Ian's world is thrown into turmoil as Mandy's boss tracks him down in the hunt for his missing money. Darren is forced to take a stand when Harry returns to Jodie's life.
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Do you know her? I said, "Do you know her?"
-Sorry, mate, I haven't got a clue who she is.
-Who is he?
-Who is he?
-Get off me!
Ian, it's me! Wait! It's me. Look, it's me!
-So you don't know her?
MAN GRUNTS Quick, Ian, run!
Quick! Quick, where's your car?!
-What you doing?
-Let me in!
-Ian, quick, they're coming. Pease let me in!
HARRY: So...didn't work out with the Wotsit, then?
Find himself a younger model, hmm?
Does it matter?
So, what can I do for you?
Well, come on. I haven't got all day.
I need your help.
Course you do.
There you go. You should be safe now.
What you waiting for?
Not one for big reunions, then?
I don't know what was going on between you and that bloke,
but I just don't want to get involved. My life's complicated enough as it is.
He was my boyfriend.
if I could just get cleaned up a bit, have a bite to eat...
I know we had our run-ins all them years back, but...
I have changed since then.
Same old Ian Beale.
Where you going to go?
Back to where you found me. Where else am I going to go?
See you in another 20 years.
Er, h-hold on. I can rustle you up a sandwich or something.
But that's it.
Jodie getting married.
Seems like only yesterday she was asking me for a wedding Barbie.
I know, and remember how obsessed she was with it?
I can't give her the day of her dreams, Harry.
Neither can Darren.
But you can.
You seem to be forgetting one minor point -
-she's not mine.
But you raised her. You loved her like she was your own flesh and blood.
Cos I didn't know the truth.
Are you telling me you don't ever think about her?
You don't miss her?
I mean, don't you want to be there?
Be the one to give her away?
And what about you and me?
Two weeks ago, you wouldn't even take my calls.
I know, I know, and I'm sorry about that.
I'd really like it if we could just put the past behind us.
Try and be friends.
One thing you and me never were, darling, was friends.
I'm willing to give it a go if you are.
For Jodie's sake.
Well, I never thought I'd find myself back in Albert Square.
I can't believe you're still here.
-Is that who I think it is?!
-Er, yeah. Come on.
All right, Ian?
All right, Pat.
This is Pauline's old place, isn't it?
Yeah, it was, till she passed away.
Is, er... Is Mark still around?
It was a few years ago now, but he got to see the world before he went.
I was always telling him he should ride that bike further than Walthamstow.
He was a good mate to me, Mark.
Always getting me out of trouble.
Like you at the club, coming to my rescue.
It was nothing - doesn't matter.
Sorry for, er, kissing you.
It's all right. I didn't really mind.
KNOCK AT DOOR
Oh, they'll probably go away.
LOUD BANGING AT DOOR
-Look, it's your ex. He must have followed us here.
Look, this isn't your problem.
-I should just go out there and face him.
I'm not going to let him hurt you again, OK?
Just wait here. All right?
Well, where you going?
Come on, cheer up. It's still your birthday!
If the bouncer remembered me, d'you think the dancers will, too?
They'll remember all right.
-Thought you were at some strip joint.
-Talked him out of it, didn't I?
It's his thing, not mine. I think it's degrading to women.
-Did Tiff get off all right?
Yeah. The other two are about to start their Harry Potter-thon.
-Thanks for talking to Shenice. She seems a lot better now.
-Yeah, she does.
-Alfie, I need some muscle.
-You came to the right man.
-Tyler, I need you. Bring your brother. Come on, quick.
-You an' all.
Kat, hold the fort darling.
-You got to admire her front.
-Oh, I'll say.
What do you think you're doing?!
Just earning the housekeeping.
I'll have no part in your ill-gotten gains.
Next round's on Rose.
Your sister has got an amazing gift.
I'm going to go put some more make-up on now, just in case tonight's the night!
Meddling with things you don't understand. No good is going to come of it, Rose.
-I'm only spreading a little happiness.
-I'll drink to that.
I'll drink to almost anything!
Oh, what is it they say? Be careful what you wish for.
Can I, er... Can I help you?
-You'd better hope so.
-You throw another punch, you WILL regret it.
You want to throw your weight around, mate, start with me.
-Just leave it!
-Hold on. Whoa, whoa, stop! Both of you, can we just stop?
Nice to meet you. I'm Alfie Moon, I run the Queen Vic. We don't want violence.
Let's sort this out like adults. Can we do that? OK, good.
Just give me the girl and the money and we can forget we ever met.
-She doesn't want to be with you any more. Just accept that.
What you talking about?
Mandy. She doesn't want to be your girlfriend.
You mug! She told you she was my bird, and you believed her?
