Janine's plans for her dream home start to crumble. Alfie and Kat bid farewell to The Vic as the pub comes under new management. Carol receives some frightening news.
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I heard you up and about in the night.
Perhaps you should've had one of your sleeping tablets, eh?
Where are you going? I've got to get to work, ain't I?
You know the things I told you about Michael?
That is going to stay between me and you. We're going to keep that between us?
Because if it ever got out, my life would be over and Scarlett's life...
Janine! Just promise me.
I'm not going to say anything.
Say it. Say you promise.
I promise on my mother's grave, OK? That good enough for you?
If it was me, I'd probably use it.
I'd find my moment and then I'd use it.
I'm not going to say a word.
Come on, think about the Vic.
You really think things are going to be good again?
Course I do. You're going home, Janine.
So. We're actually going to do this then?
Yeah. We're actually going to do it.
You know they're going to say no.
Yeah, this is me thinking positive.
Look at Pops, he's already made a mess of things.
But this is what we want though, yeah?
Us together on Christmas Day.
Yes, of course it is. But it's the Mitchells and the Beales.
It's you and me. Come on.
Yes, all right. Yes, we can do this.
We can totally do this. Peter...
Maybe... Maybe we need...
We should have a plan B.
Plan B. You know, just in case.
Dad! The lights have gone again.
You're having a laugh, ain't ya?
I wish I was.
Nan. How do you spell "nunchucks?"
Hmm? You can't ask Father Christmas for nunchucks.
Nan? Why are you sad? Do you miss Granddad?
I do too.
Can I just have a bit of peace and quiet please?
How we going to do this without a proper chimbley?
Chimney. That's what I said.
Tel! Down here!
That'll have to wait.
Right, we're going to burn 'em in this, OK?
Nothing says Christmas like burning stuff in a bucket, does it, eh?
Yeah, and Mum threw up in that once.
The lights have gone again. Yeah, I know. It's the fuse.
I'm trying to fix it. You said that last time.
Yeah, it'll be all right. Right, come on, let's have a look, then.
Spud, what you got? Right.
"Dear Father Christmas, please can I have some turkey,
"roast potatoes, them little sausage things in bacon, some..."
I don't think you're quite grasping the concept of this, darling.
You said to write what I wanted.
And I want a Christmas dinner.
How comes TJ and Liam aren't writing letters?
That's a good point, actually. Cos we have some dignity.
DOORBELL RINGS ALL: Door!
What is the matter with you lot?
Have you lost the use of your legs or something?
Hiya. Your lights are on the blink.
Er, Mr Trueman.
Sir? Yeah, yeah.
There's something I've been meaning to ask you for quite a while.
Go on, then.
Well, with you being the nearest thing Denise has got to a father.
I mean, to all intents and purposes, you are.
Just not in the biological sense.
I just thought that it was appropriate...
..you know, with Christmas on its way and everything, you know,
to make a gesture.
A romantic gesture.
No, not to you, to Denise.
You want my permission?
Yeah, in a manner of speaking.
In a manner of speaking or actually?
No, no, you're losing me there, you know, Ian.
Is it OK?
Is what OK? Look, just yes or no.
You're late. I know, I know, sorry.
Alfie? We need milk and wet wipes.
What are you doing here?
I'm carrying a box. Billy?
Billy! Excuse me?
Is this a load-bearing wall?
What? You know what, never mind. It's coming out anyway.
Alfie! And these fixtures and fittings,
somebody actively chose those lights.
Kat, I know you said milk but what was the other thing you wanted?
What you doing? I'm carrying a box.
Over there please, Billy. No you don't, Billy. Yes you do, Billy.
No, no, whoa, whoa, hold on. This is trespassing, all right?
It can't be trespassing, actually. Not when you own the place.
You don't yet. So just get out.
No, Alfie, let her have her fun.
You don't like the fixtures and fittings, no?
There you go.
You really have no heart, eh, Janine.
You really have no home.
I know who I'd rather be.
What's with the train set?
Every kid needs a train set, don't they?
Don't know if you've noticed but Lexi's a girl.
Hang on a minute, this says 12 years and over.
This is definitely for you and Pops, I know it is.
You after something? What? No.
You got that look. I know that look.
Why would I want anything?
Just ask, Lo, will ya?
OK. Right, I've got this idea. It's a little bit crazy but...
Peter, will you just get to the salient point?
All the Mitchells and all the Beales.
Dinner together. What do you think?
The Mitchells? The Mitchells and the Beales?
Yeah. It's not that ridiculous, is it?
Think about it, Lexi can have all her family around her.
And Ian is her uncle. No, he ain't. Well, half.
If Ian Beale is round here on Christmas Day, the turkey
won't be the only thing with sage and onion stuffed up its jacksy.
No! No, no, no.
And no. Just, no! No! It was just an idea.
..and the Beales. The Beales!
It weren't supposed to be funny.
Peter, we need a plan B.
All you have to do is sign and my 40% of the club is yours.
Right, well, that was painless.
So, wait to hear from my solicitor and we can finalise the Vic sale.
Oh, yeah, erm, about that.
It, er, ain't going to happen.
I've had another offer.
A bigger offer? Well, that's how it usually works, Janine.
How much? Well, if you want to get your hands on the Vic,
you're going to need another 400 grand.
No, no, no, no, no.
You're playing me. By Christmas.
There is no other offer is there?
And I'll need proof you can get the money by the end of today.
You're definitely playing me.
Or you're out of the running. It's your call, Janine.
Now, if you don't mind, I've got business to attend to.
It is the one you wanted, isn't it? Yeah.
Are you going to cry?
No, shut up.
It's a onesie!
I love you.
I love you too, baby.
How comes they get to open their presents and we don't?
Because they are what you call a product of a broken home.
So are we. I'm so going to be an air hostess when I grow up.
No, you're not.
She does that all the time. She's trying to buy their love.
Well, she's their mum, ain't she?
She might be a mum that serves people drinks for a living.
Or she might be a mum that does this for a living.
I'd certainly like to show her the nearest exit.
ain't going to see your kids on Christmas Day.
Just let her have her moment.
Look at me!
You're sure? 100%.
He was asking for your hand in marriage.
It's 2013. Who does that?
He really said, "My hand in marriage?"
Well, I mean, not exactly those words.
As a matter of fact, he really didn't make a lot of sense, you know.
You're freaking me out now.
You know what you need? A stiff drink?
Proof. The ring. It must be somewhere.
You won't believe this.
This one has suggested we spend Christmas dinner with the Mitchells.
Not the most insane thing I've heard all day.
I hate Phil. You hate Phil. Yes, I know. I'm just saying,
people, they do crazy,
ill-advised things at Christmas, don't they?
Ian, do you have a better proposal?
What? Nothing. We've just, you know...
You want a tea, coffee, anyone? Yeah, coffee.
Yeah, women are a mystery to me.
Look, all I'm saying is maybe it's time you buried the hatchet?
What, in Phil Mitchell's head? That would be preferable.
Only reason I asked is cos he brought it up.
Phil? Phil suggested we have Christmas dinner together?
Yeah, yeah. He said he felt really bad about yesterday.
What, he's got feelings?
Well, seemed pretty genuine to me.
Maybe he's more willing to forgive and forget than you are.
Nah. Nah, he's just trying to get in my head.
That's what he does.
I'm not so sure. And there was me thinking you were the bigger man.
I mean, where the hell am I going to find 400 grand from?
All of my money is tied up, in properties or in the business!
He is laughing at me, David.
And this offer, this other offer! It doesn't even exist!
Stop. Stop. Stop for just one second.
I want the Vic. Yeah, and you're going to get it.
We'll find you the money, Janine. Come on.
(It's all right, calm down.)
Why don't we ask Nan?
No. Why not?
Cos moving in with her would be like admitting defeat.
It's like a charity. No, it ain't charity.
Kat, listen, I know it sounds stupid,
but a man should be able to provide for his missus and his kid!
Yeah, all right. It does sound stupid. Thank you.
I'll ask Nan. No!
Alfie, come on!
Kat, listen, I ain't got a job, I ain't got us a place to live,
I can't even afford 50 quid for presents...
Things will work out. They always do.
Yeah, all right, and what if it doesn't this time?
I'm going to find us a place, all right?
It's the green ones.
It's always the bleedin' green ones.
It's a conspiracy.
Mum's going to be all on her own on Christmas Day.
Well, with the two blokes she lives with. But still...
You know what I think? I think there's someone out there
making a fortune out of green bulbs.
It's the green bulbs. The lights used to go every Christmas.
It became a bit of a running joke.
You ever want any duty free, perfume or whatever,
let me know and I'll pick you some up.
You know it was the worst mistake of your life letting Terry go, don't you?
Suppose you think you can come back here and get in his pants.
Sorry Nikki, he's taken.
Him and his pants.
I'm here to see my kids.
Terry said you used to go weeks, sometimes months,
without seeing them.
So why are you all interested now?
What else did Terry say?
Did he tell you that he begged me not to leave him?
It still ain't working.
I'm going to head off.
Are you not staying for a cuppa?
Kids! Your mum's leaving.
I meant what I said, Bianca.
You ever want any duty free, let me know.
See you later, darling.
All the remaining properties. The flats in Kenwyn House.
Sell them. All of them? Just do it, Billy.
That ain't going to help, Janine.
47a and 47b Albert Square.
No. You'll be waiting months.
Shares. Shares. I've got shares in somewhere, I know I do.
Janine, you need the cash up front.
Is someone going to tell me what's happening here?
If you give him all that lot plus a bit of cash,
you can sell your car, he's never going to say no, is he?
Sorry, why are you listening to him? Get my solicitor on the phone.
Janine, I really don't think you want to do that.
Shut up, Billy! I'm not losing the Vic. Not now.
I paid 50 grand for that car.
I'll see what I can do.
The season of good will to men and all that sort of stuff.
Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy!
You about to tell me you're up the duff or something?
No. Beales. Mitchells. Christmas dinner. What do you say?
I'd rather eat my own face.
I thought this was your idea.
Does it sound like one of my ideas?
I'm trying to be the bigger man. You'll never be the bigger man.
I don't know why I bothered. Why did you bother?
You'll never get to taste my honey glazed chipolatas. And that is a tragedy.
You ain't very good at this, are you?
Fine. I didn't want to have to do it this way, but...
Do what? What way?
We all spend Christmas day together or you don't see Lexi.
And I know you think I won't go through with it, but I will.
Cos I'm a Mitchell. We don't make empty threats.
Think about it.
Look I reckon we should just bung 'em in.
We should wait for Nan. She seems a bit sad.
No, she's all right, darling.
She's just a bit miserable cos Granddad's being an idiot.
Probably just her hormones.
Right, are we all ready?
OK, Father Christmas, Big Man, Santa Claus.
We know you're right busy at this time of year but we are sending you
these letters with hope that you would consider our requests.
Although, I do feel that probably Morgan's anti-gravity boots
might be a little bit out your league.
Best wishes to your good wife, Mary Christmas,
and of course all the reindeer. Donner, Prancer, er...
Kebab, er, Rudolf, Lionel Messi,
and, of course, Keith.
Keith? Don't matter.
Yours sincerely, from all of us, lots of love, all the best.
Oh, PS, we're going to leave you out a right nice mince pie.
Right, let's burn these bad boys.
Right, we ready? Here we go, then.
Stay back, get back.
Little Tel. What's wrong with him?
Probably his hormones.
Right, he's hid 'em at the bottom of the wardrobe.
I wonder if he's gone for platinum or gold?
This is Ian you're talking about, you know.
Fair play. Be lucky if it ain't an onion ring.
So, what are you going to say?
Bearing in mind this might all be a figment of your wild imagination...
Just answer the question now, man.
