In episodes of EastEnders which will air on October 11th and 12th, we’ll see that Sharon Rickman decides it’s finally time to tell her son Dennis the truth about how his dad died.
As fans of the show will know, Sharon (Letitia Dean) has been telling little Dennis that his dad died a hero’s death, fighting for his country overseas and only after he’d saved a number of other lives.
But of course, the sordid truth is that Dennis Snr – who was played by Nigel Harman – was stabbed to death in the street outside the Queen Vic after gangster Johnny Allen hired a hit man to kill him.
However, the fairytale lie that Sharon has been telling Dennis is shattered when Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman) deliberately mentions in front of Sharon’s son that Dennis Snr., was stabbed to death …
At the time, we’ll see that Sharon immediately decides she’s going to flee Walford yet again, primarily in order to save little Denny from the truth. However, once she calms down and thinks things over, she’ll decide that she’s had enough of running, but to stay in Albert Square, she realises she has to tell Dennis the truth, and does just that.
However, during the course of her deliberations, her old demons return and she turns to painkillers to help her through the crisis.
We of course saw recently that Sharon attended a support group for addicts, but so far, nobody on the Square had any idea that she’s tacking such an issue.
But Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) is about to suspect something’s not right when, after he offers Sharon and Dennis a place to stay at his flat, he sees Sharon guiltily hiding several bottles of tablets.
At first, Sharon brushes it off, but having decided that honesty is the only way forward, she later tells Jack that she once had a problem with addiction, and now only keeps the tablets to help her get through tough days.
So what will Jack do with the new information? Especially when Sharon hands over all her pills and asks him to keep them for her, but to not throw them away.
We’ll find out soon!