A chance to catch up on the week's drama in Albert Square. Ronnie is forced to reconsider her priorities and makes a decision about her life.
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MUSIC ON RADIO: "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves
# Mm, yeah
# I used to think maybe you loved me
# Now, baby, I'm sure
# And I just can't wait till the day
# When you knock on my door... #
We can't just leave her there!
-She's woke up in worse places than that - trust me.
-Dean, she's your mum.
Those flowers for me?
Yeah. In your dreams.
Should come and get your hair cut when we're open.
-Sorry? You saying there's something wrong with my hair?
I'm saying I'm good and you should try me.
You done the bathroom yet?
-Do I look like I do bathrooms?
All right. I'll do it next.
I want this place looking perfect for when Sharon gets home.
I found her sleeping in the garden.
Oh...they're for you.
You're a free woman now you're off licence.
And despite everything you've done...
-Oh, they're beautiful. Thank you.
-Before you have a go at me
-cos you said "no celebrating", I just thought...
-No. Oi, listen.
They're gorgeous. Thank you.
-Has something happened?
It's ironic, innit?
You get your freedom and Phil throws his away.
What do you mean?
He's asked Sharon to marry him.
-Last week, at the hospital.
-He never said!
Why would he tell you? You're not that important.
-Listen, Shirley, I understand that you're hurting.
You don't understand nothing!
Well done. More great relationship advice from you there(!)
Listen, she's just hurt, all right? I think it's great.
-It's great - a bit of happiness in the family.
-And since when were you Team Sharon?
I just think it's a bit of stability.
All right. Look, Ron, do you want to come to the Albert with me,
give me a hand? Cos I said I'd reopen this evening.
-I can't. I've got things to do.
Lovely. There you go, sweetheart. That's a tenner. And I owe you £1.
Lovely. Take care, darling.
All hail the polyester!
All right, mush. Burning the candle, are you?
-I've been up since the crack of sparrows.
Again? Seriously, they're going to name an airport after you, aren't they?
-Oh, hold on, hold on, hold on.
Hello, sweetheart. You missing me already, are you?
Kat. Whoa, whoa, darling, slow down.
OK, it's all right.
I'm on my way, I'm on my way. OK.
It's all right. It's OK. I'm on my way. It's all right. Fine.
-SHE GROANS It's all pain.
-Inside here. Where do you think?
-OK, well, what kind of pain?
-OK, you need to breathe.
-What do you think I'm doing?
-Just stop talking and breathe!
-The babies are coming.
-They can't come - you've got weeks to go yet!
-They don't know that, do they?! They're coming. Now!
-OK, OK! Stop talking.
Stop shouting. OK. Don't go away, I'll be straight back.
Ah! You got anything to tell me?
-Am I just supposed to wait for an invite, then?
-I think it's brilliant. Congratulations.
Shirley told me.
I'm, er... I'm late.
It is for good this time?
Yeah, course it's for good.
-I'm just going to pick up Sharon, so...
-How is she?
She's a bit shaken but...
-At least she's got something good to look forward to, eh?
I'd better get going.
She was sleeping in the gardens.
She's a mess. She's taken it hard.
You can't let the past hold you back. You're moving on.
I think it's good. We're all moving on.
-Listen, I can't find a clean nightie.
I've looked in the bottom drawer, top drawer, wardrobe. Nothing's sorted! I can't get nothing.
-No, you can't have 'em here. No, Alfie, stop.
-The pain's stopped. It's stopped. The pain's stopped.
-Yeah, it's stopped.
OK. OK, all right, y-y-you need to come and sit down.
-You OK? You're sure it's stopped?
There you go. Sure?
-I was so scared. I really thought it was happening!
-Yeah, me too.
Knowing you, it was probably just trapped wind, you know?
That's not funny.
No, no, it's not funny.
Well, at least we're ready.
Oi! Watch it!
Oi. Do you want to help me downstairs?
Nah, you're all right. Mum said I'm off the rota.
Why you suddenly hiding away?
I ain't hiding away.
Looks like it.
I thought you was OK about this whole thing.
-Can I just watch my programme, please?
-Why are you playing up now?
-I ain't playing up!
-You are. You're being a total victim!
I, er... I bought you some of them doughnut croissant things, sausage.
Tell me you have not been out already buying him cakes?
They ain't cakes and they ain't croissants.
Oh, they look wicked, Mum!
Yeah, here's this girl on the market. Oh, d'you want a tissue?
-He's not a baby, Mum. Why...
-No-one said he's a baby!
-"I just bought you them doughnut croissanty..."
-Bottles, Nancy. Now.
Why are you letting her do this?
What's wrong with you?
-Bit of cream on top, no-one'll notice.
-It's Morgan's birthday.
He DEFINITELY won't notice.
My mum had promised to make a cake but, er...
she's got her final chemo today,
so I baked one instead and now it's ruined, so...
I just wanted to go with her today and give her some support.
Let me sort it.
-I wasn't angling on that.
-No, I didn't think you were.
Look, it's quiet in there today, all right?
You go with your mum, yeah?
I'll bake a new cake, pass it off as yours.
You can bake?
Me and Mary Berry...
Don't worry, I'll make sure it's a little bit wonky. No-one'll notice.
It's all right. What are friends for?
Are we all right now?
Baking you a cake, ain't I?
You and Tosh? Are you good?
Yeah. We're good.
Busy making babies.
-Well, trying to.
That's really good.
I made a right mess of it last time.
-Got a daughter who despises me.
-Yeah, but you two together... be good.
But what if I get it wrong again?
What if you don't?
Pretty sure there's no dress code for this place.
They're not going to care if you're wearing heels or not.
If you haven't got anything helpful to say...
I don't even know what you're doing, really.
Just a meeting today.
But eventually, we order some swimmers.
They sort out the fast ones, the Michael Phelpses,
and then they get out the...
Oh! Too much information!
Go with the blue one.
While you can still fit into it.
So you got my text?
I was here anyway. Visiting Dot.
-Yeah, course you were.
Oh, you think after this long of not replying to my calls,
one text and I'll come running?
I kept meaning to call.
Anyone'd think you'd been avoiding me.
I've just been really busy.
-Dot'll be wondering where her biscuits have got to.
so...do you fancy going for a drink later?
At the Vic? About four-ish?
Shall I leave my answer on your voicemail?
I have not been avoiding you!
I just... I just thought we could have a catch up.
There you go.
-I tried to make it frothy but...
I'll have to get one of those little battery whisk things.
-A battery whisk?
Of course. For the little prince.
It's just a frothy coffee, Nancy.
Want to help me practise my karaoke later?
Thought I'd try a new track for tomorrow.
KNOCK AT DOOR Who's that?
-Oi. You are really milking it today, ain't you?
-I ain't milking it.
-Has something happened?
-No, nothing's happened.
-You can't do this to him.
-Use the whole thing at the Albert to turn him into your little baby again.
-No-one's turning anyone into a baby.
-He's doing really well. Every time he tries to grow up...
-He's been in shock!
-It's only just sinking in!
Have you any idea how terrifying it was for your brother - stuck in that bar, thugs rampaging?
How's he supposed to get over it if you keep treating him like a baby?
We're not open yet, darling.
-I just need to have a quick word with Mick.
-All right, Mick?
I'm, er, trying to do a sponsored swim.
Bit overdressed for it, ain't ya?
Oh, no... It's for Janet's school.
Aw, bless. Put us down for a fiver, yeah?
