It's been a tough lockdown for Chantelle with Gray heightening his domestic abuse. Tonight (Tuesday 08 September 2020) took a turn for the worse at number 1 Albert Square.
When Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) was out of the house discussing her financial arrangements with Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol), Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) was working-from-home on the laptop where he came across something alarming - a popup featuring an advert for Divorce Lawyers. To irk Gray's suspicions even more he checked the Internet history to find it was wiped clean. Chantelle's conspiring was exposed.
Soon, Chantelle arrived back claiming she was at a client but Grey picked apart her "slutty" attire and more or less accusing his wife of cheating on him. To make matters worse, Gray stuck the proverbial knife in and declared he wants a divorce. Gray went on further to explain he'll be taking Mackenzie Atkins (Isaac Lemonis) & Mia Atkins (Mahalia Malcolm) away, too, basically denying Chantelle access.
Chantelle locked herself in the bathroom and went for a bath. She thought she would be safe until Gray came and unlocked the bathroom snib from the other side of the door - much to Chantelle's horror.
Gray proceeded to taunt his wife with more evil games and then - in his most sinister move yet - made Chantelle hold her breath underwater for a dangeous amount of time making her "prove" she still loves him.
Pulling herself together, Chantelle manages to escape the house where she sees Kheerat, again. Because Chantelle told Kheerat earlier that she was divorcing Gray, Kheerat told her he would get the money to her in a couple of weeks. To the worry of the abused woman, she told Kheerat a couple of weeks would just be too long as she plans on leaving tomorrow.
Kheerat would have got the money to Chantelle sooner if it weren't for Suki Kaur Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) keeping tabs on the family's finances.
EastEnders continues on BBC One at 19:35 (Thursday 10 Septemeber 2020).