The pressure builds for one Walford couple. Michelle reaches out to Bex.
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How comes you're getting all done up?
Night out with Beanbag and his wife.
Oh, yeah. Oh, no, I should have rung!
I'm sorry, they can't make it any more.
Yeah, he's got this new job in Dover and he's got to get up early.
-Dover? What's he doing down there?
It's probably for the best anyway - we don't want to blow the entire budget on Beanbag, do we?
-I've come to get my stuff.
I'm really sorry, I was out of order.
I should never, ever have spoke to you like that.
I was just trying to do a good job and you made me feel...
I know, I know.
And hand on heart, I've got nothing but respect for you, because
dealing with Babe - that's not easy, that takes heart and spirit.
And I know you're going to do wonderful things in
that kitchen, all right? All right, Mum?
You crack on.
Just seen a smashed TV outside that student house,
they're pumping out the tunes already.
Two parties in two nights, that's going some.
-It's the same party.
-Think I picked the wrong uni.
Oi, I'm not paying for you to get a degree in getting off your nut.
Do we have to keep Abi on the pay roll?
Yeah, that's the spirit. She's a team player, that one.
-Do you need me to work the bar tonight?
-No, you've got that essay to write.
-Yeah, but I thought...
-No, no, no, it's all right - me and your nan have got it covered.
Cool - I'm going to do some work in the cafe, then.
No, it's Whitney, it's Whitney. Lee asked me to call.
Yeah. Yeah, and I heard about you being
a lightweight, which ain't like you, is it?
No, I know, I know.
But it is a new job, so you should celebrate.
Oh, don't be boring, come on, it's a few drinks.
If you're lucky, I'll buy you some chips. On us, obviously.
Great, great, all right, well, I'll see you both in a bit.
All right. Bye.
Beanbag just called - he said he can make it and he's going
to meet us at the Vic in a bit.
You answered my phone?
Yeah, I didn't think you'd mind.
We can't really afford it.
Yes, we can - with the money that Bianca gave me.
Why are you so keen on going anyway?
Because, Lee, please, it's a night out and we deserve a laugh, don't we?
-You still not found them yet?
-Listen, it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter about the rings,
it's not important. It's what it meant to me.
-Get ready, yeah?
No, that's what I'm saying - them bins still ain't gone.
And have you heard these students here next door?
Yeah? Well, they're partying all hours.
It ain't right, you know, cos this is a family area.
Oh, in writing? Or should I send a carrier pigeon?
Yes, I am being sarcastic!
Fine, I'll send you an e-mail. Come on.
KIM CONTINUES TO LAUGH
-You look like you could do with a drink.
Yeah, that'd be nice,
but I've got my new book from Jorgen and I can't get left behind.
Oh, please. I need help doing Pearl's birthday.
-Who's got Pearl?
Oh, right, so you was counting on me to say yes?
Well, yeah. You're Pearl's aunt.
Go on, then.
Yeah, just the one, but... gimme give me a second, right?
Hello? Anyone home?
I've bought some pizza - do you want some?
MUFFLED MUSIC FROM PARTY
You all right? Did you push yourself?
Yeah, I really needed it.
What, you let her in here?
-Yeah, cos Amy saw her, I didn't want to make a scene, did I?
-Well I'll be happy to.
You can throw me out again, but do you really want to deal with the consequences?
-Deal with the consequences?
-Jack, come here.
-You are unbelievable.
Just calm down, all right?
Just hear her out, for Matthew's sake.
Just make her think you're listening.
-Mate, I can't even look at her.
-Listen, listen, all right,
if you get angry with her, she's going to win.
Just be smarter than that.
I'll put the kids to bed. Just hear her out, all right?
GIRL SINGING AND PLAYING GUITAR
# I won't go down with this ship
# And I won't put my hands up... #
What are you doing?
Sorry, sorry, I didn't want to interrupt you.
No, no, really. It's great. Wish I had a voice like that.
So, go on - let's hear it again.
SHE STARTS PLAYING AGAIN
-Here they are.
The beautiful couple.
-And me and all.
-Good to see you.
-Yeah, and you.
Here you are, I've got you a pint.
-So, congratulations on your new job.
So, go on, then, tell us more. What's it all about?
Sorry, mate. Security job down in Dover. Sweet money.
Eight-hour shifts. Food and accommodation up front.
-Wow - that sounds good, don't it, Lee?
So, what, do you need experience for that?
Nah, ex-Army - they lap it up.
OK, so, for the guest list, I'm thinking 20 on the shortlist
and five on the reserves.
Wow, so, what, me and Patrick are going to make that cut, then?
-Course. Pearl's always going on about her Auntie Dee.
