The arrival of a guest at the Beales' highlights the tension between Ian and Denise, the market traders band together to face an impending threat, and Kat continues with her plan.
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OK, that'll do. Thank you.
-Oh, I'm sorry. Council business.
Bobby, we've been through this.
I before E, except after C. How many times?
It's a bit early for exams, innit?
-He's got a big test today.
-It's only a Spelling Bee.
No, it's the Borough Inter-school Tournament.
-Oh, it's hardly life and death, is it, Ian?
-It's more important than that, ain't it, champ?
-I guess so.
-Ah! So you are!
-You were expecting me, right?
-You made it!
Yeah, I told you I would.
How you doing, tiger?
Better late than never.
Cash? How romantic(!)
# I dreamed a dream in time gone by... #
-# When hope was high... #
So, you staying somewhere nice?
Local. REALLY local.
Ian didn't tell you any of this?
Must've...slipped his mind.
Kat, you want a cup of tea, darling?
Kat? Do you w...
Oi, you gone mutton on me or what? D'you want a cup of tea or...?
Sorry, I was away with the fairies.
-All right. What're you doing?
-Nothing. It's just a shopping list.
You've never done a shopping list in your life.
So? I am now. I want to be more organised.
-OK, all right...
And since they started talking about closing down the market.
-We need to start economising.
-I will have that tea, by the way.
Kat, you might have to put sugar on that shopping list, cos...
-Whoa, whoa, whoa, where you going?
-I'm going to work. Can you drop Tommy off at nursery?
-I've just put the kettle on.
-I'll have a cup of tea with you later.
All right. Whoa, hold on. Kat! Hold on a second! Sweetheart! You got your bag here, dar...
-You didn't tell me the market was closing down.
-Well, you must be doing something, right?
No, Ian's not been all that fussed.
I just don't see what we can do, all right. It's just a suggestion at the moment.
-No, it's way beyond that. They're putting notices up.
Er, something about a 28-day consulting period.
-There's going to be a public meeting, apparently. 10:30.
Well, that's not enough time, is it? I'm not going to be able to get cover or...
Maybe... Maybe that's the whole point.
Did you know about this?
-No, course not.
-Why would Ian know?
-Yeah, I wouldn't.
Oh, no, he's been working back channels, apparently.
Cos he thinks he might get compensation out of the council if he plays it right.
I'm through with that, OK.
Look, I've got to go do some prep at the restaurant.
-Can you drop Bobby at school? He's got his pre-tournament spelling thing.
-Yeah, sure. But what...
-What about this meeting?
-The restaurant's my priority now.
-If there are any problems just bring it straight back. All right?
-All right, Whit? Is Kat about?
Er, no. You just missed her, actually. Just done a bank run.
Bianca's off sick today so it's been a bit hectic.
You all right?
-Yeah, no, I'm fine, I'm good. She's just left her bag at home. It's got her keys.
-I'll take it.
-I'll give it to her.
-Have you read the notice about the market?
Look, come here, I'll show you.
It's round here. Not just rumours any more.
-Look, look at that.
Consultation meeting, half ten. They kept that quiet.
-It's a stitch-up, innit?
-Looks like it.
Well, what are we going to do?
Well, the only thing you can do is when someone's got something to hide is to ask the right questions.
MAS AND TAMWAR EAT NOISILY
-Like animals at a trough.
What am I going to do with you?
Glower. Tut. Insult us. Try and change us. In that order.
-I wasn't going to do any of that.
-You already did.
I haven't tried to change you.
So, there's this fundraiser for the mosque.
I thought it would be nice if we all went as a family.
OK. It's doable.
-Great. I'm only working till lunch. I'll go shopping then.
You could use a little freshening up.
If you're going to help out the mosque you need to look presentable.
People will take me as I am or not at all. And so will you.
-It's not my problem you're ashamed of me. It's yours.
I'm not ashamed of you, Dad.
But YOU might be.
Shouldn't you be at work?
I'm avoiding it.
Market merger proposal goes official today.
So, if you see an angry horde with pitchforks, spare a thought for me.
-I don't really want to talk about it.
Shabnam's right, you know.
You could probably do with a little bit of...freshening up.
BOBBY SLURPS HIS DRINK JANE LAUGHS
Oh! It's so good to see you!
-What are you doing here?
Well, I'm down for Bobby's...
-Didn't Ian tell anyone I was coming?
-No, he didn't.
It was our little secret. At least that's what Dad said, anyway.
Secret from who?
-We should go. We'll be late.
-Er, yeah, yeah.
-Will I see you at the tournament?
-Yeah, I'm going to be there.
I can't. I've got to go to this meeting. They're trying to close the market.
I saw. Your dad doesn't seem to think there's much can be done.
-Yeah, well, he's got his restaurant now, ain't he?
-Yeah, and a wedding to plan and pay for.
He's just got a lot on his plate. You know how he gets.
-How're you doing, Alfie? All right?
Yeah, I'm good. Erm...
Don't know if you've heard, the council called a meeting about the markets merging or something.
It's actually happening, is it? Well, Kat must be worried. Is she?
I wouldn't know.
She ain't here...again.
What do you mean "again"?
Ever since I got back from Australia she's been doing a disappearing, you know, one thing or another.
Not answering her phone.
Well, it's...probably work, innit, you know.
Can't be easy for her with the markets merging.
No, I guess so.
-Listen, if you see her, will you let her know about the meeting, yeah?
-Yeah, yeah, of course.
-See ya later.
You not going to answer that, Alfie?
It's not for me.
Eurgh. Here comes trouble.
-It's a consultation process, apparently.
A whitewash, more like.
-I'll be there.
-Oh, yeah, you're going to need to be cos I can't get cover till lunchtime.
All right, thanks, Denise. This whole thing is moving so quickly.
-We could lose half our custom in a few months' time...
-It won't come to that.
-Maybe we should cancel tonight.
-We haven't got enough cover. I mean, Tracy's called in sick, Nancy ain't here...
-I've sorted cover.
-No, no, not JUST Shirley.
Hello, Mick. I'm here on a mercy mission, as requested!
-So good to see you!
-What you doing here?
Bobby's in the inter-school spelling finals.
That's a long way to come for a spelling bee.
Ian thought it important that I be here. And I wanted to see the place.
So much is changing.
Yeah, yeah, it is...
Erm...you do know about Denise and Ian, yeah?
Yeah. Didn't see that one coming.
Oh, I don't know. Sometimes the most unlikely couples are the best.
Yeah, I suppose they are.
Anyway, talking of Ian, I'd better get on.
Yeah, right, well... Oh, maybe...you know, you and I can, um...
-I'd love to.
Mas, come here.
Sorry, there's a...
You've just got a bit of something there.
I'll call you.
Where you been?
-What's crawled in your knickers?
He says you been disappearing, not answering your phone.
This ain't about Stacey again, is it?
It's not what you think.
Not here, all right.
You've got to know about a public meeting before you can attend one.
Here for the meeting.
-Er, it doesn't start for ten minutes.
-S'all right, we'll wait.
You're going to need a bigger boat.
So you've written her a letter.
-What are you thinking of?
-Same thing you are.
To know that she's all right and why she's not keeping herself safe.
And because she's family and I love her.
I just want to know she's OK.
-Look me in the eye and tell me you don't.
-Well, you know, I'm out of it, Kat.
I think you should be as well.
It's taken me all weekend to write this letter.
I just want to tell her everything that I feel.
And then I realised that I started it with "Dear Stacey"
and she's not even Stacey any more, is she? She's "Jenny".
She's living a lie.
I know a thing or two about that. It don't end well, not for anyone.
Yeah, but it's her life, Kat.
That's her lie.
Please, Kat, just leave the past in the past, will ya?
The past is your problem, Max, not mine.
I'm thinking about her future.
You should put vinegar on the chopping board.
Helps with the tears. Denatures the enzyme that causes the gas.
Are you still telling me what to do?
Some habits are hard to break.
Why didn't you tell Denise I was coming to stay? Well, you didn't tell anyone I was coming.
Er, well, Bobby wanted it to be a surprise.
He said it was your idea.
Might've been. I can't really remember. I mean, had a lot on.
Like the market closing and you doing nothing about it?
-There's nothing we CAN do.
There is a meeting happening right now that you should be at,
fighting for your stall, your son's stall.
Instead of leaving it to your fiancee.
