Ben Mitchell of the EASTENDERS had a devastating realization on Friday that could mean the end of his marriage to Callum Highway.
In the aftermath of the homophobic attack on himself, Callum Highway (Tony Clay), Ash Panesar (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha), Eve Unwin (Heather Peace), and Stacey Slater, Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) has struggled to cope in EastEnders (Lacey Turner). Will the Mitchell son, however, decide that after learning of his father’s harsh words to Pam Coker (Lin Blakley), he can no longer be married to Callum?
Ben continued to shut Callum out on Friday’s episode, asking if he could spend time with Pam alone.
Ben told Pam that he was tired of living in constant fear of being attacked.
Pam questioned whether she should have been so supportive of her grandson’s sexuality after the two reminisced about Paul Coker (Jonny Labey).
“I’m jolted awake by an idea, a dreadful query prodding me in the dark,” Pam explained.
Wouldn’t it have been better if Paul hadn’t been homosexual or come out, if I hadn’t been so supportive, pushing him to be himself, if I had done things differently?
“He’d still be alive today. Everyone so desperately wants to be true to who they are but what does being yourself even mean if you’re dead?”
“Not being honest to yourself can kill you too,” Callum observed as he overheard her remarks.
When the trio returned home, the cops continued to yell at Pam even when Ben was out of sight.
“I’m not going to have you push him back in there because it took me 28 years to come out of the closet,” Calum added. “So you go in there and tell him you’re sorry and you didn’t mean what you said and you got it wrong.”
“Oh darling boy,” Pam answered. That room where you and your spouse sleep every night is the same place where my Paul used to sleep.
“I encouraged him to be out and proud then I lost him. If you lost Ben, do you think you’d be so certain about everything? Would being in or out of the closet even matter?
“So please don’t tell me what I can’t say or think or feel.”
“These people that attack us, Pam,” Callum remarked. “They do it because they’re scared and I’m not going to be like one of them.”
Pam argued, “Sometimes there’s a reason we’re afraid; it keeps us safe.”
“Well, I believe there are more nice people than wicked people,” he responded, and she agreed.
Pam said, “But it only takes one,” before Callum told her to leave.
“No more kissing in public, no more holding hands because the risk isn’t worth the risk,” Ben cautioned Callum afterward.
“This isn’t you, Ben,” Callum protested, to which his spouse said, “Well, if it keeps me safe, maybe I don’t want to be me.”
“This isn’t the future I want for us,” the cop added, prompting Ben to respond, “Maybe Callum, but this is the only way we have a future.”
What’s more important? What’s more important? “Is it more important to be proud or to be alive?”
Ben hasn’t been able to open up to anyone save Pam, with whom he’s had a close relationship since Paul’s untimely death.
Ben will be enraged when he learns that Callum forced Pam to leave their home.
In comparison to his father, the Mitchell son has a totally different perspective about how to show his sexuality, which could push them apart.
Will the fact that the cop was nasty to Pam be the final straw that causes them to break up?
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