Jack and Sharon pull together when Dennis goes missing. Lauren is weighed down by the guilt of another Branning lie. Janine to the Square. Kat is burdened by a secret.
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-You shouldn't have(!)
I don't know what he's doing here.
Probably same as you from the looks of it.
-Where is she? I'll give her them.
-No! I'm her oldest friend.
Yeah, and I'm a woman.
-Looks like you've both had a wasted journey.
-She's gone to Norfolk.
-What's she doing there?
Trying to get away from you two, probably.
Have a nice day, won't you?
-Thanks. See ya.
-Trying to get away from YOU, actually...
-Morgan, come on!
It's not soggy enough.
It's been there for twenty minutes!
-I wondered if I might have a little...
-What about me?
No, finish your toast. Liam! Come on!
-Probably still asleep.
-Why'd you say that?
His mobile kept beeping all night so I couldn't get any sleep.
-I'm too tired to go to school.
-Me too. Whitney was snoring like a man.
Yeah, nice try, kids. Come on. Go and brush your teeth.
Mum, sorry, what?
-Yeah, um, I...
-You do think Liam's going to be all right?
Yeah, yeah, course he is.
I'm glad we ain't got that Steve stuff to worry about.
You did end it, didn't you?
Yeah, course I did.
Come on, kids, we're going!
-How about I take you out tonight?
-How do you do it, eh?
Pull the rug from under my feet and turn on the charm?
I'm trying, ain't I?
You've hardly said a word to me all weekend.
-What am I supposed to do?
-What, a night out at a cheap Indian
is meant to make everything OK?
You tell me to get rid of our baby
and then you just act as though nothing's happened.
You're right, we'll talk about it.
It's Jack, I should get that...
I'm glad you've got your priorities straight.
Kirsty, I promise, all right, we'll talk about it later.
All right, bruv?
Now, are you sure you've got enough toys there(?)
Shut up, I don't want Lexi getting bored, do I?
She's a baby, Lo, she'll be happy with cuddles.
Don't worry about that, she's going to get plenty of them.
I still can't believe we're getting her for the whole night.
I've just got this really, really bad feeling that Phil's going to cancel.
He wouldn't dare.
Lo, this is it.
This is us getting one step closer to getting Lexi back for good.
-Here you go.
-I'm not hungry, thanks, Phil.
-How long you going to keep this up?
Beale I can deal with, but Tanya,
-she won't give up so easy.
-If you want me to go, just say.
I didn't say,
but I'm not sure hiding away in here is going to help.
-I'm not hiding.
-Then why won't you leave the house?
What, and give them gossips what they want?
They're like scavenging birds waiting for the slightest crumb.
Besides, Denny's my priority now and he's upset enough as it is.
What time you taking Lexi over?
In a bit, but I can get Billy to collect her, if you want?
You really think I'm that pathetic?
Tell you what is pathetic, though - me having to wash
my hair in baby shampoo. Don't suppose you could pick me some up?
You sure you're all right?
Do you know what? I think I've had a lucky escape.
Well, the offer still stands to break his legs.
I'd do it myself if I cared enough.
He ain't worth my time, Phil.
Jack's out of my life for good.
What you doing?
-There's nobody out there, darling.
-Yeah, I couldn't see the telly.
Did you sleep all right?
-FRONT DOOR OPENS
Why are the curtains closed?
You all right, Liam?
-Thought you was meant to be at work?
-Yeah, Kat said she can manage.
So thought I'd come and sit with Liam.
I don't need a babysitter.
-I can see that. Where are you going?
-To the toilet.
Look, I've got a day off. Why don't I keep an eye on him?
Yeah, all right then. Did you speak to Masood?
-About coming over and tutoring Liam?
Oh, I'll phone him now and tell him to come over today.
-All right. See you in a bit.
-All right then.
Oh, forgot my keys.
-Thanks for coming.
-It's all right. Don't be silly.
You all right?
-You seen Sharon?
I'm thinking of calling her, seeing how she is.
Why, what you heard?
No, nothing. I just think you should let the dust settle.
Yeah, well, maybe Tanya's spoken to her.
She ain't going to tell me, is she?
I just think you should give it a few days, that's all.
Just feels weird not having Dennis here.
Oh, what, sorry, am I boring you?
Oh, sorry - it's a work thing. Jack, Dennis'll be fine.
-Do you reckon I made a mistake?
You didn't love her. Simple, ain't it?
Things ain't that simple when kids are involved, are they?
Do you want to come and draw me a picture?
-What you doing?
I thought you might like to draw a picture with me?
No, no, I should really deliver that.
Why? I'm standing right here.
Oh, did my mum phone you?
-Yeah, I'm going to go over after I've finished my round.
Tell you what, I wouldn't kick him out of bed for leaving crumbs.
Oi, that's my little cousin you're talking about!
What's this, you finally doing some work for a change?
Not scared you're going to break your lovely nails?
Yeah(!) So, anyone seen Shazza?
Yeah, she's gone to Norfolk, apparently.
Oh, yeah? Interesting. Guilty conscience?
-Kim! I warned you about gossiping the last time.
-I'm just saying.
Don't get me wrong, I like the girl. But you've got to ask,
why he did he leave her just before they were going to say "I do"?
Jack's never had much luck with women.
-You think it's something to do with Shaz?
-It's none of our business.
Enjoying your little gossip?
-That's my mate.
-I never said anything! Ian?!
See you later, yeah?
-See you later.
-THEY CONTINUE LAUGHING
-What's taking them so long?
-Relax, they'll be here.
Yeah, and what if the social call and cancel, eh?
What if they do that? Can they do that?
Course they wouldn't. Phil would've told us.
Yeah, he'd celebrate first.
Oh, come on, you and me both know that Phil wants Lexi all to himself.
He ain't that bad, Lo.
All right, they're going to have to hurry up cos I'm starting
to feel a bit sick. KNOCK ON DOOR
There y'are. See?
FRONT DOOR OPENS
Hello, my gorgeous girl!
She's due her feed in two hours, everything you need is in the bag.
Lex, look at all the toys your mummy got for you.
You know she needs her tiger to get to sleep, don't you?
Yeah, we know that. It's all right, Phil.
We'll take care of it now.
See you later.
All right, Liam?
-Um, mind if I use your loo?
-No, no, go ahead.
Right. Turn that telly off.
What's the point? Not like I'm going back to school or anything.
You going to be a professional telly addict, are you?
Well, I don't need him. I can study by myself.
Two little words, Liam. It's really that simple.
-Don't know what you're on about.
-I think you do.
See, that's what makes you different from those kids out there.
Right, I'll let you get on with it.
Do you want to get your books, then?
Look, about what happened...
I'm sorry. I really am.
All right, babe. You're up, yeah?
What are you wearing?
Oh! You're running a marathon?
-Yeah, it's on Sunday.
-When did you decide this?
I don't know. Few months ago maybe - it's not a big deal or anything.
It's just for one of them heart charities, innit?
-Why you not answering that?
Oh, right, that's why you've been hanging round here all weekend,
is it, eh? You've had a barney with your mum?
Can't I just stay round my boyfriend's house a few nights
without him complaining?
I don't know, can't I just ask my girlfriend what's the matter
with her without her getting all defensive on me?
If someone told you something, like, say Alice or something...
If you knew something that was really going to upset her -
like, really, really upset her...
