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:
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.
EastEnders has been packed with more juice than a blood orange and still the drama continues – here are a few of the highlights from Albert Square…
Stacey’s Preggers ~ Stacey (Lacey Turner) has been trying to get pregnant again so that she can truly have a baby belonging to Martin (James Bye) and she’s succeeded. Baby Fowler is conceived and the couple couldn’t be more delighted as they decide to keep the news between themselves. With Jean (Gillian Wright) back on the scene (hooray, might I just say? I love Jean!) I can’t imagine that the news is going to be met with a full hoorah as we all know what happened to post-natal Stacey last time. Let’s see where they’re going with this pregnancy storyline for the character. It could be a bumpy ride (pardon the pun!).
Bex’s Bullies ~ Bex (Jasmine Armfield) suffers again at the hands of bullies; Louise (Tilly Keeper), Madison (Seraphina Beh) and Sydney (Alexandra D’Costa). Destroying Bex’s guitar is one step too far, but luring her into a false sense of security by having Madison make her believe that she has broken away from the gang and wants to be friends, ends in more than tears. Handing over a box of sweets to Bex as a peace offering, let’s just say the chocolate ones aren’t chocolate! Louise is obviously not happy to be a part of the bullying but it looks as though she can se no way out. The storyline is reminiscent of bullying suffered by a few fellow pupils when I was at school and I’m sure is extremely relevant today. Bullying should be highlighted and EastEnders are doing a grand job of that.
Sonia’s back! ~ Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) returns when her daughter cries out for help as a result of her bullying hell. So, is mummy going to put a stop to it? How long is she staying for this time? And most importantly of all, where’s her trumpet? Hee hee…
Ian steps back ~ Ian (Adam Woodyatt) starts to consider stepping back from his business empire building as Jane (Laurie Brett) tries to convince him that spending more time together would be a better use of his time. Will the workaholic take his wife’s advice and start to become all about the pipe and slippers? It is Ian Beale we’re talking about, I’ll believe it when I see it!
Lauren & Josh ~ Lauren I(Jacqueline Jossa) is dolling herself up for a night out with the girls again and happens to mention to Josh (Eddie Eyre) which nightclub opening she will be at. Of course he turns up, but she bolshie Lauren bolts when her crush goes to kiss her. What game is she playing?
EastEnders never has a week without misery does it? Despite the fact that it’s Ben’s (Harry Reid) 21st birthday, there’s still not much to raise a smile about! Here are a few key moments:
Denise departs ~ …..only from the Minute Mart though! Denise (Diane Parish) has had more than enough after a chat with Head Office about training courses and all manner of other suggestions that she finds offensive sees her handing in her notice with no job to go to. Gotta love feisty Denise, though – there’s never a dull moment with her around and she has a confession from Kush (Davood Ghadami) to think on. It seems he doesn’t find her unattractive… boom chicka wow wow…
Yolande! ~ Yolande (Angela Wynter) was last seen in 2008 after leaving her philandering husband, Patrick (Rudolph Walker). In a well-kept secret move, she returned to tick off Denise about her customer service! Does this mean that she will be coming back again? I really hope so, I rather liked her and think Patrick could do worse than to have her back in his life.
Dennis the menace ~ Dennis (Bleu Landau) has been making a nuisance of himself to Auntie Michelle (Jenna Russell) quite successfully. He’s not giving up and she’s giving in! Even when it comes to her offer to bring home take away, he decides he doesn’t want pizza and instead requests fried chicken. Michelle foolishly offers to buy both! Then he’s calling her hurrying along, when is the boy going to desist? Not anytime soon I’ll wager…
Ben’s Birthday ~ Ben has the key of the door, never been 21 before – and it’s party time. He’s already feeling rather sorry for himself as Paul is not there to celebrate it with him and Pam and Les have remembered his big day by sending him a card, which stirs up memories. However, Jay (Jamie Borthwick) is soon teasing him about his lack of action in the bedroom and the party provides an opportunity for Ben to remedy this, with Johnny Carter (Ted Reilly). They’re both insistent that it was a one night stand in the cold light of day, but I actually think there’s something there and they’re not a bad match.
Whitney & Lauren sip their drinks as Whitney realises the real reason Lauren has dragged her to the bar. Lauren Branning (JACQUELINE JOSSA), Whitney Carter (SHONA MCGARTY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes
Albert Square couldn’t have a quite pancake day now, could it? Nor could things magically improve for the Carter family? No, of course not! Here are the highlights from Walford!
Mick’s money worries ~ Mick (Danny Dyer) has been experiencing money worries from all angles and they’re not set to improve anytime soon. Being told that the Queen Vic as a business is a good and sound bet but that he as an individual is too much of a risk to lend money to – that is the final straw, I’d say. Mick Carter is a broken man and there doesn’t appear to be any way out of the financial mess he is buried beneath. Despite the various reports about Danny Dyer’s enforced leave from the show, I can’t know his portrayal of Mick.
Beale’s MOT ~ Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) takes a turn for the worse while participating in a pancake race, he has still not received his results following the MOT he undertook at the docs. The dizzy spell puts fear into Jane (Laurie Brett) and subsequently, he is going to man up and find out what the verdict is. Whether it be Diabetes or something more life threatning, I feel sure that Woodyatt will be the man for the job. His performance during the live episodes back in 2015 was nothing short of astonishing. Fingers crossed for nothing too serious for the hapless Mr Beale.
