The cracks start to show for the Mitchells and Brannings. A besotted Louise prepares for her date.
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Right, these are clean. Where do you want them?
Where is it Lauren's taken Ricky and Amy?
Some city farm.
Oh, they'll enjoy that.
You've hardly touched your breakfast.
I bet you've not slept.
I could strangle Glenda.
Yeah. Get in line.
Look, Jack, there's no way she can take Matthew off you.
Have you spoken to a solicitor?
I've got an appointment tomorrow.
Squash her as hard as you can.
I was just saying he needs to fight for this.
Oh, erm, how are you getting on with your mum?
Oh, fine, apart from the fact that she keeps throwing herself
at my husband.
She wasn't talking to Dee the other day, and now they're all pally.
You heard about Dee giving away her son?
How does that make you feel?
As someone who was given up by her mum.
Claudette was my mum. I don't think about my birth mother.
But you must have wished that she'd kept you?
Why? I had a great childhood with Vincent and my mum.
I was much better off with a family that wanted me,
rather than parents that didn't.
-Are you pleased with yourself?
Jack's worried sick you're going to take Matthew from him.
Which is nothing to do with you.
Wasn't it enough ruining Ronnie's life without trying
to ruin Matthew's?
He's my grandson. I have the right to bring him up.
You know, it's a good job you weren't at the wake.
They'd have lynched you.
What, for bringing up my dead daughter's child?
Well, I'm sorry that doesn't meet with your approval, Sharon,
but I'm doing what I think is best.
You know, I felt sorry for you when Sal attacked you,
but she was right.
You're nothing but a selfish cow!
It's only breakfast.
Yeah, but, you know...
I'm really glad that you invited me.
Yeah, well, you get to my age,
you realise you can't hold grudges for long.
Yeah? So how long till Kim gets to your age then?
That'll hit the spot quicker than a latte.
-That's all right.
Is she serving beer from coffee mugs?
Dunno. Is she?
I'm sure she is.
That's illegal, isn't it?
No. I'm sure Mick wouldn't chance his licence like that.
Good spread though, isn't it?
Mind you, anything's better than Kim's breakfasts.
That girl's never learnt how to get the best from a sausage.
-Enjoy it, did you?
-Oh, very nice.
And how about the brew, eh?
You'll not get that in a cafe.
I'm surprised to get it here.
How come you're allowed to serve beer so early?
Between you and me, I've always thought rules are made to be broken.
Not harming anyone, is it?
I wasn't sure if you'd open the door to me.
You're not having Matthew.
I don't want to cause you any more pain, Jack...
So you've changed your mind then?
..but I am going to bring Matthew up. I'm happy to go to court
-if it comes to it.
-Oh, it will do, believe me.
Don't you think he's been through enough?
What about what I'm going through?
Jack, you'll still have Amy and Ricky.
It'll be hard enough bringing them up.
Listen, I don't care how hard it'll be.
The kids are going to stay together.
I'm the nearest thing to a father he's ever had,
and if you don't drop this, I will not let you see Amy again.
Threats? KNOCKING AT DOOR
I'm trying to be reasonable. My lawyer says...
Oh, you haven't got a lawyer.
My lawyer says you haven't got a leg to stand on.
What are you up to?
You've changed your tune, ain't you?
One minute you try and persuade me not to let my Charlie know
who's his proper father, now you want to cart him off
to somewhere he don't know, with you, who he hardly knows.
I mean, Ronnie, she'd have rather he was with Jack than with you.
Ronnie doesn't have a say in this any more.
My daughters are dead.
After a second chance, are you?
Glenda, this ain't the way to go about it.
Look, I'm going to go to the shops
and get something for the kids' teas...
I'm not a villain, Jack.
Just don't let her back in.
What and let her go to the courts?
No, I gotta play this careful.
See, I told you it was safe to come. You're yesterday's news.
Yeah, the only person that hates me here is Babe, ain't it.
Yeah, but if you hide yourself away, people will think you're ashamed.
We'll come in again at lunchtime.
I don't think I'm ready for a pub full of critical eyes just yet.
Look, Nan's right. You shouldn't lock yourself away.
You see! Listen to the girl with the degree!
Well, I suppose a couple of drinks ain't going to do any harm, is it?
