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What a lot of ba­bies and baby talk there is at the mo­ment. Toyah and IVF, Sarah and Harry, and – the big­gie – the Leanne/Steve/Nick/Oliver quad­ran­gle. It must ran­kle with Nick ev­ery time he sees Steve with his love child (right), and events reach a head with Oliver’s nam­ing cer­e­mony. With Steve turn­ing down the in­vi­ta­tion and Nick wal­low­ing in drunk­en­ness, will any­one even turn up?

My big­ger worry is whether Oliver will make it to his first birth­day, given the speed with which Leanne pushes that pram around. And why is the hood al­ways up? At this rate, Oliver will be lucky if he ac­tu­ally sees any sun­shine this side of his 18th birth­day.

Peter’s fu­ri­ous when he finds Toyah has gone ahead with IVF be­hind his back, and Ai­dan’s shocked when Kate sus­pects Johnny of cheat­ing when she dis­cov­ers the name Con­nor at­tached to a ho­tel book­ing. Ai­dan tries to cover his af­fair with Maria by say­ing the book­ing was sup­posed to be a sur­prise for Eva. That old ch­est­nut. How many du­bi­ous sur­prises can one woman take? The idea Eva would want to go to a ho­tel with­out spend­ing days pack­ing her make-up is far­ci­cal. And when is Maria go­ing to put that dress­ing gown in the wash?

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