Tanya desperately searches for information about Ava, but how will Cora react to her meddling with her deepest secret? Joey and Lauren struggle to deal with their feelings.
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How come I'm doing all this on my own?
Because your mum's in there, ain't she?
It's women's work, innit?
-Oh, is that right?
Get a move on, mate! Sharon and Dennis are waiting for you.
She's through there.
Yes, child, calm yourself down.
Right, give me two minutes, I'll come with you.
Er... I was going to give you the day off, actually, Joey.
Give you a chance to find somewhere else to live.
All right, OK.
-Dad! It's only washing-up liquid. I'm going to clear it up.
-It ain't that, Lauren, all right?
Look, it ain't me, all right, Joey? It's...
If it was down to me, you could stay as long as you want. It's just... not everyone's happy, so...
Are you serious?
Lauren, it's complicated, all right? SHE SIGHS
What, his dad doesn't want him to live in our house?
Has he got any thoughts on what I might have for my breakfast next? What..?
Are you going to ask Derek's permission the next time you need to go to the toilet, Dad?
-It's nothing personal, all right?
There's bedsits and all that, ain't there?
Yeah... yeah, course.
It's not a problem. There's loads of places.
Oh, Tan, you ought to have a little cushion though, you know?
For your posture.
And peppermint tea. For a bit of energy.
And also a light on.
Cos my Auntie Karen almost went blind from reading under the duvet.
Is that all right?
Um...Hair, hormones, or, um...
just the whole maths thing?
I would honestly rather go to the dentist
than start moving decimal points about.
No, it's family.
And lies. I mean, you think you know someone, Poppy...
And then you don't.
Yeah, I know.
Right, my friend, Jessica Dodds,
found out her dad was gay the night before her NVQ level one in beauty.
Yeah? My other friend, Charlotte Hickey,
her mum got pregnant at 45, on purpose.
And I'm not being rude, but that is an horrible shock.
And this is just down my street, yeah?
My Mum says it's a good job we're normal.
POPPY CHUCKLES Yeah, right.
If she actually knew anything about my sister...
Well, put it this way, she would not be giving Tansy a pound every Friday
for her supermarket trolley.
SHE SIGHS Thing is...
I can't say anything.
You leave a secret buried for a long time,
it's really hard to just...
casually slip it in the conversation, you know?
Is my mum up?
Five minutes -
she'll be on her second cup of coffee and have her hairnet off.
-I don't know how long I'm going to be.
-It's not a problem.
Thank you, Poppy.
-Where did I put...
-It's down here.
-See ya, then.
-Whoa, whoa, whoa! You want to slow her down a little bit, Max.
-Lauren, let's just leave it, yeah?
No, come on, Uncle Derek! I'm waiting.
Look, who or what Joey does is hardly any business of mine, is it?
So why can't you keep your sticky beak out of it, eh?
My...my...my sticky beak?
-My sticky beak?!
-All right, Del. Leave it.
he's my cousin.
Look, this boy is a man of some 20-odd years
with an very unsavoury reputation, eh?
It's no wonder that your father wants him out the house.
-What, you...you actually think I fancy your daughter here?
Dad, I would rather snog Ian Beale back in the tramp days. Seriously.
-Yeah. And that is a mutual feeling, actually.
-Joey, don't be stupid.
-Course I don't think you fancy her. I'm not that sick, am I?
-How could you, eh?
How could you?
Eh? Any pretty girl, is that what it is, Joe?
Doesn't matter if you're related?
Some men - they're like dogs.
I hope you've kept your paws off of her this long.
But, like I said to Max,
as sick as it is, it's not illegal.
I mean, it's not like a proper crime, is it,
like murder, or robbery, or fraud.
I mean, they are proper crimes, ain't they Max, eh?
You're disgusting perverts.
I think you want to rein her in a little bit.
What's your problem, Del, eh? What's going on in your head?
Making out like this is my call.
Eh? And in fact, what's your problem with Joey staying at mine, all right?
-I thought we'd sorted all this out!
-He ain't your son.
Now, I'm willing to back off here, Max,
and let you sort your problems out yourself.
-Right, well, Del, you know I can't just get hold of a grand just like that.
-Well then kick him out!
It's as simple as that.
It's either one way or the other, Uncle Max.
And don't forget, your friends are getting restless.
Two o'clock in the Vic. Make the right decision.
I just thought it would cheer you up.
What with losing your job and Rainie and everything.
Well, you were in a foul mood the whole of last week, really,
-weren't you, so..?
-You got any make up on?
Your eyes look puffy.
I do understand that it was because of the birthday.
Of your little daughter that died. Wasn't it?
My sister that died.
Yeah, OK, thanks.
-She does have a name.
-Yeah, does. Exactly. Does.
Not "did." Not past tense.
are you sick again?
-What you yakking on about, then?
I want to visit her grave.
Yeah, I was thinking...
I was thinking, what with Ava being dead and everything, isn't she?
I thought, um...
Well, you must have been laying flowers on her grave
on your own for 48 years, haven't you?
So I thought I could come.
We could go together. And talk about Ava.
At her graveside.
Just you and me. Sitting by the grave.
Where exactly is her grave, Mum?
Please tell me.
Er...I don't know how to say this...
you're a very demanding,
interfering nosey parker, and you always have been.
Please don't try and cheer me up again.
Gives me such an headache.
That's a lovely motor, innit?
All right, I tell you what I'll do, all right?
And I'm being an absolute idiot here.
If you give me cash today, I'll knock 500 quid off the price, yeah?
Want to think about it?
I mean, all you've got to do is speak to your bank.
He's a freak.
In fact, they're both middle-aged, sex-obsessed freaks.
A girl and a boy can just be good friends, can't they?
-You know, all my dad does is just give me grief.
Well, and food and clothes...
hot water, internet access, little telly in your bedroom...
You know what, Lauren, I know you're unemployed and everything,
-but you're going to have to stop having a drama all the time, you know?
It ain't a big deal, all right? I mean, yeah, Mum's is too far away, but like your dad said,
-I can cover a bedsit if my hours don't go down at the club.
-No, just because I'm not working,
-what, you reckon I'm looking for a drama?
Right, come on, max 140 a week, and if it says "compact" don't even bother,
cos it means your shower's in the kitchen and you sleep with your feet up on the fridge.
Well, come on. Pull your finger out, you drama queen.
Er, yeah. Max Branning.
Yeah, a business loan, please.
No, my name.
No, just my name for the business, please.
Oh, right, yeah, that's exactly the sort of thing I was thinking about.
What, slow down, what,
you want me to work out the costings, and then what?
Set a date to go through the business plan?
Er, no, it's all right. I'll call you back, yeah?
Yeah. Yeah, I realise it's a long shot, but it would be, um...
Ava Hart, so that's A, V...
No. No, that won't be her.
No, no, thanks very much. Bye.
Yeah, any odd jobs, you know. Spot of window cleaning.
Yeah, well, thanks, anyway.
in fact, now Syed's definitely not coming back,
you could tell Tanya that I'd even consider
being trained up as a massager.
I mean, just birds, though, you know.
Only time I get oil on my hands with a fella is when I help Phil out down the Arches.
Well, I will pass that on, naturally.
Pops. POPPY CHUCKLES NERVOUSLY
-You all right, man? Yeah.
Right, listen to this.
Hair, hormones and her family,
and suddenly, I am Tanya's temporary assistant manager for the morning.
-What? Check you! High five, babe.
-OK. So you've done the mouthwash.
And you've thought about five interesting things to talk about
that aren't football, online games or the time you trumped a tune.
Right. Well, you're ready.
Yeah, yeah, I am ready.
-CLEARS HER THROAT
And I am just casually at the bar.
On a stool.
I always come here on a Monday,
cos it cheers you up when you have to wait a whole week until Saturday.
And I have to have a stool,
cos I get really bad foot ache from standing in that chemist.
And then you stroll in.
And Sylvia is surprised.
-That's my surprised face.
So...stroll. Stroll in.
OK, all right, stroll.
