Whitney receives support from an unexpected friend. Sharon reaches out to Denise.
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I got your message.
Yeah, I've got a meeting with Jimmie.
Jimmie Broome. He's the brief from Ritchie's firm.
-Oh, yeah, yeah.
-Yeah, I don't know who Charlie's got,
but it ain't going to be any better than him.
I'm ain't letting him do it, Max.
I ain't letting him break up my family.
So what do you want me to do?
The Vic's got that birthday bash. You wouldn't take the kids there for me, would you?
I don't know how long this meeting will take, and I don't want them hearing all this.
-Yeah. Course. It's all right.
-Yeah, and keep an eye on Matthew for me, yeah?
-Listen, he ain't going to do anything stupid.
-He already has!
-I knew him turning up would be bad news.
-He's not going to snatch him, is he?
I don't know, all right? That's the point.
I don't want to take any chances.
-Well, is that him?
-Well, if it is, he's early,
and I've got to pick the kids up in ten minutes.
Whit, is everything OK?
Yeah. The, erm...the vets, they said that, erm, it's good news.
Lady Di, she's OK to come home later, so...
Oh. I weren't talking about Lady Di...
And all the party preps are nearly done.
Mick's going to be gutted to miss this, isn't he?
Have you spoke to him?
I weren't talking about Mick, either.
Johnny told me about Lee.
Yeah, well, I'm not thinking about Lee.
You aren't letting yourself.
Today's about Ollie.
Er, no, it ain't.
Ollie ain't coming.
I hardly slept a wink night.
Yeah, I didn't get much in the way of kip myself.
I'm so sorry, Jack.
You've got nothing to be sorry about.
If it was left to that grandson of yours, the first I would have
heard about this is when the brief's letter dropped on my mat.
I can't do it, Dot. I can't lose him. All right?
I can't put the kids through all that again, not after Ronnie.
What for? I ain't done nothing.
Just being here. Means a lot.
Perhaps you and Charlie could get together, you know,
work something out between you?
Solicitor's on his way.
Yeah, and he's told me not to talk to anyone about it,
not until I've spoken to him.
Look at you! Talk about belle of the ball.
Well, you've got to make an effort, don't you, y'know?
I even got this one to scrub up as well.
So, is Denise not joining you? Only I've hardly seen her lately.
Oh! Not surprised.
Not when you've got a lunatic market inspector gunning for her.
Hey, you can't blame Carmel for being a bit upset.
Look, Kush and Dee have nothing to do with her.
It's her son.
So she's just looking out for him,
just like you're doing your sister.
-I thought she'd be out here manning the barricades with the community centre closing down.
Oh, well, no need, because I will be chairing the next meeting.
Well, Pearl needs somewhere to go when I get my nails done, innit?
So everything's OK with Denise, is it?
Apart from the fact that she's never going to bag
a hunk like Kush any time soon.
But, you know, like she says, it's her life.
It's her business. It's her mistake.
Come on, ready. All right. One, two, three.
That's my girl.
-What's the matter with you lot?
-Elaine's carer's called in sick.
-Yeah. About half an hour ago. Linda just called.
And what's that mean?
It means she can't leave her mum, which means she can't come to the party.
What about Ollie?
Well, he can't exactly walk here, can he?
-Yeah, and this one's got a temperature.
-I'm fine, I'll be all right.
And have you seen the forecast?
What are we going to do, cancel it?
It's not going to be much of a party without the birthday boy, is it?
No. You can go pick him up.
I can't do it, I've got to go pick Lady Di up, he's in no fit state,
and Tina's got to prep for the party.
It's an hour there, an hour back, tops.
So he'll be here for most of it.
-I'll give you a hand.
-Aren't you the one with the personal licence?
-So you keep telling us.
-Well, if anyone asks...
Yeah, yeah, yeah. You're in the bog.
Why are you here? There's loads of kids out there already.
I've just got to take Louie's temperature.
He's definitely not himself, Dad.
How long's that been there?
He's probably all right now.
Let's have a look.
Oh, it's perfectly normal.
No, he's all right, he's not too hot at all.
