Max kicks the bathroom door down, alarmed to see pills in the sink before trying to make Tanya be sick. Tanya is initially reluctant to talk before admitting how sick she is, likening it to ‘a monster growing inside’ of her. Desperate to be left alone Tanya escapes to the bedroom where Max attempts to calculate when Tanya was diagnosed, realising it was the day she ended their affair. Tanya explains she never told him as she’s seen the effects of cancer first hand, aware that an illness can rot away at a marriage. She knows Max would have stuck by her but knew he’d resent being lumbered with a ‘diseased old cow.’ Tanya brings home the realities of looking after a cancer patient, asking whether Max could still love her like that, Max tearfully conceding he should be given the chance to try. Max vows to stand by his wife, putting his wedding ring back on and telling her everything will be alright. Cora questions Tanya about what happened to William. Tanya recalls how while Cora was out drinking or gambling Tanya had to sit and watch her dad die, remembering how thin and pale and weak he became before finding a drawing William drew for Cora the day he died. Tanya explains how he asked her to do it and although she begged him not to, in the end she saw what a struggle it was for him just to stay alive. After giving him an overdose she stayed with him until the very end. Cora softens towards Tanya, commenting on what a success she is. She tells her that Max is the one for her before making her promise to fight this.
Derek announces to his family that he plans to stick around, the Branning brothers reunited.
|Tanya Jessop||Jo Joyner|
|Max Branning||Jake Wood|
|Cora Cross||Ann Mitchell|
|Rainie Cross||Tanya Franks|
|Derek Branning||Jamie Foreman|
|Dot Branning||June Brown|
|Carol Jackson||Lindsey Coulson|
|Jack Branning||Scott Maslen|
|Lauren Branning||Jacqueline Jossa|
|Abi Branning||Lorna Fitzgerald|
|Executive Producer||Bryan Kirkwood|