Phil Mitchell has shown his softer side in tonight’s EastEnders, right before he laid into Ray Kelly.
The hardman has been known for his image and strength of character, but it seems Kim Hubbard has melted his heart.
The bald man tried his absolute best to maintain that hard outer shell, until on Christmas Eve, Kim went into labour in the locked cupboard in the corner shop, and Phil turned into a midwife.
He helped Kim give birth in an adorable moment, with some hilarious facial expressions, and then tonight he headed off to Kim’s for a Christmas dinner.
It was here when fans started to notice a softening in the Mitchell Brother’s demeanour, as he talked about watching Christmas films and his lovely gifts.
Phil was enjoying a quiet meal at home
Kim raised a glass to him
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Kim said to him: "He [Kim’s son] wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you – so I’d like to make a toast, first, to Phil."
She then started telling him about her daughter Pearl’s games, and he and Dennis joked about having some similar toys when the young lad was even younger.
At this, Phil clearly felt a pang of guilt as he heard Kim talk about "absent friends," knowing he had some part to play in her husband’s disappearance.
He quickly scarpered with Dennis in tow, and tried to bring back a sense of that hardman image by punching Ray in the stomach and refusing to sell his half of the club to him.
But that moment of hardman was only temporary as he then dropped off a special gift to Kim, trying to run away before she realised it was from him.
Phil seems to have softened thanks to Kim
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So is the hardman turning to mush?
Fans reckon he might be, and many took to social media to giggle about it.
One said: "Aww Phil has a soft side # EastEnders"
Another joked: "Kim and Phil in # Eastenders is the friendship duo we didn’t know we needed.
A third added: "Phil stepped up yes Kim He stepped up with your sis too lovely. He’s more into a part of the family than you know !! #EastEnders"
Kim spoke out at how much she loves Phil
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But some fans wanted to remind other about Phil’s link to Kim, in that he had her husband, Vincent, "taken care of" just as Kim found out she was pregnant, leaving her alone and almost destitute, raising a baby.
One fan said: "What are the chances that Phil and Kim have forged this bond in the week Ray reveals he has information about what happened to Vincent? # EastEnders @ bbceastenders.
EastEnders airs on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC1.