-Is there a point to any of this?
-Well, you tell me.
Is everything...all right with you and Denise?
Yeah, course. We're getting married.
Set a date?
-No, not yet.
-Found a venue?
-I've made some enquiries...
-Look, we couldn't be happier.
-Ian, it didn't seem like that earlier.
If you and Denise are having some sort of difficulty, I don't think me being here is the best idea.
Me and Denise are fine.
Morning, boss! Oh, my days! Sugar... Mrs B... Former Mrs Beale. Sorry.
-You are looking fine as ever.
-So, er, what you doing here?
-She's just leaving.
OK... Nice seeing you.
Where've you been?
Now, all right, everybody. Please. Thank you.
I know you probably all have a lot of questions.
First, just let me say, if Bridge Street Market closes,
-there will be stalls made available in the Spring Lane Market.
-Uh, that has not been decided yet.
-And how would they be allocated?
ROOM ERUPTS WITH NOISE
So I take it Bianca and Kat are going to be out on their ear, then?
-This is our livelihood you're talking about, mate.
-It is mine, too.
Right. So you don't have a place on Spring Lane, then, nah?
I'm sorry, I can't comment on that just now.
-Here, Tamwar, please tell me you don't agree with all this?
I suppose it's progress.
Actually, there are some local businesses who see the potential.
Our walk-in trade will be decimated.
Feasibility studies suggest the impact on the local community won't be bad at all.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, where is this feasibility study?
-I don't have it with me just now.
-Of course not, no. And who did it?
A marketing company. I'm sorry, I can't give you their details.
You know what I reckon?
I reckon you start telling enough lies then you start thinking it's the truth.
You start living that lie but eventually...
you're going to get found out.
-I think you're being a bit dramatic.
-I don't. I agree with Alfie.
-And anyone else who does is welcome to come back to the Vic.
We'll work out a way to fight this.
Kat? What you doing?
Look, I've got to go somewhere. Could you pick Tommy up?
I'll meet you back home. I won't be long, I promise.
You, er, you going somewhere?
I thought it might be for the best.
But you've... But you've only just got here. What about Bobby?
The tournament's at 2:30 and I can be on a train back to Cardiff by five.
Whatever's going on between you and Ian...
Jane, look, there is nothing...
-Come on, Denise. I know you.
And I know Ian better than most.
I don't know if it's just this market thing or if it's something else but...
I don't want to make things worse by being here.
Er, wait. Jane. Jane.
Look, it's not the market and...
..it's not Ian.
I've done something really stupid.
-Maybe I should take you round. Show you how everything works.
Pubs are like men, Linda. Once you know your way around the pumps...
Well, you get the picture.
-All hands on deck.
-How'd it go?
-Get ready for a fight.
We're manning the barricades of freedom.
All right? Kat make the meeting?
Yeah, she did, yeah. Thank you.
Stop flinching! I'm not going to hurt you.
Oh, your mother used to say the same thing.
And did she cut you?
-Then trust me, too.
-Oh, I do.
I do trust you.
You're right, you know.
I have been ashamed.
I've let myself go. I'm sorry.
You shouldn't be ashamed, Dad.
You're a good man in the prime of his life.
I've been lonely. Since your mum left.
Guess I'm not used to it.
not going to be lonely for much longer, am I, looking like this?
Ladies, here I come.
-I'm sorry, I'm sorry...
Who was he?
-Oh, it's just this guy at the B&B.
-You weren't being choosy, then?
It was... I don't know. It was, it was just a moment of...
-No, that's OK.
I understand. I've been there.
No. No, I don't think you have.
He knows, doesn't he?
You know, I looked him in the eye last week...and I lied.
But he knows.
-Even if he just suspects...
-I don't want to lose him.
If you love him, tell him the truth, all of it,
because if you don't and he finds out...
it won't just be him that gets hurt...
I wish Kim was here.
Where is she?
Oh, she's on a cruise ship somewhere.
Working, apparently. Yeah.
Sounds like fun.
Why would you want her here?
Because no matter how bad things get...
..or however badly I've messed things up,
you could always rely on Kim to have done or...
Or to be doing something... even more silly.
Oh, Jane, I don't know what to do.
Yes, you do.
Yeah, I do.
I'm going to need your help, though.
-How about we do that petition?
-How about you smack 'em in the face with a wet fish?
-That'd do you as much good as a petition will.
-Yeah, well, we got to start somewhere.
I reckon Alfie's skipped the petition stage, has gone straight for DefCon 2.
-Nah, just can't stand the lies.
-No, well, you made a stand. Just got to back it up, that's all.
-We'll figure something out.
-Yeah, course. Who's worried?
I'll tell you who should be worried. Lady Di.
-Biggest teats I've ever seen! Ain't that right, Johnny!
Going to be lactating all over the place. Not good for carpet, believe me.
Congratulations. Calls for drinks on the house, don't it, Mick?
This ain't a cause for celebration.
Right. Good luck with your civil unrest. Off to see a client.
-..is-is there a problem?
-They just need to talk.
Well... You know, w-w-what about?
None of your business.
Well? I'm listening.
I lied to you last week.
I did kiss someone at the engagement party.
-Does that matter?
-You tell me.
-Eh, boss, there is... Menus...?
-But we've got a special on today.
-She said not now.
It was...this guy...
at the B&B.
He didn't know I was engaged, he flirted with me, I let him. And I...
I thought...it was what I wanted.
Well, was it? What you wanted?
Yes. At that moment.
I was just feeling... overwhelmed, confused.
You know, maybe a little drunk but that's no excuse.
It was stupid and it was hurtful.
And I'm sorry.
Thank you for telling me the truth.
I'm sorry too.
-For screwing things up with you.
For not...making you feel the way you should.
I know I'm hard work.
Maybe. Just a little bit... at times.
So what happens now?
I don't know.
-What do you want to happen?
-Do you still want to marry me?
Do you still want to marry me?
Aren't you still angry with me?
I've spent half my life being angry. I'm tired of being angry.
-As long as you still love me...?
Well, I love you too.
-Shall we eat?
Kat, are you home?
Right. That's it, chef. That's the last one.
-How'd she do?
-You're going to be out of a job soon, boss.
You did well.
Piece of cake.
-So how did you go?
-I just told you.
We cleared the air. Everything's back on track.
It's what you wanted, wasn't it?
Well, I don't know what you mean but I'm glad you and Denise are back on track.
Just being you.
Your Iain's a lucky guy.
-You all right?
-Where've you been?
-I told you, at work...
-I'm going... I'm going to ask you again.
Where've you been?
-I don't know...
Listen, I'm not going to raise my voice cos Tommy is fast asleep.
But the lying stops right now.
Where were you Valentine's?
-I told you, Belinda's...
-I spoke to Belinda.
You been checking up on me?
I found this.
It was in your bag.
Who gave it to ya?
-You went through my bag?
-Was it Max?
I saw you with him last week.
I saw you with him today.
Is it him?
-You think I'm doing that again!
-What am I supposed to think?
The rose, you going missing.
And you lying to me again.
Alfie, I'm so sorry.
(Who is he?)
What's his name?
It's not a he.
The whole truth. Always works.
It's good to have her here, isn't it?
You make her proud. Make her realise what she's missing living in Cardiff, OK?
-We'd like see more of Jane, wouldn't we?
Knock 'em dead, tiger.
You actually found her?
And you went to see her? You know...
-What, w-without telling me?
-I didn't want to worry you.
But I don't understand.
What are y-you... Are you trying to destroy us?
If the Old Bill find out, then we'll all go down.
(I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.)
It's just, you know, the...
That's why I did it. Because she's living a lie.
But us? What, you're going to be paranoid for the rest of your life?
You can't live like that, Alfie.
(I know, I know. But...)
It's not just that.
No, leave that. Tell me.
Let me just go and sort this. I'll only be a sec.
-DOORBELL RINGS INSISTENTLY
What are you playing at?
-I didn't know what else to do.
-Leave me alone. That's what you do!
Your word is "proportion".
You're not being like that all the time, are you?
Got to keep his mind in the right place...
See, Bobby likes it. Takes after his father.
Don't he, Luce?
We haven't got to worry about this one. I've seen the mother.
He is enjoying this, isn't he?
Oh, yeah. He's really excited, practising morning and night.
You've had an excuse being over in Cardiff.
