Is it me or does it feel like time has stood still since last week’s episodes of EastEnders? Problems remain the same, it seems and misery is ever-present, here are a few highlights:
Another joy filled week in Walford, culminating in a horrific stunt by the resident bullies – here are some highlights:
Fit Beale ~ Jane’s bought Ian a present, there’s a few steamy looks passing between them until she reveals that it’s a fit bit! Cue Ian scheming to demonstrate that he is getting his thousands of steps in. Using his grandson wouldn’t be part of the deception would it? Oh yes it would!
Jane’s triumph ~ Once Ian has stopped cheating the fit bit, Jane shows him her ability to log some steps on her fit bit, and it’s a touching moment when Ian realises how far Jane has come. I can’t be alone in wishing for a full recovery for Mrs Beale?
Woody’s unpopular ~ Sacking Tracey from The Queen Vic? What on earth was Woody thinking! I loved the riot it kicked up and maybe he will think twice before he makes any further rash decisions, or maybe not! All hail Tracey, the heart of the Queen Vic Pub!
Jobs a good ‘un (or not…) ~ Denise and Michelle are both off to interviews, Denise’s interview is not quite as high-brow as she imagined, given that it ends up being a cleaning job. Michelle’s is yet another education based option. Either way, job hunting is not going well for either of them and Denise is on her knees financially. When will the girl get a break?
Party time ~ Louise thinks she’s having a pyjama party with her ‘lovely’ mates, they have other plans and Sharon’s house is turned into party central with a selection of invited guests rocking up, including Travis and Keegan. The cocktails that Louise is necking in an attempt to look cool aren’t as innocent as she thinks and disaster strikes leaving the troubled teen unconscious in the street and an ambulance on its way. I wonder when we’ll see an end to the bullying storyline? It could run and run because that would reflect real life, of course.
Life in Walford has continues to be messy for its residents, with cunning plans unfolding and deceit in every corner of the Square, let’s look at some highlights…
Ladies Night ~ New arrival, Woody is full of ideas, it seems and not all of them bad ones! His mates happens to be strippers, so a Ladies Night is planned and there are a few happy punters in The Vic that night, too. Let’s see if Woody can compete against Max Branning!
Derek’s hired! ~ Honey was starting to lose the will with her new ‘apprentice’, Derek – however despite many false starts from the well meaning pensioner, the pair have struck up a good working relationship. Whether Derek will always be able to have a handle on resident bully Keegan? Remains to be seen…
Investigations at The Vic ~ New character, Fi is on the prowl at the Queen Vic checking the books and generally stressing Shirl and co. out! Meanwhile Max continues to hover in the background until he can make his move. Troubling times ahead for the already scarred Carter family!
Abi’s house-share ~ Donna and Abi are busy cooking up a plot for Abi to move into the spare room in the shared house with Jay and Ben. Moving in with her two ex boyfriends doesn’t seem to faze the young Branning girl, however the boys are not so sure. Persuasive efforts go some way towards convincing them and even though Abi has had second thoughts about leaving Dot, it looks as though there will be a ‘Friend’ style living arrangement going on. It’s bound to be interesting!
Steven & Lauren ~ Over at The Beale house, Steven almost puts the mockers on Lauren’s second interview when he answers her mobile and claims that the caller has the wrong number! His plan is foiled when Lauren receives an email, but if Steven doesn’t want her to get the job and with her dad working against her too – Lauren’s career plans look doomed to fail.
Walford, Walford, Walford – what more can I say? Do you ever watch a week’s worth of EastEnders and wonder what it would be like if everybody was happy, just for once? I do, but it’s a fleeting thought! Here are the highlights…
Michelle’s misery ~ Michelle (Jenna Russell) is languishing in hospital following her alcohol-fuelled crash into the chippy. Sharon (Letitia Dean) is telling her what she wants to hear, for now. But it all begins to unravel as the week unfolds and reaches a pinnacle when the ‘cradle-snatcher’ comes face to face with her niece. Awkward! I have started to enjoy Jenna Russell’s performance as Michelle, I no longer compare to her to her predecessor anywhere near as regularly.
Lauren’s lured ~ Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) goes out to meet Josh the photocopier man again, he’s got a job in mind for her that he thinks she should apply for and she’s up for it! Oh dear Lauren, I don’t think this is going to end well. Firstly, is she going to cheat on Steven (Aaron Sidwell) with him and secondly, he works at Max’s (Jake Wood) office and daddy doesn’t seem keen on his daughter working with him. I don’t trust Josh – are we being set up to see an explosive storyline? I do hope so!
