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EastEnders Catch Up Zone
For fans of our favourite soap who missed out because the wrong episodes were accidently played out on 15/03/12 and 21/03/12, we have put together a synopsis of those missing episodes and a round-up of the 'best bits' to get you back up to speed.
In case you missed it: Eastenders, intended broadcast 18:10 on 15/03/12
Wedding bells bust-up: Ian shocks Ben over breakfast by asking him to be his best man. Lucy is rather less than impressed with the wedding plans however, and decides to put her own mark on the forthcoming nuptials by throwing coffee all over Mandy's dress. Even this act of marital espionage is put in the shade when Mandy discovers that Lucy has deliberately engineered for Heather to plan her wedding for the same day as her and Ian's. Mandy's reaction to this is shall we say 'unsubtle',vbut is at least she is dragged away before she can get a proper punch in.
Elsewhere on the Square Rose takes Heather to task about Andrew's recent healthy lifestyle changes and claims that she only wants to get married for the money. Heather is also accused of taking advantage of Andrew's good nature which, even for big-hearted Heth, is too much to bear. This leads to an intervention from Dot and Andrew in which Heather finally finds the courage to stand up to Rose and accuse her of being a bully. With the air cleared, thoughts then turn to wedding plans and Dot is in her element.
A little light beating confessed to: Michael's attempt to illicit sympathy from Jack backfires when Jack tells him that Derek let him off lightly. Michael responds that even a light beating left him feeling pretty roughed up, which, considering Derek has fists like hams, seems reasonable. This leads Michael to get involved in Roxy and Jack's custody battle to try and sabotage the Brannings. However, Roxy is determined to be civil and try and settle the matter amicably.
False identities and fake friends: On the other hand, civility is not the first thing on Bianca's mind. She is more concerned with Roxy fleeing the country, so tries to persuade Jack to forge Roxy's signature so that he can obtain Amy a new passport and block her old one. Jack is persuaded and goes about the business of identity theft with aplomb, only interrupted by the arrival of Roxy. She accuses Jack of being a bad parent after hearing from Michael, still determined to cause trouble, that Jack has let Amy get hurt in the playground. After a flaming row, Jack gives ground and manages to turn the mood of the evening on its head with an apology and an offer of a glass of wine. The vino does the job, and before long a rather more relaxed Roxy decides to stay the night.
In case you missed it: Eastenders, intended broadcast 18:10 on 21/03/12
Tug of love breaks all hearts: The result of the custody hearing is revealed; Amy is coming home with Roxy. Jack blames Bianca for persuading him to forge Roxy's signature, but the recriminations don't dent Bianca's loyalty; to buy him more time with Amy, she lies that Jack has taken her away when the Mitchells arrive to collect her. With the Mitchells and the Brannings involved, this quickly leads to confrontation, and results in Shirley sacking Bianca from the cafe.
Jack confesses: When the Branning cavalry arrives, Derek suggests that Jack goes on the run with Amy to prevent her falling into the evil clutches of the Mitchells. Jack loses his temper and admits that he dropped the case rather than losing it, due to the discovery of the forged passport application. He also admits to having slept with Roxy, a fact which does not go down well with the Brannings. After an emotional farewell to Amy, Jack reluctantly hands her over to the Mitchells but not before Derek makes his feelings on the matter clear by shouting blue murder for the whole Square to hear. As Amy is taken, Derek gives the Mitchells a classic Eastenders 'this ain't over' stare.
Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet: Abi and Jay find themselves on opposite sides of warring families. This results in a spat when Jay revels in Roxy's courtroom victory and Abi explodes. Jay tries to make things right with the offer of flowers but is dismissed out of hand. Tanya decides to intervene and gives her daughter some timely advice about forgiveness and riding the rollercoaster of emotion. The couple finally reunite on the swings, displaying a skill at conflict resolution which, judging by recent events, puts most other residents of the Square to shame.
Humble pie and a kiss rebuffed: Bianca turns down the offer of a loan from Derek, which means she has to beg Shirley for her job back at the cafe. This succeeds, but Bianca ends up having to do the worst job in the kitchen; scrubbing the oven. However, help is at hand from Ray, who is extremely keen to prove that he is a good father and wants to be there for their children. Carried away by this, Bianca then rather misjudges the mood and attempts to kiss Ray, an advance which he politely declines.