No, Jane, I didn't really mean it like that.
No, I should be here more. I shouldn't miss so much.
No, look, you're here now and he's really happy, don't worry.
I just wanted to see if you was all right! I was worried about you!
If you were really worried about me, you'd leave me well alone.
You're meant to be hiding, yeah?
Staying well away from Walford, abroad somewhere,
and I see you on the road from a bus in the middle of London!
And you think I can pretend that I didn't see you?
You've risked everything! Don't you get that?
What, you think you can just come round and have a chat or something?
-You put this through her door?
-You didn't know?
-I didn't know anything about this.
She's turning up at my house, pretending to be a cleaner,
asking Luke all sorts of questions, and I've got to come home
and try and explain who the hell she is.
-Hold on. Who's Luke?
Right, so you don't think that's a risk?
Setting up home with a bloke, half an hour from here?
I mean, who does he think you are? "Jenny"?
Whatever you think of my life, Kat,
it's got nothing to do with you any more.
So if that's your worry...
-We ain't got money worries.
We've got concerns though. Especially now Lady Di's pregnant.
You should do something about it, then.
Maybe nothing you can do about that bar...
-We talking about Sharon's bar here?
-Stop interrupting me, love.
-What do you think we should do?
-You've got to sort this kind
of thing, can't just lay down and take it.
All right, go on, then - what?
-Are you going to take this seriously?
I am taking this seriously.
I'm sure you'll think of something. I'm going to sort these kitchens.
Babe, thanks again for helping us out.
-What you off to?
Never seen the appeal of all that myself.
Hope you didn't take your Johnny too often. Would explain a lot!
How do you sort being skint, though, really?
Do you not care?
Of course I care,
but I think serving punters is the best thing to keep this place going.
How much were those tickets?
It was a Valentine's Day present.
Glad you ain't got no money worries.
I'll call you later. I've got to get back to work.
OK, love you, bye.
Was that Luke?
Well, he don't seem that suspicious.
That's cos I've had to tell him a load of lies. He wanted to call
the agency again. He even thought about calling the police, Kat.
I hate it. I hate lying to him.
Well, you shouldn't be with someone that you can't tell the truth to.
Hello! He didn't have a clue about anything you've been doing! And he's your husband.
I lied to you and I'm sorry.
But you and this - what's his name?
Luke. He can't even know who you are.
Yes, he does.
What about the little details like your name? Your home?
-And your family?
-He knows everything he can.
That don't include much.
What, he knows what your favourite film is, but he wouldn't
recognise your mum if he saw her walking down the street?
What about Lily's dad? What about Max?
What about Bradley? Have you told him about Bradley?
Your husband, the love of your life.
This is what's made you who you are, and he doesn't know
a thing about them.
What do you want me to do about that, Kat?
What do you want, me to invite him round here,
and introduce him to you lot with Janine round the corner?
Janine ain't here.
-What do you mean?
-She's gone. She's in prison.
You'd know if you'd made any contact.
Oh, what, so Janine's gone and I'll just come strolling back, shall I?
Cos no-one else round here knows me(!)
What could possibly go wrong?
You still came back, though, didn't you?
The girl that don't want to take any risks.
You still came straight back to the Square and knocked on our door.
Yeah, to make sure you got the message - I've got a new life.
Yeah, round the corner from your old one!
Are you ready to talk about it now?
You look very handsome.
And that makes you cry?
I don't know what came over me.
I should go fix my face.
Hey! No, I need a warning.
Is this the reaction I'm to expect from all women every time
I trim my beard? Because it's going to be difficult to get a date
if women just burst into tears at the sight of me.
-Please, don't say that.
Like you're out looking for a date. You're not 25.
So, what should I say? A potential life partner?
You had a life partner.
Doesn't this house feel weird without Mum?
I don't know if we'll ever get her out of that kitchen now,
she's pretty taken with it.
-Nice to get back in touch with family, though.
What's with you? Get in. Get in! What's with you?
Stop worrying about it.
They'll just chuck it in the bin.
It's your show tonight. Don't wreck it by worrying about that.
If I get them songs stuck in my nut
it's down to you. You know that, don't you?
-Go on, what? What's happened, what?
-We should do that, we should do that with...
-With the revolution, yeah.
No, I need you.
What, Alfie's going to put the kettle on and everything will be all right?
Why are you here? I left you my mobile number.
I told you.
-What, you just wanted to make sure that I got the message?
Right. And I "just" came looking for you to make sure you were safe.
I was missing you.
How come you're living here now?
It's a long story.
Don't you miss us?
Me and Lily, we got a fresh start.
You didn't find me in the gutter, we've got a nice life.
What about Lily not growing up with her family?
She's got me and Luke.
What about the rest of her family?
Me, Alfie, my dad, Nan.
I've managed fine without.
-Is she here?
She's in Brighton.
She met someone. She lives there now.
Is she all right?
But she misses you so much.
You and Lily.
You came back. It's dangerous and still you came back.
And do you know why?
Because you belong here.
So what if I do, Kat?
Whatever I do, I can't have this life back.
I don't know what that means.
Assumption. Something that is accepted as true without proof.
Can you use it in a sentence?
The assumption was that Harry would get an A in his exams.
Can you give him another one?
Do you want to have a guess, Bobby?
-I don't know.
-Just give it a go!
-I don't want to.
-No, think about it. Right? Assumption.
I'm afraid you're going to have to take a seat in the audience, Bobby.
Are you disqualifying him?
-Oh, come on, just give him another chance.
-Give him another word. Go on, son, you get back up there. Give it another go.
-Shut up, Ian.
Do you want to go home?
Then let's go.
-Get your stuff.
-Where have you been?
-I was making tea, weren't I?
-All this time?
-I'm going to go and check on Tommy.
-Kat, you should've told me.
You told me not to look for her.
Exactly. You're dragging up the past, and into our house.
She's not the past.
She just disappeared without even saying goodbye.
The police are looking for her and she's in our home.
She's my family!
Just say this was Spencer, right, are you saying you wouldn't let him in?
-If things were different.
Kat, you're pregnant, you can't deny you're not.
Course I am, you daft cow! What, did you think I was just fat?
You thought I was just fat!
We're having twins.
I thought that he couldn't...
Look who's awake!
Look, Tommy. This is your auntie.
-Meet your auntie.
You was in Mummy's tummy when she was last here.
-I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I can't do this.
Kat, listen to me.
She can't come back, and you're making it worse, all right?
Kat, please, sweetheart, you're just going to draw more attention to her.
She's my family.
There's nothing wrong with encouraging your kid to be the best.
Encourage! You call that encouraging?
He doesn't mean it like...
-Would it be all right to take my break now instead of later?
Hang on, Whit.
Don't worry about earlier.
Sorry, love, you shouldn't really be down here.
You all right?
Oi-oi-oi, no need for that.
What you had? Murders with your boyfriend or something?
Do you want to come in?
I've got a daughter, I wouldn't want to see her crying
down some pub alley. Come in.
Come and calm yourself down. What's your name?
< Nothing. Sorry.
Well, come in, Jenny.
Are we going to pretend earlier didn't happen?
No! Shabnam, I'm sorry.
I should have thought more about your feelings.
It must be strange for you to be here without her.
-Stranger for you.
-No. I'm used to it.
I'm sorry! I don't know what you want me to say.
-I thought you'd miss her.
-Yeah, well, of course I miss her!
-Yeah, I miss her!
Don't be silly. Course I miss her. I love her. I...
-I will always love Zainab.
-You still love her?
She's the mother of my children.
We were married 28 years,
you can't just wipe the slate clean after all that time.
-She's just a part of me as you are, as all my kids are.
She always will be.
Have you thought about trying again?
-Have you talked to her?
Well, if you love her,
if she's part of you, then why are you two in separate countries
-trying to start again when you could just be...
-Because we are done.
Zee and I are done.
We are both moving on with our lives.
Do you understand?
she remarried, and you still got back together!
That's how much you love each other!
Dad, you literally walked through fire to be with her.
-Stop pretending to have moved on.
-I am not pretending. I'm not.
This is how life works.
Sometimes you just wake up and you realise, no matter how much
-you love them, you're just too old to wear skinny jeans.
I'm not! I really am not.
Zainab is not part of my life now. She's part of my past.
I'll go and make us a nice cup of tea, yeah?
-Give you a chance to sort yourself out.
