Next Episode of The Only Way is Essex is
Season 22 / Episode 1 and airs on 25 March 2018 20:00
Reality series which follows a group of friends living their day-to-day lives in Essex.
The Essex lot are back and this time they're in the party isle of Ibiza! Cue lots of bronzed torsos (drool) and… a ball bag? Yep, that'd be Bobby's latest beachwear fashion. Mario's back, but it isn't all smiles on his return, plus some relationships are sinking faster than the Titanic… or a flashy yacht on the Mediterranean.
Elliott and Chloe were in lover's paradise, that is until word got around that Mario's arrived with Charlie. El was irate at Mario's suggestion he take his girlfriend out for drinks, so told Chloe she isn't allowed to be friends with him anymore. Possessive, much? El eventually calmed down and agreed to a lunch, which went surprisingly smoothly. Mario later told Elliott he's genuinely pleased to see him and Chloe happy together. Hmmm. How long will this truce last?
Danni confided in Chloe that James had been an awful boyfriend over the past two months before explaining how she miscarried their baby and how hLockie left her in hospital and went to work! Lockie knows he did wrong so went to Bobby, patron saint of advice, who told him he needs to show Danni how much he cares or it's "game over" for their relationship.
Things were explosive between Lauren and Lewis, as Vas told his BFF how Lew cheated on her all summer! Newbie George arrived on the scene and told her old mate Georgia how she kissed Lew in Marbs (though thought he was single at the time). Lew eventually admitted to everything, but called Popey old in the process. Pops responded by labelling Lewis "an immature t***". By TOWIE terms, it was a pretty smooth break-up.
New guy Tommy made quite the impression on Georgia, and who can blame her eh, after seeing the Mallett Skank in full effect? But it seems Dan may still have a bit of a crush on her after he ‘accidentally' sent her a naked picture (oh, that old chestnut) which featured his ‘elephant trunk', as Lydia so kindly referred to it. So it was of no surprise that Dan seemed jealous when he heard about G and Tommy. He advised her "as a friend" to stay away from Tommy because he didn't want to see her get hurt. Aww!
Elsewhere Arg and Lydia seemed the picture-perfect couple and why wouldn't they be, with Arg's "magnetism"? Lyds was just happy he got as far as the airport after his last incident (#PrayForArg). Oh, and Chloe and Ferne STILL aren't friends. Oh TOWIE, some things just never change.
Lewis has well and truly put Lauren behind him but has found himself caught up in another relationship drama. Meanwhile, things got serious with Tommy and Georgia and the Ferne/Chloe saga has taken a turn for the worse… again!
A holiday romance blossomed between Tom and George, but is she still caught up on Lewis? She told Tom she liked him, but Lew brought the Black and Gold party to a standstill when he confronted George for showing up in his room saying how confused she felt. Poor Tom looked bewildered while Lewis and George tore chunks out of each other. George defended herself by saying she just wanted to be Lew's friend. "I cheated on my girlfriend with you… how are we friends?" Woah, way to put it bluntly Lewis! George shrugged off Lew's behaviour as jealousy, but doth the lady protest too much?
After telling Dan to keep his nose out of his and Georgia's relationship, Tommy was committed to making himself a one-woman man with a cool fist bump sealing the deal. Perhaps if they'd pinkie-promised, Tommy wouldn't have broken rule number two (no rudeness in public, FYI) within five minutes of arriving at the party. Hmm the future isn't looking too bright for ol' G&T…
The Ferne/ Chloe feud reignited as Mario got closer to Chloe and Elliott and Ferne felt well and truly left out in the cold (which was a mild 26 degrees in Ibiza). Jess even got involved and found herself up against her cousin at the party, as Ferne confronted Elliott for stirring things with her and Chloe and making the situation worse. In the end, Ferne promised to patch things up with Chloe, but as Elliott warned, actions speak louder than words.
