I’m leav­ing!

Lau­ren tells Max she’s do­ing a flit to New Zealand. Will she get back with Peter?

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Talk about an anti cli­max. Af­ter watch­ing Lau­ren and her boss Josh share long, lin­ger­ing looks for the best part of four months, we were hop­ing we’d get re­warded for our pa­tience and see their lust fi­nally get the bet­ter of them. But alas, there’ll be no bonk­ing in the board­room; no steamy ses­sions in the staff room, be­cause this week Lau­ren de­cides she’s up­ping sticks and mov­ing to New Zealand.

Why New Zealand? Well, we don’t think it’s due to a fond­ness for lamb chops, rugby union or Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, but rather be­cause it’s where her first love and baby fa­ther, Peter Beale, lives. So it seems that all this faffing around over whether Josh or Steven was the man for her was ac­tu­ally a load of point­less tosh, be­cause Pe’er is the one that she wants.

Lau­ren kicks off the week by hav­ing a deep-and-mean­ing­ful with Josh, dur­ing which she ad­mits she doesn’t love Steven any more and their re­la­tion­ship is over. Hav­ing made up her mind, she then de­cides to give Steven the bad news – but it’s eas­ier said than done.

As one Bran­ning sis­ter wants to dump Steven, the other, mean­while, wants to live hap­pily ever af­ter with him. Abi is des­per­ate to be­come his girl­friend – and the fact that Steven’s just not that into her isn’t go­ing to stand in her way. When she checks in on Lau­ren and learns of her plans, she makes a snide sug­ges­tion to her sib­ling that prompts Lau­ren to tell Max that she’s head­ing down un­der. It’s a re­sult for the bonkers blonde – with Lau­ren out of the way, she can move in for the kill.

Steven’s obliv­i­ous to Lau­ren’s in­ten­tions, but starts to smell a rat as soon as she goes awol. Des­per­ate not to lose her, he sets out to track her down – but to no avail. Not sur­pris­ingly, he isn’t ex­actly in the best state of mind – though when is he ever? – and, when Josh pitches up, it tips him over the edge.

As Steven loses the plot, Lau­ren thanks her fam­ily and hastily plans her de­par­ture. She’s keen to make a sharp exit and avoid any snotty-nosed grov­el­ling from her boyfriend. Will she have the chance to get away be­fore Steven dis­cov­ers what she’s up to?

Bowled over:

Max is stunned when Lau­ren tells him she’s go­ing Down Un­der

Max head­room: Lau­ren thanks Jack, Abi and Max for their sup­port

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