Phil has a bombshell for Alfie which is going to ruin his Christmas. Joey plays a devious game with Janine. Kat senses something's not right about the account of Michael's murder.
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PATRICK CHUCKLES Hey, what's got into you?
Alfie, what the devil have you done?
No, no, no! Get out of my way!
No, Phil. You deserved it. I what?! You deserved it!
You know I'm right, Kat.
You know Janine did it. In your heart, you know.
No, let's be clear.
I want your sister to go to prison for a very, very long time.
What are you doing? Sweetheart, no time to explain. You need to pack a bag for you and Tommy straightaway.
No. I'm not doing anything until you tell me what you're doing!
As long as you promise not to get mad, all right?
He threw that thing. That thing. Of all things.
You told him to beg!
Imagine if someone had said that to you! Well, I'd kill them. So what?
I don't get you two. It's me that has been dumped here.
We were looking out for you.
Yeah? OK, what you going to do now?
You going to go round there, smash his head in, get sent down?
What we selling the Vic for, to pay your legal fees?
Well, I ain't letting this go. Do you understand me? You started it!
Stop being such a child!
You've done this to stop me and Amy leaving, haven't you?
You think you know what's best for me. Do you?
OK, all right, well, understand this.
You hurt Alfie...and we are gone.
Over to you.
Janine, come on, open the door, will ya? Please!
Open the door. Please.
All right! Just...hear me out. Please.
Look, this whole thing has been a mistake. OK? I was...
You were just there.
This morning, with Alice, I was trying to get her to plead guilty.
Well, will you let me in?
Those agency chefs, they're not all that. You can't build a business on them.
That's why you need to create a good relationship with Jake.
You can't be friends with employees!
Well, me and Zainab managed.
Ish. But you two weren't...
When you're the boss, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions.
Be a git, you mean. That's a very strong word.
You don't want to have dinner at Jake's because you're frightened
that you're not going to be able to treat him like dirt at work. Precisely!
Yeah, all right, kind of. Oh, Ian, just book the chef. It'll be fun. I promise.
Be grateful. I never get invites.
Just the noodles, please.
You busy tonight?
Er, no. Don't think I am. Why?
Denise and Ian are coming for dinner. Come. Bring a date.
Seven o'clock! Black tie. No, I'm joking. Smart though, yeah?
Dexter not back yet? Er, no.
All right, Lauren. All right.
I've just been invited round Sadie's for dinner. She said bring a date.
That little black book of yours must be a bit threadbare by now.
Yeah, anyway, I don't fancy going on my own, so...
What, you need your hand holding? No, I'll probably need a translator.
His accent ain't that bad, Dad.
No, it's Sadie, innit? Find her a bit pushy.
It's not sunny out.
Yeah, well, it's not sunny in here either, is it?
Oh! It's bright in here though, innit?
You'd better have been to work.
Come on, Nan.
Don't tell me you ain't never pulled a straight-through before?
Yeah, the whole window. You can come today?
That's perfect, thank you. Cheers.
You'll stay...if I don't hurt him?
Then I'm going to need something else. You was close to Alfie.
What does he care about more than anything else in the world?
Phil... If you don't want me to break his legs,
I'm gonna need an alternative, ain't I?
What is the one thing that Alfie loves?
Apart from Kat and Tommy?
Do I really need to tell you?
Kat, you can't be serious.
I'm not running away, I'm not hiding up there. But going round there?!
You haven't left me much choice!
Paddy, keep an eye on me bag.
Do you know, when they let him out,
we just sat in front of the television all day and...and cried.
Yeah. I prayed for the first time in...years when I heard the news.
Oh, just to say thank you.
It's like when you see him, you just...
OK, see ya. See ya.
Well, the solicitor wanted her to plead guilty to manslaughter.
All these nightmares you've been having...
I had to do something to help, so me and Carol went to see her.
And what did she say?
Well, it weren't exactly pretty, but she is going to do it.
She is going to plead guilty.
Course, it makes sense for her too, cos it'll reduce her sentence.
I ain't gonna deny that. But...
Look, the important thing, Janine, is...
that by Christmas Eve... all of this...will be over.
Just...do me a favour, yeah? Don't mention anything to Carol.
Cos...she's a little bit upset about it all.
Well, I didn't see that coming.
Dexter rolled up at lunch time, in case you're interested.
Maybe he finished early.
As in, from the night before.
Well, he's only young once.
Oh! I'm sure Phil's going to see it that way.
As I'm sure Dexter won't be unemployed by tomorrow.
Well, has Phil said something?
So you DO care.
Are you hurt? No.
But thank you for coming round to find out.
We've come to speak to Phil. Well, he's not home.
So where is he? I just about stopped him coming round and killing you.
Well, that can't have been easy.
I didn't do it for you. I did it for him. I don't want him inside for Christmas.
So, um, how was he when he left?
I'd get home if I was you.
Look, just bill us for the damage. Alfie...
What do you mean, get home? Where's the Queen? He took it with him.
Look, I tried to help you, OK? Whatever happens next...
it's your fault.
It's only two more guests.
Well, I didn't get enough food.
You'll make it stretch, Jake.
Max is nice. He could be a friend.
I can choose my own mates, you know.
What's got into you?
We had such a nice day.
KNOCK AT DOOR
Hi. You all right? Come on in. Thanks.
You all right? Yeah, good. Hi. It's Max.
Hello, mate. Glad you could make it.
Cheers, mate. All my dates were busy, so...
So he roped the baby-sitter in. Yeah.
Can I take your coats?
Thanks. Smells good. Look at that.
Thanks, darling. Thank you.
Tell me again. He puts it down... And walks out without saying a word.
Well, maybe he's letting you off.
I just checked the cellar cos I thought he might've taken all the booze, but he hasn't.
The look on Roxy's face, I thought he'd burned the place down again!
Not before he's sold it!
Phil's gonna do something. And it won't be about money for repairs.
This is Phil we're talking about. He's gonna try and hit me where it hurts.
Pint, please, Patrick.
Anyway, said I'd help me mum cook. Let me know what happens, yeah?
All right, see you later, sweetheart.
Looking out for Cora? Nah. She already got me.
Your mum... She's hurting, you know.
And I'm not, Patrick?
Alfie, please tell me you parked the Capri somewhere else today... No. Why?
Ian. Hi, come on in! Come on then.
Don't make me do it with my dad.
Does that mean I wear the hat, or you do?
You get to choose.
In that case, I choose you.
Ian and Denise are here, everyone.
All right, Denise. All right, Ian.
Max... I didn't know you were coming.
Why, do I need my lawyer?
Why don't you have a seat? And Ian, you go next to her.
Who'd like some wine?
Oh, yes, me, please! Look at all this!
Dunno whether to eat or take a photograph.
Feel free to do both!
Tell you what, this place is lovely.
You'll have to give me the tour, won't you?
Thank you. And for you?
No, I'll just have some water.
Oh, OK. Here you go.
now that everyone's pretty much got their glasses charged, I think
now is a good time to have a toast to Jake and Ian working together.
Yeah, here's to a fruitful partnership.
Talking of which, I don't know why I didn't think of you sooner...
No, Ian. All right? Whatever it is...no.
All right, everybody tuck in. I'll check on the main.
It's too much for one of us. He's asked for 800 grand.
We could put together a company, he need never know it's us.
No, I've got a hard enough time trying to buy the house off Jack.
Max, think about it, business partners.
We could keep Alfie and Kat on. How much would Phil hate that?
I ain't gonna invest in a failing industry just to put Phil Mitchell's nose out of joint!
Really? Can you let it go, please?
I'll go see if he needs any help in the kitchen.
It'd be good for us. OK? Help build bridges.
Ian. There is no us.
You shouldn't have come.
Was it just for the grown-ups?
Oh, is this is cos I called you the baby-sitter?
Maybe you should grow up.
I've been sent to see if you need any help.
As you know, I can peel, chop, slice, dice.
So, stir that.
Congratulations on the new job.
Just hope last week was a one-off.
Have you forgotten how close we were to getting caught?
So that's what this is, then? Just guilt?
Why does she want you to do it anyway? She must know.
We're just trying to move on.
Brush it under the carpet? Pretend that you're fine?
Don't question her, all right? She's suffered more than...
Jake, how are we doing? Nearly there.
Good. Don't want Ian thinking he's a slow cook.
