EastEnders fans point out ‘sick’ incest ‘plot hole’ in ongoing storyline

EastEnders bosses are not ones for shying away from controversy and pushing boundaries when it comes to writing storylines.

Many moons ago Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) wanted to prove he wasn’t gay and decided to have sex with his dad Phil's cousin Billy Mitchell’s granddaughter Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold).

After their one night stand, blonde bombshell Lola fell pregnant with Ben’s child.

In 2012, Lexi Pearce was born after Lola went into labour while Billy was carrying the Olympic flame through Walford in iconic scenes.

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Fast forward to 2019 and Ben is openly gay and Lexi is a seven-year-old tearaway following her father’s “Mitchell ways”.

In tonight’s episode, Lexi pretended to be poorly so she could be kept home from school to spend time with her dad.

The youngster transformed her dad into a princess while playing dress up, leaving Lola in hysterics.

While fans were delighted to see Lexi bonding with her bad boy father, some viewers were quick to point out that the schoolgirl was conceived via familial relations.

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One said: “Can I ask a stupid question? If Lola is related to Billy doesn’t that make her related to Ben? I’m confused.”

Another added: “Okay the whole thing about Ben having sex with his cousin to see if he was 'really gay' and having a baby is sick and has always bothered me and still does a little but his relationship with Lexi is so precious.”

A third said: “Seriously Lexi and Ben are related, their dads are cousins – sorry have I missed something? Incest?”

A fourth said: “Isn't Lexi off EastEnders a bit inbred? Billy and Ben are related aren't they? I'm so confused."

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While Lexi’s family tree remains questionable we’re sure this won’t be the last confusing upbringing in Albert Square.

However, according to UK law, incest is sexual relations between immediate family members and does not extend to cousins.

Meanwhile Ben's dodgy dealings got Lola in trouble in tonight's episode.

The young mum got kidnapped by Ben's latest arch enemy Jags Panesar (Amar Adatia).

Lola was eventually let free but not before getting her own back and kneeing Jags in the nether regions.

EastEnders returns to BBC One on Thursday at 7.30pm

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