No, no, a cockle.
Yeah, um...the thing is, I...
I can't actually swim.
It's all the dads, see.
Supposed to do a thousand lengths between us.
Obviously I won't be doing it, because I can't.
But Janet, she's told everyone, so I was just thinking...
-Johnny'll do it. He loves swimming.
-No, I don't.
-Mummy'll get his armbands out.
I just thought, you know, pub landlord -
bound to get loads of sponsors, ain't ya?
You know what it is, Bill... I ain't got the time. Honestly.
It's not for six weeks. It'd only be a couple of hours.
Bill, on my life, honestly, I can't, do you know what I mean?
OK. Thanks anyway.
Yeah. Yeah, I've decided.
Yeah, might as well give it another try.
No, no, I ain't told 'em. They don't need to know.
Taxi for the future Mrs Mitchell?
Don't you think that maybe I should stay one more day?
Hey, hey, hey.
Doctor's after your bed.
-Well, I know, Phil, but...
You can do this.
you won't be able to show this rock off...
if you stay in here any longer.
Time to come home.
Shirl...Ian wouldn't like you doing that in here.
If you had your time over, with Dean...
Engaged. To a shoulder pad.
She doing your nut in?
Nah. Nah, she's fine.
You know, sometimes...
..things can hit you when you least expect it.
Yeah, I... I know.
It's OK to admit you're scared.
It would've shook me up at your age.
Get back on that bike.
Face your fears.
What, like you just did with Billy?
Bumped into your sister earlier. We're going for a drink later.
Well, good luck with that.
Is she, er...
Is she seeing anyone else?
Come on! I'm the last person that knows what goes on in her life.
Although she did seem like she was on the happy pills this morning.
I'm standing there, looking at her, thinking, "This is for real.
-She gave birth to a trump!
-Shut up! I'm talking about in the future.
Two babies. Two little babies that are going to be mine.
I've made one sale today - I need 30 times that!
Hey, boys. Listen, fancy helping us out with this sponsored swim?
Janet's school. I'm just trying to get a group together.
-I don't like swimming.
-Plays havoc with his hair.
All right, fellas. Come down for a cut or a shave - whatever.
Opening tomorrow. Having a few drinks.
Don't have to be much, a couple of lengths - whatever you can manage.
-I can't. I've got to focus on Kat and the babies. Got to fill up the piggy bank, ain't I?
-Oh, come on!
Jay. Sponsored swim?
Nah, wouldn't be fair on the other blokes.
-Looks like you've got to do it on your own, Bill.
-Yeah, well, I would do, wouldn't I?
-But I can't swim.
-How old are you?
All right, forget I asked.
Forget I asked!
Look, every dad worries about money.
I remember when Nikki was pregnant with Rosie,
I was out in the cab 24/7.
In fact, when she went into labour,
I left three Italians in the back with the meter running.
So, you not working today then? Done?
Course I'm finished. I've been up since four.
Go back, lovely hot bath, a bit of Eggheads...
So the cab's just sitting there doing nothing?
-Oh, listen, Terry, when the market finishes, yeah?
Do you know how illegal that is?
Come on, you'll be helping a mate out. Come on, please!
It's not your licence to lose, is it?
I'm Alfie Moon. I'm not going to get caught, am I? Come on, eh?
Ooh, nice pecs!
Oh, fashion! For men without any clothes?
Oi, you don't need to hide this, you know.
I know, I know...
Sometimes it just ain't worth the aggro.
You can't let what happened last week set you back.
Like, you've got to stop worrying about what Mum thinks.
If you want to read these magazines, you read them.
I'm sure she'll still buy you little cakes.
Oh, someone's been busy.
Well, I want you to be able to rest, don't I?
KNOCK AT DOOR
-Hiya. I saw the car.
These are for you.
-How are you? How's...
-Now's not really a good time.
-No, no, of course.
-I'm getting there. Thanks.
-Good, good. Little steps and that.
Maybe you can come back tomorrow, yeah?
-Can I do anything? Get anything?
-No. No, no, we're fine.
Food. How about food? I could bring you over a casserole.
I've got food in.
She's got you well-trained, ain't she?
I'm having one of my karaokes tomorrow night if you fancy it?
The Vic will be a World Cup-free zone for once.
-Get you out the house, cheer you up a bit.
I'm really sorry.
-About what I said. About Johnny being the hero and that.
I thought he was OK but...
I don't have to tell you, do I? The shock and that.
Well, um... if there is anything you just say, all right?
Will do. Thank you.
Right, let's get you upstairs to bed.
Never seen it look this tidy. You didn't have to.
No mess. No worries.
-All right. All right, all right, I'll do it!
Someone round here's got to be man enough to.
Hear that? Deano's going to swim for you.
I like your hair.
Mick, I still need more.
Don't worry. We'll find you some proper swimmers.
Ones who can do more than doggy paddle.
Listen, I'd lap you any day of the week.
You wouldn't get near me!
I'd be back in the changing room before you'd done a length!
Boys, it's not really a competition though.
It's all right to be afraid though, Mick.
Can't say I blame you. Not with me in the pool.
It's always the ones who do all the talk, ain't it, eh? You know what I mean?
Can you swim for me?
Nah, you don't want to ask him, Janet. We want to win this thing.
-Bill, put my name down.
I'll see you at the finish line.
That was a lovely thing to do.
But what's going to happen when they find out you can't swim either?
Was you ever going to tell us about failing your uni exams?
I thought I'd paint Amy's room. Brighten it up a bit.
He doesn't love her.
You've got to accept that he's made his choice.
..we all need this to work.
No. I mean, why is he asking her to marry him now?
What do you think, why do you think
he's asking her to marry him right now?
Because sometimes when bad things happen that's what you do...
-He's making a mistake.
-How do you know that?
-Because I know him.
-But I know him too.
Do you really know him?
Know everything about him? Everything he's done?
Look, I always thought it would be you.
Phil and Shirley.
But he has made his choice now. So you've got to move on.
He gets a happily ever after?
Why not me?
Why not you?
He said you'd taken it hard.
Did he now?
He said you were a mess.
I told him things that I didn't tell anyone.
If you don't let this go...
..you're going to end up really lonely.
I thought you was calling for me.
-I didn't realise the time.
-You've forgotten, haven't you?
Well, I'm baking a cake.
And that's more important than...
No. And Shirl come in and...
It's just five minutes.
Is it ready?
Is it for her?
Well, Sonia had an accident.
-Just leave him!
-Stay out of it.
-You're going to spoil everything!
-I'm not going to spoil anything!
Look, I just want, for once, everything...
This isn't about you, Ronnie!
And Roxy's OK, looking after The Albert?
Yeah. She's got it sorted.
I should be better next week, so I can go back in...
Listen, Roxy can manage. All right.
Now, if you need anything, yeah - anything at all...
No, I'm fine. Just a bit tired.
Listen, I'm here for you, Sharon. OK?
BANGING AT DOOR
Always someone else. Someone you put first.
Who have I got?
Who's my family here?
I love you, Tina. I'm the only one that really loves you.
And all I get back is little bits of time, other people's leftovers.
-That's not true.
You wanted me to come with you to the clinic, I'm here.
Because you want to be?
I can't make you want this.
No matter how hard I try.
If it's not something you want, then it's not something
that we should do.
Come with me now if you're committed.
Anything less than that
and I don't want you there at all.
-Taken it hard, have I?
-(Sharon is upstairs.)
-I tried to stop her.
