EastEnders to be rocked by hard-hitting drug abuse storyline as Jay Brown turns to ketamine while struggling with the death of wife Lola
It has been a turbulent roller coaster for EastEnders character Jay Brown the last couple of months following the death of wife Lola Brown.
Jay (Jamie Borthwick) has been struggling since his partner (Danielle Harold) passed away from a terminal brain tumour in heartbreaking scenes.
And now viewers are going to witness him turning to drugs as BBC bosses tackle a hard hitting drug abuse storyline.
Widowed Jay is set to start taking the lethal party drug ketamine in the coming weeks as his life continues to spiral out of control.
It comes as last week BBC viewers saw him spend time with a Lola look-alike sex worker.
Oh dear: EastEnders’ Jay Brown is set to turn to drugs as BBC bosses tackle a hard hitting drug abuse storyline in upcoming episodes
So sad: Jay ( Jamie Borthwick ) has been struggling since his partner ( Danielle Harold ) passed away from a terminal brain tumour in heartbreaking scenes
A source told The Sun: ‘It’s a controversial story-line, bringing ketamine into millions of homes up and down the country.
‘But the important messages here involving the dangers of hard drugs. Dabbling with ketamine proves a serious wake-up call to Jay. Viewers will be on the edge their seats.’
It comes after EastEnders fans were left in shock last week when they spotted a ‘Lola clone’ on the show.
Lola Pearce died from a brain tumour in May in scenes that left viewers in tears and earned actress Danielle Harold Serial Drama Performance at the NTAs.
So viewers were left doing a double take in the episode when newcomer Nadine (Jazzy Phoenix) made her soap debut bearing a striking resemblance to Lola.
Nadine copied Lola’s signature look with her bleach blonde hair and huge silver hooped earrings, even mimicking one of Lola’s past outfits.
Her arrival came as a surprise to Lola’s widower Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) who has been struggling with his grief.
While the pair initially bonded, he was seen abruptly fleeing after learning that Nadine is working as an escort to support herself during university.
Heartbreaking: Widowed Jay is set to start taking the lethal party drug ketamine in the coming weeks as his life continues to spiral out of control
Seeing double: It comes after EastEnders fans were left in shock last week when they spotted a ‘Lola clone’ on the show (left, Jazzy Phoenix as Nadine; right, Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce)
Newcomer: Nadine’s arrival came as a surprise to Lola’s widower Jay who has been struggling with his grief
Theories: Fans are wary of Nadine’s sudden appearance and striking resemblance to Lola as well as the fact she emerged after Lola’s mother Emma (Patsy Kensit) returned to the Square
Nadine tried and seduced Jay as he continued to battle with his feelings of grief and loneliness.
Yet fans have been left wary of Nadine’s sudden appearance and striking resemblance to Lola as well as the fact she emerged shortly after Lola’s mother Emma (Patsy Kensit) returned to the Square.
Viewers theorised that she could be Emma’s secret daughter, which would explain her resemblance to the late hairdresser.
Fans took to X, formerly Twitter, to share: ‘nadine is either a figment of jay’s imagination or emma’s secret daughter (lola’s sister) and it is her doing #eastenders’;
‘Nadine is gonna turn out to be Emma’s daughter and Lola’s sister I can already tell #Eastenders’; ‘Nadine is wearing the exact same outfit Lola wore when she got back together with jay #Eastenders’;
‘I know she is supposed to look like Lola, but no one can convince me that the jacket wasn’t taken from Lola’s costume department’; ‘It’s literally the exact same look! #EastEnders’; ‘oh eastenders are so evil for this. this is literally 2014 lola’;
‘Jay you’re not ready to move on. It’s actually scary how much Nadine looks and sounds like Lola #EastEnders’; ‘Who the Lola from Shein is this? #Eastenders’; ‘Lola clone storyline lets go’; ‘god she even sounds like lola #EastEnders.’
EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. The episodes are available from 6am each morning on BBC iPlayer.
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