What does DCI Marsden do when she isn’t trying to nail the Mitchells? Does she have any other cases? Does she ever go to the pub? Google lists her address as ‘outside the square’, which, I’m sorry, just isn’t good enough. I think we should be told.
On Thursday, she’s back again, with the sole purpose of telling Phil that he is old, alone, and should watch his back. She doesn’t believe that Ben’s hatred for his dad has disappeared, and she leaves promising that the moment Phil makes a mistake, she will be there to pull the Mitchells apart. Really? She hasn’t managed it so far. She clearly can’t pull a brush through her unkempt locks, and the Mitchells are made of sterner stuff.
Still, it’s enough to unnerve Phil, and on Friday he suggests they all go to visit Grant. Oh, brilliant, Phil. That’s just what you need as a calming influence in a crisis (anyway, isn’t Grant making programmes about Afghanistan for Sky?). Phil is in such a state that when Roxy comes to the defence of psycho Ben, he comes close to revealing all. Will it be enough to drive Phil back to the bottle? Let’s hope so. Those vodka shares have plummeted during his latest bout of sobriety.
Is it me, or are the older characters being phased out of Walford? I have nothing against young people, but I’m missing the variety that the likes of Peggy and Pat used to bring to the show. On Monday, with Tyler playing on Whitney’s mind, and Lucy and Lauren having family problems, the trio have a night out. Don’t tell me... Lauren gets drunk... Yes, quelle surprise. On Tuesday, it’s too much for Lucy, who slams the door in Lauren’s face and tells her she’s on her own.