Max finds himself in a dangerous position. Sharon is concerned that Phil is returning to his old ways with Aidan on the scene.
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You're not making any sense.
The third of January.
Now, what part of that don't you understand?
Josh, what is all this?
This is simple. You haven't paid what you owe.
So, now, you're in breach of contract.
Shame to see all this go.
-What do you mean "go"?
New block of flats. Luxury living.
-You can't do that.
-Oh, believe me, we can. We own it.
And a few other properties, come to mention it.
We'll be paying them a visit too.
How many you got?
Looking forward to it already.
I've got to get out of here.
Going so soon, Kathy?
See you around.
Max, what the hell's going on here?
Now, where were we?
BANG ON DOOR 'Carmel?
'Carmel, open up, It's me, let me in.'
BANG ON DOOR
What's happening now?
Are you still...bleeding?
It's probably just early days, isn't it?
My body adjusting.
Did this happen with Pearl?
If something was wrong, I'd have other symptoms, wouldn't I?
I don't know.
-Well, you must know. You're a nurse.
-Kim, I work with geriatrics.
Half of my patients don't even know what kids look like.
Look, it's not unusual, you are right.
But I think we should get you to the hospital.
You know, get you checked out, just as a precaution.
I'll get the car.
No, it's all right. Um...
I'll go by myself.
Yeah. Could you look after Pearl for me? I won't be long.
I don't think you should be going on your own. Why don't I call Vincent?
Well, you said it yourself, you know. It's just to be safe.
What's the point of dragging him away from work?
Yeah? So, um, thanks.
Did this happen to you?
I didn't even know I was pregnant.
Why did you tell us you'd knock ten grand off the bill?
Ain't it obvious?
-So they could do this.
-Just business, Mick.
So this was the idea all along, was it?
Feed us a load of lies and then chuck us out anyway!
-We really can't take all the plaudits.
-Credit where credit's due.
I'd like to propose a toast.
To the man without whom none of this would be possible.
Come on, Maxwell. Don't be shy.
No-one got anything to say?
-Well, that makes a change.
I've been called worse, Mick.
A lot worse. By most of the people in this backstreet pub.
-Max, you're serious? You're involved...with him?!
And take Little Lord Fauntleroy with you!
Listen to that, Luke! We're being told to leave our own property!
Something a bit iffy with your reasoning there,
if you don't mind me saying so.
Now, there's a case of the proper stuff in the car, Maxwell.
Would you do the honours?
Today's been a long time coming. We have a lot of celebrating to do.
Dad. None of this is supposed to be happening. I asked him.
Josh told me.
Denise, hi. Where's Mum?
That's why I came back. I've been looking for you.
I think you'd better go and find her.
Yeah, I need to find mine as well.
-All right. You wait here, OK?
Denny! Five minutes, then it's tea, OK?
-You going out again?
-Is that a problem?
Yeah, the food's almost ready.
Well, it ain't a crime, is it? Missing a bit of dinner?
-Phil, what is all this?
I'm not stupid. I can read the telltale signs.
What telltale signs?
You answering a question with a question.
Look, I'm just sorting out a bit of business, Sharon, that's all.
-Yeah, well, what sort of business?
-Just a bit of business, Sharon. That's all.
-Is that Aidan? Is that who you're doing business with?
-All right, OK.
-All right, yes.
Phil! Do not ignore me!
Sharon, Ben is in hospital, OK?
-FRONT DOOR CLOSES
Mum, are you here?
I didn't know he was behind all this. Any of it.
-Any of it? What does that mean?
-Mick, just keep calm.
What, with them vultures down there, picking over our bones?!
We're not dead yet. But we will be if you kick off though.
Kicking seven bells out of them ain't going to do any good.
They'll just get fancy lawyers and get us out quicker.
How can they change what we owe them? I just don't get it.
-We've done everything we were told!
Think about it. Fi never actually put any of that in writing, did she?
So we raise the money, all right? We've got most of it.
A little bit of effort, we'll get the rest.
Then we find out they've slapped on a penalty clause cos we're late. So we pay that.
Then we find out they slapped on another penalty clause because that was late as well.
-So, what you saying? There's nothing we can do?
Ain't saying that.
'Bobby killed Lucy.'
'What? You knew all this time and you just let me go down?'
