Holidays. A season of happiness, festivity, and, in many families, dissolution. Honestly, we wouldn’t anticipate anything less from EastEnders.
We can’t say we’re shocked that Denise Fox’s (Diane Parish) and Jack Branning’s (Scott Maslen) marriage is in disarray at this joyous season.
This couple’s relationship has seen more ups and downs than a yo-yo this year, and it now appears as though the string is about to break and take a permanent dive.
Things appear promising at the start of the week when Denise decides she is ready to fight for her marriage, but she is ignorant of the fact that a remorse-ridden Jack has sparked trouble by snapping at Amy and Ricky (Ellie Dadd and Frankie Day).
But when Raymond cuts them off in their talk, Denise reluctantly goes back to No. 27 to carry on.
Soon after making a startling discovery, Denise goes to No. 20 to her sister Kim (Tameka Empson) for help.
Kim states unequivocally that she believes Denise ought to file for divorce from Jack because their union is obviously gone.
Denise considers Kim’s viewpoint and concludes it’s time to end things permanently. She then starts packing.
Unfortunately, Amy, who is horrified to learn of her planned departure, stops her.
Denise and Jack, who are searching desperately for Amy as she runs from the home, are happy to see her sobbing at the playground.
Denise’s intention to leave the family home is dashed when Jack quickly accuses her of being the reason behind Amy’s mental state and bans her from leaving the house, trapping her in her failing marriage.
Later on, when Jack attempts to apologize, Denise won’t accept his apology for blackmailing Amy by taking advantage of her mental illness.
Denise, Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) attend the carol performance together and watch as they all try to repress their inner turmoil.