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?
-There's a girl under there.
-Dad, they know what they're doing.
We've already lifted this bus once. Why don't we do it again?
Mick, just let them do what they need to do.
-Have you rung your brother?
-He's still not answering.
Have you tried his work?
I'm going to need to ask you to step back, please, sir.
Mate, what are you bothering with me for?
There's a girl under there. She's hurt.
We're doing the best we can to help her.
I just need you to give us the space we need to work, OK?
-How are you doing?
I just feel a bit bruised, that's all.
Martin, will you just do as you're told for once in your life, please?
Oi, you, you listen to your wife. You are going for a checkup.
-I want to come with you.
-No, you just go to Louise's.
I'll call you as soon as I hear anything, I promise.
I'll stay with you.
-Did you lock up the shop?
-Yeah. He's cleaned the place out.
Libby's gone with her in the ambulance.
Why didn't you go with them?
She doesn't want my help. She made that perfectly obvious.
Don't you think this has gone on long enough?
-You could have lost her, Kim.
-Look, shoulda, woulda, coulda.
-It doesn't change anything.
-Right, that's it.
Emerald, you are going with Kim to the hospital.
All right? I'm going to go and check on Donna.
-You seen over there?
At least someone gets a happy ending, eh?
Mummy's here, all right? I love you.
Mummy's here. Mummy's got you.
-Any news on Whitney?
-Oh, that poor girl.
They are going to be able to get her out, though, won't they?
I don't fancy her chances.
Can you hear me?
Hello! Can you hear me?
Let's get it all stabilised down the bottom.
-Can you hear us?
-Get my ladder, please!
Here. I put an extra sugar in it.
It's what they do in the movies.
Your dad's going to be all right, you know.
I can't believe that just happened.
-I thought I was going to lose you.
-No such luck.
-Don't say that.
What the hell is he doing here? Get out!
Wait, shouldn't that be, "Thanks, Shakil, for saving my life"?
Oh, you love that, don't you? Playing the big man.
You'll do anything to get back in her good books.
You know what?
I wish I'd just left you up there.
Ready? Brace. Slide.
Can someone bring me that stretcher, please?
-Let's have a stretcher over here!
-Is she all right?
My name's Tom.
I'm just going to check you over, see how you're doing, all right?
Why isn't she talking?
-What is it? What's wrong with her?
-Dad, Dad, just give them some space.
-Dad, Dad, let them do their jobs.
Whit, it's going to be all right.
I'm here. It's going to be all right.
All right, let's get her onto this stretcher, then. Come on.
-I spy with my little eye...
-What the hell?
I'd rather die of salmonella than on a poxy Tube.
-What are we supposed to do?
-Starve to death?
-Don't talk to her like that.
I should never have listened to you.
There I was, happy at home, doing my feet...
Yeah, well, I wish you'd stayed there.
You know, I never saw my last day sitting on a Tube
with a day-old kebab with Joan Crawford and Rin Tin Tin.
POWER WHIRS Hallelujah!
-'Apologies once again for the hold-up, ladies and gents.'
You going to stump up some compensation?
'I'm told it's due to a collision on Bridge Street at Walford East.'
See, I told you something bad had happened.
You don't suppose it's Mick, do you?
Whit? Whit, I need you to stay with me
cos you're on the rota tonight.
And that trip to Wakefield -
I'm going to get Lee to stump up for a lovely hotel room.
You know, room service. You can have the lot, yeah?
Is she going to be all right?
We'll know more when we get her into Resus.
Echo 2 to Control.
Can you let the receiving hospital know
that I'm going to need a trauma team on standby?
What did the doctors say?
Oh, they've said it's just a mild concussion.
-I'm just waiting to get the all-clear from the doctor.
I told you it was a waste of time.
Then we'll wait with you, yeah?
There's no need. Libby's in reception, ain't she?
You'll do as I say, young lady.
This is hard enough being back in here
-without you lot fussing over me.
-What? Showing that we care?
Cos that's what family do.
They stick together through thick and thin.
Oh, don't start, Kim. SHE SCOFFS
So, I suppose you think I brought this on myself?
-What's that supposed to mean?
-You reap what you sow.
-Yeah, well, look, you said it.
Can you just go, please?
