It’s teenager DeMarcus’s sixteenth birthday today but rather than looking forward to any gifts or celebrations with his family, he’s still reeling from the events of the previous day which have left him really shaken.
DeMarcus had his first day working at Price Slice after Pearl Anderson (Dawn Hope) offered him a job in the store.
However, trouble quickly escalated when his nemesis, Joseph (Olly Rhodes), the boyfriend of Vicky Grant (Anya Lawrence) turned up and started bullying him.
As tempers flared and the altercation spiralled, someone ended up injured.
Tonight DeMarcus is determined to get back to work at Price Slice, but Joseph continues to whip up trouble and continues to bully him.
DeMarcus feels helpless when Jospeh forces him to berate himself on camera and later blackmails him with the video.
Will DeMarcus confide in his dad Felix Westwood (Richard Blackwood) and make him aware of just how bad things have got with Joseph?
Later on there’s a surprise guest at DeMarcus’s family birthday party.
Who has turned up?
Meanwhile, alcoholic John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) lashes out as his family when they urge him to apologise to his son, Matthew Jesus, after he gets in a fight at school.
Later on, John Paul makes a BIG decision and the McQueen clan decides they need to offer him their full support.
Elsewhere, Grace Black (Tamara Wall) is feeling really insecure about her relationship with Saul Reeves (Chris Charles) and things get even worse when she spots Saul out with Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe).
Things could be about to look up for Grace though.
Policeman Saul is later given some relationship advice from his colleague Sam Chen-Williams (Matthew McGivern) which gives him food for thought.
Taking Sam’s words on board, Saul decides to show his girlfriend Grace just how committed he is to her.
Ooh! What is Saul planning to do? And will Grace appreciate it?
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Tess is a senior writer for What’s On TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite and WhattoWatch.com She's been writing about TV for over 25 years and worked on some of the UK’s biggest and best-selling publications including the Daily Mirror where she was assistant editor on the weekend TV magazine, The Look, and Closer magazine where she was TV editor. She has freelanced for a whole range of websites and publications including We Love TV, The Sun’s TV Mag, Woman, Woman’s Own, Fabulous, Good Living, Prima and Woman and Home.