Thanks for being so nice.
You all right? I got your message. What's going on, then?
Protest about the market closing. Tomorrow. Spread the word!
I invited Lauren to help.
Thought it'd be more fun with the three of us,
if we're going to get hijacked.
You can drink at lunchtime with your lady friends another day.
All pull together in times of crisis.
Yeah, cos everybody listens to a good sign(!)
We've got to show 'em what the market means to us.
What it means to local businesses.
Thanks, Whitney, for helping us out.
Right, well, I'm not being funny but you're going to need some card,
aren't you? You can't use this.
See, this is why we need you, Lauren. You're artistic, aren't you?
-You're so smart.
OK. Right, I'll go and find some boxes, yeah?
-You don't mind me inviting her, do you?
You're still my favourite, Whitney Dean!
-All right, Lauren?
-What's all that lot up to?
-Protesting against the market closing.
-Oh, yadda, yadda...
Large whisky, please, Linda.
Shirley, do you have any scissors and boxes and stuff?
Upstairs, Art Attack.
-What if someone sees her?
-That ain't going to happen, sweetheart.
She got here OK, didn't she?
Maybe it's for the best.
Kat, she can't come round here no more.
Too many memories, with lots of people.
It ain't safe, sweetheart.
Oh, you wanted sugar, didn't you?
Well, that's good, it's meant to calm you down anyway.
All right, love? What you doing?
Oh, er, sorry! Shirley said I could get some scissors cos we're
making them signs downstairs.
-Is that all right?
-Yeah, it's all right.
Good thing about having a kitchen downstairs, you can always rob it.
You found them?
-Try the living room.
I'll be two seconds, love.
Sorry, I'm just looking...
You shouldn't be here.
Please don't say anything.
I'm going. I'm going.
I'm going. I promise I won't come back.
No, because the thing is - the thing is, Ian, if you behave like that...
Like what? Like what?
-I was just trying to help him...
-You know what, I think I'm...
I'm going to just take Bobby over to the cafe
-cos, you know...
-Yeah, thanks, love.
-You're not going to leave again, are you?
-I really did try at the competition!
Yeah, I know you did.
It's just that Dad thought you'd stay longer if I won.
That you'd come back more often.
You just can't help yourself, can you?
-I'm sorry, I'm not having it in here.
But your dog's allowed in the pub.
Yeah, I mean, she lives in here, don't she?
You know what your dog's done to Lady Di?
Know what he's done? He's taken advantage of her.
You think it's funny? She's been ruined.
Linda, it's a dog. You can't expect me to control its libido.
No. To be fair, Linda,
I mean, Max has quite a lot of trouble with his own.
Do you mind? That's my daughter there!
Look, I'm sorry about Tramp.
Glad one of you has the manners to apologise.
-Is she OK?
-As long as we can still breed her.
-Abs, just leave it.
No! What, breed her for money?
They're very valuable, bulldogs.
-She just likes animals.
-No, I think that's disgusting.
All right, she is an animal but you can't treat her like that.
She's not your toy.
-You know what? I think people like you shouldn't have dogs.
-Where are you going?
-Said I'd phone my mum back.
You've just been on the phone a half-hour!
You know, some people do talk to their mums.
I just told him that you were really proud of him
and that it was nice that you'd come all this way to see him.
And that if he did well, and he did more things like this,
you'd have more reasons to come down and see him.
That's what you teach him,
that me coming to see him is nothing to do with loving him,
it's about some spelling competition?
Did you or did you not come down to see him because of the competition?
Yeah, well, of course I did!
So, if he got through to the final, you'd have come down to see it, wouldn't you?
Right. So what have I said that is so wrong?
Jane, he needs you, all right? We all need you.
You've been back five minutes
and already you've put the family right again.
Why don't you come back?
Come back to the area, right? I mean...
I don't know, invest in Scarlett's or something.
You've done well whilst you've been away, haven't you?
Look, truth be told,
Janine's selling her share of the restaurant, so I've got to make an
offer, and I'd like to do it before she sells it to some stranger.
For one minute, I really thought this was all about Bobby,
about what's best for him.
But I suppose for that minute I forgot that you're Ian Beale.
Hang on, I don't know what you're talking about here.
That is not even true!
Ian Beale always cared about his family, his community, his history.
It really is all money now, isn't it?
-Hold on, I didn't mean...
-Cos that's what that's all about,
compensation money from the market closing.
And what's this? Is this your backup plan?
Use your own son to guilt me into giving you money?
You've been ages.
You all right, Lauren?
SHE CLEARS HER THROAT
-Thought I'd try it on.
I got a call.
I've got an interview tomorrow at the pharmacy, the Turpin Road one.
That's brilliant! What about the Minute Mart?
That was just for now.
I mean, even the chemist is just the tills,
but it's a pharmacy, I have a degree in it so...
And you can do that training, that conversion course
-or whatever it is you told me about - you could do it there.
-Do you want the job or not?
-Yeah! No, I do. I do.
It's... Maybe that's it.
-You'll do great.
I'm sorry if I've been difficult, if I've made things harder for you.
Listen, this is a brand-new start for both of us.
Your job. My suit.
Ladies at the mosque, watch out.
It's a fundraiser, not speed dating!
And one step at a time, eh?
Well, we've got to find you someone better than before,
someone who won't ditch you for a sleazy car salesman.
Oh, I can think of many women who'd make me
-very happy who are nothing like your mum or Carol.
Never you mind.
Are you really going?
I'm only going across the road to the B&B, I'll see you tomorrow.
Do you have to go?
Why don't you come over later? We'll get a takeaway or something.
Yeah, I'd like that.
-I'm really sorry about all this, Jane.
-Don't worry, Denise.
You don't have to go.
I'm not staying here. See you tomorrow, Bobby.
I'll see Jane out.
Can we sort this out, for Bobby's sake?
For his sake now? Or is it the restaurant?
-You don't understand.
-Oh, I do understand.
I know what comes first to you, and it's not Bobby.
-How can you say that?
-You know, I trusted you.
I thought, "He can be an egomaniac, he can be difficult,
"he can be selfish, but he always puts his kids first.
"Always loves his family."
What's happened to you, Ian?
The market's closing down and you don't care.
Bobby's humiliated and you don't care.
And there was me feeling sorry for you this morning.
-We need you. Need you here.
-No, Bobby needs me.
Needs me more than you.
What's that mean?
I'm going to take him back to Cardiff.
He should come and live with me.
I'm sorry, Ian, but it's for the best.
FRONT DOOR OPENS
Why'd you run off like that?
-I thought you were having fun with your mates.
-No, I didn't feel like it.
Everything all right?
Sorry, I'm just zoned out. Ignore me.
As long as you're OK, Lauren.
Did you have a good day?
Well, look after her now. She's fragile.
-She don't look it.
-Come on, then.
Where are you going? Bus is this way.
Nah, we'll get a cab.
Baby, will you please stop worrying?
I ain't worried.
Cos we've got a plan. I mean, we've got a plan, ain't we?
-They won't know what's hit them.
-Yeah. Bring it on, eh?
You're back late, babe. Have you eaten?
Right, I'm going to jump in the shower. You can order for me, yeah?
-Oh, are you free on Tuesday?
I promised my mum we'd go see her.
Yeah. Yeah, I'm free.
You can always join me in the shower if you want.
-Lily, get up.
-But it's not bedtime!
It's OK, we're not going to bed.
Mummy's going to put your coat on.
There we go.
We're leaving. OK?
MUSIC: "Do You Hear The People Sing?" from Les Miserables
Linda, what you doing?
Making a list!
HE SWITCHES MUSIC OFF
Oh, not today, Mick. Don't start on me today. I've got too much on.
-I ain't said nothing!
-You'll be great.
-Where's them caramel biscuit things?
-Oh, in the cupboard.
SHE SWITCHES MUSIC ON
Mum, what are you doing? I was on the phone.
Well, now you're off the phone, so go downstairs and make yourself useful.
-What is it?!
-Michael Ball called. He wants his CD back!
Right, well, I'm glad this is one big joke to you lot.
Oh, it's not a joke. Come on.
Well, get back downstairs and finish them signs.
Now help out your community and our business.
Don't you roll your eyes at me, young lady.
You don't know how lucky you are sometimes.
That's right. Your mother's right. Yous two go on downstairs.
