After several months away, Dot returns to the Square and finds herself on the receiving end of a traditional Walford welcome – she walks in on grandchildren Lauren and Joey (below) getting steamy.
By the end of the week, when she realises that her stepson Max has a secret wife and her other stepson Jack is about to shack up with Sharon, Dot questions whether it was such a good idea to return after all. The real question should be why on earth anybody would ever think it a good idea.
On Tuesday, the Brannings decide to host a family meal at the Vic to welcome back Dot. Given that their last attempt at one ended in a fistfight, it’s fair to assume that this one won’t go to plan either.
Over at the Queen Vic, Roxy is lording it over new charlady Kat, who promptly resigns when Alfie backs Roxy and not her in an argument. Oh, who are they kidding? We all know that Alfie is going to be back with Kat before the Easter Bunny visits, just as we all know that there’s no way thhat Sharon is going to walk to the altar with Jack without one last hurrah with Phil first.
I’m not sure whether it’s all those e riveting lectures on the Royal Mail or his way with rice but Ayesha’s s baffling crush on Masood continues s this week. You can’t blame him for enjoying the attention of a beautiful woman, especially since his own wife Zainab seems to have become surgically attached to her r vacuum cleaner of late.
Elsewhere, Dexter is charming his s way into the hearts and homes of everyone in Albert Square. That’s the great thing about long lost relatives – you find one, three others are bound to follow. Before long he is making a play for Lola, until Phil steps in and tells her she can do better. For an alcoholic , ex crack- addict jailb i rd, Phil certainly seems to have pretty high standards.