EastEnders spoilers: Jean Slater slaps Ian Beale – first look pictures

Signals are misread in a forthcoming episode with Ian bearing the brunt as a result

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There’s chaos in the kitchens at Scarlett’s in the coming weeks as volatile cook Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) gets slap happy with boss Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt).

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The confrontation comes after Jean reads her horoscope and leaps to the conclusion that Ian fancies her. The pressure of an amorous boss starts to make Jean clumsy in the kitchen, but knowing that he needs to keep her on side, Ian is complimentary despite his employee’s various screw-ups. The result? Well, Jean starts to believe that Ian likes her even more!

Jean confides in an amused Shirley (Linda Henry) about Ian’s advances, who claims that Jean might be right – Ian is probably turning to Jean for comfort because he can’t keep up with Denise (Diane Parish) and her demanding ways. Following her earlier mishaps, Ian is then ecstatic when Jean makes a perfect dish. But when Ian tells Jean that he could kiss her and goes to grab her by the shoulders, Jean reacts with a fierce slap across the chops.

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So will Beale be squealing once again? Find out when the episode airs on Thursday 2 July.