'EastEnders' Spoilers for the week of April 6 - April 10 2016. Watch the preview, sneak peek full episode and recaps scripted week...
Monday 6th April
The Carter family are stunned by Buster shock return to Albert Square, but it’s soon clear that Buster’s presence reminds Mick about all the secrets, lies and deceit within the family…
Later, Buster later tells Shirley that he wants to start a new life in Greece and asks her if she’ll join him, which she happily agrees to do.
Meanwhile, as Stan’s condition continues to worsen, there’s further tension between Mick and Shirley over her plans to leave with Buster. However, when she bumps into Phil, he gives her food for thought about her decision.
Later, while worried about her family, Shirley decides to take matters in to her own hands, which leads to dramatic consequences.
Elsewhere, Alfie and Stacey keep vigil at Kat’s bedside as she pulls through the worst. A distressed Alfie promises Kat that he’s always going to be there for her.
Tuesday 7th April
Buster and Mick come to blows in the wake of the previous day’s events, however, it doesn’t take Buster long to realise that Shirley may have been responsible what happened, and not Mick.
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As a result, Buster threatens to leave Walford without Shirley, but after he bumps into Nancy and Lee, he realises that his family is more important to him than anything else, and so he decides to stay.
Meanwhile, Mick and Tina are doing their best to help make Stan’s final days as comfortable as they can be, and go out of their way to get his favourite chair over to the hospice…
Later, as he continues to struggle with the pain, a distressed Stan makes his feelings about the Carter family rift known, and insists that Shirley and Mick must bury the hatchet. So, after talking things over with Linda, Mick swallows his pride and pays Shirley a visit in an attempt to build bridges, but he’s left stunned when Shirley slams the door in his face.
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Elsewhere, when Kat’s discharged from the hospital and Alfie, Stacey and Mo do their best to make her comfortable at home…
Also in this episode, Jay is forced to take sides as the war between Max and Phil intensifies, but while Phil formulates a plan, Max tries to keep the boys on side.
Thursday 9th April
The Carter family are busy preparing for Stan and Cora’s spontaneous wedding, but Tina is frustrated when Shirley and Mick refuse to be civil for just one day…
However, after some tough talking from Tina, Shirley turns up for the wedding with Buster, but they soon leave after Mick lashes out.
Meanwhile, Stan has a visit from Babe and Sylvie, during which Stan says an emotional goodbye to his ex-wife. But later, Babe takes great pleasure in sharing Stan’s secret with Cora, however, she’s disappointed when Cora makes it clear she still intends to marry Stan.
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Back on Albert Square, Carol is distraught after getting a phone call to inform her that her dad Jim has died.
Elsewhere, after some words of support from Ian, Martin decides to tell Sonia the truth about having lost the house, but Sonia while she’s trying to take that in, she learns the sad news about Jim.
Also in this episode, Karin Smart arrives in Walford looking for Phil, but an intrigued Max intercepts her. However, he’s unaware that all is not as it seems to be with Karin, who he learns is a widow, so an oblivious Max strikes a business deal with her. To celebrate, the pair go to his place…
In the meantime, Kat and Alfie get a visit from the social worker, and the pair do their best to reassure him that they are loving and capable parents. However, it soon becomes clear that Kat’s got a long way road ahead if she’s ever to get back to being her usual self, even with Alfie’s support.
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Friday 10th April
It’s a sad day for the residents of Albert Square as Stan’s health continues to deteriorate and the Branning family struggle to contain their grief over Jim…
At the hospice, Mick and Shirley do their best to put their differences aside as they join Tina in keeping vigil at Stan’s side. However, when Tina goes home to get some rest, Shirley and Mick finally confess their true feelings and admit that they miss each other.
Later, Shirley sends an exhausted Mick home and insists that she can manage being on her own with Stan. However, it’s soon clear that Stan is fading fast, and after some last words for Shirley, Stan slips peacefully away.
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Back on the Square, an upset Carol loses her temper with Max when he prioritises his car sales over their late dad Jim. However, Carol is secretly finding it difficult to grieve for her dad, given that they were at odds for most of her life.
Meanwhile, at the prison, Sonia has to break the sad news to Dot, and when she gets home she hands Carol a letter from Dot. In it, Dot reminds Carol that Jim was her dad and that she should remember only the best of him. Later, Carol finally breaks down and weeps in Sonia’s arms.
And finally, Buster does his best to build bridges, and despite Linda’s wariness over him, he attempts to worm his way in using Lee and Nancy as a way to get closer to the Carter family.