Carol makes some difficult choices, Sharon discovers Phil has been hiding something from her, Alfie gets a helping hand from Shirley and Masood brings a surprise visitor home.
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-Are you done with the milk, kids? Want some more?
Tiff, Morgan, come on. Shoes on. We're going.
-Thought I was taking them.
-Well, you thought wrong.
Are you going to keep ignoring me or are we actually going
-to talk about it?
-I wasn't planning to, no.
-Do you want me to get the kids to school on time or stand here talking to you about your sex life?
-I didn't hear that.
-Kids, I'm out the door!
Come on, kids. Your mum's gone.
-You all right?
-Yep. I see Fat Elvis has come up trumps again.
-Out-of-date sugar pills?
-Nah, doctors use them. Placebos. Yeah.
They make you think you're taking a pill when you're actually not.
So, what you're saying is, they do nothing?
They'll fly off the stall, they will.
I'm getting side-effects here.
Are you sure you've got to go back to the stall?
-Get a job, Alfie.
-Yes. All right, all right.
-See you later.
-See you later.
We could tell the kids about us tonight, when TJ and Rosie get back?
I've got a job in a bit, but I'll come round later.
That's not a good idea.
No, it's nothing to do with me and you.
I mean, it's about my mum and dad.
-I only caught them in bed together.
Oh, poor Masood.
-And you, of course. Are you sure they were, um...
-Of course they were!
-What else were they doing?!
-I don't know, huddling for warmth or something.
-It's not funny.
Listen, my mum and dad together is never a good idea.
-So, when did this happen?
-And what did they have to say for themselves? Was it a one-off?
You haven't spoke to them about it, have you?
Just tell her what you've been going through.
-How's that going to make her feel any better about what's happened?
-Explain you've been under
-a lot of stress and that.
-And what does that make you, my stress relief?
You've been many things, David, but you've never been that.
No, I'll tell her that we made a mistake.
-Oh! Is that what it was?!
-Back so soon?
Landed. Just landed.
-'Mum? Yeah, I've changed my mind.'
Yeah, you're right. I do want to talk about it.
Back at the house. Now.
-I want you straight back after work.
-Where else would I go?
-Just get yourself home, all right?
-What you got planned then?
-I'm cooking tonight.
Don't need to cook. Just sling a slab of meat in his cage.
Ignore him. What are you making?
Home-made curry. From scratch.
Him and Phil have got a bit of history.
So have you, from what I hear.
Well, we were together before, but it was more complicated then.
Well, I was married at the time to his brother.
-But Phil's brother...
-..he's not Denny's Dad?
-Uh, no. No, that's Dennis.
Well, that's kind of complicated too.
-Don't tell me you had an affair with his brother and all!
-Not exactly. Erm...
Well, Dennis was kind of my brother.
Well, my dad's son.
-No, I'm adopted.
Oh, thank goodness for that!
Oh, so it was Dennis showed up,
-caused all that trouble I heard about?
-No. No, Dennis died.
That was John. He was another one.
-Who was he related to?
Wish I had a some stories like that in my locker.
Me and Mick met at school. Never been with anyone else. Never will.
You're so lucky, Linda. Phil's the closest thing
to a long-term relationship I've ever had.
Just weren't together for most of it. Well, maybe that'll change now.
Do I hear wedding bells?
Not sure I'm ready to let anyone put a ring on my finger again but...
Phil's the only bloke who could.
Have you got any idea what it was like for me
seeing you together like that?
-The kids could have walked in.
-Yeah, but they could have.
-Yeah, but they didn't.
This is very embarrassing.
It wasn't planned, Bianca. It just happened.
Why can't you just be normal?!
Why can't you just split up, hate each other's guts
and spend the rest of your lives avoiding each other? Instead we have this carry-on, time after time.
You're like a couple of horny teenagers.
It wasn't about that.
So, what was it about then?
-Are we done?
Cos I think I've had my two minutes on the naughty step.
This is pointless, Carol.
Just tell her.
He's just going to hurt you again.
Why would you put yourself in this position? You've got Mas.
What can he give you that Masood can't?
This isn't about Masood, is it? It's not even about me, really.
This is about you. I understand.
-You hoped that your dad came back for you...
-Don't tell me what I hoped.
..and that is why you're angry and confused, but you don't have to be.
-He did come back for you. He really did.
-Well, then he can clear off for me and all.
-All right, sweetheart?
This here is the answer to a million men's prayers.
-I said these were useless.
-Keep it shtoom, all right?
This is the power of placebo. The power of the placebo.
You're back sooner than I thought. You OK?
Tired, but fine.
I brought you something back from Pakistan.
You didn't have to do...
-Er, could you knock before you come in here?
Haven't you got somewhere you should be, Carol?
No plans then?
Well, I was going to go to the supermarket and do a big shop.
Oh, right. I'll run you, if you like? Slow day out there.
-Max won't mind.
-No, it's fine. I'll get the bus.
It'll give us a chance to talk,
clear the air,
before lover boy gets back.
We don't want that hanging over us, do we, eh?
Can you get off the bed, please?
All right. Just no funny stuff, OK? What happened was a...one-off.
Come on, everybody. Fellas, have I got something very special for you?
Here you are, mate. You pop one of these, your little soldier'll be back on the front line
faster than you can say, "Attention!"
Good for hair loss.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I'm giving it my best patter
-and they're all slipping off the hook.
-You know your problem, don't you?
-I'm sure you're going to tell me, Kat.
-You're trying to sell
-to the wrong sort of people.
-Watch and learn, sweetheart.
Here you are, darling. Do yourself a favour, have a look at these.
How about you, Linda? Need a little boost in the bedroom?
-We don't have any problem in that department.
Well, in that case...
-There you go.
-Very good. Very good.
What are you doing? Should go left here.
What are you doing, David? Pull over.
What are you planning, eh?
Another quickie in a cheap hotel?
Credit me with some class, Carol.
Well, you're up to something. I know you, David Wicks.
Yeah, I am. And I know you as well.
I saw your face when you got that text. You were scared.
So I rang the breast surgical department.
You've missed an appointment.
They've been trying to get hold of you for days.
I presume that's your results.
They spoke to you? They're not allowed to.
Well, they will if I say I'm your husband.
-You had no right!
Is that where we're going?
Well, someone had to yank your head out of the sand.
What, you thought we'd just pull up outside the hospital
-and I'd smile sweetly and trot in?
-No, I thought I'd get you halfway,
we'd have a massive row but eventually you'd see sense.
No, Carol, listen. I know you're scared, I know you are,
but you've got to do this.
Look, maybe everything's fine but, if it's not, you need to know.
-You really are a piece of work, do you know that? Get off me.
-Fine. Go. But know this...
I may have done this wrong...
but I did it because...
..because I care about what happens to you.
Now, I've got you halfway.
Your choice now.
There's one for Syed too.
-She wanted all her grandchildren to have something.
-Is that her?
Yeah! Straight off the boat, 1962.
-She looks so happy.
-Yeah, she was.
It was the first time she'd seen your daadaa in what, six years?
Imagine that. Just got married
and he left her to travel halfway across the world to drive a bus.
It's hard to believe.
She wanted a better life for them, for me, for you.
Well, look after them.
Daadi was always so proud of her brainbox grandson.
Thought you'd be at uni by now.
Yeah, that didn't work out.
-How long are you staying?
-Erm, couple of weeks.
I'm organising a memorial service tomorrow
-for Daadi's friends and family in the UK.
And...Dad needs looking after.
The funeral, the flights, seeing Mum again,
he's found it very difficult.
Yo, Tam! What do you want me to do with these, man?
-Tamwar, should I be calling the police?
Fats, Shabnam. Shabnam, Fats.
-That's my sister. He lives here.
-Oh, yes, of course! No, yes.
-You've told me... He's told me all about you, man.
-I might have told you a bit.
Well, anyway, welcome. You know, come and give us some love, Shabba.
Do you mind if I don't?
And if you value your bodily extremities,
please don't ever call me Shabba again.
That's us. Come on.
Follow me, please.
I'm here, Carol. Whatever he says, we'll deal with it. Come on.
I want to do this alone.
There is something I need to tell you.
I have a girlfriend...
..and her name is Carol
and she lives across the square.
And before you ask, it had nothing to do with your mum and me.
It started long after.
She's an amazing woman.
I'd really like you to meet her.
Does she make you happy?
I'm sorry I missed that appointment but...
I meant to get in touch, but life just got so chaotic, you know how it is.
Would you like someone here with you?
The results of your biopsy came back...
..and I'm afraid it's not good news.
You have breast cancer.
Now, I know this is a shock.
Are you OK?
We've determined the cancer is multi-focal...
a number of small cancers.
And, unfortunately, a biopsy also showed it's spread to your lymph glands,
so we need to carry out more tests to check for secondary tumours.
Now, assuming the scans are clear,
we'll start with a course of chemotherapy
and then, because the cancer is multifocal,
we'd carry out a mastectomy to remove the breast.
Mrs Jackson, it's a lot to take in.
You understood what I said about the possibility of a mastectomy?
Vikki Phillips is one of our clinical nurse specialists.
Now, if it's all right with you, when we're finished,
she'll make sure you're fully aware of what we're going to do
and the options available.
Now, are you sure you wouldn't want someone here with you?
No. I'm fine.
-That's not bad for half-a-day's work.
-You've got to stay light on your feet and exploit every opportunity.
-Listen, today's been a laugh but...
your brain is still thinking hand-to-mouth
and we can't live like that any more, Alfie.
It's fine. It's just a cyst.
Thank God for that.
Mick, if you hear of any bar work going... Just keep your ear
-to the ground for me, will you?
-I spoke to Vicki earlier.
Her and Spencer are looking for someone to help open
-a bar for them in Sydney.
-Well, it's only just confirmed. What do you think?
-Long way to commute though. No, listen, thanks, sweetheart.