Shirley’s release date ~ Shirl (Linda Henry) has the death of her mother to deal with, the circumstances in which they happened not exactly being the best either, if we’re honest! However, with her release date imminent at least she can get out and help her sister? It looks like Shirl might have put pay to that though when she turns on her intentionally irritating cellmate.
Meddling Max ~ Max has been behaving even more strangely than before since his return and he has also been conspicuous by his absence too. He now appears to be interfering in Stacey’s (Lacey Turner) life by sticking his nose in on her feud with Carmel (Bonnie Langford). Just what is he trying to achieve and isn’t it great to have him back? I am a huge fan of Jake Wood, he does that role justice.
Kush and Denise ~ I just wanted to air my views on the latest couple to pair off in Walford. Denise (Diane Parish) and Kush (Davood Ghadami). It almost feels like it hasn’t come out of the blue, yet it does feel like it’s come out of the blue too! So soon after Denise has given birth to and given birth to Phil’s (Steve McFadden) baby, just where is this relationship supposed to go and does Kush see Denise as a mother figure? I’m 50/50 over this one because I actually quite like them as a couple, too – something about this set up also makes sense! I’m still none the wiser now I’ve written down my thoughts. I’m intrigued…
A revelation, a car crash with far-reaching consequences and a fatality – it’s all been going on in Walford and Sharon’s (Letitia Dean) backkkkkk! Here’s a few highlights:
Michelle’s misdemeanours ~ During a party for Sylvie (Linda Marlowe) at The Vic, Bex (Jasmine Armfield) decides to let on that she knows the truth about Preston (Martin Anzor) and Auntie Michelle (Jenna Russell). She interrupts a song to shout it out to the gathering in the pub! Martin (James Bye) is flabbergasted and the repercussions look set to spread far and wide. After all, not only has Martin’s sister been sleeping with a lad almost 33 years her junior but she has done so knowing that the lad in question has been sleeping with her niece as well!
Kush’s krush ~ Kush (Davood Ghadami) has continued to pursue Denise (Diane Parish) until she halts his attentions with a declaration of friendship only. However, when Kush is a victim of Michelle’s drive through the chip shop, Denise changes her mind and ceases the day and the opportunity. Although Carmel (Bonnie Langford) had hoped that her son’s girlfriend was a doctor he’d met in hospital! Let’s see how long this relationship lasts!!
Chip shop carnage ~ The chip shop drive through mentioned above was the result of an intoxicated Michelle losing control of the vehicle she thought it was a good idea to take for a spin around the square. Kush, Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) who is working in the chippie at the time and of course, the driver herself, all come a cropper in the ensuing carnage. No fatalities to report but Michelle does end up coming off worst. Plus I expect that chip shop will be closed for as long as it takes Ian (Adam Woodyatt) to sort it out…
Sharon shoots her mouth off ~ Sharon comes returns to sort out Michelle’s mess and attempts to shoo Preston off by giving him a cock and bull story about Michelle’s true feelings towards him. It seems to work and she has his plane ticket paid for without so much as a bye your leave. Whether that’s truly the last of the young lothario, remains to be seen. What will Michelle’s reaction to the news that her best friend has seen off her toy boy lover?
Farewell Sylvie ~ In scenes that had me hiding behind my hands as the end was in sight, an unsupervised Sylvie (Linda Marlowe) ran a late night bath, brought the radio in for company and exited Walford as a result. With devastating consequences and a heartbroken Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) beside herself that her mum may have cottoned on to the plans to put her into a care home and committed suicide. That wasn’t the case, as we saw, but it’s a sorry end for one of my favourite residents and what will Shirl (Linda Henry) say when news reaches the prison?
Walford post-bus crash, an interesting place that’s for sure – especially with Martin (James Bye) up and about with not a care in the world. So how has the disaster affected the residents and has Mick (Danny Dyer) dealt with Whitney-gate, yet? Let’s see what the week held in store:
Stacey and Martin – baby talk ~ Stacey (Lacey Turner) has been hell bent on having a baby with Martin and since he was discovered under the bus, last week. So… with Martin showing no signs whatsoever of having suffered any lasting damage from the disaster in which a solitary unknown character died (yes, I am still harping on about that!), Stacey is raring to go. Although this does seem to have sprung up out of the blue and taken over their lives, at least Stacey has said she will go for help with her mental health ahead of the potential pregnancy. Stacey also has a run in with Carmel (Bonnie Langford) when she is trying to interfere with the way that Stacey is raising her grandson. I suspect that this will rear its head again!
