Though Sam is returned Claire believes that the stressed Pete needs her support at Matt's inquest and ,after an incident at work,resigns her job to accompany him. His evidence is that Matt was a hero,who died saving a child and is commended by the coroner for his own efforts to save Matt's life. The embittered Paula tries to use the letter her son sent to Tasha in evidence but Tom,rather than offer any controversy as expected,backs Pete and a verdict of Accidental Death is recorded. A dissatisfied Paula,having rowed with Howard,finds comfort in her growing friendship with Faisal,another bereaved parent and,when Tasha visits Howard to give him a birthday present she finds that Paula is out with Faisal and has forgotten her husband's birthday. LOuise goes drinking with her friend Julie and ends up flirting with Joe's friend Carl though he tells her that he will not be used for her to get back at Joe whilst Millie gets dumped by Rob.