Given that the brain tumour Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), who was diagnosed with last year, has not responded to therapy and that there is nothing else that can be done, we are aware that she won’t live for very long in EastEnders.
Her grandad Billy (Perry Fenwick), who sadly informed her that he’d be prepared to exchange places with her if that was possible, was the most distraught among her family and friends upon learning that she only had a limited amount of time left to live.
When Lola learned that she only had a limited amount of time left, he was working away from Walford, and she was determined to tell Billy about it herself. Lola informed him that it wouldn’t be possible because she only had at most six months to live when he returned to Albert Square and began eagerly talking about preparations for them all to go on a family vacation. Billy was in shock.
In subsequent episodes, Jay (Jamie Borthwick) brings in a palliative care nurse when Lola has a seizure, letting those close to her know that she only has a few days remaining. Lola is getting close to the end, according to the nurse.
Billy’s first instinct is to panic because he doesn’t want the kids to be upset by being in the house during such a stressful moment. In the belief that he is doing the right thing by shielding Lexi (Isabella Brown), Will (Freddie Phillips), and Janet from what is occurring, he ushers them out of the room.
As the reality of what is about to happen really sinks in on poor Billy, everything becomes too much for him, and he becomes extremely anxious and goes out to become drunk.
He soon starts arguing verbally with Nish (Navin Chowdhry), who purposefully pushes him over his breaking point. Billy smashes the Minute Mart window out of the blue out of wrath and despair, and it takes Honey (Emma Barton), Martin (James Bye), and Phil (Steve McFadden) to arrive to restrain him and get him under control.
Phil tries to intimidate Nish by offering him money while he demands justice from him. When Jack (Scott Maslen) arrives to get things back to normal, Billy snaps and accidently punches Jack in the face as Nish keeps getting on his nerves.
Jack is forced to take Billy into custody. Phil joins Honey at the police station as she frantically seeks to free him from custody, but Jack explains that it’s all up to Nish. Billy won’t be released if Nish insists on filing charges and won’t withdraw his witness statement, and he might never get the chance to say goodbye to Lola.
Phil and Honey set out to persuade Nish to act compassionately. How well will they do?
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