Sam’s got dirt on Phil – but what will she do with it? (Picture: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)
The much-loved character of Aunt Sal was the formidable, sharp-tongued sister of Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) and was last seen in 2017, shortly after Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell’s tragic deaths in the swimming pool.
Tragically, actress Anna Karen, who played Aunt Sal in more than 50 episodes, from her first appearance to her last, died last year in a house fire.
Harold has news for the Mitchells (Picture: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)
Now as the Mitchells say goodbye to Aunt Sal, her husband Harold Martin (David Stern) makes his first on-screen appearance and moves the congregation to tears wiith his beautiful eulogy.
But that’s not all Harold has to say.
This is news to a stunned Sam, who immediately storms over to Phil – demanding to know when he is going to give her the money, or even planned to tell her about it.
Things have been tense between the siblings for quite a while, after Sam actively assisted gangster Jonah Tyler (Mark Mooney) in his attempt to bring down the Mitchell empire, and had a fling with Phil’s former arch-rival Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters).
Sam had a fling with Keanu (Pictures: BBC)
And with Sam working for free at Peggy’s to pay off her debts to Phil, he’s not playing ball.
‘Sam thinks: “You are not my owner – give me the money and then we’ll decide, but it’s not for you to just leave me out of that equation,” says Kim, who plays her.
‘The relationship between Sam and Phil is that he’s always been the bully. She has had a whole lifetime of being told what to do by her big brother.’
But then a jealous Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) tells Sam that Phil slept with Lola Pearce’s mum Emma Harding (Patsy Kensit).
Phil slept with Emma – and now Sam knows about it (Picture: BBC)
It’s just the ammunition Sam needs to blackmail Phil for her money.
Phil’s not having any of it, and tells Sam he won’t pay up. He’s convinced she’ll never go through with her threats.
Cue Phil and wife Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace)’s joint birthday party in the Queen Vic.
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Finally, at the party, Phil agrees to cave in to Sam’s demands, and is mid-way through a heart-to-heart with Kat about recent events when Sam takes the mic and announces that Phil slept with Emma.
As news of Phil’s infidelity spreads like wildfire, a devastated Kat decides to drink herself into oblivion.
Will Kat believe Sam – and if so, could this be the end of her marriage?
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She’s got some serious ammo against Phil now.