Fats, listen, right?
-You are lovely.
So you come over here, and you woo Sylvia with all your loveliness.
Because she is the woman of your dreams.
-I have a bikini wax at half past, so...
-So hurry up!
-Come on, Phil, I only need a couple of motors without their MOTs.
-No, no. No chance.
Right now, I'm straight. I've got to be seen to be totally legit.
What, you in it?
Yeah, seven kinds of it.
Just need to find a bit of cash, you know, on the quiet.
-Tanya's put a padlock on the purse strings, has she?
-Phil, Tan don't know nothing about this.
Yeah, why spoil a good relationship by talking, eh?
Right, if you change your mind, we'll chat about how we split the profits, yeah?
-Yeah, if I change my mind, I'll let you know.
Are you serious?
Well, does that mean Lola'll get Lexi back?
Well, find out, because I'm telling you, that girl ain't up to it.
Well, not if Billy disappears, she won't.
Leave that to me.
It's your lucky day.
Cos you see, um...
I've been watching you,
er, for a while, you know, from a distance,
and, er...you know, I just can't help it... and, um...
You know, I just wanted to say I... I really like you.
Yeah, um...I was, you know, wondering, hoping...
er...if you'd like to go out, you know...please.
Sometime. You know, if you're free... erm...you know, if you'd like to...
erm...you know, maybe we could go for a drink?
Or not a drink, you know?
or maybe we can go for, er, spaghetti bolognese,
or...or however you roll.
You just...you just let me know and I can make that happen, you know?
So, er...what do you say?
-What you talking about, no?
-No. Too desperate.
And if a man's been watching me for weeks, I'm going to call the police,
because that is an arrestable offence, Fats...
Right, just keep it simple, yeah?
"Oh, what a surprise, I've seen you around, can I buy you a drink?"
What a surprise, you know what?
I've seen you around, you know, can I buy you a drink?
I very nearly said yes then.
HE SIGHS AND SHE LAUGHS
Mm...Yeah well, my mum might like it,
but if it's going to be me with the 30 grand worth of debt,
then it's going to be because I've spent it all on...
..on expensive clothes or a trip to Barbados or something.
Not university fees.
I'm just saying I'd get bored, that's all.
Ah...you're not very bright, are you, Joseph? No...
If I'm going to be bored anyway,
then I'm going to be doing it at home.
With the telly on.
Full drinks cabinet.
Not working some nine-to-five minimum wage job in a garage.
All right, fair enough.
Getting drunk all day on your own,
watching Cash in the Attic.
You are living the dream, babe.
D'you know what, I do not do nothing all day, "babe."
I do something, as it goes.
I can't. I mean, I've got responsibilities.
I have to call Janet and William of a Monday, don't I?
Bill, your phone'll still work in Blackpool, innit?
Yeah, but I've still got a couple of shifts to do at the R&R.
We've run out of electricity credit, and... Well, what about Lola, Phil?
-I ain't a baby-sitter, Billy.
-No, I know. But we've got one of them access visits today, haven't we?
-That woman, Trish, is bringing Lexi round at half one.
-Look, Billy, it's your choice, all right?
You know, meet a few people, move a few motors.
Four weeks' paid money, take it or leave it.
-Think of the money, will you?
-Oh, just go. I would.
No, I'm just saying, it's not like you're going to miss anything, is it?
What, me giving Lexi a bath for 20 minutes
with that smug cow watching our every move.
I'll be fine on my own.
No, I can't leave her.
Come on, Phil, she's family.
All right, all right, all right...
No, I'll be fine on my own.
Just stop moaning like an old woman, will you? You know...
-Lola can stay with me while you're gone away, all right?
Has someone pressed my mute button? I will be fine on my own.
No, you won't, all right?
Phil is family, and we've got rent due on Thursday.
-Got yourselves a deal.
-Safe journey, all right? Thank
-Speak to you later.
Right, you, come on...
-Be good, yeah?
I'll bring you back a stick of rock.
I'll get Lexi one of them dummy things.
And a lot of candy floss.
-And a big, thick wad of cash.
About as thick as Phil is for paying me to go on holiday,
and putting you up in his house at the same time. Must be losing his grip.
Right, be good, all right?
-I love you.
-Yes. Love you.
-Look at that for timing, will you?
That was Ritchie.
-Ritchie. On the blower just now, er...
-Alexa's dropped all the allegations against you.
Yeah, she's dropped all the allegations,
and all the charges have been dropped against you.
He did it! Pops told her, Phil!
Yeah. Typical Billy, eh? Always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
-Well, you'd better call him, eh?
-Yeah, yeah. I'll call him. He's going to be so pleased!
Maybe wait until he's got there, though, yeah?
You know, with a baby in the house,
he's going to need every penny he can get, ain't he?
Oh, my God!
Oh, my God, I'm going to get Lexi back!
I don't know. I expect there'll be a bit of paperwork, but yeah.
She's coming home? Lexi's coming home?
I can't wait to see the look on that smug Trish's face.
I'm getting my baby back home, ain't I!
Yeah, that's right, that's right.
She works with you.
Thanks, that's great.
That's great, thanks.
Right, it's not the winning or the losing, yeah? It's the taking part.
-Oh, no...no, sorry, that's netball.
-You know, I'm going to...
You have got to twinkle, Fats.
I've seen you in the chemist.
Twinkle. Twinkle, Fats. Come on, come on, twinkle, twinkle.
Listen, could I buy you a drink?
Yeah? OK! All right!
All right, great.
-What you drinking?
Orange juice, great...
No, I don't get lonely.
I...I like being on my own, so it ain't lonely.
I'm just saying that sometimes, if I'm going out anyway, then I...
You shoplift, don't you?
No, I just...I walk instead, or I sit on a tube...
Look at people.
All right, weirdo.
No, it's...I just...
I just see if I can get them down.
It's only for myself.
Little scribbles, really. It's nothing.
Oh, what, like the ad stuff your dad had you doing?
-Well, go on, show me then.
You can trust me.
How many girls have you said that to the past week?
Yeah, you are. I mean, I know it's the way you were trained and everything,
but seriously, five sentences just to say, "Oh, don't hold her upside down."
Oh, and by the way, while we're on it, am I thick?
Have you ever seen me hold her by her toenails? No, Cos you haven't got a kid, have you?
But if you're ever lucky enough to get knocked up by some bloke,
you might find out how offensive it is. It does my head in.
What she means is, er...
Thank you. And I'm sure we'll be seeing you around.
Yes, well, now Lola's living here, you certainly will, Mr. Mitchell.
-I could give you a copy of our schedule, if Lola's misplaced...
There is a neglect case against Lola, you do know that, Mr Mitchell?
the fact that the latest charges against you have been dropped
doesn't affect Lexi's care order.
You're not going to give me back my baby?
Still, we've got...23 minutes left, haven't we?
-You're not going to give me my own kid?
I'm sure that the fact that you'll no longer face legal proceedings
will ultimately stand in your favour.
then you're going to take her away, again, and get her fostered, and...
And I ain't even done anything wrong.
Let's modify our behaviour, shall we?
For the sake of baby?
And if you and Granddad would like to give Lexi a bath
in your new home, Lola, well...
I'll go and get it started. Upstairs, is it?
Come to Granddad. Eh?
Here we go! Yeah.
Give you a nice bath, eh?
just so as you know,
this ain't your new home.
You're just visiting.
Yeah, I knew you'd see sense.
It ain't as if I've got anything against the boy per se,
I mean, he is my flesh and blood after all...
not that you'd know it.
So you're going to give them a grand of your money, Del,
if I show him the door.
Kicking him out is the smart move, Max.
That's a down payment...
You tell 'em they'll have the rest on the 11th, yeah?
Like we talked about.
I like him, Del, all right? He's a good kid.
All he needs is somewhere to put his head
where he ain't got anyone gunning for him.
You're playing with fire, Max.
I'll take that risk, Del.
OK. Well, aren't you meant to be calling that letting agency, yeah?
I thought you wanted to see the flat above the kebab shop. Come on.
