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26/01/2017

One resident makes a huge decision. Max has spent the last few weeks building bridges with his family and doing his best to settle back into normal life. Is all as it seems?


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Mate, what are you just pacing up and down for?

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-There's a girl under there.

-Dad, they know what they're doing.

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We've already lifted this bus once. Why don't we do it again?

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Mick, just let them do what they need to do.

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-Have you rung your brother?

-He's still not answering.

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Have you tried his work?

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I'm going to need to ask you to step back, please, sir.

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Mate, what are you bothering with me for?

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There's a girl under there. She's hurt.

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We're doing the best we can to help her.

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I just need you to give us the space we need to work, OK?

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-How are you doing?

-I'm...I'm fine.

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I just feel a bit bruised, that's all.

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Martin, will you just do as you're told for once in your life, please?

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Oi, you, you listen to your wife. You are going for a checkup.

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-I want to come with you.

-No, you just go to Louise's.

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I'll call you as soon as I hear anything, I promise.

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I'll stay with you.

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-Did you lock up the shop?

-Yeah. He's cleaned the place out.

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Where's Denise?

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Libby's gone with her in the ambulance.

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Why didn't you go with them?

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She doesn't want my help. She made that perfectly obvious.

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Don't you think this has gone on long enough?

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-You could have lost her, Kim.

-Look, shoulda, woulda, coulda.

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-It doesn't change anything.

-Right, that's it.

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Emerald, you are going with Kim to the hospital.

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All right? I'm going to go and check on Donna.

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No arguments.

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Come on.

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-You seen over there?

-Yeah.

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At least someone gets a happy ending, eh?

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Mummy's here, all right? I love you.

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Mummy's here. Mummy's got you.

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-Any news on Whitney?

-Nothing.

-Oh, that poor girl.

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They are going to be able to get her out, though, won't they?

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I don't fancy her chances.

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Can you hear me?

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Hello! Can you hear me?

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Let's get it all stabilised down the bottom.

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-Can you hear us?

-Hello?

-Get my ladder, please!

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Here. I put an extra sugar in it.

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It's what they do in the movies.

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Thank you.

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Your dad's going to be all right, you know.

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I can't believe that just happened.

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-I thought I was going to lose you.

-No such luck.

-Don't say that.

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What the hell is he doing here? Get out!

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Wait, shouldn't that be, "Thanks, Shakil, for saving my life"?

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Oh, you love that, don't you? Playing the big man.

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You'll do anything to get back in her good books.

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You know what?

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I wish I'd just left you up there.

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Ready? Brace. Slide.

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Can someone bring me that stretcher, please?

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-Let's have a stretcher over here!

-Is she all right?

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My name's Tom.

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I'm just going to check you over, see how you're doing, all right?

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Why isn't she talking?

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-What is it? What's wrong with her?

-Dad, Dad, just give them some space.

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-Whit? Whit?

-Dad, Dad, let them do their jobs.

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Whit, it's going to be all right.

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I'm here. It's going to be all right.

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All right, let's get her onto this stretcher, then. Come on.

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-I spy with my little eye...

-Kebab.

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-Ew!

-What the hell?

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I'd rather die of salmonella than on a poxy Tube.

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-That's disgusting.

-What are we supposed to do?

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-Starve to death?

-Don't talk to her like that.

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I should never have listened to you.

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There I was, happy at home, doing my feet...

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Yeah, well, I wish you'd stayed there.

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You know, I never saw my last day sitting on a Tube

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with a day-old kebab with Joan Crawford and Rin Tin Tin.

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POWER WHIRS Hallelujah!

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-TANNOY:

-'Apologies once again for the hold-up, ladies and gents.'

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You going to stump up some compensation?

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'I'm told it's due to a collision on Bridge Street at Walford East.'

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See, I told you something bad had happened.

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You don't suppose it's Mick, do you?

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SIREN WAILS

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Whit? Whit, I need you to stay with me

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cos you're on the rota tonight.