-I'm a mess, am I?
She's jumping at shadows as it is.
-Yes, you are. You're a drunken, angry mess.
He wants to marry her so let him marry her.
-Just leave it, will ya? Leave it.
-She can't stand to see you happy!
-Come on, out.
-You don't tell me what to do.
Listen, go home, get some sleep!
You want to know what this mess is about?
-You want to know what's really twisted?
You want to know what this engagement is really about?
Look, he loves her.
He's the one that paid the blokes!
You never stop, do you?
The two blokes that smashed Sharon's face in. He paid them.
-You said it yourself, she's jealous.
-He told me.
Just drop it, Shirley. Yeah? Drop it.
He told me it was all his fault.
That he ordered it.
And why would he tell you?
Because of this.
Because he hurt her.
That's why he's marrying her.
Why are you doing this, eh?
Because that's what drunken messes do!
Is that it?
Is that what happened?
We're doing this together.
It got out of hand, all right?
So you got some guys to beat up your girlfriend.
-No, I'm sorry, your fiancee.
-They weren't meant to beat her up.
What were they meant to do? Smudge her lipstick?
-She wasn't listening, OK?
About the bar. I said we needed security,
-she said we didn't...
-And you thought you'd show her that she did?
You couldn't stand the fact that she didn't need you, could you?
You couldn't stand the fact that she was managing on her own!
They weren't meant to touch her.
What were they supposed to do, scare her half to death?
You said yourself, she's jumping at shadows.
-If I could turn the clocks back, I would...
-Would you really, Phil?
Cos she's a scared little woman now, isn't she,
and she needs her big, strong man.
She's got a bit of bruising and scarring,
but hey, I guess they'll go down in time for the wedding photos!
Keep your voice down. Please, keep your voice down.
You don't know what love is.
Oh, and you do, do you?
No, I don't.
I thought things could be different.
I'm pregnant, Phil.
How do you think?
-I mean, who?
-It's not important.
-You didn't come back up.
All that banging and voices...
-Yeah, we didn't mean to wake you...
-Tell her, Phil.
-Tell me what?
Shirley's not going to keep quiet.
You going to give me a go?
Ha! That's like asking a woman to change her husband.
The things these fingers can do.
50p a length.
Well, you don't have to.
It won't make a dent in my pension, will it? You can't swim.
Yeah, all right, I can learn.
Six weeks? Just tell Billy you didn't realise what the date was.
It's for a charity, ain't it?
Facing your fears... it's very admirable, Mick.
Just, just... just get me some sponsors.
So that's what today's been about, you playing baby so that...
It ain't your business.
Johnny, you can't just pretend...
It's my letter, Nance. In my bag.
Right, listen, you going to be in later?
Cos me and Aleks are doing a dinner. Ron!
What are you doing? Oi!
I never even got near a uni.
No. You couldn't read the application forms.
-All right, you got the brains. I clearly got the looks.
I could re-sit the modules.
Are... Are any of them on comic books?
Do you think I would have failed them if they were?
I've really let them down, ain't I?
Don't be a muppet.
Just one more disappointment.
So what actually happened?
It's not important.
-Was it... was it all the stuff to do with Mum?
Nah, it was just me.
-What does Shirley know?
-You know what the doctor said...
-Well, what's she on about? I don't get it.
About the engagement.
-She's not happy.
-Well, it's not her business, is it?
Ronnie reckons that maybe we ought to tell everyone,
before Shirley does. Make an announcement.
What, like a party?
I'm not sure I want that.
That's what I said to Ronnie, that's what we was arguing about.
You know, I... I said it's our engagement, we'll do it our way.
Ahh. Everything sweet?
No, no. Everything's fine.
Is it that thing me and you were talking about?
-Where you going?
-Just going to go and see a supplier.
You've got to tell them.
-What, that I'm a failure?
-They're not going to think that.
"One of my kids! At university!"
Her only triumph was a page three stunner so...
They're definitely going to find out eventually.
Not if I re-sit.
And what if you fail the re-sits?
Then you have to retake the whole year.
I doubt they'd notice.
Mum's been so busy thinking my head's messed up from
The Albert, I think she's forgot my results are going to come through.
I know you think you're clever, mate,
but they're obviously going to notice at some point.
You know, you can be just as bad as Mum. Stop interfering.
KNOCK AT DOOR
-Well, good luck to you.
-Is she through here?
She's upstairs. Has something happened, Phil?
Phil what's going on?
She comes home, she goes upstairs, now you come round...
What, is no-one talking today?
She won't answer it, Phil. I've tried.
Don't ever do that again.
She thinks we was arguing about the engagement party.
So if she asks...
Ronnie, I need to know you ain't going to say nothing.
Not to Sharon, not to Roxy, not to anyone...
Argh! Honestly, I've had it with her!
If she wants dinner, she can cook it herself.
Has she always been, er, you know...
What, a few sandwiches short of a picnic? Yes.
I thought we were over all of this.
Look, stop, all right, forget it. You're taking me out for lunch.
Let's go. Come on!
-Who's the dad?
What does it matter? He's not in my life right now.
-Don't you think you should tell him?
-I'm not keeping it.
You know, I woke up this morning and I...
I felt happy. Like, really happy.
I've been trying for days to convince myself that everything would be OK.
And then for a day...
No, not even a day, just for a couple of hours I...
I actually believed it was going to work.
Me, here, with a baby. Ha!
I bought some paint, I was going to decorate the spare room.
I mean, how stupid is that?
You had good news. I had good news.
I mean, the birds weren't actually singing, but...
Shirley was right.
People like us, we don't actually get a happy ending.
Shirley is a mess.
What was I thinking?
Well, maybe you're right.
Maybe this is your chance.
You paid a group of men to beat up your fiancee.
-That's got nothing to do with this.
-It's got everything to do with it!
This place. This family. It's toxic.
I had one little bit of hope and you just stamped all over it.
-I'm not the one who killed a geezer and had him crushed in the boot of a car, am I?
Yeah, well, you don't get to play the saint, Ronnie.
-Maybe it's me.
-I never said that.
Every time I get pregnant,
every time I have a child.
-Look what happened to Danielle.
-That wasn't your fault, was it?
Would you stop for a and listen to yourself?
You cut me off when I moved in with Jack!
When there was even the smallest possibility of me having a baby.
You'd only just got out, hadn't you?
And what have I done since then to redeem myself?
What have I done?
You really think I deserve to be a mum?
-You're sure the test is right?
You think I'm crazy, don't you?
This is what my life is like.
You've got to be sure.
You've got to have backup.
What do you mean?
You've got to be sure that you're safe.
You heard them, you were there.
You can't make this better.
-Where did you get it?
-You don't want to know.
You've got a gun.
I got it for protection.
After Carl's mum. I've got Roxy.
I've got Amy. I'm not going to risk any...
I've never used it.
It's in your house, next to your bed.
Tell me you've never had a gun.
Look at me, Phil.
I'm wearing my dad's ring.
I'm sleeping with a gun next to my bed.
This place scares me.
I scare me.
Sometimes I don't... I don't think I know who you are any more.
I'm a Mitchell, Phil.
I'm a Mitchell.
A thousand quid.
Yeah, but we knew that.
And they said it might not be that much.
She said it might be more!
And it probably won't even work the first time.
Yeah, but it might.
A thousand quid every time we want to have a shot at it?
And a 15% chance of it actually working?
I just wanted to know what it felt like.
To carry a child, you know. Have a kid.
