An overworked Morven finds herself torn between her past and her future on Christmas Eve. Essie is surprised to bond with Gaskell over an unusual patient.
Gaskell fights to protect his trial and save his patient, and Serena is determined to find a solution as she begins to fear that Ric is losing hope. Meanwhile, Jac returns with a spring in her step, but will the secret to her new happiness be discovered?
Carver Valley’s comic festival is in full swing when the village is shocked by the murder of a former supermodel. With a scathing comic shaming several villagers as the only lead, Barnaby and Winter are left trying to separate fact from fiction.
Arshad offers his help to a stranger but all is not as it seems. Whitney ponders Tiffany's future in Walford. Ian continues to try to get one up on Masood.
Everyone is less than pleased to see Max - but why has he returned? Arshad's suspicions are confirmed. Tiffany tries to make things up to Whitney.
Arshad and Masood's worst fears come true. Tiffany is forced to contemplate her recent actions after being given a harsh reality check. Sharon offers Max some advice.