A desperate Roxy makes the unwise decision to dig for dirt on Derek leading to an unexpected showdown with the Brannings. Lauren finds herself sidelined.
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Tan... Tan, you there?
-Rainie, what are you doing?
-He was my dad too!
And you had no right...
..no right to take him away from me.
Rainie... Listen, I've told Mum... I told Mum how it was.
You didn't even let me say goodbye to him.
This is not the time. We can talk...
I'm sorry, all right. I am sorry.
You know... You know what I hope?
I hope that you're too late.
That you get to the hospital,
and when you get there they say that it's spread everywhere...
-Rai, you don't mean that. Rai, you don't...
-That they can't help you.
-What you doing?!
-Oi! Get off!
What was all that about?
Here we go. One, two...
What you doing here?
Is Tanya all right? Has something happened?
-Well? Come on!
-It's all right, Jack, it's all right, I've got it.
Ah...you're as cold as a snowman.
-Any news from Tanya?
-No, I'm going to give Max a call in a minute.
I left a message saying they know where I am if they need me.
-You sure you're all right taking care of her?
-Yeah, course I am.
I just promised Derek a guided tour.
-See you later.
-I'll see you later, yeah?
-See you later. Come on then.
Hello. Hello, baby.
-You know the rules.
-I'm just... I'm saying hello.
-And you know there's an exclusion zone.
Right, so pass.
ALARM BEEPS You try and do the healthy option
and use the grill... End up burning the house down.
Well, don't just sit there!
-Nice one, Cora, been up half the night as it is!
-Excuse me for making breakfast.
-Don't you start!
Take the battery out!
Why you cooking anyway, Nan? You don't cook!
It's called I'm trying to do my bit, stepping up!
That's what we all got to do, ain't it?
You know why.
No, you're right, Cora. It was a nice idea.
I'm good with eggs. Any takers?
Anyone want an egg?
Ian, has Rose turned up today?
Well, if she ain't there in the next ten minutes,
you call me straight back, all right?
-Lola, what are you doing here?
-Social services just called. They want to come round.
-I don't know, it's some new guy.
-You ain't due a visit.
-Yeah, I know, it's weird, innit?
-Not unless they've found out that you're pregnant?
-Well, why would they turn up out of the blue?
-It ain't none of their business.
I'm meant to be super-granddad and there you go and getting yourself knocked up.
Who knows what they're going to say?
First one of the day. Roxy!
Yeah, all right, thank you. Thank you for coming to meet me.
-So, war's on.
-Yes, the war is on. You up for it?
I am always up for it. You want me to recustodise your kid for you, then that is what I will do.
Recustodise... that's not a word, is it?
I need ammo.
I need something that says,
"Jimmie, this here, this is your greatest weapon.
"You will slay that dragon."
-So what have you got?
-You're the solicitor.
Yeah, and I've had a look through your case notes, and you've got nada.
-Look at me like that.
It's how I always look at you.
I know what you're doing.
You're taking mental pictures and storing them away.
I used to do it with dad.
You've smudged your mascara.
Us Cross girls don't go anywhere without looking our best.
Is it because you think I'm still a baby? Is that why you just didn't bother telling me?
No, love, no. It's more that we didn't want to upset you.
Only we're going to need someone to lighten the mood now and then.
That was going to be you.
-What, like a clown or something?
-Let it go, girl.
Last thing your mum needs is you getting on her goat.
She's got enough on her plate.
-Steady on, Mum.
-Girl needs telling.
Girl's been told.
Better get myself ready.
What time's your appointment?
-You're coming to the hospital?
-Course I am.
I might've gone AWOL in the past, but that don't make me a deserter.
It's just Max was going to take me.
Sorry, Mum, I need him, I do.
-What time's mum's appointment?
-All right, I'll get some petrol, then.
No need, Lauren. I'm taking her.
-No, I want to.
-I know you do, but your mum wants me there with her.
-What about me? I've been right there for her.
-I'm back now, ain't I? You've done your bit.
Why don't you come food shopping with me? Pick whatever you want.
Mind you, it'll all taste the same once I've nuked it.
Food shopping? Do me a favour.
Going to be a lot of that.
Everyone's emotions running away with them. You ready for that?
Yeah. Par for the course, Cora, in this house.
Tanya's counting on you, Max.
You're going to have to be there for her every day, every second.
D'you hear me?
So. The Big C, eh?
Yeah. Been the highlight of my year.