Phone Kim, invite her.
Go on. She might surprise you.
Well, maybe she just...just couldn't speak right now.
Inset days, I ask you.
If teachers need training, what's wrong with the weekends?
Is that Amy's?
Yeah. It's cute isn't it?
So, you got any homework or are you planning on lounging around,
texting Travis all day?
I don't text him all the time.
What time are you meeting him?
12:30 at the Tube.
We're going into town and spending the whole afternoon together.
Yeah, well, you be careful.
I'm sure he's a lovely boy,
but sometimes those male hormones take over.
We're going shopping.
He's hardly going to jump me in the middle of Oxford Street.
-More's the pity.
You've no need to worry for my honour.
I intend to stay a virgin for the foreseeable future.
What was all that about?
Just your daughter, the drama club queen. Do you want a tea?
Oh, that's nothing.
See anything you fancy?
Easy, I'm old enough to be your mother - just about.
Oh, no! Ha! No, I meant the clothes.
You're Carmel's son, aren't you?
Could you pass on a message for me?
I've persuaded Denise to come and have a drink at lunchtime,
and I think she'd like it if your mother was there.
You should come, too.
Your mum's just popped out to the shop.
Actually, it's you I came to see.
I just wanted you to know I'm with you 100%.
This crazy idea mum's got into her head...
She can hardly look after herself, let alone Matthew.
Yeah, well, you need to tell her that.
I have, believe me, but she's determined to bring the kid up.
Yeah, she's talking about courts and lawyers.
I know, crazy,
but, I know her better than anyone and I'm pretty certain
I could get her to change her mind.
Well, that would be great.
Yeah, well, how much is that going to cost Jack?
Well, I mean, a favour like that...
No, go on, how much?
Is that why you've come here?
Well, cute kid like Matthew...
You trying to make money out of me?
Get him off!
PUNCHES AND KICKS
Get him off!
CRIES OF PAIN
PUNCHES AND KICKS CONTINUE
I was with Denise when you ignored her call,
saw the look of rejection on her face.
Shame you'll never see the look of rejection on her son's face.
Kimberly Harmony Angelica, you stop that right now.
I know you don't agree with Denise giving the boy up, but...
Do you agree with it?
Well, it's not about me.
So why are you getting involved?
I'm not saying I agree with Denise,
I'm saying, she's made a decision and we need to support her.
Why do we have to support her?
Because she's family and that's what family does.
Vincent, tell her.
See...see, no-one's saying you don't have the right to be upset...
..but we all know you're going to come round eventually,
so why draw it out?
You listen to your hunk of a husband.
This has always been your problem.
You never admit to being in the wrong.
Can you stop cleaning your shoes and take Pearl out, please?
Yep, let's go.
Leave the toy. Let's go, all right.
-Now, this attitude...
-How dare you?!
How dare you think you know me?
You know nothing about me!
You never have!
And you've never known Denise, either!
Aw, his smile in this one,
it's just so cute.
-Who's Delta Morris?
Travis just accepted her friend request.
It's OK. She lives in Australia.
So why is some Ozzie sending him a friend request?
So, do you think he's going to ask you to be his girlfriend soon?
I hope so.
We were texting for hours last night.
I can really open up to him,
and I've told him stuff that I've never actually told anyone before.
You know, about my gran dying and stuff.
He's so supportive.
There's three of them - Mick, Linda and Shirley Carter.
Carter, yeah. Run them through the computer see if anything comes up.
I'm in a cafe.
Yeah, actually, I am.
What can I say? I'm a growing lad.
You're police, aren't you?
I'm Kathy Beale, I'm the one who reported Babe.
This ain't going to get the Carters in trouble, is it?
It's got nothing to do with them.
I can't discuss it.
Well, I only called you because I wanted to scare Babe off.
I'm not in the business of giving old women a scare.
Breaking licensing laws is a criminal offence.
People have gone to prison for it.
Your bacon's not as good as theirs.
You're Phil, ain't you?
I can tell, cos you look half-dead.
You're quick off the mark. Can I have some grub?
I thought you was older.
Yeah. I'm older today than I was yesterday.
That's the thing about life, Phil, it keeps on going till you die.
Like my dad.
Chips would be a start.
