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Phil learns of Shirley's night at Derek's

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Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell in EastEnders

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Aired Tuesday, Apr 24 2012 at 19:30 BST on BBC One

A hungover Shirley wakes up at Derek's, and he soon winds her up about whether they slept together last night or not. Shirley is relieved when she discovers that they didn't. Derek then offers Shirley some advice, claiming that she should fight to stay in Ben and Jay's lives as the boys need her. This gives Shirley a renewed determination, but unfortunately for her, it coincides with Ben telling Jay that they should be keeping a distance from Shirley. As a result, when Shirley tries to speak to the lads, they claim that they're too busy - leaving her upset.

Later at The Vic, Derek presents a pair of lacy knickers to Phil and falsely claims that they're proof of his close encounter with Shirley. Losing his temper, Phil stands up to Derek by punching him and sending him crashing to the floor. Soon afterwards, Phil shouts at Shirley for sleeping with Derek - but she insists that she's single and can do what she likes. Phil tries to win back Shirley by admitting that he can't cope without her, but she rejects him.

Max is moved to hear Tanya talk with such honesty.
Meanwhile, Tanya finally opens up to Max about how much she's struggling. She explains that she'd like things to be the way they were before, but she feels like she'll never be the same woman again. Max is moved by her words and promises to bring some romance back into their relationship. Later, Max presents a surprise to Tanya as he leads her into the Square's garden, which he has decorated with fairy lights. As the couple dance to Frank Sinatra music in the romantic setting, could they finally be getting back on track?

Elsewhere, Janine spots the damp ceiling at the Butcher household and warns Bianca that she has until Friday to get it sorted, while Fatboy gets a new job but is disappointed when he learns that his boss is a man he insulted at McClunky's that morning. The surprises for Fatboy don't end there as the man also turns out to be Mr Papadopoulos's nephew Nico. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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