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And that trip to Wakefield -

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I'm going to get Lee to stump up for a lovely hotel room.

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You know, room service. You can have the lot, yeah?

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Is she going to be all right?

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We'll know more when we get her into Resus.

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Echo 2 to Control.

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Can you let the receiving hospital know

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that I'm going to need a trauma team on standby?

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PHONE RINGS

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RINGING STOPS

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What did the doctors say?

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Oh, they've said it's just a mild concussion.

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-I'm just waiting to get the all-clear from the doctor.

-Right.

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I told you it was a waste of time.

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Then we'll wait with you, yeah?

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There's no need. Libby's in reception, ain't she?

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You'll do as I say, young lady.

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This is hard enough being back in here

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-without you lot fussing over me.

-What? Showing that we care?

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Cos that's what family do.

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They stick together through thick and thin.

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Oh, don't start, Kim. SHE SCOFFS

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So, I suppose you think I brought this on myself?

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-What's that supposed to mean?

-You reap what you sow.

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-Yeah, well, look, you said it.

-Kimberley!

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Can you just go, please?

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-MARTIN:

-I don't even know why you're bothering. I feel fine.

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-STACEY:

-Martin, look at you. You can hardly move.

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I'm just a bit bruised, that's all.

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Will you just shut up and wait for a doctor, please?

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-Thank you.

-Thank you. Is, um...?

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Is there any news on Whit?

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No, Max said he'd ring me as soon as he heard anything.

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Loves being in the thick of it, don't he?

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Excuse me, he just saved your life.

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The least you could do is be a little bit grateful.

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Mr Fowler, I'm sorry about the delay.

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That's all right. No, it's smashing. Can I go now, then?

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-I'd like you to go for a scan first.

-A scan?

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We just want to rule out any internal damage.

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No, I just feel a bit tender. That's all, mate.

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Tests indicate that you've got some blood in your urine.

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-What does that mean?

-It could mean a lot of things.

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-I wouldn't want to hazard a guess.

-Can't you just tell us, mate?

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The pressure on your abdomen could have caused some damage

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to your kidneys.

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That's serious, though, right?

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We'll know more after the scan.

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Oh, thanks, love. Decent of you.

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How are you feeling?

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Oh, fine, if everyone stopped fussing.

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I think we've got the right to be concerned, don't you?

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You're lucky. It could have been a lot worse.

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It could have been any one of us.

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Makes you appreciate what you've got, don't it?

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It's Martin who I feel sorry for.

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He was standing up for the rest of us.

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But the doctors are going to...

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-There he is, hero of the minute!

-APPLAUSE

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Tracey, get that man a drink.

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He's not the Incredible Hulk. We all helped lift it.

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But you need someone calm in a moment of crisis, don't you?

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You done so well out there, Dad.

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I just did what anyone would do. Orange juice, please.

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-How's Whitney?

-Yeah, she's been taken away in an ambulance.

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-Is she going to be all right?

-It's too soon to tell.

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-Anyone seen Paul in Jewellery?

-He's over there by the jukebox.

-Ah.

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Well, at least that's all the stallholders been accounted for.

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Um, has there been any word on Denise?

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Yeah, I just called just now. Mild concussion, apparently.

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I can't help but think this has all been my fault.

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Why? You weren't driving a bus, were you?

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I'm the one who got Martin all worked up about the covered market.

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Yes, but if he hadn't have moved his stall then,

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he could have been a-goner now, couldn't he?

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Come on, come on.

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There's no need for that now, is there, eh?

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I could have lost my boys, Kushy.

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It's going to take more than a stray bus to get rid of us.

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What happened to the driver, anyway?

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He had a heart attack, apparently. Poor bloke never stood a chance.

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No, but, you know, with all these attacks -

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it makes you wonder, don't it?

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-It was just a tragic accident, Mum.

-Yeah.

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Right, the least I can do is get some drinks in, yeah?