-I don't even know why you're bothering. I feel fine.
-Martin, look at you. You can hardly move.
I'm just a bit bruised, that's all.
Will you just shut up and wait for a doctor, please?
-Thank you. Is, um...?
Is there any news on Whit?
No, Max said he'd ring me as soon as he heard anything.
Loves being in the thick of it, don't he?
Excuse me, he just saved your life.
The least you could do is be a little bit grateful.
Mr Fowler, I'm sorry about the delay.
That's all right. No, it's smashing. Can I go now, then?
-I'd like you to go for a scan first.
We just want to rule out any internal damage.
No, I just feel a bit tender. That's all, mate.
Tests indicate that you've got some blood in your urine.
-What does that mean?
-It could mean a lot of things.
-I wouldn't want to hazard a guess.
-Can't you just tell us, mate?
The pressure on your abdomen could have caused some damage
to your kidneys.
That's serious, though, right?
We'll know more after the scan.
Oh, thanks, love. Decent of you.
How are you feeling?
Oh, fine, if everyone stopped fussing.
I think we've got the right to be concerned, don't you?
You're lucky. It could have been a lot worse.
It could have been any one of us.
Makes you appreciate what you've got, don't it?
It's Martin who I feel sorry for.
He was standing up for the rest of us.
But the doctors are going to...
-There he is, hero of the minute!
Tracey, get that man a drink.
He's not the Incredible Hulk. We all helped lift it.
But you need someone calm in a moment of crisis, don't you?
You done so well out there, Dad.
I just did what anyone would do. Orange juice, please.
-Yeah, she's been taken away in an ambulance.
-Is she going to be all right?
-It's too soon to tell.
-Anyone seen Paul in Jewellery?
-He's over there by the jukebox.
Well, at least that's all the stallholders been accounted for.
Um, has there been any word on Denise?
Yeah, I just called just now. Mild concussion, apparently.
I can't help but think this has all been my fault.
Why? You weren't driving a bus, were you?
I'm the one who got Martin all worked up about the covered market.
Yes, but if he hadn't have moved his stall then,
he could have been a-goner now, couldn't he?
Come on, come on.
There's no need for that now, is there, eh?
I could have lost my boys, Kushy.
It's going to take more than a stray bus to get rid of us.
What happened to the driver, anyway?
He had a heart attack, apparently. Poor bloke never stood a chance.
No, but, you know, with all these attacks -
it makes you wonder, don't it?
-It was just a tragic accident, Mum.
Right, the least I can do is get some drinks in, yeah?
And I don't want any of you worrying about your stalls.
I've already been on the phone to the council.
-You don't need to think about that now, do you?
-Yeah, but I do.
I really do.
Because you lot, you are the beating heart of this market.
And I want you to know that I will do whatever I can
to make sure that no-one takes that away from you.
Thank you. Thank you for everything that you did today.
-No, it's all right. Honestly, it was nothing.
-No, you saved my market.
Well, it don't sound like it's going to be around for too much longer.
Please let's not think about that today.
Well, at least that lot know you're looking out for them.
Yeah. We're like a family.
Yeah, you see what happens when you pull together?
What the hell's happened?
-Some driver only went and took a wrong turn onto the Square.
Yeah, well, I can see that. Is everyone all right?
They've taken Whitney, Martin and Denise to hospital.
-He's with Whitney.
Is she all right?
Don't look good.
She keeps on making, like, little sounds,
like she wants to talk, but nothing's coming out.
Whitney, you're in Walford General.
We're taking you to Resus so the doctor can examine you.
-Can you just help her, please? Help her, please.
Your wife's in safe hands.
-You all right?
-Yeah, just needed five minutes, that's all.
Seeing the police and all those ambulances,
it's just taken me right back there.
You know, every day, I think, "Today's going to be different."
I wake up and think, you know, "You're going to be better."
I've just got this dull ache.
And no matter what I do to distract myself,
it's just always there.
You know, it's just reminding me the whole time.
I remember when we lost Bradley.
It took all my strength not to chuck myself off the roof after him.
How do you get over it?
I don't think you do.
Just gets a bit easier every day, that's all.
Jack, you just need time.
Got plenty of that, ain't I?
