Still dealing with the fallout from Max's secret, Tanya decides to take charge of the situation but her methods leave Max reeling. Dot is livid at Cora's betrayal.
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What are you doing in my room?
What's it look like I'm doing? I'm seeing you out of here for good.
You can help if you want. You do in here. I'll start on the bathroom.
You've lost it. You really have.
-This lot? Cheap tat. It's all got to go.
-That is enough!
-What is wrong with you?
-I know. I know what's been going on.
See this? Do you recognise this, do you?
Yeah, I found it. I found it in Max's pocket.
I'd like you to leave.
Oh, would you? Well, I'm not going anywhere.
Put that down! >
What do you think you're doing?!
Max said you were the jealous type but this is just sick!
What, you trying to tell me there's nothing been going on, are you?
I ain't touched him!
Well, we had a moment. Before the funeral. Derek's funeral.
But...I'm sure he's told you about that.
Why don't you ask him? Ask him straight.
Look him in the eye and watch him lie.
-Why did he have your key in his pocket?
-That's not for me to say.
Oh, what, you too ashamed, are you?
Not 50 yards away from where his children live, from his family home.
I'm asking you, all right? I'm asking you nicely and politely
one final time.
Will you please just sign these papers? Just sign them
and get out of our lives.
And that'd make you happy, would it?
Me signed, heading off, all sorted?
Just do it.
Just do it.
There you go.
That's my final answer. Understand?!
All right, Tan. What you doing?
-Oh, it's her. She's out of control. Twisted.
Forget it. You can have him.
-What did you do to her?
-I didn't do anything.
I came home and found her throwing my stuff out the window.
You must have said something to her, Kirsty. You must have provoked her.
She found my room keys... in your pocket.
-What, you just going to run after her?
-Yeah, I am.
I want to talk to her, all right? She's upset.
Stop kidding yourself. Stop lying to yourself. You want me.
-You don't want her.
-I ain't got time for this.
-You love me. Not her.
-Can you just get out my way, please?
Yeah, I will. Give me a kiss. HE SIGHS
Just a little one. Like you did at the funeral. Remember?
How you didn't feel a thing?
Yeah, well, I didn't, did I?
You are a very bad liar.
What's the matter with you? What's wrong with you?
Look at you. All messed up. What will Tanya think?
What's wrong with you? I don't want you, Kirsty.
I don't want you here.
I didn't quite get that.
Can you come a bit closer?
What, is this close enough? Do you understand me now?
I don't want you, Kirsty. I don't want you ever, ever again.
Max, don't! Don't go.
I'm sorry. She just came here. She upset me.
That's not my fault! I'm the innocent party!
-Kirsty, just get your stuff and pack up.
Kirsty, if you ever loved me, just sign those papers.
Please, just let me go.
Can't you take the hint? You're not welcome round here.
What you doing? Having a clear out?
I've just had some skank come in and throw my clothes out the window.
I'm fine, I'll be fine.
-Babe... Honestly, there's nothing going on.
Really? So what was all that, then? What's with the key?
-Just happened to have that on you, did you?
-No. Of course not.
-But, babe, you have, you've got it wrong.
-How? How have I got it wrong, Max?
You had her key in your pocket.
-No, stay out of it, Lauren.
-The key isn't Dad's.
She gave it to me. Kirsty gave it to me.
What are you talking about?
I went round there last night.
You went round there?
Yeah. I got drunk in the Vic.
After me and you, when we had that little argument and...
Well, Kirsty took me home. She sobered me up.
So why have you got her key?
Cos she thought I might need somewhere to go when things kick off.
With me? I'm your mother.
What you saying, Lauren, what?
You'd rather talk to her than me? Is that what you're saying?
No, course not. But she... she ain't all bad. That's all.
She's confused about Dad. She seems to really care about him.
-I don't believe I'm hearing this!
-I'm not on her side.
No? So why you going round there, then? Why you talking to her instead of me?
Because you never listen.
-You just have a go.
-Have a go?
I have a go? I have a go?
I have been there right from the start! Everything - with Derek,
Joey, the accident - everything. Who was there caring for you, eh?
Not him. Not him. Certainly not her. Me! Me, your mother.
And don't you let me know about it. All the time.
I have to feel guilty about it all the time.
I am not like Abi, golden girl.
I'm...I'm a disappointment. I am.
-I'm the failure of the family.
-What's going on?
Nothing, babes. Just go in the kitchen, will you, please?
-No, I heard her slagging me off.
-It's not about you.
Your sister, she thinks I'm a rubbish mother.
She thinks I don't listen. She thinks that cow across the Square,
-she thinks she cares more than me!
-Babe, please, please, don't do this.
I'm sorry but that's it. That is it. This whole family is falling apart.
Babe, course it ain't.
Babe, course it ain't.
Tan, there's nothing going on with me and Kirsty. I swear. I swear to you.
-All she's done is show a bit of kindness.
-To my daughter!
We've got to stick together, ain't we? We can't let her get to us like this.
Lauren, tell her, will you?
Mum, don't cry.
No, you're not. You're not.
I only didn't come to you cos I thought you'd bite my head off.
She was there and... she felt sorry for me.
And that was it.
Some sort of Angel of Mercy, is she?
Mum, I was drunk. I would have talked to anyone. I'm that pathetic.
I am. I'm...
I'm sorry. It's my fault. It's not Dad's. That key,
-he was just trying to cover for me, weren't you?
Come on, Mum, please.
You don't understand. You couldn't. I mean, how do you understand?
All of you. What it's like for me, after before.
After everything that happened with Stacey, you don't understand...
-We do. We do.
-Course we do, babe. We all do.
Stop it. You're all sitting there, looking at me....
He's upstairs. Nan's in the kitchen cooking dinner.
I'd forgot about that. That's good, innit?
Takeaways all round, then, innit?
It's not that bad. It looked quite nice.
Babe, come on, just wipe your eyes. Take a minute.
Before you know it, there'll be a pukka meal on the table.
Will there? How?
I'm the only person in this house who can cook.
I got the Indian on speed dial, ain't I?
It can be here in 30 minutes.
we'll make sure she doesn't burn anything.
Please, please, don't let her get to you.
We're a family, ain't we? We're strong.
We can take anything Kirsty throws at us.
She can always do this, though, can't she?
Whenever she wants.
She can ring, she can knock on the door.
You know, we can be having a really lovely moment, couldn't we?
Having a nice night in, putting our feet up.
lying on the sofa, having a cuddle, and then...
-the doorbell goes, I'm a wreck again.
-She'll see the light, babe. She will.
She'll see the light, she'll sign the papers, it'll all be done.
Is that what she said?
No, babe, no. Not exactly. Not in so many words, no.
What did she say?
I just had a go at her, she threw some water at me.
-She threw some water at you?
-She threw a glass of water in my face.
-Did she? Really?
Babe, can you just stop doing this? Stop looking at me like everything I say is a lie.
I'm telling you the truth. I don't want her. She's history.
Babe, all we've got to do is stick together and shut her out.
She'll lose interest, she'll go away.
You don't believe that for a second, do you?
So what do you want me to do?
Go over there and kill her? Bury her in the gardens?
Be a start.
It's not for me. It's for Nan, and whatever this is.
We're in good shape in here.
Sit down, relax.
I'm going to serve you a lovely meal.
What is it?
Goulash. Kind of. I'm missing some ingredients.
Move out the way. Let me help.
We could do it together.
Yeah. Yeah, we could, Mum.
Let's make the most of your night under this roof.
Tomorrow you're going to be house hunting, yeah?
Maybe another day or two?
Come on, Mum, we get on so much better
when there's a bit of distance between us, don't we?
I'll be OK at the B&B. Soon as there's a room.
Yeah, well, you can have Kristy's room when she's gone.
When is that, Max?
It'll be soon, babe.
Right, come on, then, let's sort this out.
I'll just watch and learn.
-Are you OK?
-Yeah, yeah, I'm fine.
It's just all this, innit? You know.
Nothing I can't handle.
Well, I'm going to go to the shop and get some wine.
For the dinner. For you and Mum.
I promise I won't touch a drop.
Thanks. I won't be long.
What happened earlier - don't worry about it.
Weren't your fault, OK? Everything's going to be all right, I promise.
Babe, once she's out the way, it'll just get back to normal, won't it?
-Yeah. I'll see you in a minute.
FRONT DOOR SHUTS
Hi. Yeah, yeah. I'm on my way.
All right. I'll be there in a minute.