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And I don't want any of you worrying about your stalls.

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I've already been on the phone to the council.

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-You don't need to think about that now, do you?

-Yeah, but I do.

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I really do.

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Because you lot, you are the beating heart of this market.

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And I want you to know that I will do whatever I can

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to make sure that no-one takes that away from you.

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Thank you. Thank you for everything that you did today.

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-No, it's all right. Honestly, it was nothing.

-No, you saved my market.

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Well, it don't sound like it's going to be around for too much longer.

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Please let's not think about that today.

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Well, at least that lot know you're looking out for them.

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Yeah. We're like a family.

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Yeah, you see what happens when you pull together?

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What the hell's happened?

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-BABE:

-Some driver only went and took a wrong turn onto the Square.

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Yeah, well, I can see that. Is everyone all right?

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They've taken Whitney, Martin and Denise to hospital.

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-Where's Mick?

-He's with Whitney.

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Is she all right?

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Don't look good.

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She keeps on making, like, little sounds,

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like she wants to talk, but nothing's coming out.

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Whitney, you're in Walford General.

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We're taking you to Resus so the doctor can examine you.

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-Can you just help her, please? Help her, please.

-Don't worry.

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Your wife's in safe hands.

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-You all right?

-Yeah, just needed five minutes, that's all.

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Seeing the police and all those ambulances,

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it's just taken me right back there.

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You know, every day, I think, "Today's going to be different."

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I wake up and think, you know, "You're going to be better."

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I've just got this dull ache.

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And no matter what I do to distract myself,

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it's just always there.

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You know, it's just reminding me the whole time.

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I remember when we lost Bradley.

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It took all my strength not to chuck myself off the roof after him.

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How do you get over it?

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I don't think you do.

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Just gets a bit easier every day, that's all.

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Jack, you just need time.

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Got plenty of that, ain't I?

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And you've got three kids to distract you.

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I just want to say thank you.

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I'm so pleased you're back.

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I mean, I don't know if we'd have got through this without you.

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Mick. I just heard about Whitney. Is she all right?

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They've, um...just taken her into Resus.

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She looked broken, you know.

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Like the girl ain't been through enough already, you know.

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Yeah, well, you know, at least she's in good hands.

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Yeah.

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Anyway, how are you getting on?

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Oh, yeah, well, the doctors have given me the all-clear.

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I'm just waiting for Libby to come back from the pharmacy.

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And Kim? Is she not with you, no?

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Kim hasn't spoken to me since I gave up the baby.

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She'll come round.

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Yeah, well, she reckons all this was karma.

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What?

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She don't mean that. That's just stupid talk.

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Yeah, well, maybe she's right. Maybe this is all I deserve.

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No. No.

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What you're doing for that boy is the right thing,

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and that is all that matters, believe me.

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-Thank you.

-What for?

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You know, for not judging me.

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Yeah.

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Well, I know what it's like being a kid being brought up

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in a home with no love, you know, so...

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-Sorry, I'm not saying...

-It's all right. I understand.

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What you did took guts, Denise, all right? Real guts.

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And Kim'll see sense, so don't worry.

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-Mr Carter?

-Yes? Um, how is she?

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Well, the good news is, there's no sign of any spinal injury,

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but she has reduced consciousness, which is worrying me slightly.

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OK. So, what does that mean?

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She received quite a blow to the head, Mr Carter.

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So, what are you saying?

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What, like, she could be brain damaged? What?

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We'll know more when we see the results of her scan.

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Try not to worry.

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-We're doing everything we can.

-Thank you.

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Want to buy some fags?

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No, you're all right.

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What about some booze?

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Go bother someone else, will you, kid?

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All right. Don't go crying into your tea.

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Bruv, I thought you said to meet at the chicken shop?

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Well, mate, the streets are crawling with feds,

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so I thought I'd try and flog the stuff in here.

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Um, you all right, man? How's Whitney?

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Yeah, she's fine.

