EastEnders blackmail plot as Dotty Cotton threatened by Chelsea Fox over Keegan secret?
12th August 2021

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Troublemaker Chelsea Fox (played by Zaraah Abrahams) has been causing a stir in the Square since the character returned to EastEnders. She ruthlessly uses people for her own gain, and has been clashing with Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) ever since the latter tried to warn her against cheating on Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith). In Thursday’s episode of the BBC soap, Dotty laughed as Chelsea tried to hide from Gray after lying to him about where she’d been. Dotty ominously hinted that the truth always comes out. Will Chelsea find out about Dotty’s secret and try to use it against her?

Chelsea was close to ending things with Gray until she saw he’d booked them a holiday, and they ended up going shopping, with Gray spending a fortune.

Motivated by money and material things, Chelsea admitted she wouldn’t be too fussed if Gray did find out she’d cheated on him, because she only wants a casual relationship.

So if she does somehow find out about Dotty and Keegan (Zack Morris), perhaps through CCTV at Ruby’s, it’s very likely she’d blackmail Dotty for money, especially since she has access to cash while working at the club.

In Friday’s episode, Dotty hypocritically told Chelsea she shouldn’t have gone home with a stranger while drinking at Ruby’s.

“The walk of shame normally has a bit more shame to it,” she told Chelsea as she attempted to get into the club.

She explained she’d lost her keys and asked Dotty to open the door.

“Heads up,” Dotty laughed as Gray walked by, and Chelsea threw herself onto a bin to hide from him.

“See, I warned you, didn’t I? And now look,” the youngster commented.

Chelsea snapped back: “Do you know what? The nose ring and the look don’t scream innocent to me, babe.

“I know how modern relationships work, so does Gray, I’m a free spirit.”

Dotty replied: “Yes, because hiding behind a bin screams free spirit. Look I’ve seen you, Keegan’s seen you, do you really think Gray won’t find out eventually?

“Secrets never stay secret for long.” Chelsea seemed concerned and later had a chat with Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) who advised her to end things with Gray.

She seemed set to tell Gray she wasn’t interested in a serious relationship when he asked her to go on holiday with him.

Later at The Vic, Sharon was stunned as the couple came in after a shopping trip carrying plenty of bags.

She told Sharon: “Someone might get hurt, but at least it won’t be me.”

Chelsea would clearly stop at nothing to get what she wants, and by stringing Gray along she can carry on enjoying his money.

But with Dotty making constant comments, Chelsea will probably try to find something on her to stop her from telling Gray the truth.

If she stumbles across Dotty’s secret, Chelsea would definitely see it as a way to get something.

Would she blackmail Dotty into stealing from the club for her?

Chelsea seems only to care about living the kind of lifestyle she wants, and threatening Dotty for some extra money or free drinks wouldn’t be unlike her.

But how long could it go on for? Dotty is aware that secrets come out, so will she allow the inevitable to happen?

If Tiffany (Maisie Smith) finds out the truth, she’ll be heartbroken at the betrayal by both her husband and her friend.

Maisie is rumoured to be leaving the soap later this year, so could Chelsea’s blackmailing go on for some months and lead to an explosive reveal around Christmas?

If this happens, Tiffany is likely to leave Walford to start again somewhere else.

But how will Dotty cope with keeping the secret until something comes out?

EastEnders continues on Friday at 8pm on BBC One.

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