An emotional Janine struggles to hold things together after the traumatic events of her wedding day, but where is Michael when she needs him most?
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Where's my baby?
Where's my baby?
Don't be scared to touch her.
Hey, little man. What are you doing in my bed, eh?
I needed the company.
How is she?
You should see her, darling. She's tiny.
Tiny. Tiny little hands.
You can see her little heart, fluttering in her chest.
And all these wires. Going into her little hands and into her head.
Anyway, I left the boys there.
Told Michael I'd come and sort stuff back here.
You all right? Come on.
How could he do this to us?
It's all right, Michael. I've got it, mate.
DIANE: I'll be right out here.
Who does she look like? You or me?
She's not well, Janine.
OK? So just prepare yourself.
Don't be scared to touch her.
I want to see the baby.
You will do. When she gets a bit older. Where is he?
When she's older, she won't be a baby no more.
He said 11 o'clock.
Babies stay babies for a long time.
I don't know. Years.
Dad. I've got a tummy ache.
Great. He ain't going to show, is he?
I'm not surprised. Couldn't be bothered for the first six years...
Yeah, well, I'm here now.
-How you doing, Tiff? All right, babe?
Happy birthday, son.
How are my two favourite little people, then?
Our kitten Joey ran away.
My other dad likes football. Maybe he can play on your team, too.
Listen, I better get going. If you can just give them their tea.
Nuggets or whatever. I'll bring some cake back, yeah.
Listen, mate. I told Bianca, I ain't giving the kids no chicken nuggets.
All right? May as well be chewing on a piece of cardboard.
Probably get more nutritional value.
So, you going to open it then, son? Hmm?
You doing it again, Jay. The face.
The "everything-reminds-me-of-Abi" face.
What was it this time? Little kiss near the war memorial?
Shut up, Lola.
Chips. Abi liked chips, didn't she?
And what did she do? She ditched you for a load of dolphins.
Whatever. It ain't exactly a big deal, is it?
See this? Her mum put this through my letter box.
Couldn't even be bothered to give it to me herself.
Come on, Lucy!
-Lucy, you can't hide in there for ever!
You cannot keep doing this. This is harassment.
You don't know what's going on here, right?
I feel sorry for you. I do. You just keep pushing people away.
-Even your own son wants to give you a good kicking.
-Lauren, would you just...
-You're going to end up alone, Derek. And that is the truth of it.
What's the matter?
This isn't how I imagined it would be.
No. Me neither.
What does that mean? Michael? What does that mean?
She's fine, ain't you, darling? Knowing you're here made her heart beat faster.
That's all it is?
Yeah. She's a mummy's girl, ain't she?
Shouldn't you call a doctor?
No. It happens all the time.
How old is she?
How old are you? Like, twelve?
Twenty three, actually.
This is not good enough. I do not want her to stay here.
Michael, make a phone call. We pay for private care.
We should have a hospital with private staff.
-We can't move her, and even if we could...
-She's not staying here!
..we ain't got no private wards for premature babies.
Let me get you a nice cuppa, yeah?
Upsetting the staff already, hmm?
Do you think we're being punished?
Jean ain't here.
-She's on the stall, ain't she?
-No, not till later.
No, no, she's fine. She's all right. Get off me.
Right, Kat. Would you lend money to this man?
-What d'you mean, "nah"?
-What's the matter with them? They're my sensible shoes.
-Need a polish.
Oh, shut up, Mo.
You shouldn't have to be doing this, Alfie.
If I was you, I'd be up that hospital,
-shaking your cousin till every penny fell out his pockets.
-Well done, thank you.
She's right, you know.
You shouldn't have to do this.
I've got the suppliers on my back.
They're not going to deliver till we pay up.
We will get the money back from Michael. Just now isn't the right time, all right.
But I know what is the right time...
How about later, when I get back, get a nice bottle of our favourite,
dim the lights, put some candles on. See whatever happens, eh?
We will be all right, won't we, Alfie?
Yeah. We will be all right.
What you done?
-What you done, Jean?
Oi! Why's she here?
Don't you think they're stressed enough?
Tell me, the little one, is she going to..?
-No, it's not good.
-No thanks to you.
You need locking up.
You all right?
How much you get for it?
Tell you what sucks more.
You all right, Jay?
Abi called. She arrived safely.
Look, it was her decision.
-I know that don't make it any easier.
Look, I got a car on the car lot won't start.
Pay you time and half if you get it sorted quick, yeah?
Guilty conscience. I'd milk that if I were you.
Mum hates me. Joey hates me.
No. They hate me. That's what this is about, ain't it?
Me and Mum have never argued like that.
You'll make it up.
I remember me and your mother, we used to have almighty rows.
Smashing things, shouting.
Then in the morning, it'd be like nothing ever happened.
OK, me and your mother, not the best example.
She don't want me to see you any more.
What do you want?
Oh, come here.
We've got ourselves in a right old pickle, ain't we? Hey?
Do you want to go home?
What do you want to do?
They can do amazing things these days. You know, work miracles.
She really is the most beautiful thing.
Can I borrow you for a sec?
She needs some milk. It could help her chances.
You see it on the telly all the time, don't you?
On them baby programmes.
Not that I watch them but, you know, they can do amazing things.
Right. Grub's up, birthday boy.
