'd like that.
Come and get your free mince pies
and feast your eyes on the best stall in Walford!
Best Christmas presents, best Christmas decorations around,
with the best possible prices. All right there, sweetheart?
Oh! You...you came?
Bianca said she'd lock up, so...
There you go.
Wait, wait, wait!
-That's all right.
It's my pleasure, sweetheart, you know?
Oh, yes, Ian. You won. I lost.
Congratulations! You're back! Woop di doo!
Oh, no. Look, I'm sorry. I really shouldn't have...said that.
No, no. Look. I'm sorry. I was the one who was out of order.
No. It was a lovely idea what you were doing for those kids.
Bianca and the kids, they need all the help they can get at Christmas.
Yeah. It's funny, that.
I'd give anything to be Bianca right now.
Kids around the table at Christmas.
-You've got Kim.
-Who's got Ray.
It seems like everyone's paired up right now, doesn't it?
Don't push it!
-Same time tomorrow?
-Bring it on, Beale!
KIDS' PARTY MUSIC BLARES
They'll take one look at me and they'll take Lexi away for good.
No, they won't.
Oh, sorry, just getting a drink.
Darling, I'm just as scared as you are,
but I promise you everything will be fine.
Now, we're going to go tomorrow and bring back your little girl.
You all right?
Oh, hello, Sharon.
Drinking spirits at a kids' party? How responsible, Derek.
Is Lauren back yet?
-Sorry, excuse me!
Don't get me wrong.
I love Oscar, I do, but playing pass-the-parcel with snotty kids?
Great(!) Look who it is.
All right? Banged out tonight.
Yeah, yeah. Kat's gone AWOL.
You know, if she's not in trouble, she's not living.
Tracey, can you...hold the fort, please?
She's lying to me, Michael.
I need the ladies'.
So you decided to come, then?
Yeah, well... Thought I'd just come in for a quiet drink, you know.
Listen, Lauren. I did mean what I said the other night. You know...
Well, I spoke to Lucy and she said you love someone else.
I don't particularly care what Lucy has to say, Lauren.
Please, just listen.
I really do think it's just best if we avoid each from now on.
I knew I would find you here.
Oh, just go away, Abi.
With everything that Mum is going through,
-you'd rather get drunk than be with family.
-Mum is fine!
Is that it?
What's happened to you?
I've spent half my marriage trying to work that woman out.
She knows me inside out, yet I've got no idea what goes on inside that head of hers.
What are you going on about?
She said she's gone out to help Kim.
-So, she's probably helping Kim.
-No, no, no! She's not. It's wrong...
I just can't trust her right now.
No. Maybe you're jumping the gun, Alfie?
-It's happening all over again.
-Alfie, let's get a drink.
-She's laughing behind my back...
-No-one's laughing, Alfie.
-..mugging me off at the same time.
Come on! Snap out of it, Alfie!
What? What did you just...say?
I'm telling you that my wife's having an affair AGAIN behind my back
and the best you can come up with is, "Oh, Alfie, snap out of it"!
She was destroyed at the thought of losing you.
Do you think she'd go back to him after all that's happened? Anyway...
What? What did you just say? Go back to who? Go back to who?
-Boss, boss, boss!
-Did you know?!
-Come outside. We need you outside. Could you come outside?
-What did you mean, "go back to him?"
Come on, you'll love this, trust me.
We can sort this out later. Come on! Trust me.
THEY CHEER AND APPLAUD
Alfie, come on, man. Come this way.
ALL: We love you, Alfie!
I wasn't going to let you give up, was I? Eh?
I had to pull a few strings to get it, but you're worth it.
Everyone, I give you Alfie Moon!
THEY CHEER AND APPLAUD
My husband's blood, sweat and tears went into tonight,
so I expect you all to appreciate it. All right?
Let the countdown begin!
ALL: Ten, nine, eight...
-Take it. Come on.
-..seven, six, five, four,
three, two, one...
THEY CHEER AND APPLAUD
MUSIC: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
It's perfect, innit?
Michael, why aren't you picking up?
Can you call me as soon as you get this, please?
-Do you think I'm stupid having this done?
You've got to be looking your absolute best
in front of that judge today.
Don't matter anyway. They all think I'm stupid already.
Phil, the Social,
lawyers, all of them. Do you know what, right?
If I had money I reckon they'd think different of me.
Like, a house and a car and all that stuff.
-Do you love Lexi?
So that's the only thing that matters.
Well, not that that's going to get her back today, though.
She's got mumps.
Is that serious?
Not according to my social worker, no(!)
But whatever happens, I'm not going to see her till at least Christmas.
Well, what does Billy have to say about it all?
Oh, he reckons this is all for the best.
Yeah, reckons when all this is done,
at least I'll see her whenever I want.
Mmm... Assuming Phil DOES get her, of course.