I know - it's just with all this chicken pox going around.
He hasn't got one spot.
Not yet, Dad! Don't mean he ain't going in for it, does it?
Maybe I should just call Lauren back.
Oh, yeah, that's going to go down well, isn't it?
You drag her out of some important business meeting for what?
No reason at all.
Just get him out there. Let him have some fun.
-I can manage on my own.
-Yeah, I know.
Why does everyone keep treating me like a kid?
Look, I was thinking - what about if we call Linda and ask her to meet us at the station?
It'll save us at least half an hour.
OK, this is how the court's going to look at this chancer.
He is the natural father.
Hm. Some father.
And he did take care of Matthew for the first nine months of his life.
It's not exactly very hard, is it?
You feed 'em, change 'em, that's about it.
He ain't loaded, but from what you say, it don't sound like he's got no money worries neither, and yeah,
he had a suspended, but that's spent now so we can't use that,
and he has a partner who reckons she's more than happy to help with
the parenting so it don't sound like there's any childcare issues.
-Whose side you on?
Well, it don't sound like it.
We can't afford to ignore his.
The court's not going to so we have to be prepared.
Oh, right, so let's just forget about it, then, shall we?
Let's not throw in the towel just yet, shall we?
Now, on the other hand,
you were married to Matthew's mum at the time of her death.
Matthew was a part of your family at the time and he's remained
a part of your family ever since.
And he always will.
His blood family...
His, er, great-grandma...?
Dot. Dot Branning.
She lives on the manor.
Yeah, next door.
You've got your own business and no-one's going to find nothing to worry about on your record, neither.
So you're saying we've both got a case?
Yeah, but you've got two big things in your corner.
Number one, this Charlie's already walked out on his son once.
Who's to say he won't do the same thing again?
And two, Matthew's already here, with you.
The court actually has to take him away and there usually
has to be a very good reason for them to do that.
So what do we do now?
Well, we tell social services what's happening,
and apart from that, we let the law take its course.
I'm confident, Jack.
We can win this one.
'Ladies and gentlemen, we're being held at a red light.
'We should be on our way very soon.'
Can I ask you a question?
Is it right what Johnny said about you wanting to keep busy right now?
Were you listening in?
I mean, you must have really fallen for him.
I married him, didn't I?
You seen most married couples out there?
Says Mr Love-'Em and Leave-'Em.
It just seemed perfect...
..and yeah, I loved him,
and I loved his family...
..and I know they can be a bit...
Yeah. Yeah, they can, yeah.
But they were all lovely to me. All of them.
That was the worst thing,
when Lee walked out,
I thought, I'm going to lose all of them, y'know?
The worst thing?
Well, you know what I mean.
Just another thing to think about, ain't it?
I don't know why I'm telling you this.
You ain't exactly the type to put down roots, are you?
How do you know?
Because you're 35.
I'm 34, thank you very much.
Well, you haven't so far.
Unless we've got you all wrong.
You ain't running - you were searching.
Lee had problems.
He had a lot of problems.
It's weird, cos...
..I still think maybe I could have done something more, you know?
Could have helped him.
What, you mean you didn't try?
Oh, course I did.
Time and time again, I bet.
Now who've you been listening to?
No-one, but I can see.
I can see what you're like.
Is that a compliment?
-We've been through all this.
And I've spoken to Lou till I'm blue in the face. She doesn't want to know.
I don't want you to talk to Lou. I want you to talk to Dennis.
-Yeah, I've been going back over and over it.
He was there that night, so maybe he saw something.
Well, I don't know. But I can't ask him, can I?
I'd probably get shot if I even tried.
But you can.
Oh, Bex, just try for me. Please?
Oh, Michelle, I think you'll find the Gazette is a better bet.
Couldn't be much worse.
Yeah, some of those notices have been up there for months.
I'm not surprised.
Best on offer up here is temporary sales assistant in some grotty little corner shop.
Well, it's only right.
It's thanks to people like you
that Denny raised the largest amount in his class.
Least he could do is write you a thank-you note.
Well, you say congratulations from me.
Well, you can say it yourself, can't you?
