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Hot on the heels of Bianca’s dodgy tan­ning prod­uct, Al­fie also finds his new busi­ness ven­ture threat­ened by dodgy ice cream. A re­as­sur­ing Kat tells him what a nat­u­ral he is on the mar­ket, and soon the cus­tomers come flock­ing. When he has to pay a fine for hav­ing the wrong kind of li­cence, will he use the knowl­edge about Aleks’s Lat­vian wife as a bar­gain­ing tool?

Dearie me. Lat­vian wives, broody les­bians, ram­pant cancer – it’s an ex­haust­ing mix these days. You can add a woman scorned, too, when Roxy un­cov­ers Aleks’s de­cep­tion. Fu­ri­ous, she gets her own back (be­low), and later they have some soul search­ing to do about their re­la­tion­ship.

The show is never more te­dious than when char­ac­ters have money wor­ries. Don’t we have enough of our own in real life? In ad­di­tion to Al­fie’s money con­cerns, Tosh witters on about hav­ing to save money for a baby, Tina loses her job, and, then it’s Carol’s turn to bleat about fi­nan­cial woes. Tina pre­sents her with a plan, but is it too risky? Am I bovvered?

A bailiff vis­its the Butcher house­hold (would he/she re­ally want to re­pos­sess any of their junk?), and So­nia dis­cov­ers Bianca’s taken out a huge loan. She hatches a plan of her own to help out – start­ing a Fat Blasters class. On top of ev­ery­thing else, do we re­ally want to be sub­jected to a load of East End blub­ber leap­ing around?

The first class doesn’t go well for Carol, when the women in­sist on dis­cussing her breast cancer. Cheer­ful.

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