A new mystery is set to unfold in EastEnders following an attack on Bobby Beale.
The teen, now played by Clay Milner Russell, has faced significant trouble since returning to the Square after serving time in a youth detention center for accidentally killing his sister Lucy.
He was chased down the Square last week by a vengeful Max Branning (Jake Wood), and although half-brother Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) stepped in in time to save Bobby, the feud was revisited in Monday's show (June 24).
The episode opened with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) arriving back in Walford, with Max menacingly observing him from afar in the park. Rainie (Tanya Franks) then approached to stoke his anger.
"What are you planning? Burn the house down with the boy inside?" she sarcastically asked. "You'd be doing us a favour. We don't want someone like him around."
Inside the Beale house, Ian and Bobby had a rather awkward reunion where neither seemed quite sure how to react to one another. Viewers did learn one interesting bit of info when Bobby asked about his brother Peter.
"Peter's Peter. Doing his bit for Lauren and Louie," Ian anxiously assured him.
When Ben arrived for his own reunion with Ian, he suggested the family break the ice with the other Walford residents by bringing Bobby over to the Vic.
This almost immediately proved to be a disastrous idea as the whole pub went quiet as soon as the Beales walked in, leading a clueless Karen Taylor to ask who the boy was.
"Your average teen. Killed his sister and put my husband in prison," Rainie snidely answered.
As patrons started leaving the Vic in protest of Bobby's presence, it was surprisingly Max who stepped up and offered to buy the Beales a round of drinks - prompting his shocked wife Rainie to ask if he was joking.
"I'll tel you what is a joke. You lot," Max shot back. "You all think you're perfect? Sitting there in judgment? For your information, Bobby has already been judged. He's been sent down and he's paid for what he needs to pay for."
Max nodded in respect to the Beales and left the pub with Mel Owen (Tamzin Outhwaite). Yet the emotion of the moment got the better of Bobby, and soon he stormed out too.
The episode closed with Kathy and Ian back at home trying to convince Bobby to let them into his locked room. A shocking cliffhanger revealed Bobby inside sobbing with wounds on his face!
The mystery over who attacked Bobby will be revisited later this week when Ian blames Max, although there might be more to the story than meets the eye since Bobby swears Max wasn't involved.
EastEnders continues on Tuesday (June 25) at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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