Kath, I'll have some chips when you're ready, please.
Yeah, I'm warning you, if you're some kind of pervert,
my dad taught me how to punch and my dog taught me how to bite.
...fish fingers and then I remembered how much Amy likes spaghetti.
I've got some rubbish here for you to collect.
Do you really think I was going to hand over 20 grand?
This isn't Ron and Roxy you're dealing with here, Glenda.
You picked the wrong man to try and fleece!
-What are you talking about?
-Like you don't know.
I told you, it was my idea.
Danny, what have you done?
He said he could talk you out of taking Matthew...
..for a price.
I did it for you. The money was for you...
I didn't know anything about this.
Just get out,
the pair of you. Do you hear me?
And you don't come back here, and you never see my kids ever again!
No, you've got to believe me!
I don't have to believe anything!
And you take this to court - go on, I dare you.
I'd love to see what the judge's view on extortion is!
-Just get her out of here.
Come on, Mum, leave it...
How could you? How could you?!
Get away from me! You make me sick!
I don't want your money, Jack.
I just want my grandson.
Max, you believe me, don't you?
Get him out of here.
Go on, get out!
You had two daughters who couldn't stomach you and that...
Do you really think I'm going to hand Matthew over to you?
-Not working today?
No, going over in a bit. I'm just doing my, erm, fatherly duties.
Hello, princess. Hee-hee!
You got a little high five for Auntie Denise?
It's all right, you know. It's not like Kim's going to be watching.
You know I've got to be team Kim.
Even though you were against the idea of adopting my son?
She's very upset.
Yeah? Me, too.
I know we've fallen out in the past, but...
..it's never been like this.
She means the world to me, but this is my life, you know?
It's not hers.
Anyway, we're having a couple of drinks over at the Vic later,
it'd be really good if she could join us.
True friends support each other no matter what.
What's that supposed to mean?
I do support her.
I told her so.
Actions speak louder than words, Mum.
That was a very cruel thing you said,
but you were angry so I'm prepared to forget it.
Why forget it?
It's true. You don't know me.
How old was I when you palmed me off onto Denise?
You make it sound like I abandoned you.
You've always been a part of my life.
Mum, I've visited you, like,
a handful of times in the past 20 years.
I mean, we don't have a relationship.
So, you know how things have been with me, how I've struggled?
Look, I'm not having a go at you.
I'm just saying that Denise brought me up.
Like she bought up Daphne.
Remember Daphne? Your other daughter?
I shouldn't have said that. I'm sorry.
But you can't walk out on your kid's lives
and still think that you've got a say.
We had no money.
I had to go where the jobs were...
You didn't go where the jobs were, you went where the fun was!
I did my best.
And do you know what? Your best wasn't good enough.
You know who's a good mother? My sister.
Denise is the best mother I've ever known.
Cos if she can walk away from her baby,
she's no better than you.
I know I should never have left my girls,
but I couldn't stand up to Archie.
I was terrified of him.
You could have gone to the police.
You didn't have to run away.
Life is complicated, Jack.
I know what you think of me -
same as what my girls thought of me.
I've a lifetime full of regrets,
but, I'm not the young, feckless woman I used to be.
I'm stronger. I know what I want.
I'm ready to give Matthew all the love I wasn't able to give his mum.
You know, Ronnie always wanted to believe that you'd changed.
You always let her down.
I have changed.
Oh, yeah. Since when?
Cos, last year, when you came back,
it didn't take much for Roxy to get you to leave again.
Wasn't that the time you threatened to take Amy off Roxy?
We could go round and round in circles, Jack.
Neither of us are saints.
-We're both selfish.
-I ain't selfish.
I don't want to argue with you Jack.
I'm trying to be reasonable.
You can still see Matthew, be part of his life.
Same as me seeing Amy.
We can make this work, I know we can.
The kids are staying together.
Now, Ronnie gave you plenty of second chances.
and just like Roxy, you wasted them.
Now, I want you to leave.
TRAINS RUMBLING PAST
So, where does your mum think you are?
She took me off school.
Must have hit you hard.
Is that why you...you called me the other day, cos you was upset?
You must miss him.
I'm sorry, you know, I didn't make the funeral.
You never told me how you knew my dad.
We was just mates.
You look way older than my dad did.