Tony’s Wife Sniffs Around ~ Phil’s (Steve McFadden) late friend, Tony is a constant reminder of his near-miss and the arrival of Tony’s Wife has set alarm bells ringing for Sharon (Letitia Dean). Is she seeking revenge because Phil got the liver transplant over him? We wait with baited breath. Sharon and Phil have taken the time to have dinner together and re-connect, this week – but I doubt this is a long-term eventuality.
Babe – oh dear! ~ Babe (Annette Badland) is in trouble or causing trouble, that’s the long and the short of it. When Ian falls asleep at the bar (Mr Beale’s health is the issue, if you read the spoilers) and Babe accuses him of being drunk – it’s no wonder that Mick’s (Danny Dyer) blood boils over. Babe has already been warned numerous times by her despairing family and with rumours stating that the character’s days are numbered, could the end be nigh for her? I’ll miss Babe if and when she exits the square, she stirs the pot and causes controversy, I like that in a Walford resident!
Sisters… ~ Kim (Tameka Empson) marching into Denise’s (Diane Parish) adult learning class was not her brightest idea. Humiliating Denise in front of her class was the icing on the cake, hence the decision to tell Kim that she should consider herself abandoned. They’ve always endured a tempestuous relationship, but has this latest development spelled the beginning of the end for the feisty siblings? Whatever happens, I can’t help but think that Empson and Parish play the duelling pair brilliantly, they are entertaining even at the height of dramatic exchanges!
Jane Beale ~ I always like to round-off with a piece about a character and on this occasion I want to pay tribute to Jane Beale, who is played brilliantly by Laurie Brett. Jane was one of my first favourite female characters on the square and I was a bit gutted when she left. Although it was great to see Laurie move on to pastures new, and do so well outside of Walford, I am pleased that she has retuned, re-married Ian (Adam Woodyatt) and continues to grace our screens in a superb role. She has had some cracking storylines from the outset.
Here we are with another five highlights from the drama that has unfolded on Albert Square this week. It’s been a cornucopia of angst, distress, revelations and a cheeky two-hander between a pair of classic characters. So, just a normal week in Walford, really – let’s see what’s been floating my boat and sinking my ship….. No? Too much? OK here’s the highlights:
Two-Hander totes amazeballs! ~ Despite my ‘on the fence’ opinion of Jenna Russell as Michelle, which remains unchanged as we go to print, the revelation about Michelle’s 17 year old school boy lover over in the States was an edge of your seat episode for yours truly. Letitia Dean was quite engaging as Sharon and improved my thoughts on Ms Russell as her life-long friend because she took the lead in the scenes rather adeptly. I knew there’d be more to Michelle’s reappearance than the search for a decent cup of tea, but this bomb shell was quite something. Well done, writers!
Denise’s destiny ~ Denise giving birth to the baby she plans to have adopted was a harrowing experience to watch, it was done so brilliantly. Kudos to Diane Parish, she hit the mark throughout the entire episode. The scene where she finally acquiesced and held her new baby boy broke my heart. I think it’s brave of her to make a decision for his future, as a mother myself I don’t know if I could do what she’s doing. Also, I must mention Tameka Empson’s understated performance as Kim, it suited the tone and showed another side to her character.
Mick’s misery ~ Mick’s (Danny Dyer) birthday is not quite the occasion for celebration with Lee’s (Danny-Boy Hatchard) misdemeanours putting financial strain on the family purse strings. Having been advised not to buy any pressies for daddy dearest he has bought a piece of West Ham’s old ground and it is not received with a big warm hug and a thank you. Seeking out the receipt and returning it is more Mick’s bag in this case and it seems that Whitney (Shona McGarty) really got this one wrong.
Babe’s browned off ~ Babe (Annette Badland) is not happy with Whitney’s influence on Lee and makes it abundantly clear, following the disastrous giving of the gift to the birthday boy. As the pair lock horns and Babe attempts to shake off the new wife, Whitney stands her ground and tells the bitter old matriarch to do one, in a nut shell. However, I’m sure I’m not on my own in thinking that Whitney has not had the final word on this battle. The gloves are off, folks!
Dot’s dealings ~ I feel the need to comment on Dot’s (June Brown) ongoing loneliness. Although I am sure that many people of her age are in similar predicament and it goes undetected, everybody has their noses in one another’s business in the Square and it seems convenient that in Dot’s case at least, now they don’t. I think it’s a fantastic story line in as much as it highlights the problems that are faced by the elderly, but I’m not sure how realistic it is in this setting? I am happy to be contradicted…