-All right, babe.
-I hear you're still looking for work.
Can I have a word?
Here you go. Mick's curry paste.
-It'll make his hair fall out, if he had any.
Look, I know this outfit on Canvey and they lost their front man over Christmas.
-Shirl, I can hold a tune but...
-Come on, Alfie. You know what I'm talking about. It's a gang.
They do all the long cons across the south-east.
-They're looking for someone with a bit of patter.
Regular money, Alfie.
Big regular money.
You've got my number. Have a think about it.
I was always under the impression that my performance was...
More than, darling.
It's just that sometimes I might appreciate an encore.
Tina's due to start work in ten minutes.
I'll be waiting.
Why wouldn't you tell them? It's good news, isn't it?
Oh. You're back...from wherever you've been.
Yeah, not quite Pakistan, but somewhere equally as exotic.
-David ran me to the supermarket. Are you all right?
I was wondering if you had a moment.
-There's someone at the house I'd like you to meet.
-Right. Yeah. OK.
-Just let me get sorted and I'll pop over.
-So, where have you two really been?
-I told you.
-Two bags of shopping? Is that your cover up story, is it?
So, where've you been? Sneaking about behind his back?
-You disgust me, the pair of you.
-Oi! Oi! Don't you speak
to your mother like that.
-Shut up, David. Shut up!
Where are you going now?
See the effect you have on her?
I'm really pleased to meet you.
You must be shattered after your long flight.
Shall I make some tea?
Know your way round my mum's kitchen then?
OK. I'll make the tea then.
-Got through it all right?
Yeah, it was hard...
but it was also kind of beautiful, you know?
The whole family were there.
It really felt like she was loved.
Wish I could've been there to support you.
He had plenty of support.
The memorial's tomorrow?
Yeah, Shabnam's been a brilliant organiser.
Right. Well, if I can help with any last-minute details.
You must be hungry, Dad.
-I'll nip out and get us something to eat.
You know, help you carry the bags and that. Mr Mas.
She's not normally like that. She's a good girl.
-She's Daddy's girl.
-Oh, you noticed that, did you?
No-one's ever going to be good enough for you. Apart from her mum.
Oh, you can't really blame her for that.
She wasn't around to see how bad it got.
And now she's here without her...
Zee's her mum.
She must feel like there's a great big hole in the middle of this home.
Are you OK?
Tell me about Pakistan.
I'm getting there.
-What, properly back together?
-Does that mean you're going to get married?
-'Course it don't!
-I'm not sharing a bedroom again.
We're all staying where we are this time, all right?
What it does mean is we get to hang out together
and do some really cool stuff...
-like going to McKlunky's right now.
Get your shoes and coats on.
-No, I can't come. My mum's stropped off again.
-Something's up and I don't know what it is.
Well, I'll fill this lot up with chicken and deliver them back
greasy and content.
Sort it out with your mum, yeah?
I met hundreds of people,
people she grew up with, people she'd played with as a little girl.
And there she was...
I helped carry her body,
place it in the ground...
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
To Allah we belong and to Allah we return.
Then three handfuls of soil, sprinkled over her body.
You were created from the earth and we give you back to the earth.
I wish I could believe.
I'm really struggling.
It feels like she's just gone.
She lived and she died
and that's that.
It's different now.
The more you know someone, the older you get,
less places to hide. Keeps you honest.
I don't know.
I mean, you know what people say...
"Don't ever go back. It can never be the same."
Yeah, well, it doesn't have to be the same.
It can be even better.
Ian Beale, you're thinking about her!
-Don't play games. What I said goes for mates too.
After all these years, there's no place you can hide from me.
-I thought he wasn't going to be back for half-an-hour?
Something smells good.
-What's he doing here?
-Well, apparently, I burnt the spices.
Ian's saved your supper.
You should thank him.
-All right, Mickey. Is Shirley in?
I dunno. Have you had a look outside? Is the flag flying?
It's on the house. It's...
a little thank you from me and Linda.
OK. What for?
I always thought I could hold my own in that respect,
but let me just tell you something...
it's made me feel 18 again.
I've just been sat over the Vic
watching them Carters.
Larking around, they were.
They got together when they were young. Did you know that?
So I'm sitting there
and just for a minute...
I imagined it was me and you.
Maybe if I'd been a bit braver...
who knows, eh?
See, that's the thing, when you know somebody when they were young...
it's a privilege cos you get to know the real person,
before life screws them over...
..and teaches them how to hide their wounds.
I knew you when you were young, Carol.
You can't hide your wounds from me.
I'm scared, David.
I'm so, so scared.
-It's all right.
You know what? This ain't bad,
even if Beale did have his mucky paws on it.
He's my mate and he's going to be here from time-to-time,
so get used to it.
While we're on the subject, there's something you could learn from Ian.
-He may have his faults,
but I've always been able to talk to him, you know.
Phil, I want us to work, I mean, properly work...
and that means talking to me.
I mean, whatever you do, whatever you're feeling,
I want to know all about it, share everything.
-And that includes the cooking, as it happens.
I hope you like egg and chips.
Egg and chips?
I'm Angie Watts' daughter. Egg and chips were her forte.
-What have you done to her now?!
-Bianca, I've had just about all I can take...
-Is that right?
-You are being a right selfish little mare.
-I've got cancer.
I've got cancer, Bianca.
It's not a single lump. It's lots of little lumps, apparently.
-But you're going to be all right though?
-They don't know.
They think it might have gone into my lymph glands or something.
What do you mean? What does that mean? I don't know what you mean.
It means that they're going to have to do more scans
to check that it hasn't gone anywhere else.
Did you know about this?
-Yeah, some of it.
-Yeah. Your dad's been helping me.
-I'm so sorry.
-I've been so selfish.
-It's all right, darling.
So, what are we going to do?
We're going to fight it.
That looks good.
Did you make it or buy it?
That's my little secret.
So, we keep a lid on things, yeah?
Carry on as normal and no-one's none the wiser. Agreed?
-Agreed about what?
-We were just saying
we think it's best if we keep it between ourselves for now.
And how long do you reckon we can keep that up for?
As soon as I start having the treatments, the kids are going to work it out.
We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
The fact is, Carol, those kids hear the word cancer,
-they're only going to think one thing.
-Pat was just gone so quick.
I'm not saying... I didn't... I'm not saying that you're the same.
It's all right. It's too late. You've said it now.
So, it's better for everyone if we just keep this to ourselves.
What about Masood?
I'll deal with Masood, OK? So, stay out of it, both of you.
-Found these two hungry critters on the way round.
Oh, who fancies a bacon sandwich?
I see you've not handed that key back. Ta-ta.
-You, erm... You all right, Nan?
-Right, come on. Let's go.
We'll grab something to eat at the caff. Come on. Come, come.
Is it something I said?
Right. I'd better get down the Arches.
Don't want the boss to think I'm slacking, do I?
Here, how about me and you kick a ball round after school today?
Yeah! Can we?
You, upstairs. Come on. Uniform on. Back in ten minutes, yeah?
Sharon! Sharon! I'm just trying to get things back to normal,
-Before that happens, you and me need to have a little talk.
Have you ever thought that if I don't tell you stuff, it's cos you don't need to know?
-Don't treat me like other people, Phil.
-Sharon... Sharon, look around you.
You're living in a nice house.
Me and Denny, we get on great, don't we?
Now, why rock the boat?
-What are you doing?
You shouldn't be putting them bins out in your condition.
Wrapping me up in cotton wool isn't going to help keep the kids in the dark, is it?
You didn't mind when you were sneaking about with my dad, did you?
Have you seen Mas yet?
What's up with you this morning? If you're not ignoring the punters,
-you're scaring them off with your face ache.
-Oh, shut up, Kat.
Ah, Kathleen, my love!
-What's that for?
-Come and sit down here. Come on.
I want you to take a break for ten minutes in the hour, OK?
Cos you are carrying a special cargo.
I'm running a stall, not joining Westlife.
Hey, Butcher! I'm relying on you to keep an eye on her for me, all right?
Look, I've got to go to the suppliers. I'll see you all after.
See you later.
So, what you got in there? A blow-up sofa and some magazines?
Look, at you getting posh! Mind your business. Love you.
No, no. Don't get up. You two relax.
I've CLEANED them.
But if you want to make work for yourself, then be my guest.
40 years my mum's run a pub. She'd cut off her own hand
before she served glasses in the state you left them.
-She didn't mind serving flat beer and hairy pork scratchings, though, did she?
Couldn't keep the floor show down to a dull roar, could you?
It's just I've got punters being put off their beer.
Well, I'm getting all sorts of lip off these two. What are you going to do about it?
Sorry, sir? What was that? A pint, was it, yeah?
All right, Shirl? It's about me being on the lookout for a business opportunity.
-You changed your mind about Canvey Island?
-And risk getting banged up and leaving Kat on her own?
No, no. I'm thinking more...
what I could do for you.
See, I've got...
-That tinsel reminds me of Phil Mitchell.
Bald and past its prime.
Yeah, I know it's seen better days.
Listen, I wouldn't normally ask, Shirl,
but Spencer, my younger brother, right, he's...
he's on the verge of opening up a bar out in Oz. Don't ask why.
And if I can get shot of this lot, then it'll help me
raise the fare to get out there.
He's got some rich investor. Now if I can help,
they're going to bung me a real serious wedge.
Listen. Shirl, I just want to be a good dad to Tommy.
Come on, Shirl. You know what I'm going through right now, eh?
I do understand, Alfie, but what am I going to do
with the world's worst Christmas decorations in January?
Yeah. Yeah. I know.
Listen, thanks, sweetheart. Sorry about the mess.
What do you want?
Look, I know a bad atmosphere when I stumble into one.
You've still got a problem with me and Bianca being together, ain't ya?
Go away, Terry. Please.
Look, we're really trying to make things work, you know.