And you've got three kids to distract you.
I just want to say thank you.
I'm so pleased you're back.
I mean, I don't know if we'd have got through this without you.
Mick. I just heard about Whitney. Is she all right?
They've, um...just taken her into Resus.
She looked broken, you know.
Like the girl ain't been through enough already, you know.
Yeah, well, you know, at least she's in good hands.
Anyway, how are you getting on?
Oh, yeah, well, the doctors have given me the all-clear.
I'm just waiting for Libby to come back from the pharmacy.
And Kim? Is she not with you, no?
Kim hasn't spoken to me since I gave up the baby.
She'll come round.
Yeah, well, she reckons all this was karma.
She don't mean that. That's just stupid talk.
Yeah, well, maybe she's right. Maybe this is all I deserve.
What you're doing for that boy is the right thing,
and that is all that matters, believe me.
You know, for not judging me.
Well, I know what it's like being a kid being brought up
in a home with no love, you know, so...
-Sorry, I'm not saying...
-It's all right. I understand.
What you did took guts, Denise, all right? Real guts.
And Kim'll see sense, so don't worry.
-Yes? Um, how is she?
Well, the good news is, there's no sign of any spinal injury,
but she has reduced consciousness, which is worrying me slightly.
OK. So, what does that mean?
She received quite a blow to the head, Mr Carter.
So, what are you saying?
What, like, she could be brain damaged? What?
We'll know more when we see the results of her scan.
Try not to worry.
-We're doing everything we can.
Want to buy some fags?
No, you're all right.
What about some booze?
Go bother someone else, will you, kid?
All right. Don't go crying into your tea.
Bruv, I thought you said to meet at the chicken shop?
Well, mate, the streets are crawling with feds,
so I thought I'd try and flog the stuff in here.
Um, you all right, man? How's Whitney?
Yeah, she's fine.
They got her out?
What are you talking about?
Bruv, the bus that we were on crashed on Bridge Street.
She was under it.
Who's Shirley on the phone to?
She's trying to get hold of Bianca.
A G&T, and don't go skimping on the gin this time.
This is all your fault, you know.
What are you talking about?
Don't you remember?
Running in front of that bus with your skirt over your head?
So if I were you, I'd sit quietly unless you want them
to take you away.
I come bearing gifts.
Yes, Kim, you are a life-saver.
You know me, Kush. Always putting other people first.
Unlike someone I could mention.
I'll get the drinks in.
Can you get Donna another brandy, please?
What is it with everyone giving me brandy?
I'm going to be legless at this rate.
How are you feeling?
Yeah. Like I've done six rounds with Conor McGregor. How about Denise?
She's still in one piece.
Have you spoken to her?
I need to go to the toilet.
That could easily have been me and Louie out there.
Don't even think about that now.
You reckon there's anyone else under there?
What makes you say that?
It was a busy market. Anyone could've been out there.
Carmel... Is everyone accounted for?
I only checked my stallholders.
Ian, what about Dot?
Listen up, has anyone seen Dot today?
Yes, I did! I did earlier.
She came into the Minute Mart to get some shopping.
And what about after that?
-I saw her in the market a few hours ago.
Where was she going?
I don't know. Towards the tube, I think.
I'd better get over there and check.
-Is it Dot they're talking about?
-Have you seen her?
-Yeah, I dropped her off at her house.
We've been to the cinema.
Is she all right?
Yeah, a bit shaken with what's happening.
I promised to look in on her later.
It's Mick I feel sorry for.
As if things aren't hard enough for him.
What you talking about?
It's not my place to say...
Let's just say things aren't too rosy with the bank.
Now he's got all this to contend with.
I need to get this. I'll see you later.
Hello, Max Branning.
Uh, yeah. When?
No, no, no, it's fine. I'll be there in about an hour.
All right. Cheers.
It's OK, I'm here.
You had us all worried back there.
You've got nothing to be sorry about.
Johnny phoned him. He's on his way, I promise.
We had a row...
Don't worry about things like that now.
I just remember it all went black.
I can imagine.
I was so scared, Mick.
It's OK, it's OK.
All I ever do is bring bad luck to this family.
What are you talking about? Why are you even thinking like that?
I'm never going to be good enough for him.
