The chances of Lexi being brought back to live on Albert Square rely mainly on Phil (Steve McFadden) in upcoming episodes after he calls off his fake engagement to Sharon Rickman.
Remaining committed to the cause, Phil arranges for a foster worker to visit him and Lola (Danielle Harold) so they can discuss a new care plan for Lexi. However, Lola is concerned that Phil seems to be making so many decisions without her.
On the day of the foster worker's visit, a troubled Lola bumps into Walford returnee Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), who warns that Phil could push her out of Lexi's life for good if she doesn't start standing up to him.
Shirley is still bitter towards Phil following their acrimonious break-up, but she adds that his involvement may be the price Lola has to pay if she wants to have any role at all in Lexi's upbringing.
As Shirley reflects on the important moments she missed in her own daughter Carly's life, it's clear that she is speaking from experience.
With a lot to consider, Lola attends the meeting with Phil and the foster worker as planned. The pair then head to court a few days later, with Sharon (Letitia Dean) also in attendance as she has told the authorities that she still wants to play a role in Lexi's life despite her 'split' from Phil.
As the court proceedings begin, Phil gives a heartfelt account of his past and what he wants for Lexi. However, when Lola takes the stand, she isn't sure what to say as she can't help but wonder whether she can honestly trust Phil. What will Lola do?
EastEnders airs these scenes on Monday, December 10 and Thursday, December 13 on BBC One. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad