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Duration: 30 minutes

Max wants to cook dinner but Tanya’s hosting book club. Although Roxy and Mandy are excluded, Alfie thinks Roxy should go. Mandy and Roxy reminisce about past nights out and gate crash book club. The women toast to Tanya’s recovery and discuss men. While Bianca would pick Alfie, Roxy wants someone who’s on her side. Tipsy, Roxy blurts Tanya’s dealt amazingly with the strain on her relationship. Cora overhears and confronts Roxy, who laughs it off, then Max. Max claims he rejected Roxy and calls her at Cora’s insistence. Roxy’s humiliated but lies that she offered herself on a plate. Cora’s still suspicious. Later, Roxy sobs to Alfie she was seeing a married man, and confesses her loneliness. Alfie dries her tears and hugs her. Roxy’s stunned - the right man’s been there all along.
Ian deflects Mandy’s suggestion of a night in in favour of the poker game. At book club, Mandy sings Ian’s praises - he’s romantic and sweet. Later, Ian’s paranoid when the women drunkenly giggle about him. Frustrated, Mandy snaps it happens to every man. The women shriek as Ian flees, mortified.
Alfie refuses a job from Derek but agrees to a poker game. Stirring trouble, Michael invites Phil. When forced, Alfie chooses Phil over Derek when they both want to use their own cards. Derek wants to play cash only. When Phil emerges victorious, Alfie hints the rent will be difficult but Phil’s unsympathetic. Desperate for cash, Alfie accepts Derek’s job and tells Roxy he has a plan.
Denise’s irate when Zainab serves Jack in the Minute Mart when he’s still barred. Kim’s jealous when Tanya and Zainab think Ray’s fit. Zainab wants Denise to go on a blind date.
At book club, Bianca sneaks food into her handbag. Dot’s upset no-one’s mentioned Heather and leaves early.


Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Max Branning
Jake Wood
Tanya Jessop
Jo Joyner
Derek Branning
Jamie Foreman
Michael Moon
Steve John Shepherd
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Mandy Salter
Nicola Stapleton
Kim Fox
Tameka Empson
Denise Fox
Diane Parish
Zainab Khan
Nina Wadia
Dot Branning
June Brown
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Executive Producer
Bryan Kirkwood
Ian White
Wendy Granditer


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