EastEnders fans are obsessed with Boxing Day's episode for THIS unexpected reason

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Soap fans are obsessed with this hilarious moment from last night's trip to Walford...

Boxing Day's EastEnders has got fans tweeting in their droves, but it's not Alfie Moon's miraculous recovery from the dead that had everyone excited, it was the sheer brilliance of the new legend in Albert Square... Jean Slater.

After Christmas Day's action-packed episode saw Alfie shoved down the stairs by Hayley Slater, fans faced an agonising 24 hour wait until last night's episode to find out if he was dead or alive.

Kat thinks Alfie is dead in EastEnders

Kat was convinced that Alfie's fall has killed him

Fans spent most of Boxing Day's episode thinking that Alfie had met his maker thanks to falling down the stairs and hitting his head on a pile of logs in the hallway... but in a huge twist, the end of the episode saw Kat discover he was gone.

The Slater women were left uncharacteristically speechless when the police arrived and they showed them into the front room, only to find that Alfie was not only not dead, but also had disappeared completely.

Kat and Hayley fight in EastEnders

Kat and Hayley had a huge fight, thinking Alfie was dead

But it wasn't only Alfie who was missing. Hayley was devastated to find that he had snatched baby Cherry from her Moses basket and driven off into the night without anyone realising.

While fans were loving the dramatic turn of events, it was clear that there was just one star of the show this Christmas, and that's the amazing Jean Slater...

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As Hayley, Stacey and Kat sat in shock after Alfie had apparently died and they'd moved the body into the lounge, fans were beside themselves as Jean fussed around her family, making tea and crumpets for everyone... while stepping over Alfie's "corpse" like it wasn't even there!

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The moment will no doubt go down in EastEnders history as one of the best Christmas moments, and with soap bosses promising big things for Jean in 2019, it looks like this is just the start of amazing things to come from the character.

We can't wait to see what she gets up to next!

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC1.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.