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They got her out?

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What are you talking about?

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Bruv, the bus that we were on crashed on Bridge Street.

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She was under it.

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Who's Shirley on the phone to?

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She's trying to get hold of Bianca.

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A G&T, and don't go skimping on the gin this time.

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This is all your fault, you know.

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What are you talking about?

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Don't you remember?

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Running in front of that bus with your skirt over your head?

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So if I were you, I'd sit quietly unless you want them

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to take you away.

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I come bearing gifts.

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Yes, Kim, you are a life-saver.

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You know me, Kush. Always putting other people first.

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Unlike someone I could mention.

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I'll get the drinks in.

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Can you get Donna another brandy, please?

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What is it with everyone giving me brandy?

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I'm going to be legless at this rate.

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How are you feeling?

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Yeah. Like I've done six rounds with Conor McGregor. How about Denise?

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She's still in one piece.

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Have you spoken to her?

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I need to go to the toilet.

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That could easily have been me and Louie out there.

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Don't even think about that now.

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You reckon there's anyone else under there?

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What makes you say that?

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It was a busy market. Anyone could've been out there.

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Carmel... Is everyone accounted for?

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I only checked my stallholders.

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Ian, what about Dot?

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Listen up, has anyone seen Dot today?

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Yes, I did! I did earlier.

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She came into the Minute Mart to get some shopping.

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And what about after that?

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-Honey, think!

-I saw her in the market a few hours ago.

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Where was she going?

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I don't know. Towards the tube, I think.

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I'd better get over there and check.

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-Is it Dot they're talking about?

-Yeah.

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-Have you seen her?

-Yeah, I dropped her off at her house.

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We've been to the cinema.

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-Oh!

-Oh!

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Is she all right?

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Yeah, a bit shaken with what's happening.

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I promised to look in on her later.

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It's Mick I feel sorry for.

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As if things aren't hard enough for him.

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What you talking about?

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It's not my place to say...

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Let's just say things aren't too rosy with the bank.

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Now he's got all this to contend with.

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PHONE RINGS

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I need to get this. I'll see you later.

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Hello, Max Branning.

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Uh, yeah. When?

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No, no, no, it's fine. I'll be there in about an hour.

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All right. Cheers.

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Mick...

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It's OK, I'm here.

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You had us all worried back there.

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Sorry.

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You've got nothing to be sorry about.

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Where's Lee?

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Johnny phoned him. He's on his way, I promise.

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We had a row...

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Don't worry about things like that now.

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I just remember it all went black.

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I can imagine.

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I was so scared, Mick.

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It's OK, it's OK.

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All I ever do is bring bad luck to this family.

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What are you talking about? Why are you even thinking like that?

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I'm never going to be good enough for him.

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You're a rock to him. And to me.

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I just want to be a good wife.

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You are.

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I'm looking for Whitney Carter...

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Just down there on the right.

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It don't matter what I do...

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It's always going to be in here, ain't it? My past.

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And I've tried to make it work with Lee.

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Maybe it's me.

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Maybe I'm the problem. I'm just so sad all the time, Mick.

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No, no...

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Lee, he's in a bad place.

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And we nearly lost you today.

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So if anything, it's going to make him realise how much he loves you.

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You're a beautiful girl.

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Denise! Have you seen Whit?

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Lee, I don't think you should go in...

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Whit! Are you all right? Are you OK?

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Yeah, I'm fine.

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I'm so sorry I weren't here.

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Listen, if you want to go to Ryan's, we will.

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All right? Anything you want to do, OK?

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I'm here now. I'm here.

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I'm never letting you go again.

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I've spoken to Bex.

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She's going to pick Lily up from school...

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Martin...? Martin!

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Excuse me, have you seen my husband?

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-I'm sorry, it's not my ward.

-He was just laying in that bed, there.

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They said that he needed to go for a scan.

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I'll go and find a doctor.

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Is he all right?

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Oh, please tell me he's all right.