Nice of her to pile the pressure on, eh?
What is it, Janine? We're just about to eat.
I'm so sorry... I won't keep you, I just...
I just don't know what to do.
You know what, you've got to get this on the menu at the restaurant.
He's got enough on his plate learning the other dishes.
On his plate! You can throw anything at my Jake.
He'll have this menu down in an afternoon.
It's not that simple. Ignore him, he's modest to the last.
Why don't you drink? Lauren...
He doesn't touch a drop when you're cooking, do you, babe?
Honestly, those chefs...
fat off their own food, drunk on the house red...
I think everyone's probably guessed.
I'm a recovering alcoholic.
82 days clean.
Well, that is wonderful. Well done.
Yeah, well done, mate, that's a good stretch. Cheers.
Anyway, I don't really think this is the time to... I'm an alcoholic too.
82 days? Your sponsor must be proud.
He's a man of few words. Makes a change. Anyway...
Done really well, ain't you, Lauren? One hundred and...
Must be hard, working so close to alcohol?
You can't pretend it doesn't exist.
But that's hiding from it, not fighting it.
I know exactly what you mean.
He didn't just knock back a few alcopops.
Really? How bad was it?
I should have told you, Ian.
Look, if you want to find a new chef, I completely understand. No hard feelings.
No, no. Look, everyone deserves a second chance.
See? He ain't such a git after all!
Well, I'm glad you can all have a laugh about it.
Um, sorry, where's your loo?
Just upstairs. Straight ahead.
Paddy, is Kat back?
Not yet. Have you found it?
I've been looking all over the place.
Nothing. Where the hell do you hide a Capri, eh?
All right, Ava? Hey, Billy. You haven't seen Dexter, have you?
Dunno, I just got in here. You OK? Mum! What you doing here?
I came to see you, darling. For what?
Everyone's been coming up to me saying, "Your mum misses you, she's so worried."
But you ain't, you're out here on the pull! What? No, I came to talk to you...
I can see why you kicked Dad out. Billy Mitchell? You're moving up in the world(!) Oi!
Really worth breaking up our family over?
I wish I never came in here now. Mum, where are you going? You can't leave without his number! Go on.
What'd you do that for?
Look, what I just done was nothing! Yeah? Nothing compared to what she's done to me.
SHE SIGHS I don't know what to do.
I just needed somebody after Michael and he was there...
Well, grief does strange things to you.
He just gets so intense...
It's scary. He has had a bad day.
I know you went to the prison today to see Alice.
And that's fine, you know?
She's his sister, of course he's going to want to see her, but he just seems so angry at me.
I don't know what's going on inside his head.
He's trying to get Alice to plead not guilty.
Well, he believes in her.
But she's gonna get years! He's so pig-headed.
He thinks the jury's going to let her off cos she's sweet or something.
That's the trouble with the brooding type, isn't it?
Just never know what's going on underneath the surface, you can only guess at it.
What are you going to do?
About Joey? I don't know.
But thank you for the chat. You've been a real comfort.
MUSIC PLAYING ON STEREO
KNOCKING AT DOOR
He hates me!
I just tried to talk to him and he hates me.
SHE SWITCHES OFF MUSIC Talk.
He just totally humiliated me... and Billy.
He's just accused us of trying to pull each other.
That boy needs a slap.
He still blames me for Sam leaving.
Then go and get Sam back.
I don't mean have a relationship with the man.
Just get together as a family and talk.
He didn't leave because of me.
Look, I get it.
I get that he got what he wanted and walked.
But you can't tell Dexter that his old man's a rat...
SHE LAUGHS BITTERLY Got what he wanted.
Whatever this is...
..I can keep a secret.
because I found out that he knew
he needed a kidney before he even came here.
All that wanting to get to know us.
Wanting to be a family. All he wanted...was a transplant.
FAINT MUSIC PLAYS
Lauren. Everything OK?
Busted! I'm so sorry.
I was...just being nosey.
It's just you've got the most beautiful jewellery!
Phil, come on, just tell us what you did with it!
Excuse me, you said you wanted no part of it.
I've been looking for you.
Alfie is out of his mind with worry.
I'm telling you that cos that's what you want.
I'm giving it to you - what you want.
Right. Is that for you to decide?
There's two things going on here, and they ain't the same.
There's the pub and the car.
You know, she almost talked him round.
She went on and on about how she didn't want us to push you out,
how it was going to make her feel a lot worse.
And you know what, Phil said, "Actually, maybe she's got a point."
And then Her Royal Highness came flying through the window.
Did he choose that on purpose?
Course not, it's Alfie, he don't think.
So you did change your mind then?
Phil, he loves that car. It's part of him!
You should see him. All the blood's
drained from his face, he's sweating buckets.
This is revenge well over and above a window.
Do what you want with it. Everyone knows you've outdone him.
Everyone knows you're the boss.
let us stay in the pub.
He really loves that car, does he?
Yeah. More than anything.
I'll let you talk it over.
You're not really going to change your mind?
Wonder where those two have got to.
Women, mate, they like to talk, don't they?
You're so lucky. You've got a beautiful house.
It hasn't come easy.
You all look so happy together.
You should see ours. Mum's gone.
Dad's looking for wife number 210.
I'm sorry I snapped earlier. When you were talking about your...
Yeah. It's fine.
Seeing a place like this...
just proves if you want something bad enough you can get it.
Well, you never know. Maybe one day.
I need a job first. And no, baby-sitting doesn't count.
It's just hard, you know.
People have a habit of not trusting alcoholics.
Know what he asked me to do? He asked me to beg.
Asked me to get on my knees in front of Roxy and beg for this place.
How sick is that, eh? It was a cheap shot.
I came back here... picked up the Queen.
She ain't half heavy. You can say that again!
And I was lugging her across the square...
Wish I could've seen the look on his face as it come
flying through the window. Beetroot red.
Veins popping everywhere!
I was so knackered, I didn't think I was going to get it past his gate!
So what did you do then?
I just gathered up all the strength I could muster...
..and I just chucked it straight through his window.
And I'll tell you something, Paddy...
it felt great.
You know, the car...
Me and Kat have been all over the country in that thing.
Phil, he's a car man. He wouldn't destroy a classic.
The car...the pub.
I've lost it all, you know.
Alfie. There she is. All right, darling?
I found him. He was in the cafe. I tried.
I think I might've got somewhere...
You think he's going to give me the car back?
Hey, I love you, don't I?! Mwah.
Alf. Phil's downstairs. Wants to talk to you.
There you are.
Lauren was just checking out our bedroom.
Thought that was going to be our little secret?
What were you doing that for?
Oh, she was just being nosey.
I'd have done the same thing. Anyway, the good news is
that she's going to come and work for me again over Christmas.
Yeah? Back in the salon? Well done!
Be good to have someone in there I can trust.
Oh, well, that calls for another toast, don't it?
To Lauren. To me!
To Lauren, cheers. MAX: Cheers.
Ah! Listen up, everyone! Drinks on the house until the money runs out!
To Kat and Alfie.
On the house?
Thought we should celebrate, you know, settling scores.
Phil... You said he loved that car, didn't ya?
So, er, I brought it back.
Right, what's everyone having? Lager? Do you want a large one?
DEXTER: I'll have two tequilas, no, I'll have three!
Mm-mm, you were having nightmares.
How long have I been asleep?
Just enough time for me to go over and see Carol.
Let me give you a little tip, shall I?
If you DON'T want someone to do something,
you should just probably not mention anything about it at all.
What you on about?
Well, telling me NOT to go and see Carol.
Of course, as soon as you were asleep I went straight over.
And she's been very helpful. She's told me everything.
How you've been to see Alice and begged her to plead NOT guilty.
That ain't true. And do you know what?
She actually... She actually thought
she was helping you out by telling me!
Oh, such a shame.
But I want you gone by the time I'm back.
Janine, don't... Ah, ah, ah.
We are so over, Joey. Whatever it was,
your big plan...
So what happens now? You're not selling?
Is there anything better than a pub in full swing?
I miss it.
Phil, I can't see the car out there anywhere, mate.
That's cos it ain't out there. It's in here.
Take a look around.
No, I d-d-don't get it.
I, er... I sold your car for scrap and put the money behind the bar.
So, everyone in here, they're actually drinking your car, right?
I don't negotiate, Alfie. You should know that by now.