I'm in this for the long haul, mate.
Are you serious, Terry?
Yes, Mum. Of course we've ordered enough lager!
We ain't a pair of muppets. We know what we're doing.
Talk to her, will you, before I say something I regret?
Elaine. Hello, baby.
How was curry night? Hot and spicy, just like intended?
So, what's this about you needing a second opinion then?
I fancy a feature wall.
What do you think?
See? Now, this is why I need help.
I'm determined to put my own stamp on this place though.
I've even got a builder coming to look at the barrel store.
-And you've been working wonders over at Phil's.
Making all the changes except the ones that count.
-Oh, ignore me, Linda.
-There you go, ladies. On the house.
You see? Now, this is why I keep him around.
I'd have traded him in for a younger model otherwise.
Wind your neck in. You don't trade in prime steak for a scrag end.
-You think you're really special, don't you?
-Shut your noise, you.
-Keep your eye on her, Shar. Make sure she don't bankrupt me.
-Everything seems so easy between you two.
Well, that's what you get when you've been with the same fella
-for over 20 years.
-I've known Phil that long.
Sometimes it feels like I might as well have met him last week.
Oh, take no notice.
I've been behind a bar since I could stand up.
I know man trouble when I see it. Spill. Come on.
Well, there's things in Phil's life
he's got no interest in letting me in on, that's all.
Secrets ain't good.
Now, if it was me, I wouldn't rest till I found out what was going on
and then I'd nip it in the bud. Sharpish.
-I'm sorry, this isn't what I ordered.
-My fault. Sorry.
I should've got you an extra pair of hands for Christmas.
Hey, Mas. How you doing?
-Are you free later?
-Well, I was going to ask you the same thing.
I just wondered if you fancied coming to Mum's memorial?
-Yeah, we're going to do Khatam at the mosque
and then we're going to go to the London Eye because she always wanted to, you know.
It would mean a lot if you could be there.
Do you think it's right, with the family and everything?
Please, Carol. It's just been the worst week.
-Can you manage this place on your own for a couple of hours?
-That's for Sadie. OK.
Do you mind?
The sooner he knows about us, the better.
His mum just died. He needs me.
Yeah, and what about me and you?
That's a tenner, please, sweetheart.
Cheers. Thanks, babe. See ya. Bye.
Do you know, I feel about as welcome as a Chelsea fan
at Loftus Road at Bianca's at the minute?
-You ever had in-law trouble?
-No. Alfie only had his nan
and she was a right little diamond.
I tried to have it out with him, man to man.
Didn't get me anywhere.
Something's going on, you know?
And I ain't in the loop.
I can feel it.
B is in a right mood this morning, right?
-If I was you, I'd keep my head down till it all blows over.
I could take them down the Vic tonight. A few drinks, some laughs.
I'll have Dave eating out my hand in no time.
-Did you hear what I just said to you?
-Yeah. Good chat. Thanks, Kat.
It's only 11 months till Christmas. Gather round, you lucky people.
I've got some wonderful stuff to sell you. Christmas baubles
direct from Germany.
Even Christmas cards in their envelopes.
You're going to thank me come Christmas, ladies. I promise you.
You're going to want this...
Sharon, where are you?
Bringing home flowers when you've done wrong.
As long as it works.
Look, just tell me whose phone it is and we can put it all behind us.
Don't you want a relationship where we can tell each other everything?
Phil, it is not a fairy-tale. How am I supposed to trust you
if I don't have a clue what is going on in your life?
I've asked you and now I'm telling you, all right?
Keep your nose out.
Put those in water.
Er...sorry, we were just about to leave.
-You didn't tell them I was coming.
-I didn't think it'd be a problem.
You want her to come with us? I'm so sorry.
Dad, this isn't fair on, er... Is it Carol?
She's not dressed right. She doesn't know the ritual.
Mas asked me to come.
He's grieving. He isn't thinking straight.
I can speak for myself, thank you very much.
And I want Carol with me today. End of story.
This isn't appropriate!
We are going to the mosque to honour my mum
and then do something she would have enjoyed and I want Carol with me!
-Mum would never have invited someone outside the family to come today.
-What, not even her new man?
She doesn't have a new man, actually. They broke up.
-OK, I think you both just need to calm down.
-Yeah, he's right.
And the best way to make that happen is if I just go.
-No! Stop it!
Today is about family
and as far as I'm concerned, that includes Carol.
I am sorry, but if SHE is coming, then I'd rather stay here
and honour Daadi in my own way.
Well, that'd be up to you, then.
Mas, don't do this, not on my account.
Shabnam's a grown-up. She's made her decision.
It's time to go.
-What are you doing?
-This is not happening. Not today.
OK. Didn't see that one coming.
-Is Phil around?
-Oh, he didn't tell you, then?
-Tell me what?
-He said something about getting Dennis from school.
You think that I can't do this all day?
My daughter Bianca got in such a strop once
she didn't talk for a week and a half.
Even she had to say something eventually.
All I want is a family day...
with just family.
Dad did not organise today.
It was me who rang everyone, me who booked everything.
That's the thing about families, you know. You bend over backwards for them
and most of the time they don't stop and ask you how you feel.
Must be hard.
Your mum's gone,
losing your nan.
You probably thought that everything here would be the same as when you left it,
only suddenly, you don't know which way is up.
If you want me to stay, I will.
But I need you to promise me that you're going to look after Mas.
Will you do that?
Why do you think I came back?
Here, Mazza. I don't want to sound like an over-impatient cabbie...
Yeah, yeah. Meter's running. Understood. Yeah.
You know if one of them dies in there,
we could all be held responsible?
Shabnam's right. I'm going to stay here and you go ahead.
But I invited you cos I wanted you to come.
she's put a lot into this.
-Don't let some petty arguing get in the way.
I will be here when you get back. I promise.
Go on. Go.
Well, either that was the nicest break-up in the world
or you haven't told him about us yet.
Back off, David.
Why is this tat cluttering up my lounge instead of at the tip?
Nothing to do with me. Must be some of the kids' junk.
No, no, no. Mind off. That's my stuff.
I dug out a few family mementos. I thought we could put them
behind the bar, brighten the place up a little bit.
-I'm head of the decoration committee, not you.
-Do you remember this?
Dad won it in a darts match years ago. He was dead chuffed.
You winding me up?
Oh, come on. I know you lot aren't Dad's biggest fans,
but he ain't that bad.
What did you do that for?!
Ho-ho-ho! Come and get your Christmas goodies, everybody.
Sadie, can I interest you in a bargain? Basement prices.
-Make your salon look lovely next Christmas, eh?
-Whose bin did you drag that out of?
Come on, eh?
What's she playing at? Does she think I want to see his face
-every time I go behind that bar?
-I've already told her I'm not having it.
I don't want nothing of his in this place either.
Don't give him another thought. He ain't worth it.
-I'm ten times the dad he ever was and do you know why?
-Cos he's a waste of space and you're not.
Cos of you, you dozy mare.
Now, get him out of your nut, get back in the boozer
and earn your keep.
I need a favour.
Denny, what's happened? What's he done to you?!
What do you, mean what have I done to him? The school rang,
said he had gum in his hair, so I went to pick him up.
Yeah, and then what?! He's covered in blood. Look at him!
Then I cut the gum out his hair and the scissors slipped.
I'm sorry, Sharon. I'm sorting him out. You're all right, aren't you, mate?
-What do you think I'd do to him, Sharon, eh?
Come on, darling. Let's go upstairs.
-Tinsel in January?
-Yeah. You know I can't sell stock I ain't got, can I?
What you doing, selling it as a job lot or separate?
-I'll do both. I'd do a deal for a mate.
-I tell you what,
I'll give you a tonne for the lot.
Come on, Mick, I ain't a charity case.
No, no, listen, it ain't about charity. Come December, this lot would cost me ten times as much.
Here you are.
I'll box it up for you.
-Box it up, drop it over.
-All right, bud.
Shame about the Eye, but...
only you could be organised enough to get the entire
family to the mosque.
-Well, you or Mum.
She would have loved today. Thank you so much.
Hey! How did it go?
Er, thank you for making me see sense.
I'm taking him to the barber's tomorrow to get his hair sorted.
What you playing at, kicking off like that?
What, you think I'd hurt the boy, is that it?
I don't know what to think any more.
I spent my whole day on my hands
and knees rooting through cupboards, looking for who knows what.
In what is supposed to be my home!
Phil, I can't do this.
Is everything all right?
You're the, erm...kindest,
most gentle, lovely man.
Carol, where is this going?
I just don't think you and me have a future together.
We can have any future we want.
I'm really sorry.
Look, you made progress with Shabnam.
-She'll come round. It's OK.
-It's not about Shabnam.
Then what is it about?!
You can talk to me about anything you want, all right?
Something's happened, Mas. And...
it's big and it's...
I don't understand.
I go to Pakistan and everything's fine, and I get back and...
-Things have changed.
-What, overnight, just like that?
Yeah. Yeah, just like that.
-This is about him, isn't it?
When you say you don't want me around,
what you're really saying is you don't want me in the way.
So you can rekindle that sordid, pathetic relationship...
I think you should go now.
She said it's time to go.
Look, this is my family. Carol and I are back together.
-There's no point in you hanging round like a bad smell.
-I knew it.
-There's no point...
-We're not back together.
-Carol, it's done, it's over.
We are not back together!
I just need to think about myself for a change, all right?
Instead of everybody hanging off of me, demanding something, needing something.
-What have you said?!
-You're the one...
-Carol, glad I caught you.
-Just shut up, Terry.
Carol, we don't have to do this. We can talk.
-I've been talking. It's listening you lot don't seem to be able to manage!
-Do NOT follow me!
-Thank you very much.
Nice. Oi! Ooh-hoo! You're like a ninja sneaking up on me, then!
Special delivery for Mrs Moon.
You're up to something, I can tell.