-Sorry. Patrick let me in.
-You frightened me to death.
I thought it was your mum trying to off me.
My mum's at home. Cooking dinner.
Hmm. Course she is. Anyway, I've got to go to work.
I just wanted to talk to you.
You really think that's a good idea?
You think your mum's going to like that, do you?
She don't know that I'm here.
..I like you. I really do. You're a nice girl.
But I don't need any more trouble for one night.
I'm not here to cause trouble.
I just need to ask you a favour.
Well, go on then, spill.
I know you like him...
I know that you love my dad, but this whole thing,
it's just... It's gone on long enough. And you...
-You can't stay here any more!
-Did she send you here?
This her new way of trying to get rid of me?
No, I told you, she doesn't know.
Then why should I listen to you when I won't even listen to her?
Cos he can't take it.
Him and my mum just keep on arguing.
And you and her, you're tearing each other apart. My whole family!
It's just having a really bad effect.
At least you've got a family. I ain't got no-one!
Why would I let that go?
Cos he's asked you to.
I'm asking you to.
Please, just give it up.
He is never going to leave her.
Honestly, it's just going to get worse and worse
until someone really does gets hurt.
If you love him, OK, if you really do love him,
then you should just do what he says and just go.
Go? Go where?! Where do I go?
-What have I got?
-What have you got here?
Him. This place.
What, a room in a B&B?
That job. People know me now. They like me.
You're a barmaid, hanging around, hoping to get your ex-husband back.
Now, that is pathetic.
I'm sorry, I don't want to be horrible to you, but...
I mean, it is, isn't it?
He wants me.
He still loves me.
Now, if you don't mind, I'm late for work.
-Kirsty, wait, just listen to me.
-I have listened!
Busy night tonight, huh? All these visitors.
Yeah, well, I'm a popular girl.
-About the rent - you're two days behind.
-Well, I'm halfway out through the door now, Patrick.
Just so you know. Tomorrow will be fine. OK?
See? That's it. You're just a paying guest. A paying guest.
This ain't your home, and it's never going to be, Kirsty.
Next time you need a shoulder to cry on,
don't come to me, all right? I'm late for work.
Sorry I'm late.
-Barrel needs changing.
-Here you go, sweetheart.
-Oh, thank you, Alfie.
You know me, I never touch alcohol, except medicinal,
but I'm still a bag of nerves from me encounter with the council.
-What did they want, then?
-Oh, it weren't me, Alfie. It were that Cora.
I trusted her. I gave her the run of me house,
me whole property, presuming that the rent would be paid.
Well, it weren't. She let me down.
And now the authorities are pursuing me like a common criminal.
-It ain't right, Alfie. It ain't right.
-Dot, let me get that for you.
Oh, well, if you insist, Jack. Very kind of you.
-I've had a lot of hassle.
-Yeah, I can imagine.
What with juggling this job and other women's men.
How many times have I got to say it? He's married to me.
-Well, hopefully not too many more.
-You're wasting your time.
You know that, don't you? Max and Tanya have been together 18 years.
-That's a proper marriage, ain't it?
Well, I think it's lovely.
-OK, let's get going. See you later, Dot.
-See you, Jack.
Bye, Jack. Oh, they make a lovely couple.
They're engaged, you know?
I'm thinking of doing a reading at the wedding.
Course, I ain't been officially asked yet.
Stick another one in there, please, will you?
Here, is everything all right?
Yeah. I'm good.
-There you go.
-Cheers. So how's the big love affair going with Branning?
That'll be £2.
Cos if you're still knocking at a closed door, I'm free tomorrow night.
Only tomorrow? I'd have thought your diary would have been pretty clear.
Well, I just wondered if you fancied a curry.
Yeah, I've had a couple of them as well but...
-you find they don't mean a lot.
-Not to you, maybe.
You got a thing for bald men, have you?
Ignore her. She ain't even got a bloke.
Me? I ain't interested. If you ask me, men are overrated.
Listen, if I was you, I'd stop all this "I'm married" lark.
I've got to go to the toilet.
You've just got to cut your losses.
Sometimes people move on, and there's nothing you can do about it.
-Max ain't like that.
What, you just want to be an ex working behind the bar,
hoping that some day he'll walk in and just...he'll change?
It's no fun. Believe me. I've done it.
It just leads to misery and heartache.
Just got to let go, move on.
Yeah, well, I ain't you, am I?
Lovely. Long time since I've had a nice drop of red.
You're more used to meds aren't you, Mum?
I take what I can get in life, girl.
Looks lovely, yeah.
Isn't this nice? All of us together under one roof.
Yeah, I'd like to propose a toast.
To Cora, for attempting to cook.
..for saving the day...
..and to our lovely kids for putting up with such mad parents.
I don't know how you do it.
Hello? Can I have a half, please?
Here, look at that.
What I wouldn't give to kip all day and get fed whenever I want.
-Pretty? She's gorgeous. That's what she is.
All right? Kirsty, darling, where you going? Whoa.
Hey, where you going? Kirst?
-No, leave it.
-No, I'm all right, thanks.
-No, thank you.
All the more for me, then.
KNOCK AT DOOR
That's her, innit?
-Yeah, I bet you will.
Mum, you don't know that it's her.
It could be. That's enough.
-Ah, Max, I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news.
-All right, Dot?
A crime has been committed by one of your family.
-What's that, then?
She has put me in a very difficult situation with the council and I want to have words.
It's not really a good time. Could we do this in the morning?
I have a grievance here, Max. A genuine grievance.
Yeah, I'm sure you have, but we're trying to have a bit of dinner, a nice, peaceful family dinner.
-Oh! Well, you know me, I ain't one to stay where I ain't wanted.
-Dot, it's not like that.
And you can tell that lodger of yours
-that I shall be round in the morning to have words. Strong words.
-Yeah, I will.
-A very good night to you.
I need to talk to you.
-No, I told you.
Either you come to me or I come to you.
'You've got a minute.'
Who was it?
Oh, it was only Dot. She wanted to speak to Cora.
She had some gripe about the council or something.
I told her to come back tomorrow.
Why didn't you just let her in?
Well, no, cos she was only going to rant at Cora over the dinner table.
Plus she was drunk, I think she'd had a couple.
I was thinking maybe I should go after her, check she's all right.
-I'll send Mum. She can sort it out.
-No, babe, your mum don't want to talk to her,
not in the state she's in.
Honestly, babe, I'll only be a minute.
Babe, I'm just... I'm going to go and talk to Dot.
Watch me out the window if you don't believe where I'm going.
Yeah, just don't be long.
Won't be a minute.
FRONT DOOR SHUTS
FRONT DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS
KNOCK AT DOOR
You've got a minute, all right? One minute.
-No, I don't want to sit down.
I don't want a conversation with you. You tell me what it is, then I can go.
The divorce papers.
So what is this? Some sort of a joke?
That's my name. You're free.
You wanted to be free. You are.
So what's the catch?
There's no catch. It's real. I love you.
So I'm letting you go.
You're just going to let me go, are you? Just like that?
Not just like that, no.
I've had your ex round here, throwing my stuff out the window.
I've had your daughter, Lauren, round. Begging me to go.
When was Lauren round here?
She was just round here, told me I was tearing your family apart,
that I had to leave.
That she'd never seen you so sad.
What, and you care, do you?
Yes, yes, I do care.
I love you, Max.
You're the only man I've ever loved. I'm making you miserable.
I don't want that. I never wanted that.
So what you going to do, Kirsty? You're just going to go?
-You're just going to disappear, are you?
Right. And when's this going to happen? Next Christmas?
Now. Tonight. In ten minutes that bag'll be packed.
-And I'll be out the door.
-You don't believe me?
No. No. I don't believe a word that comes out your mouth.
Not any more.
I need a cab. 20 Albert Square. The B&B.
-As soon as.
-'What address are you going to?'
I'll tell the driver when he gets here.
There. All booked. Be here in 20 minutes.
10.30. Then I'll be out your hair.
-You're serious, yeah?
-Yes. I'm serious.
Now if you don't mind, I got some packing to do.
Right. Well, hope you have a nice life.
Yeah. I will.
How is she?
-Dot? How was she?
-Oh. She's fine. She's good, yeah.
Right. You managed to miss the washing up.
-That's an old trick, isn't it?
-He's perfected it.
Right, good night.
Night-night, darling. Don't stay up too late, will you?
Babe, can we talk?
I've got a splitting headache, actually.