..but you know that she should know...
..would you tell her?
I don't know.
No, I wouldn't, not if it's going to upset her, no.
That supposed to be you opening up to me, is it?
I'm going to have a shower.
We can talk about your fun run later, yeah?
D, you got any change? I need it for the tumble dryer.
So, have you made up with loverboy?
How about you keep your nose out of other people's business for once, eh?
You all right?
Fabric softener, that's what I need.
You don't need fabric softener for a tumble dryer, you doughnut.
It's for my delicates.
£4.95. There you go.
Yeah, this is the one, yeah.
-See you later.
-Yeah, much later!
-What is wrong with you?
-Phil Mitchell just bought some shampoo.
OK, where did Ian say Sharon was?
Norfolk. What's that got to do with anything?
OK, Denise, um... Phil.
I'll see you later.
-She been sick?
You've changed her.
I know. But look how cute she looks! My little strawberry girl.
-And her little cheekies.
-Just done her a bottle.
Yeah, I'm going to give her a bath after.
Lo, calm down, it's only early.
I know, but I got them little ducky-wucky things for her, ain't we?
We've got her all night.
-I know, but I don't want to waste a second of it.
-Hey. Hello you.
-Hello you. She's gorgeous, ain't she?
Do you want to feed her?
Hey? Oh, no, no, that's got to cool down anyway.
She likes it here, don't she?
Yeah. Course she does.
Yeah. I know she's useless 99% of the time, but just occasionally...
So this is you and your sister gossiping again?
No, Ian, I'm telling you cos I know you're concerned about her.
Where you going? Ian?
I haven't seen him in a while - it's George, isn't it?
Listen, why don't I make us all some cheese on toast, eh?
Think Sammy would like that?
Bears don't eat, Mum.
DOORBELL RINGS INCESSANTLY
Sharon, why won't you let me in?
-Ian, if she wanted to talk, she'd call you.
-Sharon, come on. Let me in.
-Will you leave it, Ian!
Why won't she talk to me?
OK, darling, I know you mean well, but maybe you're not
the right person she wants to talk to right now.
Tanya, it's Ian. Have you got a minute?
It's important that you remain objective.
You can't be biased, all right?
Remember. Introduction, argument...
-TEXT MESSAGE ALERT
-..and then there's those monkeys
in space who wear neon dresses and sing karaoke.
So you listen when I talk nonsense?
Look, you might not care, but for the sake of your mum
-and your gran, pay more attention, will you?
So, introduction, argument, evidence and...
-Sorry about that.
-HOUSE PHONE RINGS
I can't talk now.
Who was that?
Er, no-one, it was a wrong number.
You're lying. It was them, weren't it?
No. Honestly! It was nobody! Go back in there and do your lesson.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Hello, darling. Can we come in?
Denny? Shall I make that cheese on...
Just give us five minutes. Please.
-Where's her tiger?
-Phil said he put it in that bag.
Well, it ain't in here. You're going to have to call him.
Phil, you didn't pack the tiger.
So what we going to do?
All right, I'll speak to you later.
-Well, what did he say?
Said if she carries on playing up, he'll come and collect her.
What? No, he ain't doing that!
I need that tiger, she can't get to sleep without the tiger.
Lola, don't panic, all right? Just wait here.
LEXI CONTINUES CRYING
You don't have to hide away from us.
How many more times? I'm not hiding.
No, course not(!)
-Where you going?
Why don't I take Dennis and Oscar to the caff later,
-take his mind off things?
He can come round ours for tea later as well, if you like?
Thanks - both of you.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to lie to you.
-Still can't believe Phil broke my cover, though.
How did you know?
Kim saw Phil buying some shampoo...
Well, how did Kim know?
Well, I didn't tell her anything.
-Neither did I.
-Yeah, but you're going out with her sister.
And I was the one who put an end to the gossip.
Gossip? What gossip?
-Nothing. You know what Kim's like.
-What did she say?
It's probably just best to ignore them.
Them? Can you tell me, please?
They were just saying that you...
might've had a reason to run away.
That you...might've done something you're ashamed of.
You all right?
Ain't you been out?
What, to the abortion clinic, you mean?
Nah, course not.
Maybe it's time we started talking about it.
What, cos you've made up your mind?
No, cos the later we leave it, the harder it's going to get.
And what about talking?
Right, we'll talk now.
You don't mean that, do you?
Course I do.
No, you just want me bundled down some clinic - in, out -
I ain't being bullied into this. This is my body, it's my decision.
Listen, Bianca, I'm so sorry about the other day.
-You walking in on us like that...
-Well, no-one needs reminding.
I just didn't want you to think it was some silly fling, you know.
I really like your mum.
She's not spoken to you, then?
No, no, I've been trying to get hold of her all day.
Annette's great, isn't she?
She's a mate of mine. I told her all about you.
-What do you mean?
Look, I'm going to have to take this, I'm so sorry...
I'll see you later.
-Look, I won't be a minute.
Erm, Liam...you did well today.
-What are you playing at?!
-I should probably be going...
I've just seen that Steve!
-Oh? So you lied through your teeth.
-I was going to tell you...
-Him and Annette are like that, apparently.
-I had no idea.
-And he's threatened me.
-He's told her everything about me.
Just calm down and I'll speak to him.
So what are you going to say?!
I trusted you.
Lo? Lo, look what I found...
-Did you get her off?
-Getting good at this, ain't you?
Hi, it's me. Wondered if we could meet?
Yeah. All right, see you then.
So what is the story with this Steve guy?
Sorry, it's none of my business.
It's not like I've got anything to hide, is it, with Bianca's outburst?
It wasn't the romance of the century, but I liked him.
Now I wish I'd never clapped eyes on him.
What am I going to say, eh? What if I make it worse?
You going somewhere?
Yeah, I've got a club to run and gossips to silence.
Apparently word's got around that I'm the reason Jack called it off.
-Like I'm guilty or something.
-I ain't said a word.
No, I know.
Almost wish you had now.
I never said thank you.
Everything. You've always been there for me, haven't you?
I should've seen it before.
So how do I look?
-Right, then. Wish me luck.
-You don't need luck.
-See you later.
-See you later.
What's the matter, darling? Don't you like it?
-Can I get a black coffee, please?
Hey, little man!
I was wondering when you were going to show your face...
Come on, not now, Tan.
You sound more like your brother every day.
-Come on, Denny.
-No, I want Jack!
-Your ice cream's going to be melting, isn't it?
I don't care.
Come on, do what your Auntie Tan says.
-Sharon, I didn't know he was here...
-Denny, come here now, please.
-Listen, Sharon, I...
-Dennis Rickman, I'm warning you.
I said come here!
I'm a friend of Carol's. I know you're meeting her here.
Carol sent you?
No, no, not exactly.
I don't understand.
Look, the truth is, Bianca asked Carol to break up with you
because she was worried about you being unprofessional...
Bianca said that?
But Carol has been through the wringer today
and I just wanted to spare her the anxiety of telling you herself.
What's going on?
Oh, very mature Carol, yeah.
You ignore my calls then you get your mate to do your dirty work.
Think I get the message.
Darling, I'm so sorry I shouted at you.
Uncle Phil's going to cover for me at the club,
so how about I make you fish and chips for tea, yeah?
First chance we get, we're leaving.
This is on its sell-by date.