Yeah, and you will. All right, we will.
Other people, they just go out, get drunk, wake up pregnant.
Like, what's-her-name... yours and Sonia's little project. Cindy.
Kids having kids.
Oh, let's face it.
We ain't going to have a baby.
When I was in prison, I promised myself, never again.
I finished with Jack cos he was putting pressure on me
to have a baby and I just couldn't even think about it.
I thought I'll make sure I can't get pregnant.
I'll go to a doctor and I'll get sterilised.
But I didn't.
Because somewhere, somewhere deep inside...
And then this.
A piece of plastic.
One little word.
And everything that was the right way up...
..is now upside down.
And is this what you want?
I don't know what I want.
I better get going.
Sharon's not in a good way at the moment.
You know, Ben's gone.
I don't know if I'll ever see him again.
When life gives you chances, Ronnie, you've got to take them.
However hard, however painful.
You've got to take them.
Nobody blames you.
I keep telling you, you know, fists and fighting,
that's always been the other two.
-But you, you're the brains of the outfit.
-Sometimes I look at you...
..and I feel so proud, I could burst.
Any day now.
Exam results due!
Yeah, any day now.
I'm going away.
I'm going away from here, from London.
Because as long as I'm here, everything that's happened,
everything I've done, it's always going to be here.
You don't have to do that.
Yes, I do, Phil. This is my chance. You said it yourself.
This is my chance to get everything right.
So I'm going to sort myself out. I'm going to put everything behind me.
Because there's not just me to think about now, is there?
You're keeping it?
Everything happens for a reason.
And maybe this is mine.
I'm having this baby.
And this time I'm going to protect it with my life.
And you're not going to tell a single soul about it.
Not even Roxy?
Keep my secret and I'll keep yours.
Look, I've got money.
I want you to take it, OK?
There's one more thing.
Just dump this for me, please.
If Sharon sees that...
Well, just put it in the canal, just get rid of it for me, please, Phil.
I didn't go to After School club. I came back with Tiff and Morgan.
-Aw. Couldn't wait to see your mummy, eh?
-Is she upstairs?
Let's see if she's awake, shall we?
Take that with you, yeah?
OK, I will.
I'm not the only one needs to change, Phil.
So, all ready for the big opening?
Painting's all done. Woodwork's nearly finished.
"Stan's". Who'd have thought it?
Yeah, about that. It's Blades.
Turns out there's a kebab shop round the corner named Stan's.
So...you going to sponsor me for lapping your boy?
Yeah, dream on, babe.
-Dad, look. Look how many sponsors we got you.
-That's brilliant, thank you.
Now you've just got to learn how to swim.
Face your fears and all that.
There you go, sausage. I've given you two little straws.
Come on, I'm not a baby!
Guys...can we talk?
-Whatever you do...don't touch the hands!
Is it worth a million pounds?
You all right for five minutes?
-Yeah, I've just got to do something.
Well, can't it wait?
And then I'll sort out some dinner, yeah?
Can we have chips?
Just this once.
I'll pick some up.
And...take care of your mum, yeah?
-Well, come on then.
-Let the boy speak.
Not all of them. Just some of them.
I can re-sit over the summer, which means
I won't even lose out on a year.
But...you were doing so well.
I don't know. I just got behind.
With everything going on, the moving...
This is our fault, isn't it?
No, no, it's mine. I'm just saying... I failed.
I'm sorry that I let you down.
You ain't let us down.
These tutors, they don't know what they're on about.
My tutor's great. It's...
Look, I'll sort it. I'll pass, I promise.
I know you will. We trust you.
Well, thank you for telling us.
So I saw Shirley again. With Tina.
You know how she and her girlfriend, they want to try for a baby,
so how unfair is this - apparently the...
-What are you doing?
-I'm going away.
-It's not important.
Sorry, you're up and leaving and it's not important?
-Please, Roxy. I have to...
-Hold on a minute. What's so urgent?
What was all that stuff with Phil?
-Is this about the fight we had?
Because you know I'm over that, Ron, I'm always...
Listen to me. It's not you.
It's got nothing to do with you.
KNOCK ON DOOR
I thought we were going for a drink?
Um, I'm sorry. I just forgot.
If you're seeing someone else, just say. I'm not bothered.
Look, sorry, we're just in the middle of something here.
OK, I'm really sorry.
All right, sound. See you around.
I got your message.
So is that it? Are you seeing someone else?
So what? Tell me.
You were right. I'm a mess.
So I'm going to go away and I'm going to sort out a few things.
Big things. Important things.
All right. And when you've sorted those things out?
-When I've sorted those things out, I'll come home.
Yes, I promise.
Hi, sweetie. Are you going to look after your mummy for me?
Only if you get me sweeties.
-Sweeties? I'm going to go away for a bit, OK?
-Can you get me a present?
-Yes, I will get you a present.
I'm going to get you the biggest,
bestest present in the whole wide world.
Look after her for me, won't you?
-(Be careful of him, Roxy.)
I'm serious. Be careful of him.
I don't trust him.
You can have my room if you want to change.
I know you've had your eye on it.
I love you.
I love you too.
And don't you ever forget it.
-You can't leave me alone, can you?
-Listen, you've got to stop this.
She's been back five minutes and you're creeping out the house.
-Forgot, you like it rough, don't you?
-You've got to stay away.
I'm not the one sending secret messages.
I love Sharon. And I'm marrying her. End of.
-But it's not, is it?
-What you said last week...
You thought it too. I told you how I felt, Phil,
-and I saw it in your eyes.
Nice wedding. Nice reception, little honeymoon.
And you'll be spending the rest of your life looking over your shoulder.
Cos when I want to, I'll tell her what you did.
Yeah, except I'm not the only one with a little secret, am I, eh?
One word, one word in Mick's ear...
-You wouldn't dare.
-Wouldn't I? Well, you just try me.
And I want my money back as well, my ten grand.
I haven't got it, have I? It's all invested in Dean's salon.
-And don't punish him. Punish me.
-Not my problem.
Now I want my money back.
And I want you to stay away from Sharon.
And I want you to keep your mouth shut.
I don't really want a drink.
Well, I'm cheering you up.
Just when you thought it was safe.
I brought you a bit. Morgan loved the cake.
Oh, I'm really pleased it went well.
But keep the cake, yeah?
Why? I just wanted to say thank you for making it.
It's... Tosh and me...
This is important, all right?
Just keep the cake, please.
You and me are going to have this baby.
Whatever it takes. All right?
-Yeah, you were right.
I thought you'd explode.
Why, cos that's what I do?
The boy's disappointed himself enough already.
-He doesn't need us in his ear hole.
So we agree. We step back.
-Let the boy prove he can sort it, yes?
DRIVER BEEPS HORN
Thanks for stopping.
Can I go to King's Cross, please?
Ronnie, please don't say nothing, it's not my cab.
I'm just doing a few shifts, trying to make a few quid before the babies arrive.
Don't say nothing, please.
I said King's Cross.
(Everything's going to be OK.)
HE SIGHS ANGRILY
Why don't you take a break?
I've got to revise, ain't I, Mum?
I just hate seeing you stressed like this, sausage.
Oh, that would be perfect.
Oh, thank you.
Bye for now. Yeah, bye.
What you doing your posh phone voice for?
I'm not. It was just, er, one of the suppliers, that's all.
This thing tonight, you know,
-Dean's drinks for his opening...
-Oh, not now, Mick!
