Billy discovers Shirley's secret
Aired Thursday, Nov 18 2010 at 19:30 GMT on BBC One
Published Tuesday, Nov 9 2010, 00:02 GMT
| By Daniel Kilkelly
At number 27, Shirley is livid when she opens the front door to find her new coat has been nicked. In the evening, Shirley finally comes home from a fruitless search for her treasured coat and angrily tells Phil that she will buy another one and will lend Heather money whatever he says. The next day, Billy spots Julie walking around wearing Shirley's coat and follows her into the café, where he questions her about where she got it from. At another table, Roxy is reading a letter about her failed financial payments when she overhears Billy and Julie's conversation. Roxy realises Billy is accusing Julie of stealing and accuses Julie of stealing her money too. Julie storms out, telling Billy she found the coat on the street. Exasperated, Billy explains it is Shirley's coat but Julie is adamant - finders, keepers!
Later, Roxy tells Phil that she has to sell the house and tells him he should buy it from her, however the suggestion is met with an awkward silence. Roxy then says she suspects Julie of stealing the money as she has a new expensive coat. Incensed, Shirley leaves to get it back and finds Julie in the market with Billy and after threatening her, Julie finally hands the coat over. On her next mission, Shirley gives Heather some money to help her out and reveals where the money came from. Shocked but overwhelmed with excitement, Heather throws a handful of notes into the air. As the two women scramble to gather the money back up, Billy enters, catching them red handed. Can Billy be trusted not to give away their secret?
Meanwhile, at Max's house, Tamwar panics when Afia gets in touch about meeting up. Max says that Jodie and Darren must find a way out of the 'find Tamwar a girlfriend' party. Tam takes Darren's advice and is later found at home feigning illness. Concerned, Zainab lets him stay home, however as soon as his parents leave for the party, Tam nervously waits on George Street for Afia to arrive. Although when she does, she's not impressed with his new look! Afia preferred him the way he was and after replacing his glasses, gives him a lingering kiss. The romance continues back at Tam's but when his parents unexpectedly come home early, the mood changes as Tam scrambles to think of an excuse.
Elsewhere, Stacey texts Max asking him to call her. When Max's phone beeps, Lauren gets there first and reads the text to him. A weary Max tells her it is not what it looks like. Fed up with the trouble she is causing within the family, Vanessa warns Stacey to stay away from Max and Max feels awful when he tells Stacey to clear of him for the time being. Distraught, Stacey heads home.Note that due to Children In Need, there is no Friday episode of EastEnders this week. The next episode airs on Monday, November 22.