She's a tart from the club - my club -
and the only reason I'm after her is cos she robbed me of five grand of cash.
-You've got a stripper in there? Nice one!
-I don't believe you.
-ANTHONY: You went back to the club? ALFIE:
-She could be anyone, Ian.
-I know her.
So she wasn't lying about that, then?
-I don't think she took your money, OK?
-Why don't you go and ask her?
Come on, Romeo.
She WAS here.
HE SHOUTS: Where's my money?
I don't know, all right, mate?
I have idea where it is, or where she is.
You'd better hope I find her back at the club.
Otherwise, you - YOU - will be hearing from me again.
-You dirty dog, you!
-All right, all right!
-Was it the hot brunette?
Me and her have got previous, if you get my drift.
Lads, lads, time out. Go back to the pub. I'll see you there.
TYLER AND ANTHONY: # Oh, Mandy... #
I've got a surprise for you.
Your dad and I have been talking and, er, he wants to pay for your wedding.
I feel awful about the way we left things, sweetheart.
Let me make it up to you.
Even if you and this Mandy have got history, you don't know nothing about her, mate.
-She could up to all sorts, couldn't she?
-Yeah, she always was.
What was I expecting, trying to help a girl who'd just fallen out of a lap-dancing club?
-What sort of fool am I?
-You're not a fool. You're like the rest of us - red-blooded male.
Why don't you come over the Queen Vic, drown your sorrows? Come on.
Nah, I'm all right - not really in the mood.
Do us a favour though, and, er, keep Bobby overnight?
-Yeah, yeah, course I will.
-Just in case he turns back up.
-No problem. Talk to you later.
-All right, bud.
< DOOR CLOSES
-You two OK?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Blimey! You're on a right old sugar rush.
Now I'm staying here for good, I'm going to put posters in my room!
Hadn't heard from you, so I thought, "If the mountain won't come to Mohammed..."
Phones out of order, are they?
Never liked phones. Too impersonal.
So, fancy going for a drink?
-Or we could see what's on at the flicks.
-I can't, I've got the kids.
Besides, why are you assuming I want to spend the evening with you?
Well, I really enjoy your company, Pat, and...
well, I had hoped it might...
I come round here with no warning, expecting you to drop everything.
No wonder you're less than enthusiastic.
How're you fixed for Friday? I've got two tickets for a skiffle band in Hackney.
Skiffle? I don't think so.
Norman, you're a lovely man.
It's just that I'm not in the market for a...
You know. Sorry.
I'll see myself out.
-It was a misunderstanding. Once I saw her face, I couldn't put it right.
-You'll have to!
-You know Shenice is better off with us.
-She's Martina's kid. We can't just steal her!
-We know what that feels like, remember?
Do you know how much work it is looking after an eight-year-old full time? How much it'll cost us?
I get it, all right. Just leave it with me, yeah?
What can I get you, darling?
Oh, hello, Jean.
What a lovely surprise.
-I was thinking about you earlier.
Not all day, obviously - just in passing.
-Anyway, how are you?
-Yeah, yeah, I'm fine, yeah.
Good - the reason I was thinking about you was that I took a lot of photos on Fete and Fortune Day,
-and you're in loads of them!
Alfie took some nice ones of us two together, actually.
-I wondered if you'd like to see them some time.
-Yeah, that'd be nice.
-Actually, I'm in a bit of a hurry...
-Later in the week?
Thing is, I've told Kat and Alfie that I'd help out in the pub most evenings. How about Friday?
-Do you like skiffle music?
-Yes! Love it!
-I've got two tickets for Friday night. If you'd like...
Right. I'll bring them along.
-I'll see you then, then!
I'm looking for a girl. Blonde, petite,
little bit grubby. She works this area.
What's it worth?
You're under arrest.
I still can't believe it, mate. Ian Beale pulling a stripper.
Worried he's moving in on your territory?
A stripper. I suppose that's all she is to you, isn't it?
-Does it ever occur to you she might have a name?
-I didn't have you down as a militant feminist.
-She's not. We don't like women being objectified.
'Scuse me, mate, it's 2011, and, actually, women are equal to men these days.
All right, so what exactly can you do better?!
Driving. Why else is Formula One all male?
You know what? He does have a point.
And poker. Don't get me wrong, girls can be good, but they lack the killer instinct that makes a player great.
-That is ridiculous!
Why don't you prove me wrong?
-Let's have a game - boys V girls.
-Count me in!
Nan, you don't play cards.
-I do a lot of things you don't know about, darlin'.
-THE MEN CHUCKLE
Me too. I'm a real poker fiend.
Well, I ain't partaking, cos gambling is a sin.
I got better things to do with me time.
How about we have 20 quid stakes, then, yeah?
A tenner's enough.
