Dean’s on a mis­sion to get at the Carters

Bray People - - CHRISTMAS -

EastEn­ders on? What’sgo­ing

Most of the Carters haven’t been in Wal­ford for long enough to know that a tra­di­tional fam­ily Christ­mas in the Vic usu­ally in­volves at least one ex­plo­sive row and some­one sob­bing into their stuff­ing – but they are about to find out. And given that Linda and Shirley have both been keep­ing a very big se­cret, they could be serv­ing up a tick­ing time bomb along with the turkey. At least one of the clan’s skele­tons threat­ens to fall out of the cup­board as Stacey works out what hap­pened be­tween Dean and Linda. The salon owner is ini­tially con­fused when his girl­friend dumps him, but after see­ing her with the land­lady, he works out what has hap­pened, and warns Linda that un­less she wants him to share his ver­sion of events with Mick, she needs to tell Stacey it was all one big mis­un­der­stand­ing. She agrees, on the con­di­tion that he stays away from her fam­ily. With the cri­sis seem­ingly averted, the Carters can get on with en­joy­ing the big day, as Stan shows his ro­man­tic side and trans­forms the pub’s bar­rel store into a win­ter won­der­land for Cora’s ben­e­fit, while Mick plans a grand ges­ture of his own. But of course, all this fes­tive hap­pi­ness can’t last as a drunken Dean ar­rives to make threats, and Aunt Babe and Shirley are hor­ri­fied to dis­cover that Sylvie has also been in­vited to din­ner. It’s also an emo­tional Christ­mas for the Beales – the fes­tive spirit af­fects Jane so much, that she ends up in bed with Ian. She asks him to keep their night of pas­sion quiet, but he can’t re­sist let­ting slip to Al­fie, and by the end of the day the gossip is all around the Square. Mean­while, thoughts of Lucy are never far away, es­pe­cially when Cindy finds a sin­is­ter present for baby Beth un­der­neath the tree, and Emma dis­cov­ers some­one’s sent her video footage that sug­gests one Al­bert Square res­i­dent hasn’t been hon­est about their move­ments on Good Fri­day. Over at the Cot­ton res­i­dence, Dot gets a most un­wel­come Christ­mas sur­prise when she walks in on Nick and Yvonne in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion. They plead with her not to tell Charlie, point­ing out that Nick will soon be leav­ing any­way. But given that Nick man­aged to come back from the dead, Ron­nie shouldn’t be so sure that giv­ing him a ferry ticket and a bun­dle of cash will be enough to get rid of him… Just to prove it’s not go­ing to be all doom and gloom in Wal­ford over the fes­tive sea­son, Kush makes it his per­sonal mis­sion to get Shab­nam into the Christ­mas mood, even ac­cept­ing Fat Boy’s chal­lenge to kiss her by the end of the day. And New Year also sees the wel­come re­turn of funlov­ing Kim. How­ever, she’s in for a shock when she learns just how much has changed in her ab­sence.

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