When it became clear that there was nothing more that could be done to stop Lola Pearce’s (Danielle Harold) brain cancer from spreading, she has been going through a really trying period on EastEnders.
Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden), who refused to accept the prognosis, was horrified by the doctors’ dreadful announcement that she would only have weeks to live when scans revealed that her palliative chemotherapy had failed.
While Lola’s son Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) focused on bringing her home and making memories in her last days, Ben set out to discover a means to extend Lola’s life so that she could attend her daughter Lexi’s (Isabella Brown) high school taster day.
Lexi told Ben that she had brought a flyer about the taster day home from school so that Lola could read it as she relaxed with Ladies Day in the comfort of her living room.
Ben, however, went into a tailspin and claimed that Lexi had been brainwashed by Jay and Lola to believe that Lola had died.
Outside, Jay, Billy (Perry Fenwick), and mother Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) were attacked by Ben, who called them cowards and said they had given up on Lola.
Jay claimed that he was trying to make Lola’s last few days happy and special, but Ben said that was the problem because he had already come to terms with the fact that these were Lola’s final few days.
He claimed that rather than accepting it, he had been looking into an American trial that would extend Lola’s life by six months.
Despite Dr. Washington’s explanation that Lola was unlikely to survive the voyage, Ben insisted that he would equip the aircraft with whatever she required, no matter the cost.
He decided to fly to America and meet with a specialist to discuss the treatment alternatives despite the doctor’s recommendation.
Terrified, Kathy and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) attempted to halt it while Kathy shared her sorrow about losing Lou Beale.
She said that Lou had accepted the fact that it was time for her to leave, which was how Lola was currently feeling.
She questioned him about whether he was truly doing this for her or just to comfort himself.
Later, when he sought Callum for his support as he travelled to the United States to meet with the specialist, it became apparent that she had not been able to convince him.
He said that if Lola passed away and he hadn’t done all possible, he wouldn’t be able to live with himself, and Callum promised to be there for him no matter what.
Lexi was reading the sample day flyer in bed with her mother across the Square from where Ben was scrambling to make his flight.
Lola broke down when Lexi mentioned that there would be a Q&A session for parents.
As Lola sobbed, the mother and daughter sat silently next to one other, holding hands.
Will Ben’s journey be successful, or did he say goodbye to Lola?
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