Michael becomes desperate not to have his private life broadcast around Walford. Syed's financial failings catch up with him; how far will he go to keep his head above water?
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FOOTSTEPS COMING UPSTAIRS
Quiet as the grave in here. Where's me welcoming committee?
Jean? What's happened?
Right. I'm off.
All right, sweetheart. Do you fancy a film tonight?
-I thought you had plans.
-They got cancelled.
Sorry, Dad, I told Lauren I'd go to hers. But we can go tomorrow?
-Yeah, all right.
-See you later.
DOORBELL AND LAUGHTER
-LAUGHTER CONTINUES, BELL RINGS
-Tanya still here?
-Yep. Follow the racket.
What's the matter with you? You got the hump?
-Yeah, just trying to get in touch with my daughter.
Ain't spoken to her for a while.
-You want some more tea?
-Yeah. Go on.
I did mention it to you last week.
You need to get the stronger cream from the chemist
and if it doesn't work then take her to see the doctor.
Do you have to write it down? It's only a bit of nappy rash.
I have to write everything down for the changeover.
Someone else will be taking over as of tomorrow.
Eh? But we don't want no-one new.
Don't worry, the new case worker will have all my notes,
there'll be no disruption.
-And there's nothing else troubling you?
-No. I'm just a bit tired.
All right. Well, good luck with everything.
-And make sure you get that cream.
-Yes, I will.
That's all we need, isn't it? Someone new sticking their oar in.
Who cares? Social workers change all the time. They're all useless.
I've got to go or Janine's going to go mental again.
All right, well, I'll pick up the cream.
-I've got to go see Jay anyway.
-Er, no, Lo.
I don't care what he said, I can't just stop seeing him.
Forget it. He's right, OK? It's too risky.
-I'll see you later.
-I bet Alan Sugar eats breakfast.
-When I'm making his money, then I'll stop for breakfast.
You can at least have this.
No time. The cleaning stock's arrived, I've got to sign for it.
-Five minutes is not going to hurt.
-This deal is going to set us up, it's three grand profit.
Mm. Nice wedding fund.
And this is just the beginning, I promise.
-What are you two doing? You know it's nearly half nine.
-You're good with kids. Can you sort her out for me?
-What's wrong with her?
-I don't know.
-It don't matter.
Well, when's she coming back?
Can you just go upstairs, please, Billy?
What, she's just left Scarlett?
-Why's she gone away?
-Attention. It's an attention thing. Women do it, Bill.
And when she comes back - which she will -
I want everything under control.
So that means I look after the firm and you take care of the child.
But... but Michael! Michael, I'm not a babysitter.
And no-one needs to know about Janine. That's really important.
Michael, hi. I'm looking for Janine. There's no-one at the office.
-Janine's not around.
-OK. Right. When will she be back?
Who in their right mind would leave an expensive wedding dress outside the charity shop?
Someone who didn't want to get married?
Don't look at me, I got rid of mine weeks ago.
If you two are going into town, drop it into the dry cleaners for me, eh?
What's wrong with the laundrette?
I don't trust the laundrette. Not since Dot's left.
It's nice. It's got to be worth at least two hundred quid.
If Max pulled his finger out, you could use it.
-Haven't you set a date yet?
-He's still working it out.
We're not asking him to choose the lottery numbers.
Mum, just give it a rest, yeah?
He's been in a right mood since last night.
I think it's just work stressing him out, you know. I don't want to push it.
Hi, Billy. I've got a parcel here for Janine.
-She ain't here.
-I tried the office but it's shut.
Yeah. Michael's over there now. But Janine ain't.
-Oh, has she left you with Scarlett?
No, no, Michael has.
Well, there was no one else to, you know...
Look, Mas, I shouldn't really be saying anything. I'll just go check on her.
-Has something happened?
No, no, no, everything's fine. Everything's normal.
-She'll be back soon.
-Not that she's gone anywhere. Exactly.
OK. Erm... maybe you can sign for it?
Oh, yeah, you see? I think I could pull that off.
No, you need a more '80s vibe.
Big old shoulder pads, nice long train...
-Bridesmaids in peach...
-Oh no, peach ain't my colour.
Excuse me, who said you're a bridesmaid?
By the time you two get married we'll be best mates.
Living in a retirement home.
Hello, love. You all right?
Er, just... I was looking for my phone. You ain't seen...?
It's in the kitchen. Yeah. It's in the kitchen.
Someone dumped it at the charity shop, babe.
We were just... Just mucking about and that.
-I'd better make a move.
-Cos I'm meeting Jack in the Vic.
-See you later.
And she left the baby behind?
I don't know if she's definitely gone - Billy wasn't talking much sense.
-Tamwar. Your phone.
You know it wouldn't surprise me if she had.
Those two feed off drama like oxygen.
Maybe I've got it wrong. Billy was being a bit evasive, that's all.
-Zainab. Do not read his messages.
-He won't see. Sh!
Tamwar, you'd better get down here right now!
Yeah, I'm fully aware that Mrs Butcher is handling it
but I'm a partner in the company, you see, so I can sign the documents and I'm taking over.
No, Mrs Butcher isn't here, she's away on business.
I haven't spoken to her today, no.
Well, why don't you ring your boss and then give me a ring back, yeah?
This... This is not how you run a business, Tamwar.
I'm just a bit behind, that's all.
A bit? Let's see - when was the last time you filed anything properly?
Huh? Would it be...
Yeah - July!
-Afia had a system. I've got to work out my own.
I told you I don't want to do this any more...
Why don't we go to the cafe and let Tamwar sort this out?
If you want to go to university then we need to save for it.
And while we are saving for it, you need to be on top of the business.
I'll fix it. Just don't go on about it.
A nice, soothing herbal tea, that's what you need. Come on.
And don't think I won't be checking up on you.
-So when was this?
Jean reckons they've gone on some second honeymoon or something.
-It's a bit sudden, ain't it?
-What, they didn't say where?
Yes but you're not running the pub, Mo Harris. I am.
Alfie's message was perfectly clear.
You know, I haven't just resigned from the flower stall and done all this for nothing.
I'll go back to Fat Elvis, then shall I?
If I weren't here you'd still be spinning on the spot in your pyjamas.
I told you, I am serving, you're helping Ray in the kitchen. Now go.
The power's gone to your head, Jean.
-All right, mate.
-I'll have a pint, please, and...?
-I'll just have a lemonade please.
-All right, no worries.
-I haven't got any cash, have you?
-Fats, it's on the house, ain't it?
-Is it? Oh, thanks, Fatboy.
-Nice one, mate, cheers.
Mine's a vodka and tonic.
If Kat can go swanning off on some romantic getaway, I deserve a bit of fun too.
Be sitting there.
Sorry, Jack. I'm going to have to shoot.
-Aren't we going through the paperwork?
Max, come on...
I just wish he'd follow your example, you know?
Take business seriously. Make a go of things. Make them successful.
You heard the rumour? Apparently Janine's disappeared.
-There's no rumour. You're only just starting it.
You're the one who said that she wasn't even there to sign for the parcel.
-And Billy was acting all suspicious.
-Evasive, I said - evasive.
I said at the wedding they would not last past Christmas.
And why leave the baby with that man?
I mean, you might as well leave a baby with Darth Vader.
All right? You got the paperwork for the flat then, yeah?
Erm, it's at home. I didn't know if you and Janine still wanted it.
Yeah, yeah we do. We do. That was just a blip.
-I want to finalise it today, yeah?
-Well, I can meet you at the house in a few hours.
God, his eyes give me the creeps. I bet baby Scarlett cries every time that leans over the cot.
I've got to go.
Look, we can't keep avoiding each other, this is mental.
-It's not mental, it's sensible.
-But I don't do sensible.
I'm doing you a favour.
Hey, hey, hey! No more freeness, man!
You can talk! I've seen you sneaking drinks over to your mates.
This is for the bloke round the corner.
Oi, Mo. I need some help in the kitchen, man.
-I told you to help Ray.
-I can't be everything to everyone, Jean.
All right. No problem.
Yeah. I'll see you around, yeah?
Why are French and Saunders behind the bar?
Kat and Alfie have gone away. Holiday or something.
Alfie didn't say anything about that last night.
-I just heard about Janine going.
Sorry, I didn't realise...
If you need a hand with Scarlett, me and Christian can help.
-No, she's not gone.
She's just gone down south for a few days.
