We never thought we’d see the day, but last night EastEnders did the actual unthinkable.
THEY GAVE TRACEY THE SACK.
Yes, THAT Tracey. Pillar of the community and Queen Vic barmaid for what seems like an eternity. Much like the ravens in the Tower of London, there’s a theory in the East End that if Tracey actually ever leaves The Queen Vic, the Borough of Walford will fall to rack and ruin.
She’s the first victim of the new changes at The Vic after Shirley agreed to sell the freehold of the pub following some shady advice from Max Branning.
Following advice from new character Fi Browning, the businesswoman working for the new buyers, the pub had to sack two members of staff.
Both Sharon – filling in for Linda whilst she’s watching her mum – and Shirley were against sacking anyone, and conspired to only get rid of one person: Woody.
Already unpopular after paying someone to take Jonny home as well as sleeping with the increasingly vulnerable Tina (as well as trying too hard with everyone), Shirley and Sharon were going to sack Woody, as he cost the most to employ.
However, Woody dug his heels in and maintained that unless Linda told him to go, he wasn’t leaving. So, with Tracey costing the most to employ, she’d unfortunately be the first one out of the door.
With the Carters protesting, viewers saw Woody tell Tracey that after years of loyal service – including getting bludgeoned by Sam Mitchell – that she’d be out on her ear. Visibly upset, Tracey told Woody that she ‘loved this job’, burst into tears and ran out of the room.
Sad as it was, it was great to see Tracey speak a few lines of dialogue. Such emotion in those words.
Anyway, we’ll have to wait until next week to see what’ll end up of The Vic – and more importantly, if Woody will end up being hung, drawn and quartered for what he did to our Trace.