Wow, I'm bowled over by the enthusiasm(!)
I feel funny.
I want to see the baby.
Come on, guys, now, please.
You ain't sick. Just trying to get attention. Two dads Morgan.
I don't want two dads.
Always getting presents. All the time. What's not to like?
I don't care about the presents.
Always getting attention.
Right. You can stay.
Yep, but you gotta go in with Tiff. But only while she's here.
That's fine. Thanks.
We should talk ground rules.
Well. OK. You've got to be in by half past 11.
If you're going to be later, I want you to call me.
I meant for you.
Oh, right. I'll leave you to it.
See, if I'm going to stay, I need to know you're going to be nice.
Nice? I can be nice.
Most of the time.
I saw the way you was with Lucy. Scaring her like that is not right.
This is Frederick. He'll need watering.
I think I can manage that.
And the Lucy thing?
Whatever it takes, angel. Whatever it takes.
I don't want to do it. It hurts.
It's all right. It takes a bit of getting used to.
I can't do it. What is wrong with me? I can't do this.
It's OK. I'm a nurse.
I hate this. I really, really hate it.
I know. It's horrible. But you're doing really, really well.
Come on. Let's try again, shall we?
Apparently we're not a viable lending option.
Which is just their polite way of saying they wouldn't touch us with a barge pole.
My wages from the flower stall. It's not much...
No, no. This is my fault. I'll sort it. So take it. Take it.
Look who it is. She tell you where she's been?
-Jean, please tell me...
-I didn't make a fuss.
-Just keep her away, all right?
-You want her locked up.
-Oi, don't you dare.
-She is a nut job.
-No, that'd be your brother.
-You want to know what he did?
-Go on then, tell us. I'm all ears.
He's done nothing. All right?
And I promise I won't go up to the hospital again.
Well, Michael wanted you to have this.
You should tell them.
Just not now.
ENGINE FAILS TO START Hang on.
Right. Try it now.
Hey! Well done.
Not the same without Abi, is it?
Keep expecting her to walk round that corner,
telling me off for something.
-Always telling me off, she is.
-You ain't the only one.
You do know it's the best thing for her, don't you?
Getting away from this place.
It's too constricting for her, too ordinary.
She's going places. She's not like me and you.
Not right to hold her back, is it?
When she could do so much better.
This is lovely, innit? Got my favourite girl on my arm.
Going to have a few drinks, maybe a game of darts.
You never played darts before? You don't know what you're missing.
Let me have a look at that arm, look.
That's a throwing arm.
What, you come to cave the other side of me face in, have you?
-Tempting, but... nah. Come on.
-Get off me!
Oi, get your hands off of her!
Jay, I'll be back, all right.
-She's here of her own accord, Joe.
-No, she ain't.
-Yes, I am.
-She wouldn't be here if she knew you.
I do. Better than you.
You think you know me? You think you really know me?
I know I'd spit on you if I saw you dying in a gutter.
-You hear this, Max? Nice way to talk to your father.
-You ain't even fit to use the word!
Stop it, please!
THEY SHOUT OVER EACH OTHER
Stop it! Stop it!
Your cousin Tiff can't wait to give you a cuddle.
She'll be glad having you around.
You two can gang up on the boys.
She reckons they're always picking on her.
How do you do it, Ricky?
Be a dad.
You're doing it already.
You're here, ain't ya? That's 90% of it right there.
Sit down. Sit down. Sit down, will ya?
I know. All right? I know he ain't been the best dad in the world.
He was little more than a kid when he had you, Joey.
He's messed up. All right? He knows he's messed up.
Just give him a chance, just hear him out.
Ten minutes. All right. That's all I'm asking.
Go on. What harm can that do?
There wasn't much there.
No, that's good. That's really good for your first time.
-You must be knackered.
Yeah. Do you know what, I just, I don't know.
I'll take you back.
It's all right, darling. I'm here.
If anything happens, Michael.
Thanks for agreeing to this.
Best talk fast. 50 quid for ten minutes.
That's the going rate, innit, Uncle Max?
Probably easiest if you hand it over now. Don't want to miss me bus.
You all right? So, how they been?
Fine. Bit quiet.
-They're like that with strangers.
-Mate, I ain't a stranger.
No, I know.
I meant... with people they don't know as well as other people.
So, you enjoy yourself, kids?
I still got a tummy ache.
Did you see the baby?
Why don't you take that off?
Keep it clean for when he comes back and visits.
I bought it so he could wear it today.
-He's got loads of clothes.
-Now he's got some more.
He don't even like basketball. Just goes to show what you know, don't it?
-Bet you don't even know what his favourite colour is. It's red.
Or his favourite food's chicken nuggets? Not nutritional whatsits.
-Ricky, I ain't going to do this with you.
And he liked dinosaurs but now he likes robots?
-Mate, I'm not doing this with you.
Why can't you just be friends?
ENGINE FAILS TO START
Look at his face. Classic. Should've waited for him to pay you.
Come on, Joe, throw me a bone here. Give me something. Eh?
I've tried. I sent you a birthday card every year, didn't I?
Tried to give you your grandfather's watch.
I need more time.
More than just 30 odd seconds.
We'll go out for the day, eh? Do something you like.
What do you like to do?
Anything you want. My treat.
And if at the end of the day,
you still don't want anything to do with me, I'll pay your cab ride home.