You either roll over, or it gets worse.
Oh, and I've checked the contract for the Vic.
And it says "voidable in the event of unreasonable behaviour".
You're out at Christmas.
Enjoy your drinks, everyone! Drink up!
MUSIC: "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade
BUSKER: # When the snowman brings the snow
# Well, he might just like to know
# He's put a great big smile on somebody's face
# If you jump into your bed
# Quickly cover up your head... #
You want to go see my therapist.
If you're lucky, she'll get the banjo out.
See you later.
Wow, that's great. And is Haroon coming?
Yeah? And what are you going to do?
Oh, you're going to eat Kulfi! Kamil's new friend.
They're going to the zoo. They're going to eat kulfi.
Ah, that's sweet! So what animals are you going to see?
Little Kamil's got himself a little friend.
Oh, wow, so are you having fun with Haroon?
He's not Kamil's friend.
Oh, that's so funny. Crazy Haroon!
What are you talking about?
Are you crazy? 'No.'
No. You're a good boy, aren't you?
I hear the king's leaving his castle.
Don't you ever get tired? I'll take these ones, please.
Might put an offer in myself.
You know, take it a bit more upmarket.
You wouldn't know what upmarket was. Looks like times are changing, Phil.
# This year, to save me from tears... #
You better hand your notice in today.
She's gonna wonder why, isn't she? Don't play games with me, Lauren.
You don't want me. You don't get a say.
Hey. Missing me already?
Yeah. Dream on. Listen, good luck today.
Are you ready for your first day back with us?
Yeah. Can't wait. It's gonna be great. Come on.
Are you sure about this? SHE SIGHS
Yep. I've let work slip for far too long.
Yeah, but last time you went back too soon, didn't you?
Life goes on, Billy. Apart from those behind bars,
life goes on.
So have your shower before bed.
I don't want my shower before I go to bed. It's rank.
Well, suck it up, then. I want my showers in the morning.
But there's always someone else in there.
Liam never has a shower anyway.
That house does my head in.
You don't even know what they're really like, do you?
This thing weighs a ton.
I nicked it from the club,
thought we could do with a bit more festive cheer around here.
You've got to do it, you know.
Just sign them. And then it's gonna be over.
Amy, come on, it's time to go to school!
So, want to decorate this bad boy with me later?
I'm not in the mood, Ron. Oh, come on, Roxy.
Amy, will you get a move on now!
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Size isn't everything.
No, it's what's inside that counts.
Right, there you go. Cheers. I was video-calling Kamil, you know.
Get you, geek boy! That looks nothing like my signature.
They all say that. That'll do, thank you. He's got a new friend.
Has he? Bet you miss him this time of year, don't you?
Yeah, it's gonna be weird.
So stick a stamp on a bit of love, eh?
Masood, are you looking for Carol? She ain't here, Mas.
No, I was just delivering... Some junk mail. Rubbish. Things.
Junk mail. Yeah, junk mail. See ya.
Is that...? Yeah, it is. Do you do this every year?
Mostly, yeah. But this year, you know, new home and that.
I've made it really big. Bet you miss Lapland.
Dozy idiot forgot his bag.
You all right with me?
Yeah. Yeah, I'm late for school.
I'll have a coffee to take away, please.
You know what I'd do with the pub, Phil? Open-plan kitchen.
Bit more modern, yeah?
If you think for one minute I'd sell the pub to you...
You're breaking up your empire, ain't ya?
I'm just offering a hand, if you need cash.
You are skating on very thin ice.
You'd better hope I don't fall through, then.
Wouldn't want Ben to get a little visit in prison, would we?
You stay away from my businesses, and my family.
Oi, would you two get back in the jungle?
Looking good today. Wish I could say the same.
Feisty. I like that. Feisty's just the start of it.
Carl was just going.
I was indeed.
I don't want you talking to him. Will you please stop interfering?
I don't want you anywhere near him. It's my life.
Right, that is ?5.99 each, Mr Mas. ?5.99? Yeah.
You break your old one?
No, one for Kamil and one for his friend Haroon.
You know they can share, right?
Yeah, but everyone loves presents. Show him how we do things over here.
Why don't you just get him
some Brussels sprouts or a "Cliff Richard Sings Slade" CD?
You're like the Grinch that stole Christmas, you know.
Keep the change.
You can't tell him, bruv. You know that, right?
Isn't that what Grinches do?
All right, all right.
What is it? What, have I got a second head now or something?
You had no right, talking to your mother like that.
She chucks out my dad then she starts giving it all big over Billy Mitchell, yeah?
Sometimes things aren't always what they seem to be.
You know something...
I'm just saying, you're being very unfair to her.
Is this about her and my dad? It's not my place, Dexter.
Look, if someone would tell me where he is,
then he could talk to me himself. Yeah? Then ask her.
Someone looks rough.
Don't worry, I didn't tell him
what his pathetic excuse of a father done to him.
I didn't get that job.
That one I interviewed for the other day,
Head of the Children's Centre. I'm really sorry.
They did offer me something else though. Same post.
But in Newcastle.
I've got 30 irate customers out there waiting for their lunch.
This your charm offensive to get me to buy half the Vic with you?
Boring boss speech is finished, secret Santa's finished. Come on!
So give them a free drink. Oi listen, it's proper crazy out there!
No customers back here, please. Can I get some service, please?
Listen, have you heard from my dad? Why would I have heard from him?
He did some work for you here. That was ages ago! Be careful with that!
I thought you might have a number or something.
Well, I haven't, all right? Have you got room for two more?
No customers back here, please! There's no-one at the front desk
and I know you've got a big group in, but...
Look, this is really bad timing. It's Lauren's first day.
Just want to treat her to lunch, bit of a gossip.
Staff discount doesn't cover the Christmas menu, but follow me.
She isn't interested. I just wanted five minutes.
So unless you're after a property... I know what you said, but
I haven't stopped thinking about you, Janine. I haven't slept.
Am I not making myself clear here? Billy!
Please can you just go and clean a cupboard or something?
I know my timing isn't great, but can I have a word?
Yeah, course. Alfie. In private.
Estate agents are leaving.
Let me get you a drink.
Go away. Whoa, whoa, whoa, come on.
There's a couple of hubcaps' worth left behind the bar.
Get you one with that, shall I? Kat!
You threw a bust through Phil's window. What did you expect?
I'll see them out.
Well, you know, you and me. We were good together. Were we?
You know we were. We fitted. Like yesterday. When we...
And that's why you're here?
You're trying to wangle your way back between my sheets?
No. No, I'm not.
Well, yeah. Obviously I'd love to. Yeah, I bet you would.
I do like it when you're angry, Janine. It's very sexy.
Trust me, Joey. You have not seen me angry yet.
So what was last night, then?
That was like the kind of minor irritation that you feel
when you've got something stuck to the bottom of your shoe.
You're good at this, aren't you?
I think you know that I'm good at everything.
So what, is this the part where you ravish me across the desk?
All right, don't make it a joke, Janine.
Then I stroke your face so dreamily.
And then you ask me for a loan?
And you pretend that it's to buy me something really nice for Christmas.
Or that you've got behind with your rent.
Because you haven't exactly been working a lot lately, have you?
And then I chastise you because you're spending
so much time away, creeping off to see your little sister.
Janine, don't... Which you, of course, protest about.
And I joke, oh, am I paying you for services rendered?
That makes you really riled and that's when you say...
It's just a loan, Janine, OK.
So you can get your sister a better lawyer?
So that she can tell more lies about me?
He was my husband.
You really weren't at the front of the queue
when they dished out the brains, were you?
So I've been filling in the Nullity Form.
OK, so what? What do you need? A signature?
No. Not till you get the copy of my petition from the court anyway.
I have to describe how our marriage was never consummated, yeah?
I have to write down that I wanted to have sex with my husband,
but you refused me.
I mean, how shaming and embarrassing is that?
Rox, I'm sorry, all right?
Put it in black and white. You don't want me.
That we didn't have a wedding night.
Oh, and it's going to cost me ?410.
I thought we weren't going to need lawyers?
That's just for the application.
That's the least we can do. None of this was your fault.
If you...you need any more, OK.
I'm not a charity. It's what I'm owed.
She's trying really hard here, all right.
Do me a favour, just put another one in there, yeah?
Aren't you supposed to be picking up Amy soon?
