EastEnders: Carol tells Shirley – “I slept with Buster!”

But the two women look set to forge an unlikely alliance mid-way through their argument

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Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) is to feel the full force of Shirley Carter’s (Linda Henry) wrath next week when she admits to having slept with Buster Briggs (Karl Howman).

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The confrontation comes after Shirley finds an incriminating bra down the back of the sofa and decides to have it out with Carol, who she knows full well has been getting close to her man.

But Carol is a woman who can give as good as she gets and makes no bones about having it away with Buster! Yet despite there now being major animosity between the two women, the pair will find common ground when an argument takes a surprising twist.

Moving scenes to be shown on Thursday 2 July find Carol letting her guard down and actually opening up to Shirley about her anxieties after being told that she’s cancer free.

Explaining that she now finds herself ‘repulsive’ since her mastectomy and that she’s never even looked at her own chest since her operation, Carol ends up being surprised by Shirley’s empathy.

A concerned Shirley – who has herself had a breast cancer scare in the past – then convinces Carol to accept her own body and be proud that she has beaten cancer.

A nervous Carol will then be seen standing with Shirley in front of a mirror and finally coming face to face with her topless reflection.

Will Carol be able to come to terms with the way her body has changed since her cancer battle? And will her moment of frank honesty result in an alliance with Shirley?

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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