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'These Boots'

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Ruth Pearce from Doctors

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Aired Friday, Dec 17 2010 at 13:45 GMT on BBC One

It's Ruth's last day at The Mill - she asks a few people for a drink but most have other plans because she said she didn't want a fuss. Ruth feels put out. Meanwhile, a surprise party has been organised but Julia is having second thoughts. Heston persuades Julia that a party is just what Ruth needs so Julia asks Ruth to have a quiet drink with just her and Heston at The Icon.

The gang gather at The Icon where Daniel can't leave Zara alone - he implies he feels he may have made a mistake but she doesn't want to listen. Karen is suspiciously not drinking whilst Cherry worries about Simon's absence. Keen to avoid Daniel, Zara offers to collect Simon. Ruth, Julia and Heston arrive outside but Heston has forgotten Ruth's present and has to dash back to The Mill.

Julia confesses to Ruth that the gang are waiting inside for her - Ruth is secretly pleased. Everyone is delighted to see Ruth and the feeling is mutual - she and Julia get teary when Ruth thanks her for everything she has done for her. Slightly tipsy Ruth makes a speech and toasts to absent friends as Daniel and Zara find Simon…

In today's story of the day, Julia tries to help an eccentric homeless man with no shoes in the depths of winter.

Following this episode, Doctors takes a break for Christmas. The show returns on Tuesday, January 4. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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