Walford has provided every emotion going, this week. Ian’s (Adam Woodyatt) results from his recent tests, Shaks (Shaheen Jafargholi) loses it with Keegan (Zack Morris) and Carmel (Bonnie Langford) blows her top. It’s all going on… here are a few highlights:
Shakil at Boiling Point ~ Having been associated (you can hardly call it friendship) with Keegan, Shakil finally snaps and pummels the bully, this week. Although Keegan has supposedly allied himself with his school ‘pal’, he has been tormenting him just as much if not more than Bex (Jasmine Armfield). Finally pushed to his limits, Shaks turns on the hateful teen. This won’t be the last of it, so I’m interested to see how this plot continues. EastEnders haven’t shied away from showing the horror of bullying. I applaud them for that.
Carmel’s crisis ~ The situation between Bex and Shaks ultimately beings problems for their parents and in this case it’s Carmel (Bonnie Langford), Martin (James Bye) and Stacey (Lacey Turner) who end up at loggerheads. With Carmel being grandmother to Stacey’s baby, this clash of heads does not bode well. Carmel and Stacey had already endured a tempestuous relationship, this latest twist appears to be the final nail.
Ian’s ‘ills’ ~ Ian finally goes to the GP surgery to receive what he anticipates to be devastating test results. He reveals to his family, in dramatic scenes, that he hasn’t much time left. Cue Jane (Laurie Brett) in floods and Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) in shock as he continues his tale of woe. It seems that Ian doesn’t have much time left to prevent himself from heading towards type 2 Diabetes. Although that’s nowhere near the tragic storyline fans had in mind, it’s great that EastEnders have shone a spotlight on the seriousness of this situation. No more donuts for Ian!
Shirl takes one for the team ~ Shirly (Linda Henry) is a mum who will go all out to protect her family, and she is now offering to go to prison in place of Mick (Danny Dyer). You can’t knock Shirl for following her maternal instinct, but I really don’t want her to go! With Danny Dyer taking a break from the show, I wonder if the writers will put Mick behind bars for a short time?
I miss Lee ~ I have to admit that I didn’t realise how much I would miss Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) until I saw his performance on Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief and felt a pang of regret that he has left the Square. I’m sure I can’t be on my own for feeling that he is a talented actor and I hope he moves on to bigger and better. At least the door is left open to enable him to return. The storyline that he left on was a well-crafted plot and he deserves a British Soap Award for his exit.