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Katy R | 00:00 UK time, Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Hug it out

After Ben's sentencing Phil and Jay have a much needed heart to heart. When Phil offers Jay his hand, Jay goes one step further and gives Phil a hug. Can the big man handle the gesture?

Jay and Phil

Sisterly love

When Abi walks in to find Lauren hitting the bottle (again), she begins to tell her how selfish she's being. But when Lauren starts to crumble, Abi realises what she really needs is some sisterly support.

Lauren and Abi

Brave face?

Lauren gets ready to head out to R&R. She's desperate to see Joey. Will all her preparation be worth it?


Retracing steps

Joey flirts with Lucy in front of Lauren to 'prove' he's over her. But when Lucy takes him back to Casa Beale will he have second thoughts?

Lucy and Joey

Shirley's back

After spending some time with Carly, Shirley returns to Walford. What will she think of Phil and Sharon's little arrangement?


Going head to head

Once again Lola and Bianca are after the same job! The pair are pitted against each other in Booty - who will come out on top?

Poppy, Lola and Bianca


  • Comment number 1.

    not many pictures on shirleys return :( but it sounds epic. i cant believe phil is scared of her. its hilarious !!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    It's quite a good twist having Shirley have something to hold over Phil - otherwise their relationship would soon be a thing of the past and he wouldn't give her a second thought.

    Looks quite a good week.

  • Comment number 3.

    I was really hoping that with Lauren and Joey that we would have at least one happy relationship going on in Walford and that there was a happy ending to one couple but ..... (there hasn't been one stable relationship in the history of the show that has survived yet - thats not normal even in todays society)!

  • Comment number 4.

    Why has the word 'cousin' never been used in the whole Lauren/Joey thing?? As in 'helloooo - she's your COUSIN'??!

  • Comment number 5.

    @ Blackswan, they still might! I mean he still loves her, he's just trying to protect her. @ Charlotte-Blake-26 at the moment consanguineous relationships i.e. relationships between cousins are still legal.

  • Comment number 6.

    Shelley i disagree phil was broken when shirley left. He worked in the vic and couldnt bear to go home. Yes hes missed ben too but shirley was apart of his family. Im genuinely shocked hes so scared of shirleys threats, he still loves her its why he "dumps"sharon. He pushed her up against the wall in august im sure he could do that now to keep shirley quiet, shes destroyed him

  • Comment number 7.

    oh lauren dont worry that b*** joey will come back 2 u ur the dreams of his life

  • Comment number 8.

    I'm not so sure Phil isn't over Shirley. I think he "dumps" Sharon to stop Shirley exposing their sham engagement, not because he cares what she thinks. I think it's possible seeing Sharon again has brought back to him what it feels like to really love and want a woman. Personally I don't want them to get back together though. Great chemistry - always have had - but Sharon deserves better which might just be Jack.

    Either way though, I think Phil and Shirley are dead in the water. More interesting is whether Phil and Jay can rebuild their relationship.

  • Comment number 9.

    OMG cant wate 4 this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    he's scared of her !!!!!!! he pushed her up against the wall in august. what the hell would stop him doing that now? he blames jack for winding him up wheen its shirley doing the threatening that causes him to say the fake engagement is off.

    lorraine newman the producer hinted in her interview that phil doesnt really know if he loves shirley or not and its a big case of not realizing till he's lost it. he's been acting really weird ever since ben AND shirley left. with both lexi and sharon. that whole "we're gonna speend the rest of our lives together" was just freaky. he clearly didnt mean it since he's "dumping" her

    he loves shirley deep down. just doesnt "get" it yet. i think he's getting there though:) i agree though they might not be together for long if they do at all.

  • Comment number 11.

    p.s him being scared of what she could do to him has been in his character for years. he never really "trusted" her. once he got to know her and she did some pretty bad stuff to him she really pushed him and did some of the most horrible things just to "get" him. when they got together he couldn't open up to her because of this. he started being more honest towards the end of last year but her lying to him just damaged it AGAIN. i honestly believe theyve dragged it out this long to get this with sharon.

  • Comment number 12.

    Yes i agree seeing sharon again has brought that back hence why i think he will realize he loved shirley just in a different way. Steve mcfadden once said sharon was in phils soul and that shirley is the love of his life. I dont believe phil is in love with sharon now. He is lying to her about his true motives, he tells her not to believe a word shirley says yet he is scared of her himself. He breaks off the fake engagement he blames jack (her boyfriend) and threatens him.