Oh, I dunno.
What, you have doubts?
No! You'd be the fifth Mrs Beale, you know.
You have to be practical about these things.
No, you don't have to be practical about anything.
What is your heart telling you?
My heart is saying...
This one's squishy.
Rip it open, then.
No! Just the corner then.
Patrick, just the corner!
African oven gloves.
Could be useful.
He's bought me vaguely racist oven gloves.
Are you opening your presents?
Do you want me to talk to him?
I don't know how long it'd be for.
Kat, it doesn't matter. You sure? Stay as long as you like.
As long as you can put up with Joey wandering around in his pants.
I've seen that plenty of times.
And you know there's nothing I like more
than a bit of illegal sub-letting.
Just let him think it was his idea, yeah?
Manhood dented a bit, is it?
Same thing happened with Fat Elvis once. Walked funny for weeks.
Good afternoon, sir. Can I interest you in a car?
It's Nana Carol. She seems sad all the time.
Mum thinks it's your fault, and Tiff thinks it's her hormones.
And what do you reckon?
Well, I think there's something wrong.
There he is. Stay there, don't move and don't touch anything.
I won't be a sec.
Why else would you come and see me, then?
Good point. Cos I might have been planning a surprise.
Not a propose-y surprise?
No, look, we've only been together a few months, haven't we?
It's longer than that. Is it? Yes!
Well, we've got enough failed marriages between us to know it's not a good idea. That's true.
We're happy as we are, aren't we? Yeah, course we are, darling.
Look, I can assure you,
I've got absolutely no intention of proposing to you.
Great. Thank you.
Ian, you really have a way with the ladies, don't you?
So, no ring, then? No ring.
You have an oven glove, though.
Yeah, it's a Guyanese tribal print.
You're originally from Guyana, aren't you?
Phil's got something he wants to ask you.
Christmas dinner at ours. You in or not?
Seeing as you put it so nicely. Well, I won't ask again.
All right, we accept. We do?
Yes. Cos it takes the bigger man to accept than to ask.
You don't half talk a lot of rubbish sometimes.
You going to be providing the booze, Phil?
Well, I'm a recovering alcoholic. Why the hell not?
What about Patrick and Kim?
We've got plans. No, you haven't. We have now.
Well, that's that then, anyway, innit?
Yep. That's that.
Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you, Phil.
Don't ever blackmail me again.
Especially not using my granddaughter. Do you understand?
JANINE ON TAPE RECORDER: 'He had his hands around my neck
'and he was squeezing the life out of me...'
I told you not to touch anything.
Mate. Come on, sorry.
Come on. Let's go and get you some sweets, yeah?
Scratching? Nah, no.
Listen, I've been looking for flats now for a while...
Course you can.
Really? As long as you want.
Ahh, you're a diamond.
That weren't so hard, was it? What?
How's that manhood of yours feeling? Not too dented I hope.
I get it. Yes, Kat sent you down here, didn't she?
Course she did.
Cos she loves you.
Come here, you.
Just dropping a stray off. Morgan came to see me.
He's worried about you, Carol.
Me? I'm fine.
Well, he don't seem to think so.
He says you're on the verge of tears all the time.
Is it Bianca? Yeah, cos it's always about someone else, isn't it?
I've always got to put the kids first and Bianca...
What is it, Carol? Tell me.
I know you.
I know you, Carol.
'Dad, they're working!'
Right, no-one go near that plug, you understand?
Look, TJ, your Mum's going to be on her own this Christmas, so...
Well, not on her own, cos she'll be with those two gay blokes,
Steve, and what's the other one called? Steve. Really?
Well, look, maybe you should go over and spend Christmas Day with her.
What? You sure?
If it makes you happy, yeah.
What about what makes you happy?
Sorry. None of my business.
If TJ's going, I'm going too.
You'll be all right, won't you? You've got everyone else.
Yeah, you'll be all right, won't you?
Yeah, and we're going to see
Father Christmas tomorrow, aren't we? Definitely.
Ooh, what's that for?
You ever need any more hugs, you know where I am.
Right, I got you 35 for the car.
OK. I'll give the cash tomorrow and sort you out a little runaround.
Phil can't say no, can he? I don't see why he would.
It's just the only place that's ever felt like home.
It's the only place when I've ever really...felt like me.
Does that sound stupid? No.
I keep thinking that it's all going to fall through. I've gotten this far before...
It's going to be yours, don't worry. OK. Thank you.
Don't thank me yet.
Shut up, Billy.
I will have the paperwork for you tomorrow.
And ?250,000 in cash.
Christmas Day? Christmas Day.
See what you can do when you put your mind to it?
So it's mine?
It's all yours.
SHE EXHALES WEARILY
SHE CLEARS HER THROAT
There never was another offer, was there?
I suppose you'll never know, Janine, will you?
For a minute there I really thought it was all going to fall through.
But it didn't. Smooth sailing from here on in, eh?
You didn't doubt it for a second, did you?
Not for a second. Cheers.
You have that much faith in me?
Course I do.
I knew you'd have no trouble getting that money for me.
Yeah. The quarter of a million cash.
You're going to give it all to me.
Why would I do that?
DICTAPHONE PLAYS: 'I stabbed him.
'I killed him, David, and I didn't feel a thing.
'One minute he was alive and the next minute he was gone.'
250 grand, in cash.
Or it's all over.
Here's to the future.
Hi. How much for these?
Those ones are three pounds each.
Can I give you 15 for the lot? Yeah, of course.
Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.
Hello! All right, mate!
You got my letter, then?
All right, mate. How you doing? Merry Christmas. Man in a hurry.
Merry Christmas. All right, Karl, how's your nuts?
Lovely, mate. Want a bag? Yeah, go on, then. What do I owe you?
I will not be blackmailed by a middle-aged,
washed-up car salesman!
Look, we can do this back and forth all day long, Janine.
But the way I see it - 250 grand cash,
quarter of a million to stop you going to jail
for the rest of your life - I think that's a good deal.
Why are you doing this?
Because I got plans. I've been telling you for weeks.
Plans that need money.
To buy this scuzzy car lot?
Everything you said by that grave.
About Pat. Everything you said, you meant it, I know you did.
Come on, we're family.
We're family, David, I mean, you're practically my brother...
Please, now you're just insulting both of us.
?50,000. And that is my final offer.
You really don't want to mess with me. Look at that.
Turns out you can be blackmailed by a middle-aged car salesman.
Yeah, Carol? It's me.
The hearing's in half an hour - you coming or not?
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimbley with care...
That's what I said.
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there...
Right, Mum. Three o'clock -
shopping centre off the North Circular Road, yeah?
Why we've got to go over there
when there's a Santa on every flamin' corner, I don't know.
It's traditional. And I ain't got the kids tomorrow, have I?
So we're doing it. Now give us a kiss.
Mum, don't be late. Three o'clock, yeah? Bianca...
I love you. I love you too.
Right, kids, can we start getting ready, please?
For what? Going out.
Where you off to? Last minute bit of shopping?
What is it, Carol?
I've got to catch a bus.
Look, you wanted to tell me something yesterday.
I know you did. I know you, Carol...
Please leave it - it's really pretty.
We... we are still going Midnight Mass, ain't we?
I used to love that as a little girl.
Walking there hand in hand with me mum and dad, in the dark, you know.
All the lovely carols and the candles...
I ain't going to Midnight Mass.
But it's Christmas.
Well, it don't feel like Christmas. Not to me.
You don't mean that, Mrs Branning.
It ain't coming. It'll be here in a minute.
I wouldn't bet on it.
What is it, Carol?
All right, suit yourself.
Right, where we going?
We said 50 quid max. There's more than 50 quid here.
It's going to make mine look poxy now. Course it won't.
It don't matter. You broke the rule.
Well, then, the rules are supposed to be broken.
Cos everyone caves in in the end, don't they, Mo?
Everyone knows that.
I thought you was helping with the packing.
Can't take 'em with you, can you? What's she on about?
Listen, it doesn't matter if you've got me nothing at all...
It's not a problem. It's fine.
It's weird, ain't it?
Yeah. Yeah, it is. Our last night, innit?
Are you going to cry, Alfie?
I bet you a fiver there's tears before midnight.
Shut up, you dopey cow.
Last time I cried was when West Ham was relegated back in May 2011.
Why don't you choke on a pickled onion or something?
He's going to bawl his eyes out.
Janine? You decent? I'm coming in...
Those foldy tables have arrived for the street party.
And I've put all your posters...
Janine? What's happened here?
David did it. I'm so scared...
Come here. Come here.
Why don't we just get a bargain bucket?
A Christmas bargain bucket...
Yeah, well, I ain't that big on turkey.
No-one likes turkey, do they?
I like it!
What's the big deal, anyway? It's just another day, innit...
The spirit of Christmas is truly alive with you two.
Yeah, well, it's not the same, is it, Abs? Without your mum, Oscar.
Well, we've still got to make the effort...
'Scuse me a second.
Sorry to disturb you... It's your gran.
I'm really worried about her...
Maybe this whole dinner thing's a bad idea...
No. Don't say it - it's going to be great...
But Dad's not that keen on...
Don't worry about Phil, he'll be on his best behaviour, OK?
Yeah, right. He will. I'll personally make sure of it.
Look, I just want you, me and Lexi to be together tomorrow.
I thought you wanted that too. Yeah, course.
Oh, that doesn't sound very convincing... You in a strop? No.
You are, aren't you? You're in a strop.
I'm not in a strop.
David is saying that I killed Michael.
He says that he can prove it. And I've got to get him money...
He can't prove anything, he ain't got nothing on you.
Just go to the Old Bill and tell them. No, no, no, I can't.
I don't understand. Why not?
Because David is clever, all right? And he's greedy.
And he will do whatever it takes to get this money.
Well, how much we talking here?
250 grand?! Yes, and he's set me up, Billy.
He's planted something, he said - something that will have me put away.
Janine, listen, he's bluffing you.
I don't even know why you give him the time of day.
No, no, no, he's threatened Scarlett. He's said that he will hurt her.
I can't let him do that.
Look, it ain't going to come to that, all right?
I won't let that happen.
Come here. We'll think of something, all right?
You can't make me drive all the way here and then not tell me
what's going on. Thanks for the lift. Carol!
Carol! HORN SOUNDS
Oi! That's my space!
ALARM KEYS BEEP
What's the code?
I don't know. She must've changed it.
Grandma? Grandma Dot? Mrs Branning? Mrs Branning, what's the code?
Grandma, what are you doing?
I don't want to be scared no more.
Sorry for the wait. It's been a bit chaotic today.
Can my friend come in with me?
Of course. Yes, please.
Have a seat.
I'm Mr Rana. So, your GP referred you to us. Doctor...
With a lump in your right breast.
Yeah, I didn't know if it was something or nothing.
Firstly I'd like to do a full history,
a physical examination and then send you for a mammogram.
He was ever such a nice young man.
But while he was talking to me, someone else, they come in and
there was my biscuit tin and the money for the church roof...
You should've gone to the police.
It was me own fault. I should have known better.
No. I let him in, Abi.
Yeah, that doesn't matter.
I mean, we'll tell them - they'll understand.
But hang on, the church - they got their money.
You did the cheque in the paper and all that.
You used your own money, didn't you?
Oh, I feel such a fool.
I mean, it's happened to me before.
Why is the world such a horrible place?
No. No, it isn't. It really isn't.
No, there's so much good - you know there is.
And if you stay in here, you'll just focus on the bad things.
You won't see all the lovely things. And there are so many.
You should see it out there, with all the lights. It's so pretty.
Why was that man so cruel to me?
Come to church with us.
Alice Branning, please stand.
You are charged on this indictment with one count of murder.