What you talking... Don't be silly. A couple of kids on the way,
we ain't got enough cash to light a two-bar heater. I ain't going to keep secrets, am I?
I'm watching you, Alfie Moon.
I ain't expecting us to sit down and have a moment
but whatever it is, it's upsetting Bianca, so I need to know.
Well, I rocked up here to find him shouting the odds at Masood.
Your mum looks like she's about to keel over.
So are you going to tell me what's happening here, or is he?
I was going to tell you but we don't want the kids to find out.
My mum's ill.
She's got breast cancer, Terry.
Look, I'm sorry. I was going to tell you.
Don't worry about me.
I haven't changed, Sharon.
Look...you knew who I was when you moved back in here, didn't you?
I'm not saying you have to be whiter than white.
No, course you ain't. Cos if I turned into a bloke, you know, who was working nine to
five at a building society, you wouldn't look twice, would you?
Listen, I understand. I understand, Sharon, you know, you've got to think about Denny.
But my business don't come into this house.
Well, that phone found its way in here.
What else is lurking under the floorboards I don't know about?
Dodgy cash? Guns?
You've just got to trust me Sharon, please.
And maybe I could, once upon a time.
Back when I did get off on the danger.
But I have been around the block too many times to
get into anything with my eyes shut.
So what you saying?
Even if I wanted to, I can't cope with this, the not knowing.
I mean, look what it's doing to me.
Look what it's turning me into.
Get your coat.
I'll ring Jay and get him to keep an eye on Denny.
-If you want to talk, Sharon, if you really want to talk, then...
we can't do it here
and we can't do it when Denny's upstairs, either.
So get your coat.
So maybe we should invite Carol over for dinner tomorrow?
Smooth things over. Make up for her not coming today?
Carol has ended things.
Carol can see the obvious even if you can't.
It's not right you being with a white woman.
Carol, it's me again. Erm...
Look, we're all worried about you here. Can you just ring us
and let us know you're all right?
My mum had skin cancer, a few years ago now. She's all right now.
She said she appreciates each day more than the last.
My dad still wakes up some nights in tears.
Has these bad dreams that he's lost her.
-FRONT DOOR CLOSES
-It haunts him.
Has she phoned?
No. She's not picking up, darling.
Look, you take that. I'll nip out in the cab. See if I can spot her.
-Tel. Thanks, Tel.
What is she playing at?
Does she not know that we'd be sitting here worrying ourselves stupid?
Where is she?
Mind if I come in?
Course I don't.
This is a surprise.
If you want the truth, then...
then you get it all. You don't get to pick and choose.
That's the deal.
You might want to sit down.
I tried calling you.
I forgot to charge my phone this morning.
The ward sister's off, I'm on earlies. It's a killer.
Just doing the tea. Are you going to stop?
-Give us that coat.
Rebecca! Nanny's here! Come down and say hello, please.
So, to what do we owe this pleasure?
Martin not around?
No, it's five-a-side night. He's always late.
-Everything all right?
I've forgiven him.
-How are you?
-I'm fine, thanks.
That guitar's sounding really good.
-Are you going to play something for me?
-That'd be lovely.
-I've got to do my chemistry homework.
-I like chemistry.
-Oh, right! Well, you best get on with that then.
Go on, off you go.
So, how are things at home?
Yeah, no, everything's, er, everything's fine.
Is there any particular reason for you dropping by or...
Oh, Sonia, when was the last time that you scoured that sink, eh?
Leave off, Mum, please.
Right, where is the bleach? Hmm?
And rubber gloves?
Here we go.
So what's the gossip then in Walford? Tell me.
No, there is no gossip.
Everything's, er...everything's normal.
-Phone her again.
-What, and leave another message?
-It's dark out there.
-She's a grown woman.
She's not well!
-She'll come home when she's ready.
-She would never have done this
if you hadn't had a stupid teenage scrap with her boyfriend!
-Well, he's not any more.
-She was happy with him, you know.
-She didn't love him!
I was only trying to help.
Well, you're not helping. You're just making things worse!
If you really want to help, you've got to do better than this.
The phone that you found in the house.
It was Carl's.
The blood on it?
Yeah. That was his.
Ronnie's killed him.
I helped clear up...the mess.
-You helped her get rid of him?
-No, no, no.
No, I just helped clear up the flat,
to make it look like he'd done a bunk.
what about his body?
I'm not sure what she's done with it.
That's why the phone was at the house.
Why did you leave it in the house?
-Denny could have found it!
-Yeah, I know.
It was stupid. I'm sorry, Sharon.
Ronnie's killed Carl.
I always knew you weren't a choir boy, but killing someone...
No, no, no. Ronnie, Sharon. Not me.
How did she do it?
-I'm not sure.
-But you were involved?
Sharon, he's a dangerous man, ain't he?
He tried to kill me, he threatened Amy. You know...
Ronnie feels she has to protect her family.
You know what she's like with Roxy.
She's more like a mother, not so much a sister.
Well, I'm Denny's mother.
-Do I have to protect him from you?
No, Sharon. No.
Are there any other secrets you're hiding from me?
Is there something else?
What is it?
Yeah, it's just the fumes from the bleach.
How about a nice glass of wine, eh?
Has something happened?
I broke up with Masood.
Oh, Mum, what a shame.
Sounds like you need that glass of wine, eh?
We're making, erm, chooza palak,
cos I know it's your favourite.
Dad, I think what Shabnam said...
..she shouldn't have.
But I don't think she meant...
I think it just came out wrong.
Haven't you done the chicken yet?
-No, no, no, I'm doing the marinade.
-I'll do it.
Cheer up, Dad.
We are going to make you such a lovely dinner,
it's going to put everything else into perspective.
-If I... If I don't tell you?
-And if I do tell you, we're through.
What could be worse than covering up for a murderer?
You've told me that and I'm still sitting here, ain't I?
..because of me.
I killed him.
No, you didn't!
I know you didn't, I was there.
What do you mean?
OK, maybe he thought he was in love with her...
Hey, Mr Mas, what are you doing there, man?
< Isn't it better to finish sooner rather than later?
You been a naughty boy?
< What do you think?
< I don't know. You've made your mind up.
< Tamwar, have an opinion. Please!
You know, you should get yourself some herb teas, Sonia.
PHONE RINGS I was reading in a magazine the other day,
they're much healthier for you than ordinary tea.
But, er, you know that, erm...
..red wine, that's good for you too, in moderation.
You know, fresh veg, fruit, salad. You've got to stay healthy, Sonia,
because I'll tell you what -
if you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything, you know?
I tell you what...
Why don't you go and sit in front of that telly as a little treat.
-Yeah, go on.
Why have you broken up with Masood?
Because I didn't think it was fair to him, in the circumstances.
I've got breast cancer, darling.
-Listen, listen. I'm all right, I'm OK.
-I'm so sorry.
-I know. Come here.
Everything is all right, sweetheart. Honestly. Eh?
Look at me.
I'm so sorry.
You told Dennis...
you found Johnny Allen with his hands round my throat?
He was going to kill you, wasn't he! Dennis had a right to know.
And this was New Year's Eve?
The day that you were going to leave.
So you tell Dennis...
..and he goes round and has it out with Johnny Allen.
He beat him half to death.
But only half dead. He didn't kill him.
Dennis wasn't like that.
I mean I know he had a temper.
We were leaving, Phil.
We were getting out. We were going to be safe.
We were going to build a life, for us and our baby.
-Only you told him about Johnny Allen.
-And he beat Johnny Allen.
-If there was one thing I could change...
-Johnny Allen had him killed.
And that's supposed to make me feel better?!
I swear to you. Please!
Don't you come near me.
Don't you dare!
Sharon, please? Sharon!
They're going to try chemotherapy first.
Stick more needles in me, and push me through some machines.
You're not eating, darling. Go on, it's lovely.
Do you know what, Mum? Whatever you need, I'm going to be there.
We're going to fight this together.
I don't know about fight.
I mean, all I can do is what the doctors tell me to.
If that's fighting then...
-Why you, eh?
Why not? I mean, I'm lucky really.
Lucky? How do you figure that out?
Because, you know, the treatments are a whole lot better
than they used to be. The remission rates are going up.
I've got you and the family.
You know, she's going to be worried sick.
I should give her a call.
I just wish all this other stuff
wasn't looping through my brain, though.
Stupid stuff, like...
You know, what sort of wig will I get?
Or shall I wear a scarf?
How sick am I going to be from the chemo and...
How am I going to manage for money?
You're not going to be on your own, Mum.
Chance of that...
Chance'd be a fine thing in our house.
I don't mean that, do I?
-Where are you going?
Any news from Terry?
I ain't heard from him yet. What's in there?
Paperwork. Let me know if you hear anything, yeah?
-All right. Ta-da.
What is that?
Take a look.
There's 100 grand in there, Max, give or take.
-Where did you get that?
All right. Why are you showing this to me?
Because I want you to know how serious I am.
Serious about what?
About buying in.
Buying in to what?
You shouldn't be out here, Sharon.
That's where it happened.
That's where Dennis died.
Why did you do it?
Sharon, I didn't...
I didn't think he'd get killed.
And I didn't want you to go.
-I had to leave.
Dennis had to go, not you.
But I was married to him!
I was his wife!
Until you made me his widow.
Are you coming home?
Well, I ain't got nowhere else to go, have I?
-I mean that's...that's hot, I suppose?
Well, how come you ain't stuck it in the bank?
I don't like banks.
Am I in?
I don't know, David, you know.
The thing about buying into the business is...
Well, you've got to be the settling down type.
Yeah, I've grown up.
I want to look after my family.
What do you say?
-I don't like you that much.
Anyway, I got a family thing.
-I'll see you tomorrow.
-That's it, is it?
-Yeah, that's it.
-You're a stupid little man, Max.
Good night, David. Lock up on the way out, yeah?
