Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley) was left panicked and disgusted in tonight's EastEnders (2nd November 2023), when she discovered that son Keanu (Danny Walters) had faked a ransom note after staging the kidnapping of his little boy, Albie!


Keanu told his son's mother, Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), that Albie had been snatched while in his care - but in fact, the youngster was safe with his grandmother.

When she quizzed Keanu on where Albie's buggy was, Keanu lied that it was also missing, and Sharon was frantic with worry, catastrophising that Albie might have been taken by someone dangerous or perverted.

As Sharon's brother, Zack Hudson (James Farrar), gathered the locals to search for Albie, Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry) took charge. Meanwhile, Keanu ordered the oblivious Karen to take Albie to her sister Kandice's, while Keanu played the part of the doting dad and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) supported Sharon.

When Keanu finally told Karen what he had done, she was stunned, finally feeling some empathy for poor Sharon. Karen didn't have time to take it all in before the police arrived to search her home - standard procedure for an abduction.

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When the detective asked Sharon if she had had any run-ins with anyone lately, Keanu pointed the finger at Dorian, who had previously made a threat to her and Albie when Sharon wouldn't pay him for his work.

Letitia Dean as a distressed Sharon Watts looks at Danny Walters as Keanu Taylor in EastEnders.
Letitia Dean as a distressed Sharon Watts looks at Danny Walters as Keanu Taylor in EastEnders. BBC

After investigating, the police explained that Dorian had been seen in Birmingham prior to the 'kidnapping', so had an alibi - although they weren't ruling out his involvement via a possible accomplice.

Having furtively returned Albie's passport, Keanu managed to convince Sharon that he had no malicious motives towards her, and he continued to tell himself that by implicating Dorian, he was making things less sinister for Sharon!

Things took a dark turn when Zack found a ransom note asking for £50,000 in return for Albie, while Karen told Keanu that Albie was happy with his cousin for now. Keanu revealed that he had now faked a ransom demand, and Karen was sickened by his cruelty.

Lorraine Stanley as a distressed Karen Taylor in EastEnders.
Lorraine Stanley as a distressed Karen Taylor in EastEnders. BBC

Karen pointed out that both she and Keanu could go to prison for a long time for this, adding that Albie was guaranteed to reveal where he had been all this time.

As she contemplated their doomed future, Karen was furious and terrified. Will the police - and Sharon - uncover Keanu's awful ruse?

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