  • Comment number 13.

    Looks like a good week,think that last night Derek went a bit to far with Joey and Joey was stupid enough to go in and dump Lauren! :)

  • Comment number 14.

    Yes there cousins but its not like they grew up together. Derek needs to back off and Lucy need to get lost!!!! Joey and Lauren are so good and cute together and they should be aloud to be together! I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope they get back together. If you want a good christmas storyline can it just be a happy one for once,Joey and Lauren should be happy together :) !!!!!!! Do a stupid sad shocking storyline for phil or derek LOL, and forget the stupid one about Joey and Lauren being brother and sister.. I think thats pathetic. - i will actually be happy if Joey and Lauren get back together soon, there actually amazing together.

  • Comment number 15.

    joey b*** how could u do this 2 lauren laurens great

  • Comment number 16.

    i really hoped that Joey and Lauren stayed together! Even though they are Cousins its Drama! Lauren really loves him and that is Cruel Flirting/Kissing in front of her! Cant they just leave joey and Lauren to have a happy relation ship!

  • Comment number 17.

    @Carla, I know but it's strange the word didn't come up until tonights episode, is it not the first thing you'd say?!!:)

  • Comment number 18.

    I think that "forbidden fruit" element in Joey and Lauren's romance only makes them want each other more. And their parents being so meddling doesn't help the matter. Well, Tanya did get her slap so she is being a little quieter now, but Derek meddles twice as much.:) And Monalisa, I don't think Phil is scared of Shirley, he actually feels guilty. When Ben murdered Heather, his number one priority was not to let his son to go to prison and he was just doing everything to protect him. But now, when Ben is in prison anyway, he actually had time to stop and think about what he has done. And that's why he tries to make up with Jay and is willing to do whatever Shirley tells him to do.

  • Comment number 19.

    @ Charlotte-Blake-26 I know! I just think it's a tricky area. I don't think anyone really understands it. All we're sure about is that incest is illegal and I think there's a tendency to just use that word even though it isn't correct and every country has their different laws and definition about what incest is!

  • Comment number 20.

    Great Week!!!! Cant Wait!:D

  • Comment number 21.

    Bigsmilie i never thought of thatl yeah i think thats partly why but he tells sharon not to believe anything shirley says so i think hes not using her and doesnt want to hurt her again hence why he "dumps"sharon.,i dont think this is the end of them and i hope he will show shirley just how badly he felt and it be genuine and no other motive for it. Hes done it with everyone else except her

  • Comment number 22.

    joey would rather die then worship derek and call him dad but you can see hes starting to regret it. i think lauren may kill derek because lauren said "i can't live without joey" once joey or tanya reveals to lauren that derek is standing in her way of being together i think lauren isn't gonna hesitate of getting rid of derek but can't help to think if lauren does someone has to go to prison lauren or joey? like stacey or bradley but they didn't go prison. ps don't they they are going to be together this year but never know about the future?

  • Comment number 23.

    my spelling is **** sorry i was ment to say i don't think they are going to be together this year but never know about the future

  • Comment number 24.

    joey and lauren were just cool 2gther even though there r cousions ur alowed 2 be married 2 ur cousion

  • Comment number 25.

    Ben gets 4 years in prison and Jay gets commuinty service, so glad jay isn't going to prison i love him but i am sad ben is going for 4 years i bet phil will be really upset. its so cute that jay and phil hug maybe they will be friends again and it will be a happily ever after for jay!
    but not for poor old BEN! xx i want bianca to get the job!!!!!

  • Comment number 26.

    @mrsjossa NO cousins are not allowed to be together its only your SECOND COUSIN that you are allowed to be with
    your second cousin is your mum's cousins children
    so lauren and joey can't be together

  • Comment number 27.

    @eastendersfan yes cousons are alowed 2 be 2gether they r cousns not brother and sister

  • Comment number 28.

    @ eastendersfan no, I think you'll find that you ARE allowed to be with your first cousin. The law has allowed it ever since Henry VIII decreed it!

  • Comment number 29.

    BTW Honestly! "Phil" the void??!! Who comes up with these? Lol! :-D

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  • Comment number 31.

    just found out linda henry (shirley) isn't leaving im so happy :) cant wait for next week

  • Comment number 32.

    Is Lauren pregnant? I this the issue?

  • Comment number 33.

