Kat Slater and Phil Mitchell of EASTENDERS were still going strong as a couple – until Phil began lying about the potentially lengthy prison sentence he faces. As Kat uncovers the truth, she may be able to persuade Phil to reconsider an offer he’s been made, one that will forever alter the gangster’s life.
Since 1990, EastEnders bad boy Phil (played by Steve McFadden) has been breaking the law. Fans have wondered if his time in Albert Square is coming to an end, as the character is now facing a life sentence for decades of crime. However, he was recently given an ultimatum: if he agrees to become a police informant, the charges against him will be dropped. The Walford thug flatly refused, but was given more time to think about it. Will Kat (Jessie Wallace) be able to persuade Phil to accept the offer when she learns the truth about him potentially spending the rest of his life in prison?
Phil has never been one to work with the cops, claiming that he isn’t “a grass.”
However, viewers have noticed a slight change in Phil in recent years, as he has become more of a “family man.”
He has taken on the role of a father figure to Kat’s sons since their relationship began, and he has gone to great lengths to keep his own son, Raymond Fox (Michael Jose Pomares Calixte), in his life.
Despite his refusal to cooperate with the cops in exchange for the charges being dropped, Phil has been given more time to make a decision.
Kat believes Phil is only facing a two- or three-year sentence at the moment.
He has kept the truth from her since he found out, and she has no idea he is facing a lengthy prison sentence.
Phil received an offer from an officer in Monday’s episode.
“We have more than enough evidence to charge you with conspiracy to murder Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood),” Phil was told.
“You’ve got nothing,” he replied adamantly, but it seems he was wrong.
The officer explained: “The maximum sentence – which, we will, of course, be going for – is life imprisonment.”
She added: “Tough thing to get your head around at your age.
“Especially considering what a housecat you’ve become in recent years.”
“You going to charge me or what?” Phil asked before his solicitor was asked to leave.
“I’d like a few moments alone with Mr Mitchell,” the police officer said.
She added: “I think you’re going to want to hear what I have to say alone.”
When they were alone, Phil was told: “You’ve evaded the police for a long time. You and DCI Marsden, your cat and mouse games.”
She added: “I’ve been authorised to offer you a deal – turn informant, and all of this Vincent Hubbard business will disappear.”
Despite his vehement rejection of the offer on Monday, official soap spoilers reveal Kat will learn the truth soon.
Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) will question Kat about Phil’s sentence in upcoming episodes, but Kat is confident that her feelings for him will not change.
When Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) learns that Phil is selling his businesses, she tells him that Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) should be his top priority.
Later, Kat puts her phone on silent in order for them to have some alone time. Phil is furious and blames Kat when he discovers all the missed calls later.
Jean interrupts Phil’s negotiating by reminding him of Kat’s feelings for him.
Phil makes a big decision after apologizing: he breaks up with Kat because he can’t tell her the truth about his sentence.
As Kat is thrown, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Jean are taken aback by the news.
Kat is determined to find out what’s really wrong when she tells Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) that Phil dumped her.
Sharon puts a lot of pressure on Phil, and he finally admits that he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.
She notices Phil hasn’t told Kat and issues an ultimatum to him: either tell her or she will.
Sharon reminds Phil of his responsibilities, and he finally tells Kat the truth.
Kat might try to persuade Phil to take up the offer of being an informant once she realizes what he’s really up against.
Worried about how she will provide for her family without him, she may persuade Phil to consider what is best for them as well as Ben.
Despite his strong opposition to the police, Phil adores Kat and could be swayed by her words.
Will future episodes feature a new Phil Mitchell?
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