Seven EastEnders spoilers as Ben's vigilante actions are exposed
BEN Mitchell has been violently lashing out and his attacks throughout the Square are exposed this week.
But danger is also on the horizon for him as he befriends Lewis Butler. Get the lowdown on this week's EastEnders drama.
1. Ben's attacks come to light…
Several months after seeing his husband Callum Highway (played by Tony Clay) being beaten, Ben (portrayed by Max Bowden) is still finding it hard to cope with the trauma he was left with.
In recent weeks, he has set out on a path of violence, lashing out at anybody displaying any kind of homophobic behaviour.
This week, Ben is unimpressed to see Callum’s police poster is up and things get worse when they later find it vandalised.
Later on, as Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) and Callum talk, Jay almost tells Callum about his other half's vigilante actions.
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Meanwhile, Ben’s blood boils and he goes out looking for revenge after seeing Callum's poster ruined – and even avoids spending time with his husband as their first wedding anniversary is fast approaching.
In later scenes, Ben spots a man outside, Rich, laughing at Callum’s defaced poster.
But as the situation gets heated, Lewis calms Ben down and invites him for drinks at The Albert.
However, Ben can't turn the other cheek as Rich arrives to cause trouble, leaving him raging.
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As Ben leaves the Albert, he thinks he spots Rich and viciously attacks him – only to realise it’s the wrong person.
Later on, Ben is uncomfortable as a slightly suspicious Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) questions him about the events.
A suspicious Jay, who knows all about Ben's temper, spots what’s going on and confronts Ben forcing him to admit he is responsible.
Jay tries to make Ben see sense to no avail.
As Ben and Callum celebrate their anniversary, things are finally looking up for the couple when Ben agrees to move into the flat.
But when trying to announce the good news to Ben's mother Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), he realises that Jay has beaten him to the punch and told her everything.
2. …And he makes a new dangerous friend
Once the truth is unravelled, Ben has to face Kathy and Callum's wrath as he defends his actions and shows no remorse.
Kathy then tries to show Callum support, but the police officer is at a loss when realising the extent of his husband's actions.
Later on, Ben finds solace thanks to Lewis Butler (Peaky Blinders actor Aidan O'Callaghan) and the pair get drunk together at Ruby's.
During the evening out on the town, and in a drunken state, Ben comes clean to Lewis about the attacks.
But how will the Prince Albert manager react?
As soap fans know Ben will be involved in a heartbreaking male rape storyline, this new friendship means trouble for the character.
3. Janine makes a shock discovery
In recent months, Janine Butcher (portrayed by Charlie Brooks) has worked on getting custody of her daughter Scarlett Moon (played by Tabitha Byron).
She eventually succeeded, with Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) agreeing the young girl should be staying with her mother.
This week, Janine makes a shock discovery about her young daughter.
In scenes due to air, Janine is horrified to learn from Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) that Scarlett was unintentionally left out in the cold all night.
Scarlett was locked out of Janine's home after she found out she would not be leaving the Square for Australia.
Janine is beside herself and confides in Mick about what happened.
Soon enough, he's willing to help and make it all up to Scarlett.
He offers his help in surprising Scarlett with a butterfly walk.
Sadly for Janine, Mick's soon-to-be ex-wife Linda (Kellie Bright) interjects, telling him she received a concerning call from their autistic son Ollie's school.
Speaking of which…
4. Linda hits the bottle again
While she's determined to keep Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) by her side, Janine has been working hard to humiliate Vic landlady Linda.
The Walford villain has gone far in her battle for love and even used the latter's alcohol addiction against her.
Janine strikes again this week, deepening the wedge between childhood sweethearts Mick and Linda.
Next week, both women have another bitter exchange and Linda returns to Sharon Watts' (Letitia Dean) home, ready to drink.
But this could have some heavy consequences for the former Vic landlady.
Over at Sharon's house, concerns over Linda's drinking are growing – and Janine overhears Jada Lennox sharing her worries with Zack Hudson.
Jada is worried about Linda being drunk around the children and Zack encourages her to stand her ground and turn to Martin Fowler (James Bye).
Later on, Zack gives Linda an ultimatum, telling her she should stop drinking so much unless she wants to be thrown out.
This leaves both Linda and her daughter Nancy stunned.
As Nancy reels, Mick suggests they throw a Jubilee party in the Square and Janine offers to help.
Former spouses Linda and Mick clearly still have a connection.
In The Vic, Mick mentions the party and Linda interjects, sharing her enthusiasm.
However as they share some laughs, Mick catches himself and stops, leaving Linda feeling pushed out.
Later, Linda searches through Mick’s phone and sees that he has been researching intimacy issues.
Will Janine's tactics be enough to push Linda out completely?
5. Sam takes drastic action
Six years after leaving Walford – and her son – behind, Sam (portrayed by Kim Medcalf) is ready to set up shop in Albert Square.
Coming up, she's ready to invest in Ruby Allen's local nightclub, Ruby's, while the character remains in prison.
This week, Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) is annoyed when the black sheep of the Mitchell family joins her to visit Phil (Steve McFadden) in prison.
The owner of Kat's Cabs is unaware that Sam has an ulterior motive for the visit.
Sam soon reveals that Jonah is planning to buy Ruby's and suggests they should buy it before their rival gets his hands on it.
After some convincing, Phil agrees much to Kat’s frustration as she already has too much on her plate, mostly due to her son Tommy Moon.
Kat has had enough and snaps when she learns Sam has intentionally arranged a meeting with Ruby’s lawyers at a time she can’t commit to, leaving Sam to manage the meeting alone.
But nothing goes according to plan for Sam.
In later scenes, she's distracted by her ex dumping all of her belongings in Albert Square, making her miss what could have been a promising meeting.
Fuming, Sam asks Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) to help her and rushes to Ruby's – but it's too late, Jonah has the club.
The failed investment pushes Kat to her wit's end and her anger only grows when Phil suggests she re-mortgages the cab office in order to buy Ruby’s.
Kat puts her foot down – they’re not getting the club.
A desperate Phil tells Sam to speak to his son Ben (Max Bowden) about buying the club but when Ben refuses, businessman Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) shows his interest.
But Sam doesn't stop there and is willing to stoop to any low to get the money she needs for the club.
In the salon, she issues a vile threat to Denise Fox (Diane Parish), who is already at her limit when it comes to Sam.
Will that be enough to get Ruby's?
6. Jean struggles in hospital
The Slaters also have to deal with Jean's absence, which is no easy feat.
In recent episodes of the long-running soap, Stacey (played by Lacey Turner) had no other choice but to get her mother Jean (Gillian Wright) sectioned.
Since then, Jean has stayed in hospital to get treated for her bipolar disorder.
However, things aren't going well in the facility for the cleaner.
In upcoming scenes of the programme, due to air on our screens next week, Stacey visits Jean but is taken aback when Jean begs her to get her out of the hospital.
While Stacey knows this isn't the best option for Jean, she's conflicted when she sees another patient named Ruth winding Jean up.
The owner of Stacey's Baps stands her ground and refuses to take Jean home.
She tells her the hospital is the best place for her as she leaves Jean devastated.
Will she regret her decision?
7. Stuart feels insecure
Elsewhere, Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) is struggling to adjust to fatherhood and it begins to show.
Coming up, he learns that Mitch has been helping his wife Rainie (Tanya Franks) with Roland, leaving him troubled when he sees how much of a natural the cabbie is.
Later on, Rainie leaves baby Roland with a nervous Stuart.
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EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday on 7.30pm on BBC One.
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