Hang on, whose side are you on?!
No! No, I wasn't saying he WON'T get her.
I'm sure he will get her. I was just being stupid.
THEY LAUGH AWKWARDLY PHONE RINGS
Oh, Poppy, I'm so sorry.
I should've mentioned this to you yesterday,
but I'm not going to be able to come in today.
You're just going to have to manage by yourself.
But, Tan, I'll be all on my own.
You've got Lola, haven't you?
No, she's in court today.
-KNOCK AT DOOR
-Is she? Oh. Hang on a minute...
No, I'm busy.
Ah, ah, ah! Not come to see you, have I?
-Is he about?
He'll be back in a minute.
I'll wait, then.
What about Bianca?
Job Centre want to see her about something.
'Well, she'll just have to miss it.'
Just tell her that...
I'll write them a letter if it's a problem. All right, bye.
Derek, you're sitting on the bridesmaid's dresses!
Oh, am I?
Oh, talking of which...
-I thought it'd be nice for my Alice.
Well, seeing as Rainie's ducked out,
you know, you've got a vacancy going now, ain't ya?
Oh, right. You're volunteering to order another one,
pick it up, pay for it, get it taken up, are you?
One good turn deserves another, Tan.
-MAX: 'All right, Tan!'
-'Where are you, babe?'
'Got something for you.'
-You all right?
Oh, look, that's a blinder! Look at that!
Oh, you are kidding?!
-No. I've got enough going on in here.
-Babe, it's Christmas!
-Get it out.
I am not walking down the aisle with pine needles in me knickers.
I want my white one. Like we always do.
She's getting her scan results back this morning.
Think she's just a bit wound up.
We all are, really.
-And you're going with her, are ya?
It's just that...
well, the other people have been on again.
Del, just stall 'em or something, will you? Please?
I'll do my best, Max, but I'll make no promises.
Rox, I've left him six messages, so where is he?!
Alfie, you're talking to me, OK? If I knew, I would say.
Just tell him I need to see him now, OK?!
Hope you appreciate what's riding on this.
I can't just keep producing money, can I?
All right, Del. I'll see what I can do, yeah?
Can I have a word, please?
Can one of you two put that on 40 for me, please?
-Why is it always me?
You still angry at me, then, about last night?
I got enough to be worried about with Mum without worrying about you too.
I'm sorry, OK?
That's the problem, Lauren.
You're always sorry, you never actually DO anything.
I ain't exactly got a choice!
-Do you want to tell 'em?
Your dad's got some big deal in Upminster,
-so he can't take me to the hospital.
Well, I feel bad about it, all right?
Not as bad as I'm going to feel, sitting in the hospital on my own.
-Fine, I'll scrap Upminster, shall I?!
-It's too late now, you've said it!
-You think I've chosen to do this?
-I don't care! Just go!
I'll come to the hospital with you if you want.
Thank you, darling. I appreciate it.
Good girl. Babe, can I just explain?
It's called, "doing something."
HE BANGS ON WINDOW AND SHOUTS Sharon? We're going to be late!
She's probably still fast asleep.
Did I ask for your opinion?
But then you know what it's like when you got a drug habit.
Happy pills. Addicted.
Still, I thought you'd have known that,
what with you two being so close.
Let's hope the Social don't find out, eh?
You didn't need to shout!
Get in the car.
You're going to be all right, yeah? You will be.
I thought you were in court today?
Yeah, I'm just on me way.
You just tell 'em you love that baby. It's all they need to know.
-Don't let him muck you about.
-See you later, darling.
Lamb to the slaughter.
It's just pain killers, that's all.
What are we talking about? Junior aspirin?
I don't think you're in a position to judge.
Who's your dealer?
I don't have a dealer.
So where you getting 'em from, then?
I had a problem, all right? Now I don't.
-Look at me, Sharon.
-I feel bad enough you even knowing.
You know what's going to happen if this comes out, don't you?
He's a wind up, Phil. He's not a grass.
This is Derek Branning we're talking about!
Where are you going?
How could you?
How could I, what?
Derek knows and only one person could've told him.
Look, he found them, all right?
-And you thought it was OK to tell him?
-PHIL BEEPS CAR HORN
I so wanted to trust you.
You're going to court, not a night club!
You look like a Kings Cross hooker!
Well, I thought the judge would like this kind of thing, actually.
What did he say?
I'm told you do men.
Only my daughter's getting married this Saturday...
Oh, and you'd like to look extra smart, yeah?
Yeah, I was wondering if you could do something about the grey...?
Yeah. No worries.
If you'd like to go upstairs, my assistant can see you now.
Is it going to be expensive?
Well, a wash, rinse, cut and dye is £75.
I've only got 25.
Well, we do a cheap rate for pensioners Thursday afternoon.
So, if you want to come back in...
Well, only four years till you get your bus pass, eh?