That's why it's been reduced.
Yeah, but I don't want a great big loaf.
There's smaller half-loaves over there.
-Yeah, and they're more expensive.
-Well, there you go, then.
You can get the cheaper one
and then use the money that you save to pay some rent.
-Do me a favour.
Well, no ID, no beer.
-Well, I'm not serving you without ID, so you might as well go.
-Don't want our money? We're having the beers anyway.
-I don't think so.
Yeah, and what's it to you?
Just thought you might want to smile for the CCTV.
Stuff your shop.
-I had it covered.
-Course you did.
-I just want to see if Denny's OK, that's all.
No, you gave up any right to care about him.
You stay away from my son, I don't want you nowhere near him!
Right, if you're missing school again, we can do some reading. Yeah?
-I want to see Jack.
-I'm sorry, sweetheart, you can't.
-Oh, you still live here then?
I've hardly seen you lately.
Sorry, I've just been really busy.
Maybe we should do something later, go shopping or something.
-Just us girls.
-I don't know what I'm doing today.
You could even wear them. Have a look. Do you like 'em?
-I thought they were so you.
-These are for me?
-Can't a mum treat her daughter?
-I just don't think I deserve them.
Don't be silly! Everyone deserves a treat now and then, don't they?
Just don't go flashing them at Abi, I didn't get her anything, our little secret...
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Just got to say excuse me, sweetheart!
Go away. Go away.
Have you spoke to Ronnie?
Jack, have you told her what's happened?
I've got things to be doing.
You've got to tell Mum the truth.
It ain't that straightforward, Lauren.
I can't lie to her any more.
She's going to find out soon enough. It's better if it comes from you.
OK. I'll sort it.
All right, today.
Today! All right? I promise.
If she'd asked me to bring stuff over, I would have.
Er...Dennis' PE kit?
I bet you're loving this, ain't ya? Shoulder to cry on.
-You take advantage of her...
-Just back off her.
cos you've really got the right to lay down the law after what you did, ain't ya?
-You've got nothing. You don't even know her!
No, no, cos no-one knows her like you do, do they?
Not with your messed up, secret past.
You'll never have what me and Sharon have got.
But she chose me, didn't she?
And you dumped her because of Ronnie.
What is it with you, Jack, eh? What did Sharon ever mean to you?
What is it? Jack the lad, yeah?
Got to have every woman in the Square?
Well, you mess people's lives up, Jack, that's what you do.
You mess people's lives up. Y'know - Ronnie...
Roxy... And now Sharon and Dennis.
That kid's crying himself to sleep every night because of you.
And you got the front to tell me to back off?
Well, you ain't got the right, Jack. Because you've blown it!
This is silly. I don't want us to be like this.
What do you mean? Like what?
Why don't we go for lunch at the Vic?
I mean, like, the lot of us, you, Lauren, Whit, Tyler.
What do you say? It's my shout.
I ain't going to say no to a free lunch, am I?
Talk of the devil.
Oh, Lauren, we were just saying about maybe going to the Vic
for lunch with Whit and Tyler.
It's not going to be, like, a big session or anything.
Um...I think I'll give it a miss.
-Have you seen Dad?
-Um, he'll be at the car lot, won't he?
-If I see him, do you need me to tell him anything?
-No, no, it's nothing.
-Right. I'll see you later. Bye.
You just not going to join us then?
Uh...yeah, be rude not to, wouldn't it?
-Why aren't you at work?
-Wait... That's 15-6.
They shut up early. Seven, eight, nine...
-And a pair...
-And a pair's..?
-A pair's 11?
-I know what it is.
I used to play this with my old gran.
This crib board was hers.
So that makes her my... great, great grandmother?
Grandma Ivy. She was a stickler for the rules.
-If there's a way to do things...
-We could deal you in if you like?
No, you're all right. I've got lesson plans to do for tomorrow.
Mum don't really play games, do you, Mum?
-I thought you were going to take the bins out for me?
-Yeah, I will after this.
So, two in the box?
After the game! Hang on, don't tell me...that's two for his nibs.
-You drag me over here and you just keep going over it all again!
-Look, I don't want to upset the kid.
-Bit late for that!
-Thanks for your support(!)
-What do you want?! You had my advice yesterday!
-It's up to you what you do!
-I'm trying to work a way out of it, ain't I?
-Ain't we all.
Oh, do me a favour! How many times have I been there for you?
I think she wants to keep it.
-Yeah. And you don't?
-Does Tanya know?
-I'm sorry, all right? I'm sorry things are in a bit of a mess for you, but you sort 'em out.
If you feel anything for Tanya, you tell her before somebody else does.
-That's vandalism, that is.
-Yeah! But it's funny.
All I want is an advance of a couple of quid.
You'll get your pay on payday, like everyone else.
But I wouldn't be asking, would I, if I didn't need it.
Let's just see how today goes. Yeah?
This is too funny.
-Maybe you should go somewhere else.
-Shirley, serve the customers.
Yeah, Shirley! Serve the customers.
-What can I get you?
Go on, go on, say it.
"Want fries with that?"
-Come on, she'll listen to you.
-No, Jack! She'll talk when she's ready.
-I just need to explain.
-Jack, you backed out of marrying her.
Come on, you need to give her some time. Yeah?
She's a tough woman, she'll deal with it.
Well, she's not as tough as everyone thinks.
None of us are, are we?
You just need to give her some room, you know?
She's going to be seeing you all over the place.
And she's still in love with you,
so it's going to be hard. Just try and back off.
Let her and Denny deal with it.
Yeah, you're right. Give her some room.
-But maybe the opposite's true for you and Max.
Talking's exactly what you need to be doing.
You've got too much history, you know,
just to be throwing it all away.
I've taught you too well!
You've just got to have the cards to win.
Right, 5, 10, 15, 17... At 10p a peg... There you go.
-Don't be daft!
A deal's a deal. You won fair and square.
-I'd take it off you, if it was the other way round.
Yeah, that I can believe.
Why don't you keep the cards and the board here?
No, you're better of taking 'em with you. They'll only get lost.
No, it's all right. I'll keep it for the return match.
Right, I'm off. Oh, and thanks for taking me money.
Why don't you come back later for dinner?
That'll be all right, won't it?
-I don't want to be any trouble.
-No, it'll be fine! Ain't it, Mum?
-Maybe Cora's got other plans.
-You got plans?
Might even get Mum to join us in a game.
Right, I'll see you later.
It's not your place to invite her.
What's wrong with you? She's trying, why can't you? It's dinner.
It's hardly like going on Jeremy Kyle, is it?
She's fun, you know, she's a laugh, you just need to ease off.
You all right? When you got a minute, can I grab some change?
Yeah. Just get rid of these.
-Here we go.
Nice to see you getting on again.
Yeah, well, life's too short.
Lauren, just calm yourself down, will you? I'm dealing with it.
Trace, can you stick a vodka in there, please?
Kirsty, I feel like I can't just ignore how this is going to
affect everything. I've got three kids already.
Please, I just want us to talk about it.
I'm at work, Max, the last thing I want to talk about is
whether or not I'm keeping our baby.
-There you go.
Denny, lunch! Phil?
Denny, will you come and get your lunch, please?
-Which one's mine?
-He's not upstairs.
Sharon, he won't have gone far.
Is Denny with you?
He's run away?
Yes, yeah, of course.
