The following article contains discussion of sexual assault.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
Earlier this week, Dean horrified Linda Carter and the Knight family by publicly declaring his love for secret girlfriend Gina Knight in front of the entire pub.
In Tuesday's (January 23) episode, Gina faced a backlash from her family, especially since she was making it seem like she believed Dean over Linda despite his evil past.
Gina reacted defensively, warning her family that she wasn't going to let them control her. However, she also lashed out at Dean for not respecting her wish for their relationship to stay private.
When Dean was eventually able to talk Gina into giving him another chance, Cindy Beale insisted she was going to do something to stop him.
Dean and Gina later made their first outing as a couple, though Amy Mitchell was seated nearby and gave Gina something to think about.
Amy pointed out that it wasn't solely about Dean's past with Linda — he'd also tried to rape the teen's late mother Roxy Mitchell. Gina attempted to defend her boyfriend, pointing out that Roxy had tried to poison Dean.
"Don't think my mum was some kind of pushover," Amy told Gina. "She was exactly like you — strong, fearless. That didn't stop him though, did it?"
Amy then warned Gina: "[Dean] destroys people's lives. He's a rapist."
Later, Cindy approached her Beale's Eels business partner Dean to see if she could scare him away from Gina by offering him £60k to walk away from Walford once again.
"Sixty grand if you leave Beale's Eels, Walford and, most importantly, Gina… tonight," Gina offered him.
Will Dean walk away from Gina for money?
EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer, where most episodes drop early at 6am ahead of their TV broadcast.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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