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‘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.

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