Laurel finally appears to be bonding with baby Arthur this week after a health scare forces her into stepping up as his mother. Worried when Arthur keeps wheezing, Laurel insists that he needs Mel – but when Doug and Betty leave her alone in the house with the baby she is forced to take action herself. Happily, the incident stirs Laurel’s maternal instincts and she begins to make progress… but Gabby is not adapting to the situation quite so well.
Elsewhere, Bob and Viv prompt speculation when they invite Donna, Louise, Marlon and Jamie to a family lunch. It turns out that they want the foursome to have joint guardianship of the twins should the worse happen, but when Louise suggests that the businesses are signed over as well Viv gets upset and calls her a leech – until Louise reminds her that she could withdraw her false alibi at any time. Will Viv give in?
Also this week, Louise suspects that Viv is hiding something. Gennie worries that she’ll never be accepted as a Dingle. Katie is planning something big. And Lexi asks Donald for another chance.