I'm just going to take an aspirin and go to bed.
-Babe, please. Only take a second.
-Can we talk in the morning?
-What is it?
Divorce papers. They've been signed.
How...how did you get these?
I just saw her, didn't I? I saw Kirsty, I just saw her outside.
I was, you know, coming back from Dot's
and she was marching over here.
I told her to go home, stay away and she put these in my hand.
She said she'd had enough.
She'd had enough? That's what she said, is it?
No. Well, no, she didn't say that in so many words but, you know, same as.
Babe, I'm free, aren't I?
This just happened? Just now. Just outside?
Yeah. Just, you know...just...it was outside.
-Yeah. I couldn't believe it.
-Couldn't believe what?
Kirsty, she's signed the divorce papers. She's going.
I dunno. Must've been your mum's strong arm tactics, you know.
Scared her away.
No. I don't think so.
The last thing she said to me was that.
So what's made her change her mind?
I don't know. Babe, I don't know, do I? It don't matter.
She's signed 'em. You've got them in your hand.
What more do you want?
I want her gone.
-She will be gone. Soon.
She's going tonight.
-How do you know?
Well, cos she told me, didn't she? You know...
Babe, I didn't believe her either.
You know, I accused her, I accused her of playing games.
She pulled out her phone, she phoned a cab straight in front of me.
Babe, you wake up in the morning she isn't going to be here.
And you're all right with that, are you?
Babe, course I am. It's what we wanted. Innit?
What do you mean? Just what? What?
I've just got a splitting headache, I think I should just go to bed.
I'll bring you some aspirin and a glass of water, yeah?
-We'll get an early night.
Well, it's good, innit?
Where's she going to go?
Who cares? She's going, Lauren, that's all that matters.
It's not your problem, is it?
I did go over and see her. And I told her to leave.
Yeah, I know. I know, and it's worked.
You should be proud of yourself.
So it is my fault then?
So you don't want her to go?
I obviously want you and Mum to be OK.
But I didn't think she'd just leave like that.
Lauren, she's going to be fine. Trust me.
Babe, just go back in there, watch TV.
Relax. There's nothing to worry about. All right? I promise.
Hey, hey, where you been, young lady?
-You can't just swan out halfway through a shift.
Come on, we need some more tonics, yeah. Let's go.
I'm not staying. I just wanted to hand in my notice.
-Good idea. I might join ya.
I'm not joking. Something's come up. A family matter.
-I have to leave.
-Hold on. When?
Now. I've got a cab coming in 15 minutes.
-I just wanted to let you...
The thing is, I need paying for my shifts.
No, of course. I understand.
I don't want to bother you but I'm skint. Completely skint.
Whoa, calm down, it's all right. Fine. Give me a sec.
Not a problem. Watch yourself, darling.
Oi, oi, oi. What you doing?
Kirsty's having problems with her family. She's got to go.
She's going now?!
Yes, Rox, she's leaving now. It's fine.
Here you go, sweetheart.
That's too much.
No. Just consider it a bonus. All right?
Thanks. You're a...you're a really nice bloke.
Thank you. It's been a pleasure. A genuine pleasure, all right.
-See you around, yeah?
-You take care, all right?
You know where I am if you need me. Right.
What can I get you fellas? You OK there?
LOUD MUSIC AND CHATTER
What you doing?
I got you a glass of water and some aspirin.
Yeah, I'm fine. Just got a splitting headache.
Do you want the light on?
Nah, nah. I'm all right.
Let's have a cuddle.
Babe, I don't want to fall asleep in my clothes.
Don't worry. I won't let you.
All this stuff with Kirsty. It's not your fault, is it?
I mean, you told her to go and I've been taking it out on you.
No, you haven't.
-I have. I said some horrible things.
-I probably deserved 'em.
No, you didn't. You didn't deserve any of it.
I thought you had a headache?
It's sort of going. I don't know why.
Babe, what's got into you?
I just want to show my husband how much I love him.
Babe, you don't have to show me. I know, don't I?
I love you an' all, don't I?
This is a first.
Babe, can we just have a cuddle?
So have you got somewhere to go?
I don't know. I'll go and bother one of my mates.
What do you care? You want me gone, I'm going.
What is your problem?
I don't know, I just, I feel bad for you, that's all.
Well, don't. Don't ever feel sorry for me.
I can cope on my own. I'm used to it.
So you've definitely got somewhere to go?
Yes! Yes. I've got somewhere. It isn't a problem. I've got money.
I got everything I need.
Look, I've got a cab coming, I've got to pack. You're just...
You're just doing my head in.
OK. Sorry. Good luck with everything, yeah?
Same to you.
You're all right. Don't let anyone tell you any different.
Just cut down on the booze. It don't lead nowhere. I know.
Trust me. You don't...
You don't want to end up like me.
You just seem a bit tense.
I should get ready for bed.
You don't want her to go?
-Do you want her to go?
-Yes. Of course I do.
Why do you keep checking the window?
-Why you tensing up every time a car goes past?
Do you want to go give her a goodbye kiss?
-No, I just want to get her out of my life.
Babe, go to sleep, I'm going to go downstairs.
I'm not tired. I thought I was but I'm not.
What you doing?
What happened at the funeral?
What happened between you and her the day of Derek's funeral?
I don't know what you're talking about.
She said something happened. She told me to ask you about it.
Told me to look you in the eye, watch you lie.
Babe, she's winding you up, isn't she?
So nothing happened?
Ten minutes she'll be in a cab, out of here, end of story.
Nothing much. It was silly. Just a stupid game of hers.
-It didn't mean anything.
-Do we have to do this now?
-Yes. We do. Because I want to know.
I told her what I've been telling her all along, I felt nothing,
that I wanted her to go and then she told me to prove it.
-Prove it? How?
-It's so stupid.
-Babe, it's just really silly.
Max, I can go over there, ask her myself if you want.
By kissing her. A kiss. A peck.
You kissed her?
-No. She kissed me.
-What's the difference?
There's a big difference. She kissed me.
Wanted to see if I felt anything. I didn't. That was that.
So why didn't you tell me?
Why do you think? Cos we'd have had this exact same conversation.
Well, why you telling me now, then?
Cos she's going, isn't she? Who cares?
And you felt nothing?
Babe, please. See, I knew, I should've just kept my mouth shut.
No, no. You're right. Let's talk about this.
She's going now, isn't she? So let's talk about this now.
Let's just get it all out.
Now. And then tomorrow, it'll just be a fresh start. Yeah?
-Yeah. Totally. Just tell me.
Just tell me everything I need to know now. Yeah.
Then it's done, isn't it? It's forgotten.
-Yeah, that's what you say.
-I mean it, Max. I promise you.
Please, will you just tell me?
There's nothing to tell, is there? We were together.
I came back here. I found you. It ended.
But when you were together you didn't know about me, though?
About how I felt, or anything, did you?
-So you must've had feelings for her?
Yeah. Yes. Babe, I told you all that, didn't I?
-So you cared for her?
-Yeah, course I did.
You loved her?
-I was fond of her, yeah.
-Were you in love with her?
Max, be honest. Will you just tell me?
Yeah. Yeah, I was. Yeah.
And now that's all gone, has it? Just gone?
-You don't sound convinced.
Babe, what do you want me to say?
I'm not saying I don't have some tiny feeling for her.
I do, I care about her, what happens to her.
We were close, got married, we shared a bit of life,
it weren't for long, I know, but...
I don't know. Honestly, I don't know what I'm talking about.
You still got feelings for her?
I'm not saying that, am I?
Things happened, all right?
She's not very good at looking after herself.
I let her down, didn't I?
One minute I was there. Next minute I was gone.
No phone call. Nothing. I treated her badly, didn't I?
I don't feel good about that.
She had to deal with things, had to handle things on her own.
-I don't feel good about it.
All sorts. You know. Like...flat. And job. You know.
No, I don't know.
She had some difficult times. And I weren't there.
-What sort of difficult times?
-Why do you want to know?
Why do you keep asking me questions?
Why do you keep pestering me? You got what you wanted. She's gone.
On her own, all right? Well done. You've won.
-We won. We won! We won, babe.
What do you want to do, crack open a bottle of champagne, celebrate?
She hasn't got anything. She got no-one.
And now she's on her own again.
So you just feel sorry for her?
Yeah, I do feel sorry for her.
There's nothing else you're not telling me, no?
No. That's it. Absolutely.
I don't believe you.
-I'm going downstairs.
-There's something else, I can tell.
