Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway (Tony Clay) have no doubt seen less of one another than they would’ve liked to while in lockdown in EastEnders, and therefore the former plans to make a huge commitment to his beau.
With Ben having evidently had his cochlear implant fitted amid the hiatus, the day for the implant switch on arrives, and Callum is determined to be there — no matter how busy work is.
Meanwhile, Ben is ready to take the next step in regards to his relationship with Callum, and therefore plans to make a huge commitment by presenting his lover with his own key to the Mitchell household.
However, the pair’s happiness is put in jeopardy once more, as Callum is tasked with analysing through CCTV footage from a warehouse job, and he is stunned when he recognises the figure in the shadows.
Yep, it’s Ben.
Callum’s boss reveals that he’s intent on taking down Danny Hardcastle (Paul Usher), and thus wants all evidence of his involvement in the warehouse job found, which means that any one else associated with the hard-man could be in trouble.
At the hospital, Ben wonders about why Callum has not yet arrived, but he’s unaware that his beau is trying his best to hold off getting the grainy image from the CCTV enhanced.
Callum eventually arrives, and he’s just in time to see the switch on.
Later, Ben is annoyed, as it becomes apparent that Callum is distracted — will he reveal what’s bothering him?
Apparently not, as the young copper claims that he’s just got work on his mind.
However, he seemingly comes up with an idea to test Ben, and therefore reveals that his bosses are investigating Danny. Ben fails the test by responding with an evident lie, which results in Callum storming off.
As a result, Ben loses all of hope that he and Callum will ever move in together.
That is, until they both apologise to one another, and when Ben puts two and two together — realising that his boyfriend’s mood was in relation to Danny and his lies — Callum demands the truth.
The question is: will Ben comply?
The pair have been at odds in the past in regards to Callum’s job and Ben’s penchant for dodgy deals — a conflict of interest if there was ever one — but will the thought of losing Callum finally be enough to make Ben be honest with his beau?
EastEnders returns Monday September 7 at 8.05pm on BBC One.
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