EastEnders viewers were in tears tonight as Mick Carter broke down and blamed himself for wife Linda’s alcoholism.
This evening, Linda discovered that Mick told social services that Linda had a drinking problem, leading Mick’s wife to explode at him and down a bottle of wine.
An upset Mick later confided in his mum Shirley and asked her what she would do.
But he added: “I’ll tell you what the problem is – the problem is me, mum, because I can’t fix it and I know as soon as she wakes up she’s going to reach for that bottle again.”
Shirley asked him tearfully: “So what are you going to do? Are you going to give up? Look, you know she annoys the hell out of me, but you and her are solid!”
Mick replied despairingly: “I can’t look after this pub, I can’t look after Ollie. I just can’t do it.”
The pub landlord then fell into his mum’s arms as she comforted him, insisting that it would be ok.
This comes after EastEnders actress Shona McGarty confirmed to Mirror TV that Mick and Whitney Dean will get closer in the lead up to the boat tragedy, which could see them renew their affair.
She teased: “They’ll definitely get closer.”
Speaking about what it was like to film the boat scenes, she said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant. We’ve just had our 35th anniversary so I think it’s a really good time for EastEnders, it’s a really great place to work and to even be a part of it.
“It was freezing! But great fun.”
*EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One