Even though we haven't seen you for the last few days.
-Has it been that long?
-What, been busy?
Yesterday, I spent nearly two hours on the phone,
being put through to, like, a million different departments.
Honestly, I thought I was going mad - it was like this sort of Kafkaesque nightmare.
Sorry. Get me!
Jorgen would be impressed. Kafka - he's like this...
His characters are seriously trippy...
Shall we get back to Pearl's guest list, yeah?
I appreciate emotions were running high,
and I hold my hands up - getting Amy's ears pierced
without talking to you first was thoughtless.
But my intentions were good.
I don't want her looking up to her mother as a role model.
OK, but Jack, what you have to understand is that little girls do idolise their mothers.
And now that Roxy's gone, her presence is even more powerful.
Which is why I have to be extra careful.
Amy is a sponge, all right? She picks up on everything.
Agreed. I only want what's best for her.
What? You don't believe me?
Why are you really here, Glenda?
-Trying to talk sense into you.
-No, I mean in here, in our lives?
I'm their grandmother.
That's never mattered before, why does it matter now?
-I would have thought that was perfectly obvious.
-If you were a normal mum.
-But we both know you've never been that.
Do I have to spell it out to you?
You kissed me.
On the cheek! When you were lying down with your daughter!
You're everywhere I turn, all right?
Flicking your hair, making eyes, you're just like Roxy.
Do you think I wouldn't have noticed, eh?
What, one night I'd just invite you into my bed?
Ask the kids to start calling you Mummy?
You should be in bed.
I can't sleep. I can hear you from upstairs!
Sorry, I was just in with the boys.
Right, come on, let's go back to bed.
Is this because of the earrings?
Darling, go upstairs with Uncle Max. I'll be up there in a minute.
I want Granny to tuck me in.
-I hate you!
Are you sure you know what's best for that girl?
I hate it how Valentine's Day makes you feel like a right loser, unless you're all loved up.
You're not alone. Hardly any bookings at the Vic.
-Really? Apparently, Beale's is full.
"Modern perspectives on contractual obligation".
What's that all about?
It's about the fact we increasingly make verbal contracts - not everything's written down.
I do know what verbal means.
So I'm exploring the impact of that on the validity of written contracts, in my dissertation.
Right, so, if you work for a family business,
then it's all down to trust on what set hours you do.
Yeah, yeah, exactly.
Look, your dad won't ask you, but he needs you.
We're packed over there and we're drowning.
I've got a deadline.
Well, do an all-nighter - that's what students do!
Shirley - just the woman.
Listen, Tina's been telling me about Mick's fine. I feel terrible.
It's not your fault.
No, but even so... Look, I might have thought of a way to help.
# I'm waiting up in bed for you... #
Oh! That was wicked!
Is that a word any more?
Yeah. Yeah, wicked's still wicked, I guess.
So, I saw you yesterday, looking a bit lonesome.
Not sure what "lonesome" is.
Sounds like something you'd say in the Wild West.
All right - looking a bit like a Billy no-mates!
Everything all right?
Me and Lou fell out.
Because of Shaki.
No, but she makes me choose between them and then I get stuck
in the middle and now neither of them are talking to me.
Why, what happened?
Something that I'm not proud of, so please don't ask me,
I don't think I could say it out loud.
OK. Fair enough.
I'm sure it can't be that bad.
It is. It's a nightmare and I'm not waking up.
I know that's how it feels when emotions run away with you,
but I promise you, in a couple of months, you'll look back at this
and you won't even remember what you were so upset about.
We all make mistakes and we all do things we're not proud of,
but you'll learn.
You'll carry on, you'll make a few more.
That seems to be how life goes.
Why are you so cool and Dad is just so...
Come on - talking of my brother, he'll be worried.
-Let's get you home. It's freezing!
Right, I've finished a draft on my abstract, so I can help out.
And Kathy's offered to do us some dinners at the cafe - cost price.
And Ian's all right about that, is he?
I doubt it. But who cares? She feels bad about the fine.
Do you want another one?
Mm, I probably shouldn't.
That's a yes, then.
Go on, Lee, get them in. I started a tab.
So, this security firm - it sounds all right.
But it must get a bit boring sometimes,
when you've got to work with some old bloke.
It'd be good to have a mate there, wouldn't it?
I thought Lee had a job?
Yeah, yeah, he does, but he hates it, you know,
he's stuck behind a computer all day.
And I suppose, when you've had a taste of the army life -
all the banter and that - it's hard, innit, going into a normal job?
Yeah, I guess so.
So, put a word in, will you?
What's in it for me?
A warm glow?
Go on, then, you've twisted my arm.
