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Derek continues to alienate his family

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Jack lays into Derek after Derek gets him into trouble with Sharon over her addiction.

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Aired Friday, Dec 14 2012 at 20:00 GMT on BBC One

Sharon is annoyed with Jack for revealing her painkiller addiction to Derek, while Jack isn't talking to his brother after his interference. Feeling snubbed by Jack, Derek decides to take over the role of Max's best man and starts to organise the stag party. Soon afterwards, Derek turns up at Tanya and Max's house with Alice's measurements for a dress, as he wants her to be a bridesmaid at the wedding. A reluctant Tanya says that she'll try to make this happen, but she isn't pleased when Derek announces that he is now best man.

Later, Tanya vents her frustrations to Max, who is also annoyed to hear that Derek is trying to take over everything. However, Tanya wonders whether she has done the right thing as she doesn't want Derek to tell Max the truth over the car crash. When Max tracks down Derek, he complains about his latest antics. However, Max is ultimately forced to agree to his demands when a threatening Derek points out that a little gratitude wouldn't go amiss after everything he is doing for Max.

Alfie confronts Michael and pressures him into telling him what he knows about Kat and her lover.
Meanwhile, Kat informs Alfie that she is heading out Christmas shopping, but Alfie fears that she is lying yet again when he finds that she has left her purse behind. Soon afterwards, Alfie finally manages to speak to Michael and begs to know whether he is aware of who Kat was having the affair with. However, Michael insists that he doesn't know and Alfie should stop torturing himself. When Kat finally arrives back, Alfie questions how she managed to buy anything without her purse. However, his fears prove unfounded when Kat explains that Roxy lent her some money.

Elsewhere, Abi visits the launderette to tell Cora the good news about Tanya's scan. Abi realises that a distracted Cora still has Ava on her mind, so she encourages her gran to confide in her. Cora then starts to open up, admitting that she does care for Ava but isn't expecting her to get back in touch. However, it appears that Cora was wrong when Ava makes a surprise arrival at the launderette and hands her a Christmas card.

Some storyline details have been held back for this episode.
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