I can't say fairer than that, can I?
Joe, listen. Listen.
The day I walked out on you, I broke my heart.
You won't remember this, but when I said goodbye,
I kissed your little cheek,
and I said, "You'll always be my best boy".
Nevermind. Forget it.
So? How was it?
Oh, yeah, he's a real prince(!)
It's improvement though, being in the same room. Not throttling each other.
We're going out tomorrow. You, me, him.
That's what he thinks, anyway.
I don't understand.
I'm doing exactly what he did to me, Al.
I'm walking away.
Lean forward. That's it.
I reckon he'd feel a lot better if you two just behaved.
I've just been told off.
We deserve it.
You know, Bianca never told me about Morgan.
I didn't even know he existed.
I didn't realise. I didn't know about Tiff, neither.
Look, I never really had a chance to thank you.
Bringing him up like he was your own.
He's an amazing kid.
Yeah. Yeah, he is.
Do you know, I'm thinking, you know,
maybe you should join the football team.
Besides, I'm not going to be here long enough.
And I'm rubbish.
So are we.
So, how's the baby?
They can do amazing things nowadays.
I just can't help thinking...
It don't look good, Ray. It really don't look good.
It'll work itself out.
There's a knot.
My first day as a mum.
I haven't even named my baby.
Plenty of time for that.
You know, when I woke up,
I could've sworn that Pat...
She'll be looking out for you both.
I hope so.
Bet my life on it.
Too nosy to keep away.
PIANO MUSIC PLAYS
NURSE: BP's down.
Her breathing's slowed, but we're doing everything we can, OK?
Michael... Where's Michael?
# You're just too good to be true
# Can't take my eyes off of you
BOTH: # Da-da, da-da, da-da-da-da-da
# Da-da, da-da, da. #
Now, what I was thinking was,
how about me and you take Joey to the dogs?
Reckon he'd be up for that?
-I guess so.
It's the dogs.
You know, chicken in a basket, few beers, bit of a flutter.
What's not to like?
I've got a bit of business to attend to. You give me a ring when he gets here, all right?
My great Aunt Vi, she used to say to me,
"Derek, it's going to be a good day today. I can feel it in me waters."
I got a feeling in me waters.
Won't be long.
Right. Eight times eight.
Seven times five.
Nine times nine.
-Come on, you know this one.
-That man's trying to get in our house.
MAN: Mr Beale!
-Nine times nine.
-I don't know.
Sort this out, it's a right state.
Yeah, all right.
Why would I do that?
Yeah, Max, why would he do that, eh?
Someone took them spark plugs out them cars. Weren't me, was it?
Just sell them, otherwise we're both going to be out of pocket.
All right, fine. He'll have to fix them, though.
-Let's go see him.
You said dad's with Peter. Let's go see him.
-You've got school. Another time.
-No, I want to go now.
Bobby, I'm tired. I don't need this right now.
You're lying, aren't you?
He's not with Peter. He's dead, isn't he?
Just stop it.
-He's dead, isn't he? He's dead!
-Do you want a smack?
I hate you!
They can be right little terrors sometimes.
He isn't a terror.
Don't mind me saying, darling,
but you look like you've got the weight of the world on your shoulders.
You want to up your security, Lucy.
Anyone could break in.
He ain't done a bunk already, has he?
Let's have a little look at her, then.
She's the spit of you, ain't she?
They said that she's got an infection.
They're giving her some antibiotics.
Apparently there's still a bit of blood in her nappy.
-I don't know. They said we've just got to wait, really.
Won't be long before she's running around the Square,
terrorising all the local kids.
Bossing them around. Bossing her mum and dad around.
Oh, you reckon?
Well, she's your little girl, ain't she?
I'm not bossy.
-'I looked everywhere!'
Yeah, well, look again. I should have known he'd do something like this.
Just get him back here. She can't do this without him.
Just like that?
What can I say? I've seen the light.
So you ain't here for the cash, then?
No, you keep it, darling. With my blessing.
What's the catch?
There's always a catch.
Well, maybe I just want my children to see that I'm a decent human being.
Even if it does mean letting a lying little scumbag like you off the hook.
So you'll leave me alone?
Well, the odd free saveloy wouldn't go amiss,
I was just starting to have some fun.
KNOCK AT DOOR
Oh, come on, mate. Open the door.
Don't you care how your daughter is?
-She ain't good, but she's hanging on.
I should never have took you.
Don't be silly.
It ain't going to be that way with you, you know.
This one, this one is going to be big and healthy and strong.
Ain't that right, little one?
You don't come out until you're good and proper cooked, you hear me?
Well, she won't if she knows what's good for her. I've got to go.
-See you later.
It's some infection. Necro-something.
Come on, mate, you jump in the shower.
I'll make a cuppa, then we'll get going, yeah?
Michael, you are going back to that hospital, ain't you?
-Get off me!
-You just going to leave Janine alone, are you?
Leave her there just to sit and watch your baby?
Maybe watch her die? Because that ain't far off what could happen, you know.
Er... I can't...
Look, Janine needs you. Your baby needs you.
Come on, mate, jump in the shower, because, no offence,
you ain't smelling so good right now.
-Want some yoghurt?
-What is that? Strawberry?
It's the only one she'll eat.
