Those Carters know how to throw a party. Nancy’s do ended with Linda thumping Dexter, and Aunt Babe chooses Lee’s bi r thday to tel l everyone Stan’s dying. Lee’s second attempt at a celebration is just as bad – he ends up in a brawl with Ben (right) that Nancy gets caught in the middle of.
Stacey’s continuing the fine Slater tradition of letting any Tom, Dick or Harry take care of her child by allowing Dean to get Lily ready for school. Her cousin Kat likes to dump the twins on whichever market trader will have them and, after seeing how good Dean is with her daughter, Stacey decides they should become an item. Not sure what’s in it for Dean but it means free haircuts and babysitting for Stacey, so what’s not to like?
Mick learns that Aunt Babe knows where Shirley is and he heads off to the caravan park where she’s hiding out. After tracking her down, Mick imparts the cheery news s that Phi l is s alive, Stan is s dying and his s mar r iage to o Linda is fallling apart. It’s ’s still not enoughgh to tempt her er back, and d Shirley insists ts ever yone is better off with-ith out her her. She’s got a point point.
On the other hand there’s every chance she just didn’t understand a word Mick said – his cockney rhyming slang seems to have taken on a life of its own lately – I’m sure even Chas and Dave would struggle to decipher half of it.
Later, Mick’s world comes crashing down when the truth about a dark family secret is revealed. But which one? So many people are hiding things from him, you can take your pick.
LAST ORDERS FOR YOUNG STEVE AND MICHELLE
Stacey Slater gets revenge on Spencer Moon, who charmed her into bed on their first date (above) by making out he was rich. Stacey pretends she’s underage and blackmails Spencer, who coughs up but is furious when conned hefindsouthe’sbeenTHINK OF THE CHILDREN... .
After giving The Kabin to Sharon Gaskell as a birthday gift, Rita Sullivan (above, with Sharon) is upset when her foster daughter says she’ll marry cheating Ian Bentley and sell the shop. Rita then buys back her business and cuts Sharon out of her will.