He'll be hanging round the party later.
Yeah, Ollie's party.
They're practically taking over the Square - haven't you seen it?
Well, I haven't been out much today, you know?
A lot on my plate right now.
Not with the community centre?
Well, Kim told me she was taking over all that.
Well, like I said, I've got a lot on. Studying and that.
Look, Denise, tell me if this is none of my business, but...
Oh, don't bother. It isn't, but I'm asking anyway.
Well, nobody's hardly seen you out the last few days.
Keep this up - you'll be turning into a hermit.
I don't really think so.
Well, we haven't really talked since the baby...
What's that got to do with anything?
That's what I'm wondering.
What does that mean?
What you told Phil - what you did that day, Denise,
it was so brave, and I know you thought it all through, but...
But it's bound to have an effect, isn't it?
Giving away your child?
Look, I'm not criticising, I'm really not, it's just...
Well, I was there and I was part of all of that, you know?
And you've been watching me ever since
and you've been thinking, "When is she going to crack?"
Well, are you?
Sharon, believe me, this is nothing to do with any of that.
This is something else?
Like you said.
And no offence, but, it's not really any of your business.
Look, all of us need help from time to time, bit of support.
What are you going on about all this for?
You saw Travis that night, yeah?
I wasn't even supposed to be there.
But you were. So?
OK, I saw him, yeah.
And I saw him go in the kitchen.
He was getting Lou a drink.
But you didn't actually see him fill the drink?
-So you saw him with it,
but you didn't actually see where he got it from?
I said, didn't I?
And did you see anyone else go in there?
Not with Travis.
What do you mean?
Alex followed him in.
-There were loads of other people in there, too.
Can I have the doughnut now?
Oh, not this again!
Look, he barely ate any of his lunch and he usually does, OK?
You know, and it's all well and good Dad saying get it over
and done with, but chicken pox can make them really ill.
But no-one has got chicken pox any more.
Amy does. I saw her myself.
Yeah, she's still got a few scabs left,
but she would've stopped being infectious days ago.
Yes. Now, you're fussing, Steven, for no good reason.
-Bex, it's not a good time...
-I've been talking to Dennis.
-About the party.
How many times - the last thing I want to talk about is that party!
-I asked him about Travis.
And where he was getting your drinks from.
-What are you on about?
-Dennis never saw Travis pour anything.
He just saw Travis go into the kitchen, and then Alex follow.
So what are you saying?
Yeah. What are you saying?
How did you get on?
-Yeah, let the law take its course, that's what he said.
Reckons we'll be all right.
-Good to hear.
-Yeah, do you reckon I should go and get Dot?
She'd love all this, wouldn't she?
I told you, didn't I - not to let him anywhere near Matthew!
What am I supposed to do, throw a force field over him?
He's not going to do anything in a crowded square, is he?
He's not going to snatch him or anything.
Come here, mate. Come on, that's it.
I've been to see my solicitor.
Yeah. Enjoy it while it lasts, all right?
-The odd visit here and there is all you're going to manage from now on.
-We'll see about that, shall we?
You don't get the message, do you? No-one wants you here any more.
I'm not planning on staying. As soon as I get residence, that's it.
-With everything you've got stacked against you!
-I've got nothing stacked against me.
-Do you know what, your own gran said you shouldn't be doing this!
-That's a bit odd, that, isn't it?
Seeing as she was the one who phoned me in the first place.
Told me how worried she was about you, said I really should get back here, sort out my son.
Take him, will you?
-I'm going to go and see Dot.
No, I'm taking you to calm down.
Stacey, watch him for five minutes, will you, please?
I'm not going to apologise for what I said,
but I don't want things to carry on like this.
You shouldn't be apologising about anything.
You were right.
You told me the truth. No sugar-coating.
For a minute there it was like listening to Mum in full flow.
I think I've got a way to go yet.
Give it time.
I don't want to burn any more bridges, either.
You just...just give me a minute, yeah?
Honey, listen... What I said just now, I didn't mean...
I wasn't having a pop at you or anything.
I had all sorts of plans at one time. Yeah, erm...music.
