Robbie (played by Dean Gaffney) has been enjoying spending some quality time with his son Sami (Shiven Shankar) on EastEnders after Nita (Bindya Solanki) agreed to let the couple’s child spend some time in London.
Scenes on the BBC soap this week have seen Robbie avoiding messages from Nita, with the last one sent from the mother asking her ex to wish Sami a safe flight back to India.
The road sweeper also declined sister Sonya Fowler’s (Natalie Cassidy) invitation for her to join the pair on their travels around London, sparking suspicions from her as to why Robbie was being so shady.
Next week, the drama continues and with Sami’s stay on the Square prolonged without Nita’s permission, the distressed mother begins ringing Robbie to find out exactly what’s going on.
Again, Robbie ignores Nita and it’s his flatmate Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami) who becomes more suspicious about the father’s behaviour.
In the midst of a custody battle himself, Kush will confront Robbie about Nita’s calls and it’s then the hapless character admits Sami should be back in India with his mother.
Although Kush agrees to keep quiet about Robbie’s plan, he later confides in his partner Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) who goes on to tell Sonya about Nita’s concerns, having recently fallen out with cousin Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) for not telling her about Kush’s plans.
Wanting to get her brother’s side of the story, Sonya arranges for the father and son to join her on a picnic where she tells Robbie he needs to let Sami return to India.
With Sonya’s advice ringing in his ears, it’s not long before Robbie comes face-to-face with Nita, as actress Bindya Solanki, 45, reprises her role 16 years after her character’s exit from Walford.
Fearing he will lose his son for good, Robbie locks himself and Sami in the flat, as Nita hammers at the door.
As the drama unfolds and Robbie seemingly doesn’t want to let his son go at any costs, could Nita end up calling the police to intervene?
If the police do turn up, will Nita let Robbie face the courts for failing to stick to their agreement, or would she drop the charges after realising her ex wasn’t being malicious with his intentions?
Nita’s return is set to only last for one episode, but could Robbie be facing the ramifications of his actions in a dark new storyline for his character?
The news actress Patsy, 47, was returning was announced last month, with the hot-headed mother set to be reunited with her runaway daughter, Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith).
Five years since she decided to start a new life with her partner Terry Spraggan (Terry Alderton), Bianca will be back for a “blistering” storyline, but could this involve getting her brother released from prison?
A source told The Sun following the announcement: “Bosses are delighted to be getting Patsy back. She’s a real EastEnders icon and fans love seeing old faces return.
“She has yet to get her scripts but she will no doubt be at the centre of drama when she returns in the autumn.”
Executive producer Jon Sen said of the news: “I’m thrilled Patsy’s agreed to return to reprise her iconic creation in a blistering storyline that will grip fans this autumn.”
Viewers will have to wait and see if Bianca’s fiery nature will be be brought back to the fore-front and standout as an iconic return in a year full of character comebacks.