There's something else you're not telling me.
What, you want to know every single little thing that happened?
I want to know everything, I want to know it all.
-You want to know it all?
-Yes, I do! So tell me.
Will you just please tell me?!
She had an abortion.
There you go. You happy now?
You happy now, Tanya? She had an abortion.
When I was back here with you.
Was it yours?
Yeah. She says it was.
Did you know?
No. Derek knew about it. He didn't tell me though.
-It don't matter now, does it?
-So when did she tell you?
-Babe, I don't know. A while ago.
When she came back here. Christmas. She might've mentioned it.
-"She might've mentioned it"?
-She rammed it down my throat.
-But you didn't tell me.
-I'm telling you now, aren't I?
So how'd you feel about that?
Not good. I mean, how would you feel about it?
Did you want it?
I didn't know about it. Not till she came back here.
If you had? If you had?
I don't know. No. Probably not. I don't know. Babe, no.
All right? No. Definitely not.
So now she's going, and you feel what? You feel sad?
You feel guilty?
I don't know. Honestly, I don't know how I feel, all right?
-I just want it to be over.
-Have you still got feelings for her?
Yeah. I have. I've still got affectionate feelings for her.
Do you want her?
-What does that mean?!
-Do you want to sleep with her?
I don't even want to talk about this any more.
Do you? Do you want to sleep with her?
-Can you just stop?!
No. Cos she's hideous. I wouldn't touch her with a barge pole.
That what you want to hear?
Yeah, in as much as I'd like to sleep with Scarlet Johansson.
Or some sort of fit bird I saw in the street.
I'm a bloke. You know. That's what blokes do.
That don't change how I feel about you.
Well, clearly it does, doesn't it?
You didn't seem too keen a minute ago.
We're both stressed out.
So you don't want me, you want her?
Babe, did I even say that?
You don't want her?
You're lying. You're lying. I can see. I can tell.
I can see it.
All right. I do want her.
That's the truth. I do want her.
But she's going, isn't she? She's leaving. So I can't have her.
I can't have her ever again.
Do you still love her? You still love her, don't you?
You've never stopped loving her! Have you?
You've never stopped.
Babe, I love you, all right? I want to make it work with you.
But you love her too.
And it's all a bit fresher, isn't it?
It's all a bit more new.
All a bit more sexy and romantic with her, isn't it?
No, it isn't like that. It isn't like that at all.
You're a liar. You're lying to me.
You've been lying to me for nearly 20 years,
do you think I can't tell?
-What does it matter?
-Of course it matters!
It don't matter, all right? She's going.
Once she's gone, all these...
These feelings, they'll just go.
They will, I promise. It isn't all my fault, is it?
You dumped me. And I fell in love with her.
You can't expect all those feelings just to go away.
I'm sorry, babe. All right. I am. I'm sorry.
I don't want to have feelings for her but I do.
I can't help it. It's just the way it is.
I would, I'd love 'em just to go.
I'd love feelings just to disappear, but they don't.
No matter what I do, they just don't.
So there, that's the truth. That's me being totally honest.
I do, I do still have feelings for her but they'll go.
All right, Tan? I'm sure they will.
No, they won't.
They will. I promise.
What you doing?
I feel sick. You're making me... I feel physically sick.
Don't be like that.
I want you out of the house. Yeah. I need you to get out.
Don't be stupid.
You wanted me to be honest, I have been honest with you.
What happened to a fresh start, babe?
She doesn't matter any more. All that matters is me and you.
There isn't a me and you anymore.
It's ruined. It's all ruined.
I can't, um...I can't look at you the same anymore.
You're not my Max any more. You're not mine any more.
You're not mine any more. I can see it. And I can feel it. You're hers.
You're hers. You're all hers and you need to...
-No. No, it's not like that at all.
-No, you need to get out.
Mum! What you doing?
I need you out. Get out.
-Babe...why you being like this?
-Don't make me ask you again, please!
-Don't be like this, please!
-Mum, what are you doing?
-Your father's leaving. Out!
-Don't be like this.
She's leaving. She's going. You don't need to do this.
Babe, please don't do this, please. It's so stupid. I love you.
We are finished. We are, Max. I mean it.
We were probably finished the first time you ever touched Stacey.
No, in fact, before that, the woman before,
before we even came to the Square. I don't even remember her name.
-Tan, please. Please.
-No! I do not want you around. I don't.
I don't want you in my life. And I don't want to feel like this.
I don't want to feel like this ever again.
-I'm not going to let you do this.
-Don't touch me.
And don't come back.
And apparently, that Kirsty,
she packed her bags and she drove off late last night.
-How do you know these things?
-Because I keep my ear to the ground.
Although I might not be around so much any more.
Well, see, I'm not one to gloat,
but I have been short-listed for the position of Regional Manager.
Well, that's fantastic, Zee.
See, I didn't know whether to say anything or not.
You know, because I didn't want you to think
that I was rubbing it in your face or anything, so...
No. No, you're not.
I've got one, too.
-All right? Morning!
-Oh, sleep well, did ya?
Funny that! Cos me, I didn't get to sleep a wink, what with you tossing and turning all night!
-Nearly threw you out.
-Probably would have deserved it.
-What you talking about? I ain't done nothing wrong.
So how did you manage to lose two wives in one night, eh?!
Morning! Watch yourself.
There you go! Do you want some breakfast?
Oh, that's fantastic, I'm really pleased for you.
Yeah, well, I haven't got the job yet. It's just an interview.
Yeah, well, you will when they meet you.
Yeah, try telling that to Zainab.
Well, Zainab hasn't got your secret weapon.
I've interviewed more no hopers than Lord Sugar, OK.
And for the price of a drink,
I'm willing to give you the benefit of my experience.
Do you know what, I might just take you up on that.
When you've finished, some of us are waiting.
-You going to tell her your news?
-No, no, it's no big deal, is it?
Don't you think it's time you and her had a proper chat?
What's the point? She'd only throw it back in my face, wouldn't she?
You're early. I ain't finished getting her ready yet.
Well, I've got the day off and no-one to spend it with.
I suppose an extra half hour won't hurt.
And we ain't going to be around for a while,
cos I'm taking Mum to Cornwall next week.
-She wants to meet her great-granddaughter
-for the first time.
-Why can't she come here?
There's people round here she don't want to see,
so we thought we'd take Lexi away.
-And what if I don't want her to go?
-It's only for a couple of weeks.
Anyway, it's all sorted so you ain't got any choice. Has she, eh?
Right, did you want any more pancakes? I'd better get to work.
I didn't think you'd be up for it today.
Managed to drag myself in when I was having chemo, didn't I?
I think I can cope today.
Well, what about Dad? Don't you two need to talk?
No. We said everything last night.
I don't get it. Did you find out he was seeing Kirsty after all?
No, darling. I just...
I just realised it was time to stop fooling myself and move on.
Trust me, things will be better.
Wait, wait! You're not getting away from me this time!
I knew you'd be the ruination of me, Cora Cross.
I knew I would pay for trusting you but I never thought, in all my days,
it was going to cost me so much.
Only a few weeks behind with the rent.
Only a few weeks? It's over a thousand quid!
And the council have suspended my benefits, you know,
because of these here arrears.
And I've got a meeting with them to discuss what's going on.
That ain't my fault.
I've never had no trouble with the council until I,
in my foolishness, put you in charge.
I did the best I could, tried to keep on top of things.
Hiding the final demands within the sideboard?
You never told me how high the bills would be.
Oh, I suppose you kept the house lit up like a lighthouse.
And the heating on all day and all night.
What did you expect us to do? Sit in the dark and freeze?
Oh, no. No, I am the one who's going to be doing that
since you left me destitute.
The council ain't going to want the money up front.
I'll give you a tenner a week, and the odd shift.
Oh, how very generous of you(!)
In fact, you can start now, I need to be with Tanya.
You have left me up to my eyeballs in debt
and now you ask me to do you a favour.
You ask me to cover your shift
so that you can pay off a minute fraction of the bills that you owe?
It's the best I can do.
Take it or leave it.
I ain't never heard nothing like it in my life!
I want you to know, Denise, that if I get the job,
I won't be one of those people that, you know, comes back to work
and makes my colleagues' life a misery.
Thanks, Zee, and I want you to know
that if I get the job, then I won't make your life miserable, either.
You really think you stand a good chance?
I might have a few tricks up my sleeve.
Oh, yeah? Too much make up? Short skirts?