Well, that's not very Florence Nightingale of you.
Well, I'm hoping she's going to die, ain't I?
And before she does, I'm going to go see her
and I'm going to get a whole load of stuff off my chest.
Well...there must be a lot sitting on your chest.
OK. All right, look, Jack put his daughter in a wheelchair.
Sort of... I mean, ultimately, he was responsible.
-Like through a chain of events?
-Yes. Yes, exactly.
-Can't play Chinese whispers. We need concrete. Something solid.
-That's the best I can think of.
-What's the point turning up to the hearing?
-Most people would say that.
But then they ain't had to work for Phil Mitchell.
They haven't had their brains altered by his unusual take on how things work.
-I really hope I'm not paying you by the word.
-You are very attractive.
-Seriously, you push a lot of buttons.
-Keep your mind on the job, yeah?
OK, here's what I'm going to do.
Jack presents as an excellent father.
Butter wouldn't melt. But we all know no-one is that holy.
Not even me. So here's the deal. He's got real dirt somewhere.
You find some of that and you bring it to me.
OK, all right.
And if I do, there's a chance I could get Amy back?
Have a good root round. He ain't Jesus, is he?
What if they don't like me? Considering how horrible I was to them.
Do you think that'll count against me?
Oh, probably, yeah. They'll keep you waiting hours, days.
-Just to get back at you.
-Not funny, Max.
What if they think, "Here's that rude cow coming, we won't try so hard with her"?
Then they'll have me to answer to.
-What are you doing?
-I'm just opening the door for you.
I ain't got it in my arms.
I'm glad I caught you.
I know you don't want me going on, but I know how you're feeling.
Cos I had cancer. Different from yours.
And I felt scared and I kept it to meself,
wondering if me course was run.
But then, you see, I had young Dennis with me.
And he made me realise how selfish I was being.
I wasn't thinking of Jim and my friends.
And so I decided to deal with it. Face up to it.
And I had my operation and here I am. I'm still here.
So, if I can do it, so can you. D'you hear me?
Thanks, yeah, er...
Yeah, that's the plan, Dot.
That's exactly what she's going to do.
-You ain't seen Lola, have you?
-We've got a meeting with the social, and she ain't answering her phone.
-What do they want?
Don't ask. Rox, you seen Lola?
No, not seen her.
Going to sit on top of it, are you?
I thought you'd be long gone.
Maybe I'm your Christmas present come early, Pat.
-Rather have a puppy.
-Rather have a puppy. Very droll.
Derek. Come on, guided tour.
All right, Pat?
Excuse me a minute. Two coffees please, love.
And throw in a couple of them sticky buns.
I've got a terrible sweet tooth.
-I'd have thought they'd have put Pat out to pasture by now.
-All right, Jack?
Saw you earlier, palming Amy off. That's going to look really good. You not being there for her.
-No big deal. Carol's her aunt.
-You're never there for her.
Not really. What about the other kids? Richard? Sam says you never call.
-Well, maybe it's her not picking up the phone.
-Well, I'm going to bring it all up in court.
Penny, Richard. The fact you're that never there.
-Which pretty much makes you a rubbish dad.
-I like the fact that my kid's still alive, not drowned in a bath somewhere.
-I went out, left her with Jay and Ben. It was a one off, and you know it.
-Well, you know what,
you bring up stuff, I'll bring up stuff.
-And near-death experience kind of trumps everything, don't it?
-For goodness' sake, you are not...
Do one, cutie. Disappear.
You ain't met Derek yet, have you?
You look scared.
Course I'm scared. Aren't you?
I've seen it all before. With my dad.
-That makes it easier, does it?
-In the case of your mum?
Yeah. Makes it more...
You'd better take that back.
Listen, your mum ain't everything you think she is. Trust me.
This, what's happening with her, let's just call it karma.
You know what? I always thought you were weird,
but, really, you're just sick.
Stay away from us, yeah? Stay away from all of us.
Fighting talk, Lauren. You keep that up.
You're going to need it, girl.
I met this woman here - Siobhan. She was having treatment an' all.
She was really lovely, you know? Loads of life about her.
We would've ended up being really good mates.
What do you mean, would have?
She didn't make it, Max.
I mean, you'd have put money on it, the way she was.
She was so, like, lively and full of it. But she didn't...
She just didn't.
Yeah, but Dot did.
That's what you got to be focussing on.
That skinny, frail, old thing defying all the odds.