These are really good.
Yes, OK, thank you very much...
-No, no, no! Don't, don't, don't!
What can I say? You have an ugly face.
Yeah, and you're a stalker.
An interesting ugly face.
Well, that is the, er...
That's the main difference between you and me, ain't it, Lauren?
Cos at least my face is interesting.
I love them.
We're not doing this.
We're not doing this.
-Because... because some things are private...
My head is that all over the place, I've left my keys at home.
Tanya, listen to me now, man.
It's up to your mother to tell you in her own time. It's nobody else's business.
Ava Hartman is my business, Patrick.
-And I've found her.
-Yeah. All right, yes, I know this is a big deal, but...
My sister is alive and breathing, and I've found her,
and she's living, according to the sat nav, 18 minutes from here.
Patrick, I could have been passing her every day on the way to the supermarket.
She could be the one at the wholesalers with the same hair as me.
Come on now, man. all I'm saying is, look...
Let's have a drink and let's think about this.
48 years, Patrick.
My mother has been lying about my sister,
hiding her away from everyone, for 48 years.
She's not going to change that habit now, is she?
I mean, for all I know, Patrick,
I could have given her a treatment in my salon.
We could have been at the same school.
I mean, for God's sake...
I have to know.
-And I've got an appointment with her.
-3pm. Ava Hartman.
And I'm going, Patrick, with or without you.
I'm going to meet my sister.
-Tanya. Just wait. Just wait!
-The school's in Dalston.
If we get a move on, we should be there in time.
She's a deputy head.
-Going to be a busy woman.
-I don't want any part of this.
Oh, right, now you decide you don't want to be a part of this. Yeah?
Well, sorry, Patrick, but it's you she trusted. Right?
-You she confided in. Not me.
-This should be your mother's decision.
My mother lied to me, Patrick, she told me my own sister was dead!
You think that deserves respect?
You want the whole Square to know your business?
Look, Tanya, wait.
There's a woman out there who's been brought up without her family.
Me and Rainie have gone our whole lives
not even knowing we had another sister.
The damage has already been done. I have to go.
No. You don't.
What are you thinking?
You don't want to know.
Look, Lauren, what happened, it...
..it was different. You know.
You can't even look at me now.
I think you should go.
Can you just go, please? Just get out.
Patrick, do you think I'm enjoying this?
Do you think I'm not petrified that she might hate me,
she might reject all of us?
I mean, she's a deputy head.
At least she'll have had a choice.
A choice my mother took away from her.
I can't let you go on your own. Get in. Let's drive.
I can't find my other trainer.
Alice, angel, when you asked me what soup I want, what did I say?
-Anything but mullita...
-Mulligatawny or oxtail.
-Yeah. So what's this?
Oh, don't worry, Dad! I'll get it.
French onion soup!
Since when do the French know anything about food?
Alice, you got five minutes? Thought we could go to the caff.
He doesn't like his soup.
Right. Let's go.
Yeah, that's it. You go off.
Have a good laugh about me.
Why don't you come and watch me practise?
Ray says you're more than welcome. You can see what it's all about.
I know what it's all about! And it's not ladylike.
You are going to wash that up, aren't you? See you!
There you are! I've called you, like, at least a dozen times.
Yeah. Sorry, Pops, man.
I've had to, you know, keep my line clear.
For Sylvia? How did it go?
Well, she took my number, so we'll see.
Well, look at you.
What red-blooded woman could say no to that, eh?
But I suppose it is only my superior makeover skills
that could make you look this hot, right?
-So she took your number. Yeah?
Well, that's great. Um, but did she give you her number?
So, Pops, listen.
How long till I'm allowed to give her a call?
Come on, what is it? Is it family, money, a boy?
Two out of three.
You met someone?
You ready to talk holidays?
You've been caught, haven't you?
You've done something dodgy, you've been caught
and don't know how to tell me.
I'd rather know the truth.
I'll only worry.
It's me who should be worried, Alice, about you.
Living with Derek. I won't always be around.
You're not moving on?
Dunno what I'm doing.
I'll talk to Dad again.
No. no. Alice, look, let's just get to the gym, eh?
Still can't believe you can floor a bloke.
Shame I'm not working today, I'm much fussier about my customers.
Yeah, you should have someone on the doors, keep all the scumbags out.
You know, Lucy, I can understand, but I thought we were family!
-You glad he's going?
You might not care about him, but that's my brother you've driven away.
I wasn't interested in the type of workout
she was offering, all right?
I had to practically tell her I was gay, just to get her to get off me!
Oh, so, what, she took one look at your biceps
and forgot she was here doing an Health and Safety inspection?
Mate, mate, mate. Listen, all I can say is, you know,
sometimes they don't always go for the empty-headed pretty boy.
-Pretty? Did you just call me pretty?
Wonder what she'd think if she heard you talk about her like that.
Not really the place for young ladies, is it?
We talking about Alice?
She's not cut out for this. It's... It's not ladylike.
If you think women are independent, confident and strong,
then I would say it's pretty ladylike.
-I want you to put a stop to it.
-She's a grown woman, Derek, man.
-She's a child!
-She's old enough to make her own decisions.
I doubt you deal with your own daughter this way.
If I wanted to push my daughter away, I'd come to you for advice.
I need a favour, Jack.
I want you to put the kibosh on this nonsense between Alice and him.
Because it's not...appropriate.
Right. It ain't 1853 any more, Derek.
Yeah. Women, they've got the vote and everything now.
They even let them drive these days. Can you believe it?
-Oh, hang on.
Hello? Hello, mate.
Listen, I've got an exhibition at the gym tomorrow, if you fancy it?
When I said girls' holiday, I meant, like, roof terraces and cocktails,
not frostbite and stag dos.
Newcastle's a wicked night out. Isn't it, Lauren?
How hard is it to fry an egg?
Two out of three, you said. Money, family, boys.
Yeah, well, you know what I'm like...
BOTH: Drama queen.
Going to tell me which two?
Well, I'm skint...
and my family do my head in.
So it's got to be a boy, then, hasn't it?
You can tell me anything, Lauren.
Do you think you can shock me, of all people?
I'm not going to judge you.
I've got to go.
'Hi, this is Joey. Please leave a message.'
Listen, thanks for helping me out tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to it.
It's a shame the old man ain't. I said to him earlier,
"She's my niece, I'm not going to let anything happen to her."
-Dad's been here?
-Yep. Flinging his weight around, as usual.
Wants to put the kibosh on you helping out tomorrow.
He's just worried about his daughter, that's all.
In Derek's own little way, yeah.
Babe, you know dads and their daughters.
Curfews, sleepovers, Sasha's always going on about how I'm too extra.
Where'd you disappear to?
It's all right. Don't bother, you're here now.
Special offers - extended warranties, monthly valets.
I want you to put these in these envelopes
and stuff 'em into hundreds of doors. All right?
Well, that was easier than I thought.
Have we got money trouble?
Why'd you say that?
You could cut down on the wedding stuff. Mum wouldn't mind.
Babe, no-one's cutting back on any wedding.
It's the economic climate, innit?
Bet you think me and your mum are mad, don't you,
getting married again?
It's just love, Lauren.
Love comes in, common sense flies out the window.
You do things that other people think are mad.
Mind you, it don't matter what other people think, does it?
Two of those in each envelope. Crack on.
Can I... Can I do this later?
No. Lauren. Lauren!
Don't tell me, the gaff's on fire. Is your dad...?
You're making a big mistake, you know.
But doing nothing's worse.
Del, is this going to take long?
Right, I want you to pull rank on Jack.
What do you mean, pull rank?
Why is everything I say so funny, all of a sudden?
He listens to you, don't he?
Oh, yeah, yeah. You reckon, do you?
Come on, Max.
I've got a bitter, twisted son.
I've got an even more bitter and twisted ex-wife.
I could pack my worldly belongings in a bin-bag.
Only thing I got left is my Alice.
All I want Jack to do is to knock this kung fu business
with Sugar Ray Leonard on the head.
Well, Lauren tells me she's really good.
