Mick gets a shock. Kush makes matters worse for himself. Stacey offers some advice to Max about his family.
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It's all right, baby. Nearly done.
Why don't you pick on some other mug?
60 quid?! Are you joking?
That's not what they said when I booked. I'll be having words.
Come on, Ollie.
It woke me up at five.
Good job an' all, now there's two more leaks.
I thought the ceiling was going to cave in.
There's still time. Forecast reckons there's more on the way.
Don't. That'd be just our luck if they're right for once.
Right, get rid of this lot, lively.
What? Dad, I'm sure you've done a good job up there but...
Your mother's downstairs.
-I don't know, do I? I don't know.
Leave off. Right, I-I-I-I... I'll just keep her out of here...
L? You're back.
-I missed you.
-Yeah, I missed you.
-Nothing's happened, has it?
No, no. Not my end anyway. I had a phone call, never mind who.
They were worried you're finding it hard without Shirley and Trace.
Look, I'm not sure what I can do. I have to be back at Mum's for the evening rush but...
Coffee first, all right? I reckon it's the only thing holding me together.
Babe, you look knackered. Why don't you get yourself in there and get your trotters up?
I'll whack the kettle on, and I'll get some toys for the boy.
And by "sorted", you mean what? That you've phoned a roofer?
No, no. What it is, all it needs is a hammer, bit of felt.
Boom, boom, boom, just...
Have you seen the weather?! And you can barely hang a picture straight!
-It's not a big job, Mum.
-A monkey could do that.
-Why's the door downstairs still not fixed?
-I don't want to pay a geezer an arm and a leg...
-Johnny, go look after your brother.
-Mick! There's electrics. You bodge it, and water gets in...
Haven't I got enough on my plate without you getting electrocuted?
Or worse! I mean, seriously.
Shirley's just saved us ten grand and you're worried about shelling out a few hundred quid?
You're right, I know, I'm a melt. You know, I'll have a ring round.
Whit, couldn't put the kettle on could you, babe, please?
Hang on. Why are you here anyway?
You two ain't had a row?
Where's Lee? Is he at the flat?
L, you wading in ain't going to help, is it?
If you think I'm going back to Mum's with them two not talking...
The truth is Linda, we didn't want to tell you, all right?
You've had a lot to deal with and there's nothing you could have done.
Yeah, they've had to give up the flat.
Jack, he put the rent up. I know it's a liberty.
So Lee's home?! That's great.
Oh, it's not great but...
Lee? Where is he? He can't have gone to work already.
-L. L. He's not here.
Stop making excuses.
It's wet. I could slip.
Just as well you got yourself a pair of canoes there, isn't it?
Oh, yeah, she's got a migraine.
No, hopefully she'll be back tomorrow.
Yeah. All right. Yeah, I'll tell her. All right. Thanks.
Why didn't you just tell the truth?
Because it ain't happening, Stace.
It's the law, end of.
If she leaves school before the end of June, I'm going to get done.
-None of this hippy dippy stuff.
That's how we got here in the first place. She's going back tomorrow if I have to drag her.
Shaki, I want you home straight away. No hanging about.
I hope you're pleased with yourself.
And you can clear them boxes. They're blocking the path.
Unless you want a fine.
Dad, nice deep breaths, yeah?
In through the nose, out through the mouth.
-It's these shoes, they need breaking in.
You finished already?
We've literally just started.
Right, anyway. You have to walk before you can run.
So, nice and brisk. Keep your arms pumping.
Go, go, go!
It's your lucky day.
Since I ain't got to go to work, you can take me out for lunch.
I'm really sorry. I said I'd do extra shifts at the restaurant.
Oi! Those arms!
-So I'll see you later, yeah?
Hiya. I got your message about Louie. Day off, eh?
Bit last minute, weren't it?
Well, everybody else is at some team bonding session.
I only found out about it last night. There was me thinking I was part of the team.
Well, that is my idea of hell, playing stupid games in a muddy field.
Well, at least you get to spend the day with your boys.
Steven's got work but...me and you will have some fun, won't we?
Why don't you go and help your dad out?
While Jack's in Paris, visiting Penny with Matthew.
He's making a right meal out of looking after the other two.
Did he not say?
I don't want you to get all wound up, OK?
He's happy, and he's got a cushty little job by the sound of it...
He should be here, right, where we can keep an eye on him.
Well, he's a grown man, ain't he, so...
With a history of depression. I mean, what were you thinking?!
Are you seriously telling me he just woke up one morning,
and decided to leave?