Forget the dye bit. I'll just go for a shampoo and cut.
OK. Well, if you want to go upstairs,
my assistant will wash your hair, and I'll be up in about two minutes.
They're disgusting, as usual, but they're going to have to do.
-There you go.
-You still mad at Dad, then?
-I should be used to it by now, shouldn't I?
What was going on between you and your sister this morning?
No? Thought I could detect a little atmosphere...?
She just loves to moan at me, that's all.
Hmm. Like I used to moan at Rainie.
You know, all my life... Well, since I was your age, anyway,
I've sort of lived with this permanent dread
of getting that phone call telling me that she'd died.
And it never even occurred to me that she might outlive me.
You all right?
that must be what Abi thinks about me.
Oh! It's too cold.
Well, make your mind up! You said it was too hot before.
What's he like, then? This bloke your daughter's marrying?
Like you're interested.
'Course I ain't interested, am I?
It's all part of the job description of being a hairdresser.
"You must talk cobblers." It's the law.
So, go on then.
My future son-in-law?
-I've never met him.
I'm amazed I've been invited at all.
So you won't be giving her away, then?
No. Her step-dad's doing that.
Well, he's paying for it.
I won't know anybody there.
Dreading it, if you want to know the truth.
Well, poor you.
Well, that must be horrible.
She's a red head and all.
Who? Your daughter is?
I sometimes wonder if she's really mine.
Not that I'd love her any less, you understand.
Sorry, guys. That was my sister on the phone.
She's changed her mind about something on her Christmas list.
Means I'm going to have to pop out, though.
How long do you think you're going to be?
Well, you can go now, if you want.
I can manage a trim, if Mr Lister don't mind that.
OK... I'll be as quick as I can.
Be sure to listen out for downstairs, though, yeah?
-All right, bye.
She should try having kids.
You know, they see all these adverts on telly,
"Can I have this? Can I have that?"
You know what Tiff's new thing is?
This "design your own handbag" kit.
It's over 20 quid!
At least you've still got her.
Tell her you love her every day...
Never take it for granted.
Uh, listen, Bianca...
Pops, I wish you was here.
I mean, they won't tell me anything. I don't know what's going on.
Will you just give me a call when you get this message, please?
I love you. Bye.
So... When did it start?
With the pain killers and that?
This from the ex-crack addict!
-Have you been talking to Shirley?
What's it to you?
It just goes to show I know what I'm talking about, don't it?
Look, nobody knows about the pills, except for Jack, Derek and you,
so it's not going to come out. You can stop worrying about it.
I'm not worried about IT, I'm worried about you.
I've sorted it now, anyway.
Saying you've sorted it is one sure sign that you haven't.
-I'm dealing with it, that's all I'm saying.
-I've used that line as well.
Oh, I do love family court!
Well, I've known these lot for donkey's years.
Ain't one of them not having an affair or getting divorced.
So, what's the latest?
Well, I've been trying to cut a deal with the Social's brief,
but he weren't playing ball.
So, I had a sneaky peek at the list, and we are in luck.
Judge is a Mrs Mavis Pritchard.
As wet and soggy a liberal do-gooder as ever ate a bowl of lentils,
and a sucker for a sob story.
we're going to take the radical option,
break the habit of a lifetime, and be honest.
I know, it sounds all wrong, but trust me.
I'm going to put you on the stand, and you're going to tell the truth.
I appreciate, for a gentleman such as yourself,
that can be rather an elusive concept, but...
give it your best shot, yeah?
How long you been dry?
Well, maybe not that honest.
All right, but I don't want Sharon taking the stand and asking any questions.
I don't want her being put on the spot.
Now it's your turn to trust me.
Derek's leaning on me to make Alice a bridesmaid.
And will you?
Your Uncle Derek can be very persuasive when he wants to be.
Why can't the world just be nice, eh?
People are so much nicer when they're nice. I know I am.
Even you are.
SHE LAUGHS INDIGNANTLY
So what stops us, eh?
the world is unfair, so people just kick against it.
If I was really nice, I'd just go along with it, wouldn't I,
I mean, really, why shouldn't she be a bridesmaid?
I'm as much to blame as anyone...
Come this way.
Nah, it's pristine. Honestly, I'm giving it away.
Well, I've got cash flow problems, that's all.
Nah, that's all right. Yeah, thanks a lot.
Well, I'll remind you of this next time you need a favour, yeah?
PHONE KEYPAD BEEPS
PHONE: 'The person you are calling is unavail...'
Trouble is, if I give you this,
I won't have enough for a tip.
Well, that'll teach me to be nice!
Look, you take this, right?
And I'll... I'll pay for the haircut on my credit card.
Oh! Oh, right!
-Put your card in there...
..PIN and enter.
Sorry I was so long.
I could not find anything my sister wanted for under 50 quid
and, I'm sorry, but I do not have that sort of money.