Yeah. Sorry, it's just Siobhan was sitting right where I am.
Let's stand up, then, shall we?
You can beat this, I know you can.
This is my specialist nurse, and my oncologist, Dr Morrison.
-Nice to meet you. I'm Max.
-Nice to meet you. You ready?
It's all right, take your time. There's no hurry.
I know this ain't going to sound right...
but I need you.
Just for five minutes.
In what way?
-Ten minutes tops. That's all it's going to take.
Just come home with me and I'll explain on the way, all right?
You've turned well weird.
No, no, look.
All I need you to do is nod your head,
be polite and tell the social that everything's brilliant. Pregnant or not,
-you couldn't be happier.
-You want me to pretend to be Lola?
Please, Abs, I really need you to do this for me, all right?
-I can't find Lola anywhere, and, knowing her, she ain't going to show.
-I can't do that.
Abi, I'll do anything you ask, I swear.
So, what's this, a Van Gogh?
Only the best for Dad.
It's good, Jack, it's good.
So, this is all yours, is it?
Yep. Well, it's mine and Michael Moon's.
Michael Moon? There's a name from the past.
Thought he'd be dead by now.
-Well, he was never cut out for life, was he?
-I found a way.
Well, shake my hand, then.
-You're looking well.
-Keep myself in shape, know what I mean?
Might want to work on the handshake. Still a bit mincey.
Heard you was here. I hope you don't mind, but I was wondering
if you just fancied a trip to the nursing home to see your father.
What, right this minute?
Well, there's no time like the present, as they say.
We might as well go now, you know, just in case.
Dot, he ain't had a turn, has he?
No, I weren't saying that.
It's just I know that Jim would be ever so delighted to see Derek here.
-I know he would. So why put it off?
-That's a very fair point, Dorothy.
I've got off my shift early and I've got my car outside.
Oh, Jim, he won't be able to believe his eyes,
when he sees his firstborn. And such a gentleman too.
Dad would love it.
I knew you was a good man. Ta.
See you later.
See you later.
-Leave it? There was a reason he was banged up, Jack.
I said leave it, didn't I?
We all loved Siobhan.
But what she had and what you have - they're not the same thing.
Are you, er...
saying I'm in a better position, is that what you're saying?
In a way. But it would still be good to get you restarted on the treatment as soon as possible.
..that's today, is it?
Tan, the sooner you start, the sooner you get better.
You'll have chemo and radiotherapy as usual.
But we'll be accelerating the treatment, have you come in at weekends as well.
Tan, that's good.
And I'll be there, be right with you.
I can arrange a counsellor. Someone else can talk to you.
They'll be there whenever you feel you need them.
Day and night.
No, it's, er...
It's all right. I, er...
It's going to be different this time.
I'll do it. Yeah, I can do this.
It's good timing. Carol's just popped out.
Hello, darling. Hello, baby.
You've got about ten minutes.
-He's going to take her off me, I know he is.
-You better hope not.
That brother of his ain't somebody I'd like to leave a kid with.
I saw, I mean, I saw the way you were with him.
That's the only reason I'm here, really.
I've never seen a bloke scare you, Pat.
-Yeah, well, this one's something different. The things he's done.
He beat up my David, for one.
He went round terrorising anybody he could find.
In fact, he ended up in prison.
But I doubt that's had any effect. Some men are born rotten.
-Derek's one of the worst.
-I could use that.
-I could use that in court. Right?
-You'd better use something.
Your Auntie Peggy would, if she was here - she'd go in with all guns blazing.
You're forgetting who you are, where you come from.
It's time you stepped up.
What are you doing?
I'm scared too, Lauren - you're not the only one.
Me and you, Abs, right, we've got to be tough, right?
Put everyone else first. Help 'em out.
Being scared don't solve nothing.
Sorry, the traffic and what have you, it's...
No problem, no problem. Do you want to sit down?
Yeah, thank you.
Would you like a tea, coffee?
No, I'm good, thanks.
So...Lola...is she around?
Yeah, er, sort of.
-I actually need to speak to her alone.
-I knew it.
-I know what this is about, mate.
-Someone grassed her up? You know she's pregnant, don't you?
-Well, that is why you're here, yeah?
Actually, it was just a courtesy call to introduce myself and get to know her.
-Could I see Lola?
-Yeah, er, could you just give us a sec to get that?
I'm, er...I'm here if you still need me.