No, listen, it's just a few jars, you know,
for Shirley to say well done.
Yeah, I know! I didn't say anything, did I?
The karaoke all set up, is it?
Can't wait to have a go.
What? I never get to go up on that thing.
You know, I always miss out. My public miss out!
Yeah, I'll make a start on it, then.
What... That's no good to me, then!
All right, well, forget it. I'll sort it.
-I dunno what you're so nervous about.
I'm not nervous. The drinks delivery's gone AWOL.
-Is your mother coming?
-Dunno. Ain't spoke to her.
Oi, listen, listen.
Get your excuses at the ready.
It's very, very important your mother
doesn't get anywhere near this.
She'll clear out the pub.
No, only dogs can hear her anyway. It'll be fine.
Mick, can I have a word please?
Just gimme a minute, baby.
-What's the matter?
-You couldn't lend me some money, could you?
The mobile phone company took two direct debits out
-and I was already overdrawn.
-All right, all right, all right.
-That's all I got. It's about a bull's-eye. All right.
Mick, could you lend me a couple of crates of beer?
My delivery's not shown up.
What do I look like - some sort of human cash machine?
-Let me just... I'll go have a look, see what I got.
All right if I pop over later on for the opening?
-Fancy a free drink?
-No. Best behaviour, I promise.
Kick-off's at 3.30.
-Where've you been? You've been gone ages.
I've gotta have this in the shop in 20 minutes, gotta have a service.
-I just had a fare out to Surrey, didn't I?
Listen, mate, this little run-around has been a right godsend.
It's like a safety net. Put some food on the table.
Look, mate, I ain't slept a wink.
Ooh. Who's the lucky lady?
Listen, Tel, mate, I get it.
But I kept within the speed limits. I did everything proper, you know.
I know, I know, but, Alf, we can't risk this, mate.
-Look, if we get caught...
-But that's just it, if we get caught.
-We won't get caught, Tel.
-But Alfie, if we get caught...
I lose me licence and I could get the cab seized.
Flipping 'eck - looks amazing.
-He hasn't done badly for his first venture, has he?
-Thanks a bunch.
All right, Mr Hot Shot, how many are you expecting?
We're only open for a few hours, test it out and that.
Right. That's me done.
You're not staying?
I'm not exactly the kind of clientele you're looking for, am I?
Be nice to your mother when she turns up.
And don't forget the drinks later.
-See you later, Dad.
Shirley's so excited for you. Seriously, she is.
That's nice. Listen, that was the temp agency on the phone.
Supposed to have some girls come down to serve drinks
-but they let me down...
-Mate, I'd love to. But I've really gotta work.
-Yeah. No. Sure. No worries.
-You're bricking it, ain't you?
-No. Course not.
-It's all right.
This place is a big deal, it's OK to be nervous.
I've just...never owned anything before
and I just feel like everything's going wrong.
You know, like it's bad omens or something.
It's going to be brilliant.
All right? And there's no such thing as bad omens.
All right. But I can't stay long. All right? Where's the broom?
Mick, guess what?
That woman from Janet's school just sponsored you for 20 quid.
Oh, well done, Bill. That's great.
Hey, Lind. Just got another 20 quid for his swim.
-Oh, it's all adding up.
-Yeah, yeah. Certainly is.
-I'll see you later.
-See you later.
-Why are you dressed like that?
-Like what? I'm off shopping.
You going to the pool?
Yeah, yeah, might do.
Fingers crossed for two lengths today, eh?
Yeah. Do you know what? It's going well.
So proud of you.
Make sure you take a break, sausage.
Nance, keep your eye on bar for a minute, please.
Me and Johnny was going to go up Blades in a minute.
-Trace, do you mind?
I've got that there, and I've got some change here, you see.
The rent needs to be paid in full and on time.
-I really can't be seen to make exceptions.
-Give it to me next week, OK?
-Cheers. Thank you.
We'll add 50 quid interest.
Do you need a sub?
What? No, no, no. I'm fine, thanks. Don't be silly. I'm good.
I just came by to say...
-What're you talking about, sorry?
Come on. It's all sparkling water under the bridge.
Hello, ladies, can I interest you in some lovely summer dresses,
direct from the stores in the West End.
Seriously, they'll look great on you, ladies. Couple of blondes.
Look, the cab's in the shop at the moment,
so I thought I'd give you a hand on the stall?
Give me a hand on the stall? Gotta have the patter for this.
-Yeah, that's right.
You're stuck in a cab all day with your glass petition,
belting out the greatest hits of Kylie.
This is about bringing the punters in, you gotta make a splash,
that's what you've gotta do...
Make a splash? Interesting.
You know, Rosie's got a really good dressing-up box back at the flat.
What are you talking about?
Sweetheart, can I interest you in a lovely dress?
It'll look great on you. Proper polyester, direct from the West End.
What I'm talking about is making a splash.
-How're you getting on?
-That's all the beers done.
-Just the soft drinks to go now.
-What time you gotta get back?
-I don't want to go, do I?
I want to stay and watch it open properly and be all proud for you,
but I can't, can I? Cos I've got to go to work and I can't call in sick.
All right, I will! Risk it for a biscuit, you monkey.
All right? Johnny's after a perm and a blue rinse.
-You two are early.
-I told you. Can we go now? I've got some work to do.
All right, Grandma(!)
I don't care if she's here or not.
It's all I could get.
Not my problem.
Phil, I can't give you what I haven't got.
Lot of nice kit in Dean's new place, ain't there?
Please. I'm sorry I blabbed to Ronnie, all right? I really am,
but...that salon, it means everything to him.
Then you'll get the money or else.
£1,000, first payment today.
Phil, don't, please. He's my son.
They both are.
Thanks for taking the time out to meet me, Mr Thompson.
Not at all. I didn't realise I was just meeting you, though?
Oh, unfortunately, Mick - that's my husband - he's busy.
-We run our own business, you see.
-I was referring to Johnny actually.
Oh, of course.
Er, the thing is, um - Johnny is intelligent
So bright. But he's not very...
I'm not quite sure I follow?
He's never failed an exam in his life.
He's never at failed anything.
Even at primary school he was top of his class -
he knew his times tables before anyone else.
Everybody's always said it - he's going places.
He's certainly a bright young man...
So I can't help thinking there must've been some sort of mistake.
-I don't want to point the finger
but you hear about exams being mis-marked all the time, don't you?
There may have been, in the past,
cases where exams have been marked incorrectly.
-So you admit it, then?
However, I can assure you
that I did not mark Johnny's exam papers incorrectly.
Furthermore, I cannot and will not discuss
a student's academic performance
with anyone other than the student in question.
I'm his mother.
But on the university website there's this section
that outlines "extenuating and mitigating circumstances"...
Mrs Carter, I don't think you quite understand...
No, no, I understand perfectly.
Just because I ain't got a degree don't mean I'm stupid.
I came here to talk about Johnny - not to be insulted.
OK. Fine. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to cause offence.
Please. I'm happy to listen to your concerns.
There you go, darling.
You'll be the belle of the ball in that.
Hey, you have got the patter! Get in there, Terry.
Your wig's getting a bit wet, though.
Excuse me. Do you have a licence?
No. I'm just helping a mate out, ain't I?
You are not insured to work on this market.
Like he said, he's only giving me a hand.
No biggie. He's just helping.
-You need to officially register him as your assistant.
You need to submit proper documentation.
I need his ID and a £35 fee.
-Were you bullied at school or something, mate?