How did it go?
There's your card and your receipt. Thanks.
Now, you have the best Christmas you possibly can.
I will do. And I hope the wedding goes all right for you.
And listen, about all that court order business...
I think we can forget it.
I'll have a word with the police.
I really appreciate that.
Well, I'll see you around.
What did you do to him?
He is all right, really. I tell you!
I'll go and sweep up.
How would you characterise your relationship
with your own father, Mr Mitchell?
Care to elaborate on that?
He was violent....
It wasn't a happy household.
When he died, I was glad.
And what effect would you say this had on your own subsequent life?
It screwed me up.
You've had alcohol problems yourself, I understand?
I, er... I go to meetings, yeah.
A day at a time, and all that.
And you've been dry now for how long?
Three years and counting.
My learned friend will probably want to ask
whether a recovering alcoholic is necessarily the best person
to be given responsibility for taking care of a young baby.
I don't want to do to Lexi what my father did to me.
And with the help of Social Services...
Mr Mitchell, you do realise that what you're saying
might have implications?
Your Honour, it's not enough to just give up the booze.
You've got to give up lying as well.
So, I'm not going to pretend to be something that I'm not.
I don't know what's happened between you and Michael,
and I don't want to know, it's fine, but...
Can I just say that if you want to talk,
like, any time, whenever... midnight, I don't care, just...
Please, will you just call me?
HE LAUGHS OK.
You all on your own?
Oh, it's Tracey's day off and, well,
Kat, she's taken Tommy and one of his mates to the park.
Do you want a hand?
No, no, I'm good, thank you, but thanks for asking.
Same again here when you're ready, please.
Even the idea of him bringing up a little baby...
I mean, it's a joke.
-What was you like as a mother, Shirl?
But on the basis that it takes one to know one,
I wouldn't let him near a stuffed teddy bear, let alone a real, live baby.
Well, that's very noble of you(!)
I'm pleased to see there's no lingering bitterness(!)
Excuse me, Shirley, I need to speak to my brother.
Now, you SWORE to me yesterday
you wouldn't say a word about Sharon and the pills.
Oh, I was just having a poke at Mitchell, that's all.
Oh, yeah? Well, Phil's told Sharon, and now I'm swimming in it.
What was all that pony about family loyalty?!
Must be mine.
You could at least change your ring tone.
Hello? Max, yeah...?
Listen, Del, I don't think I'm going to be able to get hold of that money today.
Oh, well, our friends ain't going to like that one little bit.
I've had to miss Tanya's hospital appointment cos of this, so I couldn't care less.
What's the news on that?
I don't know, Del. Her phone's switched off.
Let's keep our fingers crossed, eh?
While I got you here, couple of things about the stag night...
Derek, stuff the stag!
Oh, hello, Abs.
Have you heard from your mum?
I haven't been able to get through.
And were Mr Mitchell to be granted care of Lexi,
how would you feel?
This is important.
Well, if it brought her back to Walford, then...
..then yeah, of course.
Well, that wasn't the question.
Mr Broome wanted to know how you would FEEL...
..if Lexi were to live with Mr Mitchell specifically.
All right, I suppose.
-I...I think Your Honour is asking if you trust him, yeah?
That's a yes, is it?
Yes, Your Honour.
Why don't you just tell your sister to get lost?
She's just split up with her fiance. I can't.
All right, where is it?!
-Like you don't know!
-I've no idea what you're talking about.
-My £20 note.
I had it earlier on. Now it's gone!
Oh, honestly, Mr Lister...
Honestly? You don't know the meaning of the word.
Once a thief, always a thief.
Come on, give it me back before I go to the police.
Uh, is this what you're looking for?
-Where did you get that from?
-It was just there, under my bag.
-"Oh!" "Oh," he says?
Coming in here, making accusations without a scrap of proof!
No wonder your daughter don't want nothing to do with you!
-I'm sorry. I should've thought.
-Yeah, you should've.
-Here, take it.
-You're all right.
No, it's the least I can do. Please.
I can get Tiff's handbag kit!
The sad fact is...
..Lexi Pearce will be the fourth generation of her family
brought up in care.
That, in itself, is an indictment of a system
which I'm sure Your Honour will concur in saying
is no longer fit for purpose.
I cast no aspersion on the agencies
that have invested the time, effort and money in trying to help,
but something clearly needs to change.
Let's break this cycle of dependence.
Mr Mitchell, as you've heard,
has been brought up in the school of hard knocks.
He's got something to prove here.
You've heard the evidence regarding his strong support network...
of his success in achieving financial security...
You've heard from his own mouth
the level of commitment he is prepared to bring to Lexi's future.
That, along with the support and trust of the child's mother,
gives me every confidence he will succeed in that endeavour.
I beg to move the submission.
Thank you, Mr Broome.
