EastEnders fans left cringing as Bobby Beale does a runner halfway through his date

EASTENDERS fans were left cringing as Bobby Beale did a runner halfway through his date. 

The troubled teen – who is played by Clay Milner Russell in the BBC One soap – matched with Jade on a dating app in tonight’s episode – but didn’t tell her he was a killer. 

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Kathy found the youngster in a spin ahead of the date as he drenched himself in aftershave – and told him just to be himself.

But when Bobby awkwardly sat down with Jade at Ruby’s, he quickly forget everything Kathy had said. 

Stuttering, he told Jade: “So. The top looks nice. Not that. The material. The colour. Erm. I’m not looking at your…”

Jade laughed and said: “Okay, so are you from around here?”

Bobby looked perplexed and replied: “No, well yes. Sometimes. Well, yeah mainly I’m from around here, but I just lived somewhere for a while. Yeah, quite a while.”

Jade then said: “I lived with my dad for a while, lasted about three weeks. Would have been more fun being in prison.”

When Bobby looked panicked about the mention of prison, Jade announced she was going to the ladies – and laughed when Bobby joked that he hoped she wouldn’t climb out of the window. 

Just as Bobby was starting to relax, however, Vinny came over and broke the news about Karen’s disastrous date with serial killer Lucas. 

Noticing the parallels between Lucas’ situation and his own, Bobby looked horrified. 

Realising he’d put his foot in it, Vinny then tried to reassure Bobby by saying it wasn’t like Jade would be googling his name in the toilets. 

But Bobby couldn’t cope and got up and ran out before Jade returned.

EastEnders viewers were left cringing at Bobby’s behaviour. 

One tweeted: "Bobby NO"

Another added: "Bobby just made himself look like a 1970s serial killer. Not much better."

A third chimed in: "Poor Bobby."

Back home, Bobby brushed off Kathy’s concerns and told her that Jade wasn’t really his type. 

But when she turned her back, he hunched over his phone and deleted his name on his dating app, writing ‘Robert Hills’ instead.

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