In tonight’s visit to Walford, the big dark secret that Sharon Rickman’s been harbouring is finally revealed; she’s a drug addict!
However, her weapon of choice is painkillers, both prescription and over-the-counter, and after a stressful showdown with Phil (Steve McFadden) Sharon feels the urge to turn to her little round friends, but instead, she heads off to find a support group.
The storyline begins when Sharon (Letitia Dean) goes to see Phil, and he tells her that he wants her to run the Queen Vic for him instead of R&R. However, because of the plethora of bad memories that the pub holds for her, she tells him she can’t do it.
However, Phil – who’s stressed out and upset having heard that his son Ben is being tried on the more serious charge of the murder of Heather Trott and not the lesser charge of manslaughter – furiously counters that if she refuses, he’ll sack her from the club too…
So, having stormed out, Sharon heads off to the support group, leaving Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) to be on the receiving end of Phil’s temper!
Here’s a sneak peek…
In other news, young lovers Jay Mitchell (Jamie Borthwick) and Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald) are about to be reunited when she finally forgives him for his part in covering up the fact that Ben murdered Hev.
Their rekindled relationship comes about after Abi’s bullied by a gang of girls, and noble Jay wades in to save her.
A show insider told the Daily Star, “Abi has a run-in with a local girl gang. They pick on her and rough her up a little bit.
“She’s left shaken by the ordeal and without hesitation she runs to find Jay. The whole thing just makes her realise how much she loves him.
“And when he promises to always protect her they end up kissing.
“Abi will always be the one for Jay but her parents are going to take some convincing again.
“It took them months to accept their relationship and with him having helped to cover up Hev’s murder it’s not going to be easy.
“There’s also his blossoming relationship with single mum Lola Pearce.”
We’ll see them reunite a week on Friday on BBC1.