There'll be a short adjournment while I consider my judgement.
What did he tell you, eh?
About looking the judge in the eye and answering confidently?!
You might've blown it now for both of us, you realise that, don't you?
Chill your beans, Philip. Now is not the time.
-Who you hiding from?
-Oh, really?! Is it Alfie, by any chance?
-What have you done to him?
-You do know he's looking for you, don't you?
Why is everyone getting on my case?
Why? You can't answer that, can you?
Turn around. Jog on. Go on, bounce!
The court is satisfied,
on the basis of submissions and evidence of all interested parties,
and given Mr Mitchell's clear desire to play a significant role
in Lexi's future,
that there is no alternative but to continue the Interim Care Order.
Second, we have considered what orders should be made
in the day-to-day care of Lexi
for the duration of these proceedings.
Given the sincere assurance from Mr Mitchell
regarding his full co-operation,
Mr Mitchell is approved
as kinship foster carer for Miss Pearce.
What does that mean?
It means we've won.
Finally, with regard to contact between Lexi and her birth mother,
we make an order that Mr Mitchell
will now arrange and supervise contact three times a week.
What are you doing, Abs?
Sorry. It was...this silly game I used to play when I was little.
If I could count to 100 without blinking,
everything would be all right.
What happened to you, babe? Did you not get my message?
Oh, sorry. They make you switch your phone off, don't they?
-I forgot to turn it on.
Dad. Dad, don't get angry.
She's still clear.
HE SIGHS WITH RELIEF
Yeah. I don't have to go back for another three months, so...
Seemed really optimistic.
Now you know why I cost you so much money.
Yeah, yeah. Cos you're a genius, right?
My hands are still damp, I was that nervous.
Honesty is a big risk,
but I had a gut feeling, and I trust my gut.
Talking of which, I am starving.
There's an Italian round the corner, chef's a mate of mine.
Who fancies it? Your treat.
You want to come to the restaurant?
Wouldn't have thought it was her sort of thing, really.
Sitting with a load of grown-ups, talking a load of cobblers.
Better off going home to celebrate with your mates, aren't you?
Am I really only going to see Lexi three times a week?
That's the same as I saw her before!
What are you moaning about? We've won, haven't we?!
Now, here you are.
Get yourself a taxi.
Hey, it's going to be OK.
What happened to you?
You were kicking.
Did I score?
Do you want a cuppa?
No, I'm all right, thanks.
I'd like you to take Denny to school today if that's all right.
-Yeah? Well, I've got work.
-He's cleaning his teeth.
You'll need to be gone soon if you're walking.
Did you not just hear what I just said?
Yeah. You'll just to have to be late for once won't you?
-I've someone I've got to see.
I warn you, he's wearing his nativity outfit
which won't necessarily go with the whole Jack Branning image.
This is all about the Derek thing still?
No, it's about the you thing.
How many more times have I got to apologise?
The damage is done.
Oh, no, the damage was done when you took the pills in the first place.
Oh, thank you, Jack, very supportive.
I take it you won't be coming this morning?
The play. 11.30 sharp.
Look, I've got an appointment. I'm not going to be able to break it.
Nice to know you've got your priorities sorted, innit?
Oh, where are you going, eh?
Post-match analysis with Phil, is it? After the court case?
No, I'm not off to see Phil.
Not that it's any of your business if I was.
So half a dozen romper suits, the pink cotton ones, yeah?
And a car seat for a five-month-old.
Well, I dunno, you tell me. Whatever the best one is, yeah.
And one of them bouncy things, what do you call them?
KNOCK ON DOOR
Hang on a sec, there's someone at the door.
I ran into Lola last night.
Not now, Shirl. I've got someone on the phone.
-She was in bits.
What do you mean, "why?" You're already cutting her out.
What's gonna happen in six months, a year?
-We'll talk about this some other time.
-What was that judge thinking?
What with your track record as a parent.
And this coming from the world's top mum.
Where were we?
You're gonna get what's coming to you one day!
Sorry, can you say that again? I didn't quite catch that.
You all right, Shirl?
No, I'm not all right.
You can tell his mother she should be ashamed of herself.
Don't worry about her, just a very unhappy woman.
I was just coming to call for you.
My goodness, look, if it isn't little Lawrence of Arabia!
He's one of the three kings, actually.
Yeah, whatever. What d'you want?
-It's about Max.
-Yeah, well, not now, mate. Excuse me.
Gotta take him to school.
We're seriously not going to let him get away with this
no stag night idea, are we?
You got some nerve speaking to me,
the way you dumped me in it with Sharon.
So I'll arrange it, shall I? The stag night?
I feel really bad about leaving you outside the court the way we did.
Bad, why would you feel bad, eh? You won.
Oh, give it a rest, will ya? You know you're on Phil's side.
