I’m engaged… to woody!
Whitney’s stronger, more confident and won’t be pushed around Whitney returns to Walford with shock news for Mick
Poor Whitney left Walford in such a state that we wondered whether she might end up on the streets of London, like Diane Butcher in 1990. It turns out she’s been staying with her brother, Ryan, and has been quite the busy beaver. Firstly, she’s created a whole new image for herself – ditching the barmaid clobber for a more business-like look, and turning her brunette locks red. Secondly, she’s got it together with buff barman Woody, who’s not just her boyfriend now, but her fiancé. Blimey, it’s only eight months since she married Lee.
The Carters have no idea that Whitney’s on her way home and, at the start of the week, they’re pre-occupied by Fi Browning’s latest changes to The Vic. What is it this time? Crisps and peanuts replaced with olives and dried kale? As they’re moaning about
Mrs Frosty, Whit suddenly walks in.
Mick’s stunned and, as Johnny insists she move back to the pub, he supports his son’s idea and offers Whit her old job. Surly Shirley isn’t quite so welcoming, though. She sent Whitney packing after finding out about her cheeky snog with Mick, and thought she’d seen the last of her.
‘There’s a big Shirley and Whitney showdown. Shirley sees Whitney as a kind of scarlet woman, who’s coming between Mick and Linda,’ reveals our Eastenders mole. ‘But
Whitney’s returned to the Square a stronger, more confident woman. She won’t let Shirley push her around, and tells her she’s staying put.’
As Whitney settles in, she reveals to
Mick that she has got engaged – and goes on to explain that the lucky man is Woody. Mick went berserk, remember, when he found the pair in bed together earlier in the year – a touch of the green-eyed monster if ever we saw one. So how will the pub landlord react to the news that Woody is set to make Whitney his wife?
It’s not long before Woody returns, too, and Whitney’s overjoyed to see him.
The couple arrange an engagement bash, but there’s tension in the air between Whitney and Mick, who end up having a heart-to-heart on The Vic roof. Is Whitney still harbouring feelings for her former father-in-law?
And does Mick feel the same?
Ringing the changes: Mick’s surprised to see Whitney’s a new woman
Look who’s back: Woody