EastEnders custody twist as Louise Mitchell returns with Phil to take care of Raymond?

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Things have become complicated for Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) ever since he helped Denise Fox (Diane Parish) bring Raymond back home in EastEnders. Denise initially told Phil he wasn’t allowed to see his son, although after Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) had a chat with her, he was finally able to spend some time with Raymond. However, the reunion didn’t last long, after Phil told Raymond he was his real dad. This led to Denise putting a stop to their meetings and ever since, Phil has plotted to take his son and leave Walford. But what lengths will he go to, to get full custody?


In scenes that aired this week, Phil told Kat that he had originally planned to kidnap Raymond.

The villain was hoping to flee Walford with his son as they set off for France to visit his daughter, Louise (Tilly Keeper).

However, in a bid to stop him from doing anything hasty, Kat paid another visit to Denise in the hope she would change her mind.

“That thing about Raymond, tell me you weren’t serious?” Kat quizzed Phil.

“Watch me,” he replied as Kat added: “You won’t even get to the end of the high street.”

She continued: “And when the police do catch up with you, they’ll throw away the key.”

“Let me sort this. Just today, one day. Please?” Kat pleaded as Phil hit back: “You’ve got until five o’clock.”

In one last bid to make amends with Raymond’s mum, Phil paid her another visit to see if they could make a compromise over their son.

“I was out of order,” Phil apologised to Denise. “I shouldn’t have said what I said. It was stupid.

“Raymond doesn’t need us at each other’s throats.”

“And whose fault is that?” Denise quizzed as Phil replied: “Mine.”

“I shouldn’t have jumped the gun by telling him and I shouldn’t have threatened you with my brief either,” Phil continued.

“I just want to be a part of my son’s life, that’s all and if you say I can, I’ll play this any way you want.”

“Give me a chance to prove it, please for Raymond,” he pleaded. 

In scenes set to air on next week’s EastEnders, Phil explains to Kat that he is heading to France to visit his daughter, Louise and his ex Lisa Fowler (Lucy Benjamin).

In the meantime, he asks his girlfriend to look after his house while he is away, which she is more than happy to do.

Louise ended up leaving the Square in 2020 to start a new life with her baby daughter, Peggy and her mother.

Phil’s daughter hasn’t been seen since she fled Walford over her presumed murder of her fiancé, Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters).

Fans have become invested in the Phil and Denise storyline, with many sharing their thoughts on what Phil is going to do about custody of Raymond.

One penned: “I’m not being funny, but Denise shouldn’t have full rights to Raymond anyway she put him up for adoption in the first place then got him back. So, in a way shouldn’t be up to her to say if and when Phil sees the lad anyway.” (sic)

Another wrote: “Can Kat stop Phil kidnapping & fleeing with Raymond?”

A third tweeted: “So Phil is going to run away with Raymond?”

Elsewhere in the episode, Kat becomes concerned when she discovers that a loan shark has threatened Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden).

Later, Ben sees that his dad is about to leave for France and explains he is in trouble asking for help.

However, Phil shuts down his son and refuses to bail him out again.

Things get even worse for Ben when Vi (Gwen Taylor) discusses his money problems with Kathy (Gillian Taylforth).

Little does she know that Kheerat (Jaz Deol) is listening in on their conversation.

Will Louise come back to the Square to kill two birds with one stone? Will she help her dad get custody of Raymond and rescue Ben from the loan sharks?

EastEnders airs Thursday on BBC One at 9.05pm.

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