I know you're hiding something.
On my life, L - Beanbag rung,
and offered him a job on a security firm...
Are you going to lie to me and all?
Why didn't you go with him? You're his wife.
We had a few problems....
You cheated on him? Is that it?!
Well, it wouldn't be the first time.
It weren't down to her.
Well, something's going on. Because I know my boy, he wouldn't just take off.
You think...? You've got no idea.
Look, he left her. It happens. OK? Everything was rosy...
Oh, read between the lines, Mick! OK. First the baby.
Then a big wedding. All stress, all triggers.
I've been away five minutes, I get back to this.
The place is literally falling down. Family's in pieces.
What must he be going through?!
The one time I need you, Mick. I mean, really need you.
That poor boy. Where's the phone?
Oh, your boy, your poor boy. You need to open your eyes, love!
-Whit, hold up...
-No, she needs to know!
If he is mad, it ain't in the way you think.
Cos how mad do you have to be to rob your own family?
-Yeah, to plan it, to stand there,
pretend you don't know nothing when they could've killed Ollie.
Now Shirl, she's in prison.
And we've been working like dogs trying to pay off his debts.
And he's well out of it so, yeah, keep going on about your poor boy.
I don't know how much more of this I can take.
The front of that man.
If anyone is going to speak to my son like that...
-Maybe you should ease off Shaki a bit and all.
You made your point, Mum, and he feels awful.
Poor kid, he's been holed up in his room.
-I know, yes, he brought this on himself but...
But with you in one ear and Martin harassing him, how's he...?
Harassing?! Oh, do me a favour, Kush.
Most blokes I know would've given him more than a couple of dirty looks.
And you know Bex is refusing to go back to school?
Yeah, she says she's leaving. So Martin is out of his mind
with worry, so will you just back off, the pair of you?
Talk to me.
I know it sounds bad.
What am I talking about? It is bad.
-I know it is.
He's with Johnny, he's sweet.
I didn't want to believe it either but it is the brutal truth.
I was there, Mick. It's in my head, clear as day.
He was as shocked as anyone.
I mean, who told you?
It was from the horse's mouth.
And I will never, ever be able to get my head around this.
But he told me it wasn't meant to go down like that.
Like, who brings a feather duster to rob an East London boozer?
But he knew.
He set it up.
And he covered for 'em.
So you're telling me he stood there while they
attacked Johnny and his little brother? No, no...
I know you don't want to entertain the idea...
They must've forced him!
They were animals. They must've threatened him.
Nothing else makes sense. Why would he do that?
Money, it was money! OK? It was money.
Cos he was lying through his teeth about his job.
He wasn't an executive. He was a skivvy at a call centre.
But yet he still wants to give it the big man, and spend money like there's no tomorrow.
Because of her.
He'd have been perfectly happy staying at home but, oh, no.
No, no. She wanted some fancy flat, with new this, new that.
I said it was too much. I said it'd tip him over the edge...
Stop! Just stop it. OK? Stop it.
Because without her and Johnny, I'd have gone under.
You don't know what it's been like.
It has been a 'mare.
And after what he did to her, because...
Not only is he a thief,
and a liar...
..he's also a wife-beater.
Yeah, my son.
And I didn't want to have to tell you that.
And I've been wracking my brains to try and dress it up.
But I can't.
Because he done that, L.
Why do you think I didn't pay the fine? I couldn't.
-But you said that Shirl...
-Because I'm a liar, an' all.
He was running up debts all over the gaff and...
It was, like, payday loans, credit cards.
I had to sort something out cos he was going to do something stupid
or he was going to end up in a ditch.
And we've got nothing.
So I can't pay to mend the roof, I can't pay the fines.
I can't even pay that poxy cab that just had you over.
But you said there was loads, even after bringing Mum.
What happened to no secrets?
You all right, mate? You fancy anything? No?
Just going to ignore me. Lovely.
I ain't made of glass, Mick.
Yeah, I know.
This is huge. How could you not tell me? I'm his mother. You're my husband.
Yeah, I let you down. You already said.
I don't want to argue with you. You're bang on.
-You went away for five minutes...
-I didn't mean that.
What was I supposed to think? I was worried. Upset.
If you'd been straight with me from the start...
How could I? How could I?
Your mum was on her last legs. Do you think I wanted to lie to you?
Do you think I wanted to drive myself mad trying to sort out this nightmare?
Cos if anyone else had done this to you, or my family,
I would've killed 'em.