That on the 31st day of October 2013 you murdered Michael Moon.
To this charge, do you plead guilty or not guilty?
Alice, babe. What you doing?
Please be quiet or I'll hold you in contempt.
Just come in for me. Just try and relax.
Head to the side. Well done. OK, compression's coming down now.
It will start to get quite tight, OK? Just try to relax.
OK. Just hold your breath. Don't breathe.
Fat Elvis has got a job lot of them Brevilles
if you're getting desperate. No, I've got something for Alfie.
You crafty cow. Go on, then, tell me...
Harry, I'll have five of them, please. How much is that? Five.
All right, lovely. Cheers.
It's big then...fish tank? No.
Motorbike? I ain't going to tell you.
Well, I got a surprise too.
No, you ain't. If I tell you, then you could tell me yours.
Shut up, Nan...
Oi, come here!
All right? Yeah.
Here you are. Thanks.
Does Bianca know?
The sentence for murder prescribed by law is custody for life.
I'll adjourn sentence to the 24th January, 2014
for the preparation of the pre-sentence report.
You will be remanded in custody until that date.
Take her down, please.
Alice. Alice, babe, tell them it weren't murder. I'll sort it out.
I'll get you out of here. I promise you, Al, I will.
I'm so sorry, Joey.
We've had a look at the mammogram and, I have to be honest,
it's given us some cause for concern.
As well as the larger lump,
there are a few smaller ones in the right breast.
We'd like to take a few minutes to do a biopsy on them
and the lymph nodes in your right armpit. Just to be sure.
Now? If that's possible.
Erm...yeah, OK...OK, yeah.
That's fine. Yeah. Good.
Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas. Thanks for coming!
Do you think his beard's real? Definitely.
Can me and TJ get a burger? No.
You know, I ain't missed a Christmas Day with them. Ain't going to feel right.
Can me and Liam go and get... No!
Where's my mum? Three o'clock, she said. She never listens.
Hello, darling. You not taken that thing off yet?
Hello, Tel. You all right?
Big day planned for tomorrow?
Yeah, I live with my daughter. She's got four kids.
Her partner's got two. Wow.
OK, now you're going to feel a slight pressure
and hear that loud click we talked about. OK.
I've bought them all stockings. I left them at home decorating them.
Well done. Bits of glitter...
Just put your hand there for me. Press down hard.
Loads of glitter everywhere and those little letter stickers.
They're going to see Father Christmas later on.
They pretend that they're too grown up for it.
But, you know, they love it really. They're really sweet kids...
OK. We're all done. OK.
You should get the results back in just over a week.
Come on, Morgan, smile.
I like your beard.
Come on, then.
Right, Spud, you're up... "I like your beard"?
What? It's nice.
How do you do? Rosie Spraggan, 31 Albert Square, E20.
I'm a big fan.
And what would you like for Christmas, Rosie?
I'd like my mum and my dad and everyone I love
to be in the same house and to open all our presents together.
Oh, and a One Direction T-shirt with Zayn's face on it.
Oh, well. Least she'll be getting her T-shirt.
I think it's cancer.
Don't say that.
I think it is. I think it's cancer.
I just said thank you, like I'd just bought my groceries from them.
Like it was nothing... I need a drink.
No, you don't. I do.
I need a really big drink.
Alice had her hearing today.
We completely forgot. I'm so sorry.
You should've said something. Yeah, well, it don't matter now.
I was the only one who turned up anyway.
People care, Joey. Yeah? Who cares, Lauren?
And I hope you know that.
Listen, I'm going to meet my dad in the Vic if you want to come.
OK, well, you know where I am.
# Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen
# When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even
# Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel
# When a poor man came in sight... #
It's all a little bit crooked, ain't it?
It's shabby chic. Yes, it's crooked. And there are no mince pies.
Our oven's broken. So... We'll manage.
End of the day, this street party's Janine's problem, ain't it?
Anyway, drinks on the house. Alfie...
Like I said, Janine's problem.
All right. Who's up for some bubbly?
There's always McKlunky's. Don't even joke.
I just really wanted this year to be perfect, you know?
Tell me about it.
Don't mind if I do.
Oh, look who it is! Charlie!
Charlie. Look, it's Charlie!
Mo! Hello, old girl.
Hello, mate. Nice to see you, buddy. Hello, Alfie.
Dad! What you doing here?
Ain't going to miss your last night, am I? Not for the world.
Has he blubbed yet? Oh, shut up, course I haven't!
Listen to him. "Blubbed."
I'm taking bets, if you're interested.
Yeah, very funny, Mo. Come on, let's have a drink, Charlie.
Told you I had a surprise. Now tell me yours.
Nice try, Nan.
Thought we could Skype Oscar later.
What do you reckon? Do you remember Oscar?
Your brother? He's about that high...
Yeah, yeah. Whatever. If you want.
Lauren, is it too much, you being here?
No, it's fine. It's great.
All my mates are out on the town and I'm stuck here with a tonic water.
That's how cool I am - hanging out with my depressed, single dad.
What's not to love about that?
Well, great, thanks. I appreciate it.
I'm only joking, Dad. Come here...
Maybe you could cook it at Scarlett's and then bring it back
to the house. What do you reckon? What? BOTH: The turkey!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, sounds like a plan.
Only one more sleep, Miss Bella.
My tummy's getting all twirly.
Carol, Carol, let's go over here. Look...
Let's get drunk like we used to.
If it comes to it and you need treatment...
..and dance all night and watch the sun come up.
I'm serious - if you have to go private, I'll pay for it.
You can't afford it.
No, I'm going to look after you. I promise you.
Oh, here she is. Look! In the bleeding pub.
Where were you? I was just...
I just got caught up with stuff.
Oh, "stuff". Can I have a word, please?
What's the matter? It's Terry, ain't it?
That's why you're acting all weird with me.
You don't like him, do you, Mum? Just say it. Of course I like him.
But you don't want me to be with him, though, do you?
This is my decision...
Just shut up a minute, Bianca. All right? I like Terry!
I think he's the best thing that's happened to you in a long time,
all right? I like his kids and I love your kids.
I just want tomorrow to be a really nice day.
I just want no arguments. No shouting. No tears.
Just one really nice day. Can you promise me that?
All right, what's dad done to upset you then?
Just promise me. I'm going to sing some carols now.
You going to tell her?
Look, Bianca - what I'm about to say ain't going to make me popular.
Well, here goes nothing.
Look, my kids are unhappy, I'm unhappy,
cos I want to spend Christmas Day together as a family.
And if that means Nikki too, then...
Yeah. You know what, it's fine. Really?
Yes. Let's just go and tell them. Honestly, before I change my mind.
I'm that close to taking it back.
All right, listen up, everybody. If I could have your attention.
Thank you. This won't take long, I promise you.
Now, a lot of you are probably aware that this is me and Kat's
last night in charge of the Queen Vic...
Thank you. But I'd be lying if I said we'd loved every minute...
Nearly every minute.
But it's been a blast - and it's been a laugh.
Most of the time.
There's been some ups and some downs, but it was here about...
what, 12 years ago?
..that I met the love of my life.
God, we were young then, weren't we?
And this was also where our beautiful baby boy was born...
He's going, he's going. I told you.
Before midnight. I told you.
Oi! Let him finish!
Seriously, though, from the bottom of me and Kat's heart,
we just want to say...
Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you.
Three cheers to Alfie and Kat. Hip hip...
ALL: Hooray! Hip hip...
Hooray! Hip hip...
And remember. Street party tomorrow.
We'll see you there.
And it's going to be a party to end all street parties!
You know what? I love you the most.
I love you more.
What I don't get is, how does Santa do it all in one night?
It's not possible.
Go on. Say it.
Nik, how do you feel about spending the day with us tomorrow?
What? Here? For real?
Where would we go?
You'd be here as well, you muppet!
Your daughter is in there, and your wife. I hate this.
I hate myself...
You think I don't?
I've tried to stay away.
I've tried, but it's like I can't stop, Lauren.
I need you.
It's beautiful, ain't it?
Now, look, I know it might not seem like it now,
but things will get better, OK?
Yeah, they will. The Lord is your strength and your shield.
That's Psalm 28, verse 7 - how'd you know about that?
I've heard you say it enough times.
The Lord is my strength and my shield.
Ah, the inimitable Mrs Branning!
Vicar... We were starting to worry you wouldn't come.
Are you ready for your star turn?
I thought you might need this.
Are you having second thoughts?
Is that why you don't want to do the dinner?
No. Not at all. Look, I know I'm not exactly girlfriend material
for someone like you, but...
Peter, I can feel myself falling for you
and I don't want to if that's not how you feel
because I do kinda love you and I...
I think I kinda love you too.
Yeah. And tomorrow, we're going to tell everyone.
What's this? Oh...
# Christmas is here Bringing good cheer
# To young and old Meek and the bold
# Ding dong, ding dong # That is their song
# With joyful ring All carolling
# One seems to hear Words of good cheer
# From ev'rywhere Filling the air
# Oh how they pound Raising the sound
# O'er hill and dale Telling their tale
# Gaily they ring While people sing
# Songs of good cheer Christmas is here
# Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
# On, on they send On without end
# Their joyful tone To ev'ry home
# Hark! How the bells Sweet silver bells
# All seem to say "Throw cares away"
# Christmas is here Bringing good cheer
# To young and old Meek and the bold
# Ding dong, ding dong That is their song
# With joyful ring All carolling
# One seems to hear Words of good cheer
# From ev'rywhere Filling the air
# Oh, how they pound Raising the sound
# O'er hill and dale Telling their tale
# Gaily they ring While people sing
# Songs of good cheer Christmas is here
# Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
# On, on they send On without end
# Their joyful tone To ev'ry home... #
You're going to be fine.
Do you know how I know?
Cos you are amazing and you're strong.
I'm sorry. That's all right. Take it.
You took your time.
'I've got your money. You can have it tomorrow.'
'You're going to rot in hell, David.'
I already knew that.
Do I look a mess?
Yeah, you do a bit.
Move back in, David.
The kids would love it.
What you going to do?
I need your help...
Anything. Just tell me.
I want him gone.
I want him dead.
SHE BREATHES RAPIDLY
"JINGLE BELL ROCK" PLAYS
'I stabbed him...
'I killed him, David, and I didn't feel a thing.
'One minute he was alive and...'
Ah. Happy Christmas to you, Scarlett.
Not you. I'll be around after the party to collect the keys.
Can you make sure your stuff is all packed and ready to go?
Not a problem, Janine. You know what, I've even arranged
a lovely red carpet all the way from yours to ours
so you don't get your dainty little feet wet. All right?
Alfie! Come on, it's getting cold.
All right, sweetheart.
Excuse me while I go and stuff my face with turkey, won't you?
Merry Christmas, Phil.
Oh, here he is, Santa's little helper.
I bring fine wine and selected delicacies.
Well, you shouldn't have done.
Everything you need to eat is waiting on that table in there.
Yeah, I'm sure,
but I'm a trained professional, available should the need arise.
Well, it won't. But thanks.
Well go on, go and make yourselves at home.
We wait till they're drunk. Then we tell 'em. Yeah?
Let's see how it goes.
You, erm, got anything in there for me?
Later. What, Santa's going to deliver
a few hundred grand on his sledge? Is that what you're saying?
I'll give it to you tonight. I promise.
No. Five o'clock.
Not a minute later or I sell it to this other geezer.
What, your imaginary friend? He exists, all right.
Tell you what, I'm going to text him right now.
Put him on stand-by.
Five o'clock. Not a minute later.
I made the call. The fella's going to drop it round here.
Couple of hours, tops.
Text me as soon as it's here.
You sure about this?
Maybe he's got the wrong end of the stick.
If you just tried reasoning with him...
