Emotions are running high for some of the women of Albert Square as Dean Wicks' rape trial begins
Dean Wicks had a lucky escape last year, with insufficient evidence meaning he couldn’t be charged for raping his sister-in-law, Linda. But that meant he was free to go on to attempt to rape Roxy, and since the beginning of this year has been in prison after his mum, Shirley, found him attacking his then girlfriend. Now it’s time for his trial.
With Shirley, Roxy, her sister, Ronnie, and Linda all on tenterhooks as they give evidence and await the verdict, will Dean finally get the justice he deserves?
What impact will the outcome of Dean's trial have on Ronnie, Roxy, Linda and Shirley?
Ronnie tries to reassure a nervous Roxy all will be fine as she prepares to give evidence
Once enemies, Shirley and Linda have a heart-to-heart
Linda too gives Roxy some moral support
Linda tells Shirley everyone is relying on her to help convict Dean when it's her turn to testify
But her day in court does not go well and she turns to Mick for comfort
She thinks she's a bad mother, but Mick begs to differ
As the women find themselves awaiting the verdict together, they open up about their feelings
Dean's actions have had a huge effect on both Linda and Shirley's lives
The Mitchell sisters have never been ones to let sleeping dogs lie. What will they do if Dean gets off?
And will Dean ever forgive Shirley for trying to drown him if he's found innocent?
The women are all united in their determination not to let themselves feel like it was their fault
Meanwhile, feeling pushed away by Shirley, Buster turns to Kathy. What will the verdict mean for them? Tune in to EastEnders on BBC1 from Monday, 15 August