EastEnders fans in hysterics after THIS baffling moment last night

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The opening scene of last night's EastEnders has left fans in stitches...

Last night's EastEnders started with Mel Owen desperately trying to smash the gun used to kill Ray Kelly with a hammer... and fans couldn't get enough of it.

The desperate mum, who is trying to protect killer son Hunter, seemed to think it would be a good idea to wrap the gun in a tea towel and try and destroy it with a metal hammer that she had clearly found in her tool box.

But with the gun being made of steel, it seemed her efforts were in vain - and fans thought the baffling moment was hilarious!

With her hammer idea not working, Mel then kept the gun in her handbag for most of the episode, desperately trying to find a moment when no one was looking so that she could get rid of it.

But with this being Walford, it's virtually impossible to do anything and not get seen by someone.

But getting rid of the gun wasn't Mel's only problems last night. Worried about what Hunter might do next, she decided to lock him in the house, thinking it was for his own safety.

EastEnders Mel Owen Hunter OWen and DS Barnes

DS Barnes visited Mel and Hunter last night

But what she didn't count on was the police turning up at her home, and with her at the club, Hunter was unable to unlock the door and let them in.

After racing home and letting the police in, Mel was shocked when Hunter was given a warning for intimidating Maddie and Nicola last week... something that didn't seem to bother unhinged Hunter in the slightest.

Deciding that the best thing is to get her son as far away from Walford as possible, Mel accepted a low offer on the E20 from Sharon and Phil and made preparations to leave.

But when Hunter didn't react well to the news they were leaving Albert Square, Mel decided the only thing she could do to gain control of her son was to put sleeping tablets in his hot chocolate...

But will it do the trick, or is Hunter a time bomb just waiting to explode?

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

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.