East­end­ers, Neigh­bours and Home & Away

She con­tem­plates sui­cide as she strug­gles with her baby se­cret…

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Jean and Kat find her sit­ting on the bal­cony of a dis­used tower block

Blimey, Al­bert Square is a cheery place right now (not). We’ve got Mick Carter in­car­cer­ated in the kind of prison nor­mally seen on a Ross Kemp doc­u­men­tary, Ruby Allen trau­ma­tised after be­ing raped, and now Hay­ley Slater con­tem­plat­ing tak­ing her own life. We’re al­most start­ing to miss those ‘com­edy’ scenes with Ian Beale and Ma­sood. Al­most.

Hayles is preg­nant, and ter­ri­fied she’s go­ing to make a lousy par­ent. She’s also strug­gling with her big se­cret – that the baby’s ‘fava’ is Kat’s hubby, Al­fie. With folk con­tin­u­ing to ask ques­tions about the dad, she’s her usual ball of stress this week, and Jean in­ad­ver­tently makes things worse by giv­ing her a list of things she needs to buy be­fore the birth.

Hay­ley’s con­fi­dence is boosted when she spends time with Mariam’s fos­ter son, Harley. But when Mariam men­tions how she cared for a child with foetal al­co­hol syn­drome, Hay­ley’s racked with guilt for booz­ing. Things get messy when she then lets slip to Jean that she drank whilst in Spain…

‘The men­tion of Spain piques Jean’s sus­pi­cions about who the baby’s fa­ther is,’ re­veals our En­ders mole. ‘As Hay­ley storms off and turns to drink again, Jean does some in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and thinks she knows who got Hay­ley preg­nant.’

The fol­low­ing day, it all gets too much for Hayles when Jean de­mands the truth, and she leaves the house to get some air. Jean wor­ries when her niece fails to re­turn, but when Keanu re­veals that Hay­ley men­tioned go­ing ‘home’, Jean re­alises where she has gone.

‘Jean and Kat find Hay­ley sit­ting on the bal­cony of a dis­used tower block,’ adds our mole. ‘Kat as­sures Hay­ley that she’s a good per­son, but Hay­ley says she wouldn’t think that if she knew the truth.’

Jean even­tu­ally coaxes Hay­ley down, and takes her back to the Slater house. But as Hay­ley heads up­stairs, she over­hears Kat bad­mouthing her. Will Kat’s words cause Hay­ley to self-de­struct?

Harsh: Hay­ley over­hears Kat talk­ing about her Pa­ter­nity: Has Jean guessed Hay­ley’s se­cret?

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