Mick is left on tenterhooks as Linda makes her return to the square. Abi continues to meddle in Lauren's relationship.
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Is someone going to tell me who's in charge?
How are any cars meant to get through?
Well, can you get my bags?
There's a good boy, Ollie.
Hello. I've already told them.
And you are?
Market Enforcement Officer.
What have you done with Carmel?
What, you burying her under the road?
Oh, what, are you selling tickets?
-You don't have to live here.
-You want to bet?
Everything all right?
No, no, everything is not all right. Can you get my car seat?
How many more you got in there?
Oh, no. They're not ours, love.
We got the penthouse.
All of you?!
And I thought four was a handful.
Come on, sweetheart. Come here. There's a good boy.
Right, thank you. Now, could you just...? This way.
The foreman'll pay. Call it compensation.
Where's the bench?!
Here he is, my boy. I've missed you.
I've missed both of you.
-You see her dodge that cab fare?
-She's gone over the boozer.
-You eat all of them...
-I'm eating for two.
She's been doing that all her life.
So, you signing on then?
-Well, now they've messed up your apprenticeship...
I ain't signing on!
Well, I hope you like being hungry.
I'm getting a job, ain't I?
-So I'd been on the lash...
-What is that?
..and I was missing you, and you didn't come on Saturday,
-so I just thought that...
-What are these new tills?
-Yes, I can see that.
A suggestions box, are you kidding me?!
There's loads to tell you.
Why don't you let me make you a nice little cup of coffee?
Yeah, well, I've got a suggestion for you. Glasses, Shirley. Shelves.
-I don't work here any more.
-Let's go upstairs...
-Is this what you meant by
there'd be nothing left for me to come back for?
Linda. Lovely to see you again.
Someone's been busy.
Just been giving some advice.
You tell her, she will leave.
Well, there's lots for me to take forward. Me and Mick.
You must have lots of other pubs waiting
so don't let us keep you.
Cheer up, Mick. L's back.
So, what do you mean, they changed the locks?
All right, Carmel? No, you listen to me, all right.
It's not council property any more, so I want 'em out.
-Keep it on the down-low, you said.
-Yeah, I know.
Here. It isn't...?
No. Stop fishing.
I've been texting you all weekend.
Yeah, I ain't had a chance.
Well, I've got the morning off. And the house is empty.
All in good time.
-What do you think of this?
It's a bit cheap. So, you not working today?
No, I quit. What's your excuse?
I've got the morning off. What do you mean you've quit?
I just want to focus on the wedding. We've only got a month.
You've set a date?
There's so much to do.
I just don't get what the rush is.
Why are you so interested all of a sudden?
Is your life that boring?
No, it's just... Are you really sure about this?
Thought you liked Steven.
He's all right.
So why can't you just be happy for me, then?
So when you didn't call back or...
or turn up the next day I just thought maybe you didn't get my...
I had things to sort out, tie up, get my head round.
Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Your mum?
Yeah. Yeah, with Mum.
So she's...she's getting better? And you've got her care?
Yeah, she's... It just took me the weekend, you know,
to make sure I was ready.
So you're back properly?
There's...there's something I...I...
Stick the kettle on.
I think you and me need to have a little talk.
You've done such a good job.
Yeah, this way a bit, actually.
Mum'd be really proud.
She's back home. Shaken still though.
-She's getting there, mate, yeah.
-Nice one, Shrimp.
-That's all right.
What's that? Flat hunting?
Yeah, just been to see three. No joy.
The ones on the corner are my uncle's.
-I could put in a good word for you.
-That'd be lovely.
I hear the neighbours are nice!
Thank you. I should be going.
-Always were a bit ambidextrous.
That's Bex's teacher!
Yeah, it does, don't it.
Have you seen the guy from the garage? He ain't over there and...
I'm a mechanic. If you need someone to look after your van.
She's due to start her shift, L.
Woody's been telling everyone.
I called Lee.
Thought he'd know.
