EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders has set up the return of Sam Mitchell with its final episode of the week.
Sam’s brother Phil Mitchell made the unthinkable choice to become a police informant in Thursday’s episode, so long as he could make a mysterious phone call.
Phil has been locked up for weeks now, facing a variety of criminal charges that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life if he’s convicted.
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Thursday’s episode saw Sharon intervening into the Mitchell family business after finding out Ben has been carrying out a series of attacks on homophobes throughout Walford.
Sharon warned Kat that Ben was in no state of mind to be looking after the Mitchells’ business affairs, though her pleas fell on deaf ears. Sharon then went so far as to visit Phil in prison to explain to him what’s happening to his son.
“Phil, he’s not coping,” Sharon explained. “You’ve got to tell Ben to back off from the businesses before he does some real damage.”
To Phil’s shock, Sharon encouraged him to speak with DCI Keeble once again about becoming a confidential informant for the Walford police.
Phil flatly turned down Sharon’s request, yet later called in the detective to take up the offer one condition: he could make an international phone call.
“I have got dirt on everyone you’re interested in,” he promised.
This call is likely to be to Sam, who fled to Portugal with brother Grant several years earlier. Viewers know that Kim Medcalf will be back in the soap from next week, reprising the role of Sam for the first time since 2005.
Sam’s return to Walford will ruffle feathers immediately, as she has confrontations with former flame Jack over their son Ricky as well as dropping a bombshell on Sharon.
EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.
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