Those things have so much sugar in them. Why don't you try a carrot?
Is what an interfering grandmother would say.
-You see? That wasn't so hard.
-No. Not so hard.
But if you do give in to her every whim, she will turn into a diva.
-Well, here's hoping.
-Ask yourself this - who's in charge here, you or her?
OMG. I love your hairband.
You know what, you are so lucky to be dressed by the gays.
An interfering grandmother might say please don't let her chew on that thing
in case she chokes to death on a diamante.
Well, in that case, why don't we try a little piece of carrot for Daddy?
I've got to get on.
Let me guess. "Busty beauty offers massage and more?"
-Look no further.
Nah, my landlord. He's put up the rent for the Olympics.
So I've got to move out for a while.
You're looking for somewhere to stay?
For a few weeks.
What about Sasha, though? I mean, she's with me most weekends.
Yeah. I'm cool with that. I'm down with that, yeah.
That means you'd have to help me cook for her, clean up after her.
Easy. It's like having a dog, innit?
I mean, it's not like having a dog. I mean that I am responsible.
And you have football practice...
you need someone to look after Morgan. So give me today.
Why have I got a bad feeling about this?
Oh, ye of little faith, my love.
Well, he didn't say what time exactly.
I thought he said ten thirty.
He's most probably had one too many last night. Sleeping it off.
Dad... I don't think he's coming.
-No, he'll be here.
-He didn't exactly say that.
-Yeah, he did.
-That's what he said. Word for word.
He'll like the dogs, won't he?
I mean, everyone loves the dogs, don't they?
Come on, mate. You out the shower?
I've been at the hospital looking at someone else's baby.
It was so boring. And it was an ugly baby and all.
-I'm going to have to let you go.
-What, for being late?
Dad had a look at the overheads and you're an unnecessary expense.
-Something I've never been before.
Yeah, I can see that. I've got the social on my back.
-I'm trying to show them I can keep on top of things.
What's that supposed to mean, snidey?
Let's face it, Lola.
If your work ethic is anything to go by,
the chances of you having that kid in a year are slim.
You know what? I hope you rot.
I hope your whole family rots. You can stick your job!
All right, all right, come on. To me, to me, to me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Watch, watch, watch.
I ain't skiving. I've got a double free.
Too young, even for you.
So that's your type, then? Emo boys?
I don't have a type.
Oh, you don't? Very good. Keeping your options open, I like it.
Want to join us? Me and Morgan are having some age-appropriate, responsible fun.
She keeps hogging the ball.
No, I don't. Got to learn to tackle.
Come on, Sasha.
Come on, Kim, keep up.
Mind the bike, mind the car.
Mind the road!
Do you believe in God?
I think so.
I wish I did.
I wish I believed in anything right now.
Where is he?
He was in the house. And then...
I don't know where he went. I'm sorry.
Everyone hates me.
I'm taking the flack for you, and you're what? Just...
You stupid cow.
You know what I feel like doing?
I feel like doing something completely crazy.
Well, I've gotta work.
Why you bothering? Why you bothering with any of it?
What is it with you?
Oi. Oi. What you doing? Get off the car.
Right. Just going for a test drive. Take a break.
-What? Don't you trust him?
-Oh, that's nice.
That's a nice way to treat your almost son-in-law, innit, baldy?
Right. Lola, let's go.
-Shall we go out?
-I ain't in the mood.
I don't care about you.
I don't. I'm past caring.
But that baby...
premature, barely a day old, and you're abandoning her.
It's what you do, isn't it? Bleed people dry and then move on.
Out of sight, out of mind.
But it's different this time, isn't it?
I can tell. Sitting with your daughter.
Seeing her in pain and not being able to do a thing to help.
It's different because of her, isn't it?
You don't know me.
..I think I do.
Even you, warped and damaged as you are,
even your heart must break, Michael...
..seeing her vulnerability...
..touching her skin...
..holding her little hand.
You have held her hand?
You don't know anything about me.
You can't do it, can you?
You're scared you're going to do exactly what your mother did.
Even you can love, Michael.
More dribble. Let me see now. Control.
My mum won't talk about boys.
Well, in that case, you can ask me anything you like.
Anything you like. Don't be shy.
What's it like? Kissing?
Kissing? It's like... Soft and squishy.
You know, like eating marshmallows. But better.
I ain't so keen on marshmallows.
I love them.
You know, I even kissed a girl once.
I thought it was a boy. Then it turned out it wasn't.
It was the '80s. Very different time.
OK, let's see some more control of the dribble. Come on, dribble.
I was going to see if there was anything for Bobby.
You've been working a lot lately, ain't you? Don't worry.
I've not been spying on you.
I like to go out and have a fag and watch the coming and goings.
When you reach my age, you don't look back
and think, "I wish I'd have worked more."
You think, "I wish I'd have enjoyed myself more,
"out on the razz."
It's been a long time since I've been out on the razz.
-What's Lauren said?
It's written all over you.
You look worried half to death.
Well, things have been...
..a little tough, recently.
Oh, darling. What is it?
To me! Pass it! Dribble, dribble! Dribble, dribble! Pass it.
Dribble, dribble. Hold on, hold on, hold on.
Pass it, pass it, pass it, pass it!
Oi, you two!
You, come here.
Phil. It's Max. We've got a problem.
Mate, I am in so much trouble.