Thank you. That's brilliant.
Don't say to Lee that I said nothing.
Don't want him thinking he's been hen-pecked, do we?
I want a karaoke machine. That's what I want.
After last year's bouncy castle, people expect a party.
Kim, Pearl is turning two.
She's hardly going to be there belting out Whitney!
I'll sing it. It'll be cute.
You know, when Libby and Chelsea were that age,
we just had a few sandwiches and a hedgehog cake.
So, what you saying? You think she's spoilt, then? Yeah?
Course not, no. She's gorgeous.
And I know you adore her, but it doesn't mean that you have
to take out a second mortgage to prove it.
I'm going to the ladies.
I want you to know that whatever you've been telling yourself -
I don't see you that way, Jack.
The only reason I'm here is because
I'm worried sick about Amy and Matthew.
Hell, I'm even worried about Ricky.
One minute they've got two parents and an auntie,
and the next, a father who keeps seeing ghosts wherever he turns.
You really want to be involved in these kids' lives?
More than anything.
You take them.
Amy and Matthew. You have them.
-No listen, I'm run off my feet.
And you're worried sick.
All right, this could be your chance to really step up.
OK, Jack, I can see what you're doing here.
Calling my bluff - very, very clever...
This is what you wanted, innit?
Getting up with them every single day.
Getting them dressed, ready for school.
Ferrying them about.
Getting up with them in the night.
Taking days off work when they're sick.
Telling them you love them,
even though they just told you they hate you.
Look, I never said... I just meant that I want...
What? Don't you want to do it?
Not on my own.
What, you want to be able to pick and choose what suits you?
Well, I'm not their mother, am I?
No, you're not.
So, stop pretending.
Have you heard of M? She's this Scandinavian electronic pop artist.
She's really good, I think you might like her...
-I'll have a listen.
-I wondered where you'd got to.
Fish and chips on a Friday - legend.
Someone's got to keep up the old traditions.
Your daughter's just been educating me on her music.
Oh, right. Been teaching her about the Beatles, have you?
Well, we both like The Smiths - we think they're wicked.
-You joining us?
-I've eaten with Lily.
But I'm sure I could force a few down.
Yeah - roll me in.
KNOCK AT DOOR Reckon that'll be for Bex.
Go on, then.
What have we got here, then?
Er, Michelle text. Said I could come round.
Right, you better come in, then.
What are you boys talking about?
Oh, nothing much.
Oh, yeah - Lee, mate, I was thinking...
-you'd be a great fit down in Dover.
Well, you know, if you wanted a change of scene.
I could always see if there's some positions available.
Wow, that sounds great, doesn't it?
But it's in Dover - you wouldn't want me gone that much, would you?
Well, I'd be all right, if it meant that you were happy.
Well, all right, yeah, cheers, mate, I'll have a think about it.
I never thought you were cut out for city life, anyway.
Oi! I didn't ask you back here to skive.
Something Tina said earlier.
Valentine's is all right if you're loved up,
-but let's face it, there's plenty of people round here who aren't.
So, we target them. Make them feel included.
No love songs, no candles and definitely no kissing.
Just a pub full of single people who want to feel normal.
Those uni fees didn't go to waste after all.
Listen, the pub's quietened down - why don't you go and do
one of your abstracts or whatever it is you do?
Right, that's it - it's time for me to head.
What? We haven't even decided on the catering yet.
Kim, sorry, but you've got everything sorted. You don't need me.
Right, I see.
I'll be there with a present and a smile. What more do you need?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
Enjoy your book.
Yeah, you're right, I've never really been a maternal person.
It doesn't come naturally to me, not like other women.
The only way I've ever known how to be with people
is to turn it on, make them like me.
Even with little Amy.
I don't even know I'm doing it sometimes.
Pathetic, isn't it?
It's just, we've become so close.
Can I visit sometimes?
..admitting this now - probably the most unselfish act of your life.
You're a good man, Jack.
The kids are lucky to have you.
Take care of yourself.
Don't think I haven't noticed.
What do you mean?
You're the one pulling the strings around here.
You don't fool me.
And when Jack's out of this fog, he'll see it too.
I want to pay the tab.
You paying Beanbag's and all?
Yeah. It's been worth it.
I managed to get Lee a job - hopefully.
See that boy, he don't deserve you.
She must be pretty desperate to get you out the house, mate.
How do you mean?
All this - been practically licking my jacksy all night.
I mean, not that I'm complaining.
Have I put my foot in it?
She was the one who suggested I have a word with my boss, you know?
She also rang me up and practically begged me to come out tonight.
Think she fancies me, mate.
Thank you, Patrick. I really appreciate it.