-I'm talking to you an' all.
-That's out of order. I ain't even had a biscuit.
This is going to be fun, innit(?)
-Viva la revolution!
-Right, give us that back, you thieving little mug.
MUSIC PLAYS AGAIN
Everyone's meeting up outside the Vic in about an hour,
an hour and a half.
Jane's texted. She wants to take Bobby for lunch.
Then let her.
Oh, look, Ian, the last thing that you need is another row.
She's got no intention of taking Bobby to Cardiff with her.
How could she without going through the courts?
She's his adoptive mum.
Look, Lucy and Peter are going to be here in a minute
and they could really do with your support.
When are you going to realise, right,
the market's closing and just move on?
-So is it all kicking off out there, then?
-No. No, not yet.
Um, Linda sent a text all round...
..saying that she wants everyone to meet at 1.30.
Stop. Just stop, all right?
What if I never see 'em again?
-Chop chop, campers!
-Mum, what're you doing?
-Where d'you get that from?
-Community centre lent it.
-Seriously, Mum, my head is banging.
What you want that for? We've got Gob Almighty over there.
You seriously think those council toffs are going to listen to you?
Well, that's the whole point of marching, innit? Make 'em listen.
I don't get it - we don't even work in the market.
-Half our trade comes in off that street. Give me that board.
And if it's Big Society they want, then we're about to give it to them,
right between the eyes!
Do you reckon any of this is going to make a difference?
D'you know, the last proper march I went on was against the Poll Tax
and that made a huge difference.
That wasn't a march, that was a load of yobs running riot.
What's the Poll Tax?
It was an unjust tax that Margaret Thatcher used to penalise the poor.
Come on, Denise, you're more intelligent than that.
That woman saved this country.
Dad, do you really not care?
It's not about caring, OK?
-There's going to be redevelopment, investment...
so it's got nothing to do with the fact that you'll be using
the compensation to buy out Janine's share in the restaurant?
Is that true?
It makes business sense, OK? It's not personal against anyone.
It is personal. It's personal against me.
I'm going to go home and get a shower.
I'll meet you two over there.
Is Bobby ready?
Is everything OK?
Why don't you ask him?
You just need to keep your head down, do your job,
and if you need me, if it kicks off, you just call me.
You set up the bat phone, have you? They hate me.
It's a difficult time for everyone, but nobody hates you.
It's not that I don't appreciate your patronising platitudes, Dad,
but they're going to be like a pack of wolves out there and I'll be...
The flats say, "I can be on my feet all day, hard-working."
The heels say, "Go-getter." So, hard-working or go-getter?
You'll be great in whatever you wear. Flats.
-Sheep. Exactly. Good luck with your interview.
Thanks. You're still coming to the fundraiser?
-It's not exactly my main priority.
-You're still coming, right?
He's just worried about this afternoon. Now go finish
getting ready and then we'll go through some practice questions.
Oh, I think we can manage that, Master Beale.
Er, oh, Lucy, Peter let me borrow this.
Is it all right just to leave it here?
Don't forget he's got Mikey's party later.
Yes, you told me three times. I'll take him. It's fine.
Right, let's get this show on the road, shall we?
Oh, um, I'll see you there.
You know, you could at least pretend, Dad,
for Peter, if no-one else.
This is his job.
We should get going.
You still got Stacey's address?
Yeah, I've got it.
OK, well, let's go and find her... Lily too.
Make sure they're OK.
Listen, Paddy's going to pick up Tommy from the nursery
so all that's sorted.
What about the protest?
Hey. Come on.
You, Tommy and the babies are my priorities right now.
If you want to do this, let's go and do it.
Put it to bed, yeah?
Come on. Let's go.
-Mick, don't forgot the flyers.
-The boy's got them.
-Nancy, make yourself useful.
Planning a full-scale invasion, are you?
Thanks for coming, my love. Can't stop.
I didn't know you'd be here again.
Mick said Tracey could do with a hand behind the bar
while you're out revolutionising, and that.
Speaking of revolutionising, how was Les Mis?
Oh, it was as perfect as the very first time I saw it.
How many times you seen it?
14 on stage. On film... I've lost count, to be honest.
That's what made me think of doing all this.
You want to get out more, my love.
Lady Di, you're with me, kid.
Out there ain't no place for a gestating Bulldog.
Come on. Come on, Lady Di. Come on, girl.
-Lin, we're almost ready out there.
Ah, Marie. Er, two iced buns, please.
Lauren, I was going to take in some flowers, you know,
but apparently it's not allowed.
-Dot. I only heard this morning.
Oh, right. Yeah. Sorry. Dad's there now.
Doctor said it's just a chest infection
but they want to keep her in cos of her age and that.
We're all going to go round and see her later.
She'll be the most popular patient they've had, mark my words.
Hurry up, go and get it.
Forgot Mikey's present.
Why have you been looking at school admissions in Cardiff?
Are you really that desperate to get him away from me?
He's my son, all right? He should be here with me, with his family.
Really? That's what's important to you, is it?
Because your family are out there fighting.
-The only thing you care about, Ian, is yourself.
-That's not true.
After everything they've done for you.
Peter working on the stall, Bobby and his spelling bee,
Lucy busting a gut to be the next Karen Brady - all to impress you.
But you don't seem to care about them - your own kids.
-Hang on a minute. Hang on...
-Cos if you did,
you'd be out there fighting with Peter and Lucy.
Why are you shouting?
Let's get you to this party, Bobby?
Right, me and Mick will be out front.
Denise, Lucy, Peter and Lauren - you're on petitions.
Whitney, Nancy, Johnny, Tina - flyers.
Right, anyone joining the march...
I'm not really comfortable doing this.
Then I'll employ someone who is comfortable doing his job.
There's just a couple of statuses on the march.
Show me Peter Beale's account.
And you. We want as many names as possible.
You forgot these.
Oi, Ian, you joining us?
Of course he's joining us.
I'm a bit snowed under today.
Don't worry, Ian, you won't be missed.
-Could do with the numbers, mate.
-I don't think numbers are your problem.
What's that supposed to mean?
I've gotta get going...
No. Go on. We're all listening.
What's your plan when you get to the council?
What do you mean, what's the plan?
Well, who's your point of contact for the petition?
Are you planning on lobbying any particular council members?
I bet you haven't even done a press release for the local media, have you?
-We're marching. We're just marching.
-What else are we supposed to do?
How can you going to prove that this market's worth saving if you've all closed up?
It'll be like a ghost town.
Keep your stalls open and protest here.
In the end it's up to you what you do, but I'm going...
As much as it, um, pains me to admit it, I think he does have a point.
And remember a person...
A person will make up their mind
about you within the first eight seconds.
All right. Good. You'll be great.
What was that for?
For helping with all of this.
I need to speak to Jenny.
You. What the hell are you doing here?
Listen, just calm down, all right, mate.
-"Mate"? I'm not your mate.
-Look, can you just get her, please?
How about I go and get the police, yeah?
-No. You can't. You can't!
-Get your hand off of my door!
-Whoa, let me just explain something, all right?
No, no, no, it's OK. Kat, he deserves to know the truth.
Jenny, you see...
..she's our daughter.
Save our market!
Spam rolls. Made 'em myself.
Here you are. Get these down your scrag.
I'll need to see one of those, please.
-Is there a problem?
By failing to display the name and the address of the printer,
you are in violation of Walford Council bylaws.
-Oh, come off it!
Don't insult me, please. You are also obstructing a public thoroughfare.
You think you're a big man now, do you?
I'll obstruct your thoroughfare in a minute.
All threats of violence towards council officials will be reported to the police.
-Are you getting a kick out of this?
-That weren't even a threat.
Tam, are you going to let him do this?
It's not really my say.
Why don't you just go over there and just count your paperclips?
Why don't you learn some respect and do as you're told?
You think these pathetic things are going to do anything?
-This is a Mickey Mouse protest.
-It's all right, Dad. I've got this.
No, it's a common law right to be able to peacefully protest,
and that's exactly what these people are doing.
-Not any more.
-Oi, you can't take those!
And who's going to stop me - you? This demonstration is over.
-Over my dead body it is.
-Oh, Ian, get up.
I'm exercising my right to peacefully protest.
And if you want to move me - do it yourself.
Yeah, me and all.
Come on, then. Come on.
You want a spam roll?
You'll have to move us all, mate.