I bet that's one of them euphemisms, innit?
Where you got her buried, Michael? Under the gym?
Very droll, Derek. Well done.
Thought it sounded a bit drastic. Let me get you one.
Er... Look, I know you weren't too keen
but Janine agreed to buy those cleaning products.
-She shook on thirteen K.
-Did she now?
Yeah. They're ready for you, at my lock-up.
And, the thing is, I said I'd pay the supplier today.
-OK. I'll write a cheque, I'll bring it over later.
That's great. Well, catch you later then, yeah?
I didn't have time to get that special cream but Michael's got loads of it, look.
You won't let me see Jay but you don't mind me using nicked bum cream?
It's not nicked, it's borrowed. Get her on the changing table.
So why are you looking after Scarlett, anyway?
Because Michael's useless and Janine's done a runner.
-What, she just left the baby?
-But you don't do that if you're a mum, you don't just leave your baby.
Poor little thing. Where is she?
I saw Jay earlier. He wouldn't even talk to me.
Well, that's good.
How is that good? The social worker could already see I was miserable.
-This new one's going to think I ain't coping.
-But we are coping, Lo.
But Jay staying away ain't helping anyone, is it? Especially me.
This is last week's takings.
-Did you count these?
-I counted everything.
How is this possible? After everything we've put into this place, how is this possible?
He had a slow week, that's all.
It would help if you took the business seriously. Like your brother.
What's Syed got to do with this?
Do you not want the Argee Bhajee to be a success?
-Think about everything we've put into this place.
-I will fix it.
-We need to have a family meeting,
-Mum, Mum, I said I'll fix it.
Get off my back.
Is it hot in here or what? I'm boiling.
-Is it true? About Janine?
She's got a business. And a baby. And me.
-How is Scarlett?
-Where is she now?
-I said she's fine.
I knew this would happen. One of you had to destroy the other.
-One of you had to win.
-She ain't won nothing.
We're a partnership.
And you're both going to look out for each other, right?
And no arguing and definitely no nicking each other's boyfriends.
Pops, you said you'd be five minutes. If Michael'd walked in he would have killed me. Yeah!
-What are you doing here?
-Billy thinks we should have a chat.
Er - you didn't ring those up.
-On the till. You didn't put them through.
Yes, I did. You're stressed Jean, sit down.
-Has she been handing out free drinks?
You have. Mo Harris, how dare you!
I'm not the only one. That lot have had at least two rounds.
This stops right now.
Just a bit of an announcement, please, everybody. Thank you.
Just to say, the Queen Vic is not a charity.
If any of our staff have mistakenly served you without charge today,
then you have to leave before you pay...
I mean, pay before you leave the premises.
And if you don't pay before you leave the premises...
um, then you're barred.
-Yes. So pay up or...
Erm... Get out of my pub!
No, I mean it.
Nice one, Mo.
If the Social see me hanging around and realise who I am then...
Well, yeah, we'll be careful, won't we?
I'm not going to beg but things would be a lot better if you were around.
-You've got Billy, ain't you?
-And we all know what he's like in a crisis, don't we, eh?
Why are you staring at me like that?
For the first few days you couldn't even hold her. Look at you now. All mumsy.
Well, I ain't got a choice, have I?
-She's lucky to have you, you know.
-Yeah. Britain's Best Mum.
Sitting in someone else's house, on tag, using nicked bum cream.
-Let me put her dummy in?
-Now who's all mumsy, eh?
Come on, Jay. You know you miss us. Eh?
And you're not going to survive the next few months without mates.
So is it true what they're saying? About Janine?
No. It's gossip.
She'll be back. Butcher's Joints'll be booming. You'll see.
Very good. Right.
Yeah. So, I'll get my solicitor to sign the bank transfer
and do the completion papers.
-He'll ring you this afternoon, yeah? To confirm.
Shall we shake? All right then.
Yes. all right, Poppy. Don't worry about it. I won't be long. OK. Bye. Bye.
How'd you get on with the dress?
-Oh, yes. You can pick it up Monday. And it cost sixty quid.
You get a nice box with it, don't you?
-Oh, well, that's all right then.
-Babe, you in?
Hello, darling. We're in here.
You all right?
It's a calendar.
-It's a calendar with cats on.
Yeah, sorry it's a bit battered.
It was the last one in the shop. Been in there all year.
Why are you buying me a calendar?
Christmas eve? What about it?
It's a good day for a wedding.
-That's a turn-up for the books.
-You know me, Cora. Full of surprises.
-Michael, hi. Come in.
Listen, thank you so much for sorting all this out.
You know, when I heard about Janine going...
-Well, you know...
So... do you have the cheque?
Oh, right, yeah.
That's for you.
You think I'd do a deal with a no-mark like you,
somebody who makes deals behind my back?
Blabs about my private business?
Listen, I'm sorry about that. It's just, when...
-When I found out about Janine going, I didn't know what to think.
-Yeah, yeah. You're an idiot.
Michael, you can't go back on the deal.
Janine shook on it.
You're not quite cut out for this entrepreneurial stuff, are you?
-All this tatty tourist gear knocking about
and a cheap shed-load of bleach. Dodgy cleaning products.
It's hardly the start of an empire, Syed.
That's the difference between me and you.
Cos while you were sitting around, waiting, doing nish, I was out making moves.
I bought a flat, just like that.
But you? You're like a desperate little puppy dog.
And desperation stinks.
Michael, I need that money, I told the suppliers I'd pay them today.
We had a deal! I had a deal.
Not with me you didn't.
-Why do I have to do it?
-Because. You've got them big sad eyes, ain't you?
-Mmm? Yes, darling?
We don't have enough cash.
So I was wondering, could we pay you half now, and then half later?
You don't have to do that, sweetheart.
-But we don't have enough cash.
-It's been sorted. Your dad paid.
Cheers, Uncle Derek.
He's really thoughtful sometimes.
Yeah. He ain't got no-one else to spoil, has he?
TV PLAYS, DOOR OPENS
I got the magic touch, ain't I?
Any word from Janine? It ain't like her to disappear.
She ain't answering her phone, either.
Scare tactics, Bill. Don't be duped by it.
-Better head down to the office, yeah? Man those phones.
-Cheers for this.
She'll be back.
There must be something we can do. I mean, you can take it back, right?
Look, I'll even slip you fifty for the hassle.
It ain't going back. Where do you think it came from at this price?
But I can't afford to pay you.
You've got till Friday.
Just give me... Yeah, just let me know.
Let me know what your thoughts are. Cheers.
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
Sorry, I tried calling.
I've been sourcing more properties. What's up?
It's past half five and you said your solicitor would be in touch.
-He's not called?
-No. I just want to make sure there's not a problem.
Yeah. Come in. Go through. I'll give him a ring now.
-No. Billy. Billy Mitchell.
You're an employee of Butcher's Joints?
I'm Executive Director Of Operations. Why? Who's asking?
No, I'm not in the office.
I'm not in front of a computer, so just tell me, please.
-Is everything OK?
-Yeah, yeah fine.
-Just... Can you give her a cuddle?
-Yeah. Brilliant. Two seconds.
What was that?
Oh. OK. How much? How much has she transferred?
Right, you've got to freeze everything! Now, please.
-BANGING AT THE DOOR
Michael, Michael, come to the office.
No, of course, it wasn't me! Don't be stupid.
-Michael, you've got to come!
-Billy, shut up!
-She's upset, she wants her dad.
-Michael, you need to read this! Michael!
There he is. There's Daddy.
-Tell you what, once we get this little one to bed,
me and you are going to celebrate.
It might cut into your three grand profit but I didn't think you'd mind.
I'll cook us something special. Make a night of it.
-There's no need to make a fuss.
-I want to.
We want to. Cos we're proud of you.
-Hey! Watch where you're going.
-Get out of my way.
Hey! Oi, you. You can't do this.
Michael. I tried to stop them. But they got this letter from Janine.
What are we going to do?
She can't do this to me.
Nobody does THIS to me.
Who is it?
Pops, pass us the nappies.
Oh... Watch Lexi, I'll go get more.
Lo, you can't leave her like this. She'll catch her death.
I won't be long.
we're done! Let's have a look at you.
Oh, look at you. That's lovely, isn't it?
Come here. Come here. What's your mum forgot now, eh?
Shall we go and see? Let's go and see what she's forgotten.
Come on then. There we are.
