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Shirley continues to waver over whether to stay in Walford and she packs her bags and leaves Pat’s house. Shirley heads over to the Vic for a drink and a curious Pat follows. She insists that Shirley tell her what’s going on between her and Kevin. A frustrated Shirley prepares herself to reveal the terrible secret about Kevin’s past…

Deano tries to recover in peace after his hospital stay, but his nerves are left on edge by Carly and Kevin’s constant arguing. Deano drags himself out of the house and over to the café where he finds Gus, who suggests that Carly try her hand at poetry to work through her feelings. Deano has his first smile in ages as Gus solemnly recites his own latest poetical offering!

Jim worries about Rebecca’s welfare with all that’s been going on in recent weeks and he is desperate to make things normal for her. Martin is weary and tells Jim that he can’t deal with what Sonia has done to him, it’s all been too much. Jim’s heart breaks when a sad Rebecca asks him who is going to put her to bed tonight.

Dot follows Joe when he sneaks into the Fowlers and demands to know what he’s up to. Joe drunkenly confesses to Dot that Pauline’s cruelty pushed him to the brink. He reveals that Sonia had nothing to do with Pauline’s death on Christmas Day as he went to see Pauline after Sonia. Pauline was so vile to him that he snapped and hit her with a frying pan! Dot insists that Joe turn himself in but he refuses. Jim spots a panicky Dot at an upstairs window and rushes in to help her. Joe struggles with Jim and crashes through the window, falling to his death below…

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