EastEnders spoilers: Ben gets shock news about his rapist, Jay is asked to adopt Lexi

Read on for the big EastEnders spoilers for the week of 24-27 April 2023. (BBC)
Read on for the big EastEnders spoilers for the week of 24-27 April 2023. (BBC)

Will Ben let his temper get the better of him on EastEnders next week during his boxing bout? Plus, Lola has a surprise in store for Jay, Zack leaves the pub regulars reeling when he reveals his HIV status, plus a hard-up Keanu turns to Ravi and his dodgy deals in order to make some cash.

It’s your EastEnders spoilers for 24-27 April 2023.

Ben unleashes his anger in the boxing ring

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Ben Mitchell (MAX BOWDEN) (BBC)

As Martin and Ben prepare for their boxing match, Phil brags to everyone that his son is going to win. Callum, meanwhile, attempts to talk Ben out of the bout but he refuses to listen.

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However, later on, he’s approached by a plain-clothed police officer who leaves Ben shaken when he reveals that Lewis has been arrested for rape again. Callum then turns up at the gym and reveals he knows about Lewis and that Ben should definitely reconsider fighting.

But after ignoring Callum’s words of advice, a rage-filled Ben heads into the ring to face down Martin…

Jay to adopt Lexi?

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Billy is talking excitedly about a family summer holiday in Portugal, all of which forces Lola to reveal the truth about her health. Expect Billy to be left completely devastated and angry when he realises that she has just months left to live.

Lola also feels distraught and later tells Jay that, with time running out, she needs to make plans – her number one priority being Lexi, who she wants Jay to adopt.

Zack’s big announcement

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Whitney Dean (SHONA MCGARTY); Zack Hudson (JAMES FARRAR); Sharon Watts (LETITIA DEAN) (BBC)

Zack has plans: he wants to get a flat with Whitney and try for another baby when his viral load comes down. But after sharing his idea with her, she’s left blindsided.

Later on, Zack is in the Queen Vic, where he clashes with Ben, who accuses him of being cowardly for refusing to fight. So Zack tells all the punters in the pub that he dropped out because he has HIV.

In the aftermath of Zack’s speech, the Vic’s regulars are left reeling and Nugget ends up reading Ravi the riot act about his ignorance on the subject. Zack, meanwhile, is urged by Martin to look to his future with Whitney, with whom he later promises to go slow.

Cash-strapped Keanu turns to crime

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Ravi Gulari (AARON THIARA); Keanu Taylor (DANNY WALTERS) (BBC)

Keanu tells Sharon he wants to get Albie christened and offers to pay for the whole event. But he’s later set to be left downcast when he realises he can’t afford it.

Mitch’s advice is that he find a few more jobs. But after being rebuffed by Alfie and Phil, we’ll see Keanu talk to Zack about Ravi’s rogue dealings. Zack’s advice? That Keanu shouldn’t get involved in the world Ravi operates in.

But the prospect of a big pay day proves too tempting and Keanu ends up being given a trial run by Ravi, who asks him to take in a dodgy delivery the following day. The trouble is that when Keanu later picks up the boxes, a suspicious DS Giles turns up to quiz him on their contents…

Amy wants to fix things for Denise and Jack

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Amy Mitchell (ELLIE DADD) (BBC)

Amy is determined to heal the rift in her house and secretly invites Denise to her school counselling session with Jack.

But after overhearing Amy, Nugget and Denzel talking about the mess their parents have made, it ends up being Chelsea who steps in to support the Brannings. Chelsea’s concern touches Denise, but she makes it clear that she hasn’t forgiven her mum. Later on, Chelsea will also been having a go at Jack for refusing family therapy.

By the week’s end, though, Amy has gone AWOL just before counselling, leaving Jack and Denise worried. Chelsea eventually finds her having a panic attack, and she and Amy rush to join the rest of the Brannings at the therapist’s office, where a full and frank conversations sees Ricky delivering a big shock.

Will Howie leave Kim?

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Denise advises Kim to fight for Howie and to do whatever it takes to make things up to him.

When Howie later comes downstairs, Kim offers up a heartfelt and genuine apology before making a suggestion: if Howie can’t give forgive her, then maybe he should leave. But what decision will he end up making?