-Well, I was going to ring him...
-Oh, no, wait, I didn't mean...
No, I'm happy for you.
Well, Lee was a bit... You know, he's worried that Woody's
a bit of a player, but I said to him, you know, people change.
I mean, he's back in Watford pulling pints,
with the biggest smile on his face.
And you're too lovely to be single.
I mean, I was sad, about your marriage, but I said to him,
you know, relationships ain't easy
and Lee was never a talker
and when one of you's holding stuff back, it's...
it's hard, but, um...
but sometimes there are reasons and...
and I said it's a good thing that you've found someone new.
And he will too, when he's... Anyway, Lee's OK.
And even if he wasn't, we wouldn't do anything to spoil it, right?
None of us would.
-We're happy for you, aren't we, Mick?
Mick's going to walk me down the aisle.
Are you? Oh, is that what you were going to tell me?
-About the engagement?
-Yeah. Yeah, that was it. That was it.
You deserve this. Someone who loves you. Someone special.
Like me and my Mick.
Is that Travis again?
He's only being nice.
-He cares about you.
-He's just waiting to dump me.
He's not like that, darling. That ring he got you...
He's really not going to want me.
No-one's going to want me.
Well, of course they are, darling.
I'm covered in scars.
Yeah, but, Lou, you've got a beautiful face,
a lovely personality.
If a man's only interested in what you look like then he's not worth...
So why do you still bleach your hair?
-I didn't mean it like that.
-If looks don't matter,
why won't you leave the house without your heels on,
-and your chest out, and smothering your face in slap?
Sharon, why don't you give her some space?
Wedding in a month?
-Well, if you won't come to mine...
-Why can't you just dump her?
-Look, we've spoken about this, babe.
Yeah, but this is getting out of hand, Steven!
I want to take her kid off her like she took mine off of me.
Yeah, but you can have a kid of your own! Just...with me.
Yeah, I know. And we will, OK, but...
I can give you everything she can...and more.
Oh, Steven. Veg supplier wants a word when you've got a minute, yeah?
Instead of so desperately
and pathetically trying to fill Peter's shoes...
You've gotta be patient, all right? Trust me.
-What about when she finds out you've been spying on her?
Or when you're not actually dead in three months?
Look, we want to humiliate her, don't we?
-Well, yeah, but...
-Yeah, OK, so just leave everything to me.
OK, I promise you, everything is under control.
It's your dad.
-You all right?
Any news on Louise?
She's back at home.
Janet wanted to go and see her after her play date
-but I managed to put her off.
-Have you seen this?
Where's people supposed to go?
Someone from the council leaked it to the paper.
-It's just a consultation...
-Dad, ask her.
Ask me what?
They've been bending my ear all morning about going on holiday.
Everyone else goes away.
-I know they do, darling. But holidays, they're expensive.
When I was young, me and my brother, we borrowed this tent, went camping.
All due respect, pal, we ain't got a tent.
I'll ask around if you like.
So we CAN go camping?
Look, we'll talk about it later.
It ain't easy being skint, is it?
We're hardly skint.
I didn't mean... Look, I was wondering, could you put a card up?
-Yeah. Yeah, course.
I really am sorry.
Stealing your dad's bench.
You're not the only one ever done anything stupid.
Actually, it's not really my decision.
Everything needs to go through Head Office.
It's OK. I get it.
-You all right, Steven?
You sure you should be working?
I bumped into Steven outside. Why shouldn't he be working?
Look at these, look. Wedding arrangements.
-How else is he going to pay for it?
-No, well, that's my job, innit?
You know, father of the bride and all that.
No, Max, you really ain't gotta do that.
-Lauren, I want to, all right?
I want to find a big house in the country
and I want to walk my daughter down the aisle.
That'd be great.
It's their wedding. You can't just take over.
Yeah, I was thinking something a bit smaller. Less pressure.
Just... Steven's booked a registry office
and then we're going to Beale's.
This is for the rest of your life!
