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Ian signs over the Mitchells' loan

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Ian signs over the Mitchells' loan
Aired Thursday, Dec 17 2009 at 19:30 GMT on BBC One

With the Mitchells' local Christmas dinner now being held at the community centre, Ronnie and Roxy rally around preparing for the event. They hear a crash from the living room and when they investigate, they find Phil who's smashed a lamp in anger as Grant's contact Nick has gone off the radar and can't lend the family any more cash. It then dawns on them that they're going to have to fend off another debt collector. Ben, meanwhile, listens in and asks to be involved with the family's problems, but Phil insists that he shouldn't worry. Aunt Sal then turns up at The Vic and presumes that the grande preparations are for her 70th birthday celebrations. Peggy assures her that they are. Later, the meal doesn't begin well and branding the event shambolic, Aunt Sal decides to entertain the locals, before suggesting that they shouldn't pay if they're not happy.

Roxy decides to shed some light on the Mitchells' finances and armed with the truth, Sal's more understanding. With the audience demanding more entertainment, Sal wows the crowd with her fire-eating skills. Meanwhile, Janine drops in to see Ian and panicking what Janine will say, sends Jane out on a shopping trip. With Jane out of the way, Janine reiterates her deal - the loan on The Vic in return for the damning video footage of him. Ian's initially reluctant but when Archie wanders through the back door, he fathoms that they're in league together. When Ben arrives at the Beales' to ask Ian for an extension on the loan, realisation hits for Ian that his half-brother would be left homeless if he signs the debt over to Janine and Archie.

His mind made up, Ian turns up at Archie's house to inform him and Janine that he's not prepared to sell the Mitchells' loan. Janine begins to panic, but a calm and collected Archie asks Ian to return at 6pm with his final decision. Jane returns from her shopping trip to find a despondent Ian slouched in his armchair in the dark with tears in his eyes. He apologises to a confused Jane who comforts him, believing that her disappearance is still upsetting him. As the Mitchells toast Ben's negotiation skills and Sal's entertainment prowess, Sal accidentally lets slip that Ronnie's pregnant. Ronnie, however, won't confirm who the father of the baby is. Across the Square, though, Ian reluctantly signs over the Mitchells' debt…

Elsewhere, Sal guesses that Ronnie's pregnant; Amira visits her father Quadim in prison where she apologises for not turning up sooner; Todd visits Whitney with a Christmas card and they end up making mince pies; Roxy's furious that baby Amy nearly choked on the fake berries from Mo's mistletoe; Qadim tells Amira that he has money stored for her future, but she breaks the news to him that she's back with Syed; Archie gives Billy a pile of cash as an 'advance for his new job at Mitchell's Executive Motors'; Whitney's told that a verdict from the court is due tomorrow; Qadim's furious about Amira's wedding plans, claims that she's attention-seeking and refuses to give his blessing for her wedding'; and Charlie blackmails Mo into directing the nativity. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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