Amy is nothing to do with you now, is she?
Dexter still not shown up yet?
He just had to go and get some parts.
I tell you what, he isn't getting any more chances.
Well, you've only just missed him.
I'm looking for my dad. Have you seen him?
Sam. Big guy. He works as a... I know who your dad is.
Yeah, well? He don't like people knowing his business.
Well, he's my dad!
He comes and he goes. Wherever the work is. Germany. Spain.
He swung by last week. And?
He comes and he goes. He came. He went.
Have you got his number or not?
I thought he was your dad.
Lauren's been telling me some very interesting things. Yeah?
Yeah, about how her mum used to run the place.
The firms she did deals with, that sort of thing.
Yeah, apart from that, we've just been talking about men.
Nothing bad, I hope? You know what us girls are like.
Anyway, I've got to go and corner Alfie.
Bet you two can't wait to get back to it.
That salon's not going to run itself, you know. See ya.
Taking these to the post office. You want anything?
So you're...are you going to the High Street?
Yeah, cos you don't really want to go that far.
You see, there used to be a local post office.
Another Masood family business...
THEY CHUCKLE AWKWARDLY
You're being odd.
No. What's happened?
Nothing. I'm not being odd. I'm not odd.
Your boy being odd? No!
Are you being odd? Me. No. I don't do odd.
You odd? No. Nothing odd here, then.
No, nothing. Nothing odd here.
I thought a street party for Christmas Day.
Bit cold, ain't it?
Bonfire. Carols. Mulled wine.
You can have it in here if you like. Alfie...
Listen, if it's going to be our last day... A street party.
We've just given Roxy half our takings
and we've got no motor. Well, in for a penny.
We'll go out in style, can't we? That's what I was hoping for.
Sponsorship. Get everyone round the piano. A street party.
I could do my Father Christmas. A street party!
Something a little bit more sophisticated
than people round here are used to.
I hear Terry's very big on Christmas.
Might be a bit tacky, but perhaps...
Whoa, sweetheart, I can do sophistication, OK? Yeah?
I can give you a hand. If you like? Great. Lovely.
A beautiful woman drinking alone.
Never a good thing.
Always leads to trouble.
That's what I'm hoping.
Well, then you can hope on, can't you?
"Beautiful woman?" Is that what you think?
I've seen worse.
Come on, you're beautiful.
Sexy. Good fun.
Well, good, I'm glad someone thinks so.
My door's always open to you, Roxy. Are you that desperate?
Nah, I've just moved out of the B
Got myself a flat.
We could have a private little housewarming.
I thought Phil told you!
Told me what?
He told you to stay away from us. Especially her.
Phil doesn't own me. And neither do you...
We're looking out for you. You weren't home yet...
I'm perfectly capable of looking out for myself. Sitting here,
all cosy, cosy with him dribbling all over you? So what,
the guy fancies me! I'm not going sleep with him, am I?
Some men happen to find me attractive.
Unlike my husband, who left me on my wedding day!
But this one?
No, he's not my taste.
Haroon isn't Kamil's friend.
He is his friend...
but he's not his friend.
He's actually mum's second cousin.
Who...she's been seeing a lot of...
..at the house.
They're thinking of getting engaged.
Bit of peace and quiet, eh?
You'll get used to it.
I know it can be a bit of a crazy house sometimes.
Yeah, that's one word for it.
What's that mean? Nothing.
Have people been talking or something?
No. About what?
Listen, if you've got something to say then you can say it.
Everything all right with you two?
Go on, take it. Just this once.
It's just some boy.
Is it school?
No, he said it's not about school.
You ain't the only one who finds school hard. Liam hates school.
He's been bullied and everything. Is that why he joined a gang?
What have you heard?
What's it to you? Oi!
He mugs people. Kids. No, he don't. No, I don't.
And he got arrested. Knifed. Come on, everyone makes mistakes.
Is that why you became a prostitute? That's enough!
Who have you been talking to? She wasn't a prostitute.
She used to go with all these guys.
That is none of your business!
They're all, this whole family...
Are you going to let him talk about my kids like that?
You've been to prison yourself for beating someone up. That's enough!
You haven't got a clue what sort of family you've moved us all into?
I do, actually. Because Bianca's told me everything.
"A big sister to look up to," you said to Rosie.
"And a brother, you'll love having a brother."
I think these two are amazing.
Everything they've been through and they've turned out like this.
Yeah. And if you ever want to know about my life -
then you go ahead and you just ask me.
It's no secret round here anyway.
Please don't make me out to be a bad person.
I think you owe her an apology.
In fact, I think you owe them all an apology.
Visitor for you.
You better have a receipt.
You know, for them brake pads that you went looking for?
I ain't covering up for you any more. I just want answers, Jay.
You ain't going to find 'em in here, are you?
Listen, don't take this the wrong way...
but a man leaves his things behind...
he's obviously going somewhere he can't take 'em.
I took the blue ones out.
Next time, talk to me first.
Why didn't you tell me you knew?
Cos it's up to them, isn't it?
Bianca knows you eat your toenails,
but she don't blab it round the house.
I've messed everything up, ain't I? You don't make it easy, Tel, no.
Look, I'm still your dad... and you two still come first.
Do we? Well, second to QPR, of course.
Look, it can't be easy for that lot either, can it?
You know, us all turning up. Stinking out the bathroom.
Well, it weren't my choice.
No, it was mine.
And I'm with Bianca now.
And I need you to accept it.
To make an effort.
I love you.
Here you go.
Go on, I've put more brandy in it. Urgh!
Are you even allowed to drink eggnog this early in the month?
Yeah. Don't think you can go opening your presents yet though.
I loved him.
Do you think I'd have let you stop talking to me if you didn't?
I always knew it was Kat and not me, anyway.
Still hurts though, don't it? Yup.
Oi, we're a pair of tragics, aren't we?
We are not tragics. Tragics wear really bad shoes.
And bad shirts.
You and Jack.
I wasn't even there.
It doesn't matter.
Yes, it does. It does, because some bloke had a problem.
No bloke is ever going to come between us ever again, OK? OK.
It's Pat. And wait, wait...
Ron, please... No, who's this?
Aunt Sal! It's Aunt Sal. Put Aunt Sal on the Christmas tree.
Oh, Aunt Sal...
Someone is still waiting for your autograph.
Come on, one little squiggle, then you're free. Come on.
It's only money. It's the least she deserves.
Yeah, I know, but you and me, despite everything,
we're going to have the best Christmas ever.
Yeah, on our backsides in the snow?
OK, here's the deal.
?50 limit and I bet I get a better present than you.
You're on. OK.
Listen, Kat, I've been thinking, all right...
..about asking Janine... Ask Janine what?
..about buying the Vic. No.
Just hear me out a second.
It just means we can stay here, we run it for her, that's all.
Kat, it's no worse than Phil being the governor, is it?
I'm not being her poodle.
Hello, darling. Hey.
So where's my money, then?
The juke box. You sold it, right? So where's my money?
It's at home.
Yeah? OK, well, how much did you get for it?
I can't remember.
Cos you didn't sell it, did you?
You sent it back to him. Dexter...
You see, I knew something didn't add up.
Nan's telling me, things ain't always what they seem, Dex.
Oh, really? Well, it's none of her business...
Look, Mum, stop doing that. That's nothing to do with her.
You're the one who begged him to stay,
you're the one who begged me to get involved.
I give him a kidney and then you just send my dad away.
Look, Mum, please, if you're really not going to tell me what happened,
just give me his address and I can go and talk to him myself.
Put the boy out of his misery.
Look, Sam is gone, yeah?
And I don't want you seeing him.
You said this wasn't a game.
And I'm not playing.
Don't mess with my family.
But don't mess with me.
I can't do this, Lauren.
You and me...
We can't do this any more.
I know you know. I don't know!
Come on, just tell me what's in the parcel!
I don't know what's in the parcel.
Fish and chips!
He's going to apologise.
No more trouble.
I just think we should give her a bit of space, that's all.
I don't want her doing anything stupid.
It's just the annulment stuff. She'll be OK.
I'll make sure of it.
Not what it looks like.
And I ain't seen it anyway.
You'll grow up to be Spider-Man, you're eating all your breakfast.
He's been asking for Michael again.
I hope that girl knows what she's done...
All right, Kat?
That heating's been breaking down since I went there!