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£4 for a chicken and mushroom pie. It's no wonder...

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What's the matter? Why are you crying?

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Martin! I thought you were dead, you idiot!

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-Hang on, Stace. I've got a bruised abdomen here.

-Sorry.

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Come here.

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Promise me you'll never leave me.

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Of course I won't, you daft cow.

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I love you.

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I should get chucked under a bus more often, eh?

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-Denise, Denise...

-Yeah?

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I don't know what you just saw in there...

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-I saw enough.

-I... I can't really explain it...

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It's none of my business, Mick.

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You know how much I love L. You know...

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Like I say, Mick, it's really none of my business.

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I'm going to get you some balloons or something.

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-I don't want balloons.

-Well, if not that, some grapes, some magazines...

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No, Lee, honestly. I'm fine.

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I won't be long, all right?

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Just going to pop to the shop.

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That should never have happened.

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I know. I'm sorry.

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No, no. I'm sorry. It's just that... I've never, ever, like...

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That was surreal, yeah?

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You know I love L.

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And I love Lee.

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I know you do. I know.

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So...we just forget about our surreal moment and we just

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concentrate on getting you better. Yeah?

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Yeah.

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'Chelle's just rung, she said she's on her way.

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So we might as well get going.

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Will you sit down a minute?

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-What, am I at school, or something?

-Please, Martin...

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All right.

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Look, I want to say something to you.

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But you have to promise me that you'll think about it before

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you say no, all right?

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All right.

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I want another baby.

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When I thought that I lost you, I didn't...

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-Oh, come on now, don't talk...

-I want a Fowler.

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I want to know that I'll always have a little part of you.

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We can do it properly this time.

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We can speak to the mental health team

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and they put, like, a little plan together.

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I know there are risks, Martin, but...we can do it.

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Are you sure this is what you want?

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We've got a fruit and veg empire to plan for, ain't we?

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Come here.

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Look, you know I love Arthur, don't you? Yeah? And Lily.

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I'd do anything for them. Anything. I'd kill for 'em.

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-Yeah.

-You know that, don't you?

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It's just that I really don't want you rushing into this...

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I ain't. I know what I want.

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I want to have your baby.

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Yeah.

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Do you hear that?

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We're going to have a baby!

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-APPLAUSE

-Yeah!

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We are, ain't we, eh? We're going to have a baby.

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SIRENS BLARE

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# There is a house built out of stone

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# Wooden floors, walls and windowsills

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# Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust

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# This is a place where I don't feel alone

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# This is a place where I feel at home

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# And I built a home

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# For you, for me

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# Until it disappeared

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# From me, from you

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# And now it's time

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# To leave

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# And turn to dust... #

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SIRENS BLARE

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PHONE RINGS

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'Hi. This is Max Branning.

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'I'm not here right now but please leave a message after the tone.

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'Thank you.'

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STACEY: 'Max, it's only me.

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'I just realised that I didn't get a chance to thank you properly

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'for saving Martin's life.

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'I know that it ain't easy coming back here but I'm glad you did.

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'I owe you big time. Me...and the whole community.'

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That's where I grew up, over there.

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Deprived...depressed.

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Not many people got out of there, believe me.

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But look at it now. Brimming with potential.

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New housing, thriving businesses.

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Finally it's a place where people aspire to live.

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The trouble is, too many people have a foot in the past.

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They can't see the big picture.

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From what I hear, you're going great guns.

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Yeah, I'm getting there.

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You have connections in Walford, isn't that right?

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Is that going to be a problem?

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No, not as far as I'm concerned.

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HE CHUCKLES

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You're a man after my own heart, Max.

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Never let emotions get in the way of progress.

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So...

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..what about the pub?

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That's next on my list.

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No second thoughts?

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Let it burn, for all I care.

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One resident makes a huge decision.

Max has spent the last few weeks building bridges with his family and doing his best to settle back into normal life. However, is all as it seems?