You should go and watch, Derek, proud dad an' all that.
What if she gets hurt?
She ain't cage-fighting, is she? Self-defence.
So she can look after herself.
But I'm the one who's supposed to do that.
Yeah, when she was about eight, Derek. Want my advice?
Don't come down too heavy with her,
you'll end up pushing her away, like you did with Joey.
Is that what you want?
It's hard, Del, I know it is, letting 'em go.
Del, just go easy on her. All right?
Don't want to risk losing your daughter,
as well as your son, do you?
Where have you been?
Why do you care, eh, Lauren?
I mean, I'm just some scumbag you couldn't bear the sight of earlier.
I was such a cow to you in the caff earlier,
and then I couldn't find you and your phone was off,
and Alice said you'd had enough. I thought you'd gone.
Well, you told me to go.
Yes, because I was freaking out. Me and you...
It was never just going to stop there, because it can't.
It can't just stop there, and then what?
I was scared.
But not as scared as when I thought I'd lost you.
You know what you said earlier, about it being special...
..did you mean it?
This what it's come to, Derek, is it?
Standing about in alleyways to get your kicks?
-Looks like I'm not the only one.
-Yeah, yeah, very funny. Do you mind?
Go on, son, you knock yourself out.
I'd find out where he's been, if I was you, darling!
She's late. Why d'you think she's late?
I'm going to ask someone. I'll just find someone to ask.
You want to watch where you're going!
I am so sorry.
It's fine! It's fine. This is great.
This is just how I wanted Ava to see me!
Are you my 3:00?
No, we've got a meeting with the Deputy Head.
Yeah. I got roped into helping with the cookery.
Not my finest subject, so maybe our encounter was fate.
Saving London from my terrible baking. Ava Hartman.
Hey. What's the matter?
Your dad. My dad.
Forget about them. All right? Lauren, this is about me and you.
We just need to trust each other, that's all.
You do trust me, don't you?
as long as we love each other, that's all that matters.
What did you just say?
I love you.
So you're thinking of sending your son to Lock Road Primary?
Yeah. We're moving to the area.
And Granddad's come along to check us out as well, has he?
No. I'm just a family friend.
Right. Well, you're very welcome.
Have you got any specific questions?
Sports. What sports do you do?
Has no-one given you a prospectus? Let me just fetch you one.
If you're going to do this, you need to put that woman out of her misery.
Why didn't Mum tell me? Did you know?
You know what.
The colour of Ava's skin? Of course not.
Does it make a difference?
No, no, no, that's not what I meant!
That's not it at all. I'm just a bit shocked.
Why wouldn't she mention...?
There you go.
Shall we start the tour?
-Then you can ask questions on the way round.
-Oh, all right?
Listen, d'you want to do something?
I keep getting texts on my phone, you know, pizza - two for one,
and all that rubbish.
Shouldn't you be keeping your evening clear, as well as your phone line?
For when Sylvia inevitably calls to see if you want to hook up.
She's probably washing her weave or something, babe.
That's a bit negative.
Well, you know, if she was into me, she'd text me, innit? But...
Is that her? HE CHUCKLES
Oh, I knew she couldn't say no! Go on. What's it say?
Is Oscar your only child?
No, I've got two girls, teenagers. How about you?
You know when people say they're married to their job?
Mine came with hundreds and hundreds of children.
-I bet the kids love you.
-I'm not sure they'd always agree.
For some of our kids, though,
I am the closest thing they get to stability.
-Children need stability.
They also need close family. Don't you think, Ms Hartman?
If I could have one wish for every child,
it wouldn't be a holiday to Disney World
or a big trampoline in the back garden, it would be just that.
The thing is...
Jayden, what have I told you about being out of the classroom?
It... It's not allowed.
Then what are you doing in the corridor?
Sorry, Ms Hartman.
It's all right, sweetheart, it's not your fault.
Shall we get you cleaned up?
And what do I have to do to get a smile?
Oh, so handsome! ..Sorry. What were you saying?
Nothing. Sorry. I've...
She wasn't good enough for you, anyway.
-Yeah. Greasy roots, dry ends.
I always imagine you on the arm of some gorgeous TV presenter/model.
Like Carol Vorderman?
Look, Fats, you're very special, you know.
And when you're different,
-it's worth waiting for someone who's a bit different, too.
It's my sister, I'd better get it.
Well, hello, Miss Meadow!
What? Are you serious?
That was my sister, Tansy.
Yeah, you said. So what's happened?
She's coming to visit. Tomorrow.
Oh, that's good, innit?
She doesn't deserve it.
My family and our chaos. My mum.
I mean, you saw her, she's, she's so...
I couldn't do it!
-You did the right thing.
She's my flesh and blood.
She's the same as Rainie, she's the same as...
Lauren, and Abi, and Oscar.
Imagine never knowing who your mum was, why she gave you away.
Come on, now, man, you think it was that simple?
Your mother just gave her away?
I would die before I walked away from my kids.
Just take a look. Everybody playing together.
You weren't here in the '50s, or '60s. I was. Cora was.
You'll never understand.
You mean because Ava's dad was...?
Say it. Black, or dark, or coloured.
You're saying my mum didn't want Ava because of the colour of her skin?
That's just... That's even worse!
Come on, listen to me now, man,
your mother was no more than a kid herself.
Maybe she didn't have a choice.
What do you think she went through, giving that baby up?
You think it didn't bother her,
that she didn't think about that child every single day? Come on!
She had to deal with that all these years on her own.
Tanya, my mother used to say,
"Son, let sleeping dogs lie. That way, nobody gets bitten."
You won't say anything to Mum, will you?
Let's forget this day ever happened, eh?
Leave the past where it belongs. OK?
HE CLEARS THROAT
Oh, and I got you these.
Look, I'm sorry, Alice. I was out of order.
You went behind my back, to Uncle Jack, and Ray.
Now, hold on a minute...
You can stuff these stupid flowers!
You think that no matter what you do, no matter how much it hurts me,
you can make it OK with a pathetic bunch of flowers!
It's not OK!
Let me explain what happened.
A good dad would just trust me to make my own friends.
Oh, what, and Ray's your friend, is he?
Big strong Ray, your special friend?
I did go to the gym this morning, Alice. I admit it.
But I went there to tell him
that I would give you my full support tomorrow.
That's not what he said.
Well, he wouldn't, would he?
Look, Alice, I don't know what...
I don't know about this crush you've got on him.
You told Ray I've got a crush on him?
No. He told me.
And he's starting to feel a bit awkward about it.
Let's face it, Alice, you're hardly his type, are you?
And you should've heard the way that him and Jack
were talking about some poor woman this morning,
like she was a piece of meat.
-Ray's not like that.
-I'm afraid he is.
And he said he thinks it's about time
that you bang this gym stuff on the head.
I thought Ray was my friend.
Look, angel, I don't want you to make a fool of yourself.
I mean, I wouldn't be a proper father
if I didn't look out for you, would I?
Oh, come here.
It's all right.
Do you want a cup of tea?
Where's your head at this morning?
You all right?
You've barely said a word since yesterday.
Why can't I just learn to leave things alone, eh?
She did warn me. But, no, I thought I knew best.
-What are you talking about?
What's she done now?
Max. She didn't have anyone, you know.
She had to go through it all on her own.
Sorry, just hold that thought, all right?
Lauren? What happened to these flyers I asked you to do yesterday?
-Oh. Yes. Next on my list, I promise.
-No, no, no. No list.
-You're going to stay here till the job's done.
-What about Joey?
-Jack's asked if he can help him out at the gym.
-Well, you can't keep me here against my will.
-Joey, tell her.
Sooner you get them done, sooner you'll be out.
See? Listen to him. Good influence. Come on.
Won't take you that long.
-Where are you going?
-To put things right.
# She gets too hungry
# For dinner at eight
# She likes the theatre
# But never comes late
# She... #
KNOCK AT DOOR
I hope you've brought your hipflask!
You look nice.
Patrick's taking me to a swing band over in Greenwich.
