The Walford hardman recently vowed to get the youngster "back where she belongs", but Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) is in for a shock when she realises that his plans are far from what she had in mind.
When Phil (Steve McFadden) presents Lola with a consent form to sign which would put Lexi into his care, she is left reeling and refuses to co-operate - insisting that her daughter belongs at home with her.
However, an emotional Lola soon decides that she has no other option, so she eventually goes along with Phil's way of doing things and signs the form after all.
Having secured Lola's consent, Phil's next concern is trying to convince social services that he is the right person to take care of Lexi.
When his solicitor Jimmie explains that he'd have a much better chance if he was in a stable relationship, Phil starts to regard Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean) as the ideal person to impress the authorities.
Phil doesn't waste much time before putting the idea of a fake relationship to Sharon, but she refuses to lie to social services by pretending to be romantically involved with him.
Unbeknownst to Sharon, however, this idea remains on Phil's mind as he begins to exhaust all other options of how to boost his residency case.
In the end, Phil makes a shocking decision by secretly ordering Jimmie to put Sharon's name down on the form as his fiancée... Will his deception pay off?
EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.