Even thought I might develop my hand modelling.
But, y'know, at least I'm working at something
and doing something useful,
and I'm providing for my family.
So that sounds... That sounds pretty good to me.
Lady Di! Oh, she's home!
Look who it is!
Happy birthday, Ollie!
Look, there's Ollie!
Happy birthday, Ollie.
Say thank you.
Right, who wants to go over the ball pit and get some balloons?
We don't care about rain, do we?
No, we don't! Come on, let's go!
He's so funny.
You didn't mind, then?
Getting lumbered with Woody?
No. Do you know, he's been a big help.
Yeah, cos, like, me and Johnny were thinking
maybe we made a bit of a mistake about him.
He's all right, isn't he?
Yeah. Yeah, he is.
Have you finished yet?
No, no, I've got, like, five minutes. Just got to pack up.
Come here. Hey, hey.
Kush, could you give me a hand?
My hands are a bit full.
-Yeah, of course she is. She wouldn't have said it if she wasn't, would she?
-Yeah, go on, bud.
-Come on, mate.
-Come on, then.
-See you in a minute.
-See you in a minute, all right.
Bex, I know you hate me,
but not everything that happens to everyone is my fault.
So it was a complete coincidence, was it?
You just happened to be in the kitchen while Travis
was collecting them drinks?
How was I to know how much of a loser he is?
Didn't even have the sense to get rid of the evidence!
But if you were in the kitchen,
wouldn't you have seen him spike the drinks?
Lou, he had an empty bottle of vodka in his bag.
That makes it pretty obvious to me.
-I was trying to look out for you, but Dennis is right -
-there were loads of other people in there.
-You, for one.
Loads of people standing by that cocktail jug.
I just assumed Travis was handing you them drinks, but...
What? Maybe he didn't know what was in them?
Yeah, I'd like to apply for the job you're advertising.
It's reference 1386.
Temporary sales assistant.
Yeah, I'd like to make an enquiry about claiming benefits, please.
Look, Dot wouldn't have just deliberately set out to cause you grief, would she?
It's probably what he said - you know, she was worried about you,
and she came out with something.
Or he's doing exactly what he's done before - he's twisting things.
He's poisoning people's minds.
Yeah. It don't really sound like Dot, does it?
No, it don't.
One, two, three and go!
You all right?
Yeah - that was fun!
This one's going to be epic. Ready?
Oh, yeah, compared to the hundreds of others that ain't.
You know, you won't always feel like this, you know?
What's that, the voice of experience?
I ain't ever been married. My mum was, though.
When my dad died, I thought she'd never stop crying.
But she did eventually.
You'll move on, you'll meet someone new.
No - definitely.
He's out there, Whit.
Your perfect man.
So you knew how to do that all along?
Yeah, yeah, but it ain't half as much fun as doing it wrong, though.
They're ready to cut the cake.
OK, thank you.
I'll have a word with him if you want?
No, I can fight my own battles.
She's still doing it.
She's still pulling the wool over your eyes.
She just said...maybe this wasn't down to Travis after all.
She only said that to get herself off the hook!
Alex is right, isn't she?
It don't matter what she does, what she says, you'll always hate her.
You just can't believe it, can you?
You just can't believe that they might have done it, and do you know why?
Because Alex and Mads are my friends.
No. Because that would mean they've got you in their sights.
# Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you
# Happy birthday dear Ollie Happy birthday to you. #
Make a wish and blow out your candles.
He can't blow 'em out all by himself.
-He can try.
-Well, he can't make a wish, can he?
Right, I'll tell you what -
we'll all blow out the candles and we'll all make a wish, yeah?
One, two, three.
You know what, I don't believe a word you say any more.
Hm. Good match, you two, weren't you?
Ronnie'd never listen to reason, either.
What does that mean?
You know what - you can learn some manners.
I don't need to learn anything from the likes of you.
I didn't need to learn nothing from the wicked witch, neither.
What did you say?
That cow deserved everything she got.
Jack, calm down! Get off him!
What do you think you're doing?
Let the law take its course!
I reckon you've blown it, mate.
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