When Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) learns that Shirley (Linda Henry) has been in communication with Dean Wicks, her world in EastEnders is about to be flipped upside down (Matt Di Angelo).
As fans are aware, the landlady of the Queen Vic is already having difficulties as a result of the disappearance at sea over the holiday season of Danny Dyer’s boyhood sweetheart Mick Carter.
Next week, though, when she receives a picture of Shirley from Carly (Kellie Shirley), things are going to get even worse for her. However, Shirl isn’t alone in the picture. In the image in question, Shirley is pictured with Dean, who sexually assaulted Linda.
The two become friends as they talk about their prior experiences, with Kathy lending the landlady some comfort.
As viewers will know, Shirley departed the Square in the latter part of last year because she felt as though there was nothing left for her after the passing of her sister Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) and the absence of Mick.
The picture given to Linda demonstrates that although the well-known character previously stated that she would stay with Carly, Dean has also been in touch with her.
When Dean assaulted Linda in 2014, he left her traumatised. When Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), Dean’s then-girlfriend, realised what had transpired, she offered her support and urged her to inform Mick.
The couple reported the incident to the police together, but they were heartbroken when the charges were dismissed for a lack of proof.
Dean was bought off by Buster Briggs, and after being detained once more for the attempted rape of Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), was found not guilty. Dean then left the Square (Karl Howman).
Linda is horrified after recalling the trauma of what happened while looking at the photo of Shirley and Dean together. Will she pardon Shirley for reuniting with Dean behind her back?
With a lock-in scheduled for the evening in question, the week in question ends up being a life-changing one for a number of Walford’s ladies, and shocking incidents result.
But what will actually happen?
Watch this one on BBC One on Monday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.