All right, fine. Winner takes half the pot, and we split the rest amongst the groups.
But if there's four of you and three of us, we'll need another bloke.
What about you, Mr T? Can you play poker?
-It's like asking Beckham if he can kick a ball.
-Right, I'm going to go get the cards, then.
-I'm going to go toilet.
Listen...are you sure about this?
It's a tenner stake in a pub poker game against girls and grannies.
Hardly the Blackjack scenes from Rain Man!
Relax. I'm different now.
-Lauren, I've never played poker. Have you?
-We'll just wing it.
It's all about bluffing, innit? Besides, my nan and Grandma Dot's sister know what they're doing.
Is poker very much different from bridge, do you think?
Can't remember. Last time I played,
I had a bubble perm and shoulder pads was in.
I can't believe how much you want to pay for.
-Harry, there's really no need to take care of EVERYTHING.
-Least I could do.
I've missed so much already.
Like the engagement party.
-I take it you did have one?
-Aww. That's a shame.
-We didn't want a fuss.
I mean, It's a big deal, getting married.
Just because things didn't work out between me and your mum, it doesn't mean you have to play it down.
He's right, darling. You should have everything you ever dreamed of.
-Surely you agree with that, Darren?
My girl deserves the best, and that's what she's going to get from now on.
I'll open another bottle.
So, come on - tell me what ideas you've got, then.
Well, the colour scheme...
-Why you letting that creep worm his way back in?
-That creep is doing what you couldn't -
-giving my daughter a wedding day she'll actually WANT to remember.
-I'm still working on it.
And you're still broke!
I'm sorry if Harry being back on the scene is a dent to your ego,
but the only person who really matters here is Jodie.
-I've only thought as far ahead as a buffet...
-Why're we leaving?
-Too many fish.
-Got a light?
In poker, you're either a fish or a shark.
Fish are novices, and beginner's luck can be very dangerous.
Catch you out every time.
Sleight of hand's more my game.
-Need a hand, Whit, you just let know, OK, babe?
Oi! It's boys versus girls, you muppet. Whit's doing fine.
All right. But wait.
I am parched. It's my round. Give us a hand, bruv.
-You're in the middle of a game!
-They can sweat it out a bit longer.
Same again, please, Kat.
I'll bring them over, darling.
-What you got?
-Two pair. Why?
I've got nothing, yeah? Whit - she's bluffing it.
You've got this. Go all in, we split the winnings, yeah?
All right, all right, chill out, bruv! Victory is ours!
So, er...feeling pretty confident, are we, Whit?
All right, turn 'em over.
Whitney's got a pair of nines...
-..a pair of fours. Whitney, you win! Pair of nines.
-Do I?! I've won!
-Well done, ladies!
In your faces. She out-bluffed you. You guys are suckers!
Oh, and I'm taking this.
About the, er, strip club?
Lying through his teeth.
He was gagging to go in. We got turned away.
Blokes - they just lie and let you down.
Yeah. Well, I'm definitely off them for the foreseeable, anyway.
I've laid the groundwork. Watch and learn, pal.
Watch and learn.
-I'm just going to stick this outside.
-You really surprised me tonight.
Yeah. The way you were with Jodie.
Much as she wants this big, lavish do, it means more to her that her dad'll be there on her big day.
It means a lot to me, too.
Shame you won't be there to see it.
-Oh, didn't I mention?
I'll do all the stuff I've promised on one condition -
that you're not at the wedding.
-Jodie'll never have it.
-You wouldn't have to tell her before. Cry off on the day. Say you've flu.
Thing is, she needs to get used to you letting her down.
Cos by the time I'm finished, you won't figure much in my girl's life at all.
Why are you doing this?
Cos I can.
No, you can't. I ain't letting you do this again, Harry - to Jodie or Vanessa.
I'm sorry. Your dad ain't here cos he loves you. He wants to show your mum up.
-He just told her she can't come to the wedding.
-Is that true?
I think Darren misheard what I said. Isn't that right, Vanessa?
I know you was trying to help, but Jodie deserves the truth.
You're more important to her than him. You should be at the wedding, Vanessa.
Darren's right, babe. I'm so sorry.
Sweetheart, they've got it all wrong.
I've been such an idiot, just like before. How could you do this?
I think it's time for you to leave, Harry.
You won't even make it to the altar.
I don't want you to worry. Jack's raising my commission - I'll have loads more money.
We will get you the wedding you deserve. I promise.
You sure you don't want a solicitor, Mr Beale? You ARE entitled.
I don't need a brief. This is clearly a case of wrongful arrest.
And when you're forced to release me, I'll press charges against both of you!
I'm an upstanding member of this community. I know your bosses.
That's as may be, but you still offered my undercover colleague money for sex.
