Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including childhood sexual abuse that some readers may find upsetting.
EastEnders spoilers follow
The Walford newcomer realised earlier this week that her mum Katy had sexually abused Mick (Danny Dyer) when he was just 12 years old, then cut off contact when she fell pregnant.
Mick was still struggling with the recollections of his youth in Tuesday's episode, arguing that he'd actually been the one to make the first move on Katy.
Frankie was horrified to learn that Mick's father Stan Carter knew of the inappropriate relationship and even encouraged it, asking: "The fact that you were telling daddy, does that not ring any alarm bells?
"Now that you're an adult. Now that you're not 12. You were 12, mum was 20. How are you trying to justify this?"
As they shared a meal later on, Frankie tried to get Mick to understand that what her mum had done all those years ago was "sick".
"I don't care which way you're going to go with this: she abused you, Mick," Frankie explained.
Mick's mind was left swimming the day's revelations, especially after his sister Tina told him that she'd need him to work more hours at The Albert.
Tina then revealed that Frankie had suddenly quit her job behind the bar with "no notice, no nothing". Tuesday's episode left off with Mick trying to reconcile his childhood memories within this new context.
EastEnders continues on Thursday (October 15) at 7.35pm 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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