Tensions continue to run high in the Branning household following the Christmas bombshell, and Tanya demands answers. Lola worries that Lexi is slipping away from her.
Bianca, Tyler, Whitney, Liam, Tiffany and Morgan sell stall goods and carol sing to raise some cash to make a meal and cake for Carol, but it doesn’t go to plan. Liam buys McKlunky’s meals instead, and recruits Ray to help make the perfect cake. Ray tells Bianca she should thank Liam for getting the kids video games. Bianca asks Liam where he got them; he reveals Derek left a load of stolen goods in their garage. Bianca tells Jack, who says to call the police or get rid of it all. Michael overhears. Bianca catches Liam selling more goods and begs him to bin them. Bianca calls the police, but then discovers the stolen goods have mysteriously disappeared from the garage.
Tanya calls to cancel her honeymoon to discover Max had changed it to a cheap trip to Spain. Tanya asks Kirsty to leave, but she says she won’t without Max. Tanya tells Max they’re going to Spain together after all. Alfie gives Kirsty a barmaid job at the Vic. Carol tells Max and Jack they must tell Jim about Derek. Alice goes with them.
AJ returns to the square and Masood orders him and Zainab to spend the day together to try get along otherwise Zainab won’t get her New Year’s Eve party and AJ will be kicked out. Masood thinks AJ and Zainab are getting on but all isn’t rosy. Zainab blackmails AJ: if he gets Tamwar and Ayesha together and pretends to Masood that they’re friends, she’ll let him stay. AJ shakes on it.
Lola tells Phil she wants Jay and Cora as godparents, but Phil insists on Peggy and Grant. Lola tells Phil she’ll allow that if she gets a day alone with Lexi; they compromise on 3 hours. Lola accepts Poppy’s offer of work at Booty’s. Phil is furious when Lola is late and kicks off when he finds her in Booty’s.
Roxy worries about Kat’s involvement in Alfie’s life. Michael tells Roxy everyone thinks she’s Alfie’s rebound girl.
Patrick gives Jay some money to treat Abi. He’s happy that Fatboy’s loved up too, but tells Denise she needs to get some love in her life.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Bianca Butcher||Patsy Palmer|
|Liam Butcher||James Forde|
|Carol Jackson||Lindsey Coulson|
|Morgan Butcher||Devon Higgs|
|Tiffany Butcher||Maisie Smith|
|Whitney Dean||Shona McGarty|
|Tyler Moon||Tony Discipline|
|Masood Ahmed||Nitin Ganatra|
|Zainab Khan||Nina Wadia|
|AJ Ahmed||Phaldut Sharma|
|Tamwar Masood||Himesh Patel|
|Ayesha Rana||Shivani Ghai|
|Lola Pearce||Danielle Harold|
|Phil Mitchell||Steve McFadden|
|Billy Mitchell||Perry Fenwick|
|Sharon Rickman||Letitia Dean|
|Max Branning||Jake Wood|
|Tanya Cross||Jo Joyner|
|Abi Branning||Lorna Fitzgerald|
|Lauren Branning||Jacqueline Jossa|
|Jack Branning||Scott Maslen|
|Alice Branning||Jasmyn Banks|
|Roxy Mitchell||Rita Simons|
|Alfie Moon||Shane Richie|
|Poppy Meadow||Rachel Bright|
|Jay Mitchell||Jamie Borthwick|
|Ray Dixon||Chucky Venn|
|Kim Fox||Tameka Empson|
|Patrick Trueman||Rudolph Walker|
|Shirley Carter||Linda Henry|
|Michael Moon||Steve John Shepherd|
|Mr Passmore||Leigh Jones|
|Executive Producer||Lorraine Newman|