I would've killed 'em, L.
It's not great, obviously, but...
Bricks and mortar. We've been skint before. Worse than this. Remember?
With three babies, relying on my mum for a roof over our heads.
You're just not listening to me...
Do you think I'm not angry?
Do you think I don't want to kill him right now?!
I mean, what did I do?
Was it something from when he was little?
-Because I tried to teach him right from wrong.
-I know, babe...
Maybe I was too soft or too strict or, erm...
Well, he didn't get as much attention as the other two.
Nancy had her epilepsy and Johnny had such a rough start.
Now you're just looking for excuses that don't exist.
He made a decision...
No, something made him. OK?
Because even as a kid, he couldn't lie to me.
He never so much as snuck a few extra pick 'n' mix,
and now you're telling me...
Maybe it was Afghanistan.
Don't look at me like that. All right? You know how much he struggled.
Yeah, we all did.
If you're looking for someone to blame...
I tried talking to him. I tried to get into his nut.
I really tried, it's just that...
Everything he said just...
..didn't justify, like...
The only thing I could hold on to, the only thing that made any sense,
was that in some mad, twisted way, he was just doing what I taught him.
I know that sounds pony...
..but, like, I drilled it into him what it is to be a man, you know.
What men do - we provide.
it went in...
but he just didn't understand.
Look at me, I've done exactly the same thing.
I've kept things from you, and I've tried to be the man,
and sort everything out.
But I just couldn't do it, L. I couldn't do it.
All right, we'll sort it out. Somehow.
Together, as a family.
No matter what he's done, he's still our boy.
He should be here with us.
No. I, I... I can't have him around me.
Not at the moment. You know, like...
He's better off where he is. He's got a mate.
He's got rules, he's got regulations.
It's like he's back in the army.
You should give him a ring, though.
Cos...he'll be really pleased to hear from you.
He'll be relieved.
I just need to know that we're OK.
I need to hear it.
Because things have been so bad,
I need to hear it from you, L.
I miss you, Mick.
I miss you, baby.
There's not a day goes by that I don't need you by my side.
Mum's doing my head in.
I know she can't help it, and I'm horrible for getting annoyed,
and if it's bad for me, it's worse for her, I know that.
She's on at me 24/7, I can't do nothing right.
Ollie, the pub. Now this.
Sometimes I just want to scream.
No. You're great, baby.
Remember, I've seen you in action.
With Stan, you know.
But I had you then, holding me together.
I can't do this without you. I just can't.
Dad's not here. He's...
No, it's not him I've come to see, actually. Can I just...?
-OK. Uh, I know this is a little bit weird.
And before you say, he didn't send me.
If he knew I was here...
I'm worried about you, Bex.
All right? All this, it's partly my fault,
cos none of it would have happened if I'd made Shaks just delete those pictures straight off.
He's as upset about all this as you are.
Is everyone calling him a tramp? No.
No, because he is the big man, isn't he?
All right. You're right. And it's not fair.
It's not. But you cannot jeopardise your future.
-If you don't take your GCSEs...
-I'll get an apprenticeship.
There's going to be competition, isn't there? You'll be up against
kids that have got an A in this, an A-star in that.
You've only got a couple of months left.
You have no idea what it's like. Everyone laughing, talking.
I have nobody.
You think Shaks doesn't feel it?
He's been holed up in his room all weekend.
He wouldn't even answer his phone.
You cannot let this affect your whole life, Bex.
You've just got to face it head on, all right?
Cos in a few weeks' time they'll all be on to the next big drama.
Everything's going to be all right.
Course it is.
I'm going to sort it, Mick.
Look at us.
You can't carry on like this, and I certainly can't.
Your mum needs you.
She doesn't want anyone else looking after her.
Neither do you.
You can't always have what you want.
If I had a penny for every time she'd said that to me.
All right, what do you want to do now then?
And don't say Night Garden,
because I've had enough Igglepiggle to last me a lifetime.
You all right, Lauren?
Eh, what's that?
Remember your grandad?
What about Mr Tumble, eh?
At least he uses proper words.
I said I'd help Max with the kids later.
I hope he's paying you.
How much longer are you going to go on like this?
Just give her time, Martin.
The more you keep pushing, the more she'll dig her heels in.
You know what it's like.
I've got band practice tonight.
I told the school you had a migraine.
-There you go, son.
You heard from your brother?
Uh, yeah, he's doing all right, I think.
I'm not expecting miracles.
The fact that man even makes it out of bed every day, you know.