So why wouldn't she just tell me she was adopted?
Look, we just need to speak to her.
Yeah, me and you both.
Gone? What do you mean, gone? Where?
I got in the shower last night and when I came out, they weren't, erm...
..they weren't there.
All I know is that up until last week everything was fine.
Perfectly fine, in fact.
And then you show up...
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
What did you tell him we were her parents for?
He was about to call the police. What did you expect me to do?
I feel sick. She's done a runner, ain't she?
And it's all my fault.
-They're not going to listen to me.
-Just do it.
Could you...? Would you move?
No. It's a point of principle.
-And we ain't hurting no-one.
-You should be ashamed of yourself.
I'm just doing my job.
You didn't even say "please".
Please. Would you move, please?
No. So jog on and bore me later.
Right, call it in.
Tam, what are you doing?
Why are you even listening to him?
Oh, Tam, come on - seriously?
I'm not a sheep.
-That was the police.
-What you talking to them for?
-Kat, come on, sit down.
-I had to go and see them this morning and give a statement.
About the fact that Jenny and Lily have disappeared, about the fact I haven't got a clue where they are.
-And what did you tell them?
-I reported them missing.
Luke, can I borrow your phone, please?
Yeah, yeah, Bridge Street. All right. Yeah, thanks.
They're sending someone down.
They're going to have to listen now, aren't they?
Hey, we ain't done bad here, girl.
Oh, we should be doing Oops Upside Your Head.
-# I said oops upside your head... #
Mikey's mum's going to drop Bobby back.
So, bit of a turnaround since this morning, no?
Yeah well, let's just say some of us know how to get things done and others don't.
I thought your dad didn't really care about the protest?
Yeah, so did we.
Oh, I don't believe it. He has.
-Ne-naw, ne-naw, ne-naw!
Clear off! Clear off!
Is he pointing at you?
Hey, you've been away ages. That must mean it went well, right?
-Did you, er...?
-Yeah. Firm handshake?
I went for a walk. They closed off Bridge Street
-so I had to go all round...
-Never mind about that. How did it go?
It was that Mr Singh. He asked about you and Mum.
And what did you say?
What was I meant to say?
Mum and Dad have broken up.
All that matters is that you are right for the job.
No, that's not all that matters.
I felt like I had to lie to him. Because I'm embarrassed.
We all are. We're ashamed.
All right. Well let's show them that we're not. Tonight.
At the fundraiser.
You mean that?
Mick, have a look!
-Oh, here we go. Here we go.
-It's the BBC.
-We'll be on TV.
Look, I've already told him it is our right to peacefully protest.
-I understand what you're saying, sir.
-Ian, calm down.
Sir, you are required by law to give seven days' notice before demonstrating in any public place.
We've got rights, you know.
Can you not use that, please?
If you want down his name, it's Ian Beale. B-E-A-L-E.
-I've had enough of this!
-Sir, I'm warning you.
If you fail to comply, I will arrest you.
Listen up everybody. Just listen, quiet all right.
I haven't always been behind this fight, this campaign.
But earlier someone very special reminded me of what's important.
And it's this, all right? It's all this.
It's not just your stalls and your pitches and your stock.
It's about standing up for our heritage and not letting us
be trampled over.
Look, my family's been out here for generations.
My dad, my grandad, they sold fruit and veg from that stall.
And now, my son, Peter, that's his pitch.
Right, that's what this is about.
-He is so Alan Partridge.
-Shut up, Nance, we're trying to listen.
My Auntie Pauline, all right,
she worked her fingers to the bone in that launderette.
And she was proud. And we all are.
And that's why you've stood out here and protested
and wanted to have your voice heard, OK?
It's cos you care, cos you're proud.
-This is our market, our community,
-and our heritage.
And we're not going to let them take it away.
Sir, you need to get down from there immediately.
So I say stand up and say, "No more!"
No more! No more! No more!
How many texts do you want to send - she ain't going to answer?
Don't you think I would have phoned
and text like a million times already?
I've asked her to meet us somewhere that's not here.
Somewhere public so she won't feel threatened.
Why would she feel threatened?
It's worth a try. Just trust me.
That's the best joke I've heard all week.
She said yes.
Mr Beale, why is it so important for you...
-You're going to have to leave.
-I'm just doing my job, officer.
I'm entitled to talk to him. It's freedom of speech.
I've warned you, If you continue I will arrest you.
Yeah, but he ain't done anything wrong.
It was a peaceful protest.
My peaceful protest.
Pipe down, Linda.
Either arrest me or let me go.
You need to stay right there while I speak to my senior officer.
I need everybody to clear this street. Right now.
Clear the street.
It's such a lovely cut.
What? What is? Oh, yeah.
Are you sure you're OK?
Yeah, of course.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Shabnam, so lovely to see you. Aren't you going to invite me in?
Of course, come in. Come in.
-Masood, assalamu alaikum.
-Wa-aslaikum salaam, Bushra.
What an unexpected treat. What are you doing here?
I heard on the grapevine you were attending the fundraiser.
Brave. All things considered.
I thought we could all head over together.
Shabnam had an interview at a pharmacy today. A pharmacy.
You're going to be a pharmacist?
Yes...I will be.
Tell me, have you heard from Zainab? How about Syed?
You know, I genuinely thought that he was going to arrest you.
What for? Your father was just standing up for what he believed in.
And nearly incited a riot!
Hey, Dad, look at this.
That picture of you on the van's got 83 likes.
-You've gone viral.
Kids, I've got to say I do not condone that sort of behaviour,
except I do.
Do you reckon it's going to do any good?
Yeah. I hope so.
Ketchup. No-one wants a dry chip.
-Bobby, do you want another drink?
I just wanted to say, I thought you did great today.
Is that all you got to say?
I mean, you said I didn't care about my kids.
Ian, I don't want to argue again.
No, you're right. We shouldn't. It's not fair on Bobby.
-We shouldn't argue in front of him.
So what happens now?
Ian, I'm not taking Bobby anywhere. I was just angry with you.
I'm still angry with you.
I'm still angry with you.
This is Bobby's home, here.
-Are you two eating or not?
-Yeah, I was just getting the ketchup.
What if she ain't there?
Well, then we'll find out.
If she is there and she don't want to see us,
she can tell us to our face.
Will you just wait there. Five minutes, yeah? Thank you.
Come on, baby.
Thing that gets me, Ian's the one going to get all the credit now.
So you'd rather the Old Bill were in your face, would you?
And apparently, he's been asked to be "community representative".
Come on, Mum, let it go.
Can you stop watching Les Mis, Mum? It's making you weird.
Oh, it's on! It's on. Look!
'Walford residents and business owners today led
'a protest against the planned closure of the historic Bridge Street market,
-'as part of a proposal...'
-Mick, look, it's me. It's me!
Oh! Look at my hair.
'Led by local entrepreneur Ian Beale, the protest was designed...'
-Oh, look! Look! Sshh!
-'..council to review its intentions.
'Sources inside the Town Hall tell me an emergency meeting
'has been called to discuss the market's future.'
'However, campaigners claim that the loss of the market may
'decimate local business.
'One independent report suggests up to one in three might have to close.
'One trader told us that these shops have radically changed...
It's not over, the market could still close.
I might have a suggestion. Little backup plan, if you will.
What you talking about?
Just a way to see you all through with a bit of cash.
Is it legit?
Here you are.
Tam, look who's here.
Auntie Bushra, it's lovely to see you.
You weren't involved with that commotion out there, were you?
Weren't lying about that lamb-to-the-slaughter business,
Erm, well, they almost tore me from limb to limb.
But there's only so far you can push a sheep.
And I'd had enough of being talked down to...
Does anyone else know what he's talking about?
Basically I told my boss where to go and joined the protest.
Tam, that's really impressive. Genuinely, I'm really proud.
Proud? Not a word I'd use.
See how proud you are when I get my P45.
It's the pharmacy.
No, no, no.
That's fine. I understand.
Thank you. Bye.
They went for someone with more experience.
Oh, I'm so sorry, darling. That is a shame, isn't it?
There'll be other jobs.
If I can't get a job behind the tills, what chance have I got?
Tills? So you're not a pharmacist?
She will be. Absolutely she will.
Masood, I'm just thinking aloud here,
but are there any positions at the Post Office?
Something a little less challenging for her, perhaps?
You know what, Bushra, that's enough.
