Grant Mitchell returned to EastEnders properly on Tuesday night with a dire message for his brother Phil.
Hardman Grant was in no mood for a friendly catch-up with his brother after returning to the Square to see his dying mother Peggy, and instead told him that he would bring a ‘war’ to him for taking his money and not repaying it.
Phil borrowed money from Grant in an effort to raise money to help Kathy escape from her psychotic husband Gavin, but he no longer has it to return and Grant’s in no mood for forgiveness.
“You might be able to pay that money back one day, but it ain’t going to be now and now is when I really need it,” he told Phil.
“And it ain’t just my money, it’s Courtney’s as well, my daughter, remember her? That money was her future so no, we are not OK.
“Mum won’t know, no-one else will know, just you and me. And when the time comes when I don’t have to play nice, I’m going to bring you a war, Phil.”
He then told his alcoholic brother to have a drink and ‘fill your boots’.
Meanwhile, the Mitchell matriarch – played by Dame Barbara Windsor – had returned to her beloved Walford having learned that her cancer had returned, and this time it was terminal.
In her poignant last scenes she was seen hallucinating that her late pal Pat Evans was back with her.
Pat, played by Pam St Clement , listened as Peggy poured out her heart in her bedroom, saying: “Will they ever forgive me, the kids?
“Am I going to break their hearts? I just can’t wait. I’m being eaten alive and it hurts. I don’t want that to be me, to be that little old lady in the bed being looked after.
“No, no no. I will go as I have lived. Straight back, head high, like a queen.”
She told her vision of Pat (Pam St Clement): “Oh my dear friend, you won’t ever leave me will you?” To which the vision replied, “No, sweetheart. Not for one single second.”
Barbara Windsor’s last words as Peggy were a simple, “Thank you.”
But never one to be told what to do, Peggy was determined to go before the disease took its full toll on her mind and body.
Earlier viewers had seen how the the cancer was already causing her sharp pains, blurred vision and memory lapses. Peggy complained: “Look at the state of me. I’m like a little old bird that’s fallen out of its nest.”
Fans were left shocked as Peggy started to swallow her tablets. After the credits ran – in silence – a shot of the empty pill bottle and the letters to her children showed that she had gone through with her plan.
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Believing they had talked her out of it, Phil and Grant will be devastated to discover that their beloved mum has gone. In last night’s episode Phil told her: “I would do anything for you – I’d rip my heart out for you. But not this.”
Samaritans praised EastEnders for its “responsible handling” of the subject, which they hope will prompt people who are feeling suicidal to reach out for help.
If you’re finding it difficult to cope you can contact the Samaritans , who are available around the clock, every single day of the year, on 116 123.