ONE short moment in Peggy’s led Phil Mitchell to cheat on Kat Slater with Emma Harding.
The EastEnders tough man played by Steve McFadden struggles to cope with his guilt next week. What will he do?
BBC One viewers have been suspecting Alfie Moon will be leaving Albert Square after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Just as speculated by fans of the London-based program, the long-standing character portrayed by Shane Richie is indeed due for an impromptu departure after undergoing surgery.
It all begins as his son Tommy Moon (played by Sonny Kendall) gets ready for his debut fight after turning to boxing in the midst of a behavioural crisis which showed him lashing out physically once again.
However, the young lad is fretting about Alfie turning up to watch.
Phil Mitchell tries to reassure the schoolboy and promises Alfie will be there – while internally finding it hard to cope with the guilt of having cheated on his new bride Kat.
The Walford tough man has done all he can to support Alfie, despite their love rivalry over Kat Slater.
He goes to the hospital to bring Alfie to The Boxing Den but once he gets there, Phil is shocked to see Alfie’s in bad shape following his operation.
Alfie then tells Phil he needs to recuperate in Spain – how will the latter react?
This remains to be seen but Phil later returns home and frets about breaking the news to Tommy, unaware that he’s overheard it all.
Angry and hurt, Tommy lashes out at Phil and calls him a liar.
In later scenes, Phil asks Vic resident and former boxing star George Knight (Colin Salmon) to give Tommy boxing lessons.
Kat (Jessie Wallace) tries to reassure Tommy that Alfie will be back, but having been hurt so many times before, the youngster doesn’t believe her.
As viewers may suspect, Phil is doing whatever he can to distract himself from the guilt of his infidelity.
But will Kat ever find out what Phil has done behind her back?
Or will he be able to keep it all under wraps?
Soap viewers are also growing concerned for Phil as he was shown with cufflinks previously seen in a sinister flashforward scene teasing an upcoming Christmas murder mystery.
As a result, this has made him susceptible of being killed off during the festive season in an explosive whodunnit.
Is Phil set for a grisly demise?
EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.