Well, I've just spent most of my afternoon having a stand-off with Yasmin over a carrot stick.
So don't talk to me about trouble.
He's right here...with Sasha!
Hey, what's going on? What you doing?
Tell your dad what you done.
Kim taught us how to kiss.
Then he broke my window.
-Kim kissed a lady once.
It was the '80s. It was different then.
Listen, Cora, I threw the ball through the window. I'm sorry.
-No, it was me.
-It was my fault.
-No. It was my fault...
I don't care whose fault it was! Just pay for it.
And you can do some shifts behind the counter.
If that ain't punishment, I don't know what is.
It was my fault, OK, Dad? Don't blame Kim.
We were having a nice time.
- What, by bunking off school and breaking a window?
-It wasn't me.
-Like the other day wasn't you?
That what you trying to say, yeah? I want an apology.
He was with me at the garage.
-Apologise. Go on!
-He was with me.
-So who was it, eh, Phil?
Look at that. Ruined.
I ain't going to sell the motor without that, and that car'll need a full valet.
-You know what that is, don't you?
-I do, yeah. It's a disaster.
That's chip fat, that's what that is. Chip fat.
He's gone, hasn't he?
I should have known. I should have seen it coming a mile off.
It's what they always do,
men like him. Men like Dad.
I need to go pick up Bobby from school.
Your brother sent you to do his dirty work then?
What you talking about?
-He said he weren't going to take my money no more.
So that's what this is all about, is it? You got some sort of beef with my brother?
If you ruin my business, Lucy, I'll take it personally, won't I?
You ruin mine, and I'm not responsible for my actions. You've got to pay back some money, yeah?
-For the damage.
-Let's call the police.
I think we can handle this ourselves, Max.
Maybe someone should call the social. See what's going on round at your house.
Then maybe it wouldn't be you picking up your little brother from school, but a kindly foster mum.
Mind you, they ain't all kind, are they?
I didn't do anything.
But I'll get you some money, yeah?
-You knew he wasn't going to come, didn't you?
I was a fool to think he would.
He's the fool.
I've never been to the dogs. Mum was never big on gambling.
Yeah. I love it.
That's why she weren't big on it.
We could still go, if you're up for it?
-I don't know.
Chicken in a basket, bit of a flutter.
What's not to love?
We don't need him, Dad. Come on.
I had to say goodbye to her last night, Michael.
I had to do that on my own.
-And I shouldn't have had to do that on my own.
What? What did you think?
It's lame, I know. I just... I freaked out.
Were you even going to leave a note? What's in the bag?
What...? Did you pack?
I'm here, Janine.
-For how long?
-As long as you need me.
Because if you are going to go, you need to go now
because I don't have the strength to deal with you as well.
I'm here. I'm right here.
You weren't there.
Is Dad dead?
Of course he ain't.
Don't you ever think like that.
You're sure he's coming back?
He's coming back.
I think the electricity man cut the wires.
We'll be all right, yeah? OK? We're going to be all right.
I want her christened.
I didn't think you believed in that sort of thing.
But I want her to have a name.
You know, official. Whatever happens.
-No, that's rubbish.
She doesn't like it, do you? No.
No, that's even worse. I don't like that.
Don't ever leave us.
Oh, look at that.
Careful, darling! This is official Team GB gear, this is!
-What's the matter? You aren't stressing about money, are you?
Look, Lo, I'm sure I can get some extra hours
-to make up for losing your job at the chippy.
-No, you do enough.
Do you want me to stick around for this pre-birth conference thing...?
Nah, I'm cool.
Lo, you got to start taking this seriously, all right?
-All them eyes on us, it's a big deal.
-Pops, I know it's a big deal!
See you later.
-All right, Jay? Go through.
What's wrong with you?
You need to confess about what you done to the car lot,
otherwise Lucy is going to lose everything.
And why should I care?
-With Ian away, she's looking after Bobby - she's like a single parent.
If the Old Bill start digging about, she could have Bobby taken into care.
Yeah, and Max would report me!
Not if you explained how you did it cos of me.
Lucy ain't my problem, all right?
I haven't got into that since March!
I'll think again.
-What is it? Is something wrong with Scarlett?
-No, darlin', no.
She's still poorly, but she's responding as well as we could hope.
She's not got worse, that's the main thing.
-That sounds like good news.
-Shall we go see Scarlett then?
Yes, why don't we?
Scarlett? Like the actress? Johansson, ain't it?
No, like O'Hara - now there's a feisty lady!
I can manage. Thank you. Michael, why are you still here?
She seems back to her old self, don't she, eh?
All he wants is for you to give him a chance.
Why is it so hard for you to do that?
Cos your game of happy families won't last. If you want to keep playing it out, that's fine,
but don't expect me to join in.
If you really feel like that, why'd you even come back?
Because you're here.
Believe it or not, I care about what happens to you.
So prove it, by making an effort with Dad.
It doesn't have to be anything major.
I'm meeting him for a drink at lunch.
He'd be really chuffed if you turned up too.
I appreciate you don't want the Old Bill about,
but if Lucy don't cough up, I ain't got a choice, have I?
You know, I've got to cover that damage somehow.
I'll have another word with Lucy, put a bit more pressure on.
-What makes you sure it was Lucy? You got it wrong with me.
