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EastEnders spoilers: Ben Mitchell devastates Callum Highway

EastEnders Callum Highway and Ben Mitchell
(Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

Callum Highway's date with Ben Mitchell doesn't go to plan, Bex Fowler's frustrated by her mum's meddling and Mel Owen pressures Sharon Mitchell.

EastEnders' Callum Highway is feeling nervous about his date with Ben Mitchell after Ian Beale and Jay Mitchell comment on Ben’s dodgy history with men. Callum’s brother Stuart Highway is also concerned about him getting involved with the ex-con and he confronts Ben at The Arches.

EastEnders Ben Mitchell and Stuart Highway

Stuart Highway begs Ben Mitchell not to hurt his brother. (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

After Stuart pleads with Ben not to hurt Callum, Ben is left rattled. Meeting Ben in the Vic, Callum is taken aback when Jay turns up with Lola Pearce to crash the date. Callum's upset when Ben makes barely any effort with him. Are things over before they've begun?

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Bex Fowler is increasingly frustrated with mum Sonia Fowler fussing over her starting university. In an attempt to focus on something else, she arranges a baby shower for her pregnant friend Louise Mitchell. But when Mel Owen takes over the celebrations, Bex feels pushed out.

Louise’s mum Lisa Fowler spots that Bex is out of sorts and wonders what’s up. When she finds out that Sonia has asked Ian for a loan to cover her uni costs, Bex is frustrated by her meddling. A concerned Lisa tries to get Bex to open up but Bex shuts her out.

Mel Owen ups her blackmail demand (opens in new tab)s on Sharon Mitchell, insisting that Sharon gets her a villa in Portugal sooner rather than later. A worried Sharon tries to convince husband Phil Mitchell to take a holiday in Portugal, keeping the real reason she wants to go there a secret.

She’s seriously worried when Phil insists a holiday is out of the question but she gets help from son Dennis Rickman. When he begs Phil to let them go on a holiday, Phil’s resolve is toppled and he agrees.

Also, Denise Fox is concerned that Wanda is out for what she can get (opens in new tab). Jean Slater supports friend Daniel Cook at his hospital appointment.

EastEnders continues on BBC1 on Tuesday at 7.30 pm

Rachel Lucas
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