David is going to have me put away for something I didn't do
unless I pay up.
There is no reasoning with that.
But this is the most serious crime you can commit.
And for what?
What would Phil do? Huh? This situation.
What would the big man do?
I don't know, Janine, cos I'm not Phil, am I?
Now's your chance to step up.
Be a man. Be a Mitchell.
Anyway, you can't back out now. You're an accessory.
I've told you about it.
So if I go down...I'm taking you down with me.
Janine, Janine, wait! Just give him a chance, will you?
Maybe he'll come round.
Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.
Yeah. I'll give him a chance. Good.
And if he backs off, fine.
..he's a dead man.
Hey, pack it in!
Hello! Merry Christmas. Hello. You all right?
Thank you. It's not too formal, is it?
No, no. You look great. I didn't know what to wear.
She looks all right, don't she?
Yeah. You look lovely.
Oh, thank you. You look nice too.
Well, here you go. Little contribution. Not much.
Brandy butter. He loves the stuff.
I know. I've got some. Home-made?
No, but... That's home-made. He'll only eat home-made.
He's funny like that.
Sorry. You live with the bloke. Why am I telling you?
Right, erm, I better get on.
Here you go. Get that down you. Merry Christmas.
Nibbles there if you want.
Hey. Give us it here.
It's all right, David. I can lift a chair.
Let me do it.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
ALL: Merry Christmas!
Who wants presents? CHILDREN: Me, me!
All right. OK, slow down. Hope you don't mind me popping over.
Just thought it'd be nice for Scarlett to spend some time
with her family on Christmas Day.
Yeah. More the merrier, Janine. Make yourself at home.
Hang on a minute, you two. Get back there. It's... Oh.
We'll hand them out one at a time.
That for me? I wonder what that is.
I don't want to spoil the surprise.
Have you got one for me? Something special, I hope?
You'll get what you deserve, Janine. I promise.
Eat up, Tommy.
I've got that turkey lovely, I have.
Oi, you! No peeking.
No presents till after dinner.
No, after midnight, they're my rules, you see.
Santa's done his business.
Then we get to open 'em all. Ain't that right, Charlie?
I dunno about that, Alfie. I never argue with a woman.
I learnt that lesson a long time ago.
Why can't more blokes be like that? Extra spuds, Charlie?
There you go. Don't mind if I do.
Kat, be honest, you've spent more than 50 quid, haven't you?
I swear on my life that wasn't a penny over 50 quid.
Hope you like it.
What do you reckon then, Ian? Is it up to your exacting standards?
Yeah. It's, erm, it's very tasty. Your handiwork?
No. It was Phil. You should see him in a pinny.
It's really quite a sight.
I can imagine.
Go on, Phil. Get your pinny on and give Denise a thrill.
What you need is a woman around the house. A new wife.
You know... Clean and cook.
You're an expert, are you? On marriage?
This is nice, innit, us all being together?
Having done it four times.
Well, sometimes it does take a while to find the right person.
Oh, you've found the right person, have you?!
Yeah, Phil, there's nothing wrong with a bit of romance.
Is there, Pops? Eh?
Oh. Yeah, yeah, course.
CHILDREN ARGUE IN BACKGROUND
A tankard. What a lovely surprise.
Well, I thought you could keep it behind the bar.
At the Vic.
Seeing as this time tomorrow I'm going to be in charge.
Wow, Auntie Janine. Thanks! It's amazing!
That's a real diamond, by the way.
David, can I borrow your phone? Mine's flat.
Oh, don't seem to have it on me, Janine. Sorry.
Yeah, that's right nice, that.
I picked it up in Hong Kong.
100% cashmere, it is. That's really nice. Thank you very much.
Oh, here's the stressed cook. How's it going?
Just going to go and powder my nose.
Hurry up, Janine, please. It's nearly ready.
I'll give you a hand. No, you're all right, honestly.
No, I insist. I'm a whizz in the kitchen. A regular Delia.
Where you going? Just going to get another chair. Leg's a bit wobbly.
Oh! Merry Christmas.
Hello. We're running a bit late, I'm afraid.
Can I take your coat? I was going upstairs.
No, thanks. I'm not staying. I'm just delivering pressies.
Stay for a quick drink. David, could you get Masood a drink?
You look stunning. Thanks.
Still a Muslim.
I love playing Mum.
Dishing out all the food, seeing all their hungry faces.
There's nothing better than to see your kids happy at Christmas.
Don't you think? Yeah. Is that why you're here then?
To make sure your kids are happy at Christmas?
Yeah. What else?
You really don't like me, do you? Go on, just say it.
You know what, Nikki, I've got nothing against you. Not personally.
But it just seems like every time I turn round, you're there.
You know, me and Terry... Yeah?
We're just trying to start a life together. You know, move on.
It's just a bit hard with the ex hanging about all the time.
He's here in your house. My kids, too.
What more do you want?
I want you to let him go.
Me? Bianca, I let him go three years ago.
It's him that can't cut the cord. And do you know what?
He probably never will.
What you saying?
I didn't just barge in here. He asked me.
Terry asked me to come.
Why do you think he did that?
For the kids.
For the kids. Yeah, right(!)
Cos that's what Terry cares about, ain't it, the kids(!)
That turkey looks dry as a bone.
Come on, come on...
Lost something, Janine?
Where's my money?
It's coming. Yeah? I'm going to pick it up in an hour or so.
I'll give you a call.
You're trembling, Janine.
What's the matter? Guilty conscience?
Crimes catching up with you?
Why are you being so horrible to me?
Horrible! Is that what I am? A horrible, horrible man?
Maybe if you'd have helped me when I asked, the poor relation,
the step-brother begging for a hand-out,
I wouldn't be so hard on you now.
I didn't know you were so desperate. If I had... You knew, Janine.
You knew. You just didn't care.
But then that's you all over, innit? You don't care about anyone.
You're wrong. I care about you. I care about my family.
Remember when Pat died?
Right here in this bed.
She put her arms around me, told me that she loved me.
And that I could turn my life around.
All I needed was a little bit of help.
Couldn't you give me that help?
I mean, she saw the good in me.
And she was right. I've been forced into this by Michael
and by what he did.
Why don't you think again?
I could give you some money. Not as much, but...
Unbelievable. Maybe we can strike a deal.
I don't want to do these bad things.
I want to be good.
Is this good, Janine?
'In that moment...'
Is it? '..I wanted him dead.'
'So I stabbed him...'
Is this what you want everyone to hear? The police to hear?
'I killed him, David, and I didn't feel a thing.
'One minute he was alive
'and the next minute he was... He was gone.'
250 grand. Two hours.
Or I go to the police.
And I mean it.
Great. I'm starving.
Just going to go and wash my hands.
Come on, then.
What just happened here? What were you talking about?
Er... Do you really want to know? Yeah. Yeah, I want to know.
We were talking about my mum. Last time we saw her.
Dying in that bed.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to... It's all right.
Mum, Dad, it's ready! Yeah, coming!
I tried talking to him. It's no good.
We need to get this done.
Soon as you get it...
Ian, Christmas pud?
Why not? Might get lucky and find a sixpence in there.
Yeah. If you can travel back in time. It's 2013, ain't it?
All right, maybe a shiny new ten-pence piece then.
I don't think there's anything in there. What?
Oh, come on, it's traditional, you gotta have a coin in your pud.
You got any other criticisms?
I saw you left half your veg and half your turkey an' all.
I had a big breakfast.
So it was all perfectly cooked, in your professional opinion, was it?
Perfect. You wouldn't lie to me, Ian, would you?
Phil. Can you just leave it? Let everyone enjoy themselves.
I am enjoying myself. So's Ian. Ain't you, Ian?
No. He's not. No-one is.
I just wanted everyone to get on so we could be honest for once.
Go on, tell them.
Me and Peter.... We're together.
We're a couple.
Pull it over your head. That's it!
I tell you what, you should be wearing a sports bra, look at that.
You look like a supermodel to me, you look beautiful!
Right, my turn, my turn! You have gone to town on this, Kat.
I know, is it a plasma?
Is it a...? Could be a hi-fi, could be an exercise bike.
You'll find out soon enough.
Never mind "soon enough", I'm going to find out right now. Here we go!
Come on. Let's have it.
All right... Come on, get a move on.
Take any longer we'll be living with Janine.
Right. All right. Not to worry.
Did you know about this? No. Of course not.
Phil, look... Shut up. I weren't talking to you.
Don't tell him to shut up. Look, we are together.
Now you either accept that or I'll go upstairs,
get Lexi and I'll walk out this house and I won't come back.
All right. Whatever you want. It's got nothing to do with me.
All of a sudden I've lost my appetite.
Yeah, why don't we go out to that party? I can hear the music now.
Give Kat and Alfie... a proper send-off.
No, you're all right, I think I'll stay here.
I'll start clearing the plates.
Are we OK?
You can't hurt him. You can't touch him.
What do you take me for? Eh?
I won't lay a finger on him. Now get your coat on.
Get Lexi wrapped up nice and warm,
and we'll go to this party, all right?
Did you know about this? Him and Lola?
No. I didn't. I swear.
Look, I've gotta go. Janine needs me.
Tell her she's got 20 minutes. I ain't kidding.
One phone call and that pub's gone.
All right. Yeah, I will.
Happy Christmas, everyone.
Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.
CRACKER BANGS Hurrah!
You look nice.
Mum, you look amazing.
Dinner's gorgeous, darling.
Next year, we'll all be over at mine, at the Vic.
It will be a magnificent spread.
I was thinking, a nice long table down at the bar.
Candles everywhere. Free drinks for all of you, all year round.
For my family.
Pass the spuds, please, love.
Sure you're going to be able to afford all that, Janine?
The Vic? With all your other expenses?
Course she can. She can afford anything.
If only that were true.
I thought your phone was dead?
Oh, I'm really sorry. There's been a hitch with the party.
I've got to go. What, now?
Do you know how long it took me to cook all this food, Janine?
I won't be long. I promise.
Can you keep an eye on Scarlett for me? Yeah.
Make sure you come back, eh?
I'll see you in a bit.
See you later. Bye. Merry Christmas.
Well, this is fun, ain't it?
You ain't eaten much. What's wrong with you?
It's the turkey, innit? It's a bit dry.
Have some gravy. No, I'm all right, thanks. I don't need any gravy.
Here you are.
She don't want it. She don't want it!
I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. Are you all right?
No, come on. Let me.
Is it new?
Here you are.
What're you doing?
What are you doing? What are you doing?
What are you doing?!
What are you doing?! Look at me!
Are you all right, darling?
Just get out. Just get out!
Just get out!
Just take your kids and take your wife and get out.
Get out of my house!
Just get out!
CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYS
This is like Russian dolls, isn't it? Here we go, another box.
Let me guess. It's...
definitely an electric shaver.
Who knows? It might be nothing.
You might just keep on unwrapping
and it might be a little speck of dust.
We'll have to wait and see, won't we? Let's have a look.
That is...a pen?
Is it a pen?
Merry Christmas, Alfie.
You're going to be a dad!
You serious? Yeah.
Your mummy's going to have a baby!
You serious? I'm going to be a dad.
I'm going to be a dad! I don't believe it!
You are hers, you're still hers. You always have been.
You're just too stupid to see it.
What you talking about? That ain't true.
It is. This. All of this. It's just one big mistake.
I just want you to go. Bianca...
I just want you to go. Just go now.
Is she all right? No.
We gotta go.
But we're having dinner.
Don't worry about that. Come on. What about our stuff?
Just put your coat on. Come on.
Say thank you to Bianca for me.
That woman has got some temper on her...
You did this.
I wouldn't worry about it. They're both young.
He'll get bored of her, and it'll just fizzle out.
Yeah. That's right. It will.
