Stacey Fowler gets a blast from the past next week when her old BFF Ruby Allen makes a surprise visit to Walford.
As the week gets underway, Stacey is living her usual humdrum life and stressing over mum duties.
Things are more tense than usual as she has to deal with the kids picking up a sickness bug as well as reassuring her pregnant cousin Hayley that parenthood is more than washing sicky sheets.
She’s picking up supplies for the kids when she gets a weird anonymous text message asking to meet her at the E20 club.
Puzzled, Stacey heads over and when she gets there she’s stunned to see it’s her old friend Ruby behind the mystery messages.
While Stacey is delighted to see Ruby, she can’t help but wonder what’s going on and why she’s back.
The old friends decide to have a night out together and Stacey is excited about it, but she’s left feeling disappointed when she can’t afford a dress she wanted from Kush’s stall.
Martin sees how much the night out means to her though and buys the dress for her, leaving Stacey chuffed.
But Martin soon makes his presence known on the night out as he keeps calling Stacey, leaving Ruby feeling annoyed.
A group of lads soon catch Ruby’s attention. Will she be more interested in spending time with them than with Stacey?
And – probably more importantly – why is she back after all this time?
Fans think they’ve sussed out why the character played by Louisa Lytton is back in her old stomping ground.
There have been theories behind Ruby Allen’s big Walford comeback emerging ever since it was announced last month that actress Louisa Lytton would be reprising her role after 12 years.
But while EastEnders fans recall who Ruby was and what her connections were on the Square, other viewers have been coming up with theories about what could be bringing Johnny Allen’s daughter back after all this time.
Fans have been debating that she could be in some way connected to Mel Owen’s ex Ray Kelly, with one fan tweeting: “I’m convinced #RubyAllen’s return will involve the possibility that she is #MelOwen’s ex husband #RayKelly’s new wife #Eastenders.”
While another fan is convinced there’s a different romance on the cards for the familiar face… @ShonaandDan tweeted: “I reckon Kush and Ruby will end up together.”
Another fan even thought that the recent storyline that involved Keanu Taylor’s dad was a hint at what is to come… @gemz03 stated: “Johnny Allen is Keanu’s daddy, that would explain why Ruby is coming back to the Square!”
But the overwhelming theory is that Ruby’s simply back to see her best mate, Stacey…
Could it really be that simple? We’re dubious…
EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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