Abs, ain't you gotta be at work?
All this wedding talk, must be a bit boring for you, mustn't it?
Nope. I love wedding talk.
It's not every day your big sister gets married.
Yeah, exactly. I'm going to organise a massive stag, mate.
-All the boys.
-Is that what you want?
Max, you really haven't got to spend all this money.
Nah, nah, nah. Trust me, all right? I want you and Lauren
to get exactly what you deserve.
As long as you don't do anything too strenuous.
Sounds like it's all been taken care of.
Yeah, going to pay for the honeymoon as well.
Whose wedding is this?
Somewhere special, you know, like Maldives or something.
No, Dad! I'm sure Steven's got it all under control.
Abs, I'm going to do exactly the same for you when you get married.
If you ever meet someone.
Right, have a flick through that. Have a look,
see if you can get some ideas for your sister.
No, Mum, I haven't told him.
Because he doesn't need to know.
I'll speak to you later.
So, what's been happening?
Not like Mick to get drunk.
Probably just missing you, that's all.
Ollie's had a bath and is now asleep on my bed.
This is so sweet of you, sausage.
I said I'd stay at a mate's tonight.
-If I knew you were coming back, I would've...
-It's all right.
I'm glad you're home.
Your dad called me out of the blue...
and it ain't cos of that woman downstairs
and it ain't cos Whitney's got engaged,
so what is it?
You looking for me?
I came this morning, but you was out and...
You got any jobs going?
You the boy that nicked the bench?
That was quality, mate.
Look, I'll do anything. Sweeping, washing, polishing.
I know my way around a car.
You mean you know how to break into 'em...
I just done my apprenticeship.
Look, I...I just want work...
and nobody here seems to be...
People forget...in the end.
I've been there.
Listen, I'm fully staffed right now.
But give us your number...
I'll call you.
Thanks for your time.
You heard from your mum?
-What if what she's got...
-Listen, you've got to eat.
What if I get it too? What if I'm like Mum?
we all get bits from our parents.
Not always the bits that we want.
Some of what's wrong with your mum, it could be genetic.
She's had a hard time of it, in lots of ways.
I ain't always treated her right.
But you know what I think's really bothering you?
You think that some of the way she is...
is cos of you.
I'm not going to tell her, if that's what you're worrying about.
Not for my sake.
I mean, you deserve your happiness.
I'll make myself scarce later. Get an early night.
-You don't need to do that.
-Yeah, I do.
You and Linda need some time.
What's all this? Having a fight?
-Don't miss a trick, you, do you?
-In the middle of the pub?
I was lagging, though. I...
-I bet old fancy pants had something to say about that!
-She weren't here.
-Neither were you, Linda.
-It weren't really a fight.
Things in Watford, you have no idea how hard they've been.
And you're here boozing all day, and then having a go at Woody?
-No wonder he didn't say nothing when he got back.
-I told you, I'm sorry.
So you feel for Lee. Right, I feel for Lee.
But I've told you, he's all right now and...and,
well, Whitney's young, and she's beautiful.
Don't you think she deserves some happiness?
You said it yourself, though, you know,
that the geezer's got a bit of a reputation...
It is very sweet of you, right, wanting to protect her,
but if she wants Woody, you know, wants to be Mrs Woody...
That's why you called me, isn't it? Cos you've been fighting.
That's what you meant by there'd be nothing left to come back for.
-Don't you think Mick feels bad enough?
-Stay out of it, Shirl.
It's not been easy for him trying to keep everything together,
with Nancy and Lee gone, and you not being here.
What happened, happened. I'm not proud of it.
It's in the past, eh? It's in the past and now you're home.
-You ain't pinning this on me.
-pinning anything on anyone.
Because you weren't here.
Yeah, she's had her mum...
You're his wife. He needed you.
And now I'm here.
When I came to stay here,
I told you Mum had turned her back on me.
Said she'd gone off with a man.
I know, but it wasn't just that.