Nobody undermines me or my family, especially not my kids.
-For your information,
Syed is doing very well with his husband.
Thank you for asking. Zainab and Kamil
are very happy in Pakistan.
-And Tam will be just fine.
And Shabnam will not have a problem getting a job!
-Masood, I think you've...
-I haven't finished!
No-one tells me what my family can and cannot do!
Do you understand?
I said, do you understand?!
Get out of my house.
I can give you a lift to the station?
No, no, I'll be quicker getting the Tube, honestly.
You be good for your dad.
-Have a safe trip.
Right, let's get these chip wrappers cleared up.
Be stinking the place out before long.
You're not going to let her walk away, not again?
Mummy's just getting everything ready for our little adventure.
Jenny? Where have you been?
-You tricked me.
-No, it was me.
-What do you want?
I can't leave here without you. Stacey, please...
Not until you tell me what's happening.
Who are these people?
-I've already told him we're...
-Not another word from you!
-Please. Just let me go.
-I asked you a question.
Who are they?
And more to the point, who the hell are you?
Did that really happen?
I think it did.
Bushra looked like her head was going to explode.
You don't know how long I've been wanting to say that.
How did it feel?
You take on Bushra, you take on the world.
-I'm a social pariah now, aren't I?
Welcome to my world.
Right, I think it's time to crack open the bubbly.
-We haven't won yet.
-But they've got to have to take notice of us now, ain't they?
I wouldn't count on it.
We're all over tonight's news.
Today's just the start. There is still a long way to go.
Ian, will you have a word with these two misery guts, pl...?
I've just got to pop out and do something.
Shirl, have you seen Jane?
You just missed her. She's heading for the Tube.
"Thanks a lot, Shirl." You're welcome.
Any time...you little weasel!
Ian, what the hell was that about? We had a deal.
Can we talk about this later? I've got to be somewhere.
I wonder what the community would say
if they found out you were going to take a backhander?
Yeah, but I came through for them in the end, didn't I?
Well, yeah, there's talk of this being
your ticket to the top, you know?
Councillor, mayor... It's all yours for the taking, Ian.
Yeah. They're calling you the Che Guevara of Bridge Street.
I wouldn't say that...
The council has called an emergency meeting in the community centre.
Now, it seems being plastered all over the news
wasn't exactly the kind of publicity they were hoping for.
What's that got to do with me?
You are the guest of honour.
Now, if I were you, I'd make myself disappear
because I'm this close to losing everything I worked for.
-Well done, mate.
-Yeah, you were ace!
Yeah, cheers for that.
It's just the start, yeah?
Yeah, she's OK. She's just a bit confused by all the shouting.
Who are they?
-Just answer me, will you?
-They're my family.
-What do they want with you?
So why are they here?
Fine. I'll go and ask them, shall I?
It's because I haven't seen them for three years.
I can't tell you.
Why can't you?!
I think I've got a right to know who I've been living with
for the past two years, don't you?
Right, that's it.
My name is Stacey Branning.
I'm wanted by the police.
They think that I stabbed someone.
Now do you see? Now do you see why I can't tell you?
So, now you've exterminated Bushra, who's next?
Phil Mitchell. Mick Carter.
Yeah, Albert Square's mine for the taking.
We've created a monster.
No, but seriously?
All I know is that women are strictly off the agenda.
Everything I need is right here.
You're not going to make us hug this one out, are you?
You know what you need? A hobby.
-Something to get you out and about.
Crown green bowling, perhaps?
I'm done in.
You and me both, love.
Tracey reckons she can manage on her own tonight.
So all I want now is a long, hard soak in that bath.
Is that an invitation?
Bagsy not having the tap end.
Red or white?
I asked Aunt Babe if she'd stay for a bit of dinner.
What for? She's practically living here as it is.
Because I thought it'd be nice
if we all sat down and ate together as a family.
No, don't be daft.
It's Indian or Chinese.
You're up to something.
You never do anything for anyone, Shirley!
So, come on, what you done?
Mick, will you have a word with this one...
before I find another use for this cork screw?
I didn't have a choice.
If I'd stayed then they'd have taken Lily away from me.
Please say something.
Did you do it?
-So tell the police that.
Why can't you?
Because of what she knows.
See, there you go, talking in riddles again.
Has anything you've said in the past two years been true?
Of course it has.
I love you.
Then why were you just going to run away?
Because I was scared.
I was scared that if I told you, I'd lose you.
I don't even know who this Stacey is.
-You can't be two people.
I don't care about my old life.
Everything I want is right here with you.
So, why all the lies?
I didn't have a choice.
Yes, you did.
-You went and spoilt everything.
-Luke, please, Luke...
-Get off me!
Just get your stuff and get the hell out of here.
Come on, baby, we're going.
Where are we going, Mummy?
Don't worry, darling, just get your case for Mummy.
Let me help you.
Don't you think you've done enough?!
So, that's it, then?
You're just going to let her walk out of here, are you?
She's probably better off without you...mate(!)
-You've ruined everything. You know that, don't you?
-Look, I'm sorry.
-What am I supposed to say to her, Kat?
She was happy here. I was happy here.
Look, we were worried about you.
You don't even know what you've done!
You were so upset when you left the other day.
We just wanted to see that you was all right.
-You should have just stayed away!
-I've lost him, Kat.
-Well, we'll speak to him, make him see sense.
It's too late.
Where are you going to go?
Stace, don't walk away from me, please. Not again.
Don't walk away from me.
I'm scared, Kat.
I know you are.
Why are we eating in here?
Auntie Shirley's asked Babe to stay for dinner
and we can't all fit in the kitchen.
This is nice. All the family together.
Actually, I've made plans, so I've got to...
-No, no, you're going to come and sit down.
-You're going to do as you're told.
Well, go on, then, Shirl. Tell them why she's here.
-What's she talking about?
-Aunt Babe has got a business proposal for...
-Go and get the plates.
What sort of proposal?
It's just something to help us get back on our feet again.
I know you've been struggling lately.
Well, I wouldn't say we've been struggling.
Well, this is a chance to make a bit of extra cash.
Keep those wolves from the door.
And I just thought it would be nice, you know,
if we made the decision together, as a family.
Well, go on, then, Aunt Babe. I'm all ears.
Or to give it its scientific name, Cannabis sativa.
NANCY AND JOHNNY LAUGH
-How about an instrument?
-Give it a break, will you?
-In east London?
Yeah, Epping Forest is only down the road.
Come on, Dad. You said it yourself - women are off the agenda.
What are you doing here on your own?
Erm, my train got delayed.
Shabnam, you remember Jane?
So, how long have you got?
Probably about an hour.
That's decided. It's the Vic, then.
Oh, come on. We've barely had chance to catch up since you've been back.
Well, I suppose one wouldn't hurt.
But we were going to stick a movie on.
You can manage without me for one night, yeah?
-Let me take that.
So, how's it going?
They're just friends, right?
She can't live like that, looking over her shoulder all the time.
All right, so what are we going to do with them, then, eh?
I don't know, Alfie, but for now, they're coming home with us.
I would never sell to kids. I want to get that clear from the start.
That's all right, then(!)
Let me get this right, so, you grow your own weed?!
I had two hungry mouths to feed.
Wait a minute. You did it when we were younger?
How else did I pay for his football boots, your dancing lessons?
-You used to dance, did you?
-You're missing the point, Johnny.
Sometimes you've just got to make do as best you can.
What's this got to do with us?
Aunt Babe said she can help us get started.
Started doing what?
You are joking?!
No, no, no, let's hear her out.
Mick, I'm not having drugs in this pub!
L, we make this decision as a family, all right?
So, Aunt Babe, what's a typical punter?
You'd be surprised.
I've had doctors, local councillors,
pillars of the community turning up at my door.
That's Dot sorted, then.
Where would we grow it?
I'd say that loft space was ripe for development.
And where do you suggest we start pushing these drugs, Babe?
-I tell you what,
we'll send Johnny round the back of the Tube, shall we?
You've got a pub full of punters downstairs!
You'd be surprised how quickly word gets around.
And, Shirley, you agree with this, do you?
If it can get us out of this hole, yeah.
I don't know what's in that wine, but someone take that glass away from her.
You got any better ideas?
Money for old rope, innit?
Well, let's put it to the vote.
No, this is how we're going to do it.
All those in favour...
