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Sparks fly as Frank's fling with Pat explodes; LAST NIGHT.

Byline: RICK FULTON

EASTENDERS

(BBC 1)

PAT ... oh Pat, what have you done to him? Poor Frank was hounded from Albert Square last night as his affair with his ex-wife was made very public.

After being slapped by Peggy and thumped by Roy, Frank, alias Mike Reid, cried his way out of the BBC soap as an effigy (well a bonfire guy in his image) was burned before his very eyes - all very Wicker Man.

It was an explosive exit for the used car salesman, with more fireworks going on inside the Vic than outside in the Square.

The one-hour special started in true farce style. EastEnders became more like Carry On Note as Frank tried to find his Dear John letter which he'd written to Peggy telling her of his fling with Pat.

Pat, forever trying to do the right thing and cocking it up, had decided to stay with Roy. But Frank had already left the note.

For the first half hour it was a case of catch the note, as Frank's face got longer than a Venice barge.

He spilled the beans of his affair to Peggy's son Phil, thinking he had the note , but the note was on the Vic's bar, waiting for Peggy to open it.

Peggy read the note with Phil saying: "It's make up your mind time - are you a Butcher or a Mitchell?"

Peggy dealt out her own lifetime achievement award to the philandering pair - giving them both a good slap.

Roy was about to forgive and forget - starting off by telling her to take off her gaudy earrings. "I've always hated them."

But then Barry pointed out the saucy undies Pat had in store for Frank. He threw her out into the rain a blubbering mess.

Why Frank decided to go round to Roy's to give Pat her gloves back was the only slip up in an otherwise perfect script.

But it gave Roy the opportunity to biff him on the nose, saying: "I should have done that a long time ago."

And that was that. Frank drove off into the pouring rain, his effigy burning cruelly in front of him as Pat, her mascara down to her knees, was left to face the music alone.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 3, 2000
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