EastEnders‘ Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) was stopped in the nick of time from castrating her rapist Ross Swinden (Ossian Luke) on Friday 22 March having drugged him to the point of unconsciousness to get revenge for her sexual assault ordeal.
In dark scenes picking up directly from the previous episode’s cliffhanger, Ross lay comatose having realised his drink had been spiked after Ms Allen lured him to her flat using a fake profile on a dating site. Pretending she would drop the charges if he apologised, Ruby lulled the sleazy fella into trusting her before turning the tables and revealing he had fallen for her plan as he collapsed.
Manically talking to the comatose cad about getting even for what he did to her, she was interrupted by best mate Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner) and hubby Martin Fowler (James Bye) – who had been having a pint with Ross’s mate, and co-conspirator, Matt Clarkson (Mitchell Hunt) and saw a picture message ping on his phone of Ross in Ruby’s flat and dragged Stace to see what was going on.
Clocking with horror Ruby wielding a knife it was clear she planned to inflict some very painful and permanent damage to sleeping Ross, but the Fowlers talked her down – with Stacey recounting her experience of killing evil Archie Mitchell in revenge for her own rape ordeal back in 2009 and how lashing out wouldn’t necessarily bring closure.
Breaking down to Stacey, Rubes had a rethink and wept as she explained how desperate she was to get justice. The trio then dumped a still out-cold Ross out by the playground under cover of night, and Martin revealed he’d snatched Matt’s phone which contained potentially incriminating messages between him and Ross about Ruby that could be the key to getting a guilty verdict.
When is Ruby’s rape trial on screen?
Ruby now faces a dilemma as to whether to give the phone to the police so it can be used as evidence, but could it prove her attempted entrapment as Ross sent a picture of him at Ms Allen’s flat? And when Ross wakes up by the swings will he remember what Ruby did and shop her to the cops, jeopardising her defence?
EastEnders has revealed new details on the trial which airs on Tuesday 2 April. New pictures from the upcoming episode show Ruby and Stacey being cross-examined, but as pressure mounts on Stace she struggles to support her pal.
The recent EastEnders spring trailer showed both Ross and Matt present in court for the trial, but before then do the lads inform the authorities about Ruby’s drugging and entrapment of Ross? Will they choose to announce it when they get on the stand? And with painful memories of Archie now unlocked for stressed Stacey, will she completely fall apart under interrogation and unwittingly harm Ruby’s chances of getting the verdict she needs to move forward with her life?
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