We know that Shabnam is about to suffer more heartache as she will lose the baby she and Kush are expecting.
But this scene with Jade, due to air in October, suggests that Shabnam could start to recover from that loss by forming a relationship with the daughter who is the result of Shabnam’s one-night stand with Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) seven years ago, and who she abandoned at birth.
Jade has cystic fibrosis (just like Dean’s brother Jimbo had), an incurable disease that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines.
The disease can be managed and Jade could live quite a full life… But is Shabnam up to that challenge?
Will she finally accept her daughter instead of rejecting her?
Will Kush (Davood Ghadami) want to take on another man’s child, especially when that man is rapist Dean, who he sees every day on the Square?
And what about Dean? He’s already decided Jade would be better off without him in her life (one of his better decisions). So how would he feel if Jade came to live on the Square?
Does that terrible thought prompt Shabnam to intervene and bring Jade to live with her?
EastEnders continues on BBC1, Monday, August 10, 8.00pm.