I'm Trish Barnes, Lexi's new social worker.
-And this must be little Lexi?
I've done this for you.
It is a checklist,
to help you keep on top of everything at the restaurant.
After yesterday I think it's important, don't you?
So you've mentioned, several times.
I don't mean to nag, Tamwar...
You're succeeding anyway.
Right, that's me off to the gym.
-Thanks for looking after Yas for me.
-Did Sy tell you about the deal he closed?
You see! Your brother...
Oh. Comparisons to my more successful older brother,
that's bound to be great motivation.
I'm just saying he's got drive, he's got get up and go.
Where are you going?
Getting up and going.
She'll be back soon.
She just popped out to get some... some nappies.
Sorry I took so long, I met Jay.
Hi, Lola. I'm Lexi's new Social Worker.
And you're Jay...?
-I believe you've been attending the mother and baby group?
-Have you found it helpful?
-Oh, yeah. She loves it.
-Don't you, Lo?
-Yeah, it's all right.
Why don't we put Lexi in a proper nappy,
and then I'll have look at her.
I hope that's a clean towel.
(What was I supposed to do?)
You know how important stable employment is, in Lola's situation?
So, I was concerned to see the Butcher's Joints office
boarded up this morning.
Oh, no, no. That's just the property company.
The cleaning business is doing really well.
Well, people always need cleaners, don't they?
They certainly do.
Can you believe this?
She's signed over all the properties to a management agency.
How about this? Listen.
"Miss Butcher has requested that you desist
"from any dealings on her behalf, or claims to represent her interest in any way".
Desist? I should desist? I'm the one that should desist?
She should desist.
Listen. She can't just have vanished, all right.
You must be able to get hold of her somehow.
I've tried, Jack. I've tried.
Sorry, I've got to do this, cos it calms her down.
That's it, darling.
How did this happen? How did we get here, Jack?
Made a pig's ear out of everything.
Yeah, well speak for yourself, mate.
No, no, I'm speaking for us, Jack, I'm speaking for me and you.
Two lonely, old, poor deluded fools. Failures.
Oi, my life is fine, thank you.
-You're having a laugh, aren't you? Two failed marriages,
-you've got a wife in prison....
-That's why she's called my ex-wife.
You've got loads of kids everywhere, you hardly ever see any of them.
-It's hardly The Waltons.
-Yeah well, when you put it like that,
course it's going to sound bad, isn't it?
When was the last time you had a relationship? Go on?
I do all right, don't I?
I know with one night stands you've got a big strike rate.
Fair play. But I'm talking about the other stuff, yeah?
Like a bird whose surname you know.
What's that got to do with anything?
That's got everything to do with it, Jack. Everything to do with it.
It's about living off takeaway food, and one-night stands, it's...
There's got to be more to life than this, Jack.
Look at the bag, Jack. You work it out. Snap.
What did you tell her your real name for?
Well, she asked me. What could I do?
Lie. Cos now it's on Lola's file, that she's hanging about with you
while you're on bail.
Hang on, how could they even know about the case?
His name hasn't been in no paper.
Oh, what, you don't think old bill and Social Services
are in each other's ears, swapping stories?
Yesterday you're all, "Oh, everything's all right, Jay,"
"come on over." Make your mind up.
I just don't think it's very clever telling them your real name.
And lying about us having jobs was, yeah?
I told you, I'm sorting that out.
And how you going to do that exactly? Hmm?
Now, what about that?
No, I'll pass on that, thanks.
See, that's your trouble, Jack,
you never recognise class when you see it.
All right, I didn't think this sort of tat was your game.
Quality always sells. I've done most of it already.
-Yeah and what about the rest of it?
-I'll think of something.
Here, what about Joey? He's got a face for sales.
Yeah, I can't see him using it for my benefit though.
Oh, right. So, you're just going to give up on him, are you?
Come on, we've all made mistakes,
it's about putting them right, isn't it?
Look, we're too alike, me and him. It isn't going to work.
If you're that alike, you should know what buttons to press then,
This is new.
Yeah, it's just temporary.
Christian said you'd sold everything in some big deal.
I got some more.
I figured I might be able to make some extra selling it here.
-I wish Tamwar had your business sense.
No, he's too laid-back.
He lets everything get on top of him. Especially since Afia left.
Listen, he's been struggling with the restaurant, OK?
He needs a hand, Syed, someone that he can trust...
Just give me a minute.
Look, Mum, I can't talk right now, OK. Just...
I've got to work.
Oi. If I hear the word "wedding" one more time, I swear I will...
I think it's romantic, you know, Max and Tanya all loved up.
-HE HUMS ENDLESS LOVE
-All right, Fats.
Seriously. Shut up! Fats!
See, sharp as a tack, this one.
Yeah, but the question is, a key to where? Go on, ask me.
To the Emporium.
Where you and I will soon be setting up business together.
Hold tight. Don't Anthony and Tyler own it?
-Not any more they don't.
-So, what, they sold it to you?
No. They didn't sell it to me. I won it.
Four of spades.
Wait, Anthony gambled the Emporium?
-Yeah, I know, silly boy.
-Does Tyler know about this?
-You'll have to ask him that, won't you?
-He's going to be gutted.
Now, you think about what kind of business you fancy, all right?
First of all there's some gear in there that needs to be cleared out.
Erm... I'll be back in two minutes, yeah?
What are you going to do, then?
Anthony. Where you at, man?
You need to give me a call when you get this, yeah?
Michael. Michael, about Butcher's Joints...
There is no Butcher's Joints, Bill. It's over. It's finished, closed.
-What about all the properties?
-Handed over to a management company or something.
-Can we stop and talk about this?
-No, we have to keep moving.
-Why do we have to keep moving?
-Laps of the Square. The baby likes laps of the Square.
-But what about the cleaning business?
You know what a good little earner that is, be a shame to let it go.
And all the hard work's done, isn't it? Customers are already there.
I could ask them, see if they want to stay with us.
No. Tell them we're under new management, but it's business as usual.
See what they say.
And what about the cleaners? Are we keeping them on?
I don't know, I don't know. You want to manage it, you manage it.
"Managing Director". Yeah.
Starting early, even for you, Jack.
Yeah, well don't worry, I've got a strict no alcohol before midday rule.
That is impressive.
Yeah, I'm all about restraint, me.
So I've seen. So if you're not here for a drink...?
Well, I was just seeing if you're free tonight.
-That depends what's on offer?
-Dinner. I'll cook.
Sounds like you're trying to lure me back to your place again.
-Is it working?
-I can't see you in the kitchen.
Had you down more as a bedroom man.
See, don't knock what's on offer, until you've tasted it.
I take it we're still talking about the food?
-Is that a yes, then?
-Dinner at your place does sound lovely.
-But I've got Denny. So I'll have to take a rain check.
They called and said Janice was closing down,
and that she gave them our details.
-We're not closing down.
-I haven't seen Janice.
Me and Michael are running it now.
Well, this new lot, they're cheaper.
OK. I'll drop your rate by 20%.
A lot cheaper.
I'll give you a free extra hour every week.
And they work hard.
You know, I've been following them from room to room
and they haven't stopped going.
They sweat. Such hard workers.
You can take off your top if it's too hot, yeah?
"Such hard workers."
No offence, Billy, but he can reach parts that you just can't.
He hasn't said anything about Janine's other customers, has he?
No. But if Mr Buff is calling round them as well
you've got problems, mate.
Maybe they just up and left?
No way, man. They wouldn't do that. Not without saying anything, anyway.
No, no, no, they wouldn't do that.
-Well, are they together?
-I don't know.
Maybe they're just never coming back then.
What's Tyler got to keep him here anyway?
Yes, because boys never run off and leave their girlfriends behind.
I tell you what, all right, let's phone Whitney, shall we, OK,
cos she will definitely know the story.
Yeah, OK, Fats, what if she doesn't?
Isn't she in Suffolk with Carol and the kids?
You're just going to unload all of this on her?
-Exactly. Come on.
What do you think?
Yeah, yeah, it's all right, when you get rid of all the rubbish.
First thing we need to do is we need to christen this place, eh?
What, with, like, a party?
Why not? A bit of music and a bit of beer.
I reckon it'll be perfect round here.
-Yeah. OK. Fats, what do you reckon, a party?
You can DJ.
Hey, you don't fancy lunch, do you?
Now, I thought you said you'd be too busy making money to lunch.