I'm not on anybody's side. It's about what's best for Lexi.
Lexi? Lexi, you don't even know Lexi,
so how would you know what's best for her?
OK, maybe I don't know Lexi that well, but I do know Phil.
Probably better than anyone.
And the one thing that is more important to him
than anything is family. And that is you, darling.
He is not going to cut you out.
Yeah, well, you heard what they said in court.
Well, just cos they said three times a week doesn't mean
it only has to be three times a week. You're her mum.
There is no way he's going to stop you seeing her whenever you want.
Has he actually said that?
Well, he didn't need to.
It's just a case of the pair of you
building up a bit of trust together, you know.
Now, look...here's some money.
You go and get something lovely for Lexi and take it round to him.
He'll appreciate the gesture.
And then you two can have a little chat
about where to take things from there, yeah?
And then I can just see her whenever I want?
Well, I wouldn't start demanding things, Lola.
Just take it slowly, yeah?
And once he sees you're not playing games, he'll come round.
So come on, cheer up. It's not all bad.
Yeah, but what am I going to buy her?
You're her mum, darling. You decide, yeah?
Well, that's brilliant news. You must be well...
There you go, darling. Have a look in the mirror. See what you think.
I look ridiculous.
Well, of course you do, now.
But once you've got the dress on and all the other little bits and bobs,
it'll be the perfect finishing touch that.
I bet Max was pleased.
-Yeah, course he was pleased.
-And your mother?
Derek, is there something you wanted in particular?
Oh, yeah, yeah. I got Alice's measurements here.
No, hang on, I don't remember agreeing to that.
-Oh, it'd mean an awful lot to her.
-It's too short notice.
Derek wants Alice to be a bridesmaid.
She's all excited now. I'd hate to let her down.
She's still in bed.
Teenagers, eh? Tell me you're all right about the dress.
I'll see what I can do.
Ah, excellent. Oh, it was Max I come to see.
He went out first thing.
Oh, did he? Ah. Oh, give him a message for me?
Tell him that Jack's having all these Sharon problems
and I said I'd take over as best man.
Don't worry. I won't tell too many dirty jokes.
Well, not that dirty anyway.
Good news about the cancer.
A - I don't want Derek telling me who's going to be bridesmaid,
B - I don't want him being best man and C - I don't want him around.
Apart from that, I'm fine.
What did Nan really say when you told her?
DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES
Not very Christmassy in here.
It's a launderette, Jean, not Santa's grotto.
Yeah, but even so...
You know, when you go into a shop and you see a sign,
"Happy Christmas to all our customers,"
do you think for one moment they really mean it?
Well, Dot used to always do it.
What is it you want, Jean?
You know, Alfie's throwing out some Christmas decorations.
I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I brought them in...
What is it you want?
Oh, um, yes.
If I give this to you today, will it be ready in time for the wedding?
What wedding is that then?
Is there a problem?
I don't like Christmas, all right?
Last time I heard, it wasn't a crime.
So until it is...
Is that cigarette smoke I can smell?
You off out somewhere then?
Yeah. Thought I'd do a bit of last minute Christmas shopping.
-How was Tommy at playgroup?
If it's money you're worried about, I've set myself a budget
and I'm going to stick to it.
Right, well, I should be back by lunchtime.
-If I'm late, I'll give you a ring.
-Oh, you look lovely.
-Off somewhere special?
-Oh, have fun. Alfie...
You know the Christmas decorations...?
Jean, do what you want with them, sweetheart.
Are you going behave yourself today?
Look at me, I can barely contain my excitement.
After all the trouble I've been to to get childcare.
Why can't we just buy presents online?
Michael, listen to me.
We're going to go shopping, grab a coffee, maybe,
maybe we even get some lunch, you know, like what normal people do.
Do I look like I go shopping?
Hold on. Yeah, you do, anyway.
-He wants to talk to you.
Erm, Grandad, I thought he was here but it appears he's not.
So I'll take a message if that's OK?
Rox, darling, please don't lie.
I'm looking at the pair of you right now.
Just put him on, yeah?
Oh, he's seen us.
All right, Alf?
Enough of the, "All right, Alf."
Listen, I've been trying to call you.
'Your phone's switched off. How come you haven't called me back?'
I'm going Christmas shopping with Roxy.
I'm not interested. I need you to come up here now.
I need to talk to you right now, OK?
You set this up, didn't you? You set this up deliberately?
It looks that way but it's not. He's upset.
Right, and what does he want to talk to you for?
Well, that would be breaking a confidence,
-and two, it's none of your business.
So shopping's cancelled. Sorry.
# Cos she'll never change her ways
# Don't fool yourself
# She was heartache from the moment that you met her... #
Can I help you?
Alfie wants to see me.
Is something the matter?
MUSIC PLAYS IN THE ROOM
THE MUSIC QUIETENS
OK, I have been avoiding you,
but the reason why is to avoid precisely this situation.