Ian's going to help me practice.
Do you really think that's a good idea?
Being so over-rehearsed and stiff?
Yeah. It's better than being under-rehearsed and panicking.
What you doing for lunch?
You all right?
Yeah, I'm fine.
Listen, I'm so sorry about what happened the other week.
I had no idea who Dexter was.
Right. What are you doing here?
I'm on lunch. I was coming to see you to let you know
I got a job at a local school.
Oscar's, actually. I didn't know that when I applied.
I'm not stalking you, it was just one of those things.
Right, well, that's great. Well, they're lucky to have you.
And I wanted to apologise.
I went too far.
You know what it's like to be protective of your kids.
I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions.
And I definitely shouldn't have said anything about you and Max.
-There is no me and Max.
We've split up.
-Oh, no, don't be.
No, it's the best thing that could have happened.
-Right, so I'll be seeing more of you then.
-Yeah. See ya.
Look, I know things got out of hand last night,
and I said one or two things I shouldn't have done,
but the last thing I want is to hurt you.
Oh, don't worry, you haven't.
I'm glad you finally admitted how you feel.
Babe, don't be like that. You're just taking it all the wrong way.
Can I just explain, at least? For the kids, if nothing else.
Don't worry about the kids. I've told them it's over
and they think it's for the best, too.
So why don't you get back to your real wife?
Leave me alone, cos I don't need you.
You all right, Tan?
Yes, I will be, if people stop asking me.
You coming in?
Oh, hello, Mum. Shouldn't you be at work?
Dot's covering my shift. I thought I'd get my cuticles done.
Though she did mention you'd kicked out Max.
You must be devastated, Tan. You poor thing.
Come on, darling, we're only trying to help.
I've been saving this for a special occasion,
but since you're all here...
Just so you know, I don't need your pity, all right?
I am finally back in charge of my life,
so do you want to help me celebrate?
Ain't like we're emigrating or anything.
Anyway, she's in my care, I'll do what I want.
You know I'm doing my best to be there for her!
I even stopped seeing my mates cos you wanted me to!
That's what this is about, is it?
You're upset cos you've dumped your loser boyfriend?
He wasn't my boyfriend, and this ain't about him.
This is about me making you happy all the time
and you don't even seem to think about me.
-You ain't my priority, Lexi is!
And how is going to see some old dear she don't even know
-good for her?
-Because I say so.
And what do the Social think?
They'll be fine. It's just a holiday.
I'm terribly sorry to keep you all waiting, but I'm afraid that
one of my colleagues forgot to order the soap powder.
Which you would think is a matter of priority in a launderette,
but no, apparently it's more important to stock the place
with magazines filled with titillation.
Dot, how long on these dryers?
Only I was hoping to get out of here sometime today.
There's only one working, Billy. The other's on the blink.
There's probably a rogue brassiere stuck in the mechanism
which no-one has bothered to report, nor attempted to retrieve. Ah!
It's good to have you back, Dot.
What was that, Billy?
-I said it's good to have you back.
-Well, I wish I could say the same,
but, I mean, half the baskets have gone AWOL,
and there's more cash in the machines than there is
in the petty cash, and as for the bathroom facilities...
Yeah, well, I'm sure you'll have it back normal in no time.
Unfortunately, Mr Opa...
He has seen it fit to give my job to someone less qualified!
And even I can't perform miracles in a day.
Well, if I was Mr Papadopoulos, I'd be begging you to come back.
Place ain't been the same without you.
Pops, you've got to get down the Social, quick.
What's wrong? Is it Lexi?
I'll explain on the way down, just hurry up.
-Dot, please can you..?
-All right, all right!
KNOCK AT DOOR
What do you want me to say?
Just tell me to come in.
Better do what she tells you.
All right, fine, come in.
Mrs Masood, hello.
Please take a seat.
Thank you for coming to this interview.
So, could you tell me
what kind of managerial skill you'd bring to this job?
Oh, yes. I would bring excellent organisational skills,
a very strong work ethic and I suffer no nonsense.
Ah. And what would you say to that, Miss Fox?
Since when is she playing Miss Fox? This is not a group interview!
You know what, it might be a good idea to find out
what kind of answers Denise might give.
I don't know that much about Denise.
You don't need to, just make up some half baked,
patronising rubbish and you'll be fine.
Well, I suppose I'd say a good manager looks out for their staff
and makes them want to do their best.
Don't you want them to do well?
Well, of course I do,
but there are better ways to achieve productivity than by being nice.
My dad always said that people respond better to sugar than salt.
Oh, is that right, Miss Fox?
Are there any other cooking proverbs that you might like to come up with
that would help maximise growth within a double dip recession?
I don't think so.
I've spent years doing things for everyone else.
I'm just going to start looking after myself from now on.
And I'm not going to make the mistake of just jumping into bed
with the first bloke that pays me a bit of attention.
We've all been there,
you should have seen some of the horrors I've had.
We have. Phil.
You know who I think's got it made?
Yeah, cos, well, you wouldn't catch a woman lying or cheating.
Don't you believe it.
Straight or gay, if they want to put it about, they will.
Max wasn't sleeping with Kirsty, if that's what you're all thinking.
Course not, darling, we never said he was.
Good. Right, let's stop talking about it, shall we?
This is going down well, isn't it? Shall we get another one?
That's a stupid question, and it is not even on the list I gave you!
They're not going to just ask you what you're expecting.
They could hit you with anything.
OK, fine! If I was in a balloon that was losing height,
I would throw overboard the people
that would be of the least amount of help.
Right. Miss Fox, the same question to you.
Well, if I got the people onto the balloon, I can't throw them out.
So I'd jump myself.
There is no balloon, all right?
This is just a test to see
if you're ruthless enough to get rid of dead weight!
Or to see if you can take responsibility for your actions.
Either way it is a stupid thing!
Well, that kind of covers everything. Can I read my paper now?
No. No, no, no. Not until you tell us which one of us has got the job.
You never said I had to do that.
Well, I never said we had to do a group interview.
Yeah, the very least you could do is tell us which one you'd choose?
Her or me?
Four white wines, please. Make them large.
All right, coming up.
-Why not get a bottle?
-Yeah, good idea.
And before you say anything, I'm not here to harass you,
I just want a drink.
We're still mates, you can harass me anytime.
-You all right, Mum?
I thought you were meant to be working today?
Yeah, I was. And then I thought no, I'm going to celebrate my freedom.
See, you're not the only one who knows how to enjoy herself.
Take it everything went well?
First time I've seen you enjoying yourself since you got back.
This is purely medicinal, and if by well, you meant spending my day
clearing up your mess, yes, it went very well.
Maybe I could put another couple of shifts your way.
Well, that won't be necessary, cos Mr Oppopolus, he popped in.
He never said he was planning to come.
And he was so pleased with the way the launderette
was running so smooth, that he offered me my job back on the spot.
That's good news.
It ain't the answer to all my problems,
but as the saying goes, the Lord helps them what help themselves.
So I shall need your keys for the morning shift.
You can't just swap shifts.
Oh, but I can!
Because Mr Opa, he wanted someone in a more senior position,
so he has offered me my job back as manageress.
So I'll require you at 1pm tomorrow, preferably not reeking of alcohol.
Thank you. Patrick.
Maybe we should go.
Oi, you can't keep walking out of places
just because she's come in, OK? It's getting stupid.
You need to come and have a chat with your sister.
He's right, you know. I mean, how much longer is this going to go on?
What if something serious happens? One of you falls ill or something?
No. No, I'm not, I've got a job interview, actu...
What, that's it?
Forget it, I knew this was going to be a waste of time.
You think I want this?
I would love to chew the fat with you, D, I would really love to.
Tell you about this big fat mess that's my life but I can't.
Not since you came onto my boyfriend.
-No, she didn't!
-Excuse me, Sharon, we've run out of crisps.
One thing I've learnt in this last year
is that you can't get over your problems unless you talk about them.
-Unless you're honest about them.
-What are you talking about?
Look, Denise didn't come onto him.
He came onto her.
I thought you were going to go and see Tanya and sort this out.
Yeah, well, looks like that might be a bit harder than I thought.
So, what exactly have you done to upset Tanya?
Did she catch you and Kirsty at it after all?
No, don't be stupid. I told you, there's nothing to catch, is there?
Right. So she just flipped? Slung you out for no good reason?
No, she asked me to be honest, didn't she?
Said she wanted to know the truth about Kirsty.
Yeah, and what exactly did you say? Kirsty was better in the sack?