You stupid little man!
Is Mummy all right?
I've been worried sick.
-Why didn't you pick up my calls?
I'm really, really sorry.
Takes me back. You and your trumpet!
No, she's a lot better than me, though.
SHE STARTS PLAYING GENTLY
How has she been?
Honestly? I'm not sure.
-Has she told you that she's finished with Masood?
I hope it's not cos she wants to be with my dad.
# Well, it goes like this
# The fourth, the fifth
# The minor, the fall and the major lift
# The baffled king
# Composing Hallelujah... #
She needs someone she can depend on.
Well, she can depend on us.
I was thinking perhaps she could stay here with you for a few days.
Well, I can call Martin.
It'd give her a bit of time to work things out, you know?
It'll keep her away from David.
Rebecca, what's the matter, darling? You've stopped!
Oh, Mum. Come on.
Shabnam said to set the table.
Is that all right with you?
Mr Mas, I heard about you and Carol.
I'm sorry, man.
I just found this in one of the cupboards.
In this house?
I can't stop thinking about the kids,
how they're all going to turn out.
Maybe - thank you - Rebecca will turn out to be a famous musician.
I don't know about that.
She's definitely good enough.
And Tiff, I can see her on the stage.
Yeah, as a comedian maybe!
Morgan, Liam, Whitney.
I'd just really like to see them all grown-up.
Of course you will!
Just stop talking like this.
-Mum, you're young.
-I know, I just don't feel it.
You've got a really good chance.
I know! I know, I'm just being really stupid.
No, you're not being stupid.
But we're going to get through this, we are.
Like we get through everything else.
You're not on your own, Mum.
No, I know I'm not.
I've got... I've got my two girls.
You know, I'm really sorry about that beer thing.
You'll get rid of it straight after dinner.
Yeah, of course. Yeah.
And just this once, we'll say no more.
Did I say something funny?
"Just this once and we'll say no more."
You're on your high horse.
-You want some mango chutney?
Turning up from Pakistan,
-sitting in judgment over the rest of us.
-My daughter, the racist.
-I'm not racist!
I just think you should be with a Muslim woman.
-Or, better still, Ummi.
-OK, can we take the temperature down a bit?
Mum is better for him than that woman.
That woman has a name.
And I love her.
-I think you've lost your way, Dad.
-Oh! You do? Really, do you?
If you would only let the love of the Prophet back into your heart!
Shabnam, can you remind me how many years has it been
since you've been away?
And then you think it's OK to come back into my house
and tell me how to behave?
-Can you both not do this?
-Tamwar, stop it!
..drink beer, I think, with curry?
Yeah, usually, but, I mean...
Great. Please, go ahead. Drink beer.
No, you know what, I'm not even feeling it today.
You're a guest in my house and I want you to have a really good time.
Shabnam, pass him a beer, please.
No. I won't.
You're being rude to our guest, and you're disrespecting me.
You're over-reacting just a little bit.
What are you doing?
This isn't right.
Listen. Actually, Mr Mas, I'm cool.
You don't want to drink alone. I understand.
Try to remember who you are.
I know exactly who I am.
I...am your father.
And this is my house.
And if I want to drink beer with my guest,
that's what I'll do.
Are you sure Martin won't mind?
He's happy to help, isn't he?
-Yeah, well, maybe a couple of days away will be good.
That's exactly what you need.
-Just have a rest and put your feet up.
-If that's what she wants.
Of course it is, didn't you hear her?
-Couple of days away is exactly what she needs.
Bianca's right. Thanks.
TV: That was too close!
I was watching that.
It's time for bed.
I'm not tired.
Do you want a carry?
I'm too big for a carry.
Yeah, you are a big boy.
And your daddy would be so proud of you.
But he really wants you to go to bed. Come on.
Can you read me a story?
-Yeah, course I can.
Mummy will do it, yeah? Come on, sweetie.
-Yeah, I've seen her. She's staying at Sonia's for a few days.
-She just needs a little bit of time to think.
-Right, I'm going to give her a ring.
-I want to let her know I'm going to look after her.
Just leave her be, will you?
-Do you really want to look after her?
-Yes, I do.
Well then give her some space.
..after I'd moved to America,
before Denny was born, I...
I stood at the side of a road,
a busy road, just waiting to cross.
And I thought, "Why don't I do it? Just step out?"
Then me and my baby,
we can be with him.
..I don't want to lose you.
My life's been a mess since Dennis died.
I've been a wreck.
And my little boy, he's had to grow up without a father.
And now I've found out it's all down to you.
I didn't kill him. No. I made a mistake, Sharon.
Sharon, I love you.
I've loved you for over 20 years.
Please tell me that we can get through this? Please?
I know why Bianca wants me to stay here.
She wants you to rest, Mum.
No, she wants some space between me and David.
What do you think about him?
Don't matter what I think.
OK, answer me this.
Do you think people can ever change?
It depends on the person.
The thing about David is...
The thing about David is, every time he turns up -
as he does, out of nowhere -
and I never let him see this,
but straightaway I'm 14 years old again.
My heart's beating in my chest and my mouth's dry and I feel...
Shall I tell you what I think?
..that you've looked after us all your life - the family -
put us first.
Yeah, but you're my whole life.
Yeah, I know, and that's good, but now, with all this,
it's time to put yourself first.
What do you want to do?
What's going to make you happy?
Do you know what my mum used to say about you?
That child was born with a wise head on her shoulders.
And she also used to say, correct me if I'm wrong, that I was a
little bit weird and that you should never have bought me that trumpet.
Yeah, you know what? Mums aren't always right.
My mum is.
Thank you, darling.
Cab's here, Tamwar.
Do you want me to stay?
-You can't stay here, not now.
Tamwar! The cab won't wait all night!
And Auntie Fatima's expecting you as well as me.
-Brother, your dad is in a real bad way right now.
So just give him a little bit of a break.
My sister actually needs me.
-You OK to get the bags?
OK, all right, all right.
So, you know what, I will clear this up, OK.
And we can sit down, chillax and see what's on the TV, eh?
Leave the beer.
-No, I'll get rid of this, you know.
..leave the beer.
I like domesticated.
Domesticated is good.
You've come home.
I've come home.
Suppose you think that's funny, do you? Keying my motor!
-That's it, you're sacked!
Oh, Max, nothing. I ain't putting up with him any more.
-So that's it, you're out, you understand?
-Loud and clear.
See you later. Love of my life.
Love of my life(!) It's like that, is it?
None of your business.
You all right?
Let me guess...you finally found out what Phil was up to?
Well, I got the truth out of him...
but now I'm wishing I hadn't.
So, what you going to do?
I mean, if he told you the truth, the ball's in your court now.
Bottom line is, do you love him?
I might be the biggest fool under the sun but, yeah,
yeah, I still love him.
I can't blame him for what happened.
Are you, erm, are you doing anything later?
Well, there's somewhere I need to go ...and I can't face going alone.
Come on... Come on, baby...! Come on...!
I could have run that quicker meself! Stupid.
You all right?
You still here, then?
Yeah. What's that supposed to mean?
Well, I'm on my stall, flogging dresses like I do.
Worrying about paying the bills cos my fella's not doing
very well in that department...
And then along comes Mick.
Asking how your "plans" are coming along...
Yes, Kat. Listen, sweetheart, calm down.
-I was going to tell you...
-What - you're going to Australia and you didn't think of mentioning it?
Spencer... Spencer's got this great opportunity.
He's opening a new bar he wants me to come in, help him open it.
He's got some rich bloke throwing bundles at it, be quids in. Kat, we're talking thousands here.
You're talking the other side of the world!
Kat, it's a chance we can't afford to miss, sweetheart.
Come on, eh?
When does he need someone by?
I'd need to fly out tomorrow.
-OK, listen, it's only for a month, all right?
I haven't got the money for the ticket at the moment.
-Oh, you ain't got it yet?
For a minute there you had me worried.
I've not been able to face coming here...
CHURCH BELL TOLLS
I got as far as the cemetery gates...
I think it's time to let go...
Me and Phil...
I've had some decisions to make.
Oh, it's so hard...
..letting go of someone you've loved so much.
God bless, baby...
PHONE RING TONE
Know what you need? A night at the Vic, just the girls.
Let your hair down, eh?
So, what are you going to do now he's sacked you?
Well, I've got a couple of irons in the fire.
Can you get on with Max, for my sake?
He stayed in her bed.
It's just going to end in disaster.
Right, girls, what are you doing tonight?
-And whatever it is, change your plans.
Ladies' night at the Vic.
We drink, we gossip, we let our hair down and we have a laugh.
Spread the word. I'm inviting anything in a skirt!
She seems all right. It's been ages since I let me hair down.
Hold on, what's this about your mum and David?
And what's happened to Masood?
Can I help you, love?
Where you been?
I had somewhere to go.
I, er, I tried calling you.
I wanted to know where I stand.
You stand where you always stand, Phil.
Wherever it is, I'm standing right next to you.
Are you, er... Are you sure? Are you sure this is what you want?
I went to the cemetery today.
I said goodbye to Dennis.
Now, I'm not saying I'm never going to think of him
but I'm putting him in the past.
And I'm putting my trust in you.
Don't make me regret my decision.
I won't, Sharon.
I won't, I promise.
The thing is... he went over...
Could I get a lager and an orange juice, please?
I'll have a beer, please.
You got a problem?
I reckon four or five of us, bit of Texas, seven-card stud,
maybe throw in a bit of triple draw.
-Nah, nah, nah, anything goes.
Yeah? All right, I tell you what... I'm all over that. I'm all over it.
-Poker, tonight, in here.
-No, no, not tonight - I'm having a girl's night.
Have it tomorrow night.
What? No, no, Mick, it's got to be tonight...
You can have it at mine if you like.
Are you sure?
Yeah. I don't gamble? I'm the clean-living, devout Muslim, am I?
