Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders' Phil Mitchell will demand answers from his son Ben next week, as his story continues.
Thursday's episode (July 21) saw Kathy decide to tell Phil the truth about Ben's worrying behaviour of late.
Prior to this, Kathy has spent weeks worrying about Ben, who has struggled to cope after being raped by Lewis Butler.
Having resorted to drugs, Ben made the controversial decision to tell Kheerat and the rest of the Panesar family that he was responsible for Jags's death last year, after calling off his protection in prison.
Ben had been feeling guilty over how much Kheerat had been supporting him recently, and concluded that the guilt of his past secret was too much to handle.
As the Panesar family reeled from subsequent revelations that Ben's bombshell exposed, his parents – Kathy and Phil – were equally shocked to learn what had happened.
Although Kathy was still determined to support Ben anyway, Phil was far less sympathetic and angrily addressed his disapproval of his son's behaviour.
Desperate for Phil to understand the wider context, Kathy told him that Ben had been raped.
Next Monday's episode will explore the aftermath of this, as Phil seeks his own answers from Ben.
Ben has other things to on his, though, when he spots Jonah’s drug dealer, Tez, giving Sam a packet of drugs.
Ben is later taken aback as Phil starts to question him about being raped and insists on the name of the person who did it.
Unsure what to do, Ben says Kathy got the wrong end of the stick and insists he wasn’t raped.
Ben then turns the focus to Sam and tells Phil he should be worrying about her instead, implying she is damaging the bar. What will Phil do?
Recent paparazzi pictures hinted that Phil would be taking shock revenge on Lewis next month.
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EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One, with some episodes airing on BBC Two during summer sporting events. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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