EastEnders spoilers follow.
Mick Carter had a stunning row with mum Shirley as he continues to process his past abuse in EastEnders.
Shirley (Linda Henry) has had a traumatic week of her own in the Square, having talked down Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith) from going through with a horrific murder-suicide plan due to his grief.
In Friday's (October 16) episode, she once again took action by arranging for Gray's children to move in temporarily with their grandmother Karen while the attorney sorted himself out.
"You're in pain. I understand," she explained. "You want everything to come to an end. But do you really want everything to come to an end for those kids as well?"
When Shirley mentioned that she would be checking in on him, Gray encouraged her to make things right with Mick following her admission that she'd walked out on him when he was a child.
Meanwhile, Mick is continuing to struggle in silence with the realisation that he was sexually abused by his former carer Katy Lewis when he was 12-years-old.
His worries only compounded when his sister Tina revealed that she'd found Katy on social media, totally unaware of the trauma of her brother's past.
When Shirley said that Katy "stepped up" when she'd let her son down, Mick lashed out at his mum with an uncharacteristically cruel rant.
"It's easy to say sorry now, and make your little speeches," he angrily told her. "But now is not what matters to me. Do you want to really know what matters to me?
"What really matters to me is what happened back then. I look at Ollie, and I think of Lee and Nancy and Johnny, and I just can't understand. How can you do that? How can you do that to a child?
"Say you're sorry, and you're ashamed. Now you know how ashamed I am of you."
With Mick not yet ready to reveal the true root of his anger, Shirley was left wrongly believing that Katy had protected her son all those years ago.
EastEnders airs the fallout on Monday (October 19) at 8.05pm on BBC One.
Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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