She was ill.
And I knew she was ill.
That ain't your fault.
I was the one who walked away.
She's the mum and you're the kid.
I know what she gets like.
I knew what would happen without me.
I just didn't want her to go through it again.
-didn't want to go through it again.
You were right to come here.
-Dad, if I'd stayed...
-Just wish you'd have told me, that's all.
You were hardly in a place to help anyone, were you?
Nah, I ain't been much of a dad.
-You have, though.
-Nah, no, I haven't.
I've got to live with that cos you can't escape your past, can you?
You just have to make the most of them.
I'm here now.
Both me and Sharon.
Everything you're going through...
we're both here for you.
Let's go razzle-dazzle.
Is that face for real?
Well, then you're going to have to claim benefits, ain't you?
I don't want a life on benefits.
You're such a mug.
I'd have got work today if I didn't take the rap for you!
Yeah, and I've said thank you for that,
but, well, you were the one that nicked the bench!
-You shouldn't have let me.
-Oh, hark at that.
I spent all last week saying we should take it back.
-And I stopped you, did I?
-Don't talk to him like that.
I don't want to be like you.
Look, you done your apprenticeship,
you've done everything they've asked you to do, yeah?
It's your money, Keanu.
That doesn't make you a scrounger.
I shouldn't have nicked the bench.
I ain't giving up.
I'm getting a job.
It's Ted, yeah? I'm sorry about this morning.
Drives you mad, roadworks.
Now, a little bird tells me you're having an anniversary party.
Ah. Well, the other lady, she mentioned ten quid an 'ead...
I'm sure we can sort something.
You're family now.
It's so lovely to have you back.
Isn't it? Is your mum OK?
Are you still all talking Walford in Bloom?
Yeah. Jane's doing wild flowers. For the bees.
Kim'll no doubt be doing a palm tree.
Our new neighbour, well, they'll probably just spray paint a wall.
I thought Grafton Hill could sponsor it.
-That would be...
-We'll do tubs. And more in the window boxes.
You can help me plant.
Great. I'll see you tomorrow.
See you tomorrow.
So have you met our new neighbours, then?
Oh, only in passing.
They used to live in the Towers.
You know they're pulling them down?
You go away for five minutes.
They were good enough for us though, weren't it?
That was 30 years ago, Ian.
Building new ones.
Yeah, well, maybe I'll move into one,
when you and Jane move out.
You ain't moving?
Yeah, somewhere without stairs.
Nice, new council housing.
About 15% of it.
But people need somewhere to live!
Good job Arthur's bench is back, innit?
Mick's wife Linda says that she'll sort the party for us.
So long as we're not going to rock the boat.
Well, maybe... best choose somewhere else.
You never wanted that party here, did you?
Well, one thing I've learnt after all these years is it's best to
let other people think that they've come to a decision themselves.
Anyway, people never argue with an old lady, do they?
You can't trust yourself, can you, Mick?
What are you talking about? It's in the past.
Look, this is... strictly confidential,
but you know I work part-time for the council now?
-I'm in planning.
Well, not everyone is happy about all the development plans.
Obviously, I can't say who...
but let's just say you're not the only one with questions.
I don't expect it to go as smoothly as they're all making out.
For coming back.
-See you later. Bye-bye.
-Catch up tomorrow, yeah?
Yeah, that'd be great.
It's like old times having Linda back, innit?
Me and you are going out.
You don't have to.
We need to give these two a bit of space. If you know what I mean.
I'll get my coat!
What you said earlier...
I say a lot of things.
Mick's not been coping, has he?
Yeah, but you...
you had your mum.
He really needed me and I wasn't here.
I just can't wait to be married.
Oh, sorry, I just fancied a chat.
I can't believe how quickly Lauren's wedding's coming around!
Oh, did you not know?
-Old trotters playing up?
I love you.
I love you too.
-And it's because I love you...
that I need to tell you...
No secrets, yeah?
I think I'm in love with someone else.