Easten­ders, Hol­lyoaks and Doc­tors

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The Fowlers and Kazemis both set their sights on So­nia’s old house

In a far-fetched sto­ry­line, Martin and Stacey this week set their sights on rent­ing So­nia’s old place. With a typ­i­cal Vic­to­rian house in east Lon­don cost­ing around £3,000 a month to rent, we can only as­sume they’ve come up trumps on the lot­tery, or that frui­tand-veg ped­dler Martin is sud­denly sell­ing a lot of King Ed­wards.

The loved-up pair have been forced to re­assess their liv­ing ar­range­ments af­ter agree­ing to take in Martin’s daugh­ter, Bex. Their cur­rent FLAT/TARDIS – which was al­ready home to them­selves, Lily, baby Ar­fur, Kyle and Belinda – just won’t hack it any more.

At first, they look into rent­ing Ma­sood’s house, and when that’s a non-starter, Tina sug­gests they take over the lease on the for­mer Jack­son/butcher res­i­dence. Martin likes the idea and is pleased to dis­cover that they can get out of the con­tract on their flat, but Stacey’s wor­ried about the up­front costs, like the de­posit.

Not want­ing to see his wife dis­ap­pointed, Martin vows to get the cash to­gether, and turns to Ian and Jane for help. When Ian says there’s noth­ing they can do, what with the Beale busi­ness em­pire go­ing down the pan, Jane asks if she can look at the books to check if there’s any spare cash. Steven in­sists on do­ing it him­self and promptly re­ports back that the well hath run dry – no doubt be­cause he’s been cream­ing off the prof­its for him­self.

Jane then has an­other bright idea (which we’re not al­lowed to tell you about) to raise the cash. It works a treat, but be­fore Martin and Stacey can cel­e­brate, they hear that So­nia’s place has al­ready been taken. Turns out they’ve been pipped at the post by the Kazemis.

A fu­ri­ous Martin con­fronts an obliv­i­ous Kush and the two men re­alise it’s all Carmel’s do­ing – well, she is mar­ket en­force­ment of­fi­cer, and a woman with a fancy job ti­tle needs a fancy house to go with it.

Can Martin per­suade her to back off and let him and Stacey have the prop­erty in­stead? And if he does, can he and Stace man­age to pay the rent each month without be­ing forced to eat out-of-date veg­eta­bles for their tea ev­ery night?

Kush and Martin re­alise Carmel wants to trade up

The Fowlers need a new love nest

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