I'll call you straight away.
Have you finished with that?
Let's get that floor cleared, Shirley, please. Use the warning signs.
-You want fries with that?
-What are you playing at?
-Are you going to let her get away with that?
-And before you say it, I quit!
-And you! You ever wondered what part of a chicken is shaped like a nugget?
-Move, get off me, move.
-What you playing at?
Lauren? I thought we were just going to have lunch.
Well, I wanted a few more, didn't I?
Can you put this one on my dad's tab, please?
-He hasn't got a tab.
-Well, you'd better start him one then.
If she gets any more wasted, I'll stop serving the lot of you.
Look, I'm sorry, I really don't know what's made her kick off.
Suppose it don't take much, does it, eh? Thank you.
Bit fiery, ain't she?
Yeah, well, I've been doing fiery for a lot longer, believe me.
I don't doubt it.
I thought you just popped in for some change?
I'm allowed a lunch break, ain't I?
Bianca'll be sending out a search party in a minute.
I couldn't help overhearing you and Max earlier.
-It's nothing to do with you.
-I know. But if you need anyone to talk to.
But I don't.
Lauren, it's not a race.
SHE LAUGHS Since when did you become my mum, eh?
-Shall we just get another round in?
-I need to get back.
No, no! Come on, Whitney, let's show these lot how to have a good time!
Babe, I can't. I've got to get to work too.
-Thank you for the lunch, Lucy.
-Yeah, yeah. Thanks, Luce.
No, no! Come on, when did we all become such lightweights. Eh?!
Right. Well, I've got to get back to the caff. Thanks for the drink.
Yeah, sorry about all this.
Er, excuse me, don't apologise for me, Joey!
Why you doing this, Lauren? What is actually the point?
Because... Because... Can you just stop? Can we all just..?
Come on, sit back down and we'll have some fun.
Thanks for lunch. It was really nice.
You going to be OK?
Yeah. Usually am, ain't I?
We are brainstorming, OK?
-There is no such thing as a bad idea.
-You can't say that. We're having a thought shower.
-No. We're having a "thought shower."
-Go on, read out some of the names. Go on.
-Mmm. Gone off that.
-Most of them are just the name Ian in front of everything.
-We've got some Beales in there.
-Now, I like that.
-Like it for what?
-For the emporium, they've just put a sign up.
-It's up for let.
Why does it matter if it's up for let?
I'm opening a restaurant. WE'RE opening a restaurant.
Harry, you ain't seen Dennis, have you?
Sorry, Jack, I ain't seen him. Don't know where he is.
What's it all about, mate?
Your mum's really worried about you.
Don't make me go back.
Come here, come on.
And we're going to tie it in with the stall,
maybe even sell some of the produce there as well.
-We've already been through this!
-Lucy, this is perfect.
OK? This'll be me cooking my food in my own restaurant. My own menu.
Financed how? After the meeting we had,
you know it's going to be almost impossible for you to get a loan.
-You know this. I don't understand why you're still playing it.
-I'm not playing, Lucy. OK?
-This is perfect.
-But you need to be realistic.
You're not going to get the finance. It's not going to happen.
If you want a project, then...
I don't know, maybe find something a little bit less ambitious.
You've got to go home, mate. Your mum's really worried about you.
None of this... none of it's her fault.
None of it.
-Don't you love me and Mummy anymore?
-Course I love ya.
It's just complicated, mate.
Your mum really loves you, you know that, don't you?
When can we come home?
-I want you to be my dad.
So this is going to be it now? Yeah?
-You know what, Lauren, I can't keep watching you do this
to yourself, you know? Enough's enough. All right?
-I'm not finished with that.
-No? I think you are.
You can't tell me what to do!
I think you should leave.
No. No, that's what you should have done at Christmas.
What, you think he's going to stay with you because you're having his baby?
SHE LAUGHS Like that stopped him leaving us?
You think he really wants another screaming kid?
The minute things ain't going his way, he is going to dump you. OK?
He is going to just walk out on you and your baby.
She's only upstairs. I could get her for you, if you want.
The last thing I want to do is create any bad feeling.
-Maybe you should just tell her face to face?
-No! Can't you tell her?
-Talk to her, explain.
-Do your dirty work for you?
I just feel like I might say something that I'll regret later.
-Can you give her that as well, please?
Who was that?
It was Ava.
I take it she didn't come round to invite me to go early?
She asked me to tell you that she...
she thinks it's best if you give her some room.
I could see she wasn't very impressed when Dexter invited me.
I should have backed off. My fault.
I'll pop in tomorrow and clear the air.
No, Mum, she doesn't want you to...
She just wants you to give her a bit of space.
She did make a point of saying she hoped there'd be no bad feeling.
She gave me this.
You be good, yeah?
Will you give Sharon that?
Tell her if she wants to see me...
if she wants to talk to me, I'll be around till about four.
What, you just walked out?
-After what I did he was hardly going to let me stay, was he?
-It was worth it though.
But thanks to you helping me out, you've lost your job now, ain't ya?
You feel that bad about it, Denise,
-why don't you offer me a few hours in your shop?
-What?! SHIRLEY LAUGHS
You're all right, I'm only messing you about.
You'll need to tell Kim the rent's going to be even later.
-No... Well, hang on...
-I'll be fine, I'll find something.
-Come on, I owe you.
Yeah! Why not? Tomorrow.
Mmm. Well, let's face it, after working in McKlunky's,
your dead-end shop ain't going to be that bad, is it?
-Call me on Mummy's phone whenever you want, yeah?
-Because you know I love you, don't you?
-You know what you are, you're my number one girl.
Give us a kiss.
-Jack, I didn't hear you come in.
-I'll see you later.
I'm going away for a bit... I'll call you, yeah?
-Where you going?
-To visit Ronnie?
No, this ain't about Ronnie.
Hold on a minute! Jack? Jack!
Y'all right, darling? Do you want some juice?
You know...you must always talk to me if you're worried.
You can't just run away.
I know you miss Jack, darling...
-And I do too. But things are different now.
-They just are.
From now on, it's just you and me.
And we're going to be OK. Yeah?
When did this come?
Oh, Jack left it when he brought Dennis back.
He said he'd be about till four if you wanted to talk.
Oh, for goodness's sake, Lauren! What is your problem?
D'you really want to know?
Yes, I do, because you can't keep doing this!
-Look at the state of you!
-Well, maybe I wouldn't get so drunk
if it wasn't for all of the lies and the mess...
All right, what's Joey done now?
I told her... She was just standing there, and I told her! And she...
I told him as well!
Just got to tell the truth.
Kirsty, please, I don't want another row.
Don't worry, neither do I.
Is me getting rid of this baby what you really want?
I'll make the call tomorrow.
I'll have an abortion.
-I said, tell her. Just tell Mum.
-Tell her what?
It's a secret. Just another Branning secret.
-Right. What secret?
-Mum, you're not listening to me!
I am! It's just you're so drunk you're not making any sense!
Yeah, see - you get the duck. Duck's there, yeah?
So now you have to go on your... we have to crawl. We have to crawl...
This is where we crawl. Hands and knees.
Hands and knees.
To be continued.
What does she want?
I always knew one day you'd come crawling.
I was having a clear-out
and I thought Scarlett might want some of Tommy's old toys.
Yeah, maybe... Once they're disinfected. SHE LAUGHS
-Do you both want to come over for dinner later?