You're a rock to him. And to me.
I just want to be a good wife.
I'm looking for Whitney Carter...
Just down there on the right.
It don't matter what I do...
It's always going to be in here, ain't it? My past.
And I've tried to make it work with Lee.
Maybe it's me.
Maybe I'm the problem. I'm just so sad all the time, Mick.
Lee, he's in a bad place.
And we nearly lost you today.
So if anything, it's going to make him realise how much he loves you.
You're a beautiful girl.
Denise! Have you seen Whit?
Lee, I don't think you should go in...
Whit! Are you all right? Are you OK?
Yeah, I'm fine.
I'm so sorry I weren't here.
Listen, if you want to go to Ryan's, we will.
All right? Anything you want to do, OK?
I'm here now. I'm here.
I'm never letting you go again.
I've spoken to Bex.
She's going to pick Lily up from school...
Excuse me, have you seen my husband?
-I'm sorry, it's not my ward.
-He was just laying in that bed, there.
They said that he needed to go for a scan.
I'll go and find a doctor.
Is he all right?
Oh, please tell me he's all right.
£4 for a chicken and mushroom pie. It's no wonder...
What's the matter? Why are you crying?
Martin! I thought you were dead, you idiot!
-Hang on, Stace. I've got a bruised abdomen here.
Promise me you'll never leave me.
Of course I won't, you daft cow.
I love you.
I should get chucked under a bus more often, eh?
I don't know what you just saw in there...
-I saw enough.
-I... I can't really explain it...
It's none of my business, Mick.
You know how much I love L. You know...
Like I say, Mick, it's really none of my business.
I'm going to get you some balloons or something.
-I don't want balloons.
-Well, if not that, some grapes, some magazines...
No, Lee, honestly. I'm fine.
I won't be long, all right?
Just going to pop to the shop.
That should never have happened.
I know. I'm sorry.
No, no. I'm sorry. It's just that... I've never, ever, like...
That was surreal, yeah?
You know I love L.
And I love Lee.
I know you do. I know.
So...we just forget about our surreal moment and we just
concentrate on getting you better. Yeah?
'Chelle's just rung, she said she's on her way.
So we might as well get going.
Will you sit down a minute?
-What, am I at school, or something?
Look, I want to say something to you.
But you have to promise me that you'll think about it before
you say no, all right?
I want another baby.
When I thought that I lost you, I didn't...
-Oh, come on now, don't talk...
-I want a Fowler.
I want to know that I'll always have a little part of you.
We can do it properly this time.
We can speak to the mental health team
and they put, like, a little plan together.
I know there are risks, Martin, but...we can do it.
Are you sure this is what you want?
We've got a fruit and veg empire to plan for, ain't we?
Look, you know I love Arthur, don't you? Yeah? And Lily.
I'd do anything for them. Anything. I'd kill for 'em.
-You know that, don't you?
It's just that I really don't want you rushing into this...
I ain't. I know what I want.
I want to have your baby.
Do you hear that?
We're going to have a baby!
We are, ain't we, eh? We're going to have a baby.
# There is a house built out of stone
# Wooden floors, walls and windowsills
# Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust
# This is a place where I don't feel alone
# This is a place where I feel at home
# And I built a home
# For you, for me
# Until it disappeared
# From me, from you
# And now it's time
# To leave
# And turn to dust... #
'Hi. This is Max Branning.
'I'm not here right now but please leave a message after the tone.
STACEY: 'Max, it's only me.
'I just realised that I didn't get a chance to thank you properly
'for saving Martin's life.
'I know that it ain't easy coming back here but I'm glad you did.
'I owe you big time. Me...and the whole community.'
That's where I grew up, over there.
Not many people got out of there, believe me.
But look at it now. Brimming with potential.
New housing, thriving businesses.
Finally it's a place where people aspire to live.
The trouble is, too many people have a foot in the past.
They can't see the big picture.
From what I hear, you're going great guns.
Yeah, I'm getting there.
You have connections in Walford, isn't that right?
Is that going to be a problem?
No, not as far as I'm concerned.
You're a man after my own heart, Max.
Never let emotions get in the way of progress.
..what about the pub?
That's next on my list.
No second thoughts?
Let it burn, for all I care.
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?