-Terry, stop, stop.
We can do it the proper way or you can get a written warning.
It's up to you.
Ronnie's going to be OK, isn't she?
You said yourself she text you this morning. She's a big girl,
-she'll come back when she's ready.
-Yeah. I know. I know.
You on your own?
This is where you've been hiding from me?
-That's my cue.
-Sorry, I didn't mean to...
Aleks, I'm busy. I've got a meeting with Sharon.
Too busy to reply to my text messages?
If I'm going to be managing The Albert until Sharon gets better,
then you need to appreciate that I'm busy.
I'll go, let you work.
Ronnie said...she doesn't trust you.
-I don't know.
Look, the way we started, might not have been the most normal.
But what's normal these days anyway?
You need to make up your mind whether you want to trust me or not.
Please, once you have, let me know. OK.
-Quick, take one before I drop 'em.
-Johnny wants two.
Oh, you enabler.
Here he is. I told you it would be brilliant.
Shirley not here yet?
No. Want me to call her?
No, you're all right.
All right. Bit of hush. Yeah? This won't take long.
Look, I just wanted to say - thanks to everyone for coming
and welcome to Blades.
We open properly tomorrow, er, so tell your friends.
In the meantime, get yourself a drink and enjoy yourselves.
Right, Nance, I've really got to go.
You're doing my nut in.
Mate, I've gotta shoot off. Revision.
-Looks seriously impressive.
-It's coming together, yeah.
You must be well chuffed.
-Thanks for being here.
SPEAKS HIS OWN LANGUAGE
-It's about Tel helping out...
-Get out. Get out!
All right, all right! OK. I'm going.
KARAOKE PLAYS "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
It's my tutor.
Answer it, then.
Where've you been? You've been gone ages.
I'll go up next, shall I? Finally!
Mum, I think there's something wrong with one of the barrel pumps.
-Let your dad deal with it.
-No, no, no. He's gone out.
-It's really important.
That was my tutor. Said you went and saw him.
Yeah. I did.
-Are you serious?
What? Sometimes they mess up on the marking, don't they?
I was only looking out for you.
Turns out he was a right arrogant so-and-so anyway,
weren't worth the trouble in the end.
APPLAUSE, KARAOKE PLAYS "Candle In The Wind"
Oh, I love this one.
Why don't you have a go, then?
What are you doing? Are you mental?
-# Goodbye, England's rose... #
-Stop her. Johnny? Johnny!
OUT-OF-TUNE: # May you ever grow in our hearts
# You were the grace that placed itself
# Where lives were torn apart
# You called out to our country
# And you whispered to those in pain
# Now you belong to heaven
# And the stars spell out your name... #
What did I say to you?
-I told you to keep her away at all costs.
# And it seems to me
# You lived your life
# Like a candle in the wind
# Never fading with the sunset
# When the rain set in... #
That's it, go on baby! Go on, girl! Go on!
# And your footsteps will always fall here
-# On England's greenest hills... #
# Your candle's burned out long before
# The legend ever did. #
Come here. Hey?
Decided to turn up, then?
-You could at least try and look impressed.
Honest, it's brilliant.
Look, Dean, I need to tell you...
What you've achieved here, it's really, really impressive...
..and I want you to know that I'm really proud of you.
More than you'll ever know.
Been going well. Told people they can have half price cuts
if they've booked early.
And they've been booking up,
so it's going good. It's going really good.
You'd better get back to meeting and greeting.
Don't get plastered, will you, Shirl?
Talk about a tough crowd. Can you believe that lot?
I mean, I know I'm no Sam Bailey, but I can hold a tune, at least, can't I?
-No, Mum, you can't.
Yes, I can!
What about at Christmas when I do my Bernadette Peters?
Yeah, that's in the house, just us.
What, I can't sing? Is that what you're saying?
So what, you sent me up there to humiliate me?
Yeah, that's exactly what I did.
-You make all that today?
I wish. It's an advance from Stan to get started.
Right. Are we going to go back to the Vic and celebrate properly?
Just give me a minute.
Why would you deliberately send me up there to embarrass me?
Do you have any idea how much you've embarrassed me?
He's my tutor, Mum. You had no right.
That's what this is about?
Well, I'm sorry but I'd have done the same
for Nancy, for Lee, for any of you.
I've got to sit in lectures with that man for the next two years.
Now you're talking nonsense.
-You don't get it, do you? You never get it.
I only failed two of my modules, which I will resit and I'll pass.
Me, not you. Why couldn't you once, for once, just leave it?!
-And what if he had marked it wrong?
-But he didn't, did he?!
And even if he did, it ain't your place to get involved.
Of course it's my place!
Oi, Dad wants you downstairs.
-Not now, Nancy.
-It's MY degree. It's MY life.
So, please, please just stay out of it.
-Johnny, calm down, man.
-No, she needs to know.
I'm so sick of us all tiptoeing around her all the time.
You're the adult but you act like a child and we all have to play along.
-That's not true.
-Of course it is.
Why do you think we've never let you up on the karaoke before?
Because you can't sing. You can't do it. You're that bad.
None of us could say anything, which is beyond ridiculous.
-We got punters down there.
-Did you know she went and saw my tutor?
-Told him he didn't know how to do his job?
-That is not what I said.
-Why are you saying anything at all?!
-Oi, oi, calm down.
What you did to me was hurtful.
-What I did for you, I was trying to help. Help my boy.
-I ain't a boy!
-Well, you're not a man!
The pair of you. That's enough.
I'm your mum. It's my job to worry and care...
-Then stop, then! Just stop!
-Johnny, I'm warning you...
Johnny, please just leave it.
You're warning me? You're warning me? Why don't you warn her?
Why don't you warn that stupid bitch!
You need to get out of my sight right now, son.
No, it's fine, Roxy.
As far as I can remember
all the paperwork's in the third drawer down. OK?
Everything all right?
Yeah, yeah, fine.
You lost something?
No, no. Just, er, Ronnie had some stuff in this bag and, er...
She must have packed it in her suitcase.
Hope you're hungry.
They'll say anything at that age.
You remember what you was like. You was double trappy.
We're all downstairs with Dean.
Is everything all right?
I'll see you downstairs, then, yeah.
He hates me, Mick.
He doesn't hate you.
-I just want to say that I do trust you.
OK? I do. And I want to fight for this.
Give me a minute, will you?
Oh, here it comes.
Gentlemen. Alfie, could I have a word?
-About what you saw...
-I didn't see anything.
Great. In that case, I didn't see anything either.
No interest on your late fees. No written warning. Deal?
Whatever the boys want.
Here we are.
Get stuck in.
Where is everyone?
Right, you, come and give your mum a hug
cos I'm really proud you today.
Well, go on, then.
Right. Let's get drinking.
Long as you don't try and get me up on that karaoke.
You all right?
I can't believe I just said that. It just...
You went too far,
but I think a lot of what you had to say was really valid
and she needs to stop treating you like a baby,
so now she knows. I think that's a good thing.
This is good, is it?
Obviously not... Where are you going?
Just leave me to it, yeah, Nance?
MAN SINGS "Ring Of Fire"
-What do you think of him?
-Out of tune.
Oh, him. Slug in a suit.
That's what I think of him.
Why do you ask?
Oh, no reason. I just don't trust him.
Look at him.
I did ask Ian earlier for a raise,
but it was, like, really busy in the caff
so we didn't get much time to talk, So I'll ask him again tomorrow.