No, don't be stupid. No, I just...
I said I had some feelings, you know, they wouldn't go away.
What, you told Tanya that you had feelings for another bird?
Come on, Max.
Surely you of all people know you should never admit that
to your missus.
Unless it's the other missus you want to be with.
I thought it'd be better, you know. Get everything out in the open.
Honestly, I don't know what came over me.
-Oh, feelings, apparently.
-Yeah, all right!
-What do you expect?
If Del was here he wouldn't let you hear the last of it, would he?
Anyway, I'm sure you'll manage to squirm your way out of it, though.
-You always do in the end, don't you?
-I don't know.
I reckon I might have blown it for good this time.
You looked me in the eye and told me that Dee was the one that came on to you!
You ain't supposed to be around here, Kim, I'm working.
You don't even want to be with me any more, so why make that up?
He's a spineless coward.
I don't need to take this, all right? We ain't even together.
Look, just tell me the truth!
Look, I might have given you the wrong idea, all right?
It was down to me.
Look, I wanted to tell you the truth
but she reckoned it was better not to.
Look, the only reason I went along with it was
cos I didn't want to hurt you.
If you were really bothered about hurting me
then maybe you shouldn't have come onto my sister.
Nan, she's still not said what's happened?
Not exactly, but she seems to think it's for the best.
This is what she always does!
She makes out that she's doing great, then you find out she's got
cancer, she's had it for months and she ain't told no-one.
That ain't going to happen this time, darling.
-What you saying?
She's already missed one check up. This is just going to make it worse.
OK, darling. Great.
Abi's taking Oscar to stay at a friend's,
so if Jack's picking Denny up from swimming, we've got the whole night.
I should have done this weeks ago, shouldn't I?
Instead of staying in, wondering if my husband was having an affair
with his other wife.
And you're really sure it's over? Even though Kirsty's gone.
She still exists, don't she? Wherever she is.
No, you're probably doing the right thing.
It's just not easy to walk away from such a big part of your life, is it?
It is if you want it to be, isn't it?
Right, who's in the mood for dancing?
I should have just told Ray to be honest with you.
But I knew how much you loved him.
I just thought it would be easier this way.
So you let me go on making a fool of myself?
It's nothing like that.
He's just not the type to settle down.
You mean more to me than any fella ever will...
..which is why I didn't want to hurt you.
The truth is you can do much better than a creep like that.
We both can.
We're going to R&R. You coming, girls?
I don't understand why you still won't say.
I told you - it's too hard to say.
Why? I'm not asking you who are you going to push out of a balloon.
I'm just saying who would you employ?
I don't know. You've both got different...qualities.
I mean, you're more focused, and Ayesha, she's more diplomatic.
What's Ayesha got to do with anything?
You're supposed to be thinking of her as Denise.
You're the one who chose a joint interview,
so come on, who would you pick?
-..of course, Zee.
-You're not just saying that?
If it came down to it, I'd always choose you.
# And when you get the chance
# You are the dancing queen
# Young and sweet, only seventeen... #
Have I got the wrong time or something?
I swear we only just opened.
Look, if you let me come home, I promise I'll make things right.
What about Ian? I thought you two were getting cosy.
No, it's not like that, we're just mates.
You could do worse than Ian Beale.
Could do a lot better an' all.
I'm not doing anything with him,
and I'd prefer to be back in my own home.
A week's laundry. Six weeks' breakfasts on your own.
Three weeks' breakfasts, and I'll throw in a foot massage.
Four weeks', a foot massage and you're on.
# Dancing queen. #
Thank you! Thank you very much.
You think that's a good idea, Mum?
-I don't know till I try, do I?
-Maybe you should just go home.
Lauren, oh, Lauren. Seriously? Are you telling me to not drink?
She's only trying to look out for you.
Oh, sorry, if I'm embarrassing you, why don't you go and speak
to your new best friend? To your Kirsty.
Maybe it is time to call it a day, babe.
Oh, right. Oh, I get it.
So none of you are here to have a good time at all, huh? No?
-You're just here out of pity, yeah?
-We're just trying to help.
Well, I don't need your help, all right? I'm fine.
Oh, it's about time!
We've already been down the office and tried calling
-but your phone's off.
-I'm sorry, I came as soon as I could.
You'd be round here a lot quicker if someone complained about me,
but when someone's trying to take my baby away, it's all right.
I'm here now and I promise, no-one's taking Lexi without your permission.
We've spoken to Mr Mitchell and made it clear he should have told us
straight away if he was thinking of going on holiday.
So Phil messed up then? And he can't go?
You have a right to your contact time
and, as I say, no-one can take that away.
Now we can arrange for you to see your solicitor.
However, if you do object and Mr Mitchell decides to go
on holiday anyway, Lexi will have to be taken into temporary foster care.
What? Can't she just stay here with us?
You know we're not ready for that yet.
The last thing we want is her taken into care.
Which is why it might be better to reach a compromise.
After all, it's hardly a bad thing for Lexi to get to know her family.
We could set up extra contact after the holiday,
or even pay for you to visit.
Do you really think he's going to let me spend any time with Lexi?
All he'd do is keep me waiting around all the time,
to prove who's in control.
No, not this time. I'm in control.
It's your decision,
but why don't you take a night to think about what's best for Lexi?
No, I already know. I want to see my solicitor.
I thought I'd better see if you were still talking to me.
I'm not sure that I should be, but we've worked it out now
and I'm moving back home, so I won't be in your hair any more.
Oh, right. Well, how about I cook you a special dinner tonight
-so we can say goodbye?
-Dinner? Bit much for mates, innit?
Well, I must say I have got an ulterior motive.
Is there any chance you could do the school run tomorrow?
Listen, we'll talk later, yeah? See you in a bit.
Who said romance was dead?
I told you, there's no romance going on.
Then why do you look so disappointed?
I'm sure she didn't mean what she said, babe, you know.
She has had a fair bit to drink tonight.
If she can be a nightmare, then I can, too.
Apparently, it runs in the family.
I can see people looking at me.
Let them look.
Yeah, I don't care, I can still hold my head up, can't I?
Shame you can't hold the rest of you up.
Come on, let's get you home.
-All right, Tanya?
-Hello. Look, look, it's my knight in shining armour!
You come to save the day, have you?!
Look at the state of you. Why did you let her get like this?
-I don't need anyone's permission.
-You've had enough.
Get off me. Who do you think you are?
You're not my husband.
You don't even want me.
-Well, I never said that, did I?
Go on, go back to your precious Kirsty.
She's the one you love. Know this now.
She's the one you've got feelings for.
All those months... all those months of treatment.
All the time we had without sex, and now we know, don't we?
Now we know what you were thinking of.
Didn't even want to be with me, did you? Just felt sorry for me.
Poor little cancer-riddled Tanya...
-Tan, you all right?
-Get off me!
You heard her. Just go.
I always thought that no matter what happened,
no matter how many other women there were...
..I always thought that I would be the one that he really cared about.
I'd be the one, you know.
The one real love of his life.
I'm a fool, aren't I?
I'm a fool who'll believe anything, aren't I?
Ssssh. This ain't your fault, darling!
No, it is, Mum!
Because I know, I know I should be strong
and I know I should move on and I can't.
I can't, Mum, because...
Because I still love him. I still love him so much.
Morning, golden boy.
Oh, yeah? Since when did you have so much to smile about?
I saw Tanya last night. In a right state.
-What, and that makes you feel happy, does it?
-Well, it means she's not coping.
She might realise, maybe it's time we ended all this, get me back to where I belong.
So it's Tanya you want to be with, then?
Yeah. So, with any luck,
you'll have your love nest back by the end of the day.
You're up bright and early. Considering.
Oscar didn't get the memo about Mummy having a hangover.
Kids. Nothing but trouble.
This isn't just small talk we're having, is it?
You can't go missing hospital appointments again, Tanya.
It was just a one-to-one with the nurse.
Then there's nothing to be afraid of, is there?
-I couldn't get another appointment for weeks.
-Half past one, Nurse Addison. I've told Poppy.
This gob of mine ain't just a cigarette holder, you know.
Good morning, family.
Wow, Zee, you're looking good.
-Yeah, amazing, Auntie-Ji.
-Thank you, Ayesha.
Anyone mind if I have this last piece of toast?
You know, you of all people, AJ, should be
-hoping I get this promotion.
-Oh, yeah? Longer hours, is it?