-Who else has chip fat lying about?
Tell you what, Phil, tell her she's got till the end of the day, yeah?
If Ian Beale's got any emergency stash lying about,
give her enough chance to get hold of it, won't it?
Let me know how you get on.
She ain't going to have no money off Ian, is she?
Shouldn't you be at work?
Ain't going to hurt her, are you?
What do you take me for? Just going to talk to her. That's all.
All right, I got this for Shenice, but she doesn't like white chocolate.
So I'm just wondering if I can just change it?
Without a receipt, I can't...
-But Zainab, I bought it here, darling.
-Yeah, it's company policy.
-If I make an exception for you, where will it end?
-People thinking you're less miserable?
Were you going to buy one of those? This isn't a library, you know.
Zee, Zee, the powers-that-be are sending judges out to
all the Minute Mart shops today to do spot checks.
And guess what, the most well-managed shop will receive
best franchise title. Oh, and a prize!
What sort of prize?
I dunno, but, you know, it'll be good.
Well, we'll walk it, the way we run this place. Well, some of us.
Y'know, darling, these spot checks, they are carried out anonymously.
So you might want to just...
..just refine your customer-service skills,
or we don't stand a chance, do we? What was it you wanted again, Alfie?
Well, Denise, I wanted to exchange this,
but Zainab said I couldn't, because...
No, it's fine, Alfie Moon. Anything for you.
Nothing is too much trouble for loyal customers like you,
Alfie Moon! Go on.
-Thank you, Zainab.
She's definitely got more colour, ain't she, eh?
You're going to be fine, ain't you, eh?
Hey, you, sit down! Whatever you need, I can do it for you.
What, you going to wee for me now, are you?
I can at least walk you there.
Look, I can manage. I've got to do this stuff by myself.
Are you sure? I can...
Look, I really appreciate everything you've both done for me.
But now that Michael's pulled himself together...
..I've got all the support I need.
Maybe both of you should think about going back to your own lives.
How's the baby?
Yeah, she's hanging in there...
Jean, what you doing with him?
It's OK, Kat.
Oi, this gossip and whispering stops now!
Michael didn't do anything, all right? It was me, I got it wrong.
You know me, mad Jean Slater!
So, Michael and I are friends again.
Isn't that right, Michael?
-What did you say to her?
Honest, I didn't.
I've just come back to get some clothes, that's all.
The baby's being christened today, you know,
just...just in case, sort of thing...
Michael, I hope she gets well. I do, I mean it, all right?
I don't get it.
Why stand up for him, after everything he did?
You thought you'd lost Tommy once.
You can't have forgotten how that felt.
Adding to his pain isn't going to undo what's been done.
So we just write it all off?
The lies, the money he took?
No, it's just not important at the moment.
-That doesn't mean you just forgive him.
-Have you ever done anything you regret?
You know I have, but I've paid for it, I took responsibility.
Yeah, well, that's what he has to do.
Anyone would struggle, Kat, but Michael?
He hasn't a clue where to start.
He's still fighting his own demons, isn't he?
He's damaged, Kat, by all that stuff that happened years ago
that was out of his control.
He's not made it go away, it's just...
..part of who he is now.
I know what it's like to feel lonely and scared.
I think you do, too.
You can plead innocent all you like, it just don't wash, Lucy. You're just a spoilt little kid
who's playing up, as always. The trouble is,
pulling these stunts brings the wrong sort of attention.
Now, do yourself a favour and rein it in, for Bobby's sake,
and pay Max his money, otherwise he will report you.
How am I supposed to get money out of thin air?
You know how skint I am!
Yeah, well, I'm not bailing you out.
Just get that cash. I don't care how you do it, but get that cash. Fast.
What's his problem?
Hey, hey, come on. Come on.
-Don't let him upset you.
-He's just one of many.
There's Max, and your dad...
What do these ones taste of?
I don't know.
But would you mind not touching all the sweets? There's a good boy.
Why's Mrs Masood being so nice? She's not usually nice.
You know, this shop would be perfect
if we didn't have to deal with...customers!
-Yeah. Such a shame, that.
Janine, she didn't mean it, she's just worried about Scarlett.
We can't leave. I mean,
what about if the baby takes another turn for the worse?
She's right about the kids, though.
I can't be away from Jacques forever,
and your two have got to go to school.
Maybe after the christening is the perfect time to leave.
Scarlett's got a way to go, but she's strong, like her mum.
And right now, maybe it's best for Janine if we all act positive.
Yeah, Morgan won't be happy.
-Is there something I should know about?
-Listen, mate, I think we need to talk.
Right, come on, Morgan!
Zee! Zee! Psst!
Hello, Patrick, how are you today?
Is something going on?
Spot checks. They're sending an undercover shopper to rate us.
Zee, I think he looks a bit confused, maybe you should go and...
Excuse me, sir, how may I help you?
-They never used to have undercover checks.
-They still don't.
I don't have the time or the inclination for a row.
I ain't come here for one.
Look, I dunno what's going on between you and Jean,
but she seems convinced that you at least feel bad for what you did.
Yeah, I do.
So you'll pay her back, yeah?
Yes. Once everything's settled. Yes, absolutely.
Alfie says that you're getting the baby christened...
In case she dies? Yeah. Better to be safe than sorry.
-Will you stop this, Michael?
