EastEnders icon struck down with Covid and can't return

The following article contains spoilers from Thursday night’s (August 24) part one EastEnders episode, which has NOT yet aired on TV, but can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) hasn’t had much luck when it comes to her dream honeymoon, and we’re beginning to think that it may be cursed.

Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) surprised his wife-to-be with a Greek cruise just before their ill-fated wedding, leaving her completely over the moon.

However, when his stag night took a turn, Rocky ended up losing the holiday to Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry) on a poker table.

Kathy was horrified to learn what he had done, and almost considered calling off the wedding, which in hindsight would have saved her from a load more grief!

After deciding to go through with the wedding, Kathy learnt exactly who was in possession of her dream honeymoon, and realised that Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) had no idea that her husband was deceiving her.

Together, the pair decided to get back at their husbands by planning their own game of poker.

Rocky and Nish watched in horror as their wives increased the stakes, until finally the honeymoon was on the line once more.

It wasn’t long before Kathy had won back her holiday, and was dragging Rocky off to pack.

Raunchy photos from their trip became one of the main talking points in the Queen Vic, and it was clear the pair were having a lovely time.

Unfortunately, this took a turn, as Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell) revealed in recent scenes.

Bobby got the shock of his life when he found brother Peter (Thomas Law) asleep on his sofa, having called him back to Walford in order to save the chip shop that Kathy had put on the market.

With peter determined to make amends, he asked if the newlyweds were sleeping in, but was surprised when Bobby revealed that they were still on their cruise.

He revealed that Rocky had been struck down by Covid aboard the ship, meaning that neither of them could get off until he had the all clear.

What a nightmare!

With Kathy and Rocky still a while away from Albert Square, will Peter and Bobby be able to turn the business around and change her mind before she gets home?

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