Stacey is currently doing a five-year stretch for the murder of Archie Mitchell, but unless EastEnders intends to film half a decade’s worth of prison scenes, then I doubt she’s going to stay there long. There is a precedent, of course: think back to the days when we got interminable episodes featuring Den Watts residing in Dickens Hill.

I imagine Stacey’s escape route will end up being mum Jean, who’s come up with a plan to get her out of jail. But there’s unexpected extra drama for the Slaters tonight when Jean is rushed to hospital after collapsing and Kat’s waters suddenly break. It never rains but it pours.


Hour-long episode. Mick finds himself in a tricky position after being arrested and charged with kerb crawling - especially after confronting Ian and finding out the real reason he was talking to Rainie. Should the landlord drop his friend in it to clear himself? Either way he avoids telling Linda what has happened - but his secret is short-lived when she receives a phone call. Stacey dismisses the idea of appealing against her conviction, so Jean tells Kat her fears about being a good grandmother to Lily - only for things to take an unexpected turn. Alfie calls in sick by leaving a message on the office voicemail - but scheming Aleks pretends to have never received it.

Cast & Crew

Mick Carter Danny Dyer
Ian Beale Adam Woodyatt
Rainie Cross Tanya Franks
Linda Carter Kellie Bright
Stacey Branning Lacey Turner
Jean Slater Gillian Wright
Kat Moon Jessie Wallace
Lily Branning Aine Garvey
Alfie Moon Shane Richie
Aleks Shirovs Kristian Kiehling
Director Dave Moor
Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Writer Lauren Klee
Writer Dare Aiyegbayo
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