See where that got me. Seven o'clock, right?
Yeah...yeah, nice one, Mas.
Oh, here he is.
What you going to do - beg for your job back?
It was me that keyed the car.
I was angry, it was stupid
and I will pay for everything to be put right.
I'm very sorry.
David Wicks apologises...
Well, yeah, you're right, you will be paying for it.
So, if that's everything, you can get lost.
No, I can't.
Look, Max... Carol and me are going to make a go of it...
and you need to know that I am not going to hurt her.
It's important to her that me and you get on.
Mate, I don't think it's up to you to tell me
what's important for my sister.
-There's things you don't know.
-What, about you and her?
Don't think I want to know, thank you very much.
She's got breast cancer.
Well, she ain't. She ain't got breast cancer, has she?
What you talking about? She would have told me.
She'll be all right. She'll be fine.
Yeah, yeah, course she will.
She'll get treatment and they'll get rid of it.
-Like Tanya. She beat it.
Look, she's been going through a lot, Max, and I've been
And, well, I've got a lot on my plate, ain't I?
Not that that excuses my behaviour but...
..that's the reason I want to buy Jack's half of this place.
So I've got something solid for her.
I've got 100 grand.
50 for me to buy in and another 50 for me
and you to turn it around.
Come on, you want what's best for your kids, don't you?
Well, I want what's best for Carol and Bianca.
We can be united...
..as a family.
Give me this chance, Max.
Mr Mas, what's Tam going to say?
He's not here, is he?
He left me...
like my daughter,
like my wife...
both my sons and my girlfriend...
Which is a good thing, isn't it?
Because I'm my own man now...
KNOCKING ON DOOR
And this man likes to gamble and he likes beer.
KNOCKING GETS LOUDER
Linda said drinks on her. Let's get slaughtered, shall we?
I'm going to want a drink, aren't I?
You can have one, can't you?
If I have one, I won't be able to stop.
I can't believe I let you talk me into this.
You're turning into a right bore, do you know that?
You going to join us?
Ladies' night. I've got champagne on ice.
What's the catch?
No catch, just me getting to know my ladies... come on.
Oh Denise, Denise... don't go...
-I'm just looking for Ian.
-He's playing poker, he's with Mick.
-Come and join us. We're having a few drinks.
Not seen you since your engagement party. Come on... sit down...
-Well, I've got to get back...
-Over you come, that's it, there you go...
What you looking at?
Oh, oh, this is lovely... all girls together.
We used to have ladies' nights all the time at my mum's pub.
Now, I've got to know Sharon - love you, darling - but I want to
get to know all my ladies, so let's have some drinks and some fun, yeah?
Come on, you beauty! Look at that. Come to Daddy!
Oh, trips, trips, trips.
He's nicked a flush.
-Oh, it feels so good to be back...
-He's nicked a flush.
Come on! Thank you.
I tell you what, boys, I needed this... booze and cards...
you have no idea what it's like to be outnumbered by women 24/7.
Don't get me wrong, I love women but it's
so nice to have a night off of it.
Amen to that.
Just, don't rub it in, though - Masood got dumped yesterday.
Masood's what? You split up with Carol?
Who told you?
Well, Carol told Bianca and... sorry, Mas.
Yeah, well, we were fine until David Wicks turned up.
That's what he does...
charms his way into their heads and then into their beds...
Me and Bianca are gutted for you though, Mas.
He ruined my first marriage. If Carol is stupid enough to fall for him then you're
-better off without her.
-Ian, shut up... eh?
-Alfie, can you get dealing...
-cos I need to take some more money off you.
-I'd like to see you try.
-Come on, show me the money, ladies, show me the money.
-Let's liven it up. Come on.
Boy, did you hear Liam? Said he didn't need a baby-sitter?
Showing off cos that Cindy's around.
If he had plans of that sort he's going to be very disappointed -
TJ's up there, bless him, gooseberry.
-Who's go is it?
All right, Johnny...
..have you ever had sex with a boy or girl?
What? The rules are you can ask anything.
No, it's OK... no, I haven't.
I've kissed both but nothing more.
But you want to, don't you? He wants to.
Lauren, you've had your question, all right. It's my turn.
..who's the best lover you've ever had?
CHATTER AND LAUGHTER
Hey, hey, oi, oi, go easy...
I'm having fun.
You set a date yet?
Oh, no. No. Not yet.
You started looking at dresses? I love a wedding dress.
Don't you, Nora?
Oh, what am I like?! Sorry.
Awww... let me get you another drink.
Cora, I am sorry and I really do appreciate you not saying
anything about the other night.
Like I said, I'm no gossip...
so if you're at peace kissing other men.
It was one man, it was one time.
It always starts with one time.
Just spit it out, will you?
You've been off with me all day.
And you know why.
Yeah, I know that you're not keen on me and your dad being together.
I am not the only one. What did Sonia say yesterday?
Well, she said, you know, as long as I'm happy.
Oh, yeah, well, she don't have to deal with the fallout, does she?
There's not going to be any fallout, all right?
We're together and we're going to make it work.
I didn't finish with Mas just because I wanted...
What, Carol...? You and Mas are finished?
Oh, I'm so sorry. You made such a lovely couple.
Mas and Carol have finished.
That's a shame. He's a decent bloke. You don't get many of them round here.
- Yeah, well... - Was he a cheater, Carol?
-He never cheated on you, did he?
-No, it was just...
-No, he never did.
She just dumped him to get back with my dad.
-What, you're back with David?
-Which one's David?
Looks a bit like George Clooney?
Alfie looks more like George Clooney than he does!
No, he don't! If anyone looks like George Clooney it's my dad. Alfie don't look
-nothing like George...
-Poor Masood, though.
I'm sorry, no offence, Carol but, you know, you've got to feel for the guy,
because his wife leaves him and then you dump him.
No, hang on, hang on, it's not her fault.
Oh, right. She just couldn't resist David Wicks, yeah?
-No, no, no, she's just got a lot on her plate, ain't you, at the moment!
-It's all right, Bianca.
-Maybe you should tell them.
Right, if you've all finished discussing my love life,
I would like another drink, please.
Of course, Carol. Tina, pass me that bottle.
Tina, pass it to me.
Give it. Tina!
Listen, Kat, I was thinking. Me and you could have a right load of money now, you know.
If Alfie and Terry have won the whole...
Alfie Moon winning, yeah?
I've got more chance of giving birth to Prince George's future wife
than him winning enough money for a ticket to Australia.
Me dad was a cabbie, so it's just natural for me to be a cabbie,
Like that with us. Me grandad. Me dad.
All had the stall, now me boy's got it.
-What about you, Mick?
What, the old man?
What was he? Check.
Same as he is now, a complete wrong 'un.
Like father, like son, eh?
Are we playing poker or happy families?
Here we go.
I need to use your khazi.
-I might be a while.
That's what happens when you smash that Bombay mix.
That's too rich for me, mate. I'm binning that.
Alfie, come on, mate, this is just a little game of friendly poker.
Ian, we agreed there's no limit...
and you won't beat this hand.
Take an IOU?
You're having a laugh, ain't you, Mas? No.
I think I've got some money in the kitchen...
What are you doing? That's Tam's uni fund.
I've got the winning hand. There's real money on that table.
Mr Mas... Mr Mas, you cannot be serious, man.
Oh! I can't get my hand on green...
Right, Johnny. Left hand on green...
Do us a favour and send that to my mum.
She'd love to see us like this!
Things just got interesting...
I need to go to the khazi.
-Mick's in there.
-Yeah, I'll go outside, won't I...
Yeah, he's got a point, actually.
You and Phil OK now?
Yeah, yeah, we're getting there.
You know, you forget what it's like, working the bar.
Any time you want a job, you just let me know.
There's a couple over there I wouldn't mind getting rid of.
Look at them, they'll be sharing friendship bracelets next and having sleepovers.
You really hate her, don't you?
I don't like the way she's made herself the centre of Mick's life.
She's his wife, what do you expect? Anyway, I meant Sharon...
I think you still like Phil.
You want to keep your teeth in your head, you'll keep your thoughts to yourself, all right?
Stop it. Stop making me feel guilty! Just cos you're up the duff.
CAROL: Stop drinking, Bianca.
I'm pregnant, yeah...
I knew it! I've been watching you pretend to drink.
See, that's why I haven't said anything cos it's early days yet...
Yeah, because she's having twins!
Why don't you put an announcement in the flamin' paper!
-Kat's pregnant with twins.
-Oh, Kat, that is great news.
-Oh, that's fantastic news!
Congratulations. Oh, we need a toast, let's have a toast.
Oh, hang on you can't drink, can you?
I'm all right with orange juice. Cheers.
I smoked and drank all through my pregnancies, didn't affect my girls.
Oh, no, only one got cancer and the other one was a junkie.
Oh come on, Kat, just the one, eh? Wet the baby's head.
-Two babies' heads!
-Twin babies... rather you than me, love.
Yeah, it's all right when you're young and you've got energy but when you're at our age...
Controlling two toddlers...
To Kat and her babies. ALL: Cheers, Kat.
Alfie, Alfie, listen, you've got to let Mas win.
Because he's gambling with Tam's uni money.
I just want you to be happy...
I am happy, darling.
Just really happy and... you know what?
If being with my dad makes you happy then that's good...
Oh, blimey, she's off!
I'm really happy. Oh shut up, Kat...!
Cos you, I just want you to be happy as well.
Cos I know you are really happy.
Cos you've got them two babies in there...
And I know that's making you really happy.
Hello, this is Auntie Bianca...
you don't even know
but you've got the best mum in the world, you don't even know it yet...
I knew a woman once...
she had three sets of twins in three years.
She used to take them out walking on leads.
It was the only way she could control them.
-No, reins. I had reins with Denny.
Surprised you took them off.
No, I mean leads.
Her dad ran a pet shop and they all had dog leads and collars...
Right, I've one more bottle of bubbly on ice...
Oi, Linda... I've got something I want to say to you...
Shut your mouth. I'm not talking to you, all right...
You're all right.
I mean, I know, you know, we don't like each other but one thing
I do know is that you're good for my Mick...and...
..that's important to me.
Cos I brought him up...
And you make him happy...
-and he is happy.
And you're... good to your kids.
I think you smother Johnny a little bit, I mean, it's no surprise
he's turned out to be gay...
but, you know, he's a good kid and I like him...
Erm, I suppose what I'm trying to say...
..is you're not that bad after all...
-You don't have to cry about it...
-Oh, come here babe, come here...
Is she all right?
No, I'm fine, I'm fine.
I told Sharon I was throwing tonight for her but it's not true...
This afternoon on the news...
they said a soldier had been killed in Afghanistan.
And you hear it and you don't know...
You don't know what battalion... you just... you don't know anything.
All you can do is wait for the phone to ring
or for a knock at the door...
And I didn't say anything to Mick cos...
Well, after two years you just...
you get on with it.
But... I needed to take my mind off it, so...
It won't be Lee...
I know, I know, I know, cos they'd have told us by now...
but it goes on and on in your head...
I just want my baby back...
He will be back. He will be back...
He'll be back soon...
Sorry... I'm sorry...
-Don't be daft...
I had this group of mates back in Watford and they understood
when I needed to just blot it out...
Well, now you've got mates here now, Linda.
Yeah. That's right...
I hope so...
I feel sick...
-Oh, he's got queens and tens.
-He's got a full house, ain't he?
Queens and tens. Alfie.
It's on you. It's on you. It is on you.
EXHALING AND CHATTERING
-Oh, leave it out,
Come to Daddy. That's it!
-Who's the man?!
-That's unbelievable. You having that?
Don't you worry about it, boys. That's all mine now.
-You must be gutted.
So, that's that, then.
Yep. You won't regret it, Max. Partners?
I just... Can I have a kebab...?
You can have a cup of tea and a paracetamol.
ALFIE: Kat... Kat...?
Yes. Australia, here I come! AUSTRALIAN ACCENT: All right.
So, you're definitely going... never mind me or Tommy...
Kat, sweetheart... we need the money and this is big time.
And you know I want the best for our babies.
You know that.
We're just going to miss you.
I know, all right?
Just don't invest in a kangaroo farm or something, yeah!
OK. Come on.
-Have a nice time, won't you?
-Lovely to see you.
Thanks for a lovely night.
See you soon, bye.
-You look like you had fun.
So, I reckon it's time I started thinking about my future.
If we're starting a new life, I think you need to invest in me.
What do you want?
I want my own place... a pub, bar.
I want to be a landlady again.
I can't believe you done that, Mr Mas... I mean, how could you do that?!
-Tam has been saving for months and you spent it in a second.
-I had a good hand.
Yeah, but it wasn't good enough, was it? I mean...
Yeah, I decided to come home.
Oi, I can walk up the stairs.
Come on, keep going...
What was that?
It's all right, she just fell down a couple of steps...
-Why am I on the floor?
-Cos you're drunk.
Looks like Bianca's had a good night.
What are you doing here?
I was just...
David's told me.
Eh, come on.
Kat, listen, the sooner I get there, the sooner I get back, all right?
What am I going to do without you?
Sweetheart, you're going to be busy enough looking after Tommy
and of course Bert and Ernie, all right?
Make sure you keep me updated, OK?
My nan left you a bag of stuff here.
-There's anti-snakebite powder...
..spider repellent, shark repellent,
some sort of kangaroo spray and Factor 200 sun block.
Don't know how she managed to get that so quickly.
There's a surprise. She's also left me an invoice.
-Probably heard about Masood's money.
-I won that fair and square, OK.
I ain't got long left. I don't want to waste it talking about Masood.
ENGINE ROARS OUTSIDE
Are we at war or something? Sounds like a tank.
Oi, oi, come on. Oi, never mind that.
So listen up, I've invested some of the cash, OK?
So when it gets here,
-I reckon you could turn it into a nice little earner.
Yes, all will be revealed, my darling. Don't you worry.
David, I've got something to tell you.
I need to know that you'll stand by me.
Is humour part of your therapy?
It can't do any harm, can it?
Where did you find it, anyway?
In the kitchen bin.
Do you reckon it's Bianca's?
Why are you doing that?
Cos it's breakfast...
B? What's the matter?
I forgot my phone.
Here you go. I was going to come and find you.
Actually, Tam, you're going to be late, bro, you know, so...
maybe it's best you...
I know it's a sore subject but - Shabnam?
You going to talk to her?
I'm going to let her cool off first.
I've got a plan.
I'm going to get Tam his money back.
Yeah, well, tell Alfie to be lucky, yeah.
-And if he can, can he get Tiff a koala bear.
-Tiff, come on!
Don't worry about the stall, I've got it covered. All right, see you later.
Hang on everyone. Listen, I got an announcement to make.
-You're going to do it now?
-Yes, I am. Everyone else round here knows.
-We are officially a couple. Again.
That's wicked. About time.
Do I get a present?
No. Go on. Out. Tiff, come on!
-See you later, boys.
-Don't I get a hug?
-I would do but I feel a bit sick.
-Just got a bit of a dodgy tummy.
-What, you've been sick again?
I got to go to the stall, but I'm quite happy for you both.
That's either a really bad hangover or...
Hello? Oh, already?
Oi, I'm talking to you.
Great. Ah, wicked, great. All right, mate, I'll be straight out.
-Who was that?
-What was it you were saying?
Well, it's obvious, isn't it? She's got morning sickness.
Ooh, I hope not.
Right, catch you later. I've got to dash.
Oi! What do you think you're doing?
Dad, what is happening?
Put that back!
What do you think you're doing? Put that back!
Oi, who's in charge here? Put that back.
Dad, can't you just make them stop it?
What do you think you're doing, David?
Get them put this back. Now.
It's a new dawn, Max.
What, and you didn't think about talking to me?
That's my name up there.
There you go, babe.
Oh, ta. I was in right state last night. Embarrassed myself
getting all emotional about Lee.
You're a mum, you're allowed to.
Anyway, we're going shopping later. Bit of retail therapy.
Well, if you're free we could go...
What about me?
You want to see Mamma Mia?
No, you're all right. I'm busy.
We could get tickets for the matinee and do a little
"Money, Money, Money" together.
-You like ABBA, right?
-As much as anyone.
I saw the film five times.
Afterwards, we could slide into a bar for hair of the dog.
You've got yourself a date.
I need to check out a few bars, anyway.
Are we a match made in heaven or what?
Look, I need some ideas, you see.
Now, I wasn't going to say anything but if I manage to find
the right premises, then I'm going to open my own bar.
I think you'll find that's "we" are going to open up our own bar.
Oh, look at you two. So where you thinking of? Up west?
No. No. Here.
We fancy making a bit of our own "Money, Money, Money".
Sounds amazing. What a great idea.
Yeah, we've got a bit of damp in here, maybe a touch of rot.
I just wanted to get a price, really, to get it sorted.
All pressure on the nose, of course.
Don't get too excited, mate, we've counted them beer barrels.
-You saying I'm a thief?
-It was a joke, all right?
-What you doing in here anyway?
Oh, right, so we'll let you crack on.
Shirl, that's it.
Listen, don't upset anyone, don't flirt with anyone
and don't do anything except stay safe.
Right, same goes for you, all right?
All right, Spraggs? Cases are there, mate.
Don't want to give you the hurry up, but we do need to hurry up.
-I love you.
-I love you.
And you, young man, I'm going to bring you back a big present
-when I come back from Australia.
Do you want a dinosaur?
OK, look after Mummy for me, OK.
You get the rest of that when I get back, all right?
Listen, take care. I love you.
-Right, we all set?
-Not even close.
Listen, we're going to make a detour on the way, yeah.
-I don't think we've got the time.
-Listen, we'll make time.
All right. No worries.
You don't know what it is yet, do you?
-Say, "Bye, Daddy."
-I love you.
A bar, Mick. That's what she said.
It's got four sugars in it. Usually does the trick.
And we're a pub so there's room for both.
No, Mick. No.
We are the only drinking establishment this square needs.
What about R&R? Look, a bar is for snobs and city people.
It'll sink within weeks.
That's it. There you go. Problem solved.
Sharon was raised in this pub.
She ran a nightclub, she knows this square
and what she'll have to do to make people flock to it.
I could swing for her.
-You going out?
Yeah. Mamma Mia and a bit of shopping, remember. Why?
Oh, yeah, see, as it happens,
cos Shirl ain't working and we've got no cover.
She's sitting right there, though.
Yeah, but SHE'S going to the hairdressers.
These good looks need maintaining.
That's Shirley for you, lets us down every time.
You need to get some proper bar staff in.
So sorry about today.
Don't worry. I can do a bit of shopping, can't I?
Lucky you, eh?
-Catch you later.
Unbelievable. The cheeky cow.
She don't even think she's doing anything wrong.
Here we go. Right, what's the damage?
Extensive. And very, very expensive.
-You've got rising damp.
It's everywhere, it's probably been left untreated for years.
Years? How high's it risen, exactly?
It's a massive job.
I'm surprised you bought the place in this state.
I know, it's not exactly the same as a job in Margate, is it?
Listen, I had a bit to drink last night.
Obviously I'm not used to it. It left me a bit, uh...vulnerable.
..I suggest that if you just give me the money back, I mean,
it was a game, and it really was a bit of fun - you do have it, right?
Yeah, well, no - not as such.
What does that mean?
Alfie won that money, he didn't nick it.
Listen, I was taken advantage of.
That's what happened to me last night.
You sure about that?
Cos here's the question - would you give it back
if you'd won Alfie's money?
-It's on the house.
-No, don't. I don't think I can.