-You're cooking? What, a microwave special?
No, the girl will do it. Alice.
You know, one of these days Alice's going to find a job where she's
not treated like a skivvy.
You should appreciate her more cos you're going to lose her.
Max, you seen Jack?
Nah. You ain't heard, have you? He's gone away.
I don't know. All he said was he needed some space.
That's good. So he's going to let me run the gym
and look after a child on my own, is he?
It ain't all about you, is it?
Yeah, it is. It's always about me.
See? See, there he goes. Just walking straight back home to her.
He does live there, Mum.
Yeah. Still, you'd think he could find five minutes to just drop in,
tell me he was having a baby, wouldn't you?
He's got no idea, you know.
He made me swear not to tell.
Oh, yeah, cos you're the height of discretion
when you've had a few drinks, aren't you?
What am I supposed to do now, eh?
Just pretend I don't know? Till she's the size of a house?
He is going to tell you. He was meant to tell you yesterday.
Is that when he told you?
How long have you known, then?
A few days.
I mean, it's not like I expect to be the first person
he breaks the news to. I know we're not together any more.
..hope he's got the decency to tell me
before half the Square find out.
I'm sure he'll be round some time today.
Well, he better had.
Not going to go away, is it?
There you are. I've been trying to call you all morning.
You don't need to keep
checking up on me. I went down the clinic for a consultation.
-You should have told me. I'd have come with you.
-It was no big deal.
They just asked me if that's what I wanted and to come back later.
What do you think?
What, you're going to have it already?
Well, that's what you want, to get it over with.
We've made our decision and I ain't changing my mind now.
We may as well get it done
so we can actually talk about something else for once.
Oh, very smart, Shirl. You look great.
I look like a lemon. But it's what I get paid for, I suppose.
Well, there's a bit more to it than just wearing a uniform, anyway.
I was just thinking of trying something a bit different.
Oh, I saw the most amazing style the other day, right?
It was this, like, asymmetrical bob, with, like, blue streaks.
OK, maybe not that different,
I was just thinking something... a bit more mature.
And who exactly is this mature look for?
You've been reapplying lip gloss all day, right.
Who have you got a crush on?
No-one. It doesn't matter. He's not interested in me, so...
Oh? Why wouldn't he be?
He just doesn't see me that way, so...
Maybe you're just, you know, trying a bit too hard
to get his attention. You don't want to come across as desperate.
-No. No, it's just...
don't notice something if it's around all the time, right?
So take it away - suddenly they can't think about anything else.
Bit like me and chocolate.
Now, you see, it's all about service with a smile,
giving the customer an experience that they're going to enjoy.
Oh, yeah, cos I have the best fun
when I nip to the shop to get a pint of milk.
That ain't the point, Shirl - if you're pleasant to them
then they're going to come back, aren't they?
-Good morning, sir. How may I help you?
Could I interest you in some of our finest milk?
I'm not buying anything.
What the hell you doing in here, then?
Alice. All right?
I just thought you might want to take Scarlett later?
Er, I thought it was your afternoon off.
Jack's left me in the lurch.
Well, the thing is, Michael, I do have a life of my own, so...
Yeah, yeah... Yeah.
Good for you! Anyway, you'll never get anywhere with this mystery man
-if you keep letting Michael dump his baby on you.
Do you want me to have a word with Alfie?
Tell him you're not up for work today?
I'm still capable of pulling a few pints,
and if not, I'll tell him myself.
Well, I'll come and pick you up later. I'll take you to the clinic.
You don't have to. I was going to call a cab.
Don't be stupid.
I ain't going to let you go through all that on your own again.
Kirsty, I want to be there for you this time.
Yeah, well, I don't want you.
I just want to go through this on my own.
No tears, no fuss.
Everything all right?
I was wondering if you had a minute?
Oscar's blocked the sink.
You'd think I'd know how to use a plunger by now.
I mean, it doesn't matter if you're busy.
Don't be daft. I've always got time for you, ain't I?
Want to do it now?
Have you seen Denny's good shoes anywhere?
I swear, the minute they come off his feet,
they vanish into a black hole.
Here they are.
Might have something to do with the fact he can't stand wearing them.
Bet you can't wait to have us out your hair.
You ain't been in it. Not that I've got any.
I've liked having you here.
Well, you'd soon get bored after months of shoes and bras everywhere.
You know, Denny needs stability after everything that's happened.
If he can feel safe in his own home,
then he might start to put this behind him.
What about you?
I've picked myself up so many times before, I'm sure I can do it again.
So, I was thinking, right, a couple of highlights, lowlights.
You know, maybe even a bit of a razor cut.
I was just thinking a few curls or something.
I thought you wanted to look a bit more
mature for this mystery man of yours.
He's no mystery man, he's just...
some guy I met at the park when I was with Scarlett.
Anyway, I thought you said I shouldn't be trying too hard.
No, I said you shouldn't let him know you're trying too hard.
You've still got to be ready to make your move
when he does start to notice you.
How do I know when that is?
Right, listen. It took Fats for ever to ask me out, right, but it was
obvious he liked me cos he kept buying me little presents and that.
You've just got to watch out for the signs and show him
you feel the same as well.
Flirt with him, let him know he makes you feel sexy.
Yes. Look, you are way hotter than you think, right?
You've just got to make sure that he sees that too.
Look, there's the police. Say hello, Mr Policeman.
Here we go. Stop. Brakes on. You all right?
We've had a great time in the park, chasing the ducks.
Teaching him to scare off the birds already, are you?
I was thinking maybe he could stay with me and have some dinner, yeah?
I was going to take him to Michael's.
I can do it another time.
Can you still cover my shift for me? I need to finish early today.
I've got a last-minute dentist appointment.
I thought you wouldn't mind.
No, he's all right with that, ain't you?
Er, yeah. Yeah. Can't have a toothless barmaid, can we?
-See you later, girls.
-See you later.
You should tell him about the baby, you know. You can't
keep inventing toothache every time you go to the midwives'.
I won't have to. I'm not having it.
Me and Max have decided it ain't the right time.
As long as you're all right with that.
I know it's none of my business but if you need any moral support,
I'll just get Bianca to cover the stall and I'll come with you.
Thanks, I'll be fine.
You can't do this on your own.
I'm not. Max is coming with me.
I don't know. I can't see anything wrong.
Right, well, I thought Oscar might have blocked it.
You know, I keep telling him not to shove his cereal down it
-but he won't listen to me.
-He's a boy, ain't he?
If there's a way to cause trouble, he'll find it.
Don't change much when they grow up, do they?
Seems to be draining fine to me.
So you're just going to leave it, are you?
Well, yeah. I've got a punter coming to look at a motor in a minute.
Can't it wait?
No. I can always pop back later.
-You know, if it's blocking up again.
I don't know. After work. I'll have a bit more time
-to deal with it properly, won't I?
-Good. Do that.
Jack, if you ever pick up your messages, can you ring me
and let me know how I'm supposed to run a gym on my own?
-Can I have some perfume. Perfume, yeah.
-Don't matter. Whatever's the cheapest.
A couple of months ago she was right.
I wasn't fit to open a packet of biscuits, never mind a restaurant.
I'm better now.
Well, tell Lucy.
I've tried. She's not having it. What she don't realise, right,
is you've got to take risks to succeed in business. That's it.