Hey, how did it go?
It's nothing, Patrick. Please, just go home, yeah?
What you doing here?
I thought you had a book to read about being on the phone to the council?
-Kim, what is all this about?
I don't know why both of you are making eyes at each other.
OK, how about I go and put the kettle on and you can tell me
what this is really about?
Night, losers. Thanks for the booze-up.
That's our pleasure, ain't it, Lee?
Don't forget to put that word in.
-All right. Mwah!
All right, mate - get home safe, yeah?
That was fun, weren't it?
If you call an evening being humiliated by your wife
in front of your mate "fun", then, yeah,
I had the time of my life, thanks.
'What is it, Kim?'
Is it because you think I don't care about Pearl enough
to buy her a gold plated pony?
-You think I'm that shallow?
Course I don't.
But you do!
You think I'm shallow and vain and a total nightmare, like Mum.
You're nothing like her.
Course I am. I'm related to her, remember.
You're the one that got off scot-free.
What's that supposed to mean?
I should be happy that I'm an orphan?
Well, it can't be bad news, is it?
Finding out that you don't share genes with that woman...
Is that what you think?
Look, I don't blame you, Dee.
You know, me and you have always been like chalk and cheese.
It used to be funny.
But now it makes a whole lot of sense.
What does that mean?
Well, look at us.
You're clever, skinny, beautiful.
Me? I'm ditzy, not so skinny...
I'm gorgeous, but I would never be in your league.
Oh, come on, Kim...
But it's true. We have nothing in common.
Apart from the fact that, you know, we're both gobby, stubborn,
and do you want to know what else?
We are both loyal.
And that is something that Emerald doesn't even know the meaning of.
Not to mention, we are both kind of beautiful.
Listen, we might not share the same DNA.
That don't mean that we ain't sisters.
We grew up together and, you know, you're my girl.
My life might be changing, but you...
..you are my anchor.
And you ain't going to get rid of me that easily.
So, if you insist,
I will dress up as Elsa
and perform Frozen at Pearl's birthday.
I'm sorry, I'll think you'll find that that is my gig.
-You can be the other one.
-What's the other one?
-The other sister. Anna.
Yeah, but, ain't that the one with no superpowers?
Let it go!
I really don't get what the big deal is, Lee.
Yeah, OK, OK, I did say some things to Beanbag
about you wanting to change jobs, but so what?
I said them things cos I thought he might be able to help you.
Only cos you were practically sat on his lap with your tongue hanging out.
It wouldn't surprise me if you had just stuck it down his throat.
How dare you!
-You were flirting.
-Don't deny it.
And? So what? It was only a bit, it was harmless.
Oh, right. So is that how you accidentally lost your rings, is it?
So you could go to the bar and do a harmless bit of flirting
-and pretend it's for your charity case husband?
-Why are you being like that?
You're being ridiculous, Lee. You know I would never do anything like that to you.
-I love you and I'm with you.
-Yeah, well, you've got a funny way of showing it.
I would never, ever, take off my ring.
You're hiding something.
I know you are.
Yeah. OK, fine, fine.
I didn't lose the rings.
I pawned them.
-You did what?
The money that I said came from Bianca - well, it didn't.
It didn't. OK?
You've been lying to me?
Well, that's a bit rich coming from you, don't you think?
Look, Lee, just stop. I was...
I thought you deserved a night out.
I thought it might get you in the right frame of mind.
I didn't know how else to get the cash, OK?
Can we just drop it now? Please?
Everything worked out, didn't it?
And you know, when you do get your new job and money starts
coming in, I will buy those rings back.
-How could you do this to me?
I'm a grown man, Whit!
Well, then start acting like one, then, Lee!
Cos seriously - I can't do this any more. I can't.
I put up with more than most women, right?
So, can you imagine your mum doing what I've done tonight?
No, you can't, can you?
Cos you know what - your dad, your dad is a fighter. And you know that.
And you know that when he gets knocked down,
-he picks himself straight back up again.
And do you know what I wouldn't give for you to be just a little bit more like him?
-I said shut up!
-But you won't and you never will be,
because you mope around, feeling sorry for yourself, don't you?
And you leave it all down to me. Down to me to pick up the pieces.
And yeah, your dad did speak to me tonight.
He did say something.
He said that you don't deserve me.
And do you know what? I am beginning to think he's right.
So, it's been the week from hell,
but do you know what? It's going to be all right.
Cos when it comes on top, I've got you little mob wrapped round me.
To the Carters.
Whit? Whit, please, forgive me.
Whit, please, forgive me, I...
I didn't mean to.
Whit, please, talk to me.
Whit, say something.