EastEnders expressed heartbreak to Martin Fowler when he told Ms. Stacey that she and the children could not return to Walford when actress Lacey Turner made her soap comeback in a way.

Although she was not on screen, she heard Lacey's character Stacey talking to her husband in two scenes.

She attacked Phil Mitchell with a wrench and left him dead last month. She and Martin fled Walford in the Fallout.

While Martin returned this week following his daughter Bex Fowler's suicide attempt, she and the children stayed away because Phil's son Ben had the wrench – and used it to blackmail Martin.

EastEnders took Stacey Fowler away from Walford

But Ben told him he could get the gun back, meaning his family could come home – as long as he did just a few dubious jobs for him.

After helping to save Lola from the Panesar brothers, he was forced to steal a car after kidnapping her to return to Ben.

Martin was relieved when Phil's son gave him the key used for the attack, and he finally got rid of the evidence.

Martin was devastated when Ben set him up

Martin hoped to bring Stacey and the kids back

But when he returned to Ben to rejoice that his family could come home, he was left angry to learn that nothing changed.

Ben now had evidence that he had stolen the car, which meant he still had to work for him and Stacey or the children were not sure to return to Walford.

Martin fought back tears when he brought the message to Stacey while he actually lied to her, claiming she could not return because of Bex – with actress Lacey, who is currently in maternity leave after she welcomed her baby daughter in July ,

Martin claimed Bex was the reason she could not come home

He told her that there had been "complications" with Bex, so it was best she stay away.

She asked her husband, "Can I do anything?" before adding, "Of course, what's best for Bex, I love you too."

The fans were disappointed with the turn but were happy to mention Stacey after such a long time.

EastEnders will air on BBC One on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm ,