Andrew saves the day
Patrick Trueman helps to show Andrew in a better light
Andrew Cotton is hailed a hero after he saves Patrick Trueman from choking.
The burly bloke, who is still coming to terms with his fiancée Heather Trott’s murder, goes into action to save the life of the Albert Square favourite.
But what Andrew doesn’t know is Patrick is actually faking it.
As Andrew’s mum Rose looks on, Patrick decides to create a distraction by pretending to be in trouble when he sees that his friend is about to lose his temper.
His act works and as soon as it’s all over, Andrew’s quick use of the Heimlich manoeuvre is praised by the residents of the Square.
An EastEnders insider said: “Andrew has got a really bad temper and has not been dealing with Heather’s death very well at all. He’s been to hell and back since she was murdered especially after he was arrested on suspicion of committing the violent crime.
“He’s struggled to carry on as normal but has the support of his mum as well as his auntie Dot Branning.
“When Patrick sees him about to lose it, the last thing he wants is for everyone to start having a go at him again.
“He decides the best thing to do is to create a distraction by pretending he’s choking – and it works a treat. Andrew has no idea that he’s not really choking and springs into action.
“It gets the rest of the residents onside and Patrick is over the moon with his handiwork .
“He hopes that Andrew will now be able to be accepted back into the Walford community despite everything he’s been through these last few months.”