Ronnie's newborn son passes away
Aired Friday, Dec 31 2010 at 20:00 GMT on BBC One
Published Tuesday, Dec 21 2010, 00:02 GMT
| By Daniel Kilkelly
Ronnie steps out of a cab on the Square, delighted with her new baby. At the same time, Alfie proudly strolls through the market, receiving continuous congratulations. When Ronnie approaches with baby James, both new parents look forward fondly to their two boys growing up together. Back at The Vic, Alfie goes up to Kat, who has been suffering from shooting pains. She mistakenly tells Alfie she has wet herself but they are shocked to discover she has been bleeding heavily. The Slaters panic as Alfie rushes Kat back to hospital, leaving Charlie to look after baby Tommy. Alfie is desperately worried for Kat as the nurses take her away and prays for her to be okay. The doctors emerge to say some of the placenta was left inside Kat and she is very weak and needs to stay in. Kat says that she wants Tommy brought to her, so Alfie heads off home.
Heather joins Shirley, Christian and Roxy, who are all deflated by Kat's news. Fatboy proudly tells Big Mo he has sold loads of tickets for the New Year party, but she warns him that the celebration might be off. However, when she hears from Alfie that the situation isn't serious, Mo wastes no time in getting the New Year's party started and everyone starts to celebrate. Feeling as though he is missing out on a good night, Charlie leaves Tommy alone when he goes downstairs to join in the fun.
Meanwhile, in Jack's flat, Ronnie goes to check on James and she is shocked to find his fingers are blue and he is not breathing. Desperate, she wraps him a blanket and frantically tries to warm him up. She knows deep down that he won't wake up, but she still desperately seeks help. Cradling James, she goes to the neighbours' houses, but no-one responds and her cries for help are drowned out by the party in The Vic. She then heads over to the pub in a state of complete and utter hysteria. As she makes her way through the back door, she suddenly hears baby Tommy crying upstairs and is drawn upstairs. As the countdown to New Year comes close, a desperate Ronnie peers into Tommy's cot saying "that's my boy"…
Elsewhere, Tiffany wets the bed and heads off to the launderette to make sure nobody finds out; Kim tries to make a move on Greg but Tanya fiercely pushes her off him; Jane is delighted that Bobby now calls her "mum"; Carol babysits for Bianca's kids but Tiffany is upset by the sight of her and runs upstairs; Christian eyes up the piper at the New Year's Eve party; Connor tries to tell Whitney that he just wants to be friends before heading over to spend time with Carol; Zainab is sympathetic to Denise when Jordan doesn't show up; Kim drunkenly turns her attentions to Fatboy; Tanya tells Jane that she only returns to the Square to see the kids and not for Max; Mercy kisses Fatboy to put Kim off but it lasts a little longer than expected; and Christian shares a kiss with the piper in a corner but soon guiltily pulls away.