Well, all work and no play.
Now you're speaking my language. Where do you fancy?
I thought we could eat here.
-In the gym?
-I've been out in the noise and hassle all day.
It'd be nice to just get away somewhere quiet.
I think we can do a bit better than this.
Well, I'll only have to lug this stuff with me.
Let's just stay here.
All right. You go and get some food. and I'll get showered.
Can't you get it? I've been on my feet all morning.
No, no, Mrs Holden, that is a mistake.
We have definitely not closed down. We're absolutely still going....
Look, before you decide, OK,
maybe you'd like to hear about reduced prices...
Thank you, Tracey.
No, no. Come on, let me get that.
The answer's no.
You haven't even heard what I've got to say yet.
Come on, it's only a tiny little favour.
It would have to be, if you're trying to buy me with the price of a mineral water.
Trace, throw in a bag of nuts, will you, please.
-Just a bit of baby-sitting, that's all.
-cos I don't spend enough time around kids, do I?
-You do this for me,
I'll baby-sit for Oscar anytime you and Max want to go out.
-Don't need it, got Abs for that.
-Oh, come on, please.
It's just a couple of hours. Please?
Oh, all right then. But only for Amy, not for you.
And only because her cousins love spending time with her.
-Oh, yeah. It's not Amy.
-Who is it then?
-Er... Dennis Rickman.
-No! No way.
Because I quite like Sharon, you know,
and this will end in tears, won't it?
-Yeah? Says who?
-Says your track record, that's who.
Why don't we stop worrying about Sharon Rickman
and start thinking about me?
Lonely single father, yeah? Seeking meaningful relationship.
Good sense of humour. Sensitive.
Oh, now you see, you had me. You had me till you said "sensitive".
I wouldn't ask you if it wasn't important.
I've got a confession to make.
What, you won the lottery and didn't tell me?
I didn't just want to meet you for lunch.
I wanted to talk to you about something.
I thought we could set a date for the wedding.
And you know why I prefer autumn to spring?
Sy, your face, you'd think I'd asked you for a kidney.
-How much is this going to cost?
-I thought we agreed,
-the money you made yesterday would cover it.
-I don't know what the rush is.
Rush? We've been talking about this for 18 months.
I'm not asking you to elope, just...
set a date.
And then there's Mum. We've only just got her on side.
I don't want to push it now.
We live next door to your mum, with her grandchild,
I hardly think us marrying is going to faze her at all.
I want to take things slowly, for her sake. OK?
You see the thing is, when you're in business, like I am,
well, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions.
And this is really difficult for me right now.
But, you see, the thing is, there isn't enough work to go around...
The moment it picks up, you'll be the first people I'll call...
You've got my word on that, I promise you.
I've been thinking, we local businesses should stick together, yeah?
-You can have back your cleaning contract.
-What happened to your old workers then?
Well, how was I supposed to know they had a "look and no touch" policy?
OK. I wasn't expecting a grand parade,
but a little bit of positivity would be nice.
We've lost all our other customers as well.
So? Go get them back. Fight for your business.
Listen, "Don't give up, keep on trying,
"You're going to make it, I ain't lying".
You know who said that?
You don't become a successful businesswoman like myself
without listening to a little Bruno.
-Catch you later.
-Yeah, see you.
OK, that's great. Thanks.
You're here so often, I'm going to have to get you a loyalty card.
-Yeah, well, I've solved your problem.
-Didn't know I had one.
Yeah, I've got a baby-sitter sorted for tonight.
Tanya is going to look after Dennis.
Dennis is not a "problem", to be sorted.
Yeah, well, I didn't mean it like that.
Come on, I thought you'd be happy. Tanya knows him.
I decide who minds my son, OK?
Now, if you don't mind, I've got work to do.
All right, I'm sorry. I got it wrong.
Not my place to book a baby-sitter.
I've still got all this.
Why don't you just come over early, bring Dennis.
I'll cook for the three of us.
Eat up. Go home. No strings.
Kamil, this is very, very naughty!
You come here right now and help me.
I am very sick and tired of cleaning up after everybody in this family...
How much is the bleach?
I take it you have a licence for this stall.
Can you mind Scarlett for me?
I can't today, no.
I have to see my brief, I'll only be a couple of hours. Please?
What's that, no takeaway? Who is she?
She's no-one you'd know.
Discretion. They like that, don't they? The birds.
Take my advice.
Whoever she is - don't marry her.
What do we even know about this Buff company?
-I mean, they could be cowboys.
-Very good-looking cowboys.
Look, I could wear a little T-shirt and tight shorts,
-if that's what you want, Shar?
I'm going to have that image in my head all day now.
-Come on, you know me.
-Well, that's not really a selling point, is it?
We've always done a good job for you here. And we're cheaper.
And I guarantee I will personally clean this place, top to bottom.
I want to see it sparkle.
-Yes, now. That's if you want the job?
Fats, where's your laptop?
Just doesn't feel right partying here.
Come on, Fats, it's just a drink and a laugh.
I know, but it's like dancing on their grave a little bit, innit?
Fats, if Tyler and Anthony were here,
they'd be the first ones up for a party.
But that's exactly my point, all right, they're not here.
Yes. Yes, because they're probably somewhere sunny, sitting by a pool.
Right? Yes? Having a laugh at us.
Sitting with sexy girls in their bikinis.
Yeah, with cocktails and some music.
And boom, boom, boom, boom, yeah!
Yeah! So, laptop, Fats?
-It's what they'd want, isn't?
All right then. I'll be back in a minute.
How much longer?
Half hour tops.
I can't wait that long, I have to be somewhere.
Phil given you the night off, has he?
I haven't seen him in ages. Anyway, I'm my own boss.
Well, don't worry. I'll let myself out when I'm finished.
OK. Oh, and Billy, you've got the contract back.
Oh, and the stock, it's electronically monitored, OK?
Yeah, no worries.
Yes, yes, this is Butcher's cleaners.
Sure, we could do that. Yeah.
Could you just give me a sec and I'll get a pen
and take down your details?
Yes, go on...
Hey, hey, hey, come on, man,
I don't think Derek is going to like us smashing up his stuff like this.
Let me worry about him, all right?
It's your turn.
Oh, there's none left!
KNOCK ON DOOR
Denny was having such a good time with Ian,
-I didn't have the heart to drag him away.
-Oh, right. Come in.
-Hope you're not too disappointed?
-I'll get over it.
You can take that home to him later if you want.
You'll be popular.
Do you want a drink?
Yeah. Try stopping me.
This feels like an ambush.
I found this today.
I can't believe he's letting things get to this stage. Final demand.
I told you he needs help at the restaurant.
Mum, this is dated June, I'm sure he's paid it by now.
Have you spoken to him?
No, he won't listen to me, that's why I thought I'd talk to you first.
Syed, I know this is a big favour to ask you
but now that you've completed that deal of yours,
you must have some time.
Please? You could help out.
Come on, spread some of that business magic around.
I've got some other things on too.
So, you can do them and help out at the restaurant.
Please, Syed? Your brother needs you.
Just for a short while.
Absolutely. Just until the restaurant gets back on its feet.
Also, Christian tells me
that you've been thinking of setting a date for the wedding.
I think it's wonderful.
Right. Better get started then.
Finally get Sy to spend some of that cash he's made.
We should do it right, though, yeah?
-Have a proper celebration to announce your engagement.
We could have a family dinner tomorrow night, at our house.
But don't say a word to anyone.
-He lost it in a card game?
-That's what Derek said.
-Did you not think to ring me?
-Course I did, I only found out today.
Plus, we thought you was by the beach with some sun and some cocktails...
-You think this is funny?
-I've been working every hour
under the sun with the old man for nothing, my brother's missing
-and I've lost my business?
-We was worried about you.
-You looked really worried when I walked in on the party.
-It wasn't a party...
Fats, thanks for the support.
-I can't believe you cooked all that yourself.
You can check the bin for takeaway cartons, if you don't believe me.
Already did. And to think I had you down as a one-trick pony.
-But it's a good trick though, isn't it.
-I didn't say that.
Well, I haven't had any complaints so far.
Oh, is that your way of saying I'm one of many?
Nah, that's not what I said.
But you haven't exactly been saving yourself for the right woman.
Yeah, well, there's been a lot of wrong 'uns, if that's what you mean.
Yeah, one-night stands. Married women...
I don't need a full disclosure, do I?
