Linda Carter lets her drinking get out of control, Martin Fowler makes a confession, and a storm is brewing for the Mitchell family.
With the winners dinner for the Ball and Change competition that evening, Linda Carter is determined to look fabulous after Ruby Allen tells her they’re all dressing up for Christmas. When she makes the humiliating discovery that Ruby was joking, Linda is mortified and she’s soon downing the wine to cover her upset.
The booze goes down too easily and Linda gets drunk and nasty, sharing some harsh words with Ruby. When Mick tries to calm down Linda she also lays into him. Linda is horrified when she realises their young son Ollie Carter has overheard.
An ashamed Linda takes herself out into the Square, where she sits drinking alone. It’s not long before she’s fallen asleep in the Square Gardens, completely oblivious to the fact she’s missing out on Mick’s big festive surprise… their son Lee Carter has arrived for Christmas.
Martin Fowler wakes up feeling haunted by what happened the night before but unable to unburden himself to anyone. Sonia Fowler and Bex Fowler are concerned by Martin’s behaviour but despite their best efforts they can’t get him to open up.
Heading out to see Tubbs, Martin is in a panic over what happened. Tubbs encourages Martin to ditch the incriminating van and keep his mouth shut. When Ben Mitchell won’t help Martin with his problem, he finally confesses to Sonia about the fateful night and she is stunned…
Kathy Beale offers to throw a party for Louise Mitchell and Keanu Taylor as they return to the Square. The Mitchell and Beale families gather together to celebrate the new parents. But as the families party a dark cloud is brewing, as Phil Mitchell finally knows the truth about Keanu’s ultimate betrayal…
Also, Denise Fox has gathered some information on her arch enemy Sheree Trueman and she’s determined to catch her out.
EastEnders continues on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 9.30 pm