Yeah, well, you can ring them back if you don't believe me.
You'll have planes landing on that roof.
Yeah, or Martians sending back messages. See ya. See you later.
Are you... Are you going to be out all day?
It's not called OUT. It's called work.
Well, don't just stand there. The people of Walford want their leggings, don't they?
You take Christmas proper serious!
Yes, this is Operation Rudolph, my good friend. TJ!
You two better both be studying.
You know, they've got some really lovely handmade bracelets on the market.
Don't worry, he's not staying.
Think they'd make a lovely Christmas present for someone. What would?
Right, you two, if you get cold, no adjusting the thermostat, OK?
Put another jumper on. See ya.
You know they hate me even more now? Thanks.
You told them what I said?
You don't seriously think we're doing any work, do you?
You're up early.
I thought I'd make us all some breakfast.
So where were you really? You fancy bacon?
Rox, I got up with Amy so Phil wouldn't know.
She was asleep when I left.
And why wasn't your bed touched?
OK, look, I went out for a drink last night.
I couldn't sleep because of the whole form thing
and I bumped into...Tina and we crashed at Billy's. That's it.
So what was her name then? It weren't her name I was after.
You're such a dirty little stop-out.
You got 40 quid? Billy needs it for the electric.
All right, Dex? So what time did you get in at then?
Because you woke me up. You should know what time it was then.
Don't take it out on her. Look, shut up, you. Stay out of my business.
Let's go, Jay.
You've got no idea, have you, what your mother gives up for you?
Well, she don't give up my dad's number, that's for sure.
She turned down a job yesterday. So? I didn't tell her to.
Cos it meant leaving London.
Look, Nan, she could move to the moon, I don't care.
She's still your mother. Show some respect.
Bad hair day?
She's just a kid.
A kid that killed someone.
She's falling apart, Kat. I ain't ever seen her so fragile.
And you want me to go and visit her?
Have you lost it?
Well, she won't see me no more, will she?
After she found out about... she thinks that I'm against her.
I just thought that, you know, maybe a friend could go there...
What? Come on, Kat, you used to be friends, didn't you?
You really can't take the hint, can you?
It's coming up to a year since my dad died.
I'm scared that she's going to do something stupid.
I'm sure they'll keep an eye on her.
If she goes down for this, she could get years.
My mum won't talk to me no more - Alice is all I've got.
Her solicitor reckons she's going to plead guilty to manslaughter.
I want to talk Christmas parties. Thing is, Janine's a bit busy at the moment.
We're going to have a big event Christmas Day - all the families, carols, mulled wine.
And I was wondering - as a fellow local prominent businesswoman -
if you might like to sponsor it? Yeah, well, I'll put an appointment in her diary, eh?
I know, I will get all the presents.
A great big giant pile, and put them underneath the tree?
Yeah, well, I'll set up a meeting.
Always a pleasure. Love to help the little children.
Come on, Janine.
Oh. Big night, was it? You saying I look rough?
No, no, just... Where did you go?
I ain't got a clue. It's all a blur.
Did you go with friends?
Don't tell me you've got it on camera.
Did I leave my phone at yours last night?
I left in a hurry this morning, didn't I?
I thought it was a present.
To make up for all the drinks I bought you.
You not going to work?
Yeah. I'm just going.
Lying to your sister. That is low.
Want to come help me "pay the electric"?
Yeah. Loads of people!
Yeah, course you have.
Well, no, not loads. I'm not like that, but...
Who? I'm not telling you!
Cos you're lying.
Well, Liam for one.
I know, I was bored. So I slept with Liam.
You did what?
Yeah, that's looking wicked.
And we ain't even started yet!
Are you going to leave that one untied, though?
Oh, mate. Stick your foot there.
Just to go like that.
No offence, Dex, your dad is an idiot.
How do you just get up and vanish, though? Just like that.
And the thing is I don't even know why they broke up.
And you give him a kidney and everything.
Hey. You're special, you know.
What do you mean by "special"?
I just mean the way you're holding it all together.
Just got remember to keep your chin up, yeah?
This you collecting brake pads again, is it?
This is a private conversation.
Not on my time, it ain't. All right, Phil, it's my fault. I'm sorry.
You know, if you're going to cover for someone, make sure it's someone who's worth it, will ya?
Oh, wasted it.
Excuse me. Excuse me. Hello?
My friend over here, she wants to help you hand out mince pies.
Yeah. Love a bit of mulled wine, me.
She's not really the kind of person we're looking for.
She's done catering. She's got silver service.
Yeah. My handbag's full of it. If you want to help with the clear up?
Oh. I think your head's got stuck somewhere it shouldn't be.
Oh, Kat, sweetheart, remember, ?50 limit.
I'm going to the prison. You what?
She's pleading guilty. And I want to know why. Why now?
There you are. You... I'm going to make sure you go to prison for this. Right. Liam.
She is 15! She's too young to give her consent!
Hang on, we don't even know if he's done anything yet!
Whoa, whoa, whoa, let's just take it down a notch, eh?
Have you been sleeping with Cindy?
Well, there's your answer.
Are you calling me a liar? No, I'm calling you a liar, Ian. What are you going to do about it?
How do you know this? She was telling your son!
I don't know why you're making such a big thing about it.
Because you're 15!
Fine. I... I made it up.
Why would you do that?!
Because she fancies him. I so don't.
Right. So, you going to apologise?
Home. You can't just come in here... Now!
You all right?
Now some of us have got work to do.
I swear that wasn't me.
Come on, then, give us a hand.
Shirley, you don't always have to say yes to her, you know.
Next time just send her home.
Whatever you say. Your sister - she told me
Roxy stayed with you lot at Billy's last night.
She was with him, wasn't she? She was with Carl.
Sometimes you are worse than your mother! I never asked you to go round there!
You told me you'd slept with Liam! Ian!
Just seen Bianca.
Yeah. Bet she's loving it, ain't she?
I think you should go.
I'll be in the pub.
It's never easy, is it? Growing up.
You know, if you...did... with Liam,
you can always talk to me, you know.
Thanks. But I didn't. I lied.
He's 21! Follow your own dreams for once.
Like you did?
I can't abandon my kid. Real parenting doesn't work like that.
He ain't a kid any more.
Tell him the truth and take the job.
So you're going to put your own life on hold?
And wrap him in cotton wool? You've spent years working towards this.
Take the job.
Yeah, sorry about that. Half past five, I told him.
And it'll be done at half past five. Yeah, looks like it an' all.
If I say it's going to be done, it'll be done. Phil, he's been going through a bit of a hard time...
Yeah, yeah, really hard time. All over Lola earlier, weren't you?
You're a funny man, Phil. I don't want you anywhere near her.
I'll go wherever I want. What you going to do? You need to get a grip. Just cos Daddy left you.
Poor little Dexter... Don't talk about my dad like that. All I hear about is your dad. Dad, Dad, Dad.
Well done. You all right, mate?
You all right?
Nice one. Well, go on, you're sacked. Go on, you're fired. Yeah well, I quit, innit?
You still owe me nine grand. What are you going to do, Phil? Sue me.
If you had to do one, would you...? Sleep with a gorilla?
It's my turn! And no!
Or a chimpanzee?
Well, I slept with Alfie, didn't I? But no, I wouldn't!
Not even if he promised not to tell his mates? No.
And that's about as much as you are ever going to get!
What is the matter with you, put them away!
Just cos mine don't drag on the floor.
Get your backside home.
I'm having fun. That money was for Billy's electric!
Rox, it's not even four o'clock!
What is this - boring big sister day or something?
What is Amy supposed to do, just walk herself back from nursery?
Come on, come home.
I reckon, slip her a few more drinks...
DOOR OPENS, KEYS JANGLE
It'll be great. You know, you, me, Kat, Scarlett Tommy, all running round together.
Last time I tried to get this place I ended up
out in the snow on my own.
Yeah, I know, I know, but this would be different. We do all the hard work. You take the money.
That's because I would have spent all the money.
Kat's having a bit of a, you know, a tough time.
What with Christmas coming up. And, you know, of course, Michael.
Using my own husband's death to try and persuade me
to dig you out of a hole?
That's cheap, Alfie.
I know, I know, I know. Just think about it, yeah?
I'm not stupid, you know.
I didn't say you were stupid.
I know, Roxy. I know.
Who told you?
He is bad news.
It doesn't concern you.