-'I'm so sorry.'
-'You're dead to me.'
'I'm arresting you on suspicion...'
'Bobby Beale was her son! You speak to her!
'It was HER son! Bobby Beale!'
'Keep your hands down.' SIRENS
'It was her son!
'Bobby! Bobby killed Lucy!'
Who else they got their claws into?
The Vic, and...?
Take a good look round.
While you still can.
-The whole Square?!
-Get your hand off me.
It's not polite, is it, to keep a lady waiting?
-I don't know. I just found him.
He was just laying there, like outside the Arches.
-It's down to you, is it?
-You and your scummy mates?
What's the idea? Nick some gear out the Arches?
-Get your hands on some cash?
-I called the ambulance, all right? So get out my face!
Phil! Is that right? Ben's been attacked?
-I told you, it had nothing to do with me.
-Well, is he all right?
I don't know. I ain't seen him yet.
They think it's just some cuts and bruises.
But they've taken him in for a head scan, just to be sure.
-I'll see you back at the Square.
-I've told you everything.
I owe you.
Will you talk to me? Please?
Do you like this shade of red?
Just forget about that for a minute, will you?
Forget about my make-up?
A girl must always look her best, sweetheart.
No matter what life throws at you.
You still have to scrub up.
Everyone knows that.
What's been thrown at you, Mum?
More to the point, who's done it?
Your boss said all of this was off the table and so did you.
-Cos that's what he told me.
-You didn't believe him though, did you?
I didn't know what to believe.
Well, that's not what you said either.
What was it, eh?
Were you scared?
-Scared of losing your precious little job?
No, it's not.
It's not. It's pretty simple, actually.
You had a choice.
And you made it.
Our champagne's not going down too well.
Good vintage, too.
Shouldn't be a total waste.
The icing on the cake.
I couldn't have put it better myself.
So, what do you say?
-What does she say to what?
-No. Spell it out, Maxwell.
This is the supposed to be the biggest day in a girl's life.
Don't short-change her.
Yeah, shouldn't you be down on one knee?
Right, will you, um, do me the honour?
Although that's been in pretty short supply so far,
as far as you're concerned lately, hasn't it?
The huge, huge honour...
-Max, please, don't do this here.
-He's started now, Sophie.
Don't make a man stop.
..of being my wife?
-What is happening?!
-Trust me, you don't want to know.
I know my daughter, Maxwell.
And I can tell you exactly what she's thinking right now.
Is there a doctor in the house? Right, Sophie?
Sorry, what are you talking about?
-It's a simple enough question.
-Only she'd need a lobotomy first!
This really isn't working out how you expected, is it?
Ha-ha! Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke!
Sorry, what is all this?
You've been useful.
And we're grateful.
-Aren't we, Luke?
-Every one of us.
In fact, get the man another glass of bubbly. He deserves it.
Have one of these as well.
Only, so far as anything else is concerned,
I really don't think so.
-Here you go.
Treatment Room One.
What, is it Carmel?
Is that the problem?
Cos you were the one who wanted me to get her on side.
That was all your idea.
-What you trying to say? What, it's over?
-I think he's finally worked it out.
-Listen, can you just shut up, all right? She can speak for herself.
-Max, just come on.
So it's all business?
All right, fine. If that's how you want to play it.
Actually, it's not even that, I'm afraid.
What is that?
It's your contract with Weyland and Co. Remember?
The one that details your generous commission agreement.
Sorry, where did you get that from?
Got your first pay cheque too.
We don't like ultimatums, Maxwell.
-Makes us wonder if you're really a team player.
-One of us.
And we've come to the conclusion you're not.
-We've got a deal.
-Had a deal.
Not any more.
Right, our money's no good then, yeah?
So, no matter how much money we've paid you back,
we're still out on our ear?
Listen to that, Luke.
The sound of pennies finally dropping.
As of now, we're still running this pub.
-And if you CAN chuck us out in the New Year...
-There's no "if "about it.
-We still call the shots till then.
-So, we're telling you to get out!
-Now! Seriously! Before you get ironed out!
And if that money we've paid you ain't enough, that's simple too.
You can just hand it back.
Ah. Now, there might be a little problem there.
-There's administrative costs.
-Rather a lot of them, I'm afraid.
Dad, I really think we should leave now.
