Episode eight of The Only Way is Essex finally saw Dean Ralph take Chloe Sims on a date.

Following brewing chemistry between the pair throughout series 22, Dean whisked Chloe out of Essex and to central London for a cheeky trip up The Shard.

However, despite pulling out all of the stops, Dean completely ruined the date by ending the night with Clelia Theodorou.

Err, WTF just happened…

I’m Mature, Innit

Handsome Dean – who had fans on social media swooning over his jawline – started the date by explaining that he wasn’t as “quiet” and “shy” as previously perceived.

Playing to the fact that Chloe is a mother, Dean was quick to explain that he is on a similar wavelength in terms of maturity.

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Cat Out of the Bag

The big moment in the date came when Chloe’s friend Diags (James Bennewith) called Chloe to check up on the date.

If the date was going terribly, Chloe was going to duck out of the situation by saying that she needed to “check on her cats”.

However, in this instance, Chloe’s cat was purring perfectly…

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Even cheeky Dean was able to weigh in on the situation.

Oosh, he’s so dishy…

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Bringing Clelia to the Table

Chloe met up with her gal-pals to gossip about the clear success of the date.

However, she had a shocking revelation about how the date ended.

Dean finished his dinner but decided to continue partying it up in London, where he was snapped by the paparazzi leaving a club with fellow Essex co-star Clelia Theodorou.

Clelia - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

CLELIA – The Only Way Is Essex: SR22: Ep8 on ITVBe

Chloe was not impressed after reading the news online.

But at least the argument brought one of the quotes of the season…

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Chloe dug her nails into Dean with the support of her friends, furious that he had the cheek to finish a date in the company of another girl.

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims - TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Screen Shot: Dean Ralph on a DATE with Chloe Sims – TOWIE, ITVbe, series 22, episode 8

Twitter Reacts

Fans of The Only Way is Essex had one clear message for Dean.

They weren’t angry.

They were just disappointed.

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