Just saying, don't say I haven't warned you, that's all.
That sounds ominous...and exciting.
Let's just...let's just take it slow.
Not quite the reaction I had last time I was here.
Yeah well, that was before.
Before I liked you.
It'd be good to do it right this time.
Yeah, it would.
-Just promise me one thing.
You don't take it too slowly.
So, I told the cleaners that Janine had passed on all our customers
to another company. That's why I had to let them go.
I explained to them that, you know, in business
there's going to be casualties.
The fat has to be trimmed. I think they understood.
You would've been proud of me, the way I managed it.
So...the good news, Billy?
The good news is I have got us three new customers.
-Yeah, yeah. It just shows, don't it?
We can build this business up.
Oh. You and me, together?
Yeah. Yeah, I mean obviously
we're going to have to get our hands a bit dirty first.
-Oh, split the cleaning shifts, you mean?
I thought I could do the R&R, you could do the B&B.
The B&B, with all its bedrooms and bathrooms?
I don't mind doing the B&B if you like.
Why are we out here?
It's a business, Billy.
And in business, there's got to be casualties...
I think I have to trim the fat. Sorry.
Obviously, I can turn my hand to most things, you know, around the home.
So, if something does come in, you'll let me know, yeah?
Course you will. I won't hold my breath.
Look, Pops, you'll find something. We both will.
I had something, though.
I got the R&R and the B&B back from that other outfit,
I got another new client. I would've got loads more, too, if Michael had let me.
Like you said, I'll find something.
Someone's scrubbed up this morning. Is that tie silk?
Yeah. It all is.
If you've got it, flaunt it!
It ain't like you've got anything better to do!
-Get out the bath and get the door!
Yeah. Yeah, and bring Abi if she ain't at school, yeah?
I'll explain later, just meet me there in half-hour.
-All right, bye-bye.
Pops, you need to shape up! I'm a full-on working woman now!
Yes, Lola, motherhood certainly is a full-time job.
I suppose you want to come in.
I've been making a few notes, I thought we could go through them.
But if you've something more important to do...
These are some of the issues I've identified so far,
the things we need to chat about.
-Are you serious?
-Yeah. It's a serious amount of money.
One-and-a-half grand your old man owes Janine, with interest.
And that'll make all the difference, will it? And then you'll buy the flat?
No, no. I'm not interested in that any more.
So, I've lost all that money I paid the solicitor?
Yeah. But deals fall through all the time! The world isn't a perfect place.
Tell me about it!
Lucy, let me clarify.
You're down on your money, so that makes me down on mine.
Down? I-I was counting on that sale!
Fine. All right. I'll just talk to your dad about it, yeah?
No. I already told Janine, I don't want him bothered.
So, you don't want to pay the money and you don't want Ian bothered?
Well... I can't pay it all. Not straightaway.
But I could do some each week.
Maybe 50 quid?
Ah, Tyler man! What's going on...?
MUSIC REVERBS FROM OUTSIDE
-You've spoken to Jack.
Didn't get much out of him. Just that you managed to go on your date.
So tell me about it! Where? When?
How did it go?
-Er, yeah. Sorry, Tanya. I'll catch you later, OK?
-A dinner party?
-Mm! And this is what we will need.
-This is what was so urgent?
-How many people are we feeding?
-Oh, just the family!
AJ can't make it, he's visiting some friend or something, so it's just everyone else.
Oh, and Christian.
-What's the special occasion?
-Why, has someone said there is one?
No. It's just that you seem to be going to an awful lot of trouble.
KNOCK AT DOOR
I was going to ask how you are.
I really don't need to, do I?
I thought you were just taking time out. Licking your wounds.
I would never have left you alone if I thought you were going to get into this sort of state.
Look, why don't I put the kettle on, get some food on the go,
-then maybe we can start sorting through this lot?
Look in the mirror, Phil.
OK, so you're just going to stew in here, are you?
Drink your way through that, let this all pile up around you, turn into some sort of hermit?
-I never asked you to come over, did I?
-You called me, just now.
-Oh, come on, Phil, this is me!
Close the door on your way out, will ya?
You really did a number on him, didn't you?
No-one forced your brother to do what he did.
-And that poker game was his idea.
And raising the stakes was his idea, too.
OK, it was a hard lesson to learn, but he learnt it.
And so should you.
Don't play with the big boys, Tyler.
Because you'll lose.
I could take this off you, but what's the point?
You'll only go out and get some more.
If you're going to do this, no-one's going to stop you, are they?
Well, wouldn't be the first time you've shut everyone out, would it?
-If something happened to Dennis...
Something bad, but it was down to you...
Don't say that.
..you wouldn't want to go on, would you?
Look, what happened to Ben,
it's awful, I know it is, but he is still here.
And how long's he going to last in a place like that?
Maybe he'll surprise you. He is still your son.
-Meaning, have a little faith.
Well, why not?
Because I ain't stupid, and because I don't believe in fairy stories.
Yeah, and you don't have a crystal ball, neither.
You can't know how this is going to work out, Phil!
You've got to hold onto something. Dad always held onto the Vic.
And someone needs to do that right now. You do know Kat and Alfie have just taken off?
You know, whenever things got bad,
whatever he did, wherever he was,
he always thought, if he could just get back there he could start again.
And look what happened when he did.
That could've happened anywhere.
-It didn't do him a lot of good, did it?
-It's not to do with the Vic.
Or maybe...he just got it wrong.
Maybe you got it wrong.
No, you haven't got Ben,
and, no, you haven't got Shirley or Jay,
but you've still got the Vic and you've still got the Arches and the club,
and it's not the same, I know, but it's something Phil, it's a start.
Even if you don't care about yourself, you have to think about Ben!
You've got to hold onto that, for his sake.
I mean, it's something for him. Something for his future.
I do understand, you know.
I mean, how many times have I been down there?
Thinking, "Just leave me alone, let me give up!"
You've got to take charge, Phil.
Get a grip.
Now, you do that...
..or you do this.
I made my choice,
you make yours.
What was that all about?
You and Count Dracula?
You're not doing business with Michael?
No, I'm not. That's the trouble.
He's interested in the flat.
What, renting it?
-What do you want to sell it for?
-I don't want to sell anything! I just ain't got much choice.
-Half-hour, you said!
-Sorry, that gobby social worker turned up again.
-Same rubbish as yesterday.
-Tell her that, did you?
-Yeah. Now she's upping my visits because of my "attitude problem".
I mean, I'm trying, ain't I? Why can't they get off my back?
And that's what this is all about, our new business.
-What new business?
-I can get cash in my hand, right, and I can buy things for Lexi...
-Lola, what new business?
-Pops got two clients yesterday, and one new one without even trying.
We go in even cheaper, we can get it all back.
-And all the names and numbers are in Janine's old office.
-Which is all boarded up.
All right, Marie? Two teas, please.
-Do you want an iced finger, Jack?
-Yeah, I'll have an iced finger.
Two iced fingers - my treat.
-You're a bit chipper, ain't you?
-Yeah, I'm flogging the car, ain't I?
Just need to go to the office and get the paperwork. Abi's got Scarlett, so...
-Hang on. What, the office that's locked?
But not for long, Jack. Not for long.
It's not just about me any more, Jack. It's about me and Scarlett.
I've got to start thinking about her interests, as well, you know?
So, have you decided?
-The Emporium - what are you going to do with it!
-Already done it.
-Oh. Sounds interesting.
-No point letting the grass grow, eh?
-That's always been my motto.
Had a great party in there last night.
-That's it? A party?
I thought we were going to go into business together.
TOOLS RATTLE UNDERFOOT
-There's a word for this, you know?
Shut up and get it open, will you? Go on.
Yes, I know!
-Look, could you give me a minute? Dad, this really isn't a good time.
Yeah, sorry, there was just a bit of a misunderstanding. I'm sorting it with the bank today.
I said, didn't I?
No, look, there'll be no more delays!
What can I do for you?
Is there something you want to talk to me about?
-How do you mean?
-You tell me!
Sorry, Dad, I don't know what -
This dinner party that your mum's putting on!
She keeps telling me it's nothing special, but you know the signs as well as I do.
She won't answer a question, she keeps changing the subject...
It's a sure sign she's up to something!
I guess she wants to make the announcement herself, that's all.
I didn't... I didn't know things were that bad.
Things are fine, don't worry.
I had a breakdown, OK, not a lobotomy.
