As Steven is laid to rest, Lauren learns his brain tumour was a lieÉ
The Beales and Brannings are still reeling from Steven’s death following the fire. Ian can barely function and when he learns his stepson’s body has been released, he almost collapses.
Lauren, Steven’s fiancée, is struggling in other ways. Having wanted out of the relationship prior to Steven trapping her with his tale of a ‘fatal brain tumour’, Lauren had fallen out of love with him, but had stayed out of sympathy.
But with Steven now dead there’s no need for a quickie wedding or to have a baby with him, and Lauren has realised there is no love lost on her side. Racked with guilt about this, the mum hits the bottle, much to Whitney’s concern.
In the morning, Lauren has a hangover – and the funeral arrangements to sort. Her sister Abi offers to help, but a row soon starts and see’s Abi dish out a vicious jibe.
Lauren reaches out to Max and, when her dad blanks her texts, she turns to Josh. Will her ex go to the funeral with her?
It’s a dark day as the mourning families gather to see Steven laid to rest, but with so much bad blood, will everyone attend? Tensions are running high, so when a family liaison officer shows up just as they’re setting off, Lauren knows there’s something odd about the visit. She presses and presses and is utterly gobsmacked to be informed Steven falsified his tumour! With the terrible truth out in the open, the shockwaves keep coming, leaving panicked Abi hoping her involvement in Steven’s scam won’t be revealed…
Reeling... Lauren seeks comfort from her ex, Josh
Worried... Will Abi be found out?