The EastEnders Weekender has returned – our re-cap, review and maybe a little rant about the previous week’s goings on around Albert Square. While we certainly hope that you’re keeping up to the minute on what’s happening in Walford by watching EastEnders every weeknight at 8pm ET, we know that’s not always possible and you have to catch up on the drama and intrigue online. Therefore, please be forewarned that the EastEnders Weekender contains big spoilers if you haven’t yet enjoyed the previous week’s episodes of EastEnders. Watch for a new EastEnders Weekender online each weekend.
EPISODES: 4303 – 4307 / VISIONTV AIRDATES: OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 1, 2013
This week starts with an unexpected move, as Alfie surprises Kat with a trip to Madeira — a generous gift that only heightens her sense of remorse. As if on cue, an online friend request from Mark (and a snide remark from Janine) acts as a reminder of her recent indiscretions, and even as Alfie continues to demonstrate his affection, Kat’s guilty conscience begins to show. Fortunately for her, Alfie initially accepts it when she chalks her odd behavior up to hormonal mood swings – although he later reveals to Ian that he believes none of it. As the couple sets off for the airport, kids in tow, it seems that all is well, at least for the time being.
Meanwhile, Syed begins meeting with Amira in an attempt to spend more time with baby Yasmin. The two seem to be rebuilding their friendship, although Amira remains stubborn in her unwillingness to let Christian into Yasmin’s life. Unable to tell Christian the truth about his visits, Syed’s attempts at secrecy succeed at first, as his tales of trips to the solicitor and appointments with patients offer convincing alibis. However, his movements are revealed when Ben, who has grown attached to Christian, sees the former couple together in the park and café. Syed is able to defuse Christian’s suspicions at first, saying the woman he had met with was a potential client, and the lie almost works – until, that is, Christian sees a text message and photo from Amira. With Syed’s chance to come clean on his own terms passed, Christian and Roxy confront him, leaving him to choose between his baby daughter, and his boyfriend.
At Ian’s house, mounting tensions reach a peak, as Mandy’s hot and cold demeanour persists. With Ian out golfing, she (nearly) manages to set fire to the kitchen, and enlists Jack’s help to silence the overzealous smoke detector. Admiring his handiwork, Mandy invites Jack to stay, if only to raise the ire of her host when he returns from golf. Her ploy works – Ian is far from impressed to see Jack leaving the house, and after a shouting match (and a short-lived reconciliation), Mandy hits him where it hurts, taking a golf club to his rental convertible. With the video of the incident going viral, Mandy takes up residence with Pat, whose insight into Ian’s true nature leaves her feeling regretful, and apologetic. Back at home, Ian is left completely disheartened, breaking down in the midst of a heart to heart with Alfie. His spirits are lifted, however, when Mandy returns, and attempts to make nice. Ian responds with a marriage proposal, which Mandy eventually accepts – but only after making him work for it.
Things are no less difficult, and dramatic, in the romantic lives of Albert Square’s younger generation. When time spent with Tyler brings up troubling memories from her past, Whitney walks out on their fledgling relationship. Unsure of her next move, she looks to Pat – who, unsurprisingly, has been dispensing plenty of sage advice and comforting words this week. However, no sooner has Whit resolved to make up with Tyler at the Vic, than she overhears his unflattering take on her behavior. Furious, she storms out of the pub, only to be followed by her stalwart admirer, Fatboy. The result? Well, before the week is out, Fatboy has finally been granted his wish, and the two longtime friends are officially dating. Eager to ensure Whitney doesn’t regret her choice, Fats pulls out all the stops to impress his new girlfriend. Tyler, however, seems less than thrilled by the new couple, even as Whit’s ongoing conversations with Pat reveal that she may not be over him after all.
Not one to wallow, however, Tyler sets to work with Anthony planning Poppy’s 21st birthday party, making wild promises for the celebrations. While chocolate fountains and Fatboy’s DJ skills keep most of the party-goers occupied, an emotionally exhausted Lauren trades shots with the equally downcast Tyler. With the responsibility of supporting Tanya through her cancer treatment weighing heavy on her mind, Lauren overindulges, and her subsequent encounter with Tyler leaves Whitney feeling betrayed. In response, Whit realizes that her relationship with Fatboy is the healthier of the two, and seems to have committed to it wholeheartedly.
While others are focused on finding love, Lola finds herself running low on cash and takes an entrepreneurial (if illegal) approach to earning some money. Craftily intercepting a shipment of towels to Tanya’s salon, she sets up shop in the market, but it isn’t long before Roxy catches wise to her con and calls her out. Ever the smooth-talker, however, Lola (with some help from Billy) manages to convince Roxy to give her a shot at the salon. The only thing she doesn’t get away with is the profit from her illicit towel stand, but her poor service and sticky fingers may make her stint working for Roxy and Tanya a short one.
And finally, Billy and Heather have some difficulty settling into their new roles at Butcher’s Joints, Janine’s recently opened property management firm. Janine proves to be a tough taskmaster, and becomes increasingly demanding of her staff leading up to the business’s official launch party. At this rate, it might not be long before her co-workers become mutinous, and the party itself seems like it’s shaping up to be a memorable event.
– Kate Shepherd
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