All that with Michael, it wasn't just about the flat, was it?
I'll sort it.
It was the money I borrowed from Janine.
-I'll sort that, too.
-Right, so it was about that, too!
-I just will, OK?
-No, Lucy, I will, OK?
I borrowed the money, OK? I got us into this mess. I will get us out of this mess.
You got a secret stash somewhere?
We've got that. I'm sure people will be queuing up to buy it!
You've changed your tune.
Well, like I said, it's... it's my mess.
I'll get it sorted.
-I bet there's dozens of names on there.
-I told you we'd clean up.
-Hilarious! What are we going to do, call every one?
-The local ones, yeah.
I hope you've got plenty of credit on your mobile, then.
Who said anything about using mobiles?
-Can you hear something?
-Yeah. Cash! And lots and lots of it,
You all right, Ty?
You been looking for Anthony? Because he just rang.
I've been trying him all morning.
I mean, he said that he screwed up and, erm,
that he was sorry... and that he couldn't face you, bruv.
What was he thinking of?
Why would he play that stupid game, Fats? And with Derek?
-He was trying to impress Alice.
-What, by taking on her old man?
It was probably all Derek's idea.
You should've heard him, mate, after he cleaned your brother out.
He's going to me, "Look what I've got for you, Joe,
"a brand-new business, we can run this together."
You know, somebody should really teach him a lesson.
How about you and me?
We've both got grudges against him, ain't we?
-You'd do anything to put him down.
So, is that what it was, then? You was playing a game and my brother got caught in the middle?
No, no, no, I told him not to do it, mate!
He pulled out them keys, not me, Tyler.
I told him not to go there.
I thought you lot had closed down.
-Do we look like we've shut up shop?
-Michael said you had.
Oh, he's just the boss, what does he know, eh? Nothing!
With a bit of luck, eh?
And for one day only, we're offering all local businesses a special, deep clean.
-And for special rates.
For cash only, obviously.
-So, what do you say?
-We can start right away.
Get the charity shop nice and spick and span, in time for my community service tomorrow.
What I say is simple.
This stinks to high heaven.
But as long as my shop doesn't in, say, an hour,
I don't give a monkey's.
Lovely! Go on, Jay.
So, that's what it was all about, you getting your hands on the Emporium?
"Branning and Son"...
And what's that got to do with you?
Nothing. And that's the way I want it to stay.
So just tell your son that, will you, please?
I'm not getting dragged into no stupid games, Derek.
He wants to get at you, and he ain't doing it through me.
So if you'd all like to raise your glasses, I would like to propose a toast.
It was meant to be a surprise toast, but never mind.
To Syed and Christian
and to your partnership.
-Actually, we've got a date.
Yeah. October 16th.
-Registrar had a window.
-Oh, that's wonderful!
And I would like to propose a second toast, to Syed and Tamwar,
who are now business partners.
-Syed's coming in on the restaurant.
Sorry, since when?
-We discussed it yesterday.
-I thought you knew.
Isn't it a great idea?
And he's coming in because?
Because I'm making such a mess of things, I suppose?
-It's not just that.
-Meaning it is!
I just think it's a good idea. It feels right.
-That I'm getting things so wrong?
-I don't think your mum meant that.
Having all the family together.
I-I thought you'd be happy!
You're always complaining that you're not cut out for business, unlike your brother.
-You don't think you're taking on too much, though?
-How do you mean?
Well, you seemed a bit... stressed earlier.
-I was chasing up a few leads, that's all.
-So long as you're sure...
-Of course he's sure, Masood!
Otherwise, why would he say it?
Yeah. Ahem. Syed and Tamwar.
Syed and Tamwar.
You taking early retirement?
Just seen the sign up on your stall.
You and me both.
Well, the Arches is pretty much always closed and no-one's seen you in the Vic for weeks.
-You calling it a day, as well?
-Just having a bit of time out.
Join the club.
..stall was your old man's, wasn't it?
And his dad's.
-I don't know, maybe it's karma.
-Losing the stall. Maybe I deserve it.
Letting people down.
-Messing up. Not taking my chances.
-Ring any bells?
Because I'm not you.
Maybe there's more to it than that.
Maybe getting rid of the stall, it's...
..like I'm clearing everything away.
Maybe I should've done that with everything else. Just got it out there right from the start.
Everything. I mean, you, Ben...
You love it, don't you?
-Playing the victim. There's nothing better, is there?
-What're you talking about?
-Listen to yourself. Look at yourself. You want to get a grip!
-Ssh, Pops, please.
I've got aches where I ain't even got any muscles.
Lexi's been as good as gold.
-Where did all this come from?
-Knocked over that supermarket up on the High Street.
I bought it.
-How? This is the expensive gear, this is.
-I put Abi on the game.
Chill, Pops, it's all legit!
Basically, we've been doing some cleaning up at the charity shop.
Special offer - deep clean, one day only, cash in hand.
-That lot should sort Lexi out for a bit, don't you?
-Sort her out for a lifetime.
Least I won't have to nick any off Scarlett.
And it actually might keep that social worker off our back.
But it weren't just nappy cream she was going on about, you know.
It's a start, innit?
Oh, yeah, course it is!
Course it is.
Yep, yeah, it's all there -
log book, MOT, service record.
You'll like her, mate, she's lovely. You won't be disappointed.
-I've got to see this geezer.
-Well, I hope he ain't too far away!
You want to have a look what's happening outside. Come on.
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
That's my car!
That's my car, Jack.
Or was it Janine's?
-Is this the gear from your travels, then?
-What's it to you?
Maybe I could help you shift it.
Set you up on a stall? Move this in no time.
-And why would you do that?
-My way of making amends?
All right, maybe I can shift some of my stuff at the same time.
We've got more in common than you think, me and you.
Not so I've noticed.
It's like you said yourself, someone's playing games with us.
-I told you, I don't play games.
-And neither do I.
This is business.
Me and you, straight down the middle.
Going downhill fast, isn't he?
Look, maybe I came on a bit strong earlier on...
Oh, Phil, don't do this!
You don't give up, do you?
-What are you doing?
-Returning the favour.
-All right then, drink? Seal the deal?
You go. I'll be in in a bit.
What are you doing?
It's your dad's stall, right? Like it was his dad's, and his, too.
Look, this really wasn't my idea.
-You just need the money, right?
-The flat sale fell through.
I'll find you a buyer. Well, a tenant at least.
Keep this stall in the family, where it belongs. And keep your old man working on it.
You say goodbye to this, you might as well say goodbye to him.
-Never knew you cared.
-Well, he's feeble enough as it is.
God knows what'd happen to him if this went.
-You're all heart, aren't you?
-Great big softy!
-Yeah? Hey, hey! Erm...
-Fill the optics with these.
And put the prices up. I had to paid retail for 'em.
Fiver a shot, or more if the punters are out of it.
If you sign that,
I will break your fingers one by one.
-Then I'll turn that stall into firewood.
And one word out of you, just one,
and you'll be spitting out your teeth.
Yeah, g-got it! F-Fiver a shot. And more if the punter's out of it.
-And put some music on, will ya?
-This gaff's like a morgue!
MUSIC: "Club Foot" by Kasabian
I am a woman of taste, Christian.
Everybody knows that if it was left to you
-my son would be wearing a pink cowboy hat.
-You really don't...
-Zainab, we really want you to be involved,
but you're going to have to learn to respect our...
No, no, no, this is my son's big day.
What is needed is a hands-on approach.
Zee Interfering? Never(!)
When you stop treating this place like a hostel
then perhaps somebody might ask your opinion.
Until then, munh bandh rakhna, please!
It's not every day that your son has a partnership ceremony.
A marriage ceremony.
-Doesn't matter what you call it, it's hardly going to last with this family's track record.
-Where is the prodigal son anyway?
He's meant to be here saving the family business,
seeing as I'm incapable of doing it alone.
No, no, no, no, there's no problem.
Just give me till the end of today. You'll get your money.
Don't suppose you've got a spare ten grand, have you?
-You're not thinking this through.
-Will you stop going on?
-I'm being serious.
-So am I.
You're going to stay at Honey's for a couple of weeks
cos she's got a new job and you got to look after the kids, big deal, I get it, Pops.
Why you acting like such an old nag?
Because now they've upped the level of contact, ain't they?
You'll have visits from the social worker, family support officer, health visitor...