Oh, that's a shame.
I was hoping we might be able to spend the afternoon together.
Me and you?
It's not really us, is it?
Sitting down to do a jigsaw?
I was thinking more along the lines of my wedding cake.
We're on a bit of a budget, aren't we?
And I thought if we start the fruit cake now
then we've only go to do the icing nearer the time.
I hope you've been practising your moves, you know,
because these hips of mine are ready for some gyrating...
I was hoping to spend some quality time with my mum.
I told her we've got plans.
Why don't the both of you just go off and have some fun?
Anyway, look, those Rat Pack boys we were going to see,
they don't have a patch on the Mighty Sparrow.
Come on. What have you done?
Eh? I haven't done anything.
Can't I just spend a bit of quality time with you
without the third degree?
Give me a minute to get out of this.
Great. I'll see you at mine.
-All right, love?
-What were you doing in Dalston?
I was...just...thinking of sending Oscar there, that's all.
-What?! It's miles away.
-I was just doing a bit of research. It's no big deal.
Yeah, but Dalston?! Come on.
All right, stop going on about it. It's not happening, so...
Anyway. Never mind all that.
What's going on in your life at the moment?
Um, that would be a big fat nothing.
No boy on the scene?
What? Why would you say that?
I don't know. There's just something different about you.
-A glow, maybe.
Uh. Yeah. That's probably Lucy's new fake tan or something.
Yeah. Yeah, probably.
All right, Lauren. Clear the table, will you, please?
Yes, cos I'm all done now. So, is my house arrest over?
Yeah. Go on. Clear off.
What's she talking about?
No idea. What are you doing?
I've got the accountant on my back, ain't I? Keeps telling me to sort the books.
-No, you can't do that there.
Cos my mum's coming round to bake a cake.
Yeah. Pull the other one.
-You all right?
So, you going to come down the gym, see Joey in action?
Yeah, I might as well, yeah. Seeing as Tanya's turfed me out.
Tan. Got the launch of this new boxing scheme,
if you fancy coming along?
-No, you're all right.
-She's got her lover coming round.
Just make sure he does his accounts. Thank you.
It's like a knife through the heart.
-See you later.
Well, I blame Ray, myself. All that talk about jujitsu.
I warned you about him, didn't I?
Yeah? But you had to go find out for yourself, didn't you?
Now, don't get all upset. Eh?
I only told you this so that you wouldn't get hurt later.
Now come on. I'm your old man.
I'm supposed to look after you, ain't I? Eh?
-Oi, oi. What's he done now?
-Do you mind?
We're having a father-daughter moment here, thank you very much.
I've got to be somewhere.
I hope he ain't taking advantage of your old man's hospitality?
What's that supposed to mean?
I saw him in an alleyway over there yesterday with some bit of skirt.
Right rough sort as well, by the looks of her.
Get off on it, did you?
I warned Max.
I said, "That boy's beyond help.
"He's damaged goods."
Oh, I don't know how he gets away with it.
If he's not picking on Lucy then he's winding my mum up.
And my dad just sits there and does nothing.
One day he's going to get what's coming to him. Trust me.
Still, it's nice. A bit of companionship at their age.
I've forgotten sultanas.
You never know. There could be a double wedding, couldn't there?
What's this about a wedding?
Patrick and Cora.
-You're as good as family.
-That's just what I was saying.
Although what he sees in old iron knickers when there's prime beef across the street...
OK. What we got there? That's...£10.60, please.
It was in here yesterday.
Oh, always losing my purse. Where did you last have it?
Um... Well, I had it yesterday lunch, cos I got some petrol.
-I expect one of your lot swiped it.
-I doubt that very much.
Well, look, you can pay me later then, yeah?
-Do you mind?
You know, we should get together some time. Make a night of it.
-Yeah, that'd be great.
-Yeah. I'll text you some dates later.
OK, thanks. Bye.
So, listen, I've got the council coming at two,
so I want to put a little something together for them.
Show them what this scheme is all about
and what we're hoping to achieve. That kind of thing.
I thought Alice was meant to be helping you?
Well, she didn't show, did she?
So, listen, my plan is to try and get some boys in the ring.
Then we'll show the progress we're making.
Ah. Just in the nick of time!
Line them up, boys. Yeah.
-What're you doing with that?
-What's it look like, Sherlock?
Tanya's gone and chucked me out.
If that ain't an excuse for a session, I don't know what is.
Guys, I've got the Gazette coming in a couple of hours.
I need you guys sober.
Ray. This is your scheme, innit?
I'm just in it for the free publicity.
-Where are you going?
Oh, um... The steel erector's gone and wet the bed.
-So, I've got to change the sheets.
-What about the launch?
You can knock them out. You know...
I can't find it anywhere.
I'd cancel those cards if I were you.
Otherwise, you're going to be paying for a family of four
to come over from Kazakhstan.
It'll turn up. So, how are we getting on?
We're going to need more rum.
I'm sure Patrick can help us out with that.
-What's that supposed to mean?
-Nothing. It's just...
things seem to be hotting up between you two.
That's what Denise said.
-We're just friends.
You're in a funny mood today. What's up?
450 grams of self-raising. Yeah? Does that seem right to you?
It reminds me of the time you and Rainie broke my mother's vase.
You set up a pretend salon in the back garden to distract me.
Poor Rainie was upstairs trying to glue it together.
I don't remember.
The problem was, Rainie could always get away with it.
That girl could lie her way out of anything. But you...
It's written all over your face.
What have you got to be sorry about?
I didn't realise how hard it was for you.
We all had it hard, darling.
The sleepless nights.
The boys...and the drugs, the drink...
It's all part of growing up.
You were a good mum to us, you know.
I'm glad to hear it.
I do love you.
..we make a start on soaking the fruit in the booze, eh?
Yeah, let's do that. Yeah.
What's up with Pops?
It's her sister. Tansy.
Oh, my God. Has something happened?
No, you drama queen. She's just coming to visit. That's all.
And that's a problem why, exactly?
Because she thinks I'm a successful shellac nail technician
with my own salon, a penthouse apartment and two designer dogs.
Why did you say all that?
Because she's got everything.
A fiance, an ISA, not so much as a split end.
And do you know what makes it worse? She's three years younger than me.
Pops. So you told a little porkie?
She ain't going to find out, is she?
No. You don't know Tansy. She's like a bloodhound.
She's worked out the murderer before Miss Marple's out of her armchair.
Well, that's unless...
Well, Tanya's spending the day with her mum
and I'm all alone in the salon.
I'm talking, like, two hours, tops.
To do what?
-Pretend to be my staff?
-And why would we want to do that?
-Plus, I'm here all day.
-And I've got nursery this afternoon.
Yeah, you're right. I shouldn't have asked. I'm sorry.
-Hey, Pops, listen...
-I'll just say there's been a mix-up.
It's fine. I'm sure she'll understand.
What is wrong with you? I thought that girl was supposed to your girl?
Know what I mean? I thought we were the E20 massive and crew, here.
That girl is mental.
Listen, Luce. It wasn't that long ago you was in trouble. Right?
And where was we, eh? Right by your side.
All right, Tans? Yeah, hiya.
You'll never guess what.
I've only gone and got my dates muddled up.
Yeah, I know.
Um, in Ongar, of all places.
Yeah, that's right. It's somewhere in Essex, apparently.
Well, I just met your double, then.
So you reckon you can keep up with the little street rats?
Yeah, well, we ain't all past it, Uncle Jack.
I could show you a trick or two in this ring, boy.
Oh, yeah, yeah. If it weren't for the bullet in his head.
Remember. You're in the presence of greatness,
and don't you forget it.
-Don't show us up.
-This one's for you, Jimmy.
You know what, I can see a bit of me in him.
He's better looking.
I don't get what Derek's beef is with him.
He's just got it in for him, ain't he?
It's his loss, ain't it?
Go on, son.
Thought you were meant to be helping me out?
Cos I'll do anything you say, won't I?
Cos I'm just some little girl with a stupid crush.
What are you talking about?