-That's cos she hasn't got your experience.
I mean, I opened up my first business before she was even born.
Well, then stop taking orders from a 19-year-old and go
and show her what you can do.
How much are these? Fruity flavour?
Oi! Don't you want 'em?
I would take your staff problems over mine today.
Look, Michael, if you're going to try and talk me
into babysitting again, I told you I was busy.
You're right. I have been taking you for granted.
Just because Jack's left me in the lurch
doesn't mean I have to pass it all on to you, so...
You're right. And you've done more than enough for both of us.
It is my job.
Yeah, but there's more than that as well.
So I got you...
something to show my appreciation.
..you know, show how much you mean to me, I suppose.
Well, I guess I could stay and make you some dinner
and take Scarlett after all.
Your hair looks nice.
I've got a surprise.
-We're moving back in.
-With Jack too?
No, darling. I told you this morning Jack's gone away for a while
so it'll just be me and you for now.
Right, and guess what?
You can have your old room back.
We can get some new curtains, new bedding. Whatever you want.
I liked the way it was.
I liked it with Jack here.
SHE CLEARS HER THROAT
I tried the perfume on.
Do you like it?
It's... It's very nice. Very nice.
Do you think it's...
-I suppose it is seductive, yeah.
Is that why you got it?
Yeah. No... Well, I thought was...
it would be a nice gift for you. That's all. Yeah.
I really like it.
-It makes me feel sexy.
-It makes you feel sexy.
Alice, come on...
what are you doing?
You are a very sexy girl, but I just bought it as a gift.
I didn't mean to seduce you, so...
-Thanks for that.
-That's all right.
-Has anyone taken the lease on this place yet?
-Not so far.
Maybe you can help me then.
Alice? What's wrong?
-Has Michael upset you again?
-It's not Michael, it's me...
I'm bored. It's no fun playing on my own.
Here, I'll give you a game.
Go on, budge up.
Which way do I go?
No, you don't understand. Only Jack knows how to do it.
Oh, for the last time, Jack's gone!
Darling, I'm sorry, I know you're upset
but it's not what I wanted either.
Then why did you let him go away?
He didn't want to stay.
No-one ever does.
That is not true.
I'm here, and I promise you I'm never going nowhere, OK?
Good afternoon, sir.
Didn't know you had a new job.
I've got to pay the rent somehow.
Will that be all?
Not getting anything for Sharon? I've heard she's moved back in.
You should keep up to date with your gossip. She's moved out.
Poor old Phil, eh? No matter what you do,
you always end up with a baby and a meal for one.
I'm just paying an interest in the customers.
You're too interested in Phil.
Hark who's talking. What's your fascination with Ian Beale?
but I can't discuss personal matters on work time.
Is it his charm? His good looks?
Or the smell of cabbage in the morning?
For a start, he's very...
thoughtful and dependable.
You know, he's been there for me.
It's what every girl dreams of -
a dependable prince to sweep her off her feet.
He can sweep if he likes. You know, people underestimate Ian, you know,
he's a lot more manly than you'd think.
Great, I'll be in touch.
Here, I've come up with a plan of how to get the restaurant.
I've just got to convince my daughter, though.
Well, that shouldn't be a problem. Not with you being so...
The reason we weren't open is cos we don't have the staff.
We'll be back to normal soon, mate, all right.
Michael, leave me alone. I don't want to talk.
Alice, Alice, come on.
You're going to have to eventually or we'll have to work in silence.
I'm not coming back. I can't even look at you.
You must think I'm such an idiot.
Well, I don't, actually. I think you're...
And if I was 20 years younger...
All right, 10 years younger...
You know, I still wouldn't be good enough for you.
Ask Kat, ask Roxy.
They all ended up wishing I'd had nothing to do with them.
Maybe they just didn't get you.
I'm very selfish, I'm...
..difficult, I'm extremely moody.
You can do a lot better.
So why don't we just forget it happened?
Draw a line under it.
Scarlett would be lost without you.
So would I.
Denny, play nicely with Oscar, yeah?
I thought you could do with a break from the kids.
Is it not a good time, Tan? Are you expecting someone?
No, no, of course it is. Come through.
You seen Mum? She wanted to talk to you.
Yeah. Yeah, I couldn't see the problem.
With the sink. She wanted me to unblock it.
What? You didn't even tell her about the baby?
Dad, you can't keep bottling it every time you see her!
She does need to know.
I'm not sure she does.
You all right, Alfie? You ain't seen Kirsty, have you?
Oh, I let her go early, didn't I?
She was moping around, putting my customers off their ales.
She was talking about a dentist, her tooth or something.
-Oh, right, yeah, yeah.
-I thought you was going with her?
There's a lot of things I'd do for a bird
but sitting through a dentist's drill ain't one of 'em.
But we both know that's not where she's really gone.
Don't worry, I won't say anything
but I thought you'd have set off by now.
It's what she wanted. She said she wanted to do it that way.
That's not what she told me. She said you'd be there for her.
If it was me, there's no way I'd want to go through that alone,
no matter what I said.
I didn't do too bad, did I, for my first day?
No, we didn't get any official complaints, no.
Well, there's always tomorrow.
What? I thought you were just going to do your few hours today...
Yeah, but as you took the trouble of teaching me, I thought maybe
you could put in a good word for a more permanent job.
I've been thinking about the emporium.
I told you not to.
I know, Lucy. I know you think we can't afford it but that's where
you're wrong, OK? I've done the calculations and spoken to
a mortgage broker and we can get the amount we need
-if we re-mortgage the George Street flat.
-You're not serious?
You want to put what we've already got at risk
and put ourselves in more debt?
That's what you have to do in business. You have to take risks.
Well, that's not how my business works.
Not getting in debt means a lot to me.
I'm still paying off your last financial collapse.
Yeah, but that was different. I had problems then.
And who's to say you're not going to have them again?
I'm sorry, but I'm not willing to take the risk so can we just drop it?
Here you are. I thought I'd missed you.
I'm on my way.
I ain't got time for deep and meaningfuls. I've got a cab coming.
No, no, cancel that. I'm going to take you.
-I told you there's no need.
-Well, there is, isn't there?
Babe, we made the decision together, we should see it through together.
You know, that's what being married's all about.
I've got my car keys at the car lot.
I'll get the motor and I'll meet you out front. OK?
What have you done to Alice? I saw her running off in tears earlier.
Can you believe she put it on me?
Put it on you? Are you sure?
She put it on me. She had me up against this stove.
-You must have done something to give her the wrong idea.
-I bought her a present.
A present to show my appreciation for her efforts, as you advised me to. She got the wrong end of the stick.
-She was unbuttoning her top, the whole deal.
No wonder she's in a state.
Yeah, well, I talked to her and I sorted things out.
-She'll be fine.
-And you think that'll be it? She'll just get over it?
Well, no, she won't just get over it cos it's me.
It's going to take her a while. She'll live.
And you'd never take advantage of a teenage girl
willing to do anything for you?
That's a good point.
But I need a nanny more than a one-night stand.
Well, I never thought I'd see the day - you turning down a deluded
girl throwing herself at you, for a night in with a baby.
I know. Where did it all go wrong?
He hates me...
No. Denny's a tough little boy. He'll come round.
I keep bringing people into his life and then sending them away.
And every time he resents that a little bit more, you know?
