EastEnders: Shirley Carter will try to stop Phil Mitchell adopting Lexi & Fatboy goes all out to impress Tansy Meadow! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly

EastEnders viewers will no doubt recall that earlier this year, Phil Mitchell’s on and off fiancé Shirley Carter left the Square to go and stay with her daughter Carly (Kellie Shirley) in a bid to get over her grief at the murder of her BFF Heather Trott…

Phil’s deranged son Ben is of course currently in prison awaiting trial for her murder, and at the last count, Shirley (Linda Henry) hadn’t forgiven Phil for his part in covering up Ben’s crime.

So it’s little wonder then that when she returns to Walford on December 3rd she’s less than impressed to learn that Ben has only received a four year prison term – having stood trial for manslaughter rather than murder – and that Jay (Jamie Borthwick) who also helped cover for Ben has only been given community service…

However, she’s even more shocked when she hears that Phil is now engaged to Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean) and confused when she learns that Phil’s trying to get custody of Lola’s (Danielle Harold) baby Lexi.

She learns the reason for Phil’s apparent altruism though during a chat with Sharon, when Shirley expresses her concern that Phil – with his history of alcoholism and drug addiction – is a far cry from a stable parental influence…

It’s then that she finds out that in fact, Lexi is Ben’s daughter, and her attitude towards Phil changes immediately as she declares that he doesn’t care about Ben or Lexi, and merely wants to control everyone involved.

Up to that point, Shirley had been only on a flying visit to Walford, determined to rejoin Carly and start a new life, however, with a new fight in her sights, she tells Phil and Sharon that she’ll do whatever it takes to stop him from taking Lexi away from Lola!

As mentioned, we’ll see Shirley back in Walford on December 3rd, but before then, there are complicated romantic entanglements for another couple as Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) goes all out to help his (soon to be) new girlfriend Poppy to convince her sister Tansy that she is a successful businesswoman.

The elaborate plan is kicked into motion when Poppy (Rachel Bright) confesses to Fatboy that she’s been lying to Tansy, and has claimed that she owns a beauty salon and is dating a rich city banker…

Keen to help her out, suited and booted Fatboy turns up to meet Tansy and help Poppy to spin out her web of lies a little further.

Here’s a sneak peek…

I think this may all end in tears!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.

1 Comment

  1. G on November 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Loving Poppy and Fat boy at the moment. Perfect for each other

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