Of course it concerns me, you're my sister. No, it doesn't.
What do you think Phil is going to say? He's not going to say anything cos he's not going to know.
What are you doing?
What are you doing, just throwing yourself at a guy like that for?
I'm not throwing myself at anyone!
You - you are NOT seeing him again.
I can do what I want!
This is us.
No, it is not! This is me.
This is me.
It's not like it used to be, all right?
I am not a kid. You can't just tell me what to do.
Stop behaving like a kid, then, you little brat.
You weren't here, Ronnie. I am my own woman.
And you need to get used to it.
He didn't love you. Was that it?
He said we were for ever.
Me, him and Scarlett could be a family.
And you believed him?
I love him and he loved me.
Michael didn't love anyone. He didn't know how to.
He loved Scarlett.
I thought you was jealous of Janine, but you wasn't.
You was jealous of a baby. No!
You couldn't bear the thought of him wanting her and not you.
No. He wanted me to take Scarlett from Janine.
And then I realised he wanted me to murder Janine.
And I couldn't.
Right. Michael wanted you to kill Janine.
He'd look at me and say things - and I'd believe him.
And that's why you killed him?
He was trying to get rid of Janine and you thought he'd pin it on you?
I don't know, Kat. I don't know.
You're not playing me, Alice. Not like you're playing Joey.
No. That ain't love. You don't know what love is.
Yes, I do.
You couldn't stand the fact he didn't want you.
So you took a knife.
You took a knife and you stabbed him.
You walked out and left him to die.
Can I have a look at that one?
And they're handmade? All handmade, yeah.
It's for a Christmas present. A lovely present.
Sorry, I've only got fifties.
I don't know! You were there!
He was going for Janine.
He was strangling her and I thought I was defending her.
But I didn't want him to die.
So you do remember?
No. Janine does.
In my head - it's such a mess.
She came here and she told me what happened.
I stabbed him. I killed him. She told you that?
She...she said that I did it. But I don't know.
I had the knife - you said it.
You said it just now.
I stabbed him and then - and then I left him.
I walked out and left him to die.
I'm so sorry.
I'm so sorry, Kat.
That roof's looking proper mad! Is that my...?
Are you all right now? You know, after...? Listen.
If you do ever - you know, decide to do anything in that area.
Well, first of all, you know, just pop a little something on it, yeah?
And then secondly - make sure she's over 16.
All right, Mum. Do you mind?
DOOR SHUTS Right. You can come outside now. No. Final parcel?
Ah. final parcel! Give me five minutes, all right?
I tell you, I've had it with him. You don't mean that.
Don't I? No, he's just angry. And upset.
You think I don't know that?
And he's just hitting out at anyone that he knows can take it.
Yeah, well, maybe I've had enough of taking it.
Right now - despite what he's said or done - he just needs a friend.
You want some wings?
Right, you ready for this? You have lost it.
Go on, Tel. Put the first ones. There we go.
And the next ones!
And again, Tel.
I hope you're going to pay for the electric. Where's my parcel?
Stop being impatient.
And here we go, then. Here's the big finale.
He's ginger! You made Father Christmas ginger!
Not interrupting, am I?
You know what? I dunno what I'd do, either, if my pops just got up and left.
I mean, I searched for my family my whole life
and I never had a dad but a grandad. Same thing.
Yeah, I know.
But I can't imagine what it would be like if he just got up
and left me now, like your dad...
Dex, I'm sorry.
I'm just trying to say that I get it, all right?
You're going to be all right. Trust me.
Dexter, what are you doing?! I thought we were...
Dexter, I don't fancy you. I'm with...
You're with who?
I'm with Peter.
You're with Peter? Yes. Peter!
Lola, don't you understand - you're the only one here. You're the only who understands me.
Well, you obviously don't understand me, do you? But I do.
Lola, listen, I really, really like you. Dexter, that's sweet, all right?
But I see you more like a brother and that's it. I don't fancy you.
Dex, I didn't mean it like that,
I just meant... It's all right, I see. Dexter! Dex!
You all right, sweetheart. Janine's in, in principle!
I said I'd see if the numbers add up.
That's very generous of you.
You try and spread a bit of Christmas cheer.
Well, if you don't want Janine to take a look... No, course we do. We'll see you tomorrow, yeah?
Put a spring in it, Billy.
See you later, mate. See ya.
She's not interested in buying this place for us.
Come on, are you doubting the Moon magic, are you? I don't trust her.
Stay away from Roxy.
I don't see Roxy anywhere, do you?
You really don't want to push me.
I hope that's not a threat.
Well, you can hope what you like.
Go and ask Shirley what happens to people when they threaten me.
Don't go near my sister. Don't call her. Don't speak to her.
Don't even look at her.
You've got delusions of grandeur, do you know that?
Who do you think you are? Phil Mitchell in a pair of high heels?
TJ's told me a few things. And I think it's best if the kids come and live with me.
What you going to do, stick them in the overhead locker? I've got a cab waiting.
Nikki, there's nothing wrong with my family. I never said there was anything wrong with it,
I just think the kids need a bit of stability.
What's that - you jetting off week after week?
I'm going to see if they'll put me on check-in, let me stay in London, at least for a few months.
You won't last five minutes.
Why don't we ask the kids?
Go on, darling.
Tell them what you told me.
I didn't mean it, did I?
You said on the phone that...
I've never had any brothers.
And I was thinking that I might teach Morgan guitar
if he wants. I shouldn't have told you.
She's your mum. And it's all right.
And I'm sure Morgan would love that.
I'm glad you came, anyway, because I was going to call you.
I'm surprised you remember my number. The kids are having Christmas here this year.
We're going to be all together. Just one happy family.
Shall we all go look at the lights? Yeah, come on, sunshine.
I'll see you next year, then.
I'll see you at Christmas.
What's this? What's this?
Go and get it.
Good boy. Good boy.
You all right?
What do you mean, am I all right? Why shouldn't I be? Look, all right, we get it.
How hard this must be for you... Abs, just shut up, yeah?
Sort out your own perfect little relationship before you start giving me advice.
Come on, Abs. What do you mean? He cheated on you!
Right, is that meant to be funny?
You're sick, man. Do you remember that holiday we went on.
That girl Kitty.
Yeah, that's right. He did.
He cheated on you.
She's a mess, ain't she?
I keep thinking, what if it's like Jean? No-one believing her.
People pointing the finger in the wrong place?
I know we can get her out, Kat.
But she's not Jean, is she? Cos Jean did nothing.
Alice is a lying cow that killed Michael.
And if you believe different - you're as mad as she is.
Yeah, I want two adult tickets and one child ticket to Ibiza.
For the first of January.
No. It's one-way.
You seen a blue folder? One sec. Kids! Breakfast!
It's important, Bianca!
Mum. Oh, don't tell me there's no hot water again.
No. No, it's fine. Go to work.
Blue folder - I only put it down five minutes ago.
Here it is.
Oh, great. It's like a black hole in here.
This is a business plan that's going to transform this family's future.
All right. Georgie's Gold, or East is East?
Is there one there called A Mug And His Money Are Easily Parted?
It's Friday 13th, innit? I'm always up to my ears in bad luck
so I thought today would be the day I change that.
Well, I like to make my own luck.
See you later, Carol. See you.
Ah! Look at you two gorgeous creatures.
If there are two more beautiful women walking this planet I ain't seen them.
Ignore him, B. He's up to something when he's like this.
No, no, no, I just think, you know,
maybe a little something might just slightly improve...
Look at that! Are you having a laugh?
You're as bad as Terry. You need therapy, the pair of ya.
Girls, please! The kids look at me as Santa round here,
what are they going to think if they see Santa with no elves? It's obvious, innit?
They're in the North Pole making presents.
Come on. Do it for Christmas. Do it for the little children.
Oh, give it here. Good girl! Look at that!
You won't get very far in the North Pole in them boots, will ya?
I must say, Kat, I've never seen you look more attractive.
Shut up! See you later!
Where's your costume, Mr Grinch? Oi, don't ignore me.
Me and Alfie are keeping that pub afloat, you should be more grateful. Go away, Kat!
You ain't had a sniff of a real buyer, have you?
Who buys a pub at Christmas?
Yeah, I'll be with you in a sec. Take your time, why don't you?
Sorry, time just ran away from me.
You're going to have to cover the afternoon shift as well, Marie's called in with the flu. I can't.
