‘Some of the greatest minds have snapped,’ said Jean this week, in an attempt to draw Ian out. I’ve always thought of Ian more in the simple minds category, but it seemed to have the desired effect. But upon hearing the news about Ben on Monday, Ian blames himself. Concerned for her father (that’s a first), Lucy turns to Sharon, who tells her that Ian needs stability and routine. In Walford? Fat chance. Albert Square is the Bates Motel of stability. So what does Phil do to try to restore order on Tuesday? He suggests that everyone get together for a family dinner – because we all know how successful those occasions turn out to be. Sure enough, the evening ends with Shirley ending their relationship. Ah, well. More peas anyone?
On Friday, Phil begs Ian to visit Ben and persuade him to withdraw his statement. So, what’s going to happen to the lad? Will he do the decent thing and serve time for murder? Will he succumb to his father’s pressure and change his story yet again? Or will he continue to marvel at how he managed to knock Evver down dead with an eight-by-sixinch photo frame?
It’s Jay I feel sorry for. All he did was bear witness to the crime, but on Monday the whole Square castigates him for not revealing what he knew. Billy turns him away, citing Lola and Lexi as the reason why (how is he a danger to them?), and on Tuesday Jay is forced to sleep rough. Mind you, compared to Billy’s, sleeping rough is the Marriott.
On Thursday, Denise is livid to discover that Patrick has told Jay he can stay at the B&B, but when Patrick takes the lad to the Vic, the locals are not happy, especially Andrew, who goes to hit him. But guess who comes to his rescue? Phil. So reconciliation may be on the cards after all.
Jack, meanwhile, continues to flirt with Sharon, who gives him the brush- off again on Friday – having already slept with him. Four words. Stable. Door. Horse. Bolted.