Laurel stands outside the church shivering as there is still no sign of Ashley, but she pleads with Jude to wait another five minutes for Ashley. At the same time, there is a scuffle as Paddy and Rhona do their best to stop Marlon from going to see Laurel. Paddy grabs him firmly by the shoulders. In the graveyard, Ashley is given food for thought after a conversation with Carl about revenge and forgiveness. Just as Laurel announces to the congregation that the ceremony isn't happening and they can all go home, Ashley arrives - he is ready to proceed with the ceremony yet seems evasive. At the same time, Paddy and Marlon are still grappling in the kitchen. In the end, Marlon whacks Paddy before escaping and heading for the church. He arrives in time to see Ashley and Laurel exiting the church having completed the service. Meanwhile, Pearl is intrigued when the police want to question her further about her statement, in which she admitted seeing Jai hanging around the garage. In the pub, Charity and Jai pretend that everything's fine as they hear Pearl talking about the police. Back home, Jai talks to Gennie, wanting to know that Nikhil will be in safe hands if the worst happens. An emotional Charity embraces Jai as he awaits his fate. Elsewhere, Alicia feels sidelined when Andy says they're going over to Debbie's on Christmas Day, while Val and Pollard discover that Amy's mum has sent her a Christmas card.


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