-I'm looking for Derek.
Perfume, lip gloss.
You like a psycho, do you? Turns you on?
Look, when you see him, just tell him I called in, yeah?
You need your head examined, girl.
Seriously, go back on the crack, pronto - it's better for your health.
-I'll tell him you said that.
I said, I'll tell him how highly you think of him.
-What's the matter with you? It's banter, meaningless chat.
-You scared of him?
-Course I'm not.
-Yes, you are. You're scared. I can see it in you. What's he done to you, eh?
What's the big bad man done to you, Michael?
You don't mind your grandfather sitting in with you?
No, I want him here, really.
OK. So can you tell me who the father is?
Sorry, what does that matter? So what - that's not the point, is it?
Mr Mitchell, if you could let Lola answer.
It's Jay. Jay - he's my boyfriend.
And will he be helping to bring the child up?
Er, yeah, yes, he will. He promised me.
He did, he's totally ready.
Where do you intend to bring the child up?
-Here. Here. She's going to get tons of support, ain't you?
Just between me and you, I reckon Jay wants to marry her.
You know what it entails... being a mother?
It's about what a baby needs. More than anything. Any kid does.
There's no-one more important than your mum. There really isn't.
Everything you are comes from how much your mum gives you.
Not the big things, the little things. The smiles.
The brushing of your hair when you just can't get it right.
Shopping for shoes. Telling her all your little secrets.
See, I know. I know it better than anyone.
We've got to pull this family together, Jack.
I mean, what's happened to it?
-We've had some rough times, Derek.
-We all have rough times, mate.
You seen Max or Tanya?
So I've just heard from my brief. He's done a bit of rooting around. And I have so got you.
YOU were told to disappear.
Derek. Derek Branning, I presume, yeah?
Haven't you been a bad boy?
Well, I think everything seems to be in order.
Great! Well, that's everybody happy, then, innit?
-Abi? What you doing here?
Are you Lola Pearce?
Look, I can explain.
If this is what I think it is,
-then you have just gone and broken any bond of trust we had with you.
-Pops, what's he banging on about?
If we can't trust you to be honest with us, then how do we know you'll keep the baby safe?
-She's here now. I mean, can't we just do the interview again? I'll put the kettle on.
but we're going to have to seriously consider whether the baby can even stay with you.
They're not going to let Amy stay with a bloke like that, OK?
-So tomorrow night, I get her back.
-Roxy, maybe now...
-Michael! Whose side are you on?
Michael, have you forgotten who I am?
I'm not scared of you.
You're intruding on a family moment.
-Now's not the right time.
-D'you want me to throw you out?
You touch me, and it comes out in court.
Touch you? Oh, it'd be more than a touch, love.
-Will someone please tell this idiot who my cousin is, for his own good?
-You're the one in the dark, darling.
You've got no idea, have you?
Tell her, Michael. Tell her what I do to trash like her.
Or maybe I'll just show her.
We'll see you in court.
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A drunken Rainie finds Tanya on Arthur’s bench. Struggling to accept what Tanya did to their dad, Rainie cruelly tells her she hopes the cancer has spread and there’s nothing they can do for her. Abi worries why Lauren was told but not her, Tanya assuring her it’s because she didn’t want to upset her. Lauren and Cora are put out when Tanya chooses Max to accompany her to the hospital but none the less supportive as they see them off. Cora reminds Max of his responsibilities now. Before they leave Tanya is touched by some kind words from Dot. As Tanya prepares for chemo Max promises her that he’ll be there for her day and night. Back at home Lauren turns to alcohol, Abi informing her sister that she’s scared too. Carol coldly warns Roxy off as she tries to say hello to Amy. Meeting her brief Jimmie, Roxy is frustrated to learn that if she wants Amy back she’ll need ammo against Jack. After a run in with Derek, Roxy goes to Pat to dig up some dirt, Pat telling her that Derek is rotten to the core and it’s about time Roxy stepped up! Roxy confronts Jack, confident the courts will never give Jack custody with Derek around, but Derek makes it clear he is not to be messed with. Jack gives Derek a tour of the Square, Derek acting impressed by Jack’s efforts at the gym before playing the doting son when Dot offers to take him to see Jim. Billy is alarmed when Lola arrives with news the social want to visit, enlisting Abi to pretend to be Lola for the meeting. Abi is extremely convincing, using her family problems to put across a good case but when Lola arrives, Billy’s plan falls to pieces.