Yeah, and I'll invite them all round to the party while you're away.
This ain't a joke.
Right, I'm going to do my last day of community service, all right?
Well, let me look after Lexi, yeah?
Nah, you're all right, Cora'll have her. See ya.
Oh c'mon, you're going to be working all weekend.
You've already wasted one night on a bloke.
Me and Denny are going to watch a DVD tonight.
Right, you're going to stay in and watch Spongebob? On a Friday night?
-Something wrong with that?
-Oh no, course not. If you're six.
Get Ian to look after him.
No. He's had him once already this week, Tan.
Right, so he knows what he's doing. Give us a chance to talk about a certain wedding that's coming up.
Not sure I'm the right person to ask.
Couple of glasses of wine, you know, some adult company,
nice, sophisticated night out.
Sophisticated? At the Vic?
All right, time to go and beautify the residents of E20.
If you change your mind, call me.
This is ridiculous.
Keep 'em closed. Patience, and all will be revealed.
-Didn't they tell you in school not to walk off with strange men?
-Yes, thank you, Phillip(!)
Stand there and...open them.
-Derek, you're a diamond.
-How'd you sort with the market so quickly?
-Where there's a will, and there most certainly was, young man,
there's a way.
All you've got to do is go to work and earn us some money. Oh, and don't forget...
..there's special deals for the special customers.
There! You see, he likes this one better. Don't you, AJ?
There is a difference between liking and choking!
Ah, Syed, will you please tell this man
that I have catered more functions than he's had hangovers.
Help me, please!
-Nice of you to show up.
-I had some things to sort out, Tam.
Like a decent venue?
Do I have to remind everyone that there are only 25 days left
till the 16th October?
What's wrong with the registry office? It's all sorted!
Registry... That is so dreary! Don't you want your day to be perfect, Christian?
-Only the best!
OK, right, you - you take the children into the other room, OK?
Because we've got a lot to get through.
Zee, baby-sitting really ain't my thing.
While Mas is having his school meetings you promised you would pull your weight.
Can you not do one thing to help this family out?
Why don't we take the kids round mine?
Look, we're only going to get in your way.
You both know what you're doing. You don't need my help.
I'll come back for lunch, then you and me can talk shop, Tambo?
No, cos I've got to go and pick up some after dinner mints.
Well, I'll get them on the way round to mine.
Right, I'll see you at the flat, AJ.
You'll be all right with the kids for a bit, won't you?
I tell you what, why don't I help get her things together?
After dinner mints. He's proving to be quite a help(!)
Your brother is going to help get our business out of the mess
that you and Afia have left it in.
It wouldn't hurt you to show him a little bit of gratitude!
Hey, watch where you're going, young lady!
What's that for?
That's what mates do, ain't it?
Yeah, best mates.
Try it again. Please.
I know they say that third time's a charm and everything,
but I don't think it applies to when your card declines.
There must be some mistake.
What, Christian been having too many Margaritas down the R&R?
Look, Sy, I understand, I live with Kim.
-It's like trying to manage the Greek economy.
-Can I pay you later?
Now can you imagine if I asked your mum to pay on tick...?
Your infamous customer service still working its magic, I see!
-There's a girly night in the Vic later.
Reading Fifty Shades Of Grey is not busy.
Well, who's going then?
Me, the Chippendales, couple of the West Ham first team.
Who do you think?
-Well, it's just that I...
-Just that I will see you there.
But I, no...
Speak to him. You know him better than...
You all right, Mr Mitchell?
Well, you know, it's heavy that you're back, yeah?
But the thing is, this place has been proper quiet since you've been gone.
And, you know, there ain't no party like a Phil man party,
so we were wondering...
Just spit it out, will ya?
-If you would be keeping us on?
-Now you're back.
-The two of us.
-Well, that depends.
On whether you continue to get on my nerves all day.
She's in my shop, not yours.
If she wants to bring the baby in, she can.
And as it was me who delivered the baby,
I'm pretty sure I'm capable of looking after it.
It's just not really protocol, Ms Cross.
Lola, she's here to work.
She doesn't need distractions.
You know what you can do with your protocol, don't you?
Daughters need to be around their mothers.
Why don't you run along, before you really...get on my nerves?
That told her.
I hope you two are going to work as hard as you did yesterday.
Bet you're glad you came, innit. This is well fun.
Ain't that bad.
I promise I'll make it up to you, right, when Pops has gone.
No, I mean have a party, you idiot.
Having a free house is going to be sick.
Why, what did you think I meant?
You're here to work, not mess around.
It's all right, you'll be free in a couple of hours.
Yeah, I understand.
No, I got your number off the internet.
Listen, I'm not cold calling.
I've got a lot of cleaning products at very reasonable...
Yeah, I'll be there in a...
What do you mean, an emergency?
Abs, you can't get me out of work and then just not say anything.
Well, you told me not to say his name, so I'm not.
Oh, not this again!
Well, I saw him with Lola, Mum.
It looked like... like they were together.
Well, darling, if he's moving on, then maybe you should too.
I knew you'd be like this.
Like what? I just want the best for you, darling.
You know that. The boy is up on charges.
I thought you were meant to be innocent until proven guilty in this country?
It's just Lola. We were meant to be mates, the three of us.
Darling, I know you're hurting right now. I do.
But there will be other boys. I promise you.
Trust me, there will be other boys
who don't come with a prison sentence hanging round their neck.
Shh. I just got them to sleep in Yas's room.
Toddlers really ain't my thing.
Uncle AJ, I only left you for...
An age, actually.
I had an errand to run.
Well, they're quiet now. I fancy some Loose Women.
On the telly. I meant on the... Urgh!
No, no! You can help me by tidying this place up.
All right, well, what do you reckon to this one?
-No? What about now?
Yeah? Hang on, hang on.
Hello, sweetheart, what are you doing here?
Just thought I'd come and give you a hand.
Don't need any more hands at the moment, darling.
Just need to watch what the little tea leaves are doing with them.
You all right, Abi?
Yeah, great, you? I didn't know you'd be here with Lola today.
I don't think your mum would be too happy...
Oh, Nan, it's not...
Then again, my mother wouldn't have been too happy with the boys I hung about with.
-I just wanted to say, I'm really happy for you.
-Well, both of you.
-Will you give us a hand with these?
It's just Jay's had a really tough time lately,
so it's really good he's got someone to speak to.
He needs a girlfriend.
I've made a start, but cleaning really isn't my forte.
You all right?
Yeah, it's nothing.
Don't bluff a bluffer, mate.
It's just, I had a business deal with Michael...
What, as in, shop boarded up Michael?
Yeah. That's the one.
Tricky. Very tricky. What you going to do?
Unless you've found a small fortune down the back of the sofa, not a lot.
Sy, I ain't the guy to give financial advice.
But where I'm from, if you're losing big,
double down and grit your teeth.
Either that or just try and stay out of his way.
No point worrying! Eh?
Yeah, it's Syed Masood. I don't have your money.
And I won't be able to get it by today.
So, why don't you stop calling me and I'll give you a call
by the beginning of next week and let you know when I'll have it for you.
I'm not even joking,
if I have to spend another minute with your mum
there's not going to be a wedding, there's going to be a funeral.
-Will you just listen?
-Well, I saw you kiss.
-What, outside? That was nothing.
-You don't have to lie to me.
Maybe you two can sort this out somewhere else?
Lola, will you please tell her there's nothing going on?
Look, Abs, I was just having a laugh. I was just trying to wind you up,
I didn't mean to upset you, all right?
But just sometimes, it's like, it would be nice
if we could hang out without you two going all Romeo and Juliet on me.
Oh! I could have done this quicker myself.
Well, six hands are better than one. So we'll get this done in no time.
You seen Lexi's tiger? She won't settle.
Ain't it with her?
No. Never mind.
I'll have to put some brandy in her bottle instead.
You want to sort these out then?
Mum, I love you and I know you're only trying to help
but this is mine and Christian's wedding.
So you need to listen to what we want.
But I know what you want.
Yeah, and so does Christian.
So if I leave you two to it,
please, maybe, you can try not to end up killing each other?
I thought I'd get some as well, just in case.
-Tam, I'm sorry.
-The restaurant isn't making a profit
but I've got to somehow find three months' mortgage arrears.
-And you can't even remember to pick up some after dinner mints.
-You haven't paid the mortgage?
-You've more important things to do than help me.
-You're my brother. Nothing's more important.
