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Lucy goes for a termination

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Lucy is comforted by Ian and the two bond.

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Aired Tuesday, Mar 23 2010 at 19:30 GMT on BBC One

Unable to sleep, both Jane and Ian sit drinking cups of tea well into the night. Each other's reading material, however, couldn't be different - while Jane happily continues reading out foetal development, Ian researches as much as he can about terminations. Unbeknown to Jane, Ian guiltily heads to the abortion clinic with his daughter Lucy. The reality of the situation hits home for Lucy and the pair bond over their mutual unease about what they're about to do. Lucy's called into the doctor's room and Ian seriously begins to question whether his daughter will manager to go through with the procedure or not. Resolving to continue with the abortion process, Lucy swallows the first two pills and eventually leaves with Ian.

Back at home, Ian tucks Lucy into bed and promises that he'll let Jane know what's happened.

Meanwhile, a restless Jean finds it difficult to sleep through concern for Stacey and so spends the night cleaning the kitchen. Mo's concerned for Jean's welfare when she sees her heading out onto the Square in only her dressing gown to buy a mousetrap. Bumping into Max, Jean lambastes him for causing Stacey to go AWOL and he's visibly upset by her suggestion. Deciding that it's about time he built some bridges, Max heads to the Slaters' to help Jean with her
mouse problem. Realising that the mouse droppings are actually biscuit crumbs, Max and Jean descend into a heart-to-heart about recent events. After Jean suggests that Max take something from the house to remember Bradley by, Max wanders down the stairs with a Bugs Bunny mug.

On his way out, though, Mo's walking to the house with the police who have some grave news for one Mrs Slater…

Elsewhere, Denise arranges for Chelsea to go on a date with Lucas's assistant Matthew; Phil keeps Louise's whereabouts a secret, despite the police search for her; Chelsea's not impressed with Matthew and Jack's on-hand to scare him off; Peggy and Shirley tell Phil that hiding Louise now will only make it harder for him to gain custody of her in the long run; Chelsea thanks Jack for saving her; and after promising his daughter that he'll do everything to fight for her, Phil's devastated when he watches a social worker walk away hand-in-hand with Louise. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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