Emma Harding flees Walford after uncomfortable secret revealed in EastEnders

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EMMA Harding disappoints her daughter Lola Pearce yet again so Jay Brown gives her an ultimatum.

Emma Harding – played by Patsy Kensit on the BBC soap – made a triumph arrival amid Jay and Lola’s wedding.

Lexi’s Mother’s Day plans are ruined

Tension rises in the Pearce-Mitchell family

Lola feels rejected again

It was Lola’s wish to have her mum at her wedding as she is terminally ill with a brain cancer tumour and may not ever get a chance to see her.

She was reunited with her mum when she walked into the hair salon where Lola worked as a client.

She soon found out Emma was her biological mother and built a relationship with her.

She was welcomed into the family and Emma paid for Lola, Lexi and Jay to go to Disneyland.

But things get complicated for the family as Mother’s Day approaches next week.

Lexi has Mother’s Day with Lola all planned out until Emma arrives uninvited and tags along.

Lexi gets frustrated when Emma interferes at every turn and soon loses her temper about having to share her mum.

Mortified Emma realises she’s overstepped the mark and offers to leave, but Lola tells her to return to the flat while she talks to Lexi.

But back at home, Lola’s hopes of a family evening end abruptly as Emma bolts when an uncomfortable subject about her past is revisited.

Later in the week, Lola is fretting about Emma’s sudden exit and wonders if her mum has rejected her again.

Angry Jay demands an audience with Emma at the car lot and tells her to either stick around or never darken their doorstep again.

What will Emma choose?

Also on Albert Square, Stacey is relieved to have the cash for Shiv, the loan shark but when she pays, the dangerous criminal demands another £200 by tomorrow or threatens violence.

Stacey is desperate, having made no money, and Alfie comes up with an idea to raid Big Mo’s stock of wedding dresses.

After Sharon turns down the chance to be Alfie’s glamorous assistant, she suggests Linda would be the perfect fit.

She’s not in the mood, but after watching Alfie crash and burn with some ill-judged banter, Linda can’t resist getting involved.

Stacey is terrified as time ticks down to Shiv’s deadline.

Can Alfie make the money she needs in time?

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One.

Why has Emma bolted?

Jay has an ultimatum for Emma