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EastEnders fans call for legendary character's return after heartbreaking Jean scenes

Jean struggles in hospital in EastEnders
EatsEnders fans have worked out who should return to Walford to help struggling Jean. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders fans were heartbroken after watching Jean Slater struggle in hospital during last night's episode (Tuesday, May 17). 

The EastEnders episode saw Stacey Slater visiting her mum, where she has been staying since trying to take her own life during a manic episode earlier this month. 

But while Stacey tried to make Jean's time at the hospital a bit nicer by taking her some books, DVDs and a set of new pyjamas, it soon transpired that Jean would need more than some home comforts to make things better. 

Jean struggles in hospital in EastEnders

Jean has been left traumatised by a fellow patient.  (Image credit: BBC)

Stacey was left stunned as Jean was traumatised by a fellow patient, and begged for the doctors to move her mum to a different room. 

However, things soon took a terrifying turn when the woman who Jean was convinced was planning to kill her suddenly barricaded herself in Jean's room.

Thankfully Stacey and the hospital staff managed to get Jean out safely, however, Jean was left a shell of her former self by the time Stacey found her hiding down the side of her wardrobe, leading to Stacey deciding that she was going to take her mum home and look after her there.

Jean comes home from hospital in EastEnders

Home at last. But can Stacey cope looking after her mum? (Image credit: BBC)

But while Stacey has got all of Jean's best interests at heart, fans think she might have bitten off more than she can chew and have called for Stacey's brother, Sean Slater, to make a comeback and support his sister and mum in their time of need.

Sean Slater in EastEnders

EastEnders fans have called for Sean to make a return to Walford to help his mum, Jean.  (Image credit: BBC)

Fans were thrilled when actor Rob Kazinsky made a very brief return to Walford as Sean at the end of last year, and then again a few weeks ago on a video call with Jean. 

But could Sean make a more permanent comeback to help Stacey look after their mum?

Fans have called for the iconic character to return and took to social media to share their dreams of seeing Sean in Walford again...

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Things are only set to get harder for Stacey as she juggles looking after Jean along with her already chaotic family life. But is being at home with her family the best place for Jean? And can Stacey and Kat cope? Only time will tell... 

EastEnders 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. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.