|BBC transmission date||25th February 2014|
|Created By||Julia Smith and Tony Holland|
|Executive Producer||Dominic Treadwell-Collins|
|Previous episode||24th February 2014|
|Next episode||27th February 2014|
Patrick’s looking forward to an easy life free from B&B guests. Denise worries he’ll only eat microwave meals and invites Patrick round for lunch. Meanwhile, Max rants at Cora about the messy house and Dexter’s smelly trainers, threatening to throw them out. During lunch, Denise contemplates Patrick moving in. Ian objects and Patrick slinks out, embarrassed, as they bicker. Alone at home, he flicks through TV channels. He’s cheered when Cora arrives with a bottle of rum. They share a laugh about Ian and Cora moans about Max. Patrick suggests they help each other out. Cora leans in for a kiss but Patrick pulls away – he only meant she could rent a room. Mortified, Cora flees.
Tina invites Mick, Linda and Shirley for a takeaway to build bridges, hinting she’s bringing someone special. Shirley interrogates Tina, who admits Shirley might be angry at first but the mystery guest should be part of the family. Excited, Shirley cleans the flat, to Linda’s surprise, and buys a chocolate cake – Dean’s favourite. Mick advises Shirley not to get carried away, but Shirley’s optimistic. She’s stunned when Tina arrives with her ex-girlfriend, Tosh - they’re back together. Tina explains Tosh is a firefighter. Shirley snaps Tina’s crazy for getting back with Tosh and Tina thinks Shirley’s jealous. Shirley storms out, hurt. Mick follows, leaving an awkward Linda with Tosh and Tina. Shirley feels an idiot for thinking Dean was coming and cries she was a useless mum. Mick wipes her tears, insisting she’s the only mum he and Tina ever had – she got them out of care – and convinces her to re-join dinner. Linda warms to Tosh when she reveals she met Princess Diana as a child. Shirley wonders if Tosh has started slapping Tina around yet - if Tina goes back to Tosh she’ll end up dead.
Although nauseous from chemo, Carol insists on working in the cafe. She’s grateful when Masood helps her with a bread delivery. Tamwar’s uncomfortable visiting Alice in prison so Carol presses him to write a letter instead. Masood’s outraged Carol’s dragging Tamwar into her family problems and accuses her of emotional blackmail. He’s bemused when Carol bursts into giggles and thanks him for not treating her with kid gloves like everyone else. Tamwar’s annoyed with Masood’s interference.
Ian gets a phone call – Cindy’s school marks are slipping.