The women of Walford are set to discover just how quickly things can change in this week’s EastEnders, as they gather for a lock-in at the Queen Vic.
The BBC One soap’s highly-anticipated anniversary week, which was previewed in a mysterious trailer earlier this month, is almost upon us, with shocks and twists aplenty that will change just about everything for those who feature.
Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) has a passionate and greatly anticipated reunion with Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters), but the mood soon changes after an announcement from Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).
Elsewhere, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) is left to deal with the chaos ex Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott) has left behind, as she hatches a plan to keep Lily (Lillia Turner) on the square.
Denise Fox (Diane Parish) tries to avoid Ravi Gulati (Aaron Thiara), but is soon faced with an offer she can’t refuse…
There’s all that and more to come next week (February 20 to 24) in EastEnders, so keep reading to find out all there is to know about what’s in store.
Monday February 20
Linda’s world is rocked when she receives a photo of Shirley and Dean from Carly. Kathy comforts her as she breaks down in the hallway. Later on, the pair talk about what they’ve both been through in the past.
A flustered Sharon and Keanu return to bar following a passionate reunion in the bathroom of The Vic and are greeted by sarcastic comments from Denise, leading the other drinkers to realise what they’ve been up to.
Their happiness is short-lived when Linda interrupts and reveals that she has received a counter offer from Nish and Suki Panesar for Mick’s half of The Vic. Enraged by their deceit, Sharon confronts them…
Also hurt by Nish and Suki, Eve leaves the pub in angst.
Sharon is devastated when Keanu receives a voice note from Sam hinting at their romance in Spain.
Heartbroken, Sharon banishes Keanu, who reluctantly leaves The Vic, devastated that he may have blown his chances with her.
Kat Slater, meanwhile, gets Phil’s approval to postpone their wedding until Christmas Day.
Denise joins a distracted Jack Branning for a drink at The Vic. As Ravi enters, Denise feels awkward and kisses Jack to prove a point to Ravi.
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Jack, however, leaves early due to work commitments, which leaves Denise with an opportunity to make a move on Ravi, who turns her down, not wanting to take advantage of her while she’s drunk.
Denise, upset, orders him to leave, and subsequently seeks advice from Sharon as she desperately searches to validate her feelings for Ravi.
Lashing out, Denise forces him to leave. Later, she seeks advice from Sharon as she secretly searches to validate her feelings for Ravi.
After an eventful evening, the ladies of Walford settle in to a lock in where they bond over their shared experiences, and moan about the men in their lives… but what becomes apparent is in a flash, everything can change, and lives are shattered as a result.
Tuesday February 21
Following an eventful night, a hungover Sharon, Denise and Stacey wake up in The Vic to Kathy and Eve delivering them breakfast.
Denise rushes to meet Jack before he leaves for his work conference, and kisses him outside No.27 in eyeshot of Ravi.
Kim, meanwhile, is on the hunt for a Walford man to take part in her livestream event, and Ravi initially puts himself forward in order to get closer to Denise.
At Fox & Hair, Denise is flustered in Ravi’s presence and, after some harsh words, a guilty Ravi decides to withdraw from Kim’s event. Later, Ravi heads to No.27 to patch things up with Denise and he asks her to spend the following night with him at a hotel.
An upset Keanu bumps into Sharon in the café, and is taken aback when she unleashes some home truths. Keanu is later accosted by Kim on his first doorman shift at Peggy’s to take part in her livestream. After some persuasion, Keanu steps in to save the day and is a huge success until a shocked Sam arrives.
After a chat with Kat, Sharon calls Keanu to reveal that she still loves him, and later asks Phil for advice on Nish, having discovered the pair have recently done business together.
Karen worries when Kat has to reduce her hours at the launderette as Bernie grows concerned about her longevity at the café.
Meanwhile, Freddie and Bobby create a pancake-eating competition in an attempt to raise some extra cash.
Wednesday February 22
After unsuccessfully avoiding Ravi, Denise and Ravi share a passionate kiss in the alleyway of The Vic and Denise agrees to meet him later at the hotel.
Keanu wakes up and hears the message from Sharon. Over at No.43, Sharon and Keanu put aside their differences and agree to a date that evening.
Karen is distracted by a call and accidentally walks out of the Minute Mart without paying, leading Suki to accuse her of stealing. A furious row erupts and Mitch and Karen vow to never shop in the Minute Mart again.
Linda is torn in her decision to sell Mick’s half of The Vic but, following some wise words from Patrick, she makes a secret phone call.
Thursday February 23
Nish convinces Suki to apologise to Karen in an attempt to protect their image in front of the Walford residents.
Eve watches from afar and later heads to the Minute Mart to check that Suki is alright.
EastEnders airs these scenes w/c Monday February 20 at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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