My dad told me what you said about me.
How you were laughing at me.
I'd never do that, Alice.
So...why did he say you did?
You'll have to ask him about that.
I didn't mean to dazzle you.
It's just this rock's so big, it keeps catching the light.
I didn't want to say anything.
Poor old Pops.
Always unlucky in love.
Me and Mum have been working on mood boards.
Think Will and Kate, but much classier.
Oh, it will be!
Er, I'll get the drinks then, yeah?
I should be thanking you.
The money we'll save not having to pay for a plus one.
Ah, there you are! I'm sorry I'm late.
You know what it's like in the Hong Kong offices.
Excuse me, where are my manners? Arthur Chubb.
Poppy never said.
We don't spend as much time together as we'd like.
One of the pitfalls of seeing somebody in asset management.
The usual, please, Maureen.
What's that? A coke and two straws?
What is she like, eh?
No, no, no. A bottle of Sauvignon, please. The Argentinean one.
Alfie don't pay you to sit on your backside.
You'll have to forgive her. It's tragic what old age can do.
-I think Lauren's got a new boyfriend.
Well, she denied it all.
Of course she did. You're her mother.
I could see it, you know, in her face.
Maybe it's a good thing. Keep her on the straight and narrow.
Mmm. Let's hope so.
If he's anything like the puddings you and Rainie brought home,
you're in trouble.
Do you remember the first time you met Max?
How could I forget? He sold me a dodgy insurance policy.
What did you think of him?
He was a married man with a child. What do you think?
Still. You grew to love him, didn't you?
That's one way of putting it.
That's hot enough now.
We should do this more often.
What? Open a bakery?
Spend time together.
If that's what you want.
Is it what you want?
I suppose the odd afternoon wouldn't hurt.
KNOCK AT DOOR
I'll get it.
It's probably Lauren. Forgotten her key.
I looked for your purse. It's not upstairs.
Who is it, Mum?
-Hiya. All right?
-Hiya. You said to pop in anytime, didn't you?
So, how you doing, Mamma C? Or do you prefer plain old Ma?
Zainab's covering, so thought we'd make an afternoon of it.
Oh, right. We're baking a cake actually.
-Well, look no further. B in Home Economics, this one.
As for me...
Let's just say that my dumplings are in a league of their own.
Mmm! Smells good!
Well, this is nice, isn't it?
Fancy not inviting your own brother to a party?
Oi, you walked out, eh? Anyway, it's only a few beers.
It still hurts, Jack.
Mind you, I'm getting used to that,
what with you inviting him to be your best man...
Here we go. Get out the violins.
-Go on, Del. Grab a beer.
-Yeah, go on.
-You seen your boy out there?
-All right, ain't he? Packs a punch.
All I know is that he's treading on very thin ice.
Look what I found lurking out in the street.
You sorted out your domestic with Tanya yet, have you?
-I saw them in the street getting in a car yesterday.
-Right little adventure, looked like you...
-On an errand for Cora. It's all sorted out now, OK?
-I bet you was handy with your fists back in the day.
-Don't write me off yet, son.
I mean, I could teach Derek a thing or two about how to fight like a man.
I'm surprised you've got any energy left, Patrick.
All the effort you're putting into pulling my mother-in-law.
-You copped a feel yet?
-Respect, son. All right?
Whoa, whoa, what's the matter with you?
Guys, guys, guys, please! Can you not keep it down, man?
I've got the Gazette coming at any time.
-You're lucky I'm not inviting you to step outside, you.
-Oi. What you talking about?
The way he's leading on a little girl on like that. My little Alice.
This is John Edwards from the Walford Council.
Mr Edwards. It's a pleasure.
Please, this way.
Do you know how long I've been sourcing
for the right colour scheme for my wedding?
Lilac, lavender and deep plum, if you must know.
I'm not having you two coming along and stealing my thunder.
-Oh, we're not getting married.
-You better not be.
Is that the time? That trading floor ain't going to run itself.
I thought you said you were in asset management.
-It's not, you know.
My Gareth's worked in the City for three years.
-Maureen, is it?
-Depends on who's asking.
What does he do?
He used to fry chicken.
Now he flogs knock-offs for the landlord.
I can just see it now.
All of us sat round a table on Christmas Day.
Dee carving the turkey, Max pulling a cracker.
One big happy family.
It's a good thing Jack knocked you back, ain't it, Dee?
What you...? Jack did not knock me back!
Yeah, but it'd be a bit, like, incest, though, wouldn't it?
How's Ray getting on?
Oh! Let me tell you, that man is a saint.
What he wouldn't do for those hoodies.
He's like a black Lady Di.
We were just saying, weren't we, Kim?
We should think about starting up the book club again.
Didn't you and Sharon meet up last Tuesday?
No-one mentioned it to me or Zainab.
Is it any wonder?
Dee's idea of a book is an old copy of Smash Hits.
See now, that's beautiful, innit?
Mother and daughter spending time together.
I think you might want to slow down on the old vino there, Kim.
You've got a good one there, Cor.
Haven't I just?
Me and Dee, we weren't that close to our mum.
Speak for yourself!
You know what? I'd give anything to have what you two have.
Alice, can I have a word?
The presentation will be starting in about 20 minutes.
Please help yourselves to refreshments.
Look, let me explain. I got my wires crossed.
I'm only trying to protect you.
-I don't need protecting!
-Well, I can see that now.
Why did you say all that stuff about Ray?
I don't know...
I was jealous. All right?
The way you keep looking up to him all the time.
-He's my friend.
-Let's just hope it stays that way.
-You're doing it again!
-Is he bothering you?
-Thank you, Joey.
Are we all right now? Please?
Ray needs me.
Cheer up, Pops.
There's no shame in admitting you're struggling, is there?
Two teas, please.
Some people just dream too big.
I...I didn't mean to lie to you, Tans...
Thank God you're here!
Lucy's gone and mucked up some posh woman's highlights.
Her hair's coming out in chunks.
They're insisting on talking to the manager.
So, I didn't know what to say.
I'm so sorry about this, Tans...
I was hoping I could've just left my staff to get on with things,
but obviously not, so...
The plan is to get the kids into the sport and off the streets.
Come on. Get your back into it!
This ain't Million Dollar Baby, you doughnut.
He ain't all that, you know.
His stance is all wrong.
Go on, son!
I hate watching him up there.
-Is he winning or what?
-I'm not really sure.
All right, Lauren? What are you doing here?
I just like to see what the local cavemen get up to of an afternoon.
-It's the sport of kings, Lauren.
-Yeah, morons, more like.
All right, time! Nicely done, Joey.
Joey here's helping us put the boys through their paces.
As you can see,
he's a shining example of what this project's all about.
But obviously, ultimately, it's all about children.
Trying to get them in...
You can say all you want, Joey.
-But she's always going to come running back to me.
-Is that right?
What can I say? She loves her old man.
And who can blame her, eh?
Well, that is heart-warming, Derek. It really is.
You stick the knife in. But some bonds are unbreakable.
So, everyone pays a sub per session
which goes towards the running of the club.
-What's wrong with you, eh, Derek?!
-What've you done to him?
-I haven't touched him.
Please, ladies and gents, don't be put off.
I'm sure Joey just took a little knock, that's all.
-What's happened? Joey...
-How could you do this?
I didn't touch him. He did it on the locker door. I swear.
Take him outside, eh? Get some fresh air.
Joey, tell them what you did.
Don't even try it, all right? Don't even try it!
You've gone too far this time, Derek.
I didn't touch him! I swear, Jack.
Now THAT'S the sister I should've had.
I'm not being funny, but the girl oozes class.
What? Am I some sort of tramp then, am I?
Oh, why are you so dramatic?
Oh, will you look at that?!
Now, THAT is team work.
Right, so, I'm sorry you couldn't stay any longer.
Yeah. I should get back to the gym. Show Ray some support.
You know where we are.
Cup of sugar, one of my designer tops...
One of Dee's cardies. Cor. Ra.
What's ours is yours now, sis.
Mind how you go.