All this "I don't care" act, when I know you do.
-She's fine. She's top form.
She's back to her usual self - bossy, demanding, brattish.
Couldn't wait to get me out of there this morning.
And you think that means she's coping?
Michael, newsflash. She ain't. She's just pushing you away.
Like you did with Alfie.
And it did neither of us any good.
You should be careful, cos this will rip you apart.
Whatever you feel or don't feel for Janine,
she needs you right now, and you need her.
There is no-one in this whole world that knows exactly
what you're going through except her.
Thank you, Kat. And the stuff with Jean.
I'll take care of it. I'll pay her back. Every penny.
I know you will.
Bit late for the dogs, ain't you?
-I was down the gym.
-These things happen.
Shame, though. We had a great time, didn't we, angel?
Yeah, but Joey's here now, that's the important thing.
What you drinking?
Just a half.
Yeah. I'm not staying long.
Don't do us any favours, eh?
I can't buy a round back. Bit skint right now.
-You never said.
-It's not something I go shouting about.
-That why you didn't turn up yesterday?
-Does it matter?
Well, it does if you're in trouble.
It's nothing like that.
If you must know, I owe a few people a few notes, no biggie.
Well, how much? A ton?
I'll get it sorted. Now, we having this drink or what?
Half a lager, please.
Why do we have to stay here while you're at the christening?
They can't have too many people round the baby.
I want to say goodbye to Janine. And I've got a present for her.
Can't they just come to the hospital
and just wait with the nurses during the ceremony? I'm sure Janine would appreciate it.
-This could be the only chance they get to meet the baby.
What about my other dad? I'm not going to see him for ages.
Hey, hey, I'm going to keep coming to visit.
Don't worry about that. Look, Whitney's right.
Aunty Janine, right now she needs you and your sister, OK?
Is that all there is?
Lo. Have you thought any more about Lucy?
Look, even if I wanted to help, I can't.
Don't you get it, Jay? It's her or me.
-I need to get back to work. Thanks for coming.
-It ain't going to be a habit.
Look, I got something for you.
It ain't a favour...
..it's more of a helping hand.
Yeah, I don't do charity neither.
Look, it ain't charity if it comes from one of your own.
And believe it or not,
that blood pumping through your veins is all Branning.
Where d'you get it?
I won it at the dogs.
Look, thanks, but no.
Look, like you said yourself, I've been a lousy dad.
This ain't a bribe, this ain't charity.
This is just my way of trying to be a good dad.
I put a bit extra in there. For a drink. Or two?
Not going to give up, are you?
It's not in my nature.
Look, I've got a bit of business to attend to.
I could be back in half an hour.
None of these have any nutritional value.
Don't you think you should stock more healthy stuff?
Obviously we take our customer feedback very, very seriously,
and if you'd like us to consider some other brands...?
How about upping your variety in your fruit and veg? Coconuts, chilli, mango..
Yes, but those things are already on sale in the market...
So are sweets - that don't stop you stocking 'em. A few sweets are OK
but the fight against obesity doesn't matter?
For God's sake, this is a convenience store!
People come in here for bread, they come in here for milk,
they come in here for... for noodles in a pot -
they don't come in here for a health seminar!
-Yes, over there.
Terry Willis, Minute Mart regional manager.
Weren't you both expecting me?
-You'll have to excuse my assistant.
Bit slow, but ever such a good worker.
Would you like to come through for a cuppa before you start?
-Lovely. Through here, is it?
-Undercover spot checks, you said! Undercover!
That must have been a mix-up.
I hope you realise you have probably ruined my chances of a big prize!
Our chances, Zee!
Worth it, though.
They'll be here soon, won't they?
Only I promised Lola I'd be at this pre-birth conference thing.
It starts at three, and...
-All right. I hope you don't mind us bringing the kids.
Tiff was determined.
They know they can't see the baby for long
and, you know, they can wait here when we go in.
-It's OK. It's fine.
He's just going through the service with Reverend Stevens.
You haven't changed.
I just want to get on with it. My dress is not important, my baby is.
This is for you, Aunty Janine.
Thank you, Tiff!
Dad said the baby's too small to wear proper clothes, so I took it off
an old doll. I'm too grown-up to play with it now anyway.
Dolls are for infants, and I am no longer infantile.
That's really sweet, Tiff,
but I don't think the baby can wear clothes just yet.
-She's got to wear something for the chr...
..christening, or she'll be naked in the photos.
Janine? Where's she going?
Janine? Wait... Wait here, kids.
-I can't do this. I can't look after that little girl.
I mean, I'm hardly maternal, am I?
I didn't even like dolls when I was little.
-I used to rip their heads off!
-Oh, come on. It ain't the same thing.
You're as good a mum as any, all right?
You can't teach anyone to deal with this sort of thing. You just pick it up as you go along.
Maybe, Ricky. Maybe if they're normal and healthy.
I can't even hold her.
She's so tiny.
I can't do anything.
I mean, I may as well just not even be here.
Now, don't talk like that, all right?
It's true. Just watching her... lie there.
Every breath, and it's such an effort...
There's nothing I can do.
I'm useless to her.
Hey, come here.
No, I'm use... I'm useless.
Look, I can't be long. I had to close the shop.
And if this is about earlier, I am so embarrassed.
I don't usually cry, ever.