Cos you're going to make sure of it.
You're going to talk to that boy of yours.
And you're going to make it very clear that there's no way
he can be with Lola.
Pull his heartstrings, have a breakdown, wet your pants.
Whatever it takes to stop it.
Because there's no way I'm having my granddaughter with a Beale.
Do you understand?
Oh, and, Ian. If anyone asks,
it was you who didn't want them together. Not me.
Have you got it?
Right, I'm going to call David and I'll get him up here.
Janine. No excuses.
There are people on the square already.
Give it a half-hour, it'll be rammed.
Yes. Exactly. It'll be loud, the odd firework will be going off.
It's perfect. Listen to me.
I don't think you're in the right state of mind to decide this.
It's decided, Billy!
Look at you, Janine. You're not well.
Billy, you try and back out of this,
you know what will happen.
I don't care.
What are you doing?
I am going to the party.
I'm going to spend some time with my family.
With people who actually care about me. No, Billy.
If you walk away now and I get caught,
I am taking you down with me.
Yeah, well, I'll take that chance,
because this is sick. And you're sick.
Billy, Billy. Billy, please.
All right. I can't go back to prison.
Then just give him the money. Have done with it.
What about the Vic? I can't lose the Vic. I can't!
I've sold everything, and I have nothing.
I'm sorry, Janine. I can't be a part of this.
From now on, you're on your own.
I was just desperate.
I was. I was desperate.
And he was just so nice and so lovely, I just grabbed it.
And I forced it. I did. I forced it.
And now I'm just going to end up on my own again.
No, you're not. You're not. I'm going to make sure you're not.
Hey, look at me. I'm going to make everything all right.
I promise you.
Come here. Oh, darling. SHE SOBS
That's it, you have a cry on your dad.
Whatever happens, you've always got me. Hey? You've always got me.
Listen, why don't you go upstairs and wash your face?
Get yourself changed and we'll take the kids outside to the party.
Have a bit of fun.
Yeah. Yeah. Thanks. Sorry.
Don't be daft.
You were very sweet with her.
You're a good dad.
I'll never be a patch on you, though, eh?
She's going to need you if I'm not here.
Stop it. I mean it. Stop it. That's not going to happen.
I'm going to look after you.
Whatever you need,
I'm going to get it. I am.
I'm going to get it.
Look, I'm just going to... David.
I love you.
Who is it?
Er, I think I'll nip out. See if I can sort this out.
Oh. Yeah, all right.
I'll only be a tick, all right? OK.
Don't leave till I get back, yeah? All right. Ta-ta.
NEON SIGN CRACKLES
HE KNOCKS ON DOOR
HE KNOCKS ON DOOR Janine?
NEON SIGN CRACKLES
GLASS BOTTLES CLANK
SHE BREATHES HEAVILY
No... Give me the phone.
Give me the phone.
Right. Hats, coats, scarves. It's cold out there.
He's going to meet us over there, he knows where we are.
That's not mine.
Where is it?
I will finish you, David.
You know I will and you know that I can.
But you didn't, did you? You didn't...
because you couldn't.
What did you think you were going to do?
Eh? Just run me down? And get away with it?
It's a stolen car. Hit and run. Drunk driver.
It happens all the time.
Where'd you get it?
Who else is involved?
You're lying. Tell me.
Is someone else going to come round that corner?
It's just me.
What you doing?
Where we going?
Hello, Harry. All right?
Come on, kids. That's it.
Time's up. You got my money?
Yeah. Yeah. I'm just going to pick it up.
No, she ain't. Stop mucking around, all right?
You either give me the money now or the deal's off.
Just let me speak to Phil.
What's the matter? Nothing.
It's Phil, Phil Mitchell. You still interested in buying my boozer?
If you can get the money together
and be here within 15 minutes, you got yourself a deal.
15? That's a push, mate.
I'll do my best.
Sorry, mate, we're closed at the moment.
I helped myself. Hope you don't mind.
Money's on the bar.
Oh, right. Well, listen, there's a party outside if you fancy it.
Free mulled wine and all that. That pump's not pulling right.
It's a nice boozer, though.
Yeah. It is. It's the best boozer in London.
What is wrong with you? You're going to "pick up" the money?
You ain't buying the Vic, Janine! I am.
No, you're not. I am.
You're not. It's gone. It's over.
Because you're going to give all the money to me.
Now, where is it?
Where is it, Janine?
One call. To the police.
Where is it?!
It's in there.
Where is it?
Is it all there?
Quarter of a million.
Look at that.
The Vic's gone, Janine.
You can forget about that.
What are you going to do now?
I'm going to take the money, go to a hospital
and call the police.
But that wasn't the deal. The deal's changed.
Wait. Wait. You can't!
Watch me. I'll ring them and I'll tell them.
I'll tell them about that lot.
Do you think they'll believe you?
You've betrayed me. I'm your sister and you're stealing from me...
You're not my sister! You're nothing.
You don't need this. All right? You don't need it. I do.
I do, actually. I do need it. I need every penny.
I'm sick of being treated like dirt.
I used to be someone round here. Silk suits, keys to a Merc.
Now look at me, tussling with Max Branning for change.
Watching Bianca scraping for pennies. Well, not any more.
Not any more. I got my stake now.
I got my stake and I'm going to build it.
You are just as bad as me. No, I'm not. Selfish, greedy.
Wrong. I'm not doing it for me though, am I?
I'm doing it for my family.
Family? Yeah, that's what you tell yourself. But I know you, David.
I know you. And you will spend every last penny on yourself.
You're wrong. No. New car. New suits.
I tell you what,
why don't you just move in here and take my whole life?
Because I don't want your life, Janine. I don't want it.
It looks lonely and sad and pointless.
A little girl, can't even look at her.
That's not true.
It is, Janine. It is. Well, I've got something real.
Real, over there. That's what this money is for.
What? Bianca and the kids?
She's with another man. She's with Masood.
Not any more. She wants me. She needs me.
For the first time in her life since she was 14 and pregnant,
she actually needs me.
She needs this money.
For what? Jewellery, a fur?
I can hardly see Carol dressed up to the nines, hanging off your arm.
She doesn't want the money. That's not what she's interested in.
You can't buy her, David.
I'm not trying to buy her! I'm trying to protect her.
From what? Cancer!
She might be ill.
She might be very ill.
And if she is, she's going to need treatment.
The very best treatment that money can buy.
I'm going to make sure she gets it.
Whatever happens, I want to be there for her.
Because, you see, that's the difference between you and me,
I've learnt my lesson.
I missed out on all those years with her.
All those years with Bianca.
Well, I'm not missing out on any more.
I know what's important.
Running around, trying to buy the Vic, chasing money,
while the one thing you actually need is right in front of your nose.
And you... You can't even bear to look at her.
A beautiful little girl and you can't even bear to look at her.
And why do you think that is?
Because every time I do,
I see Michael.
I see Michael.
Yeah, who you killed right there in that kitchen.
Blood on the floor,
and blood on your hands.
Don't you think that I don't know that?
Don't you think that I don't feel that?
I don't think you feel anything, Janine. You're a monster.
That is not true.
HE was the monster.
He used me and he broke my heart.
He was going to see me dead! Poisoned me, and he didn't care.
I go to bed every night
and I see his face staring up at me from that kitchen floor
with nothing in his eyes.
And every time I look at Scarlett...
Every time I look at Scarlett, I see the same thing.
I can't sleep. I can't...
I can't think straight.
My hands are trembling. My hands, they tremble, look.
I mean, look at them. I didn't want any of this to happen.
And I don't WANT to feel like this.
I wish I could bring him back.
But I can't.
So you turn your back on your daughter?
The only thing you've got left.
I don't want to. Please believe me, I don't want to.
I'm just scared that when I look into her eyes, she's going to...
She's going to know.
She's going to know what I did. and she's going to hate me.
That little girl is the only person in the world who doesn't hate you.
She's the only thing you've got that's good.
And you're going to miss out on that, just like I did.
Five years old, she's going to be visiting you in prison.
No. No. No, please! Just give me one more chance.
Just give me one more. I want what you've got with Bianca.
I do. I want to put this right.
I so want to put this right and I just want to put it all behind me.
Just forget the police. Please forget the police.
They don't need to know.
And what about Alice?
David, she stabbed him.
And she's pleaded guilty.
So I get to send her down?
This is the daughter of the man who's kept Carol away from you
for all these years. And kept Bianca away from you.
So I get to take all that out on her?
I'm not doing that. I'm not.
No, wait. What's changed? You were going to yesterday
and the day before. What's changed? Carol. I'm not doing that to Carol.
She'll never know. I'll know, Janine. I'll know.
And I'm not prepared to take that risk.
Me and Carol, I want to do what's right.
Just let me get a head start, then.
Let me get Scarlett and I'll go.
What you talking about? I'll go now. Tonight.
Just let me take Scarlett and I'll run.
Just one day. One day, that's all I need.
Then you can call the police, you can do whatever you want.
A day? One day?
That's all I need.
24 hours, and then I will call the police.
Now pack up your stuff and go.
Brought you a present.
That was quick.
Don't worry, it's all there.
I'm an honest man.
I'll count it later.
So, do you want to have a look round?
Nah, not without the missus. She'd kill me.
Wear the trousers, does she?
She thinks she does.
..you've bought yourself a boozer.
You lost something?
Er, yeah. I left my phone. I was just about to call you.
Did you see Terry?
Yeah, yeah, he's pretty upset.
We're going to talk tomorrow when everything's calmed down.
What've you done to yourself?
Couple of drunks knocked into me. I fell against a wall. It's nothing.
Don't worry about it.
Where's the kids? Outside?
Yeah, they're outside with Bianca.
Why aren't you out there? Why aren't you out there too? Come on.
It's lovely, it's all Christmassy.
Because I'm here, David. I'm talking to you.
Why are you upset?
You don't feel guilty about what happened, do you?
This is good.
Me and you.
It's right. It feels right.
Does it? Does it, really?
And I can trust you?
I'm going to be there. I'm going to be there all the way.
I meant everything I said.
There's nothing you're not telling me?
Know? Know what? I found it.
I found your phone.
I don't know what you're talking about.
I watched it, David. I watched it all. It's not what you think.
No? A confession on your phone. Janine's confession.
How can that possibly be? Huh?
It's complicated, Carol.
No, it's not. No, it is simple. It's very, very simple.
She did it. You know it.
And Alice is rotting in prison for something she didn't do.
Am I missing something? Am I being thick here?
Come on, sit down.
I got that confession out of her.
I tricked her, I broke her down.
No-one else could.
I did it because I know what makes her tick.
Yeah? So what's it still doing on your phone?
I was trying to decide what to do, weren't I?
What's to decide? You've got a confession. You go to the police.
What were you waiting for?
I wanted to tell you first, didn't I?
I did. I did!
But yesterday, at the hospital... how could I?
Alice pleaded guilty yesterday.
I needed to sort things with Janine. Give her a chance.
To do what?
To come clean.
What's in that bag?
What? The bag you came in with.
Nothing. Nothing. Stuff. Stuff from the office.
You went over the office?
No, it's from the car. It's for the kids.
Carol. Carol, don't. Get off.
This is for the kids?! What do the kids need with this? Huh?
It's for you. Me?
Yes. I told you. I told you I was going to look after you
and I meant it. This is for you.
For your treatment, if you need it.
The very best that money can buy. This is for you.
This, this is Janine's money.
Yeah. For you. To make you well.
I meant what I said, Carol. I'm going to look after you.
You've been blackmailing her. You get that confession
and you're blackmailing her for a bag of money?
She offered. She pushed it on me.
That's what you two were talking about earlier, upstairs?
Exactly. Exactly. That is why she came round.
