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Steven pro­poses to a stunned Lau­ren – what will she say?

Steven Beale has fast dis­cov­ered that pre­tend­ing to have a brain tu­mour is a great way of get­ting what you want. When Lau­ren was about to leave him for Pe’er, all it took was his ‘con­fes­sion’ that he might turn his toes up, and she was can­celling her flight quicker than you could say ‘fruit loop.’

Now that he’s kept the am­bi­tious brunette in Wal­ford, he’s not about to rest on his lau­rels. Well, what’s the point in telling a mas­sive lie if you can’t milk it for all its worth? And so, in the mid­dle of The Vic, in front of Jane, Ian and half of Wal­ford, he asks Lau­ren to marry him – and she looks like she’d rather treat Karen Tay­lor’s bunions than be­come Mrs Beale.

Steven’s ‘di­ag­no­sis’ has thrown Lau­ren com­pletely off kil­ter, and ear­lier, as she strug­gles to get her head round the sit­u­a­tion, she pushes him to share his news with Jane and Ian. Not sur­pris­ingly, he re­fuses. ‘He tells Lau­ren that he doesn’t want to bur­den them– but of course, it’s about self-pro­tec­tion, re­veals our Eas­ten­ders mole. ‘He knows the more he can con­tain his lie, the eas­ier it’s go­ing to be to keep it up.’

Later, as Lau­ren over­hears an emo­tional con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Steven and Ian, she once again begs her boyfriend to come clean. But Steven stands his ground and then floors her with an­other bomb­shell – he wants to adopt baby Louie.

Lau­ren’s un­com­fort­able about the idea, and tells Steven that Pe’er – the lad’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther – would need to be con­sulted. But Steven doesn’t back down, and an­nounces that he’s go­ing to see a so­lic­i­tor about ap­ply­ing for parental re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Mean­while, Lau­ren is left feel­ing fur­ther trou­bled when Steven then calls a fam­ily meet­ing. Abi as­sumes he’s go­ing to make a fool of her sis­ter and dump her, but they are both stunned when Steven gets down on one knee and pops the ques­tion.

‘It’s a very public pro­posal and de­lib­er­ately so,’ adds our En­ders mole. ‘Steven knows that with all eyes on Lau­ren, she’s go­ing to feel pres­sured into say­ing “Yes”.’

Feel­ing trapped, Lau­ren turns to her fa­ther Max for sup­port. Bad move – her venge­ful dad just makes things even worse. Will she be able to find a way out?

He knows that with all eyes on Lau­ren, she’s go­ing to feel pres­sured into

say­ing “Yes”

A lotta bot­tle: Steven pops the ques­tion to Lau­ren

Abi wor­ries about Steven’s plans for Lau­ren

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