EastEnders fans beg for Sean Slater to return as he makes a surprise appearance

Sean Slater in EastEnders
EastEnders' Sean Slater delighted fans with his short but sweet appearance. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders viewers were thrilled to see Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) make a shock return to the soap during last night’s episode (Thursday, April 7) as he was seen over video call to his mum, Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) and are now begging for him to come back permanently.

During recent EastEnders episodes, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) has been getting increasingly worried about her mum’s mental health, and after Rocky (Brian Conley) told Stacey that Jean had made sexual advances to him, Stacey needed some extra help in handling the issue.

Stacey decided to phone her brother Sean for some help and he reassured her to calm down and that he would video call Jean to sort it out.

Jean was ecstatic to receive the call from Sean, saying that she was living her 'best life'.

“Yeah? You want to tell me about it?” Sean asked.

“Why?” Jean questioned suspiciously.

“You just seem a little flat out, Mum. You’re talking a bit, you know, quick,” Sean replied.

Sean Slater on video call to Jean Slater

Sean made his quick return via video call. (Image credit: BBC)

But her mood soon dramatically changed when she realised that it was Stacey who had initiated the call as she said, “Oh. Oh…You and your sister. Has she been on the phone? Do you know, I honestly think you two are as bad as each other.”

Sean assured her that Stacey was just worried about her, but Jean wasn’t having any of it as she quipped: “Yes, well, she would be better worrying about herself. Quite frankly, you both would.”

He went on to say that Stacey told him she had been 'chasing men into the toilets' and Jean laughed in response.

“She’s a fine one to talk Sean, I am not having an episode. I am not in the least bit manic. I am taking my tablets exactly as I’m meant to. I’m just happy,” Jean clarified.

Jean Slater is excited

Jean was excited to receive a call from her son. (Image credit: BBC)

Later, it looked as though Sean was convinced by his mum’s behaviour when Stacey received a bouquet of flowers with a note from Sean saying, “Mum is fine. Calm down. Love you. Sean x” 

An unimpressed Stacey clearly disagreed with his opinion and threw the flowers in the bin. Will Stacey be able to help her mum before it’s too late?

Fans were overjoyed to see Sean make a brief return to the show and hoped he would become a permanent fixture on the show…

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EastEnders now airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.