-I thought they were never going to leave.
-Talk about hard work!
I mean, when does she breathe, eh? She never shuts up.
KNOCK AT DOOR WHISPERS: Do you think she heard me?
Where're you going?
Shop. She's right about one thing. We do make a good team.
We deserve a cheeky bottle of wine. I'll leave you to them.
Come back here!
Can I help you?
I'm looking for a Tanya Cross.
She left this yesterday.
Oh, thank goodness!
We've been looking all over the place for this.
Don't go. She'll be back in a minute.
She'll want to thank you personally.
All right. Five minutes won't hurt.
The kettle's just boiled. Can I tempt you?
-I never say no to a cuppa.
-A woman after my own heart!
And we're looking to branch out next year, into laser hair removal.
Aren't we, girls?
Poppy said she'd sponsor us for college. Didn't you?
Yeah. Yeah, you've got to invest in your staff, don't you?
Give a little back.
I want to be the girl who sweeps up hair.
Everything's just perfect for you, isn't it?
Babe, what you crying for?
You're the one with a fiance and a colour scheme.
We split up three weeks ago.
He was seeing a girl from Lewisham.
Lewisham? That's terrible. Why didn't you say anything?
You've got it made, Pops.
I really haven't, you know.
This isn't even my salon.
I'd worked that one out myself. Who would employ those two?
There's no defending those roots.
I'm talking about Arthur.
It's obvious he likes you.
Oh, no, he's not my boyfriend. We're just really good mates.
I'm sorry, so you're telling us he's going to all this trouble
-cos you're just mates?
-And I thought I was the stupid one.
-Should we call an ambulance?
-Stop fussing, will you, yeah?
You might have concussion!
Alice, it's going to take more than a punch from Derek to bring me down, all right?
I still can't believe he did this.
I can. He's a thug.
Just go home and pack your bag, yeah?
I'm going to take you back to Mum's.
What's the matter? Eh?
Oh, come on, Alice. Is this not enough for you?
Just give me five minutes. I'll be straight over.
-Let me see this.
-Not here. Come on.
What was that for?
That is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.
I'd better get back to the...
You know, the responsibilities of running a business...
Right. Um... So...
I'll see you around?
You remembered the mouthwash.
I'll see you...around.
-It really hurts.
It does, it hurts.
-Shall I fix you?
You're a teacher, you say?
Yeah, that's right. In Dalston.
So that's what today's been about.
Buttering me up to spring this on me.
Oh, I think I might have said too much.
Don't worry. It was going to come out in the end.
DOOR SLAMS Mum?
We're in here.
I think you've got some explaining to do.
You didn't think I had a right to be consulted?
Moving to Dalston without so much as a family meeting?
You left your purse at my school yesterday.
If it hadn't been for this Good Samaritan, I would've known nothing about it.
I'm sorry, I didn't get your name?
Ava. Ava Hartman.
(What did you just say?)
I'm so sorry...
What have you done?
-I think I should go.
I didn't realise she was just going to turn up here like this.
Are you talking about me?
-I have to go.
No, no, you can't just walk out of here. She's your daughter!
What is this?
You weren't supposed to find out like this.
What have you done?
What have you done?
Who are you?
I'm your sister.
I can explain everything. Please, just... Just wait here.
Let's go inside and talk, Mum.
I'm so sorry, Mum.
I still can't believe he did this to you.
He didn't, did he?
Joey, what are you talking about?
Look, he manipulates her, Lauren. He messes with her head.
I wasn't just going to stand there and let him get away with it, was I?
She's my little sister!
Hey! Lau... Lau... Lauren!
Promise me this.
This don't change anything between us, yeah?
What... What if he hurts you now?
That's never going to happen, is it? Not mentally.
Hey, what's the matter?
I just hate being here. Hiding, like it's...
Like it's something to be ashamed of.
Just give it a couple of weeks, yeah?
What? What, until we break it to them gently, you mean?
"Dad, you know my cousin Joey?"
"The one you let in our house because he had nowhere else to go?"
"Yes, well, WE... We are hooking up! We're a thing..."
All right, so it won't be easy, Lauren.
No, of course not. It's never going to happen, is it?
-Why are you being like this?
I just wish that things could just be simple.
That'd be boring, Lauren.
Anyway, you know I love a challenge.
Is that all I am to you, then?
Amongst other things.
-What's the matter?
-OK, someone just walked over my grave.
Can we...? Can we just get out of here?
-KNOCK AT DOOR
Cora, the front door was wide open.
I need a drink.
Let me do that.
Has something happened?
I'll... I'll get Tanya, shall I?
I DON'T want her anywhere near me!
She had no right to stir it all up again.
That was my life. My choice. And she took it from me.
What are you talking about? Huh?
I warned her, didn't I?
I told her...
not to get involved with things that were no concern of hers.
What I want to know is how she found out.
She's been going through my things again, hasn't she?
-She was like it as a girl.
Once she got the bit between her teeth she wouldn't let...
Cora! Cora! I told her.
You did what?
Do you take sugar?
I'll just bring the bowl in.
Dad, have you seen Whit?
Nah, not since this morning. Is Joey all right?
Uh... Yeah, he'll live.
Well, well, well. This is nice, innit?
A bit of quality time with your old Uncle Derek.
Can you just get out my way, please?
You know, I remember the first time I came to see you.
You must have been what, three or four years old?
-Scrappy little thing.
-Yep, sounds about right.
Sitting there with all the grown-ups.
Chirping in, making them all laugh.
I thought, "That girl's going to go far."
Funny how things turn out, innit?
There you was, so full of promise...
and how did you end up?
Propping up some bar in a backstreet boozer.
I don't have to listen to this.
You know, binge drinking's one thing.
Dropping out of school? Well, we all did that.
But shacking up with your own cousin?
Well, that's low even by your standards, Lauren.
Are you going to deny it?
Well, what do you want?
Tell Joey I want to see him in the car lot in an hour.
That's between me and him.
And what if he don't show?
HE CHUCKLES MENACINGLY
You don't want to know that.
This isn't your fault.
Look, it was only a matter of time before he snapped.
You know that as well as I do.
If you just talk to him, maybe...
There you go again. You're making up excuses for him.
-He needs help!
-No, he wants locking up, Alice, all right?
Do you really think this is bad?
You should've seen my mum's face sometimes.
-I don't want to hear about that...
-I was seven years old
-and I was mopping up blood off the floor.
He once hit her so hard that he left his ring printed in her face.
-You can still see it now if you look hard enough...
-Just stop it!
What is your problem, eh, Alice?
I mean, do you think I deserved this? Is that it?
You want to get out of this house right now,
before he does exactly the same to you!
I just wanted my dad, Joey.
I know you did, Alice.
Look, I'm sorry, all right? I'm sorry for shouting.
What are you going to do, eh?
I dunno. Go back to Mum's?
Listen, Alice. How about I stay here? We'll tell him together, yeah?
It's just going to make things worse.
Please, Joey! I have to do this by myself. Just go!
-Look, what happened, I...
-I don't want to hear about it.
-I never touched him!
I swear on my father's life, I never touched him.
You say she's over there right now?
Well, stop staring and go and talk to her now, man!
Don't ever tell me what to do. Do you understand?
-You never said he was black.
-You never asked.
Did he know?
He cleared off before I had a chance to tell him.
I kept it hidden for nearly four months.
I was convinced he'd come back to me...
whisk me off to the Caribbean.
I can still remember my father's face when I told him.
He never looked at me the same again.
So what happened then?
I was shipped off to a mother-and-baby home in Faversham.
They waited until it was dark before they took me to the station.
Couldn't risk offending the neighbours.
Turns out they'd sorted everything.
Poor childless couple.
Bit of money tucked away.
After 14 hours, I was back in my room, packing to go home again.
Did you ever see her again?
There was no need.
She wasn't my...
But you must have kept a photo or something to remember her by?
Just a...silly string of beads.
Got lost years ago.
Why don't you go over and talk to her?
There's nothing to say.
She needs an explanation, if nothing else.