Don't worry. He's going to say yeah. I've got a feeling.
You laughing about Linda?
The whole pub. Tumbleweed.
What did she sing?
Candle In The Wind.
The Diana one.
I won't be a sec.
You're looking remarkably well.
That purely medicinal?
I think it was just one of those 24-hour things.
It ended up just being an eight hour thing in the end.
-Really? Do I look like an idiot?
-Then don't treat me like one.
-I'm really sorry.
If you are much as one second late tomorrow...
I won't be. I promise.
You didn't even go to work today?
Remember when they were little, in their pushchairs?
We'd take 'em to the park.
Remember Nancy got her big head stuck in the railings?
Still...at least they needed you.
What he said -
it was just heat of the moment, you know he didn't mean it.
He did, Mick. He meant it.
I don't know how we get back from this.
Put it back.
All of it.
It was just a loan. I was going to put it back.
You just can't help yourself.
It's Phil's money in this place.
I borrowed it from him, then it went to Stan, then to you,
and now Phil, he wants all the cash back...
..starting with £1,000 today. I didn't know what to do.
What are you talking about?
When I told him I didn't have it - Dean, he really scared me.
You don't understand!
Have you seen Johnny?
There's a load of stuff gone from his room and his phone's off.
I think he's gone.
I said he wouldn't be back.
He's going to keep his nut down, hoping it all blows over.
Will you please, please, just come back to bed?!
I keep going over and over what he called me.
HE GROWLS IN FRUSTRATION
He'll be back.
And we'll all say sorry...
ME say sorry?!
Sharon, it's all right. Sharon, Sharon, Sharon...
I brought you something.
This should save you the bother of smashing my place up.
From now on, you deal with me, and only me...
Modern technology - all your breakfast in a can.
Clever, innit, the way they get those sausages in.
-Why not? All comes out the same way in the end...
How can you eat? Can you not see I'm mid-crisis?!
You could help - or is that beyond you?
Johnny finally answered his phone.
-Where is he?
When's he coming back?
I don't know if he is, Mum.
-You both went too far.
-I was helping him.
By still wiping his bottom for him?
I care about my children - is that so wrong?
No, what's wrong is that you can't even see what you've done.
He called me a bitch.
Yeah, he snapped. And who can blame him?
So now you're siding with him?
And I can see exactly what you've done wrong,
because it's what you always, always do.
I'm trying, Phil.
You want your secret out, do you?
I'm trying to get the rest of it.
Dean gave me some of the money.
My boy sorted you out?
Your boy broke into my house.
Now, you don't want trouble,
I suggest you get your boy on a leash -
and you...can get me the rest of my money.
And what about the way Nancy spoke to me this morning?
You need to sort this, Mick.
Well? What you going to do?
Johnny'll be back to face the music.
Not her music.
Dad, got some post.
Hopefully from a clinic in Switzerland
-booking you a one-way ticket.
-What do you want me to say to you
that I haven't said a million times last night or today?
-Where are you going?
Where I can't hear you all arguing and expecting me to solve it.
Can I please not come home to a tear-up - please!
Ha! May we ask what emergency service that's supposed to be?
A "supporting my girl" service?
I said it was a casual pre-Pride get-together at the Welly.
Not fancy dress.
Be careful of her today.
Johnny's still not back.
And don't mention the karaoke.
Can't you sort it?
Johnny will come back. It's his first Pride -
-we said we'd take him.
-Well, Johnny ain't coming home at all
-unless she apologises to him.
-Don't start all that again!
Right, that's enough!
There's no point in rowing about Johnny
when he's perfectly capable of speaking for himself.
Come on. I'm going to take you to him.
You look lovely.
Would you like a glass of champagne? No charge.
Yeah. Mick won't miss one bottle.
Of course you didn't pay for it.
I've just seen Phil.
He said that you broke into his house.
-Please don't go back there, not even for me.
Hi, I've got an appointment.
Come over the Vic later on, yeah? I'll slip you another drink.
Celebrate this place properly.
How can I help you?
I cannot believe he's here, Stan! Your flamin' flat?
He's the one that wanted to run. I just gave him somewhere to run to.
Ready? Now swim.
Swim, swim, swim.
You all right, Mick?
Lee stayed here behind my back, Johnny...
Why not just ask Nancy - make it a hat-trick?
You all right?
Before you start, you can blame me.
-I thought I said not to tell her.
-And you also called her a bitch. She wants you to say you're sorry.
I shouldn't have called you that.
Right, now you've made your little point,
we're going home.
Well, I ain't sorry about anything else I said or did.
She is actually quite upset, Johnny.
About me making a laughing stock out of her?
Just like what you did to me.
-He don't want a beer.
-No, he wants an apology,
but he knows it'll be black as Newgate's knocker outside before he gets one,
-so he might as well have a beer.
-Johnny, you're coming with me. Now.
In the fridge, are they? The beers?
We're leaving. Now.
What? Made a mess with your own kids
and now you're trying to take mine? Is that it?
Come with me.
You walking back?
No, I'm going to just...
stay here for a bit.
Linda's on one.
To be honest, it's just nice not having her in my ear-hole.
Playing family peacekeeper?
Do you know what it's like living in my house sometimes?
Remember the film The Terminator?
You know the bit where, like, his head's half hanging off
cos he's been having all these tear-ups,
and he's dragging himself up the stairs...
You just want to go AWOL for a bit?
That's the great thing about this place.
When you're under the water...
all your responsibilities, everything,
they just go away.
Yeah, I know, yeah.
They do adult classes here on a Sunday morning.
Beginners, if you need?
I'm a grown man
and I can't swim
and I'm petrified of water.
It's not pathetic.
You just didn't learn as a kid.
I've taught all my kids here.
The boys, they learned really quickly,
but Lucy, she was a nightmare.
I could try and teach you, if you like.
You're not going to let me say no, are you?
Don't tell me how to run that family.
I've been holding it together since I was 15.
And you just expect me to forget what Johnny said to me?
I'm not asking you to forget.
I'm asking you to remember.
By bringing me here?
You're not alone.
This place is always full of adult learners.
You can always spot them.
They're the ones that are clinging on to the side with one arm
and they've got one foot on the ground.
But once they're in there, they're fine.
And you will be, at that swimathon.
Or I'll embarrass my whole family.
Don't think they'll be too impressed
with me standing at the side of a poxy swimming pool
that I don't even want to get in.
Facing up to something you're terrified of and doing it -
Come on then, Terminator.
We going in?
Well, come in. Don't be scared of your childhood home.
What's left of it.
Knocking 'em all down round here.
Gentrification, I believe they call it.
Like we need improving.
You never mention this place, do you?
You and your mum and dad, and this pub.
John and Elaine.
All in love behind this bar.
Good pub, this was.
Remember you as a kid.
Legs like two strings of cotton in your school uniform.
Thought none of us had noticed, you and Mick,
sitting in the corner there, heads together.
I can't be here.
Can't be reminded of what it was like to be a kid?
You think I can forget my dad dying?
I sound like Orville!
It's easy, all right?
All you've got to do is put your head in the water - breathe out. OK?
That way the water can't come in.
Yeah? Give it a go.
Go on, you can do it.
There you go.
Heart attack, wasn't it? He wouldn't have known.
Just his time.
He was staring straight at me for help.
-I couldn't save him.
-You were a kid.
-I was 15.
Tell me you haven't spend all these years thinking it was your fault.
I didn't know what to do.
You screamed. We heard you. Came out.