Look, she owes us, Carol. She owes this family.
This, this can be our stake.
You, your health.
Bianca, I dunno, a little business. No more scraping around,
chasing after pennies. I can turn this into a fortune for us.
I can. Yeah? And what about Janine?
She ain't going to be around. Why not?
Because I've given her a chance, Carol. A second chance.
With the kid. The kind of chance I never had.
The kind of chance my mum never gave her when she stuck her inside.
This isn't about Pat or Janine. This is about you.
To think I let myself feel something again for you.
I mean, to trust you, to tell you about this...
You told me cos you love me.
And I love you.
None of this, none of this matters. None of this affects that.
Of course it does. How can I love you? How can I?
Cos this is what you're like.
This is what you've always been like
and the same thing has happened again.
You know, just...just for a moment, I forgot...
Carol. Carol. Carol. Carol, look at me.
I'm going to call the police, I am. I'm going to call them.
I'm going to get Alice out. It's all part of the plan.
Plan? What plan?
I just want to give her a start. Just a few hours.
Then I'll tell 'em everything. I will.
Well...tell 'em about that money as well.
Not that. No. Obviously.
Oh, Carol, listen. Before I came back here,
I had money. I had cash.
I turned up with a bag full of the stuff.
I had everything...
but I never had you.
Now, now I've got both.
I've got family. I've got you.
You well. That is what I want.
That...and the family we never had.
It's too late. It's too late.
Fine, I'll give it back.
I'll keep enough just for your treatment.
Just in case you need it. I don't want a penny of that money.
OK, fine. All right, Carol, I'll give it back.
I'll give it all back. I'll go and do it now.
It's too late, David. It's never too late.
Yes, it is!
What do you mean?
Where's the phone?
What have you done with the phone, Carol?
What have you done with my phone?!
Oh! Careful, girl.
Sorry. Tell your mates. Tomorrow, in the Vic.
First drink's on the house.
You'll never guess what happened.
Mum flipped out, threw gravy all over Rosie's mum.
They had a massive fight, and now they've all left.
It's a disaster! Where's Scarlett?
She's over there, with Whitney. She got a bit scared.
Talk to Mum. Sort her out. She's a right nutter.
You going somewhere?
Yeah. To play with my daughter.
It's Christmas Day!
And my sister is inside.
Yeah, I know. She murdered my husband.
Now, if you don't mind...
You know what, Janine, I do. I really do mind.
Get your hands off me.
Carol gave me a little present, Janine.
I've listened to it.
Every single word.
I don't know what you're talking about.
Well, let's see if the police do.
If they understand what I'm talking about, Janine.
They're coming for you.
I've called 'em. I've called the police.
Janine, this wasn't my fault. I swear.
Give me that phone. I don't think so, David.
Give me that phone! I don't think so.
I got that confession out of her. I'm on your side.
Let's just see what the police have to say, eh, David? Joey.
She's getting away. Janine!
What's the matter? Where you going?
Janine, you can't do this. Janine. Don't run.
Give me the baby. Janine!
Give us the baby!
CAR HORN BEEPS
Janine, don't do this. You're going to make it worse.
Janine! Janine. My baby...
Please, let me have my baby. Don't you touch her.
Get off me! She's mine. She's my little girl.
Janine Butcher, you're under arrest
for the murder of Michael Moon... Please!
You are not obliged to say anything but it may harm your defence
if you do not mention when questioned
something which you later rely on in court. You can't take my baby!
Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand?
Scarlett! Get off!
SHE SOBS HYSTERICALLY
Do you want a hanky?
Or would you prefer a helmet...
for when your mum finds out about what you've done
and she decides to bash your brains in?
What do you know about anything?
Baby Boy Mitchell. RIP.
I reckon this little baby's going to bring us luck. Yeah.
I can feel it.
And as for Janine, well...
she can just rot in prison...
..and we can stay here.
That's if the sale falls through. It's bound to.
Kat, you can't run a pub from Holloway, can you?
I can see us being here a while now.
You reckon, do you?
All right. So, when do I get to see her, then?
Yeah, so get her bailed, mate. Alice is innocent.
Look, Mark, get her to talk to the police again,
redo the interview, get her to withdraw her confession
and get her out.
Look, mate, I'm going to go and get the champagne in now,
so let's meet up once you've got things rolling, all right?
All right, Phil? Just the man I want to see.
Bit parky out here, innit?
I've put the kettle on.
Anyway, listen, I thought me and you could talk strategy.
Me and Kat are more than happy to stay on, you know.
No hard feelings. Sounds like a plan.
Thank you. Yeah, it's a good plan.
Listen, I know what you're really like, Phil.
You know, underneath, you're this big ball of soft-heartedness,
But not a plan I'm interested in. Now, you've already had an extra day.
You should've moved out yesterday.
You've got till 12 o'clock to move out.
Phil, please, listen.
OK. Between me and you, Kat's up the duff.
You can't throw a pregnant woman out onto the street. Please...
Then I'll call some friends to help you move
and there might well be some breakages.
Someone needs to tell him it's the season to be jolly!
You all right, darling?
No, 'course you're not.
Hey, is that nice?
Oh, come here, love.
Yeah, 'course I'll be there, Alfie. I'll see who else I can drag along.
All right, mate. See you in a minute.
Time to put those muscles to use. We're needed.
OK. I've just got to call Lola. Why?
She's my girlfriend. It's kind of what you do.
Yeah, but Alfie needs us.
Hey, babe. What you doing?
Was that you?
What do you want?
Charming. I come down here to save you from hypothermia
and that's the best you can do.
It's the best that I've got right now. It's your fault.
Spending all that money on just booze and turkey.
Well, that's what Christmas is about,
when you strip it all back.
Turkey, plus booze.
SHE WHISPERS: Looks like it's moving day. What?
Oh, all right?
Is that...? No, I've got a bit of a bad head on.
Cup of tea, please, Marie.
Can't believe I made it to Boxing Day.
I'm making myself a promise and you can hold me to this.
I am never, ever, spending Christmas Day in a B again.
You should've come round to my place. It was even worse.
I just saw Alfie moving a load of stuff outside.
Yeah, they're leaving. I thought the sale would've fallen through.
Well, it did, but someone else stepped in. Who?
Oh, just this family.
Oh, good. For a minute, I thought you were stuck with the place.
It weren't all bad, I suppose. A few good memories,
like Mum and Dad, when they liked each other,
We were bad, weren't we, eh?
Terrible. Unforgiveable, really.
So, tell me, then. Who's bought it?
Roxy, it's David Wicks. Give us a tinkle back on this number
when you can, please. I want to run something by you. All right, lovely.
Thanks. Thank you.
Don't know why you're doing business on Boxing Day.
No, it's just a thought I had. Didn't want to forget it.
Right, here you go. Ta.
Two now, and two four hours later. Thank you, Matron.
Oh, don't start with that. I've done my bit.
As soon as Diane's collected Scarlett, I'm going round to Mas's.
No, stay. Please. Please.
And why would I want to do that?
I want to explain myself, Carol.
I know I messed up, but I was really shocked by what Janine did.
I mean, I was reeling, you know? Who wouldn't be?
Right, the sooner we get this done, the quicker we'll get in the Vic,
And the first drink's on us and after that it's ?1 a drink.
It's going to be a Happy Happy Hour!
There you go.
Steady on, handsome. Bit keen, aren't you?
Ain't you got big!
When you're done, son, I'll give you a little rub-down.
I don't think so. He's spoken for. Ooh!
Um, can you get a move on, please? All right. Calm down.
It's getting cold out here. Sorry about the Vic.
It's all right. We were thinking of jacking it in anyway,
all them late nights. No, thanks.
Kat, who's taking over the Vic, anyway? I don't know
and I don't care, really. Well, Phil's sold it to someone though.
Probably one of his friends. The next thing you know,
it'll be the Krays all over again. Very positive, Patrick(!)
That's it. Come on. Keep it coming.
Beautiful. Lovely. Here you go, sweetheart.
So, B, where's Terry, then? Too many mince pies?
Trying to work them off, is he? I don't know where Terry is, actually.
I'll give him a ring if you want. No.
Just leave it, yeah?
Yeah, all right. No problem.
Shouldn't we be helping?
Nah. We'd just get in the way.
Working up a sweat there, ladies.
Oh, do you hear that, Tina? That's humour, that is.
Well, I guess it's times like these you work out who your friends are.
We're giving them moral support. Just as important.
All right, Lauren. You got a sec?
What, right now? Yeah.
Lauren, concentrate, will you, please?
Sorry. Mind you don't step in the glass.
I'll speak to you later, yeah? Yeah. Yeah.
I'd keep an eye on him, if I were you.
Peter, why don't you nip home and get a dustpan and brush? Me?
Yeah, you. Send Cindy. I'm asking YOU.
Miss you already!
Is it true about Auntie Janine?
Is she really going to be locked up forever? I don't know.
Can we go and visit her? Oh, kids, please.
Mind if I join the chain? Be my guest.
There's a spot right over there.
You didn't have to come an' all. Yes, I did.
I had to come out and help my mate, didn't I?
What, and show off your lovely new coat?
The kids got it for me.
We'll have a chat later, yeah? Yeah.
Got the photos? Yeah. Lovely. Fragile, fragile, fragile.
There you go, sweetheart. Listen, is B all right?
Yeah, she's fine. Also, this ?1 a drink -
why don't we just give it away?
We are not leaving empty-handed. What about Phil?
He can't touch us. Not any more.
Right! Come on, people. Keep it moving!
I was just coming.
Can we, um...
Can we have a moment?
Er, yeah, if you want.
It's probably going to sound odd, but...
I need you to stop seeing Lola.
Yes! Beat me again. You cheating or something, eh?
I'm beginning to wonder who you invited round - me or Denny.
All right. Well, you can have a game.
But no girl's beating us, all right? Oh! Well, we'll see about that,
thank you very much.
Come on, Denny. Show your mother.
I know that!
She's far too young to get serious about.
I think you'll find that's my decision, not yours. And she's a got a kid. So?
Peter, you don't want to spend the best years of your life
pretending to be a daddy, do you?
Erm, if it means being with Lola, then, yeah.
I know it might not feel like it now,
but if you end this before it's too serious,
then one day, you're going to thank me.
I thought you liked her.
Everyone else is fine about it,
so if you've got a problem, then tough.
Watching all those people working's worn me out.
Can I have two big coffees, please?
I can't believe Ian's opened up today.
Do anything for a bit of cash.
Hello again. All right? You on your own? Yeah.
No, not today, Tina. I was just being friendly!
Not when I've got a hangover.
All right? All right?
That was productive. What did they say?
Janine's not budging on her story.
They've charged her with murder though.
I know. They said that, it turned my stomach.
I mean, Janine's a lot of things, but that's done my head in, that has.
So, she's saying she didn't do it? Well, you would do, wouldn't you?
There's nothing's proven, is there?
They've still got Alice's confession. It's all up in the air.
I need a drink.
Well, you'll have to wait
because, as of today, the Vic is under new management.
What? Yep. Who's bought it now? I don't know.
It's going to be a gay bar. Yeah, right(!) I've seen the plans.
It's got all little rainbow flags outside,
going to paint it pink.
There's loads of drawings of these oiled-up men suspended in cages.
I like it. I like it. I might call Christian.
But that's my local! It still will be.
You'll just have to oil up, Billy.
That's it. Welcome, everybody. Come in out of the cold.
Welcome to Kat and Alfie's Happy Happy Hour.
Yeah, man. A shot of rum for my tum-tum, please.
Coming up, Patrick. Hey, hey, hey.
The both of you going to be OK, though? How can we not be?
We fall, we bounce. Isn't that right, Alfie?
Don't you worry about us, Paddy.
