As the celebrations start in Albert Square, Bernie Taylor (Clair Norris) is in for a horrible Christmas Day in EastEnders.
When it all started over the cafe, poor Bernie was already caught in the crossfire between Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley).
As viewers are aware, Kathy learned that Rocky had set the café on fire as part of an insurance fraud. She immediately raced to the Queen Vic to confront buyer Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry), but Bernie attempted to get in the way of her.
Luckily, Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters), her brother, joined in before the villainous Nish could cause any significant harm.
But Keanu is going to flip on Bernie this Christmas.
Bernie wakes up on Christmas Day at No. 23B alone, unhappy and chilly, with no heating, power, or family around her, after her mother Karen stole £50,000 of Phil Mitchell’s money.
Following Mitch Baker’s (Roger Griffiths) discovery of the truth regarding Karen Taylor’s (Lorraine Stanley) assistance to Keanu in staging Albie’s kidnapping, the two vanished.
After learning that Albie’s mother, Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), was relocating to Abu Dhabi, she devised the diabolical kidnapping scheme.
However, Karen said it was all her fault and accepted full responsibility when Phil Mitchell accused her and Keanu, maintaining Keanu’s innocence.
Despite Mitch’s encouragement to stick with it and fight, the two ultimately confessed their love for one another and decided to go it alone—using Phil’s money.
Thus, when Christmas Day arrives at No 23B—cold, dark, and silent—Bernie usually tries to keep a straight face.
She may at least look forward to Keanu and Sharon’s wedding on Christmas Day.
Bernie begs Keanu to go to his fiancée Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and work things out with Sharon’s ex-husband Phil, who provided her the money to pay the abduction ransom, so their mother may return home after an emotional discussion with Karen.
However, Keanu is so afraid that the full horrifying truth about his role in Albie’s kidnapping would surface that he forbids Bernie from attending the wedding in addition to refusing to talk to Sharon about it.
Bernie, rattled, makes his way to the Mitchells’ at 55, where the Christmas lunch celebrations are in full gear, and finds the confidence to approach Phil.
How will Bernie treat him today? What will Phil’s response be?