    @ mr ernest carr no, I just think it's the first time she's ever really loved anyone and she knows the accident was her fault because she was driving and Joey took the rap for her and she's distraught because she thinks he meant what he said when he said he never really cared about her! A lie BTW!

  • Comment number 34.

    Lauren and Joey being together is just morally wrong. You don't have relations with your cousin. If they make a baby it's going to have 3 eyes or 5 arms. I hope they stop this storyline. Derek......can't wait to see you off this show. I can't wait to turn EE's on and know that I won't have to look at your face! Lola needs her baby back. Hi Paul & Merch!

  • Comment number 35.

    @ The Bun not necessarily! If that was always the case, it would've fallen into the incest category by now!

  • Comment number 36.

    @mrsjossa and @carla
    yes but they say it can damage the baby if you had one and its still not right and i dont think they should be together !!!

  • Comment number 37.

    @eastenders fan no it doesnt y anti is maried 2 her cosion they have 8 kids the baby never got spoilt

  • Comment number 38.

    I'm starting to get really confused as to whether Joey loves lauren or not. Is he only breaking up with her coz he doesn't want to get her in trouble, and if that's the case, they could hav just pretended to Derek they aren't together. Why can't Derek just leave them alone? Does he somehow think that if Joey isn't with Lauren then Joey will hav forgiven everything? Really hope Lauren and Joey gets back together.they hav only just known each other for a few months and they r so not going to hav kids anyway

  • Comment number 39.

    well ok but they say that it can damage the baby, but thats not the point i would'nt marry my cousin even know joey and lauren have'nt know each other all there lives does it still give them the right to be together, to be honest i would love lauren and joey to be together its just there family would'nt like it because they are cousins xx

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  • Comment number 41.

    @ eastendersfan well, yes, there is always that element of risk but as you see in that link I've posted, scientists have discovered that the risk is less than they thought. There is a regression gene but that's not caused by a cousin-cousin reunion, you've either got that or you haven't.

  • Comment number 42.

    ... But who knows. if they find more evidence to the contrary, it could be illegal in the future. It depends on what they find doesn't it?

  • Comment number 43.

    Wooow Looks Lyk A Good Week! Happy That Luaren Is Gettin Her Act 2gether Afta Her Break Up With Joey Lool
    Eastenders Is Gettin Really Good! X

  • Comment number 44.

    yes i know, but there is a risk that it can damage the baby i am not saying it will but theres a risk

  • Comment number 45.

    yes! thanks for getting that link up

  • Comment number 46.

    monalisa - yes, Phil could push Shirley up against the wall again but that's hardly going to silence her forever, is it? There's only one way he can keep her quiet about his knowledge of what Ben did and even he's not going to bump her off.

    Like it or not, he has to be wary of what she may or may not do now but let's not confuse fear for love. He's never really loved Shirley and never will in my opinion.

  • Comment number 47.

    well i think its a complete and utter waste of 5 years worth of storyline crap dragged on wasted linda henrys potential and unfair on their fans! are we just going ot have phil saying he never loved her seeing as we alreadfy know this? complete crap!!!

    he tells sharon not to believe a word shirley says. i dont believe for a second he would be scared of shirls threats

    but this has always been in character. phil never trusted shirl enough to confide in her. he wouldnt tell her about the car lot fire incase she'd tell the police. its not like theyve just sprung it on us

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  • Comment number 49.

    & does this mean he never give a damn about her? as thats what it looks like to me. he showed proper emotion over her at heathers funeral & when heather died. i dont believe for a second he just cared about her as a friend. he was never a good friend to her after they got together. his treatment of her changed. why couldnt they have just stayed friends if he wasnt supposed to love her? all the actors, most of the writers and the producers said he did

  • Comment number 50.

    & i dont compare fear to love. Its because phil gives into shirls demands and doesnt go out of his way to hurt her, he doesnt use emotional blackmail or anything like hes done before. He blames jack for what hes done. Yes hes scared but i also believe he still feels really badly about what happened with heather and thats why he isnt goijg near her, she is stil meddling with lola and sharon so he hasnt told her to stay away from them. Or better still why cant he just threaten her himself?

  • Comment number 51.

    I was swapping dms on twitter with a storyline producer & they told me he does love ber like family and that theres a lot of complications its a deep love that he probably will never know why. He prefers sharon & untill he gets over that he will never be able to committ to anyone else

  • Comment number 52.

    @ Eastendersssssssssfan yes he does, that WHY he's broken up with her because Derek said he'll tell the police that she was driving if he doesn't!


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