ELAINE Peacock made a stormy entrance at The Vic and immediately took matters into her own hands.
But could the returning EastEnders character be keeping a dark secret? And what will Lola Pearce do as her final days approach?
1. Elaine is harboring a shady secret
Elaine Peacock (played by newcomer Harriet Thorpe) finds her place at the legendary Walford pub after making sure everyone in Albert Square knows about her return.
But after her long-awaited comeback, Elaine was shocked to discover the Vic had been broken into and vandalized.
Both she and Linda tried to figure out who could have done such a thing – until Elaine discovered that a glass flamingo that Nish had given Panesar earlier had been left on the bar.
This week Elaine and Linda (Kellie Bright) deal with the aftermath of the burglary on BBC One.
Elaine insists on getting revenge on the Panesar clan, and Eve Unwin (Heather Peace) fears things might backfire on Suki Panesar.
However, Linda is upset when Elaine doesn’t seem to mind the destroyed image of the supposedly deceased Mick Carter.
Focused on business, Elaine becomes an instant hit with the Walford men as she lures them with free drinks.
Linda, on the other hand, is irritated when her mother changes the normal operation of The Vic.
The bartender may be even more amazed when her mother makes a decision about the victim behind her back.
Elaine is teased about moving back to Albert Square with a new family in tow. She calls a mysterious man and shares her hope that he will move into The Vic.
Will Linda find out and if so, how will she react?
To add to tensions, Elaine later admits that she wants to get rid of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) at The Vic and is unfazed when he shows up late for his shift.
Alfie was a source of support for Linda after Mick disappeared at sea.
But things get worse for him at the Vic when he tries to charm himself and proposes a cocktail night, mixing a few signature drinks for Kat Slater and Phil Mitchell to toast Peggy.
Sensing Elaine’s hesitancy towards Alfie, Kat (Jessie Wallace) makes a subtle commitment to him.
What is Elaine up to?
Who will she let move into The Vic with Linda and her?
2. Stacey is being held captive by his ex
A dangerous offer makes Stacey Slater consider risking everything to save her family.
The caravan owner, played by Lacey Turner, has been under a lot of financial pressure in recent months, especially with her daughter Lily expecting a child.
Her money problems spiral out of control this week when bailiffs arrive to evict her from the house and home.
Martin Fowler (James Bye) sees this and tries to offer additional support, but Stacey insists she’s in control.
Later, Freddie Slater (Bobby Brazier) discovers a dejected Stacey and quickly comes up with a winning idea to get more customers to her party truck.
Though the idea is an instant hit, Stacey is blissfully brought back to reality when a client at Secret Cam makes her a shocking offer.
Unbeknownst to the residents of Walford, Stacey was inspired by Freddie’s own business venture and turned to camera work to make ends meet, creating her own account on a platform called Secret Cam.
Stacey considers the offer and continues to refuse Martin’s help.
In later scenes, she asks Eve Unwin to take care of the Bap van.
Unfortunately, Eve soon returns home to find Stacey all dressed up – will she tell her what she’s up to?
Things only get worse for Stacey when she discovers that Lily (Lillia Turner) has been bullying a girl at school, but there’s more to the situation than meets the eye.
Martin then takes the struggling Stacey on a picnic in the park, where they have a hearty chat and he unknowingly gives her the reassurance she needs.
Will Stacey accept the offer?
While viewers have yet to learn more about this week’s event, one might suspect that a mysterious enemy could be setting Stacey in a trap.
Could the Secret Cam offer come from someone Stacey knows well?
Could accepting the offer make her a viral sensation?
One could also theorize that this could be a ruse by Ryan Malloy, who is desperate to get custody of his daughter, Lily.
Is he able to prank Stacey so that she loses her credibility as a mother?
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3. Suicidal turn in cancer history
Could Lola Pearce be tempted to take matters into her own hands?
The hairdresser’s health has deteriorated drastically in recent weeks as actress Danielle Harold prepares to leave Albert Square after more than a decade.
Despite her condition, Lola was keen to work at Fox & Hare, but as her health deteriorated, she was forced to leave the salon.
This week, Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) throws Lola a farewell karaoke party.
Unfortunately, Lola is overwhelmed by the day’s events, especially when Kim struggles to find a karaoke machine.
She secretly retires outside, leaving Denise Fox (Diane Parish), Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) to discover that she is missing.
The trio of women panic when they fail to find her, and Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) soon joins the search along with Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick).
Billy eventually finds a confused Lola on the floor outside the gym and she panics when her speech and mobility are affected.
A debilitated Lola wakes up in the hospital with Ben, Jay and Billy by her side and soon learns the heartbreaking news that her palliative chemotherapy hasn’t worked.
Fully aware that Lola’s time is quickly running out, Jay releases her from the hospital in later scenes with the idea of enjoying a day of fun at the seaside.
Then Lola discovers a ruby necklace that she wants to buy for her daughter Lexi as a 16th birthday present.
While at the seaside, the couple strike up a warm conversation and Jay has a huge surprise in store for Lola.
Viewers of the long-running drama are getting ready as Danielle Harold has reportedly filmed her character’s final scenes.
Knowing the end is near, many fans of the London-broadcast show fear Lola will decide she’s had enough and decide to end her own life.
But could they be right?
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.