When you get a week of EastEnders like this, a day-by-day episode guide is exactly what you need – we have you covered!
There’s colossal drama and chaos as Cindy Beale (Michelle Collins) lands back in Walford, turning two major families upside down.
The rest of the Beales can’t believe that she is alive and (relatively) well, not least of all Kathy (Gillian Taylforth), who is thrown straight into a showdown with her nemesis.
Meanwhile, Ian (Adam Woodyatt) is reluctantly back on the Square too, and has some bridges to build with Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean).
The Knights are oblivious to Cindy’s existing connections to Albert Square, but not for long!
And they have their own big revelations to contend with as her daughters reel from what they discover.
As for George (Colin Salmon), he soon finds himself immersed in his worse nightmare as Cindy’s comeback has shocking ramifications.
It’s a very rocky ride for everyone caught in Cindy’s orbit of pandemonium!
Here’s what the episodes have in store.
Monday August 28
Cindy meets Peter who takes a call from Ian who demands he get his mum back to France, but whilst his back is turned, Cindy heads to Albert Square in search of Kathy.
Desperate to not be seen, Cindy has to avoid those who knew her from many years ago. With no luck in the café, Cindy heads to No.45 to face the music and it’s not long before all hell breaks loose between the women.
Later, Ian arrives desperate to get Cindy away, but she is stopped in her tracks by George, who has just exited The Vic
It’s Anna’s 21st birthday and Gina, George and Elaine rally around her to make it one to remember. Gina takes Anna to get glam at Fox & Hair and keep her away from The Vic where Elaine, Linda and George busily work to transform it into a Spanish fiesta.
George is emotionally overwhelmed by the day, and later opens up to Elaine about how sad and disappointed he is that Rose is missing yet another milestone in their daughters’ lives.
Elaine reassures George before Anna and Gina arrive to a burst of surprises but with the emotions of the day taking over, George goes outside for some air.
Kathy is rushed off her feet catering for Anna’s party and sends Rocky and Bobby off to the chippy to prep.
After a shock visit from Cindy, Kathy is stunned to learn that Peter is back in Walford. Later, Peter and Kathy have a heart-to-heart.
Tuesday August 29
George is stunned to see Cindy, but he soon hardens to learn she had no knowledge that he or the girls were in the Square, and she didn’t return for them. Cindy questions George on their daughters’ whereabouts but he lies and insists they are both in Spain.
Wanting to protect Gina and Anna, George takes Cindy to the barrel store and demands answers. Later, Linda interrupts their clandestine chat and implores George for his selfishness considering all the hard work Elaine has put in for Anna’s party.
Realising her daughters are inches away, Cindy rushes into the bar and comes face-to-face with Anna and Gina as well as the residents of Walford.
Ian seeks solace in the laundrette. Peter heads to his dad’s side and soon realises the real reason his dad didn’t want Cindy to return to the Square.
Despite his dad’s feelings, Peter heads to The Vic to celebrate Anna’s birthday but it’s not long before Ian arrives looking for Cindy and he bumps in to Sharon and Phil, who are shocked to see him.
Wednesday August 30
The fallout of Cindy and Ian’s return sends shockwaves through Walford. Upstairs in The Vic, Cindy desperately tries to explain herself to Gina and Anna.
Anna and Gina confront their mum before heading to Peggy’s to drown their sorrows, but things quickly get out of hand.
George fears the worst and tries to track down the girls with Cindy before George’s worst fears come true.
Ian tries to avoid Sharon and Phil, but it’s not long before Phil makes it clear he wants Ian gone.
Sharon plucks up the courage to talk to Ian. Later, Ian heads to No.45 to reunite with Kathy who is reeling from Cindy’s arrival, but she’s stunned again when Ian reveals Cindy’s connection to the Knights.
Bobby frets to Ian that Cindy and Anna will hate him for Lucy’s death and rushes home to No.45. Later, Bobby heads to Peggy’s to check Anna is okay. Freddie and Anna head to the chippy.
Thursday August 31
Bobby tries to make amends with Anna, but she explains that its better they both stay friends given the circumstances.
George orders Cindy to leave along with the Beales. Alone for the first time, George breaks down as he’s overwhelmed.
Cindy and Ian take refuge at Alfie’s.