Elsewhere, Lockie and Danni didn't exactly get to the root of their issues, but Lockie surprised everyone by suggesting couples counselling and promising Danni he wouldn't let her down. Love was literally in the air for Arg and Lyds as they proclaimed the L-word on the beach like a right soppy old pair… N'aww!
Lewis decides to give that building bridges thing a go and Chloe and Elliott's relationship is on the rocks. Good thing there's no-one around Essex waiting to meddle, right?
After every man and his dog in Essex had a say on their relationship, Chloe and Elliott finally discussed their feelings, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Chloe's desperate to stop feeling so isolated from everyone but El after their rocky time in Ibiza, but our El doesn't really get it. Maybe Nanny Pat needs to have a word and set 'em all straight. With Chloe wanting a "break", is it finally over between the two?
Meanwhile Ferne seems to be loving that there's trouble in paradise with Elliott and Chloe, mainly because the Ferne/Chloe feud has been kicking off majorly recently, but also cause she loves a bit of drama! She couldn't keep the smile off her face at Jess' doggy birthday party, and not just because of how absolutely adorable it was.
Debbie set Lewis straight and insisted he needed to apologise to Lauren for the seriously harsh bombs he dropped during their last slanging match. So that should do it, right? Nahh! Popey had none of it and insisted that his apology wasn't sincere. "I think your apology is fake, and you're fake." Way not to mince your words, Lauren! Will his second apology, to George, prove any more successful?
Elsewhere, love is in the air for a few other Essex couples, and the guys have been trying to get to the girl's hearts through their stomachs. Tommy took a chance by taking Georgia for pie and mash on their first date. Luckily she showed her true Essex girl credentials and she loved it! It went so well, they even talked about kids (yikes!). And Tom used a sushi making class as an excuse to get close to George. Maybe these sweet dates will get him closer to his goal: breaking her three month nookie rule?
The time for Bobby's huge charity bash had almost arrived, but as the boys were working on their dance moves and deliberating whether their crotch action should be ‘a subtle pump, or a y'know, pump-pump?', drama was stirring up between the girls…
Ferne and Gemma were still at each other's throats, but behind each other's backs, natch. Gemma was annoyed at Ferne, thinking she was way out of order showing her an article about gastric band surgery, adding she needed to ‘learn when to pipe down'. But Ferne insisted she didn't even know Gemma was angry at her, and was crushed when GC insisted everyone hated her. MEEEEOOOW!
Stomachs around the country churned as they ran into each other at Bobby's charity do, but they ended up making up, after Gemma suggested Ferne wasn't ‘a bad person deep down', and that she is ‘an acquired taste'. Wow, get us the tissues… But Dani reckons it's all "so fake". Maybe saying ‘I love you' thirty seconds after you're ready to claw someone's eyes out doesn't quite wash!
Jess drew a huge line under her relationship with Ricky, and really showed it by initiating the ever-awkward post-breakup-stuff-exchange. And going over in her evening dress, looking a million bagillion quid? Well, that was just a bit of extra punishment! Ricky decided he's going to take some time out of Essex to visit his parents in Florida, but with Jess insinuating that he shouldn't be trusting his mate Mario, he'll have a lot of thinking to do while he's sunning his beard.
Meanwhile, the boys got their bums out for a good cause… along with everything else! And Dan even helped out by manning his own kissing booth. Yes, dreams really can come true. So, even though everyone had tears in their eyes while Bobby was on stage and filling up as he talked about his mum's illness, the charity bash was a success. Even if the audience got more of an eyeful than they bargained for…
James Locke(James Locke)
Joey Essex(Joey Essex)
Sam Faiers(Sam Faiers)
Denise Van Outen(Narrator)
Gemma Collins(Gemma Collins)
James Argent(James Argent)
Lucy Mecklenburgh(Lucy Mecklenburgh)
Samantha Faiers(Samantha Faiers)
Bobby Norris(Bobby Norris)
Charlie Sims(Charlie Sims)
Dan Osborne(Dan Osborne)
Elliott Wright(Elliott Wright)
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