How old are you, 70?
Well, you seem to be doing all right for yourself.
Your dad would be proud.
I hope so.
Anything you need?
Yeah, trainers, game console, trip to Orlando.
Got any spare cash, I'm happy to assist.
Well, let's, er...let's start with trainers, shall we?
You all right?
Why shouldn't I be?
I dunno. You just don't seem your usual self, that's all.
I'm not so sure that coming here was a really good idea.
Course it was. All my ideas are good.
Now, this is what I like to see!
Big strapping man behind a bar.
Tell me, if I get drunk and misbehave,
would you manhandle me out of here?
See her over there?
She's the turfer-outer.
Anyway, I'll have a very large vodka, on the rocks,
-and whatever my family want.
-OK, sweet as.
Nice to see you getting out.
I used to help girls who had babies they didn't want.
You gotta do what's right for you.
People put too much store on the rights of babies.
Oh, Denise, don't go. Don't go.
No, I've got to. I can't, Patrick.
It's all right, I'm going.
I've cleared a whole hour to be here with you.
You're my best friend, aren't you?
She called me selfish?
I've always put my kids before me, always.
Jack, would it be the end of the world if she took Matthew?
You what? I ain't hearing this.
Ronnie would never want them kids separated.
I'm not talking about what Ronnie wants. What about what you want?
Yeah, I want Matthew with us.
Jack, I don't know for why. You've got your hands full
-looking after the other two.
-No, we're fine, thank you very much.
Yeah, cos you got me here.
You've got Sharon and Honey doing your housework, you've got Lauren
baby-sitting, you've got Dot cooking you stew.
Who are you going to have if you move?
Look, Glenda's motives are good, yeah?
Let's just find a way of tapping into them.
He's half an hour late! What do I do?
-No, Bex, we definitely said 12:30.
-Been stood up?
Ooh, touched a nerve.
You better go run off and cry on your gran's shoulder...
Oh, she's dead.
It's a pity she's not around to sing - hang on, what was it? -
"You Are My Sunshine".
Whatever that is.
How do you know that?
Well, cos I'm the one you've been texting!
Here, lads, do you want to hear what she says about her Auntie Roxy?
Cor, she sounds like a right goer!
What a loser.
Can I help you?
Er, where do you think you're going?!
Why are you giving my son money?
I was just trying to help the lad.
Because of Tony.
Your name was on the list of people I had to text he'd died.
How did you know Tony?
I got the liver that...
that Tony wasn't well enough to have.
I felt bad about Aaron losing his dad, so,
it's just a few quid for trainers, that's all.
If you try to contact my son again,
I will call the police.
Babe, you sure you don't want one?
I'm going to go to the Vic.
I wasn't expecting you to text.
I've been thinking.
I'm going to pull out of the house in Ongar.
Yeah, I can't uproot the kids, not now.
I'm going to give up the rental, keep this place.
I mean, the kids need to stay here,
where people love them.
-And that includes Matthew...
Just let me finish.
Look, I know you've lost just as much as I have.
Maybe more, cos of Roxy.
But you don't have to lose any more.
Right, Amy? She's going to miss her mum, she's going to miss Ronnie.
She's going to need her grandma.
What are you saying?
Help me bring them up, all of them.
Are you sure? I mean, we don't exactly get on...
No, but we will.
Cos we want what's best for the kids.
I'll put the kettle on.
I thought you'd like that.
-Oh, here she is!
I hope you've come to apologise to me.
I'm really glad that you came.
I'm not stopping.
I've just come round to say,
I can't do this any more.
Sit by and watch you do something that you will regret.
Because you will regret it.
Patrick, Libby, Carmel...
They're all thinking it,
but they're going along with it to make you happy.
You see, you can pretend there's not a baby out there, lost and alone...
He is being taken care of.
And how do you know that?
You can all pretend that she's going to be fine
and carry on like normal,
but I can't.
Maybe because I love her more than you do?
Because I do, Dee.
I can't put myself through it.
I can't watch you make a decision that will kill you...
..and then have to be there to pick up the pieces. No.
I'm going to have to walk away.
What do you mean?
You and me...
You're dead to me.
The cracks start to show for the Mitchells and Brannings.
A besotted Louise prepares for her date.