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An anguished Carol sleeps with Connor

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Awash with tears, Carol moves the finished note to one side.

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Aired Tuesday, Oct 26 2010 at 19:30 BST on BBC One

Alone and transfixed on the pills in front of her, Carol knocks the tumbler of alcohol back in one before beginning to write a letter addressed to Bianca. Awash with silent tears, Carol moves the note to one side once it is finished, before closing her eyes and bringing the first pill to her lips. However, suddenly she is snapped out of it by some loud banging on the front door. Carol walks towards the banging and shouts for the caller to go away. Realising she must get on with it before being distracted again, Carol purposefully strides back into the kitchen and grabs a handful of pills. About to neck the lot, Billie's friend Connor bursts through the back door, and Carol's pills scatter everywhere.

Connor downs a drink and sits beside Carol who is overwhelmed with anguish.
Unaware of what Carol is planning, Connor empties Billie's possessions over the floor and yells at Carol for banning him from the funeral. Calm and reminiscent, Carol picks up Billie's things, telling Connor what a cute kid he used to be and jokes about the boys growing up together. Disconcerted, Connor turns to leave but when he notices the pills, he sits down opposite Carol, who admits she can't cope. Connor downs a drink and sits beside Carol, who is overwhelmed with anguish. They break down and in each other's arms, Connor's soft kiss leads them to sleep together. Panicked by Bianca and Jack entering, Connor sneaks out of the back door and while Carol takes a shower, Bianca is shocked to read the suicide note.

Aware Lauren is still upset about Bradley, a desperate Max secretly tells her that Bradley didn't murder Archie.
Meanwhile, at Dot's, the disjointed family and friends make small talk, unaware of the events unfolding across the Square. Everyone is surprised that Carol hasn't returned and Dot unexpectedly bursts into tears and is comforted by her loved ones. Most of the guests eventually depart, however Max is outraged when a furious Lauren lets rip at him and Dot, telling them that Billie deserved a better send-off. Aware that Lauren is still upset about Bradley, a desperate Max secretly tells her that Bradley didn't murder Archie. Utterly bewildered, Lauren asks her father who the murderer really is…

Elsewhere, Alfie hires Jean to cook the burgers on the opening night at The Vic; Harry accuses Vanessa of lying about Jodie not being his daughter but is heartbroken to realise that she's telling the truth; and Stacey and Kat flog tickets to the builders for the grand opening of the pub. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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