Tragedy is set to strike once more in EastEnders as the Bakers are torn apart from Avery (Omar Lye-Fook) much too soon. As he passes away, the family have another shock to deal with in the aftermath.
And former death comes back to haunt the Panesar clan as Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) has a prick of the old conscience and admits his part in the death of Jags.
And soon the Panesars are imploding from within.
Meanwhile, another relationship fraying badly is that of Honey (Emma Barton) and Jay (Jamie Borthwick) – and it doesn’t help that he is out grinning and partying with his ex Lola (Danielle Harold).
Monday July 18
A-very sad day
Avery is desperate to go to an old restaurant that him and Mitch used to eat at when they were younger but knowing Avery is too weak and doesn’t have long left, Mitch has another idea.
Mitch later leads Avery to the laundrette where he is surprised with a Caribbean themed party. With the party in full swing and Tara at the helm, the brothers reminisce and Avery thanks Mitch for what he’s done. As Mitch talks to him, Avery passes away.
With Rocky in her ear about Ben’s behaviour, Kathy visits Ben at The Arches and suggests he speaks to a specialist who can help him. They are interrupted by a customer, James, who Ben soon realises he went to school with. As Ben takes him to the car lot to purchase a car, James begins to flirt with him leaving Ben uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Kathy makes a worrying discovery
Things get worse for Kathy as tensions continue to simmer between Ben and Rocky and fed up of how he is treating Kathy, Rocky snaps at Ben and gives him some home truths. The situation gets out of hand and as Ben goes to punch Rocky, Kathy jumps in to protect Rocky and Ben accidentally punches her instead.
After a warning from Ash, Suki invites a surprised Stacey to dinner. Thinking it’s a ruse, Stacey brings her kids but feels guilty when she realises Suki has made an effort. Kheerat soon arrives and is grateful that Suki is trying.
In Walford East, Howie is disappointed that a lucrative job has been cancelled and he lets slip to Kim that he’s been evicted from his flat leading her to suggest he stays with her permanently. The pair overhear Dana and Bobby arguing ending in Dana quitting so seizing an opportunity, Kim offers Howie’s services to Kathy.
Tuesday July 19
Honey is less than happy to have Ben crashing on the sofa and makes her feelings known. At The Arches, Kheerat is surprised to see Ben who is meant to be on leave and tries to offer him some advice. Kheerat later bumps into Callum and worried about Ben, suggests he checks-in on him.
In the Albert, Honey questions Kathy about her injured lip but isn’t convinced when Kathy brushes it off. After spotting the exchange, a guilty Ben nears an apology to Honey and apologises to Kathy but when Kathy encourages him to get help, he snaps at her.
Kathy turns to tough love and makes the painful decision not to speak to him until he gets help. With Phil busy, Ben has no one to turn to but when he bumps into James, and takes him to the Arches where they begin to kiss. As Rocky comforts Kathy, Ben takes up James’ offer and takes the drugs.
Whitney hears Callum and Ben should be on holiday and suggests a theme night out and as they venture out, Ben is further heartbroken to see his ex so happy.
Karen and Harvey encourage Mitch to support Finlay and Felix, reminding him they’re family so he takes them for lunch at Walford East where they discuss some expensive funeral plans.
In The Vic, Karen gives Mitch a letter she found from Avery and he makes a shocking discovery. As Finlay and Felix discuss extravagant funeral plans, Mitch debates how he should tell them.
Kathy reels from yesterday’s events and Howie further annoys her in his new role.
Wednesday July 20
Ben wakes up in The Arches and tries to cover when Kheerat enters, hiding the drugs and dismissing Kheerat’s concerns.
As Kheerat shares some sentimental words about their friendship and Ben is consumed with guilt over what he did to Jags. Self-loathing, Ben takes more drugs and bumps into Phil who is concerned about Ben’s behaviour.
At Peggy’s, Ben causes a scene and realising he is high, Kheerat takes him back to the Panesar’s to be checked by Ash.
Ben refuses their help and as Kheerat stands by his friend, the guilt becomes too much for Ben and he tells the Panesars that he killed Jags, he stopped the protection.
Kathy gives Jay a suitcase of Ben’s things and reveals that he accidentally hit her. After teasing Jay about Honey taking care of him, Jay accepts an invitation from Lola to go to Peggy’s for a drink. Thinking Honey wouldn’t want to come, he is surprised that she is up for it, but she later falls asleep on the sofa so Jay goes alone.
Mitch and Karen nervously tell Felix and Finlay what’s happened.
Thursday July 21
Jay enjoys a night out as Frankie and Lola continue to wind him up about Honey. When a very drunk Jay returns home late, Honey is less than impressed.
Felix and Finlay join in the party at Peggy’s and get to know the locals.
The Panesars are stunned by Ben’s shocking admission but how will Kheerat react to Ben being the reason that Jags is dead?
Meanwhile, Kathy’s worry for Ben increases when Phil reveals he saw him high and they learn he was in a fight.
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