Pretending to enquire about Oscar joining the school, Tanya looks for an opportunity to reveal the truth to Ava. But Tanya panics at the last minute and leaves without revealing the reason she came.
Tanya tells Patrick that she still cannot understand why Cora would have given up her child, only for Patrick to explain that Ava being the daughter of a mixed race couple would have been seen as a huge transgression: “Let sleeping dogs lie,” he advises, “that way nobody gets bitten.”
What Tanya doesn’t realise though is that she’s accidentally left her purse behind. Cue Ava turning up in Albert Square with the missing item and the truth spilling out! Cora is, at first, outraged that Patrick helped Tanya find Ava, but eventually calms down enough to reveal that Ava’s father deserted Cora before finding out she was pregnant and that her parents were so ashamed that they forced her to give Ava up for adoption.
Ava explains that she once tried to track down Cora but changed her mind deciding not to dig up the past. She tells Cora that she still feels this way and Cora watches her leave, desperate to reach out to her daughter but not willing to show any vulnerability. Staring out of the window after Ava has left, the grief overwhelms Cora and she breaks down.