In future scenes on EastEnders, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) is expected to lash out angrily, as her closest friend Eve Unwin (Heather Peace) is still missing.
Stacey is getting more and more concerned about Eve’s safety because she hasn’t heard from her in days.
She is naturally alarmed to receive a Christmas letter from Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis), a menacing stalker who just entered a guilty plea to charges of harassing, stalking, and attempting to rape her at her request.
She is horrified to think that Theo may be responsible for Eve’s abduction as she reads the card—a kind of retaliation for forcing him to enter a guilty plea.
Stacey discusses her concerns with Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), who shares her concerns. She then speaks with the police, who devastate her by informing her that there is nothing they can do.
Enraged, Stacey threatens Theo in a message, asking him to stop if he has caused any harm to Eve.
Later, following her threats, Stacey is alarmed to discover her front door on the latch when she gets home. She fears that Theo may have broken in.
She doesn’t waste any time in calling Scott Maslen’s character Jack Branning, who reassures her that no one is inside and that Theo has relocated to Scotland, where he can no longer harm her.
Stacey discloses her threats to Theo throughout their conversation.
Although it is obvious that Jack is upset with her for contacting him, Stacey quickly bites back and stands up for herself, even if she subsequently decides to apologize.
Audiences will be aware that Ravi Gulati and Nish Panesar (Aaron Thiara and Navin Chowdhry) are the real perpetrators behind Eve’s abduction; they exacted retribution upon learning of her extramarital romance with Suki.
With the police putting more pressure on Jack and Stacey to uncover the truth about what truly happened to her, Ravi and Nish realize they need to devise a scheme to confuse people.