Well, act like it then.
-You drive a hard bargain, Mr Trueman.
-Billy, Billy, what do you think about that?
Yeah, yeah, it's nice.
Listen, any chance of you popping round ours later?
-I need to ask you something, yeah?
-Yeah, all right.
All right, Ty? How we doing then?
Look at that! I'm impressed.
Tell you what, why don't we go out for a ruby tonight? My treat.
With Whit away I'm not really feeling like a big night out.
Nonsense, got to celebrate our new business venture, haven't we?
You know what they say about business partners? As close to family as you can get.
Well done, son, I'm proud of you.
-Enjoying being his monkey then, are we?
-Keep your mouth shut, mate.
Got you wrapped right round his little finger.
You know this is all just some game to him, Tyler.
Look, bruv, I'm just trying to earn a living.
Whatever it is you got going on with Derek...
When I first met you, I thought you might have something about you.
Do you know that? But you're just another lapdog, ain't you?
Just like that half-wit brother of yours.
I'll let you have that one for free, eh.
See you later.
-So how do you feel?
Now you've paid your debt to society!
Just means I get to spend some more time with you two dumbos, don't it?
The gang's back together.
Don't ever call us a gang again.
That is literally the uncoolest thing you have ever said.
Where you going?
Need to put some fun back into this place!
Come and have a look at this.
How did you...?
Well, I managed to speak to some of our suppliers,
put on a bit of the old Masood charm.
Delayed payments to the big ones for a bit.
You know, couple of grand here, couple of grand there.
They know we're good for it next month.
And with the money I've saved, we can cover the restaurant.
I can't believe...
Well, it's all there in the business accounts ready to hand over.
Nine grand. Mortgage covered.
That degree in economics does come in handy every now and again.
I don't know what to say.
Well, why didn't you tell me you were in trouble?
That's what families are for.
I've been an idiot to you, OK.
It's not your fault we're in this mess.
So if there's anything I can do to make it up...
Well, there is one thing.
Be my best man.
You didn't get to do it for Darren,
well, I'm asking you to do it for me.
I hope you're hungry, little man?
We don't need no-one when we've got popcorn and a DVD, do we?
Hi, Ian, it's me. I couldn't ask the biggest favour, could I?
That'll give 'em something to remember us by, won't it?
Wonder if it'll last longer than the four of us.
No, course not. We're the future of the Square, aren't we?
I mean, look at Abi, she is a proper Dot Branning in the making.
Well, if I'm Dot then you're Kat Moon.
Oh, yeah! "Cor, come on Alfie, give us a kiss.
"Give us a kiss, Alfie."
Pops, calm down, calm down, I've got ages till my curfew time.
All right, all right. All right, I'll be home in a minute.
-No, Jeanie, you got to snap it out.
-Snap it out.
That's it. One more time.
It's no good. I'll never make a superstar DJ.
You know, if I wanted to keep my job,
I'd do a bit more than stand around like a pair of lemons.
Now, you, start topping up the spirits.
And, you, take that over there
before them two start ripping down the wallpaper.
I'm going to! Straight off!
This is just what I needed. A bottle of wine with a good mate.
Yeah, amen to that. Bit of solace on a Friday night.
And how are my two favourite ladies?
Oh, hello. Now we were just discussing
whether or not you were ready to commit to a single mother, yeah.
Take on the responsibility of a child. Maybe children.
Pay the bills. Put food on the table.
Keep that bed warm, Fats, you know, through those cold winter nights.
Uh, just, uh...
-You are a bad woman, Tanya Cross.
-Bad? I haven't even started yet.
Let me introduce you to the girly night turbo charger.
-What are you doing here?
-Night out, ain't it?
-A round of your finest Sambucas, please.
Well, that was a good day's work, weren't it?
-There you go, gents.
-Thank you, Syed.
I think our little arrangement could turn out to be quite lucrative.
All right, what's with the face?
It just doesn't feel the same without Anthony.
This was something we was meant to be doing together, know what I mean?
Look, this is going to sound harsh,
but sometimes that's how it's got to sound.
He's done this before, ain't he?
-How d'you know?
-He's a punter, Ty.
And it doesn't matter if it comes between love and money,
he'll always let you down.
Now, I like Anthony. He's a good lad.
But he brought this on himself. No-one else. Least of all you.
We've got a special offer on the house wine tonight.
Buy one bottle, get one half price.
Well, seeing we're celebrating I think we'll go for that, don't you?
Yes, mate. Yes, we will.
Promotion's working already. Told you.
We'll get out this mess.
You took your time, didn't you?
We're here now, aren't we? Just chill. Chill.
What are they doing here?
We needed to talk about who's going to look after you while I'm away.
-I said I'll be all right.
-What are you going to live off, eh? How you going to cope on your own?
-Calm down, young lady.
We just want what's best for you, all right?
Have you had some kind of accident?
Well, it weren't Lexi, must have been one of you.
-Is that paint?
-What about it?
Have you any idea the chemicals that has in it?
We were only having a laugh.
That stuff could aggravate all kinds of skin conditions.
You think Lexi's welfare is just a laugh?
She wasn't saying that and you know it.
Can we just concentrate on what we're talking about here?
-Lo', we've been talking, yeah?
-Oh, thanks for waiting(!)
Just shut up for a minute, will you?
While I'm away, Patrick is going to be your responsible adult.
That means he's moving in here with you and Lexi.
Can we please stop talking about children?
This is meant to be a night out.
I better be going anyway.
Eh? It's early yet.
We haven't even got the dirt on Walford's most eligible boxing club owner yet!
Rather keep me food down, if you don't mind. But you know, feel free.
Please! All she's had is Patrick's long johns and that book keeping her going these last few months.
-Come on, spill.
Nice ain't really rocking the boat though, is it?
-No. We want nasty.
-It weren't that long ago you were knocking him off yourself, Tan!
Surely your memory ain't that short, is it?
I need the little girls' room.
So if you have any problems, you've got my number, Lola.
I can't believe you called her behind my back.
Young lady, everybody needs a bit of help sometimes, you know.
Now listen, Lo.
While I'm away Patrick's in charge, so you do whatever he says.
You hear me?
-Right, I reckon that's me.
-What you talking about?
We still got half a bottle of wine to knock out here.
I've got to give Whitney a ring and I want to get a good night's kip.
-Early start on the stall tomorrow.
-Ah, the modern work ethic. I respect that.
-Cheers for the ruby.
-Don't mention it.
Oh, and Tyler?
To the future, son.
Good evening, sir. Would you like a takeaway or sit in?
Takeaway. Definitely takeaway.
-Do you think she's angry?
Well, considering you just put your size nines in...
Are you two going to stay there all night?
No. I'm sorry about that. It's her. I didn't know stupid was contagious.
It's all right. We've just been comparing notes, ain't we?
You know, I might have had a few drinks,
but you're all right, you.
-My round, is it?
-Yes, it is.
Phil? Mr Mitchell, we just wondered if you'd made up your mind yet?
About the jobs?
You look like you're enjoying yourself.
So do you. Glad to see you took my advice.
What you gawping at? Serve her, it's a pub, ain't it?
Yeah, course, Phillipo, man... Er, Mr Mitchell.
-And you, make yourself useful
and go and collect some empties or something.
You work for me now, not some pushover like Alfie.
I'm not joking, you could do with an early night.
Seriously, Tambo. There's only these few customers left.
I just feel weird leaving you on your own.
I'll be fine. Go and tell Mum the good news.
-If you're sure?
-Course I am.
Syed, you know I...
Me too. Go!
Quite the man to find, aren't you, Mr Masood?
I got your message. Now, where's my money?
Yes, that is beautiful.
-And no stupid cowboy hats.
No, no stupid cowboy hats.
You know, maybe us working together like this
wasn't such a bad idea after all.
You're wearing that.
I am not wearing that! She's naked! Look at that.
Is Sy with you? I wanted to show him something.
-No, he's just finishing up.
-My little worker bee.
But I do have some news. He asked me to be his best man.
Come here, you. Mwah! I can't think of anybody better.
See. It's all going to work out.
Our family is finally moving on.
Is there a problem?
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Michael, master of the stiff upper lip and buttoned-down emotion, becomes desperate not to have his private life broadcast around Walford. Syed's financial failings catch up with him; how far is he prepared to go to keep his head above water? And can words from an old friend bring Phil back from the brink?