More episodes Free 4 episodes Rental 22 episodes The Only Way is Essex: Episode 9 Duration: 45 minutes Series 4 • Episode 9 The boys try rope-swinging and grass-sledging. Lauren Pope recovers from her operation. Gemma goes on a first date. Ricky and Joey go head-to-head at the salon re-launch. Tweet The Only Way is Essex Real-life soap focusing on a group of Essex characters. The drama unfolds against the backdrop of nail bars, wine bars, flash cars and designer gear. The storylines are part real and part constructed.