EastEnders’ Keanu Taylor reached his breaking point in Monday’s episode (August 13) with a shocking display of anger that very nearly had deadly consequences for an innocent Hayley Slater.
A week that will ignite an illicit romantic spark between Keanu (Danny Walters) and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) started rather disturbingly with Keanu lashing out in anger at those around him.
After being caught up in the gang’s dispute with Dennis Rickman (Bleu Landau), Keanu was brutally attacked last week, but refused to come clean with mum Karen (Lorraine Stanley) about the reason for his black eye in Monday’s episode.
Brother Keegan (Zack Morris) tried intervening as peacemaker, although he only made matters worse by accidentally revealing that Keanu’s recklessness reminded Karen of his father. The blow-up culminated in Keanu demanding Karen tell him the truth about what happened to his dad.
“What’d he do? Where’d he go?” Keanu demanded, with Karen trying to reason: “It was complicated… He got into a fight and never knew when to stop! You, you’re a better man than that.”
Karen weighed up finally coming clean and was about to confess that Keanu’s father tried to kill her, but changed her mind when she spotted her son once again being harassed by the local gang.
Although Keanu was able to get away from them, he took out his frustrations on an unsuspecting Hayley Slater (Katie Jarvis), who picked the exact wrong time to tease her friend about his black eye.
A furious Keanu angrily hurled a spanner in the pregnant Hayley’s direction, luckily missing her. As an irate Hayley stormed off and warned him he’d soon have “the other eye to match”, a tearful Keanu instantly regretted his aggression.
The situation will only grow more tense tomorrow night when Keanu’s attempts to make things right with Hayley are complicated when he spots that gang once again targeting the Arches. Will he be driven to violence again?
Viewers were also intrigued by Karen once again name-checking her other daughter Chantelle, who we’ve yet to see on-screen. Chantelle apparently had a key role in running off Keanu’s father.
Meanwhile, the strange love between Max Branning (Jake Wood) and Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks) took yet another bizarre turn on Monday when Rainie discovered that Max had joined a “no strings attached” dating app.
Mischievous Rainie started messaging women on Max’s behalf, and then propositioned him for sex under the guise that it would stop anyone from figuring out that their marriage is a sham.
“You still think I have feelings for you? This is a straight-forward transaction,” Rainie argued. “Everyone thinks we’re at it, anyway. It’s a perfect affair.”
Although Max initially entertained the proposition, Rainie’s plan backfired when he passed her up for one of the women who’d messaged him back on the dating app.
“Good for you. Lucky escape for me,” she stewed.
Also in Monday’s episode, Bernadette Taylor (Clair Norris) enlisted Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) to help get Ted Murray (Christopher Timothy) out of the house after growing concerned for his condition.
Ted agreed to help Patrick plant broccoli for the allotments, but was stunned to find a buried bottle with a note from his late wife Joyce inside.
The note lovingly read: “You’ve been sad for too long, go and play my favourite song.”
And, no, your eyes weren’t deceiving you. Monday’s episode also introduced a new child actor, Frankie Day, as Jack Branning’s young son Ricky Mitchell.
EastEnders continues on Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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