Another week has been and gone, Albert Square is still dogged with heartache, dark clouds and depression – why do we watch it again? Oh yeah, cuz it’s like faaaamily innit? Seriously, Eastenders has pulled some exceptional episodes out of the Mini Mart bag, this week, here’s a few highlights…
Mitchell Misadventure ~ Jack Brannng (Scott Maslen) was seeking closure this week when the verdict was reached relating to the deaths of Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons). With Glenda (Glynis Barber) getting under his feet and rousing his suspicions, this hearing was one last hurdle to face. Death by misadventure was not what he wanted to hear, discovering that the combination of cocaine and the cold water that Roxy had plunged into had caused her to have a heart attack. While Ronnie should have removed her veil, let’s be honest! Glenda has been playing the golden grandma in the meantime, but her days appear to be numbered. Jack doesn’t seem keen to keep any more Mitchell women in his life. Although I think Amy (Abbie Knowles) will be sorry to see her go, but that appears to be Glenda’s plan.
Whitney’s Wiles ~ Whitney has decided that in the wake of the trouble that the Carter family are facing, what her husband needs is a good night out. What will help to pay for that? A couple of hundred pounds which has landed in her hot little mitts after pawning her wedding and engagement rings. A big pork pie (lie) to Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard) about her financial gain and he’s all for handing the cash over to Mick (Danny Dyer). However, Whitney is hell bent on a bender, so we’ll see how well that goes!
Shaks is Shamed ~ The naked photo of Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi) that has been doing the rounds has not left the unwitting teen with the biggest reputation(!) However, it’s a fight that brings his mother, Carmel (Bonnie Langford) to the school this week and the resulting punishment is a well timed confiscated phone. Shaks is set to be all the more oblivious to the spiteful chaos which is unfolding in the wake of his first time between the sheets with Becks (Jasmine Armfield). It’s a brave storyline that Eastenders is showcasing, I anticipate distressing scenes as this plays out.
Bye Bye Babe ~ Firstly, applause to Annette Badland who has been a force of nature as Babe. Despite her villainous disposition, I’m really going to miss the old bat and nobody could have played her better than Ms Badland. It looks like the door is left open for her to return, although she should be locked up for all of her misdemeanours and the key should have been lost forever. It was a harrowing exit, with Mummy Carter (Linda Marlowe) being lured to a watery grave by her bitter sister. However, Babe’s scheme was thwarted and no amount of untruths could save her. So it’s bye bye Babe and good riddance… until things need a good stirring again…
Beale is Brilliant ~ Many dislike Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and it’s easy to see why, however I have always been a fan of the long-staying star and he went up even further in my estimation when he played a blinder during the live episodes in 2015. If ever there was an opportunity to prove his abilities as an actor, that was the time. Ian always appears to have the vast majority of drama crop up in his life and he relies on the females in the family to buoy him. However, if he wasn’t so hopeless, I wouldn’t find him half so appealing as a character. Kudos to Woodyatt for playing the Square’s biggest hard luck story and long may he stay in Walford. It just wouldn’t be right without him.
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