There's no such word as "can't" when you work for me.
OK? Customers and counter are there. See you in eight hours.
Carol, coffee, take away, please.
Yeah, all right, yeah.
Not even no ketchup - what sort of apology breakfast is this?
Why don't you just stop your noise
and make the tea, instead of stressing out my life, yeah?
Abi's phone's been ringing all morning.
Yeah, well, she obviously doesn't want to talk to him.
Morning. Here you go, cuz, I know it's not a lot but...
I just wanted to say sorry.
I shouldn't have let you find out like that and I shouldn't have lied.
I should've just listened to Lola, she wanted to... What? Oh, my God.
Abs, listen... Come on, Abs, let me just...
Do me a favour.
If ever we fall out - just don't try and apologise.
All right. Knocked off for Christmas already, have ya?
Far from it, actually. Ta. Here you are.
What's this? A business plan. Vintage motors.
Not the whole fleet - just enough to give us a speciality.
Build up a reputation.
Oh, yeah? For what?
Flogging motors no sane person wants to drive any more?
Max, used cars are ten a penny round here, ain't they?
We need to find a niche in the market,
something that gets the punters coming in from all over. No, all right? Forget about it.
A few clapped out old Fiestas and a tired old sign.
What does that say? It says all it needs to say.
It says we ain't got any ambition beyond that forecourt.
When it says Wicks up on that sign you can have a bit of ambition.
Till then, do your job, and keep your mouth shut.
I thought you'd be at the club.
No. Sharon can manage.
Want me to pick up Amy later from school?
Do us one of them, will ya?
Oh, listen, some bloke called for you earlier. Said he couldn't get through on your mobile.
About the Vic? You know who those blokes are, don't you?
I checked them out online.
They're trying to buy up pubs all over the East End, turning them into flats, making a packet.
Forget the tea, yeah?
Because it's Christmas, and... Yeah, we get it.
You know you look like a right prat in that get up?
That's your opinion. Fortunately my clients don't seem to agree.
Since when does a postie have "clients"? He means letter boxes.
I mean the people in my community
who value my services enough to tip me at Christmas.
You got that lot for putting junk mail through people's doors?
Yeah, that's right.
Course, if I walked round with a face like a wet fish
it might be a different story.
What's he trying to say?
Stick a smile on it, Shirl. You might reap the benefits.
Look, whatever it is, I don't have time.
Two minutes then.
Either that's the stench of desperation
or you really need to change your aftershave. I want to buy the car lot.
Max don't have the vision to see past next Tuesday.
If I ain't in charge, Janine, I ain't going anywhere fast.
And you haven't got two farthings to rub together.
And - let me guess - that's where I come in?
I can make money. You know that. This could be a win-win situation for both of us.
If you're so good at making money, why are you sleeping
on your ex's couch and truffling round the Square for scraps?
All right, Tel? Bit early for you, innit, mate?
Friday the 13th, mate.
I do not work Friday the 13th, because I am a bad luck magnet,
and there is not any chance of me risking getting in a cab.
So I thought today might be different,
so went down the bookies.
Twenty quid down the drain.
So I thought the best thing was
to have the safety of your lovely boozer
with the paper and a pint of your finest. Let's face it, nothing can happen to me in here, can it?
Safe as houses. This bad luck ain't going to follow you all the way to Christmas.
Not unless I've got to go to my sister's with my mum and my old man. Believe me, that ain't happening.
Trace, sort out Terry for me, darling.
Pint, please, Alfie. And a double vodka tonic for the lady.
I'll be back in a minute.
Rox, listen, I know it's none of my business
but I'm not hearing good things about him.
You're going to miss it, aren't you?
Sticking your oar in where it don't belong
when this place goes to the highest bidder.
Yeah. Phil had a call earlier from some property developers.
Apparently they want to turn this place into flats.
Ian got you running this place on your own these days?
Yeah. Looks that way. See you later, Carol. See you.
What're you doing here?
I thought you were going to go see Alice?
I've had a nightmare of a morning.
You can't back out now, Carol. You know she won't see me. I need you to go there and talk to her.
I think after everything that's happened you owe me this, don't you? I'm sorry. I can't. Not today.
OK. We'll just leave her to rot then, yeah?
David, when you get a minute we've got a couple of punters out there.
Need me to reel them in, do you, Max?
Yeah. I keep forgetting you're the best salesman ever to walk the Earth.
Let's just say I've got the gift of bringing people round
to my way of thinking.
Don't eat yellow snow.
I hope Lexi grows up to get your looks and not your sense of humour.
Shirl, you're not going to get tips like that.
You're not exactly filled with the Christmas spirit.
Except for when you've been down the Vic for a few hours...
No, you can't have a bag.
Abi, erm...I heard what happened.
Just that, thanks.
Abi, I haven't... Oh, what, Lola?!
What? You want to ask me how I'm doing?
Do the whole best friend thing?
Lie to my face, like you've been doing for months?
Look, Abi, it wasn't like that... Abi, I'm sorry!
I promised Kat I'd help her pack up the stall
so you can handle dinner tonight, yeah? See you later.
Carol, you can't put stuff down there, it's unhygienic!
Would you have me grow another set of arms?
Just put a bit of effort in. I don't want to work all day, I'm done in.
I want to leave at three o'clock at the latest.
All right, mate.
What's he done?!
Ian, do you hear me? Three o'clock!
Do us a couple of coffees for me and Max, will ya? Take away?
Yeah. You all right, Carol?
I've been stuck in here all day, I've had to let Alice down
and now Bianca wants me to get the kids' tea.
Well, that's something I can help with.
It's fine. I can manage.
Carol, I've just flogged a Fiesta with no gearbox,
I'm sure I can manage a few fish fingers.
D'you mind? Sorry. Ta.
So, I'll have a nice hot meal waiting for you tonight.
With any luck we'll have something to celebrate.
No, no, no, I don't want to hear it.
From now on, you don't say nothing to anyone.
Stay away from me, from Abi...
I was trying to help. You know I talk too much...
Does this look like a social club to you? Sling your hook.
Is it true?
I just had a phone call from Alfie
saying you're selling the Vic to some corporation.
Roxy. So it is true?
What's it got to do with you?
Phil, the Vic's not just a pub - it's part of our community.
My old man drank in there. His old man did.
You rip the Vic out of the Square, what will we have left?
I'll have quite a bit left, as it happens.
Especially once the cheque clears. Phil, don't do it.
If you care about this community, just...
My final offer of the day, I'll knock 10% off.
Yeah? It's all right, man. Hey, she loves it! Come on.
The famous Wicks charm scores again.
I've got a nice little runaround out back, one careful owner.
In David-speak, that means one careful owner,
100,000 miles on the clock, and dodgy brakes.
Actually I just came to say thank you
for putting this really thoughtful gift through my letter box.
I think a begging letter might've been more honest.
It was knocking around at home, Janine,
I've been meaning to give it to you for days.
Oh, right? And, what, did you expect me to look at it,
start thinking about Pat and Dad,
start talking about family, how we should all stick together,
then you sit back and wait for me to write a great big fat cheque?
Don't knock it, Janine.
This place is a gold mine in the right hands.
Please! Look at it. It's hardly investment material, is it?
Enough for your old man, weren't it? Look, just hear me out.
No games. Just an honest proposal.
You can't be honest, David. You don't know how.
Well, it'll be a laugh watching me try, then, won't it? Come on.
What are you doing back?
I had to pick up some paperwork. And call that firm back.
They must really want the pub.
They want an answer by the end of the day.
Phil, can I ask a favour?
You know if you do sell the pub,
and the money clears...
can I have a loan of 20 grand?
Am I allowed to ask what for?
Well, you can ask.
I'll think about it.
I'd offer you a cuppa but I know you don't drink instant.
How do you even get out of bed in the morning?
Believe it or not, Janine, I like coming here.
You used to be, like, flash cars, designer suit...
Knock off, all of 'em.
But you wore them so well though.
And now look at you. I mean...
You think this is me down on my luck?
This is nothing, trust me.
Oh! Poor David.
I don't want sympathy, Janine.
You want the truth?
I can't do it any more.
Roaming around, and bouncing from place to place.
I just don't want it any more.
I've got a home here. I've got roots.
I need to show Carol and Bianca that I'm back here for good.
I want my name over that door.