So who is it?
You know what I'm talking about. Who is it?
Have you spoken to her?
You know, up till yesterday I thought it was you.
You know, going in my head, why Janine left when she did?
-Did she know something I don't?
-No, no, that's not right.
If it'd been me, do you think I would have told you?
No, not now. Because you're here and she's not.
If I knew, I would tell you, Alfie.
But I don't, so I can't.
This is me, Michael.
Who exactly is my wife getting into bed with right now?
Why couldn't she come and tell me herself?
Why couldn't you bring yourself to ask?
Shouldn't you be at school?
Well, I should be revising for my mocks.
Are you really going to pretend you don't care?
Wait till you have kids.
Oh, this is about Ava, isn't it?
I think you should leave, young lady, before I lose my temper.
You like to make out you've got this heart of stone.
Well, I don't believe it.
It's just in case you change your mind about the decorations.
Well, I'll leave them there.
I think you should leave an' all.
Ava's my aunt. She's Mum's half-sister.
I'm not going anywhere.
Why would she tell you without telling you who it was?
I didn't want to know. It was too much information.
And neither should you.
Yeah, well, I tried and it doesn't work.
So when did she tell you then?
It was ages ago, it was in the Square, you'd kicked her out.
Remember? That was then, she was crying. She was...she was a mess.
Alfie, this is Kat we're talking about.
You either come round, come round to who she is or you launch her.
She's never going to change.
Do you know this song?
# Hard as I try to forget her love was a joke... #
You ever been cheated on, Michael? Cos I have.
Oh, of course, you'd know all about that, wouldn't you?
Woah, woah, hold on, just have a listen...listen to this all right?
# Remember her hair as it shone in the sun
# The smell of the bed when I knew what she'd done
# Tell yourself over and over... #
Alfie, mate, you are torturing yourself. Don't do it.
You know...you know what apparently she's doing this time?
You know what it is? Apparently, she's "Christmas shopping" now.
That's plausible. Maybe she is.
KNOCK ON DOOR
-Jean, what is it, darling?
-Sorry, sorry to interrupt.
It's just that I found this in the kitchen.
She's not going to get very far without her purse, is she?
Just put it down there for me, please.
Are you going to sit there all day?
We could always put these up.
I've had all this with Jean.
Christmas was all right till it started happening once a fortnight.
Might cheer the place up a bit. Cheer you up too.
I don't want to be cheered up.
That's a very strange thing to say.
You get to an age, Abi, when you don't want ups,
you don't want downs, you just want a little bit of peace.
What's so strange about that?
That's like saying no to life.
I'm 66 years old.
Whatever time I've got left,
I want to spend it with as least possible aggravation.
Is that all right?
So if you never saw Ava again, that would be all right?
You can't pretend like it hasn't happened.
I know you care about her.
Maybe, if she cared about me.
What makes you say that?
When I gave her up, I gave up any expectations I might've had as well.
She doesn't owe me anything.
Maybe she hasn't been back in touch because she's scared.
I know you don't mean it,
but you can come across quite scary sometimes.
When have you ever been scared of me?
Just now. When you were talking about losing your temper.
I should never have given her that bracelet.
The one you lost?
Stupid thing to do, cos it demanded a response.
One I had no right to expect.
So why would she get in touch?
I realise I'm probably a very unlovable person.
I love you.
No, no, no, no, no, darling.
I've got work to do.
It's all right to be upset, you know.
I've got three loads of washing.
I can't afford to be upset.
Nan, stop, please.
Look, come on.
What you talking about? Derek's best man?
Yeah, and also he wants Alice to be bridesmaid.
Like I can just get hold of another dress, just like that.
Right, and you just went along with it?
Well, I had no choice, did I?
It was like it had already been decided.
I am sick and tired of him throwing his weight about.
Where you going? No, Max. Max, leave it. It's no big deal.
35 quid. What else?
Well, there's a bank card, credit card, Oyster card, picture of Tommy.
Yeah, nice one.
I need to be somewhere, Alfie.
OK. Just let me ask you something, all right?
Did you come on to her or did she come on to you?
OK. All right. Listen. Just hear me out.
Was it your place or hers? Hers, was it?
Or should I say ours? Of course.
Was it upstairs in the white room with the balcony, yeah?
The one with the picture of the Flamenco on the wall.
And the dried flowers in a vase on the sideboard.
Oh, yeah, the wicker chair in the corner, yeah?
Why are you doing this to yourself, Alf?
How many times, Michael? How many times?
Six times! Two times. 100 times.
What difference does it make, exactly, huh?!
I don't know what you're planning,
but have you really thought this through to the end conclusion?
Have you thought about the boy?
Courts always favour the mother, Alfie. Always.
You'll see him once a fortnight, if you're lucky.