-You were there?
-You did everything right.
Got the ambulance called, in seconds -
You were there for him.
No, I weren't.
They made me let go of his hand.
The next time I saw him, he was dead.
I made you let go.
You had to, so they could take him to hospital,
try and save him.
You did all you could.
You really think I did the right thing for him?
Told you to keep your mouth shut.
You'd have thought I'd have learned that by now, living in my gaff.
I don't know why I'm making Linda out to be a monster.
She's not really. I...
I love her. She's...
She's Braveheart in curlers.
She's not that strong underneath it all.
None of us are.
We just pretend to be for our families, don't we?
That's what I'm doing all the time at the moment.
Right, come on, you - turn around.
Time for the big one.
I admired you. I really did.
Coming back from the hospital.
Leading your mum behind the bar.
And you all just staring at us.
Wondering when you'd get your next drink.
Wondering how you did it.
You, at the funeral,
holding on to her as she crumbled.
You were a good kid, Linda.
I was glad my Mick would come to you.
You look after family. That's what you're supposed to do.
Family. And not three months later,
you announcing you were pregnant.
You saying I tricked him? Mick wanted a family.
Almost as much as you.
I'd die for my kids.
Or is it that you wouldn't want to live without them?
You have no idea what it's like to actually love your children.
I know you're clipping Johnny's wings. Why? So he'll stay?
Won't fly the nest?
Or you won't be left alone like me?
You drove your kids away!
-Now we're getting somewhere.
-You pushed 'em.
-Like you pull yours?
I'm nothing like you! We're not the same.
Johnny needs me.
He's 19. He's a man.
He's fragile. He nearly died.
When he was a baby. He's not a baby now!
I saved that boy!
You asked me why I never mention my dad's name? But I do.
Every time I say Johnny's name.
I gave him my dad's name but this time I stopped it happening,
I held his hand and I knew.
I thought, this time I am not letting this person go.
This time I'm going to watch his every breath and he won't die, he won't leave me.
But he will. You're making that kid hate you, Linda.
I hear you give free consultations.
I want a consultation.
Wait at the back for us, babe.
You're not exactly surprising me, Phil.
I bet this cost a bit. You insured?
I paid what I needed to. To keep this place safe.
You keep making them payments.
Cos I'd hate for something to happen to this place.
And you stay away from my family.
It's all coming down here.
That letter I got earlier was from the council.
All highfalutin language but they're tearing the place apart.
It's years since it felt like home.
Sorry if I was a bit harsh with you.
But...I wanted you to see before it was too late.
How did we get here, Johnny?
I grew up.
I'm a man.
I'm sorry. I need to say sorry.
Tell me what I've done wrong.
And I'll listen this time, I promise. Go on.
I feel like you won't let me grow up.
You won't let me go.
You're either... You're either following me around or going behind my back.
You know, either way you're controlling everything I do.
I do that?
Yeah, I do that.
I don't want to fight you. I want to have a life.
Oh, Johnny... I know I do it. I smother you. I cling.
I just can't help it.
I worry that if I let go, even for a second,
I'm going to lose you.
I'm sorry we came to this, baby.
No... No, not "baby".
You're my son.
My brilliant, grown-up son.
Just tell me you don't hate me.
Mum... I don't hate you. I love you, Mum.
But you want to leave me? Leave home?
Problem with old age, you can't eavesdrop like you used to.
Sh. They're doing OK.
You should start packing this place up.
Council haven't given me a new home yet.
You've got one with us. For good.
If you want it.
You'll have me?
Well, take me a little while to pack.
Got a lot of valuables.
Have you thought this through, Mum? There's a lot of novelty china in here.
And some decent furniture. Get that living room kitted out.
That sofa of yours does hell for my back.
You ready? You don't need that.
Let go. You can do it.
Yeah, just remember what I told you.
Yeah? You'll be all right, don't worry. I'll be right behind you.
OK. I can do this. I can do this.
Go on. That's it, that's it.
Reach out with your arms. Kick your legs. Kick your legs.
That's it. Kick. That's it, Mick!
So what's this treat, then? Where you taking me?
The fact that we're in Soho would be a bit of a give away.
Sorry, mate, can you just stop here for a second? Thanks.
PULSATING MUSIC AND CONVERSATION
This Pride thing tomorrow? Do you want to go?
Yeah, I guess.
Well, Tina and Tosh were meeting some people here.
It's a pre-Pride party.
You might meet someone. Someone nice.
You pimping him out now, Mum?
Did I do the wrong thing?
No. Can't stop being you, can you, Mum?
Run, Johnny. Be free.
Go on, if you're going. Can't keep this taxi meter running forever.
This ain't like your wildlife documentaries.
I don't think we're supposed to sit and watch. Shall we go?
Walford, please, mate.
Know what, it's actually really hard to sink.
If you relax, you float.
So what you saying, I'm full of hot air?
No, I'm saying I knew you could do it.
Anyway, back into the breach. Do you know what, you're right.
It's good to...escape. Go AWOL from life for a bit.
Same again tomorrow?
Yeah. Why not?
Oi. Well done.
So peace has been declared?
Yep. She fixed it. He's coming back.
You did it?
That's what we grown-ups do, ain't it? Fix things.
Proud of you.
I thought you and me were straight? You paid Phil off for me?
For you? Do you honestly think I was protecting you?
I was protecting my business. I was protecting me.
No-one else ever does.
I do, Dean.
Dean! Dean, I was doing it to help you. Believe me.
Do you know what? I did believe you.
I'm so stupid that when you hugged me,
-I actually thought it meant something.
I'll tell you what's happened. She stole off me. For Phil! I'm just asking why.
-I had to.
-But why? Give me one good reason!
Has he got something over on you?
Just tell me and we can forget it.
-Oh, Shirley, don't chase after him.
You're giving me family advice now, are you?
-When all your kids hate you and they want to leave?
-That's not true.
If you run after him, and tell him what to do, he'll hate you for it. Just leave him be.
Let me talk to him, let me fix it for you.
Let her go, Shirl.
Believe it or not, she's on a roll at the moment.
Come back in the boozer. Come on.
I weren't flirting!
I always do the splits when I'm drunk.
I'd better go. You coming?
Um... No. I'm going to stay.
DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES
She's crying over you an' all. Can't you talk to her?
I don't care what she has to say any more.
It's hard being a parent, you know.
Have you come to fight for her?
Cos she ain't worth it.
I'm Johnny, by the way.
Just call me Luca.
Is this your first Pride?
Mine too. Came to London just to see it.
You going tomorrow?
Um... Yeah... maybe we could see it together?
Yeah? Er... Cheers.
She loves you.
No, she doesn't.
Of course she loves you. We get it wrong sometimes.
But she's your mum.
I just feel like I can't trust anyone ever again.
Ronnie is forced to reconsider her priorities and makes a decision about her life. Tina and Tosh take the first steps to starting a family but will Tina be able to convince Tosh it's what she really wants? Nancy is in for a shock when she discovers that Johnny is hiding a secret from the Carter family.
It's the grand opening of Dean's salon but will Shirley's actions jeopardise its future, and her future with Dean? Linda's behaviour causes Johnny to make a drastic decision. Alfie finds himself in trouble with Aleks, but has he stumbled across his secret?
With tension running high at The Vic, will Stan be able to repair his family with a trip down memory lane? Phil is shocked when he wakes to find an intruder in his house. Mick faces his demons with the help of an unlikely Walford resident.