You can't blame yourself for this.
You know, Tan, I wish Jack had told me sooner how he felt.
You know, it still would have hurt, but...
not as much.
I know. I know, darling.
I don't think men are capable of being honest, do you?
In fact, we're always the ones who have to confront them, aren't we?
Yeah, I suppose.
Which is why I think we deserve more wine!
-Really? We've still got plenty.
-You don't have to go out now, babe.
Yeah. I'll be back in five minutes and I'll explain it all.
-Just stay there.
-Oscar, I'm just popping out. Be good.
-Take that, Voldemort!
Denny, keep it down!
All right, Tan?
What you doing here?
You said you'd come back. I've been waiting. I'm still waiting.
Is this about the sink?
I ain't got time for that now. Kirsty needs me.
What about me?
Tan, I'm trying to be there for you
-but I've got other things to deal with now.
-Like your pregnant wife?
You were never going to tell me, were you?
-She definitely crawled. Didn't you?
That was a fall. Don't worry, she'll crawl when she's ready.
-She's very advanced, though. Aren't you?
-You're very advanced.
-Wonder where she gets that from?
She takes after her father. Yeah.
KNOCK ON DOOR
That must be the men in white coats come to take you away.
They're late, then. Very late.
Watch her, yeah?
Can I come in?
I'll take that as a yes.
That lightbulb needs changing.
What do you want?
Well, this is my house. I live here.
Or have I got that wrong?
I'm gasping for a drink.
Would you mind?
-Course I was going to tell you.
-Oh, really? When? Tomorrow?
Next week? At the christening?
-Just couldn't find the right time, could I?
-This is so you. Even now. Even now, we're not together.
And you are still putting me in these situations.
-Why didn't you tell me? What did you think I was going to do?
-Things have been difficult.
This is why I didn't tell you. Because of this. Because of how you're being.
-Because you have lied to me.
-I haven't lied.
All right, you didn't tell me. Lauren knew. She knew. She knew for days.
So there you go again, letting her get stuck in the middle there. Keeping your secrets.
I didn't tell you, Tan, because I was scared.
Scared how'd you react.
-I was. I was worried, worried it would push you away.
-Push me away? Away from what?
Well, from me.
I hate to think what Alfie would say.
His wife, having a romantic dinner with my husband.
I'm not with Alfie any more. We split up.
-What do you want?
-I told you.
I was just passing, and I thought I'd pop in to see how you were.
-That's right. I'm back in the country for a couple of days. KAT LAUGHS
I had an accountant's meeting and you know how those things drag on.
I am casting an eye over my assets. Property. The businesses...
I expect you've got somewhere to be, haven't you, Kat?
A single working mum like you?
You can't just walk back in their life after what happened.
I'm sorry, what has that got to do with you?
-I'm his friend.
And he's needed one, believe me, after what you did to him.
Just disappearing. Abandoning your own child.
Her father is stood right here, in our house. The lights are on,
the bills have been paid and she's been provided for.
She hardly looks abandoned to me.
Right. What about her mum?
You think being a mother is a part-time job?
I don't know, Kat. You tell me.
I seem to remember you having a break.
But then you thought he was dead.
You haven't changed a bit. Have you?
You know nothing about me. Or him.
Or my family.
I know he's struggled.
I know he came this close to giving up, but he didn't.
He worked at it and now he's a brilliant dad to that little girl
and she loves him, like a child should love a parent.
He's her world.
Go on, Kat. Go on.
She is very, very protective.
Yeah, too right I am.
You go home,
and you look after Michael's other kid, yeah?
You look after that one.
The one who doesn't even know who his real father is.
Because this - me, him, and Scarlett -
this has got absolutely nothing to do with you.
Tan, it ain't over between us.
It ain't over.
What you saying? You want me back? You want to give it another go?
It doesn't matter what I want, does it?
-She's your wife. She's having your baby. There's nothing I can do about that.
-She's having an abortion.
That's where we're going now. That's where I'm taking her. To the clinic.
This time tomorrow, there ain't going to be a baby.
Yeah, I need it now.
Pick me up outside the launderette, Bridge Street. Yeah. Soon as.
Kirsty! What's wrong?
Nothing. Nothing. I'm fine.
I thought you was going to the clinic.
Yeah, yeah, I am.
Max not going with you?
I'm going to meet him there.
-Going to meet him there? Why would you want to do that?
-He's got something on.
What's all that for?
I might get kept in.
How long for? A month?
So it wasn't planned, then?
No. Course it weren't. It was a mistake, weren't it?
You sure about that?
You sure she didn't mean to get pregnant?
Well, I think so.
Well, I don't know.
It don't matter, anyway.
How can it not matter?
Well, cos she's getting rid of it now.
-We've discussed it. You know, she's getting an abortion.
-Just like that?
No. Not just like that.
We been talking about it all week.
Oh, a week(?)
Well, not quite a week. Nearly a week.
Anyway, the point is - after tonight, it ain't going to be a problem, is it?
I see. So she gets pregnant, you don't fancy it, you get rid?
No, we're adults. We can choose.
It's your baby. It's your child.
I know. And I'm choosing not to have it.
What about her? What does she want?
She wants the same.
Why? She loves you. She's married to you.
She's already got rid of one of your babies and she wasn't happy about that.
-Why...why wouldn't she want your child now?
-Well, cos it ain't the right time.
Besides, I got kids. I got a family, ain't I? I don't know if I want to go back there, do it all again.
It's nothing to do with me, is it?
Not at all.
You're not pushing her into this because...
..because you think if you have a baby, then that's it. There's no hope for us.
There's no going back for you and me.
There is no you and me.
-You're lying. You're looking me straight in the eye, you're lying.
You're making her get rid of a baby because of me?
Where have you been?
All over. Brazil. Europe.
All over the place.
Taking some time for me.
Giving myself a well-deserved break.
On your own?
But you're with someone?
No. No, not now. I'm an independent woman.
Just come back home.
No explanation? No apology?
Apology? For what?
For walking out on me and Scarlett?
I seem to remember that you finished it with me.
I seem to remember you telling me that I was a mess - a needy,
controlling mess and that I was killing it. No, sorry, that I'd killed it. What we had.
You tried to bribe me with a case of money.
I tried to find out whether you wanted me or the money.
And there's nothing wrong with that.
You think that's normal?
-You think you're normal?
-No. And neither am I.
We'll just take that as read, shall we?
I was in a bad way, Michael.
Post-natal depression is a horrible thing.
So I gather.
I'd been depressed. With a premature baby.
Anxiety. A husband who was hardly ever there.
A fondness for the flash cars
and the expensive suits that were all paid for by me.
Michael, you made me rip up my pre-nup on my wedding day.
I find it hard to trust. I always have. My dad.
He didn't help. As you know.
You have contributed to the problem.
You can't think that you're entirely innocent.
I loved you.
Admittedly at the beginning, you know, with the money... I admit that.
..the marriage was real.
is very real. You destroyed it.
-You sent me away.
-No, you ran away.
No, you made me go, Michael. You gave me no choice.
You made me feel this small.
And worthless. As a mother.
You told me that I was going to destroy that little girl. That I would ruin her. So I went.
That's an excuse.
I'm a good mother.
You are not!
I am a good mother. I am.
You abandoned her.
Because of what you said. And you were right. You were right.
I wasn't in a good way.