Burger and fries, please, and a plastic toy?
Is that what you want? Cos that's what you'll get.
I know...I know you're feeling bad but it's...
It's paradise compared to that.
All right, Jack? Haven't seen Derek, have you?
I've only just got here myself. Why?
-He's been saying you don't want to be best man.
Yeah, apparently, you've got "Sharon problems" and don't want to do it.
-What's he been saying?
-So it's rubbish, yeah?
What's he talking about, "Sharon problems?"
Nothing, all right? And I'm sorting it anyway.
Jean? You haven't seen Derek, have you?
No, no. Not seen him.
You all right?
Alfie is upstairs with Michael
and it feels like something's going to explode any minute.
Yeah? What kind of something?
Maybe to do with Kat.
I don't suppose either of you could find an excuse to go upstairs
and see what's going on?
No. Not really our place, I wouldn't have thought.
I'm going to find Derek, all right? See you later.
I've got things I've got to be doing anyway, so...
See you later.
-How much is that?
-£26 the lot.
What do you think you're doing?
What does it look like I'm doing?
That's Phil's responsibility. Let him pay.
I know, but Sharon said...
You supposed to be fighting him, not helping him.
I'll take 'em all, please.
Oh, look at that, look. I've got to get a picture of that.
-Where's me phone?
-Go and play with the traffic.
You know, I'm going to really enjoy watching you
push a pram around the Square, Phil.
That'll be one for the scrap book.
How's Sharon, by the way?
You're cruising, Derek.
She didn't deny that pill thing, did she?
-You're flying low.
There you are.
Well, well, well, if it isn't the bridegroom to be.
What's all this, Del?
What's all this that Tanya tells me about you being best man?
What, you frightened of what I might say at the speech?
You should be.
No, it's Jack, still thinks he's doing it.
Maxwell, I'm doing my best to stop our friends
turning you into peanut butter.
A little gratitude wouldn't go astray.
A bit higher.
A bit more.
Yeah. Yeah, that's it.
So what do we think?
Tasteless, vulgar, tacky...
You're a good kid, Abi.
Your mother did a good job with you.
Shame she didn't do so well with your sister.
Stop it. You were doing really well there.
Is it a bad time?
No. No, no, no, course not.
Abi, this is Ava.
Ava, this is my granddaughter, Abi.
You go and see the play then, Tate, yeah?
Sharon! Thought I weren't going to make it.
Couldn't find anywhere to park.
I thought you had a meeting you couldn't break?
Yeah, well, it turns out I could.
You sure you don't want one, Abi?
No, I'll leave you two to it.
It was nice to meet you, Ava.
Can I, um, can I tell Mum?
You can tell her what you want.
Tell her I'm very pleased about...
Why don't you tell her yourself?
All in good time.
She seems like a nice girl.
Yeah, I'm very proud of her.
How did you find me?
I think it's called being resourceful.
I got you a card.
You didn't have to do that just cos I got you one.
Yeah, I know I didn't have to.
Can I open it now?
Very Christmassy in here. It's lovely.
D'you like Christmas?
I'm coming round to it.
The trouble is, I've already got a load of stuff on order.
Yeah, but I wanna be part of it an' all.
Wipe your feet on the way in, will you?
I've just had the floor polished.
Wow. What was wrong with this place before?
Well, new baby, new start.
Now what is this?
I don't like this, it's nylon or polyester or something.
-I don't want my baby wearing man-made stuff.
The best thing you can do is get your money back.
If you want to buy her a present, that's fine, you know,
but make it something a bit classier than that, will you?
Well, go on. Off you go.
I have to go.
< Where are you?
We're in here, Kat.
-What are you doing here?
Oh, just a bit of male bonding.
-We're going to have a wrestle in the snow later.
-There is no snow.
Isn't there? Oh, another time, maybe.
-So, how did you Christmas shopping go?
So where's your stuff?
Never you mind.
I knew I hadn't lost that cos I remember checking it
before I left to see how much cash I had.
How did you get there then? How did you manage to pay for stuff?
I was really lucky.
Realised I hadn't got this on the way to the Tube,
about to turn back to get it and I banged into Roxy.
She drew out 100 quid for me and lent it to me.
-What, Roxy did?
-Yeah. I'll be five minutes.
You need to remember this, Alfie,
the things you hate her for are the very same things you love her for.
You kick her out and what's left?
Will a single day go by where you don't have this big
hole in your heart, wishing she was back?
Think on, cousin.
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With Alfie's paranoia about Kat escalating, he turns to Michael for advice - only for Michael to drop a bombshell about Kat's affair. Derek does his best to manipulate Tanya to get what he wants, knowing that she needs to keep him onside for Lauren's sake. Meanwhile, Sharon struggles with her demons the day before Lexi's court hearing. Cora is shocked when she receives a visit from an unexpected guest.