I was...I was thinking of taking up knitting.
-Yeah, I thought I'd start with something small.
You know, gloves, kids' gloves. Little bootees.
Pink, maybe, or blue.
Are you all right?
-Yeah, why wouldn't I be?
-Who's going to need bootees?
You tell me.
Look, this ain't a side effect, is it,
you know, of the cancer?
What? Knitting - a side effect of cancer?
No, no, no - you saying really weird things.
I was trying to come at this in a clever way.
-Just admit it - you're pregnant, right?
I found a test in the kitchen bin, a positive test.
Well, it ain't mine.
I know what you're thinking,
that I'm not going to be well enough to help out with this baby...
Mum, Mum, I am not pregnant.
Yeah, but you keep being sick.
That was four bottles of champagne, two vodkas and whatever else.
Well, someone's done that test in the house...
That girl. What has she gone and done now?
I tell you what, I thought she looked a bit glowy.
No, no, no, she looks too happy.
Maybe she wants a kid. That'd be a first, wouldn't it, round here?
Any chance of an orange juice?
Good girl, having one of your five a day.
Well, it's just the salon,
you get this chemically taste in your mouth sometimes.
I'd planned on giving Jake a surprise -
he's always liked fast cars so I had a day at Silverstone booked for him.
What is it, his birthday or something?
No, I just thought he deserved a treat,
but they've messed up the booking so looks like it's off.
Max, you ain't got any fast cars that need a test drive, have you?
A little treat for Jake. Might soften the blow.
-That's very kind...
-Hold up. Hold up.
How about that? Look.
One each. You'll have a whale of a time.
Yeah, the thing is...
he's a recovering alcoholic.
And Mick Carter puts his foot in it.
You weren't to know.
I tell you what.
Leave it with me. I'll come up with something else.
-You really don't...
-No. I'm on a mission now.
Anyone see you?
Box at Upton Park?
Man U fan.
-In the Thames?
He'll probably get swept away in the Thames, won't he?
Strong currents in there.
I tell you what you want to do, all right.
You want to go away together, have a little dirty weekend.
Listen to me. Seriously, me and L, we do it all the time.
It's like we're on honeymoon.
Yeah, OK, I'll come and get her now. OK, bye-bye.
-Got to go and get Bella from school.
-Well, you book that weekend, Sadie,
because I tell you what, it is guaranteed happiness.
-Welcome to the 21st century.
-I don't believe it all, David.
When did you think I was going to get involved in making any decisions?
Well, you don't have to worry about that no more, do you?
I've taken all the pressure off you.
-It's how your lost your hair, weren't it? The pressure.
C'mon, Max, it's just a bit of repartee between colleagues.
-Come on, let's get the chemistry going.
-I want my old office back,
cos you don't get to make all the decisions.
Well, I did buy that freehold off Roxy,
which does give me a slight edge.
Think of the bigger picture, Max. You weren't doing great.
But together, the sky's the limit.
And you've changed the name?
Phil knew. Course he did.
That's why they were so quick to push through that cash sale.
-I should've seen it.
-Or someone should've told us what he's like.
You wanted a pub, he had one to sell.
Stop worrying. I'll go talk to him.
Panic over, Shirley's riding to the rescue.
He ain't all bad. Only 95%.
Maybe I could persuade him to pay for some of the building work.
-And when you say persuade?
-This place was his mother's pride and joy.
If she thinks it's falling down then...
The builder never said it would fall down.
But Phil doesn't know that, does he?
I like the way you think, Shirl.
Twice in two days. Careful you don't strain anything, you.
Excuse me, I'm not that old, you know.
< Jake? Are you in?
You're still freezing. School should've called me hours ago.
You go upstairs and run yourself a bath.
You all right, love?
You are in?
Yeah, uh...I felt a bit dodgy, so I went for a lie down.
-What you doing home?
-The school's heating went off.
Why don't I make you a nice cup of hot chocolate,
-warm you up, eh?
-Sure you're well enough?
Yeah, I'm feeling miles better after a little lie down.
Tell you what, why don't you go back to work.
I'll do this and then I'll run her a bath. Here we go.
Where is she?
-I'll just go up, then.
-You got a temperature?
-I'll give Lauren a quick call and tell her to cut short her break.
There's no need, I've got it covered. I'll see you later.
-Germs. See you later.
Bella, where are you?
She's in here.
Bella, you'll never guess.
Lauren had to come up here and get some stuff for Mum.
She forgot her, uh...
I forgot to make the bed...
..I'm so sorry. You should never have...
I don't even know what to say.
I wish I did because...
But nothing's going to make this any better.
It's not right that you've had to find me in here.
That's not right at all.
But you need to do something now.
Can you think about someone?
Can you think about your mum? Can you do that?
I know you don't want to do anything for me, I know that...
but if there's one good thing that me
and you can do, it's to spare your mum from this.
Do you understand what I'm saying to you, Bella?
Because your mum does not deserve to get hurt.
This, this will never happen again.
Ever. I promise you that.
I will never come to this house again,
I will never so much as look at your dad again, I promise.
It's finished, from this moment on, you have my word on that.
So this is me, just getting my coat...
..and leaving. For good.
You just think about your mum. All right?
Obviously you don't want the Vic falling down.
Imagine your mum's face. It'd break her heart.
So we was thinking you could help us out.
Seeing as there's been rising damp there for years.
So what do you say?
This way we all win.
I've...I've already won.
So would you rather a block of granny flats go up there?
Long as they kept the noise down.
Come on, Phil. You've sold us a dodgy pub.
You seem like a decent bloke. Must be eating away at you.
-Tell him how decent I am.
-I'm not having this, Phil.
No, no, no, do you know what?
It's my fault just as much as anyone's.
I was the one who hurried the sale through - should have known better.
Live and learn and all that.
I got a bit distracted checking out bars.
What are they doing here?
-See yourselves out.
Social call, was it?
They reckon I sold them a dodgy pub.
They were bang on.
You going to come over and have a butcher's when you get a chance?
Nice start to your new empire. One miserable partner.
Oh flipping' heck.
You've upset Carol now.
Sorry, David, how exactly have I upset Carol?
She's got enough on her plate, Max, without all this.
Oh, priceless. Priceless. Always got to be the good guy, ain't you?
Look, I need you, Max. On my own I'm good, yeah.
With you, I'd be great.
We will soar, we will be the ultimate partnership.
Right, so we're a partnership, are we?
And a friendship, yeah.
Look, I'll even carve our names in this table -
"David 4 Max" with a big heart round it.
Yeah, that would be nice.
We good, then?
-All right. See ya.
-You all right, Dad?
-Hello, darling. Pop over when you can, will you?
Right, tell her.
-I ain't pregnant.
-Yeah, I think I'd know.
-Well, it's got to be you.
Don't be silly, Mum.
Well, who is it then?
I dunno. You started it, so find out who it is.
I'm not saying it is her, right,
but Lauren was round our house last night.
Hey. I was thinking of making Mum's favourite tonight.
Want to help me?
Bella, love. Lauren's right, we have to help Mum.
It's her we care about in all this - right?
Yeah. Good girl. Come here.
-What's that? You telling me this is your big plan?
-It's just for now.
Listen, no offence, Mr Mas, all right? But this is a stupid plan.
Tam's going to find out.
Yeah? Only if someone tells him.
And if you find keeping quiet so difficult, I suggest you move out.
Have I made myself clear?
So where's my fancy new desk and chair?
Don't worry, we'll sort something out.
In the meantime, welcome to Deals On Wheels, partner.
You couldn't nip out and get us both a coffee, could you?
What the hell...?
Where did you get this from?
-I picked it up from a geezer in Kings Cross.
I thought Alfie told you about this.
He said this is your gold mine.
This is a gold mine?
What do I know about meat?
What is it, anyway?
Well, according to Alfie, it's money.
Outstanding work, Shirley(!) We're still at square one. It's brilliant(!)
So what do we do now?
Cut our losses and sell up?
We're not running, L. This bar of theirs,
if they open one, we will find a way to fix the Vic up.
We will make it the best boozer for miles.
Where do you think that's going to leave their poncey little bar?
-With Phil footing the bill.
What's not to love about that?
So we're at war now?
Well, he fired the first shot and believe you me,
that was his first and last mistake.
-Has Lauren been there all that time?
-She ain't been at work, no?
-I don't know.
You all right, Lauren?
You should've said, love.
These things are better out in the open, I honestly believe that.
Sorry, Carol, what you talking about?
I found the pregnancy test.
What's this, Lauren?
What pregnancy test? Why are you looking at me?
-I'll kill the geezer.
-No. No, Dad... Dad, wait...
It's all right, darling, we'll get though this.
No, you don't understand, we need to stop him.
-Why? What do you mean?
-I'm not pregnant!
Carol has some difficult choices to make when she realises there are a lot of changes on the horizon. She makes a decision about her relationship with Masood, and seeks comfort from a familiar face. After getting her feelings out in the open, Carol decides to do what will make her happy, but she is shocked when she makes an unexpected discovery in her home.
Masood brings a surprise visitor home to see Tamwar, and it is not long before they are causing trouble. Masood struggles to come to terms with the changes in his life and takes extreme action, before deciding to raise the stakes.
Sharon is shocked when she discovers something Phil has been hiding from her. She confronts him about her trust issues, but is she prepared for what she might hear? Phil knows he must show his commitment, but will he be honest? Linda plans a girls' night in the Vic to help Sharon feel better, but ends up getting emotional herself. Meanwhile, the Carters are not happy when they realise they have been duped, and decide to take matters into their own hands.
Alfie becomes more and more desperate to make some cash, and gets a helping hand from Shirley, but Kat is angry with Alfie when she learns that his plans to make money could take him away from Albert Square.
Jake and Lauren continue to play a dangerous game, and everything is changing at the car lot, leaving Max feeling less than happy.