That's not what happened and she knows it, OK? I was out looking for my friend.
I believe your exact words were,
"I'm looking for a girl. Blonde, petite, a bit grubby."
-You have very specific tastes.
-That's what my friend looks like!
Just before you were picked up, we had a call from a local club-owner, Paul Ward.
-Is this man known to you?
Only, Mr Ward reported a female employee and a man fitting your description
who, coincidentally, lives at your address, for stealing £5,000 of his money.
Do you know anything about this?
I don't have to answer these questions.
That is your vehicle, isn't it?
And this is you outside the club.
-It's not how it looks.
-Want to know how it looks to me?
It looks like you turned up to case the joint,
then you returned, waited for your girlfriend to steal the money,
created a diversion and helped her make a swift getaway.
That's not what happened, all right? I can explain it all.
Really? Because we searched your car after we brought you in,
and this is what we found inside.
-That's not mine. I've never seen it before!
-Mr Beale, if I were you, I would get that solicitor.
Back in a minute, kitten. Be good.
Martina. Hello, darlin'. It's Alfie.
FRONT DOOR CLOSES
-How the hell did you get in?!
-Well, I... I never left.
I, er... I hid upstairs when I heard the farackus. I came back down and you were gone.
Have you any idea how much trouble you've got me in?! I got nicked for handling your stolen goods.
YOUR stolen goods!
No, that money was rightfully mine.
I only left it in your car to keep it safe. I can't believe you let the police take it!
-I didn't. They searched my car cos they nicked me for kerb-crawling!
-You're still kerb-crawling?
I came looking for you!
Yeah, well, I'm a stripper, Ian, not a hooker!
You know what, Mandy? I don't care what you are, all right? Just get out of here.
-Without that money, I have nowhere TO go.
-Well, it's not my problem.
Look...maybe I can talk to Paul,
-do a deal, get him to drop the charges.
He's not actually your boyfriend, is he? He's the club boss. What else have you lied about?
Nothing, I swear!
Know what, Mandy? You haven't changed.
You always were a cheap little slapper,
so just crawl back into the gutter you came from.
What I said earlier, about you being like Mark? I take it back.
Like I care.
He never wasted a day of his life.
But you? You're still in the same place you grew up, in a house full of ghosts,
STILL hanging out in seedy bars cos you can't get a real woman.
-I don't have to listen to this. Go on, out!
-I wish YOU was dead instead of Mark.
You might as well be!
-That one's nice.
Darren, what's the new limit on the dress?
Money's no object. Choose what you like.
-There you go.
Just going to get this.
Darren's right, you know. There's no-one I want at the wedding more than you.
Except the groom, obviously!
This rise in commission. How much more are we talking?
Two per cent?! I thought it was going to be a little bit...
No, no. Jack! Course I'm grateful.
Oh, good, you're still here.
I was thinking about what you said.
And you're right.
What exactly is it you want, Ian?
I've got a spare room, OK? So, if you need somewhere...
..I'd like you to stay.
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Ian declares he doesn’t know Mandy but she throws herself on him and kisses him. The man punches Ian, Mandy knees him in the groin and runs. Ian reluctantly brings her home when Mandy tells him the man is her ex-boyfriend. When he follows them Ian confronts him with Anthony, Tyler and Alfie. Ian’s embarrassed to realise he’s really Mandy’s boss – Mandy’s now a stripper and she’s stolen £5000. Discovering Mandy’s gone, Ian goes searching for her and is later wrongly arrested for soliciting. He’s horrified to discover the club owner’s reported him for stealing the £5000 which has been found in his car. On returning home, he discovers Mandy’s been hiding all along. Mandy pleads, without that money she’s got nowhere to go, but Ian throws her out. Angry, Mandy thinks Ian might as well be dead for the ‘exciting’ life he’s led since she left. Later, Ian finds Mandy at the bus stop - she’s right and he wants her to stay.
When Vanessa pleads for Harry’s help he offers to pay for Jodie’s wedding but bans Vanessa from attending. Jodie’s distraught, Darren insists he can pay now Jack’s raised his commission but discovers the raise is just 2%.
Tyler assures Whitney he thinks strip clubs are degrading to women. Anthony organizes a girls vs. boys poker game, Tyler’s concerned that Anthony’s gambling. During the game, Anthony plots with Tyler to win but Tyler pulls out, leaving Whitney victorious. Bitter, Anthony reveals Tyler was desperate to get in to the strip club. Fatboy’s pleased when Whitney blanks Tyler.
Kat’s livid - Shenice thinks she’s staying. Determined to sort things out, Alfie rings Martina.
Pat firmly tells Norman she’s ‘not in the market’. Norman offers Jean tickets for a skiffle concert - she assumes he’s asking for a date.