I mean, you must think I'm such a loser.
What is this?
She's going to pull through, all right? You need to start believing that.
If there was just something - anything - that I could do...
instead of waiting and watching endlessly. I would throw every penny I've got at her
if I thought it'd make her better, OK? But it won't, will it?
And I just want to fix her, Ricky.
You can't. But that's what today's about, innit?
Putting your faith into something else.
What, even if it's something that I don't believe in?
I suppose you hold on to the bits you do believe in.
I don't go to church much, but, you know,
sometimes I think about, you know, Dad looking down on me,
and, you know, telling me what I should do.
And Pat. You know, somehow it feels like they're still around.
Yeah, and I know exactly what Pat would say if she was still here.
She'd be like, "Pull yourself together, Janine, this is not about you!"
-It's just it's not that easy, is it?
-I know. But she'd still make you do it, wouldn't she?
Look, Pat was a fighter, and so are you.
Your little girl, you know, she's lasted this long
because she's exactly the same.
You need to go in there, all right? And show her that you believe in her.
Well, come on, Jay. Spit it out, mate.
I've got a car auction to get to.
-Right, well, about the damage with the oil?
You were right the first time. It was me.
Right, and now you've just let Lucy take the blame? Very nice of you Jay, yeah.
What a lovely man you've turned out to be. Does Phil know?
He's going to know. And he'll pay every penny you owe for the damage. Probably take it out your wages.
It was a couple of cars, Max, that's all!
What are you talking about? It weren't a couple of cars - it was one!
Who you covering for?
Hm? Come on, Jay, tell me, who you covering for? What's Lucy ever done to you?
What is this - Lola? Is it?
Makes sense, actually, yeah.
-This is more of her style, actually.
-You can't tell Phil!
-I ain't going to tell Phil, am I? I'm going to call the Old Bill.
-She could lose everything here, Max!
-Yeah, well, that's tough, ain't it, Jay?
-Think about how much you miss Abi.
Lola ain't even met her baby yet and you're about to grass her up.
She might not even get the chance if she has it in prison.
Please, Max, I'm begging you here. Please.
Tell Janine I'm sorry.
All right, Bill. Maybe he's right. There might not even be a christening at this rate.
You don't think she'd leave, do you?
Where are you going?
To find her.
My hair wasn't right.
It's important. I've got to set a good example to my daughter!
You always seem to be coming to my rescue.
I don't know how I'm ever going to repay you.
Well, you could always stay a bit longer.
I wish I could.
But I should get the electricity bill paid, and there's the chippy...
Something I should know about?
Yeah. I don't really mind charity.
Well, not when it's for a good cause,
like helping someone your dad's screwed over.
You're so quick to judge me, aren't you?
But you ain't above the odd dirty trick yourself, eh, son?
Everyone's just getting what they deserve.
My conscience is clear.
As you know, I'm Helen Roberts, your social worker, and you may
already know Sakeena Ahmed from Walford General midwifery team.
This is Sara Ellis, another social worker from my office,
and DC Nick Crane, a special case worker from Walford Police.
And this is Charlie Bearman, who will be chairing the conference today.
Wow! All this for me, eh?
He's been held up. I could call him if you like...
We really should start.
I'm sorry. So sorry.
-Have I missed much?
-No, no, not at all. Please, sit down, Mr Mitchell.
Scarlett, I baptise you in the name of the Father...
Oh, actually, sorry. There's, um... There's been a change of plan.
The baby's name is going to be... Patricia.
That's non negotiable.
Yeah. Patricia, yeah.
Patricia, I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the son...
..and of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus says, "I have come that you may have life
"and have it in its fullness.
"All that the father gives me I will not turn away.
"The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
"and will save those who are crushed in spirit."
Your lord and master here?
If you're talking about Phil, no, he's at work.
Tell him I've got Max's cash, so he can stop giving me grief.
Why don't you spend it on Bobby? Don't bother giving it to Max.
-He ain't calling the police, he's dropping everything.
You know I didn't do it, don't you?
And the only way you would know that is if you did it.
You think what you like, Lucy.
You know what? You are just as bad as Derek and Phil.
You all go around doing anything you want,
breaking into people's properties and making threats.
Make you feel like a big man, does it?
-Then why do this to me?!
-You ain't the only one with something to lose.
Maybe you should think about that before you sack someone.
That little cow.
Lucy! What you going to do? Lucy!
Patricia, may God protect and defend you.
Receive the sign of the cross.
And now the godfather...
Eternal God, our beginning and end,
preserve in your people the new life of baptism. As Christ receives us
on earth, so may he guide us through the trials of this world.
We are going to fight this together.
D'you know what? I happen to think that went pretty damn well, don't you?
When you actually turned up.
Hey, have I ever let you down?
You're all right, I suppose, when you try.
So are you.
Everyone in that room could tell what a great mum you're going to be.
There's been an allegation of vandalism made against you.
Do you mind if we come inside, ask you a few questions?
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An emotional Janine struggles to hold things together after the traumatic events of her wedding day, but where is Michael when she needs him most? Alice decides to move in with Derek, which further infuriates Joey; while an angry Lola lashes out after Lucy fires her from her job. Kim's attempts to bond with Sasha take a disastrous turn, and Kat is stunned when Jean suggests that Michael be forgiven for his actions.