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Denise hopes to fix her broken family

By and Daniel Kilkelly
Denise Johnson in EastEnders

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Aired Friday, Jul 30 2010 at 20:00 BST on BBC One

Sitting in a police cell, Lucas takes pages from the Bible to wipe blood from his fingertips before later giving it to a policeman and saying it's no use to him where he's going. Meanwhile, Denise is in a private room at the hospital and a newspaper reporter disguised as a doctor questions her. Upon hearing her name 'Mrs Johnson', Denise chokes back the tears and explains that she must change her name. Much to the reporter's delight, Denise admits that she wants to see Lucas so that she can show him what he's done to her.

At the salon, Chelsea confides in Roxy, saying that a few weeks ago she was part of a normal family and now it has all fallen apart. This strikes a cord with Roxy who used to think the same about her family. Chelsea is upset to think her own father is a murderer, but Roxy tries to reassure her, saying that you can't choose your family. When Chelsea returns home, she and Libby overhear Patrick telling Charlie that Lucas is the devil. Patrick explains that he feels deceived and is annoyed that he believed Lucas's lies, but Charlie says that he is not alone. Later, Libby shouts at Chelsea, saying that Lucas can't be a father anymore - at which point, Jordan emerges.

Zainab accompanies Patrick, Chelsea, Libby and Jordan as they visit Denise in hospital, where they're confronted by the reporter from earlier, now calling himself D.I Stevenson. He says that he needs to ask them some more questions, but Zainab is suspicious and confronts him. When the reporter cannot show an official hospital ID, Zainab grabs Chelsea, Jordan and Libby and pulls them away from him, while Patrick protests telling him to leave them alone. They make their way into Denise's private room, where Libby tries to probe her mother about what Lucas did to her, but she refuses to say in front of Jordan. Chelsea and Libby then argue about Lucas and as Chelsea storms out, Jordan goes to hit Denise. Denise looks at her broken family and later she tries to leave to go home to look after them.

As Peggy makes sandwiches and fairy cakes for Ben in The Vic, Phil arrives and reveals that he's taking Louise with them on the visit. Peggy's not happy with the arrangement but expresses her understanding at him wanting Louise by his side at all times. Later, though, Phil's furious to learn that Peggy's asked Shirley to babysit Louise while they're visiting Ben. At the detention centre, a bruised and battered Ben emerges, much to Peggy's horror. With that, Peggy stomps across the room and confronts Cal, the boy responsible. Through the commotion, Ben slips away back to his room. Phil, however, worries that Ben will return home a different boy to the one that went in.

Jodie rubs sun cream onto Darren.
Elsewhere, Peggy's gobsmacked to find a 'For Sale' sign hanging off the side of The Vic; Dot suggests that she's going to contact the vicar to start arranging baby George's Christening; Max winds Darren up about Jodie and their apparent lack of a sex life; Liz continues to torture herself by looking at the place Owen was found in the centre of the Square; Darren and Jodie go for a picnic, where Jodie strips to her bikini; Liz reveals to Dot that she's burying Owen the following day; Darren takes his top off and Jodie rubs sun cream on him; Liz places a flower on Owen's makeshift grave, and Darren finds himself over-excited as Jodie continues to lather him in sunscreen. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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