In EastEnders this year, Ricky Mitchell (Frankie Day) has had to mature quickly after learning in January that he would become a father.
When 12-year-old Lily (Lillia Turner) was found to be pregnant, the Slaters were shocked, and the Brannings had a similar shock when Ricky was identified as the child’s father.
In subsequent moments, he will make a significant choice all by himself and make his father Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) pleased.
For many years, Jack had been Ricky’s only caregiver, with mom Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) coming and going as she pleased.
Sam’s most recent return to Ricky’s life came to a sudden halt when she was given the opportunity to manage a hotel in Spain, which she believed would help her support the new child.
Once Sam is once more out of the picture, Ricky makes a significant choice that makes Jack cry when he says he wants to change his name from Mitchell to Branning.
Lily is in danger as her waters rupture at home and she goes into labor while Ricky is occupied making this choice.
Stacey and Jean (Lacey Turner and Gillian Wright) are ready to give birth on their own when the ambulance is running late.
When Stacey goes to the kitchen to retrieve towels, however, things quickly become perilous when she becomes caught by ominous stalker Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis).
Will Lily give birth without incident, and will Stacey manage to get away from Theo’s grasp?