You said you were on our side, you lying cow!
Well, we've done all we came to do.
And I'd like to say it's been a pleasure.
But that's all to come.
-Why don't we go and see your mummy?
Who did this?
Just a couple of chancers.
I didn't see them.
So, how do you know who they were, then?
Well, did they take anything?
I don't think so.
You don't think so?
-So this is personal?
I mean, you said it yourself. Nothing was stolen.
So, this must be personal. Ben, who are you protecting?
Why would I protect some lowlife who attacked me?
A minute ago, it was a couple of chancers. Now, it's lowlife.
What, is this private, is it?
Luke did this?!
He sent a motor over.
It was a bribe, more like.
Turn a blind eye to what his psycho old man did to you.
Now you see why I didn't want to say anything, I knew he'd go off on one.
Dad, it's over.
OK? End of.
-He won't show his face round the Square again.
-But they're there now.
-The whole family. They're in the Vic.
-Don't be stupid!
-What? What, we just let him get away with this, do we?
-No, I'm not saying that.
-Well, it sounds like it to me.
-There are other ways of sorting this.
-Well, like what?
Well, maybe there's witnesses.
Maybe someone saw something.
-Maybe we can get Ben to go the police and they can sort this out.
-Ben ain't a grass, is he?
Oh, and what are you going to do, then?
March round to the Vic and smash the place up?
You don't know who they've got in there with them. And if that lot don't kill you,
-then the police will cart you off and throw away the key.
After what his old man did to you?
After he put our son in hospital? You're saying, just roll over, yeah?
No, I'm saying this is your brother talking, and not you.
You're cleverer than this.
Yes, there are ways of getting back at Luke and yes,
you can make him pay for what he's done, but not like this.
There's got to be another way, hasn't there?
Treatment Room One.
Feels bitter, right now, Josh.
On the outside, looking in.
But embrace it. Earn my trust.
Just like your brother and sister have done.
Believe me, this'll stand you in such good stead one day.
You need to get him out of here.
-Yeah, I will.
-No, right now, Jack.
-I said I will.
So, this was the idea, was it, from the start?
-From the minute you got here.
-Yeah, saying you could help.
-See, I always knew you was a snake!
-This ain't just a business, Max.
You know, this is our home. It's my home, it's my children's home!
Did you know he was behind all this? He attacked my mum!
-What are you talking about?
-Ask him! All right?
Go and ask your new best mate! Ask him what he did to my mum!
Ask him why the judge sent him down!
-Right, that's it.
-Now, we haven't finished with him yet.
-Yes, you have.
Yes, you all have. You got a problem with that, you'll have to go through me.
-Why are you defending him?
-After everything he's done!
He's my brother!
-That's it, go on.
-Go on, Jack! Get him out of here!
-Mick, don't. Leave it.
-You! You got anything to say to me?
No, no, no.
Did you make him see sense?
I think so. I don't envy Sharon, mind you.
He's going to be walking round like a bear with a sore head
for the rest of the night.
So, why was Luke in the Vic?
They came in mob-handed, the whole family.
Made this big announcement, how they're the new owners now.
-I don't know. I didn't want to know either.
I just wanted to get out of there.
Oh, they are evil, Ben.
They'll betray you as soon as look at you. Every single one of them.
If Phil had gone after them again...
It's nothing to do with him anyway.
This ain't Dad's fight.
Not much of a fight. I mean, look at you.
Luke got lucky.
Took me when I wasn't looking.
Maybe next time, it'll be him looking the other way.
Ben, I have just stopped your father from going off starting
World War Three.
Please don't tell me I'm going to have to do the same with you.
I'm looking for Mrs Fox-Hubbard. It's all right, I've got her.
Little Miss, how you doing?
-Have you been in yet?
Don't look at me like that. I didn't ask for your help, did I?
Yeah, well. You want to thank your lucky stars that I did,
with the lynch mob baying for your blood.
There's a lot of lampposts out there, Max.
I need a drink.
Well, who did it?
Says he don't know.
Well, didn't he say?
Hit from behind.
So there's nothing anyone can do about it?
No, it... It don't look like it.
Is, um... Is there any food left, or did Dennis scoff it all?
No, there's some left.
Aidan. It's me.
Listen, I need a favour.
A big favour.
Max! What are you doing?!