Denise’s decision ~ Denise makes her final decision to let her baby boy go to another family and it’s a heart breaking moment to watch. She has ultimately done what’s right for the little one, giving him a chance in life and she has also opened doors for herself by taking the step. Will her decision be one that she regrets in the future? I can’t think that she will never think of speak of her baby again, but then this is soap land… Hats off to Diane Parish for the way she has played this out. It’s not an easy subject to tackle and she has faced it head on. Brilliant!
Bex bares all? ~ Poor Bex (Jasmine Arnfield) is still suffering at the hands of the nasty piece of work that we know as Keegan (Zack Morris). The bully boy has taken it upon himself to add an image of her head onto an indecent image and what’s worse? Her dad has seen it! Will this lad stoop any lower? When will Bex’s luck change?
Kathy ~ I have always been a fan of the Beale family, in all of their varying incarnations, and the return of Gillian Taylforth was a favourable choice from the powers that be, as far as I was concerned. Once we got past the fact that Kathy wasn’t actually, because that was a bit of a creepy thought to start with. She has fitted in seamlessly, has a wicked sense of humour and I think Ian is going to need her. As he always does! Big thumbs up for a blast from the past who I hope is here to stay for a long time to come.
Love was in the air in the Square, this week. OK it was circling the area… No? Well, someone must have been happy – let’s see shall we?
Whitney’s at her whit’s end ~ Whitney has come a cropper at the hands of Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard) and decides that he should spend a night or two with daddy (Danny Dyer). Despite yet another set-back in their young marriage, Whitney is determined to get back on track and when the couple book a table for dinner on Valentine’s Day – Mrs Carter is hopeful. However, with her husband on a knife-edge with his mental health, he soon makes a rash decision and Whitney finds herself dumped. Who saw that coming? Well, we all did I suppose, but it was very harsh to do it on Valentine’s Day! His exit story line has been emotional to say the least, he’ll be missed.
Remember Roxy? ~ Jack (Scott Maslen) has sent his paperwork to Billy (Perry Fenwick) for the head stone to mark the Mitchell sisters’ grave. However, Billy is concerned and put out when he discovers that Roxy (Rita Simons) has been omitted from the wording. Approaching the grieving Widower, Billy tentatively queries if there has been a mistake. No mistake, though! Oh dear…
School Boy Absconds ~ Preston (Martin Anzor) is in the Square and Michelle (Jenna Russell) is rather delighted! It seems that the ‘boy’ has not forgotten his love interest and has pursued her all the way to Walford. Where will they go from here? I expect we’ll have fun finding out. I suspect they will too!
Mrs Beale’s Mobility ~ Jane (Laurie Brett) has made extraordinary progress following the horrific beating she suffered at the hands of her Son, last year. Of course she’s made good progress, this is soap, they can do what they like! However, her recovery spells the end of NHS physio and Jane’s distress at the withdrawal of the service means that Ian is going to put his hand in his pocket again. He’s already splashed out on the swish new wheelchair and pink gloves, has he got money to burn?
June Brown ~ A very Happy Birthday to June Brown who has played Dot for decades and continues to be a favourite with the faithful following of fans. To think that she has reached the grand old age of 90 years old and continues to work regularly in such a fast paced and precarious business is an achievement in itself. Dot is the Queen of Walford and I really hope that BAFTA recognise her talent and longevity, soon. I know she has a NAFTA, but come on BAFTA!
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.
Photo credits: BBC
There has been the usual share of highs, lows and bizarre behaviour that we all expect from the residents of the popular Square. So, here’s a taste of what last week had to offer:
Babe’s on borrowed time ~ Babe (Annette Badland) has been behaving like the spoilt and petulant child of the Carter family of late, and her schemes caught up with her this week – leaving Mick (Danny Dyer) with yet another death stare opportunity. Mick has been under a black cloud since Linda (Kellie Bright) went on her my dash to stay with her mum. I think Babe’s days truly are numbered now that she has rocked the boat in such spectacular fashion.
Lee loses it (again!) ~ Just the week before, Babe was blaming Whitney (Shona McGarty) for Lee’s (Danny-Boy Hatchard) misfortunes, but now the man himself has turned on Whitney and blames her, too. I can’t be alone in thinking that a percentage of Lee’s troubles may have been spurred on by his unsuspecting wife, but surely only because of his state of mind at the time. Either way, their relationship seems to be on a downward spiral with no light at the end of the tunnel.
Glenda ~ Just that, Glenda! I love Glynis Barber and all that she brings to the role. Now that we’re without her two daughters, I think the way is clear for her to stir things up and become a prominent part of the Square again. Good decision!
Facing the Funeral ~ Jack (Scott Maslen) has played the bereaved husband so believably that it’s broken my heart. When we finally said our goodbyes to Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons) it was such an emotive episode that I almost couldn’t watch. I’m not going to wax lyrical, the scene with Jack and the children summed it up for me, haunting.
Stacey’s Shoulder ~ Has anyone else noticed that Stacey (Lacey Turner) has turned into the shoulder to cry on and the voice of reason? What a turn around from her Puerperal Psychosis – who’d have thought it? Although I still think she might run back into Max’s (Jake Wood) arms before long. Just a hunch.
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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…