My old woman's only down the road and I've been struggling.
You're a patient man, Mick.
I know a mum's a mum but... priorities and all that.
So you'll send someone out to assess her?
It's not that I don't want to look after her.
I do, it's just...
I've got a toddler and, well, we've had a few problems at home so...
Right, thank you. Thanks.
They say it's a dog's life, don't they, girl?
What I wouldn't give to swap with you.
Sorry, I didn't realise...
No, no, it's all right. He's fast asleep. Come in.
Anyway, I think I owe you an apology.
-I shouldn't have said all that...
-On behalf of my son,
if nothing else.
-To say I'm ashamed is...
-It's not down to you, is it?
I'm not going to make excuses for him.
After what he's done to you,
I'm sure you don't feel very charitable but...
You do know he's not a bad person.
I don't want to talk about him, Linda.
I do think he's happier down there, though.
Look, I know it's weird me being here.
If you want me to go...
Oh, no, no. Don't be silly.
Mick says you've been his rock.
Even after the accident, most people would have gone to pieces.
Besides, it's going to take all of us to get this place back on track.
I can't do much before Tracey gets back but Shirl's left a big hole,
and it's time I came home.
Mum's going to be upset, of course she is, but I don't know when she's going to be back on her feet.
I can't sacrifice everyone else.
You're putting her in a home?
I think she could manage with carers. It'll mean moving.
Sheltered accommodation maybe.
She'll have to give up the pub and the flat that comes with it.
I don't want to.
If I could tear myself in half...
This place is in serious trouble, Whit.
We're getting on top of it though. I know it's tight, but,
quiz nights - they're bringing more money in, you know.
I've got a few ideas.
It's not your responsibility.
I'm grateful but I can't do everything.
And Mum'll probably be better off anyway.
And what about Mick? He already feels like he's let everyone down.
He needs me.
You're at the end of the phone.
How do you think he'd feel if you added Elaine to the list?
Stace, that's just stupid.
So you've told her then?
You've asked her round and asked to see Louie?
Max, how do you expect her to feel?
You've barely said two words since you came out the nick.
What you talking about? I had 'em all round here after New Year.
Now you're looking after someone else's kids.
I'm helping Jack out, ain't I? It's not a competition.
But she don't see it like that.
You should have gone round there, or at least called her.
-If you ain't forgiven her then...
-Jack is just going through a rough time, ain't he?
-Just got me tied up.
But if you want a relationship with her and your grandson,
then just tell her that's all it is.
Thank goodness there's one of you I don't have to worry about.
You will have to look after yourself though.
It's going to be hectic with just the three of you.
You've got to eat properly. Promise me.
You can't do your course work if you're half-starved. You are keeping up with it, aren't you?
We've stocked up on oven chips and ketchup.
-That's two of my five a day, right?
-Kidding. Just concentrate on getting Gran better, OK?
Are you sure you're OK with this?
Yeah, it's like Johnny said...
Hey, I thought we said no more lies.
I miss you.
It won't be for much longer, I'm sure.
And if it all gets too much then just...pick up the phone.
Go, your mother needs you.
-I love you.
-I love you.
I'll see you later.
Dad, what do you want me to do about...?
I'm sorry for the...
It's all right, Dad, I got the message.
Lauren, don't be like that. I'm only helping Jack out.
You think I want to be over there with two screaming kids? Got to be joking.
Well, why didn't you let me know then?
Cos it's over the road. No big deal, is it?
I think it's more than that, Dad.
What you talking about?
I know, all right? I know that you think that I betrayed you.
Lauren, where has this come from?
All right, yeah, if you want the truth, then, yeah, I expected more from you.
Lauren, what do you want me to say? I ended up in prison.
It was horrible, and it changed me.
And on top of everything else, I had to get my head round the fact
I'd lost you and a grandchild I hadn't even met yet.
-Look, I just don't see the benefit of us
keeping looking back.
Lauren, if we want things to go back to how they were, we've just got to give it time.
You do want them to though, don't you?
Course I do.
Just go back downstairs. I won't be long, yeah?
I'm angry! All right? I'm angry.
I'm angry and I know I shouldn't be angry.
She saw the mess I was in, and she just left me.
No, she didn't want to, OK? She had to.
You can't expect her just to abandon Elaine.
She's ill, she needs her.
What about me, Whit?
What about what I need?
Just leave me alone, leave me alone. Please leave me alone.
It won't be forever, OK? She's only at the end of the phone.
We're all here for you.