What’s this – Phil Mitchell actually admitting he's wrong? Unthinkable! But yes, after son Ben receives a four-year prison sentence for his part in the death of Heather, Phil and Jay have a heart-to-heart in the Arches where Phil owns up to his failings as a parent:
“I failed with one kid big time,” he acknowledges, before apologising to Jay (who has received community service) and admitting that he should have sought help for Ben a long time ago.
Phil then tells Jay that he should move on as he worries he will ruin Jay’s life just like he did Ben’s. Having overheard the conversation, Sharon later tells Phil that, although he made mistakes with Ben, this should make him even more determined to get things right with Lexi.
However, this renewed sense of purpose is halted by the reappearance of Shirley!
Yes, Phil’s nemesis has returned and, as soon as she hears about his plans to have residency of Lexi, she grows obsessed with painting him in the worst possible light:
“There are things you don’t know about Phil,” she warns Sharon. “Have you ever seen him on crack? Oh, didn’t he tell you?”