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Steven puts his foot down when Jane tries to help out at Beale’s

oor Jane. As if she hadn’t al­ready been dealt a rub­bish hand, get­ting sad­dled with

Ian Beale for a hus­band, now she’s got his rot­ten step­son, Steven, to con­tend with. Not con­tent with shoot­ing her in the stom­ach nine years ago and blow­ing her chances of hav­ing kids, this week he puts the mock­ers on her ef­forts to re­claim some in­de­pen­dence by re­turn­ing to work at the res­tau­rant.

So many of the seem­ingly sim­ple things that Jane took for granted now feel like an im­pos­si­bil­ity thanks to the in­juries she sus­tained dur­ing Bobby’s at­tack. But her friends and fam­ily are keen to help, and Ian does his bit by ask­ing Stacey to give his wife a makeover at Ely­sium. Soon, Jane is in­ter­act­ing with the lo­cals again – a wel­come change from star­ing at four walls – and she gets the chance to show off her glam­orous new look when she joins

Carmel for a drink at the Vic.

PBut it’s a case of one step for­ward, two steps back. Just when she’s start­ing to feel like her old self, an in­ci­dent in the pub leaves her mor­ti­fied. Ian has to take her home, and she feels even worse when he keeps avoid­ing her.

Jane tells her hus­band she wants them to be a nor­mal cou­ple again and, though he ini­tially avoids con­fronting the is­sue, he’s given food for thought by Billy. Soon, things are on the up, and the pair dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of Jane help­ing out at Beale’s.

Steven’s strongly against the idea, and Jane and Ian are taken aback as he shuts the con­ver­sa­tion down. But Jane re­mains keen to have some in­volve­ment, and later turns up at the res­tau­rant with Sharon. She’s given a big con­fi­dence boost as she deals with phone calls and reser­va­tions, but Steven is clearly rat­tled – the last thing he wants is her check­ing the ac­counts and dis­cov­er­ing what he’s up to. Des­per­ate to see the back of her, he im­plies that her wheel­chair is get­ting in the way.

It does the trick, and a frag­ile Jane asks Ian to take her home. How will this af­fect her re­cov­ery? And when will she and

Ian fi­nally un­cover

Steven’s lat­est game?

Steven stands in the way of Jane’s re­turn to self-es­teem

Sharon gives her friend a push in the right di­rec­tion

Ian’s glad to see his wife out and about

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