Ian hears a worrying warning about Mandy
Published Feb 28 2012, 00:01 GMT | By Daniel Kilkelly
Mandy suspects that Lorraine has been drinking again and is more determined than ever that her mother should leave the Square. However, Lorraine is smug when Ian insists that she hasn't outstayed her welcome. Later, Mandy finds the Beale house in a state, with Lorraine lying passed out next to a half-empty bottle of vodka. As mother and daughter have a row, vicious Lorraine grabs Mandy's face and spits that she doesn't have a likeable bone in her body. Listening into the argument, Lucy is shocked by how nasty Lorraine is being towards Mandy.
As the day continues, Ian decides that a family meal at the Argee Bhajee could help to relieve some of the tension. However, Lucy feels sorry for Mandy at the restaurant and steps in by telling Ian that Lorraine stole money from his wallet. When Ian confronts Lorraine, she turns nasty with him in return - which prompts a furious Mandy to throw a drink over Lorraine. Back at the house, Ian orders Lorraine to leave. However, before Lorraine goes, she warns Ian that Mandy has been down the aisle many times and he should get out now before it's too late. Despite himself, Ian can't help but wonder whether Lorraine is right about Mandy…
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Lorraine does her best to manipulate Ian.