A week is a long time in soaps, but three months feels like almost a lifetime. With EastEnders having been off screen over the summer, you’d be forgiven for having forgotten what all the characters were up to when we were last in their company back in June. So, in preparation for the soap’s glorious return to BBC1 tonight at 8.05pm, here’s a quick recap of who was doing what to whom before lockdown:
Sharon and Ian had bought the Queen Vic
“Hello, Phil – what can I get you?” And so began a new era at Albert Square’s premier boozer, after Sharon and Ian nicked the Vic from under Phil’s nose. The local hardman had been in line to purchase the pub from the Carters, but Linda was loath to sell to him after the contemptuous way he’d treated Sharon. Hence the last-minute switcheroo which saw the Vic slip from Phil’s grasp just in time for the doof doof cliffhanger.
Ben went to hospital
That ‘final’ episode just had to provide some #Ballum-related drama, and we certainly got it when Ben’s temperature skyrocketed thanks to a fever and he was dosed up by Callum with some strong medication. The trouble came when Callum left for the day and Ben collapsed and was subsequently rushed to the hospital by Jay. When we left things, Ben had been discharged after learning his burst eardrum would get better and that he’d still be able to have the operation to get his cochlear implant.
Gray got suspicious
Volatile legal eagle Gray made a bit of a show of telling wife Chantelle that Whitney had tried to kiss him. But it wasn’t long before he’d steered things back around to his main obsession: Chantelle’s whereabouts. After being quizzed, she was left having to deny using his car the previous week. But when Chantelle later made out that she’d been at the dentist at the time when Gray suspected her of being behind the wheel, it was clear that that the story she told hadn’t been believed.
Dotty v Ian
Risk-taking, rule-breaking Dotty felt the long arm of the law on her shoulder when she attempted to sell nitrous oxide at Ruby’s and ended up getting arrested after elbowing a police officer. Later on, Dotty confronted Ian over setting her up with the cops and was left open-mouthed with shock when she learned he’d also told her university about her arrest and that she’d now been suspended. With tempers starting to fray, an incandescent Dotty told Ian that she’d now reveal all to Sharon about his part in Denny’s untimely death on the boat. But an equally belligerent Mr Beale demanded that Dotty stop blackmailing him.
Billy went to war over Karen
We’ve seen our fair share of heated showdowns in EastEnders’s 35-year history, but a grudge air-hockey game? That was definitely a first. The two competitors were Mitch and Billy, the latter feeling especially determined to defeat his rival and win Karen’s affections. As was ever the case, things didn’t exactly go Billy’s way, particularly when he ended up getting injured after their fight spilled out into the street. Clutching a bloodied tissue to his nose, Billy was last seen giving Karen an ultimatum: she either choose him or Mitch.
Sonia wanted to find her dad
Poor Sonia was feeling lonely after hearing from Tiff that Bex was having a good time away from the Square and had even tried paragliding. (No, we can’t imagine that either.) After logging on to the website Relation Station, Sonia decided to go in search of her long-lost dad Terry Cant. But we’ve yet to see what results she got…
EastEnders returns on Monday September 7 at 8:05pm on BBC One.
If you’ve got a soap or TV story, video or pictures get in touch by emailing us [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you.
Join the community by leaving a comment below and stay updated on all things soaps at our homepage.
Source: Read Full Article