Yeah, but...of this place?
Well, OK, it's a tin can with mould on the windows
but I made a go of it before.
So, yeah. Yeah, this place.
With all your money, don't you ever want to own something real?
Oh, I think you'll find I own many real properties
that yield a very real income.
No, I mean real in here.
Something that gets your juices flowing.
Something that gets you out of a warm bed on a cold morning.
Think about it! This place, back in the right hands.
A proper family business.
You know what's sad?
You used to be a flash car with a fast engine.
And now you're just a rusty old cut-and-shut
that not even you could sell.
Come on, I mean, it's hardly investment material, is it?
Thanks, though, for the trip down memory lane.
Hi? Excuse me. Do you still work here
or are we going to have to get behind the counter
and serve ourselves?
I tell you what, tell Ian his customers can go hungry.
Cos...I've had enough. Excuse me.
You know what happens to communities
when their local gets taken away, don't ya?
I've seen it driving round in the cab. Ghost town.
I had this fantasy that some fat cat would come in
and buy this boozer, and keep me on as manager.
It could still happen. Pity I'm out the running.
All right, not that I was ever in it.
To the Queen Victoria.
An East End beauty taken away from us too soon.
Yeah. To the Queen V. Queen V.
She's done what?!
How many tips d'you get, then?
25p. And 13 sarky comments.
You know, some day you and me,
we won't be at the bottom of the pile round here.
Thinking of buying the place, ladies?
If you've come to have a go, I ain't interested.
I'm here cos I know how you feel.
And I don't envy you.
Wow. 20 missed calls from Jay.
Ten from Lola.
You're popular at last.
They lied to me. For months.
I'm not going to let people treat me like that.
Good for you.
Can I just say one thing, though?
If you did want to forgive him... it wouldn't make you like Mum.
This is nothing to do with Mum.
I know. I know. I'm just saying.
Rox. Hey. Hey.
I thought you might want to come with me to pick up Amy from nursery.
I thought I might stay here if that's OK.
Will you be home to give her dinner or shall I do that too?
Yeah. You don't mind, do you?
No. Course not. I'll see you later.
Do you want another drink? Yes.
Going to start playing nice now?
My sister means the world to me.
And nothing is going to change that.
You sound so confident.
It's a lot more than it's worth.
Tell me about it.
And you're not sure what they're going to do with it?
They could keep it as is. Or give it a bit of a makeover.
Yeah. Or knock it down and sling it in the nearest skip.
And would that really be such a bad thing?
Sharon, this is the Vic we're talking about,
not some two-bit gaff on the High Street.
Who do you think you're talking to? I've spent half my life in there.
I've stood behind that bar, thinking nothing could touch me.
And I've been the kid kneeling on the landing
listening to Mum and Dad having yet another row.
Knowing life would never be the same again.
So you know.
I know that the best and the worst things
that have ever happened to me have happened in that pub.
And me and you.
What side of the line does that fall on?
Me and you? Which time?
Dad would have had his hands round your throat
if he thought you were selling the Vic off for a bit of scrap.
Well, at the end of the day, they don't live here, do they?
So you'd rather it was gone? Just a hole in the ground?
What do you think about, eh?
Every time you walk past that place?
I try not to.
I thought you didn't want me. You didn't want our baby.
You kept going on about your future without saying how I was going to fit into it.
Yeah, because I thought we'd work that part out together.
And we still can work that bit out together!
Because I trusted you so much. And now...
Look, I know I ruined things. But, please, Abs...
No, Jay, listen to me.
I know it was just a kiss.
And I know we'd just been through something massive.
But I don't want us to waste years
splitting up and getting back together
and never really being happy.
We won't! We might. And I've seen that, and I won't do it.
Not to either of us.
I can't promise you that we won't have our problems.
But I can promise you that when we do, I'll be straight with you.
No more lies. Just me and you.
Between Rox hanging about with him and Phil selling this place
we're getting a bad reputation round here.
Speak for yourself. I ain't no Mitchell.
Yes, you are. And don't you ever forget it, right?
Where you going?
Buy us a drink, Bill.
How comes whenever you two come in here I've got to buy the round?
Because we're skint.
You know what, we'll be having Christmas dinner
at the community centre with Dot's old codgers at this rate.
Feeling sorry for us yet? Nope. Trace? Sort them out.
Here, Rox? Fancy a shot?
A party with me's better than one with him. Ha-ha! Yes, please!
Cos I turned you down you want to mess things up with me and Abi?
It's not like that! What is it, then? I don't understand you any more.
I was having a bad week and it just slipped out... But I...
Yous going to get a round in, or...?
Hang on a minute! Are yous two...?
One mistake isn't worth ruining everything we've got.
So are we all right, Abs?
You see, look at that! You two back together. That's right.
Where are you going?
Look, it's like you said, man, I ain't been myself recently.
I need to sort out my head.
I don't want to be the one that ruins everything all the time.
I'm sorry, though.
Dex, don't go. We'll help you out.
Abs, this is my thing. I'm going to sort it out, yeah?
You're both fired. Merry Christmas.
It's nothing personal, all right, Lucy,
I just need to free up some cash. You can't do that. It's illegal.
That is true. But my lawyers are bigger and better than yours.
Janine - it's Christmas.
Exactly. What better time to invest in a family business?
I'd better go and get Denny from Dot's.
So, uh... What am I going to tell them?
You asked me what I think about when I walk past the Vic. Ghosts.
I used to think that pub was the only place I'd ever be happy.
Now I know I could never go back.
One thing. I asked you to do one little thing...
Sorry, the day didn't exactly go as planned.
Shall I nip down the chippy or something?
You come back here, ignore me when I say you're not welcome...
Hey, why am I public enemy number one all of a sudden?
Cause trouble with me and Mas, sit on your backside
while I try to stop this family falling apart... I don't need this!
You can't even get a packet of fish fingers from the Minute Mart! If you knew what I'd been doing all day...
Swanning round in your cheap suit, mouthing off, achieving nothing? No!
I've been humiliating myself! Getting down on bended knee to Janine
like a pathetic waste of space, and for why?
For us. For this family. For our future.
Oh, you think that's funny? Me trying to do something right?
That is the funniest thing that's come out your mouth in years.
Carol, I really don't know what's...
You've been making empty promises for 30 years! I'm sorry!
It's pathetic, useless, and I'm sick of it. Mum?
Get out of here! I said get out of here! Oi! Get out! All right!
Mum? What is the matter with you?!
Have you thought about my loan?
And you ain't going to tell me what it's for?
You're having a laugh, in't ya?
Eight points from the next four games, it'll put us right at the top.
Can I get a large whisky, please?
I'm guessing this ain't the first boozer you've been in...
Not being funny, but will you just give me my drink, please?
Yes. There you go, Joey.
You know what? Those Brannings are a pain in the backside.
Carol dropped me right in it at the caff earlier.
Here you go, mate. Get your laughing gear round that, on the house.
Thank you very much! You're welcome. Oi, Santa. You forgot something.
Everybody! It's Christmas!
We're having fun. What are we having here, eh?
Oi, you! This ain't self service!
Oh, I've just spoke to Phil, and he's agreed to sell me this place.
What is the point in having all that money
if you don't spend it on something that gets your pulse racing?
And I have always thought
that a landlady works much better behind the bar here.
Long live the Queen.
Mate, what a day.
I can't even get back from the chippy without picking up an injury.
Terry, it was like World War III.
She just chucked him out on the street.
What is she thinking? I mean, what is going on inside her head?
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Joey plays a devious game with Janine and has to face the consequences when he is found out.
Ava is offered a job opportunity away from Walford and with her relationship with Dexter still in tatters will she decide to take it?
Cindy is quick to fill Terry Junior in on some Butcher family home truths. Not liking what he hears, TJ makes a call which could ruin his happy new family.
Driven by the risk of being caught out, Lauren is keen to ramp up her relationship with Jake - but will he feel the same way?
Ronnie takes matters into her own hands when she becomes concerned about Roxy.
After visiting Alice, Kat senses that something isn't right about the details of Michael's murder but will she follow her gut instinct?
In his frustration Dexter reveals the truth about Jay's cheating ways to Abi, possibly ending their romance once and for all.
Carol makes a life-changing discovery but decides to keep it hidden from those closest to her.
Janine turns down a business offer from David so she can focus on much bigger plans of her own...