That's four against two.
I'm sorry, Aunt Babe.
Now finish your ruby.
Feels weird not having Kat and Alfie behind the bar.
Well, the world's got to evolve, Jane.
Don't I know it!
Come on, how's Cardiff?
It has its moments.
Yeah, but it's not quite Walford, is it?
You say that like it's a bad thing.
So, come on,
there's got to be some nice Welsh gentleman in play, surely?
-One or two, maybe.
Yeah. Enough about me. What have you been up to?
Oh, me. Let me see.
Kamil is halfway across the world in Pakistan.
And I lost my mum.
Oh, Mas. I'm sorry.
And we're struggling to pay the mortgage every month.
And, you know, I can't see Tamwar getting to university
until he's about 40.
So all things considered, it's been a pretty good year.
Well, at least you've still got Carol.
She dumped me for David Wicks.
Oh, stuff her, I say.
And she's got cancer.
I only ever wanted to help, you know.
I know. And I appreciate it.
So what's the problem?
I don't care how hard things get. This family stays legit.
I hope things work out for you, Mick, I really do.
Cos if that market goes, this pub has served its last pint.
It won't come to that.
Let's hope so.
-What, are you going?
-Johnny'll walk you to your car.
But we haven't spoke about this properly.
I think Linda's made her feelings perfectly clear.
So, when are we going to meet this man of yours?
Iain with the two I's.
Oh! Someone's going up in the world!
We split up four weeks ago.
The extra "I" got too much for you?
He wanted kids and I...
Well, that's not going to happen any time soon, is it?
Times like this you've got to
appreciate what you've got, haven't you?
Yeah, course you do.
Oh, Mas, you should have seen Bobby up on that stage.
I don't think I've ever been so proud.
Yeah, well, he doesn't get his brains from his dad, does he?
So what about you?
-Well, that's tricky.
Let's see. I'm here with you. Does that count?
I've missed this, you know.
To being the underdog.
(Have you checked her bag?)
(What do you mean, what for?! Her medication!)
Stace, wake up, sleepyhead...
Listen, you just got to stay low until the coast is clear, yeah?
Well, go on, then!
All right, mate, you haven't seen my dad, have you?
No. Not since this morning, I haven't.
Are you not going to ask me how it went?
What are you talking about?
Oh, yeah. I'm sorry, Pete, I...
Yeah, whatever, mate. Cheers for your support.
-Hurry up, will you?
-Yes, all right!
-Oh, Alfie, I'm in here.
Fast asleep upstairs.
Oh, good, good.
I hope you don't mind me helping myself to a tipple of rum?
No, mate, you knock yourself out.
I tell you what, take it home with you, eh?
What, are you sure about that?
Yeah. It's the least I can do. There you go, Paddy. Cheers, mate.
Come on now, man, sit down and have a drink with me now, man.
I'd love to, but, you know...
But you've got better things to do
than to drink with an old fella like me.
Don't be silly. One night we'll get a pack of cards.
Get a pack of cards and we'll put the world to rights.
-Well, I'll hold you to that, all right?
Listen, what am I thinking? I should pay you.
No, no, don't worry about that.
Listen, it's much appreciated.
Take care and I'll see you soon mate, all right? Yeah, see you.
you seem a bit edgy. Are you OK?
Yeah, course I am. You know,
I've probably just had too much coffee, you know what it's like.
-Yeah, all right.
-See you, Paddy. Bye, mate.
I thought he was never going to leave.
I don't know if I can keep this up, Kat.
We'll just be more careful in future.
Look, how about I make a bed up for you both?
Then tomorrow we can think of a plan.
I hope you don't think you had a wasted journey.
Of course I don't.
I just wish I could do more to help.
How about a couple of grand?
If I had it, I'd give it to you.
What happened to Stan's money?
He told you?
Can't have been easy, going back there.
You don't know the half of it.
It does make me happy, seeing you kids back together.
We're hardly kids.
You are in my eyes.
-I just wish...
Seeing how close Johnny and Nancy are to Mick...
But if you just talked to Dean...
I tried talking to him! He's not interested.
It doesn't matter how old you get.
A boy always needs his mum.
Why are you dragging this up now?!
Because I don't like...
He's not a good influence.
What are you talking about?
I can't believe Stan didn't tell you.
Aunt Babe, tell me what?!
It's Baby Dean.
He's been staying there.
Do you have to rush off?
I have a train to catch.
There's always my sofa. Strictly platonic, of course.
Unless you can't resist the urge to grope me in the middle of the night.
Did I really say that?
Look after yourself, Mas.
Er, just answer me one question.
What does Cardiff have that Walford doesn't?
-Do you know where Mick's keys are?
-No. What do you want them for?
I know where Deano is.
Yeah, but you're leathered.
I need to get there now, Tina.
Yeah, all right, all right, then, I'll drive.
You sure he wants to see you?
I'm his mum, ain't I?
Must feel weird being back here, eh?
You'll get used to it.
See this room, this was your mummy's old bedroom.
He's gone away for a few days.
Why don't we go and raid Tommy's toy box
and see what we can find to take to bed?
You remember me! I'm your family.
And that plonker downstairs in the silly shirt,
he's your family and all.
I tell you what, you stay here
and I'll go and see what I can find, yeah?
Come on, you, let's get you to bed.
I want to go home.
He's probably bumped into some mates.
Since when did Dad have any mates?
PETER AND LUCY LAUGH Have you tried his mobile?
Look, he's a big boy. He can take care of himself.
Where have you been?
It's under review.
What does that mean?
It means they're reconsidering.
What did I tell you?! And I don't care what you say,
I'm cracking open that bubbly. THEY LAUGH
Hard work, ain't it, lugging all them pups about?
Give it six weeks. That's when the hard work really starts.
Eh? MICK KISSES LADY DI
Putting food in their mouths and keeping them safe.
If anyone can do it, you can.
-Those puppies ain't staying, Mick.
She can hear you.
Maybe just a couple, eh?
There's not a chance in hell.
All that stuff with Babe,
you were never going to do it, were you?
We're going to be all right, aren't we?
Now, how about that bubble bath, eh? LINDA CHUCKLES
Are you worried someone might see us?
You made me jump, then!
What's going to happen to us, Kat?
What do you mean?
We can't stay locked up in here for ever, can we?
Look, play your cards right and Alfie might do us a fry-up in the morning.
Aren't you going to join us?
Is everything all right?
Yeah, it's... It's just been a long day, that's all.
You should be happy.
This is all down to you.
Is there a glass going spare?
I thought you were going to Cardiff?
I am. But I just needed to see Ian first.
-That proposal you made...
Are you still looking for someone to invest in the restaurant?
There's a few things I'd need to sort out first,
Well, we haven't talked money yet.
It doesn't matter. Yes!
Looks like it's a double celebration.
Doesn't it just?
(So, what happens now?
(We're harbouring a criminal, Kat.)
(What if Janine dropped the charges?)
(Come on, that's never going to happen.)
(I wouldn't count on it.)
BANGING, DOG BARKS
SHE BANGS AGAIN, DOG BARKS
He's not there.
-Open this poxy door, will you?!
-Where is he?
-I knew Babe couldn't keep her mouth shut very long.
I haven't asked you in yet.
-He's not here.
-Well, where is he, then?
Packed up and left this morning.
Did he leave an address?
I forgot to ask him. Sorry.
I could call him if you like,
see if I can't help bring you two back together?
All you've got to do is ask nicely.
SHE WALKS AWAY
I told you, didn't I?
A leopard never changes her spots.
The arrival of a guest at the Beales' highlights the tension between Ian and Denise, but will the engaged couple be able to weather the storm? When Ian's behaviour reaches a new low, he is told some home truths and called on his misplaced priorities. This causes him to make a U-turn and, realising his true feelings, he goes after what will make him happy. Will he make it in time?
The market traders band together to face an impending threat, and a night out inspires Linda to come up with a drastic plan. But as the police and a news crew show up on the Square, have the market traders gone too far?
Alfie is suspicious of Kat's behaviour, but an oblivious Kat continues with her plan. She is then surprised by the arrival of an unexpected visitor, which sends shockwaves around the Square. Kat and Alfie are given some worrying information, and Kat has an idea, but Alfie fears her optimism may be misguided.
Aunt Babe drops a bombshell on Shirley, causing her to make an unexpected trip.