No. because I might finally be able to undo the damage that you
have caused to our name within the community.
What, as Regional Manager of the Minute Mart?
-Oi, come on.
-Come on, she knows I'm kidding.
Good luck, Zainab. Look - I'm crossing everything for you.
That sounded almost sincere.
I am sincere! Regional Manager can authorise discounts on booze...
Does it ever occur to you that if you did more than sit
on your backside scratching yourself that you might still have a wife
and a home to go back to instead of being here, sponging off us?
-No, no, he's not the first useless layabout that I've come across.
And you will end up like the rest of them -
all alone with nothing to show for your life.
Good luck with your interview, Zainab.
Oh, so this is what got you out the house at the crack of dawn.
I thought this was a casual thing?
Yeah, it is. For now.
-You think there's so much work out there, I can turn this down?
-There are garages in Dalston.
And what, there ain't no schools? You work in Walford now, too.
All I'm saying is, this ain't our home.
So don't go getting too comfy.
Listen, meet me in the Vic for a drink after work, yeah?
-You can get comfy with a drink.
Oh, yes, please! That smells great.
Don't remember you making me coffee when I'm hung over!
Eh? You're kidding, aren't you? All the coffees I've made you,
all the hangovers you've had - the two must've collided at some point.
So you do not feel just a little bit hypocritical right now?
-Yes, thank you.
-Give it a rest, please, the pair of you.
Right, who wants a bacon sarnie then, eh?
I'll have one, if one's going spare.
-End of the day, he reckons.
-Yeah? What did Tanya say?
Morgan! Will you get a move on? We're going to be late.
-You having problems?
Just got to drop this lot off, get him to school and go and do my shift at the R&R, that's all.
I'm glad Tiffany walks to school with her mates now.
-We'll take him if you like?
-Yeah? Sure you don't mind?
-No, course not. Going to be family soon, ain't we?
All right, then. See you later then, yeah?
-She's a keeper, Uncle Jack.
-Yeah, tell me about it.
-That was nice of you.
-Yeah, well - I know what it's like to be a single mum, don't I?
Well, that's ancient history, babe, innit?
Nice suit. Charity shop, was it?
I don't know why you'd think that. Unless that's where you got yours?
-All right, all right. Give your finger a rest, will you?
I've come to warn you to sit by the phone. My solicitor's going to be ringing.
-Is she for real, or what?
-She's upset, Phil.
A few weeks is a long time in a baby's life.
-Yeah, and you can't keep me from Lexi that long.
-It's not about keeping you from Lexi.
If it weren't for me you wouldn't be seeing her at all.
And now you think you can do what you want when you want.
It don't work like that, Phil. I have rights.
OK, so you stop me taking Lexi on a lovely holiday.
Spoiling her like a grandad should.
And what? They're just going to hand her back to you?
-She'd go back into the system till you come back.
-I mean, think about it.
She gets to meet her great-grandma, she has a couple of weeks by the sea or what?
-Ends up with a bunch of strangers.
I'm just trying to do the best I can for Lexi.
What's wrong with that? Billy, be honest.
You'd take Lexi away, wouldn't you?
Buy her things, give her stuff that you never had as a kid.
You know, if you could?
What you talking about, brother? I've already spent money on the tunes.
And I've been working on new mixes.
Bruv, you know my public are waiting for me, innit?
You know what, forget it, bruv. Later. Later, later.
You got a problem, Fats?
I'm supposed to be doing a DJ-ing thing a bit later,
but the guy that was hosting it, he just backed out.
Why don't you have it at my place?
-What, all of a sudden you don't like partying? Come on.
Wait, are you serious? Honestly, it'll only be a few people,
a bit of dancing... I'll even help clean up, all right?
-Yes, Fats. OK. Sorted.
-You. You are beautiful! You are...
Your mum's going to love this, isn't she, eh?
Relax! It's just Fats and a few mates, innit?
Anyway, she's all up for the party thing now - ain't you heard?
Oh, come on. This is just getting silly.
Can't we just talk as normal?
Let me ask you this.
Would two gladiators be making chitchat before they walk into battle?
We're not gladiators. We're stacking tins of sweetcorn.
Like it or not, only one of us can get this job.
Yes, but I have only just got my sister back.
The last thing I want to do is to fall out with you over some
-Some stupid promotion?!
It's just a job, Zee. Oh, come on - friendship.
Much more important. Even yours. May the best woman win?
Aw, look at you two!
We're being mature adults. You wouldn't understand that.
Excuse me, I'm extremely adult. Packet of Jelly Babies, please.
So you've recovered from your hissy fit earlier, have you?
You mean have I forgiven you for calling me a useless waste of space who deserves to die alone?
No, no, my interview's not until 2:30...
What time change?!
OK, then sorry, I'll be right over there.
Oh, yes! Someone had rung the landline earlier.
I left you a note, look. it slipped my mind, Denise...
So much for may the best woman win!
Do you never worry that someone some day might give you
-a taste of your own medicine?
-I know all the tricks in the book.
You'd have to wake up pretty early to catch me out.
Abi's going to pick Oscar up.
Don't offer to do it yourself, will you(!)
It's hard to be in two places at once, Tanya. Even for me.
No, Mum. I told you, This is just a routine thing.
-I want to go on my own.
-We could hit the shops. Make a day of it.
Oh, yeah, get our nails done. What is the matter with you?
-Thanks for coming in.
-When you're ready.
Thank you. So, how did it go?
Fine, thank you.
Once we got that little mix-up about the time sorted out.
-Oh, I'm so glad.
I can't stay long, darling, I've got a delivery in half an hour.
-You want a sandwich?
-No, you're all right.
Hello? Yeah, speaking.
OK, I'll be right down.
Denny's been involved in a fight in the playground.
-He's a boy, that's what they do.
-No, it's not like him, Jack.
-Do you want me to come with you?
-No, you're all right, I can sort it.
-I'll catch you later.
You all right, Lauren? Where's your mum? I've just been round the house.
Well? Do you know where she is or not?
She's at the hospital. For a check-up.
-Why didn't she tell me?
-I dunno, Dad. Maybe cos you and her ain't been doing much talking lately, have you?
-Someone trying to get hold of you?
They should bottle this smell. Flog it as an insect repellent.
You never see flies in hospitals, do you? Don't blame them.
I'd give it a wide berth if I could.
-You didn't have to come.
-Oh, yeah! You'd love that, wouldn't you?
Once my back's turned you'd be out that door like a whippet.
Mum, I missed the last appointment because I was...busy, wasn't I?
I mean, it's not like there hasn't been a lot going on lately, is it?
I ain't seen you in such a state like you was last night
for a long time.
There's no shame in admitting it's knocked you for six, Tanya.
I'm embarrassed is what I am, Mum.
I mean, making a show of myself in front of you,
that's one thing, innit.
But Ava, she must wish I'd stayed long lost.
I'm sure she's seen worse. You want to talk about it?
Don't make us out to be something we're not.
It's just not what we do, is it?
Let's just sit here and wait, then, eh?
Yes, I would definitely say that working with other people
as part of a team is one of my strengths.
Great. I must say, Zainab, you're a wonderful candidate.
Oh, thank you. You know, I always try to be the best that I can be.
And it's wonderful to see you coping so well.
With the short-term memory loss after the accident.
Your friend called earlier, to warn me
not to worry in case you seemed a little confused.
Oh, I forgot! The accident.
Oh, yes. Oh, my friend.
Always looking out for me.
-So - moving on...
Look how different she looks. She changes every week.
I mean, Phil can't just expect me to miss her growing up, can he?
Look, the thing is, Lo, Phil ain't all wrong in this, you know.
-Whose side are you on?
-As if you've got to ask. Lola, think about it.
Lexi, being back in care, surrounded by people that she doesn't know...
-No, don't even go there, Pops.
-We have to go there, because that's what the reality is.
No. She is mine. She's not Phil's.
-He can't push me out all the time and make all the decisions without me.
And I know Phil ain't perfect, but he does love Lexi.
And Peggy, well she's one of the good ones. If you wanted anyone around Lexi, it's Aunty Peg.
Phil just wants to show her a better life, you know.
-A bit of fresh air, a proper family.
-So you think Phil should have her, cos he can give her more stuff?
No, it ain't about stuff, money - that ain't important.
Let's not pretend that me
and you didn't miss out on a few things over the years.
If Lexi can have a few more days by the sea rather than go
through what we had to go through...
Is that such a bad thing, eh?
Dunno why they bother making appointments if they're just going to let you sit here all day.