I had to go and get my head straight. And I have.
-And I've come back refreshed.
-And I'm supposed to be impressed by that, am I?
You go off for seven months,
round the world sleeping with anyone who's for sale.
I didn't pay for it.
Indirectly you did.
I am a desirable woman.
You used to think so. What's changed?
If I went round the world for six months
and had a holiday I'd feel chilled out.
But I don't. Cos I've been here and I've been struggling.
-How noble, Michael. What a hero you are.
-And you're back.
You're back now to gloat, and you think I'm going to open my arms and accept you back in?
SCARLETT CRIES Now look what you've done. I don't call that good parenting.
No, you don't. No, you don't! You don't get to do that.
You don't get to touch her.
She is my daughter, Michael.
You forfeited that right.
Besides, she probably wouldn't even recognise you.
-He can't make you have an abortion.
But you're going. Have you had a row?
-Stop. Go back and talk to him.
He ain't there.
Hold on. He don't know, does he?
-Look, I've got to go. I've got a cab coming.
-Just get off me.
Stop running away and go and talk to him.
Yes, you can. You can. Max is a reasonable bloke.
He won't understand.
Yes, he will. No matter what the problem is,
he'll stand by you. There's no way he's going to leave a girl that's pregnant.
-But that's it, you see.
I'm not pregnant.
Don't you see what you're doing?
-No, cos I ain't doing anything.
-You are. You're doing exactly what Bradley did.
-Bradley did this to Stacey all them years ago.
You are making her get rid of a baby for your own selfish reasons.
You're doing the same thing.
-I ain't doing the same thing. It's not exactly the same thing.
-You are. You are. For me. For us.
I just want everything to go back to how it was.
You - you in the wedding dress, us all together. I just...
..just want everything to go back, Tan. Is that so wrong?
It can never go back. She's pregnant. There is no going back.
-She's going to get rid of it, isn't she?
-Not for me she isn't. I don't want that on my hands.
Nor do you.
Think about it, Max. Think.
How you going to feel, eh?
How are you going to feel after?
When she's had that termination. Your baby.
You think you're going to feel good?
What, you think we can just get back together?
Don't you think it's going to poison everything? Poison you and her?
You and me? If there was any you and me.
You're rushing into this. You are. You're panicking.
-And you are pushing her into something she doesn't want.
-You don't know that. You ain't spoke to her.
Come on. You know she doesn't want this.
Babe, where you going?
I'm going home.
So what about us?
There is no us. Not any more.
What d'you mean, never?
Is that what you're saying? You mean there's no way? There's no...
..no hope? Is that what you're saying?
You've got a new life now, babe.
You've got to work out what you want, you know,
and what she really wants.
This baby, Max, it isn't just some object, all right?
It's a child, isn't it? Starting out,
it's a future Lauren, maybe, or...a little Abi, or Oscar.
It's a future Bradley.
You can't just throw all that away because you want to go back,
you want to make it good,
live out some fairy tale.
I am really sorry.
I know. Come on.
Come on, you need to go and talk to Kirsty.
You need to go before it's too late.
She's the mother of his kids, she's had years with him, they come first.
He was going to leave me.
He was going to leave me for her. I could just see it.
So you told him you was pregnant?
We were having this row and I thought he was going to walk out and leave me.
And I just panicked, and I just said the first thing that came into my head.
-What was you going to do, stick a pillow up your jumper for nine months?
-I don't know!
I just - I wasn't thinking...
I don't know, I just said it.
I thought he'd be happy.
Cos I already lost one.
I got rid of one before.
Of his. Not his choosing. And I just...
I thought he'd be glad.
And he weren't?
He said he thought we should get rid of it.
What could I do?
I just had to say I was OK with that.
But then he said he had to come too, and...
out of the blue, he insisted on coming.
He's going to be back any second and he's meant to be taking me down the clinic.
You can't get rid of something that ain't there.
-So what, you're just going to run away?
-Well, what else can I do?
Tell him. Tell him the truth, all right? Say you panicked,
because things weren't going too well.
And you told a little white lie. He'll understand.
-You think so?
-If he loves you, he will.
No. I don't think so.
Do you love him?
All my heart.
Right, then tell him the truth.
Don't live a lie like I did for months and months.
I can't. I can't.
You've got to. Here you are...
All right, Kirsty? What you doing out here?
-She was looking for you.
-I told you I was only going round to get the motor.
-You all right?
Yeah. Just...just, I just ain't feeling too well.
What's all that?
In case they keep me in.
Look, I go to go and get Tommy. Good luck, yeah?
Don't forget what I said. Right?
What's she talking about, "good luck"?
Max, listen. I...
Let's get inside, shall we?
I thought you were getting the car.
I think we need to talk.
I used to love this room.
You wouldn't believe how much that mattress cost.
You expecting to find Kat's bra under the bed?
So you haven't slept with her, then?
Mind your own business.
One-off? She was disappointed? You know, that sort of thing?
Can we go downstairs now?
You must be lonely. Here all on your own?
Who said I was on my own?
You are, Michael. I can tell.
What's the matter?
Am I making you nervous?
No, you make my skin crawl, actually.
Really? You're not just...
..saying that to hurt me?
I'd have to care about you to hurt you.
And you don't? You don't care?
Haven't you missed me?
What did you come back for?
Answer the question.
What is it that you want?
Have you missed me?
No, I haven't.
It was the best day of my life when you walked out that door.
Oh, you don't mean that.
Have you missed me?
I've missed you. Yeah.
Of course I have. I've missed Scarlett.
There's only so long before sleeping with some stranger -
no matter how beautiful they were -
you know, it just leaves you feeling...empty.
Sometimes at night, I feel just like I did when I was a little girl.
After my dad left. And I used to stand down there.
I used to wait for him for hours.
And hours and hours, waiting for him to come back.
I felt lonely then, too.
I had Pat. And Ricky. My family.
Now everyone's gone.
It's just me on my own.
So you just want to come back, do you?
Back with me and Scarlett, do you?
What would you say if I did?
Ask me. Find out.
You really think you're all that, don't you?
You think so much of yourself.
You think I've come back here to, what,
reignite some great love affair?
I'll ask you again, then, for the hundredth time. Why did you come back?
You'll find out.
-What do you mean? For what?
-For all of it.
Babe, don't be silly. It's not your fault, is it?
Babe, just listen to me, will you, please?
-Max, I got something to tell...
-I ain't treated you very fairly, have I?
You know, I've pushed you.
I have, I've been pushing you into it.
I ain't taken your feelings into account. It's wrong.
This whole thing is wrong.
I want us to have this baby.
-This baby. I want us to have it.
I want you to be a mum.
I want you to be a mum to my kid and I just want you to be happy.
I want you to put all those bad things that have
happened to your life, you need to put 'em all behind you.
It'll be a fresh start, yeah? You, me, a little baby.
-Max, I've got to...
Babe, I thought this was what you wanted.
I do. I do.
Why you crying?
Because I'm happy. I'm so happy.
I love you.
You don't want me back in your life.
You've made that perfectly clear. Now if you don't mind,
I've got somewhere I need to be.
For tonight. Then you're going to hear from my lawyer.
What does that mean?
I didn't come back for you, Michael. I came back for Scarlett.
She's my little girl and I intend to take her.
When she wakes up, you tell her that Mummy's home.
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