Anthony bids a sad farewell to Walford
Aired Thursday, Aug 30 2012 at 19:30 BST on
Published Tuesday, Aug 21 2012, 00:01 BST
| By Daniel Kilkelly |
A seductive Alice makes it clear to Anthony that she's ready to take their relationship to the next level, encouraging him to meet her later. However, Joey is furious when Lucy informs him that Alice is planning on losing her virginity tonight. Fearing that Anthony is pressurising Alice into having sex, Joey resolves to put a stop to it and hatches a plan. Soon afterwards, Joey convinces Anthony that the only way to win over Derek is with a poker game. At first, Derek isn't prepared to play against Anthony, but he changes his mind when scheming Joey lies that the antiques dealer was bragging about how easy it would be to beat Derek.
As the game gets under way, Joey is the first to fold, leaving Anthony out of his depth with Derek. Anthony's cash soon runs out, but Derek tempts him to up the stakes by throwing in the keys to the antiques emporium. With his gambling demons rearing their ugly head, Anthony agrees to the bet - but he's soon left horrified when Derek wins the game. Anthony begs for mercy, but instead Derek hands him some cash for a one-way ticket away from Walford. Joey adds to Anthony's misery by advising him not to see Alice before he goes, claiming that she will be furious with him for gambling his life away. Feeling he has no other option, Anthony packs his bags and leaves Walford…
Meanwhile, the market stall is causing problems for the Beales, and Lucy is given food for thought when Joey tells her that she works too hard. Lucy decides to solve this problem by letting out the stall, which leaves Ian devastated. Sharon tries to make Lucy see how much the stall means to Ian, but it's not until Lucy sees how hard Ian is working that she changes her mind.
Elsewhere, Zainab decides that it's time to take matters into her own hands when it comes to AJ's marriage split. She phones Aliyah and urges her to come and make things up with AJ. However, AJ is furious over her interference - revealing that Aliyah has been having an affair.
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