*Sigh* Miss mah frienemy,
It seems EASTENDERS' Shirley is really Mick's mother not his sister. This is pretty common in Walford, going on past revelations. I didn't realise this until I saw it on a Soap Magazine cover. Last week after falling out (again) with son Dean, and the revelation that she had tried to drown lil' Mick, Shirley went on one of her benders, and was picked up lying in the street wrapped around a vodka bottle, by Phil( who is getting really soft these days.) The cliffhanger was a closeup of Phil's boggling face as Shirley threw herself into Mick's arms after wailing on about her 'little boy' (Dean, I thought-) I hadn't picked up on it, and wondered what Phil was gaping at. I'm getting slow in my dotage.