Get it down your neck, mate. That's it. Lovely.
The first ten are on the house for you.
I'm going to need a few more than that.
Hey, Alfie. You're sure you don't know who's taking over?
I haven't asked and, quite frankly, I couldn't care less.
Gays are. Gays are what? Taking over.
What, you mean like taking over the world? No! In here.
The Vic. I've got it on good authority.
Pint, please, Alf.
Blimey. Pound a drink? How much cash you got left?
You know what they say, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
Four vodkas and four bottles of beer. Yeah, all right.
Yes, yes. First drink's on the house, I know. Give us a sec.
So, did anyone see you?
No. I'm way too clever for that.
Oh, I know you are.
Hello, mate. All right?
Listen, don't think I don't appreciate you coming out today.
That goes for me and Alice. Joey, I'm afraid it's not good news.
Although Janine has been charged with murder,
Alice also pled guilty.
Right. It means Alice is still facing a murder charge.
No, no, cos I thought her confession would just be thrown out.
Look, we need to go to the judge and get him to accept a new plea.
But the prosecution will still try and prove
that Alice and Janine were acting together.
There's a long way to go yet.
I thought she was coming home.
Well, does someone want to start talking to me?
You, just get out of my sight.
Do you hear what I said, mate? What are you looking at her for?
I told you, get out my sight. Out! Get lost! Max...
This is my fault. It's me, not Lauren.
I tell you what, mate, why don't you go home,
go and see your wife and your daughter? Dad, stop!
Go and spend Boxing Day with your family.
Can I just talk to my dad, please?
That's great, Lauren. So, that's what you do now,
you chase around after married men twice your age. No, it's not like that.
I'm all sorted now, I'm loads better
and that's because of him, Dad.
Right. And what are you to him?
He's messed up. He's not happy, and his wife... His wife?
What are you going to tell me about his wife, Lauren?
Is it that his wife don't understand him? No.
No, she doesn't, actually. If he's so desperately unhappy, Lauren, why is he still with her?
No, go on, Lauren. I tell you what, you convince me that this is right
and I'll walk out that door and I won't say anything.
Right. Well, there you go. Don't say I didn't give you a chance, Lauren. Where are you going?
This stops, all right? One way or the other.
Oh, hiya. David in? Yeah, why?
My sister isn't getting out of prison now, Carol,
and it's all his fault. All right, get up.
You having a laugh? With this arm? On your feet now. Come on.
Shut up. He kept that recording to himself and I want to know why.
Why did you do it, eh, David? How long did you know about it?
How long were you going to let my sister rot! Calm down.
How long, David?! That's enough. He's injured! For crying out loud.
I can't believe you're defending him. What?
You know what, I used to think you were smart, Carol.
But you're just as stupid as he needs you to be. Hark at him.
So, you want to ask him something, ask him now. There's no point now, is there?
Let's have a little chat, Joey. Nothing you say is true. Nothing you do is honest, is it?
Like father like son. He needs his head examined.
No, I'm the one who needs her head examined. Carol...
I should never have trusted you or let you in here.
What, you're going to chuck me out again?
No. By all means, you can stay, but...
know this - we're not together.
Max. Hi. Hi, you all right?
How was your Christmas?
Yeah, it was great, thanks. Do you want to come in?
No, no. No, thanks. No, just a flying visit.
Is Jake in, please? Yeah, he's just got back.
Great. Could you call him for me? Sure. Cheers.
Bella wants you upstairs, love. Sure.
Listen, you go near my daughter again...
all this, your house, your wife, your daughter...
it'll be gone, because I'll finish it for you. Do you understand?
Do you understand what I'm saying to you?
It's over, Lauren.
Don't forget, my nan's going to give you that rub-down later. Hey, hey!
I had to get through 100 people to get to you.
I think I had sexual relations with half of them.
Look, Nikki's gone back to the flat so...
who knows, maybe she'll stay there and not come back.
You should join her.
Bianca, don't do this. There's nothing for you here, Terry.
# Step outside
# The summertime's in bloom
# Stand up beside the fireplace
# Take that look from off your face... #
I know what you want to say, but just don't bother.
Peter, it isn't me. It really isn't.
As long as you're happy, I couldn't give a monkeys what you do, but...
it's someone else, someone...
Are you talking about Phil?
Because he was fine about me and Lola. No, Peter, he's not.
It's just an act, OK?
He's told me exactly how he feels about it
and he's told me what he wants me to do about it.
Peter, please. He could walk through those doors any minute and see you two together.
I'm not just going to walk away from her.
I'm begging you, OK? I'm begging you.
He will make all our lives hell.
He will not stop until he has split you and Lola up.
I have had over 20 years of him, 20 years!
Look at me. Do you want to end up like this?
What you going to do now? Must have a plan, right?
No, nothing after tomorrow.
Time's almost up, sweetheart. Is it?
The end of an era. Yeah.
# So, Sally can wait
# But don't look back in anger
# I heard you say... #
Bill, does Phil know about this?
Taking a wild guess, I'd say no.
This is going to be fun.
Well, I phoned my mum. Can you believe that?
Told me to get Alice and come home.
I suppose I can still do one of them things, eh?
I take it that you're leaving, then? Yeah.
Yeah, well, I ain't got nothing here for me now, have I?
Got no mates.
I don't trust no-one and you've got Jake now so...
I saw you kissing him.
He ain't the answer though, Lauren. You don't know that.
Well, I know enough to know that you aren't happy.
I mean, how can you be? You're sharing him with his wife.
Yeah, well, we're not together any more anyway.
You deserve better anyway.
I never stopped loving you, Lauren.
Come with me.
What? It's too late for that. All you've got to do, Lauren,
is think about how good we were together...
what we had.
Please, Lauren, come with me.
Look, I'll be at the station in ten minutes, all right?
Hello, you. Come here.
What's the matter?
Look, it's been fun. But it's just not been fun enough.
What you talking about?
It was a mistake.
What do you mean it was a mistake?
Do you want me to spell it out for you? Yeah, yeah, I do,
cos five minutes ago you were fine.
It's just not going to work.
You're too young,
you've got a kid,
I'm not ready for that.
You said that didn't matter. Yeah, well, it does. Big time.
Where's your bags?
I came to say goodbye.
Babe, I don't get it.
What's here for you, eh?
Right now, I don't know.
But...we would be together if it was right.
We would, wouldn't we, Joey?
But it isn't, is it?
I suppose this is it then, yeah?
I'm really going to miss you.
Make sure it goes your way, yeah?
Can I just have your attention, please?
Just to let you know that
me and Kat are going to be slipping off into the night -
or day, should I say.
I just want to say, from the bottom of our hearts,
it's been something else and God bless you all. Thank you.
What do you think?
Do you like it?
Call yourself a Mitchell, eh?
Come on. Out. Everyone, out.
You're like an angry sheepdog, rounding everyone up.
You, out. Come on. Out.
Out. Leave her alone! Out. Out. Don't worry, Shirley.
I'm sure you'll be next.
You know, Peroxide, I get it, I really do.
Well, up yours, Queen Vic!
Come on. Out! Out!
And you. Out.
I haven't finished me drink yet. How many times, Shirley? Get out.
Come on. Out. What is that? Where has that come from?
This is no way to treat a lady. Just get out. How would you know, Shirley? Is there a problem?
Just chucking out the rubbish. Come on. Out, Shirley. Out.
Wasn't talking to you.
You all right?
You know her?
..meet the new owner of the Vic.
That ain't me.
We really DO need to get an alarm clock.
Come on, then. There's a good girl. Come on.
Come on, then, big jump.
Yes! Good girl.
Make yourself at home, then.
So, this is it, L.
First day of the rest of our lives.
BANGING ON DOOR
Who on earth's that?
What the hell? Yeah...
there was something I forgot to tell you.
They definitely know we're moving in? Yes!
Why aren't they opening the door?
I couldn't say no to 'em. If it wasn't for Shirley, we wouldn't even be here.
A thank you card would've been enough.
Tina, big tick, she can live here.
But Shirley, there's no flaming way!
So I let one of them move in, and the other one...
Finds what shelter she can.
Well, that's just not an option.
Then I'm out of here.
I am, Mick, I am gone.
BANGING ON DOOR
'We're getting pneumonia out here!'
Hear me out.
I wanted this pub because I want my sisters with me, L.
I haven't had that in years.
So, if you're going to be mad, you be mad at me. I am mad at you.
I mean proper mad.
I mean like chucking cups and plates mad.
Well, how about a frying pan round the head?
Yeah, if it helps. But we do have a pub to open.
It might be a bit difficult pulling pints from a hospital bed.
BANGING ON DOOR
I get how you feel, I do.
But I need you to get how I feel as well.
It's important. They're important to me.
What's she going to do here, though?
You put her behind the bar, people'll run a mile.
BANGING ON DOOR
BANGING ON DOOR
All right, I'm coming.
Be a little prince, fetch them bags in. You...what?
We've come to stay. Oh.
They're inside! They've broken in! Easy, L, easy.
A new start, you said, a new adventure.
As long as I've got you and you've got me we can do anything.
After all she's done? She stole money from us...
And I spoke to her and that will never happen again.
She will make it up to us. I'll have her cleaning out the khazis or something.
Here's the deal.
The minute it goes wrong, and it WILL go wrong, you need to step up.
You know I will.
Nothing damages us, that's the bottom line here.
Happy eyes? Check.
Hello! Welcome, one and all.
For a second there, we thought you might change your mind.
So, the good news, there's room for both of you.
The bad news is it's in the same room.
Listen, we need the other room just in case Nancy ever shows up.
I wouldn't hold my breath.
Oi, never say never.
So here we are.
The Carters, the Vic.
And Lady Di.
Oh, Lady Di. Hello, girl.
I can't believe you let her, Phil.
I can't believe you let that nasty, evil cow take over my old home.
I mean, how could you? Surely you heard the name Carter?
Well, there's millions of Carters, ain't there?
Anyway, you're the one who told me I was well rid of it.
Yeah, but this is Shirley!
You should be dragging the lot of them out of there.
Don't mind if I do, dear.
Don't encourage it.
It's a "she". It's an "it".
You ignore her.
Don't you take any notice of her, you beautiful girl.
Don't you let anybody tell you any different.
MUSIC: "Wonderwall" by Oasis
You glad you came?
I couldn't be happier.
Once I've unpacked all this lot.
What about Linda?
Crying with joy.
Well, the main thing is that you're here.
We've got a lot of catching up to do, Shirl.
I love this song!
Save your energy, Teen.
We've got a lot to do before opening time, all right?
You're at uni, you should know how to fix these things.
It's just the wi-fi playing up, give it a minute.
I need to Skype Lee.
He still out in Iraq, then?
He's in Afghanistan.
Right, well, now that we're all together,
I brought a little something for us to celebrate with.
Aw, that's lovely, that is.
Shall we open it now, before it goes stale?
So, which one's Patty and which one's Selma?
Oh, never mind.
Right, stand back. Clear a little space, clear a little space.
As of 11am today, there is to be a new world order.
The Age of the Carters is upon us.
Are you ready for this? This is massive. Are you ready?
Right, then, three, two, one!
Welcome to Walford!
Not working today?
Does your dad know that?
Look, I'm not in the mood.
If you must know, me and Lola broke up yesterday.
BANGING ON DOOR
That's a shame.
Hello. Hey, trouble.
All right, so where have you been?
Oh, I had to go to my mum and dad's.
You know, duty calls and all that.
So, you couldn't answer your phone?
Well, it was one of them Christmases, weren't it?
Staring at the telly waiting for it to finish.
But I did get you a little something, though.
I meant to give it to you before, but...
So, do you like it?
I love it.
What's the matter with him? Santa not good to him this year?
