Additionally, Lola experiences more destruction, Phil makes a comeback, Kat is torn, Ricky has romantic plans, Denzel has a special talent, and someone returns to the Square.
Even though there are wedding bells ringing in Walford, it is obvious that Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) heart is not truly with his bride Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks). Shirley, Mick’s mother (Linda Henry), is also aware of Janine’s lies, but can she catch them in time?
How will Lola Pearce and her family deal with yet another setback in their fight against her brain tumor in the meantime? Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold). When Steve McFadden’s Phil Mitchell returns home, he learns about everything he has missed, but his fiancée Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) is preoccupied with her persistent ex, Alfie Moon.
While current-generation youngsters Amy Mitchell (Ellie Dadd) and Denzel Danes (Jaden Ladega) share a happy moment, former high school sweethearts Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) and Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) may be set for yet another chance at love.
8 EastEnders Christmas spoilers
1. Shirley Carter plays detective over Janine Butcher
Janine is upset that Mick has suggested they move away, but Mick reassures his future wife-to-be and says he will soon tell his ex-wife Linda Carter (Kellie Bright). Shirley, however, soon overhears Janine and Steve discussing a secret deal over the phone. The young girl, Scarlett (Tabitha Byron), worries that Mick will find out about Janine’s lies and that their happy future will be ruined as Janine tells her that they will be leaving The Vic. Shirley overheard their conversation, despite Janine’s insistence that Mick must remain in the dark.
Shirley presses Scarlett about Janine’s mystery but is unsuccessful. She then observes Janine taking a new enigmatic call, though. Shirl has planned to watch Die Hard that night, and Scarlett is horrified to see the covert image of Frankie pop out of the DVD case. Linda later counsels Shirley to give up her grudge and accept Mick’s marriage after Scarlett grabs it and hides it in her diary. Shirl counters that Janine is up to something, and she is seen observing her as Janine leaves while being followed by Shirl. Does Shirley have sufficient evidence to call off the wedding?
2. Will Mick Carter wed Janine Butcher?
While his mother schemes, there is already a significant roadblock in Mick’s way of saying “I do” to Janine: he still has feelings for Linda, and he isn’t the only one who is aware of this. Janine receives assistance from Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) at The Vic with her dress and is advised not to get married simply because she is expecting.
As Callum Highway (Tony Clay) joins the party, he tries to talk to Mick about his unrequited feelings for Linda, but Mick maintains that he will be marrying Janine. Meanwhile, Mick and Ricky are getting ready to leave for Mick’s stag do.
Mick requests that everyone leave as the big day approaches so that he can finish up alone. When Linda shows up, she gives him one last chance to back out of his wedding to Janine. What choice will Mick make? Janine waits for her groom at the registry office, but will he show up? Will they become one or will their union be doomed? Well, the bride might not just be destroyed by Shirley…
3. Christmas return of Jada Lennox brings about Janine Butcher’s downfall?
Linda (Letitia Dean) is not pleased when Zack Hudson (James Farrar) informs her that Jada Lennox (Kelsey Calladine-Smith) has offered to take Alyssa to Sharon Watts’ (Letitia Dean) for Christmas Day. However, when Zack brings up how much Sharon misses her granddaughter, Linda snaps at him and says she’ll avoid Jada because of their strained relationship. Could Jada, however, reveal the truth during her visit if Janine was solely to blame for Jada’s involvement in Linda’s problems?
4. New tragedy for Lola Pearce
Lola and her boyfriend Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) visit the doctor to discuss the clinical trial that Max Bowden and Ben Mitchell found. However, Dr. Cunningham informs Lola that it is premature to try this path and cautions her that miracles are uncommon. Later, when Ben learns that it was a waste of time, he is devastated, and Lola regrets snapping at their daughter Lexi (Isabella Brown).
Jay warns Ben that they might not have another Christmas together, so they must make it special. As the week goes on, Lola and Lexi begin plaiting each other’s hair after reconciling. But Lola is devastated to think about the gloomy future ahead, and Lexi is horrified when her mother’s hair falls out in her hand.
Jay assures her that he will always love her as she talks to him about losing her hair. Later, Lola talks to her boss Denise Fox (Diane Parish), asking to come back to work. Lola isn’t giving up easily.
5. Phil Mitchell returns
Kat is visited by DCI Keeble (Alison Newman), who threatens to bring Phil back in handcuffs if she doesn’t get him home. Soon, the man in question returns, and Kat is upset to discover the real reason for his return. Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) confronts Phil about his lack of support when he needed it and shares the devastating news about Lola. Phil is horrified, but things are about to get much worse. Is there more to this, or does it just have something to do with Kat?
When Alfie requests that Kat and their sons attend the Christmas fundraiser, Phil ultimately puts his foot down. Will Alfie regret defying Phil at The Arches in favor of the boys? What will Phil do about Is he about to lose Kat to her ex, the missing money, or both? It seems more likely now…
6. Kat Slater is torn over Alfie Moon after panto drama
Alfie is already in a bad mood as he practices for the pantomime before Phil reappears, all because Kat wasn’t cast as Snow White opposite him. Kat is asked to fill in for Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton) after she unexpectedly becomes ill, but Alfie refuses. All Alfie wants to do is practice the Prince and Snow White kiss while Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) and Felix Baker (Matthew Morrison) are arguing over solos and Harvey Monroe’s (Ross Boatman) costume is too tight.
The cast is taken aback by the last-minute script changes, and Kat and Alfie are forced to improvise after Kat declines to kiss him. Alfie makes a big speech in the epilogue about how much he loves Kat, and then he goes to kiss Snow White, but will she allow it? After the show, Kat asks Alfie to explain why he went in for a kiss when she had declined. Alfie seems to be painting a very negative picture of himself here.
The following morning, Kat wakes up with a hangover to find Alfie in the kitchen and they start arguing. Tommy Moon’s (Sonny Kendall) son enters the room and leaves upset. Later, the young boy observes that Kat appears to be much happier around Alfie. Kat requests that Alfie leave because she thinks Tommy is uneasy. Alfie is devastated, but Freddie Slater (Bobby Brazier) tells him that he must earn his way back into Kat’s life, and Alfie devises a strategy. In the meantime, Kat confides in Lacey Turner’s Stacey Slater that she is torn between Phil and Alfie. At home, she is moved to tears by Alfie’s generous gesture and consents to a wonderful Christmas for the Moon family. Is she about to end her relationship with Phil?
7. Ricky Butcher and Sam Mitchell to get back together?
Ricky and Sam have a row in The Vic about her looking down on him, and he tells her she’s a loser in love. Sam rushes out, and Ricky eventually decides to track her down and apologise. In the café, Sam concedes that Ricky is right, and later, he wins a second date with Sam. How will they get on? Is this a sign that the former couple could make yet another go of their on/off relationship? Whether it’s built to last or not, it’s a classic form of nostalgia for fans, as the connection between these two spans across three decades.
8. Denzel Danes wins over Amy Mitchell
Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) suggests a mix tape to skinny teen Denzel Danes when he wants to buy Amy Mitchell a Christmas present. Denzel initially rejects the concept, but eventually warms to it and creates a playlist for Amy. Patrick tells Denzel’s father Howie Danes (Delroy Atkinson) that his son’s happiness is due to his advice, and she is overjoyed. Patrick is not at all modest! After a challenging time, are things finally getting better for Amy?
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