I was happy muddling along,
getting ready for Tanya's wedding.
And she came along and spoilt everything.
-Oh, come on, you don't mean that.
My baby's dead.
That woman over there...
she's nothing to me.
You know what I would give to see my Paul? Just five minutes?
And all you can do is sit down here and talk about how YOU feel.
What about that poor girl over there, eh?
I didn't mean to do this.
Then why did you?
Because I had to see you.
-And your mother?
-She didn't know anything about it.
I tried to put it to the back of my mind, but...
I just wanted to find out who my sister was.
It feels strange, hearing that.
Doesn't quite cover it.
Did you know anything?
Just a name on a birth certificate.
So, that story about your son coming to my school?
Yeah, it was just an excuse to see you.
You didn't say anything.
-Was I a disappointment, is that it?
-No. No, of course you weren't.
I'm in here, Lauren.
This is Ava.
Mum, can I...? I really need to talk to you.
No, no, please don't. Just...
It's nothing that can't wait, is it, Lauren?
That's my eldest.
I've got two girls and... And my boy, there, Oscar.
There is another sister as well.
She's got her problems, but I know she'd love to meet you...
Just answer me one question.
If I hadn't found your purse, would you have come back?
'Hi, it's Joey. Please leave a message.'
Hello? Hello, Joey, it's me.
Can you call me back as soon as you get this? It's really important.
Girls, have any of you two seen Joey?
Erm...no, not today.
Aren't you going to stop and have a drink?
It's beauticians' day out.
Yeah, we're helping Poppy out. Unlike some people I could mention.
Yeah, well, I've been busy, ain't I?
Are you all right?
Yeah. Yeah, I just really, really need to find Joey.
Well, with any luck, he's taken a long walk off a short pier.
-What? He tried to split the three of us up.
Or does that not matter to you?
Yeah. Yeah, of course it does.
Tyler told us what happened.
Derek punched him. I can't believe it.
I don't blame him. He had it coming for months.
No wonder he dumped you.
Yeah, yeah, it must be really, really hard to try and actually like you.
You little cow!
Ow! Get off me, Lucy!
Lucy, stop! Lucy!
Oi, get off her! Get off her! What the hell's going on, eh?
-She started it.
-Well, I'm finishing it, all right? A truce, yeah?
It's us or him.
Are you serious?
Lucy, you can't make her choose. He's family.
Oh, come on, Lauren. We're meant to be your best mates.
So which is it?
I choose Joey.
I just got your message. What... What's so important?
-It's your Dad.
-What's he done now?
He knows about us.
No. No, Lauren, he'll be bluffing.
-Not this time.
-What did he say?
He wants you to meet him in the car lot in 40 minutes.
Right, well, he can whistle, can't he?
What if he tells my dad?
We'll just have to front it out, all right?
No, you don't understand. He's going to kill you!
I can take care of myself, Lauren, all right?
Well, what about me?
Do you think he's going to just let you keep seeing me?
No! It's all going to kick off, Joey.
You're going to have to go. You're going to have to go.
Hang on. I'm not leaving you, all right?
Just go to your mum's or something, can't you? Just leave.
No, I can't.
We don't really have much choice, do we, Joey? So...
I mean, this.
Us. It's got to stop.
Right. So, that's what you want, is it?
No, of course it's not!
But we can't be together. Not here.
Right, then. We'll have to leave.
Because this is my home!
You're 18 now, Lauren. You can do whatever you want.
What about my family? My friends?
My mum and dad are meant to be getting married
-in a couple of months.
-What would you rather do?
Just stick around here till they screw things up again?
Just give me half an hour, yeah?
I'll meet you out in the gardens.
Joey, I'm really scared.
You've got nothing to be scared of, Lauren, all right?
Cos I'm going to look after you.
So, are you married?
A few near-misses.
My husband, Max, he's, um...
Well, I say husband, we're actually divorced at the moment.
We're about to get married for a second time.
It's not as complicated as it sounds, actually.
DOOR OPENS That might be Lauren.
I should just go and see what she wanted to talk about.
Could you leave us?
I'm not going to tell you again.
This must have come as quite a shock to you.
You could say that.
Well, I'm about as prepared as you are.
I don't know about you,
but I could murder a Scotch.
Can I talk to you now?
Do you know what I would love?
Just for once?
Someone to ask me if I was all right, for a change.
I mean, you think life's complicated now, Lauren.
I hate to break it to you, it doesn't get any easier.
You must have a fair few holidays as a teacher.
I'm in between jobs at the moment.
I used to run the charity shop on Turpin Road.
I knocked about there when I was a kid.
I remember this one time,
it must have been the summer of 1958...
Why did you do it?
Why did you give me up?
Because I wanted to give you the best life I could.
And my father?
He knew nothing about you.
There must be 101 questions you'd like to ask.
I can't do this.
You were born at 3:26 in the afternoon.
Five pounds, four ounces.
A bit underweight, but nothing to worry about.
Sandie Shaw was number one.
Always Something There To Remind Me.
They played it on the wireless all the time.
How long did you stay with me?
An hour, maybe.
And then you just walked away?
And then what?
Then I got on with my life.
What else could I do?
Didn't you ever want me?
It was different back then.
That's not what I asked you.
Don't know about you...
but I could do with a top-up.
MUSIC PLAYS ON TV
# Wai-ai-ai-ait, Mr Postman
# Wait, Mr Postman, look at me... #
'Leave a message.'
Max, it's me. Where are you?
I can see him in you, you know?
I see I'm not the only one with a sweet tooth.
Your Chinese has gone all cold now.
I'm not hungry.
How about I make you a nice hot chocolate when I get back?
Where are you going?
Just a bit of unfinished business.
Nothing for you to worry about, angel. All right?
Are you serious?
If we're going to do this, we might as well do it in style.
Well, maybe we should wait until tomorrow.
He might not even say anything.
Lauren, this is Derek we're talking about.
Will you calm down?
Trust me, all right?
Everything's going to be OK.
Have you ever driven a Daimler?
-What are you doing?!
You can think of it as child support!
You made it easy, you know.
I came here to show the world
what a low-life piece of scum my old man really is.
Go on. Go, go, go!
It turns out I needn't have bothered.
You did all that by yourself, Derek!
SUITCASE BANGS ON STAIRS
What are you doing?
-Did you think about me?
-Of course I did.
Then why didn't you fight for me?
I didn't have any fight left in me, darling.
You know, it's funny.
All my life, I've wanted to know whose eyes were looking back at me.
And there you are.
Was it a good life?
Your mum and dad...
Best parents I could have asked for.
Didn't have it easy, mind.
Try telling all the kids why you've got two white parents.
Don't think hairdressers in Surbiton knew what to do with an afro.
We muddled through, though.
I tried to find you once.
I was in my late 30s, I felt a bit...lost.
I got scared.
Worried I'd disappoint you?
You rejected me once. Who's to say you wouldn't do it again?
So you never tried?
I decided the past was best left there.
Mind how you go.
-I cannot believe we're actually doing this.
-Yes, it is actually, Lauren.
Just think about it, will you?
Look, no more looking over your shoulder,
no more hiding out at the car lot.
-No more dramas.
-No-one kicking off.
It's just me and you, Joey.
Like a film, innit?
Well, it is!
-Have you seen Max?
You've seen Mum, I take it?
What did I tell you about meddling, hmm?
That no good at all is going to come out of raking up the past.
That has broken her. You know that, don't you?
This whole thing is a... Is a terrible mess.
What can I do to put this right, Patrick?
Nothing at all you can do.
It's up to both of them now.
# Oh, any time, time, time... #
-Are you serious?
DANCE BEAT PLAYS
There we go, that's better.
Now, I love you, Lauren. But that is... That is just embarrassing.
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Tanya desperately searches for information about Ava after last week's bombshell, but how will Cora react to her meddling with her deepest secret? Joey and Lauren struggle to deal with their feelings for one another and, fearing trouble, Lauren tells Joey to leave Walford. Meanwhile, Poppy is thrown by some unexpected family news.