Darling, Peter is an idiot.
Don't call Peter an idiot.
Thought you hated him now.
Yes, I do! But...
but I don't. Pops, why has he done this to me?
Brilliant. I haven't even got Janine's password.
Lo! Darling, I didn't mean...
Hello, you all right? All right, mate, yeah.
You open? Yeah, just logging on. What can I help you with?
I'm looking for a flat.
Anywhere in mind?
You're wasting your time.
So open up.
I don't work here any more. I'm in the Vic now.
Do you know it?
Oh, course you do, you used to live there, right?
I bet you still miss it.
Well, don't you worry your pouty little head,
cos it's in safe hands now.
It won't last, Shirley. You'll blow it, just like you blow everything.
Oh, here he is, Tweedledum.
Go on, have a go. Get it over with.
You done me a favour. Glad to be shot of it.
You keep telling yourself that.
Kat and Alfie was the problem, not you.
Right, let me get this straight, I'm serving behind the bar,
you come in and ask for an orange juice and then what?
Then I drink it.
And if I like the service, I'll order some crisps.
No, my life is looking really good.
We're just getting ready for opening now.
Of course I miss my mother-in-law. Don't be so stupid.
Elaine, you don't live that far.
You can come and visit us, whenever you want.
We... No, we was getting on top of each other at the other place,
you even said that yourself.
Listen, the only reason we know how to run a pub is
cos of what we learned from you.
Linda would tell you that herself, she will.
If she was about she would. Course she would.
Anyway, you keep your advice coming and I've got to go
cos I've got to crack on.
But we love you and I'll speak to you soon.
All right. Ta-ta.
We do know what we're doing. Yeah, I was just being polite.
So, let's all prove to ourselves we can do this.
Cos that clock is ticking.
West Ham? It's a sign.
It's a signed sign.
It's a signed sign.
Kat and Alfie's probably turned 'em off.
Right, well, I'm going to nip down to the cellar. All right.
Oh, sorry, love. We're not open yet.
I work here.
Sit down a sec, love. Yeah.
There ain't a pretty way of saying this
but we won't actually be needing anyone.
Thing is, we've always done it ourselves, and,
well, now Mick's sisters are here,
so we're pretty much covered bar-wise. But I've been working...
Obviously we'll pay you to the end of the week.
And, please, do come in. Don't... Don't be a stranger and all that.
How rude was that? You can't get rid of her.
That's like the ravens leaving the Tower of London.
What's that mean? The Vic's going to fall on our heads now?
I don't believe this. We've got an hour and a half before we open
and I don't think we've got any beer. See? Ravens.
You all right? Yeah.
This Dracula chair's got to go. It gives me the creeps.
You heard from Joey? No. I phoned him, texted him. Nothing.
But he said he was going, so I suppose he's gone.
We still need to move things around. Later, yeah?
Handed the keys back.
Come on, Alfie. Endings are just beginnings and all that.
Yeah, but what do we do? Seriously, what do we do now, yeah?
We've got a baby on the way.
And all we've got to do is make sure that he or she
wakes up in a world that you've made brilliant.
So come on. Get up and make it happen.
Right, yeah. Come on.
Where you going? Sales.
And you've got to tiptoe to those, do you?
Yes. She's fallen asleep in there. I didn't want to wake her.
Oh. What you after?
What do you think? A bargain.
Forgot my purse.
Since when were you so loaded?
The barrels are empty. All of 'em.
How many people were drinking in here yesterday? A million?
Well, the Moons had a deal on. It was a pound a drink.
Now she tells us.
And hang on a minute - weren't you one of those people?
Tina was there an' all. So what do we do now?
You're almost out of spirits. Same with the snacks.
You work in a supermarket... Worked.
..can't you grab us some stuff?
We'll need it on tick though. You can do that for us, right?
I don't work there any more. I chucked it in earlier.
Outstanding! Really and truly.
I didn't know it was going to happen, did I?
Mick, time to step up. Bye, Shirley.
It's not my fault, is it?
You're bad luck. Always have been, always will be.
I tell you what, Linda, why don't you go and talk to Lee
and when you get back I will have this sorted.
Her or the pub?
Just...give him our love, yeah?
If you've got any bright ideas, now's the time.
Look at this. I could be a white van man
or hold up the golf sign in the high street.
You'll be all right. Something will come up.
Ah, is he moaning? Didn't have to be this way.
Right, where are you? I haven't got all day, have I?
Carl, you were meant to be here ten minutes ago.
You might want to look at this. What?
Where'd you get that?
You remember that camping trip? Yeah.
Well, ten grand went missing.
Cindy took it.
Dad, it's Phil's money.
Wi-fi's down. Looking for a signal.
Come on, Denny. Loving this place(!)
Did you say something? I'm loving the way you're so kind and helpful.
It warms the cockles, really.
I couldn't be happier knowing I have such fine upstanding neighbours(!)
So move, then. You're a sweetheart, ain't you?
All I need is a bit of wi-fi.
My eldest boy goes out on patrol in ten minutes.
Wait. No, forget it. I'll try shouting, he might still hear me.
Save your voice, we've got wi-fi.
Your cockles warmed yet?
Where the hell is she? I'm going to throttle her. Forget Cindy.
The main thing is you need to give that money back to Phil.
And you need to tell him that you found it. I can't do that.
If I do that it'll all kick off again.
You do realise that Dexter's been paying that back.
We all have, bit by bit.
Just scraping it together, doing whatever we can.
I'm sorry, Peter, that's just the way it's got to be.
We never saw this money before.
So I do you a favour and then I just get nothing in return?
No wonder Phil hates you!
All right? All right?
Right then, Mr Moon.
What wild and crazy idea you got to rock my world?
Take your pick, sweetheart.
We've been knocking on your door.
You left this behind.
But that's not the reason we're looking for you.
Shirl, just let me.
So... I was thinking, how do I play this?
Do I try tears? Do I sit here bawling my eyes out
cos there's no beer in the barrels? Or do I come to you
and hope you're decent people and ask for your help?
And you thought a football shirt would ease the way?
It is West Ham. Come on, Alfie! You owe Mick.
You drained the Vic dry. Shirl.
I know how you feel, and I would be the exact same,
but from one West Ham fan to another, I need help.
Sorry, we're out of that game now.
All right, you've got contacts though, right, we know that!
Fair enough. I thought it was a long shot.
Look, you got any problems, right, they're with Phil, not with us.
Shirl, Shirl. When I say, "Keep schtum, I'll handle it,"
what exactly do you think I mean by that?
Oh, and you call that handling it?
Like we ain't got enough to think about, eh?
TV: 'It's one of the things that frightens people in the world
'more than anything. There's no way I can go home without...'
I remember mine being that age.
Can't believe they're grown up now.
Well, Johnny almost is.
Right, there you go.
Denny, come and have a look at this. Linda's son's a soldier.
Not that I'm ever going to let you be one, mind.
Come on, darling.
TV CHATTERS IN BACKGROUND
Hello, darling. Happy Christmas!
Did you get your Christmas dinner?
Ours was awful. I burnt the turkey!
Phil, I need a favour.
No, don't laugh. The Vic is drier than a desert.
You must have some contacts or mates that can help.
It's not really my world any more.
Well, the R's got plenty of booze.
Sharon would rather drink it herself than let you have any of it.
Oh, so this is you now, is it?
What do you mean?
Well, what happened to, "I don't care," earlier?
Well, then pull your finger out and help me. I want to show that
stuck-up sister-in-law of mine what I'm made of.
And how am I going to explain that to Sharon, eh?
I'm sorry, I thought I was talking to Phil Mitchell,
not Colonel Wimp.
All right, you, be safe. Don't be a hero.
We all love you. Bye.
You all done?
Yeah, thanks. And I'm sorry for mouthing off.
Crowface turned up this morning. Threw me a bit.
Shirley. But you didn't hear me say that.
Oh, so you two don't get on, then?
We have major history. She's done things you wouldn't believe.
She's done plenty round here an' all.
Not like this, she hasn't.
If I could put a continent between us, I would.
You take my advice, steer well clear.
You don't know the half of that woman.
Home, sweet home.
Yeah, see, Phil ain't winning any more.
You want to get in there now, do you?
You should've thought about that.
How about I use your head to open that door?
Not in the Vic? It's almost opening time.
Or is it going wrong already?
And how long did that last, Shirley? An hour?
Here. This was on the floor this morning.
Let's just get the pub open, yeah?
Yeah. You'll be lucky. Auntie Shirley was right, weren't she?
About the ravens?
Listen, you're meant to be a smart boy.
Who in their right mind would believe that?
It was all a bit hasty and we'd love you to stay working here.
ALFIE: Anyone home? I've got some booze and crisps out here.
Mum, you've got it going on.
Come on, the Hammers!
Where'd you get this? I'm just that type of bloke, ain't I?
So can you get hold of anything?
Absolutely. What you got in mind, young man?
Exam papers would go down a treat. Along with the answers.
Listen to him.
What changed your mind?
I think it's called moving on.
There you go, Mick. There's one there for you.
So, do you get down the Hammers much?
Yeah, love it. Love it.
You could...stay at mine. On the sofa.
And then we could go out first thing and start looking for jobs.
Well, it'd certainly beat dossing on my mate's floor.
That is if your dad doesn't mind.
He'll do what I tell him.
It'd only be for a few days anyway.
If nothing comes up I'll probably move on.
Something will come up.
I hope so. I'm starting to enjoy myself here.
It's on the house.
So, how much do you need?
Everything you've got.
That place has got to be open in ten minutes.
Well, you know what they say, don't you?
One good turn deserves another.
What did you have in mind?
RONNIE: Let's put the bags down, shall we?
Hi. Hey. Hi.
Has Auntie Ronnie been spoiling you, has she?
Did you have a nice day?
Yeah. She loved it.
Good. Good. Well, I had a nice day.
Thanks for asking.
I saw you.
What, at the sales?
No, with Carl.
I bumped into him.
I didn't really see you.
Then again, I suppose I didn't need to, did I, hey?
Here. Grab this.
It's winter, Ronnie.
Not in Ibiza.
I'm taking you and Amy for a little holiday.
Right then. Shall we put ourselves on the map?
Hang on a minute. What about Shirl? She should be... Three!
Bit slow, innit?
All right, Mick? Alfie.
I thought I'd introduce you to some of the usual suspects.
This is Billy and Tel. They're all dying for a bevvy.
Don't look like a gay bar, does it?
How many you been in?
What'll it be, handsome?
ALFIE: He'll have a snowball.
Three pints of lager, please. Done.
Is it cold out there? It's freezing, sweetheart.
Just like old times, eh?
You said it.
Alfie worries about where he and Kat will live as they edge closer to their final night in The Vic, and Alfie makes an emotional speech as they bid farewell to the pub. Just as things couldn't look any worse for them, a surprising gift comes their way.
The Queen Victoria finds itself under new management when Mick and Linda Carter take the helm as new Landlords. As the family settle into their new home, things get off to a bumpy start but Linda soon swells with pride as the doors open for the first time with the Carters in charge. Sharon is not pleased when she realises who Phil has sold The Vic to but she soon has other reasons to be happy.
Determined to make their relationship work, Peter and Lola hatch a plan to bring their families together at Christmas. Lauren's world comes crashing down around her but when Joey makes her an interesting offer, will she accept? When Ronnie realises Roxy is going down a dangerous path she comes up with a cunning plan. Bianca's unnerved when Nikki drops a bombshell, and Carol receives frightening news that turns her world upside down.
Janine's joy is short-lived when her plans for her dream home start to crumble around her and with pressure mounting as Christmas Eve dawns on Walford, she takes matters into her own hands. Will she be caught or will she flee Walford before her past catches up with her?