EASTENDERS viewers were shocked to see a rare softer side to Shirley Carter as she comforted Frankie Lewis, whose mum was sentenced to a decade in prison.
Shirley had viewers fighting back tears as we saw an emotional side to her character in Monday’s episode of the BBC soap.
Frankie – the newest addition to the Carter family – was coming to terms with her paedophile mother Katy being sentenced as she read about her in the newspaper.
Shirley asked: “Why are you putting yourself through this?"
Frankie replied: “They're all going to think that she's a monster, but I want to show them that she's not. She's still my mum. She's still family.”
Shirley responded: “After everything she's done?”- but then she offered to take Frankie on a driving lesson to a neighbourhood nearby her mum.
She said: “Hell will freeze over before I go in there, but I want to go with you. I don’t want you to go on your own.”
Frankie asked: “Where’s all this coming from?”
Shirley continued: “You. What you said was right.
"We can’t keep running around in these vicious circles.”
Shirley pulled at the viewers’ heartstrings leaving them in tears.
One fan said: "I love seeing the softer side to Shirley!"
A second wrote: "Awww Shirley you're really a pussycat!"
Another penned: "Shirley supporting Frankie!"
On sentencing Katy for her abuse of Mick and another underage boy, he sent her to prison for a decade.
As she was being taken out of court, she turned to Mick to say: "I'm sorry." But it didn't matter to him.
Having missed reading out his own statement to save Nancy from her seizure, Mick said: "Don't worry, it's OK. Our family is OK and that's all that matters."
EastEnders continues on Tuesday at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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