EastEnders spoilers: Police come for Ricky Jr, Lily’s pain, Lola wedding tragedy
Next week’s EastEnders has more pain for Lily Slater (Lillia Turner) and baby dad Ricky Jnr (Frankie Day) – in the wake of Martin Fowler (James Bye) discovering the truth, he promptly reports the young lad to the police.
And he is left with further anguish at the prospect of his own family finding out he is the dad of Lily’s baby. Is his life about to fall completely apart?
Meanwhile, there’s a big day for bride and groom Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) and Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick).
As the wedding arrives, joy turns to fear when Lola is taken to hospital, and after the experience where she finds herself being stared it, she gets cold feet about marrying Jay at all.
As she delivers bad news, is the dream over?
And there’s more trouble for them too as Lola’s mum Emma (Patsy Kensit) is on the scene – will she and Lola come face to face?
What will the reaction be?
Here’s what you can expect in next week’s episodes.
Monday January 23
Stacey and Martin are on tenterhooks as they try to help Lily.
Lily goes out for some fresh air and is rattled by a conversation with Whitney about her baby.
In turmoil, Lily ends up confiding in Kat, who understands why the youngster is feeling so conflicted.
Kat takes Lily home to worried Martin and Stacey. Ricky Jr. arrives to check in on Lily, and Martin works out he’s the father…
Lola is stressing about her hen do because she feels awful and thinks she looks terrible. Jay gets Kim and Denise to swoop in and give her a glow-up. Meanwhile, Billy has a false start in his search for Emma, Lola’s mum.
Phil offers to put some feelers out for Billy. Lola arrives at her hen do feeling amazing and enjoys a happy night with her best girlfriends.
Elsewhere, Ricky is excitedly making arrangements for his new life with Scarlett and Sam. But Sam is worried about telling Ricky Jr. that she’s leaving. Sonia is horrified to discover she owes a huge amount of inheritance tax on Dot’s house.
Alfie is worried when Linda can’t face work, but when Jay turns up in a panic as he’s forgotten to book the wedding reception, she swings into action.
After they sort out the event, Linda asks how Jay copes with knowing Lola will die and they share a deep and meaningful conversation about hope. Later, Patrick counsels Linda about how to go on without Mick.
Tuesday January 24
Billy and Jay are worried when Lola is secretive with her phone. Billy swipes the device to find out what’s going on.
At the stag do, Jay is horrified by Kim’s choice of costumes for him and is further annoyed to find out Billy took Lola’s phone. Reluctantly, Jay joins Billy in looking at the phone. Lola is horrified to walk in and find them invading her privacy.
Later, Phil hands Billy the contact details for Emma Harding, Lola’s mum…
Martin threatens to tell the Brannings, and says the police must be told that Ricky Jr. is the father of Lily’s baby. Terrified Lily goes to find Ricky Jr. and breaks the news. He rushes off in a panic, bumps into Sam and blurts it out.
She blows her chance to console him and upsets him by revealing she’s moving to Germany. The Branning’s and the Slaters have a big confrontation where harsh words are exchanged.
Ricky is choosing an engagement ring for Sam while she is busy trying to make things right with Ricky Jr.
Bernie is gutted to be sacked by Nish, who is cost-cutting. Felix tries to help her blag a job at The Albert, but Kim doesn’t want Bernie, she wants him. To appease Felix, Kim offers them a chance to compete for the bar job by doing a cocktail competition at Jay’s stag. Who will win?
As Sonia stresses about the inheritance tax and how she’s going to afford it. Though still smarting from him ghosting her, she calls Reiss who says he can’t help her.
Wednesday January 25
It’s the morning of Jay and Lola’s wedding, and she’s feeling very unwell. Kim arrives to help her get ready, and Lola admits she’s experiencing worrying symptoms.
After Denise and Kim are finished with her hair and makeup, Lola starts panicking about the future.Kim implores her to make the most of every moment they have. Elsewhere, Jay has a heart-to-heart with Honey, and she accidentally lets slip that Billy is off on a secret mission.
At Emma Harding’s work, Billy finally finds her and tells her who he is – will she agree to attend Lola’s wedding?
Kim and Lola take a detour to the hospital so she can get checked out. Back at Emma’s work, Jay arrives and goes mad at Billy for going behind Lola’s back to find her.
But he’s got bigger problems when he arrives at the wedding venue to find Lola, and she’s nowhere to be seen. At the hospital, Kim is shocked when Lola says she can’t marry Jay today.
Phil and Kat can’t believe Sam still plans to go to Germany, given Ricky Jr.’s situation. She goes to the Branning’s to explain why she has to go, but Jack is furious as their son could face criminal charges. Later, Jack apologises to Ricky Jr. for his anger and for neglecting him recently.
Sam sees Jack and Ricky Jr. leaving for the police station and feels awful. She turns around to find Ricky down on one knee holding an engagement ring. What will Sam say?
Sonia reasons that she’ll have to sell Dot’s house to pay the inheritance tax bill, but she doesn’t want to leave her home. Later, Sonia is stunned to find Reiss on her doorstep.
Kim lies to Bernie that she won’t be starting work at the Albert on Monday because she’s found her a dream job.
Thursday January 26
At the registry office, Jay nervously awaits his bride’s arrival. But when Lola turns up, she asks to have a word with him. Will the wedding go ahead?
Jack and Ricky Jr. arrive at the police station for his interview. Later, Sam turns up to support her son. After Jack loses his temper, Sam sits in with Ricky at the interview, and he’s glad to have her there.
Back in Walford, Ricky is stressing that Sam is so late they might miss their plane. She finally arrives, and Ricky chivvies her to get moving. Will Sam leave with Ricky and Scarlett?
Reiss apologises to Sonia – he didn’t mean to ghost her. They sit down to look over the inheritance tax case and see if there’s any way for Sonia to keep Dot’s house. Later, Sonia makes a move on Reiss, but how will he respond?
Kim wangles a trial shift for Bernie at the café. Bernie is excited about starting work on Monday alongside Kathy and Rocky.
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