Good job we've got plenty to talk about then, innit.
-You want to talk, Mum, let's talk. You've obviously got something you want to say.
-Yeah, I have.
Men let you down - that's what they do.
Your problem is - you're surprised every time it happens.
D'you know, when Lauren was a little girl, she used to look at me like I was everything.
Now she just sees some pathetic excuse for a woman
staggering from one crisis to another.
I know, Mum.
I know, I should just pick myself up.
Dust myself off.
It's just it's not that easy.
What makes you think Max is the be all and end all?
You got three beautiful kids. A business.
A life most people can only dream of, and you sit here crying
over a second-hand car salesman in an overpriced suit?
-I'm not crying.
-Good. Keep it that way.
Well? How did it go?
You know exactly how it went!
You know, what I did might have been petty and underhanded
but what YOU did might have lost me the job entirely!
ME?! What have I done?!
You told the interviewer I had short-term memory loss!
I looked like a complete fool!
Short-term? Well, that'll teach you, won't it,
-not to pass on a message.
-Oh, you think this is funny, do you?
Yes, I do, actually. But I had nothing to do with it.
Afternoon, Zainab. Remember me?
-Mum, you're walking too fast!
-Come on, Denny, that boy's not going to hurt you any more.
-He punched him for no reason!
-Stop it, Mum!
Oh, that's it, Bianca, set a good example.
You grew up in that boozer, Sharon. You're no better than me.
-I beg your pardon.
-And your bully boy is no better than him!
Oi, oi! What's all the shouting?
-Morgan was the one who punched Denny in the playground.
-Except that is not true!
He hit him!
Dennis, is that true?
Course it's not! Denny's always been taught never to use his fists.
Look, let's talk about this indoors.
Oh, great. I can't wait to be one big, happy family.
Lovely. Come on, Denny.
Let's go shopping.
Listen, I got an engine in there that needs stripping
-if you got all the time in the world to just sit around, you know.
You fancy a drink later? I'm meeting Mum in the Vic.
-You and your mum are tight, ain't ya?
-Yeah, tight as.
It's always just been me and her - no choice, really.
-Phil wants to take Lexi away on holiday.
I wish I'd had someone to whisk me away like that when I was that age.
They took us on a bus to Blackpool once.
Me and a load of the other care home kids.
I spent the whole day in the arcade and just sat on the pier.
But all the people, they could tell that we was from care
and looked at us funny.
It's going to be different for Lexi, though.
Yeah. Yeah, it is.
Right, go and get changed, Denny, please.
-One boxing lesson!
-You think that's how I've been bringing him up?
-To knock lumps out of people?
-He's a boy, all right? That's what they do.
-Not my boy, Jack.
-No, no. Cos you've got him so
wrapped up in cotton wool that he can hardly breathe.
It's no big deal, all right? I'll have a word with him,
-tell him he can't go round hitting people for no good reason.
-Not for any reason!
I mean, honestly, what gives you the right?
The right? Oh, nothing.
Just someone's got to spend time with him while you're off with Lexi.
I'm going to the B&B.
You and your brother can have a cosy night in.
Hello. Come in.
Right, so this is just a few people then, is it, Lauren?
Lauren! Oscar's asleep upstairs.
-It's just a little get-together, that's all.
-Half of London must be here.
Luscious Lauren, baby, come here! You have saved my life.
-Give me some sugar, girl.
-OK, Fats, how many people did you actually invite here tonight?
-Oh you know, just a few.
-A few as in...?
Yeah, maybe I should've checked how big that mailing list was...
It's party time, people!
Yeah, you just keep coming, don't you.
Yes, that's right, Masood, laugh it up.
I hope you think it is still so funny
-when I don't get that promotion.
-Oh, come on, how do you know?
It sounds like the interview went really well.
Yes. No thanks to that useless brother of yours!
Why - why is he out to sabotage me?
You can't go round calling people every name under the sun
and not expect them to react.
Party at the Brannings by the looks of it. Might pop over there later.
That Lauren Branning! See, that is what happens to young children...
-..when their families break up.
-Cup of tea, Auntie-Ji?
And this is what young people should be like.
I'll have a lager, thanks.
It's on the bottom shelf, hidden in a box of chocolate biscuits. Shush!
No. No, I'm not having you ruin this girl any more than you already have!
But it's all right for her to hear you mouthing off?
OK, you know what? Just enough, all right? Enough out of you!
That's enough out of both of you!
Families do not behave like this. You should both know better.
Now who wants to be the first to apologise?
Make the first move? Be the bigger person?
You can take her.
Worked out I'm not the big bad wolf after all?
I ain't doing it for you, Phil.
I'm doing it for Lexi. I want her to have everything.
Even if I'm not the one giving it to her.
I'll, er... I'll give my mum a call.
What do you two think you're doing?!
Oi, get off him! Out. Now.
Out. Move it. Come on.
Seriously there is some serious business going on upstairs.
And when I say serious, I mean the nasty kind.
Fats, what were you thinking inviting all these people?!
-Half of them are not with me.
-Excuse me, excuse me.
I'm taking Oscar over to Jay at the B&B because people keep trying to get into Mum and Dad's room.
We're going to have to sort this out now. You know what I mean?
What do you want to do?
I can't believe I was so worried about a little chat with a nurse.
It's never a little chat with them, is it?
Given half a chance, they'll rake through your business.
I remember the midwife who delivered Ava. So many questions.
None of them worth asking.
Thank you. She was quite sweet, actually.
She kept on asking me things like "How you feeling emotionally since the cancer?"
How's anyone feeling emotionally?
"How's the family?" I felt like saying, "Your guess is as good as mine at the moment."
I am going to get through this, aren't I, Mum?
-The cancer's gone, Tanya.
-I ain't talking about the cancer.
How about this time we get through it together?
You got something you want to say?
So you can tell me that there's two sides to every story
and you're not responsible for whatever state Tanya gets in?
It's not that hard to believe, is it?
Red wine and a pint, please.
Your mother's daughter, ain't you?
Careful, Mum. You don't want to go getting too comfy round here.
Right, come on then, mate. Out! Come on.
-It was only meant to be a few people.
Abi's taken him to Jay's. I'm really sorry.
I worry about you sometimes, Lauren. You got anything up here?
-All right. I'll deal with it.
-I think we should get Dad.
-No! No, we don't need him.
-We can't just pretend he doesn't exist. He does still live here.
Yeah, maybe it's about time I sorted that.
Oi, out. Out. Come on.
There you go - enjoy.
Oh look, here you go. See, this tie - it's silk, that tie,
-that's hardly been worn, that has.
-Ooh, I always liked that. Enjoy! Help yourselves.
-That is it, she's lost it.
Here you go, help yourselves. It's all freshly washed and ironed, just how he liked it.
-Mum - stop it!
-There you go. Go and get Oscar, will you?
-Don't argue, Abs, just do it.
Listen, Lauren, I really am sorry about all this, all right.
-And the offer to clean up still stands, so you just let me know...
-There you go.
Are you sure about this?
What else am I going to do, Mum, eh? Just curl up in a corner and cry?
You ain't going to want to hear this but your Lauren's having a blow out over at yours.
-She never learns, does she.
Yeah, look, got these new shoes!
What's the matter with you?
Think you can go round helping yourself to other people's stuff, do you? Get lost. Go on.
Excuse me mate, that's mine. Where d'you get that?
The kid over there reckons Tanya's been giving this stuff out like goody bags.
What's the matter with her? Lost the plot, ain't she.
Both in the bad books, ain't we?
Tell you what, let's go over to mine. Let's have a drink.
So what now?
Well, now we start again.
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Still dealing with the fallout from Max's secret, Tanya decides to take charge of the situation but her methods leave Max reeling. As he tries to pacify the situation, Tanya's paranoia seems to be eating away at her.
Realising he is at risk of losing his family, Max tries his best to manage the situation but when he finally gets what he has been asking for, it only leads to more problems. Will Max and Tanya be able to salvage their marriage?
Dot is livid at Cora's betrayal and she makes her views known, but with debts mounting will Dot be able to find a way out of her financial mess?
Lola visits Phil in the hope of spending some extra time with Lexi, but she is horrified when she hears what Phil has to tell her.
Lauren's attempts at helping out a friend backfire. When she calls her mum for help, Tanya has a novel way of dealing with the situation.
With her mind made up, Lola storms round to Phil's and lets him know that she is not going to stand by and let him get his own way.