Ronnie vows to help Phil regain his sobriety and allows him to move in with her and Honey once he is discharged from hospital, but the drinking continues. Character development and impact[ edit ] The Mitchell brothers quickly became two of the soap's most popular characters and storylines involving them began to dominate the programme. After discovering that Grant had vengefully slept with Kathy, Phil went ballistic with a handgun causing the hijacked Vauxhall Astra they were driving to career at high speed into the River Thames , in an episode that was watched by Phil grows close to Sharon, who turns to him for comfort during Grant's violent outbursts. Phil refuses to make Jay leave, despite being told that Louise could be taken into care.
He refuses to, so Phil attempts to get Louise back, resulting in a car chase that ends when Steve crashes his car into a wall. Closing up one night after an event, two men break in and vandalize the bar, and when Sharon attempts to defend herself alone, she is severely beaten and left for dead. A week later, Phil returns home, battered and bruised. Their arrival heralded a new era for the soap, which aptly coincided with the beginning of a new decade — EastEnders during the s having been very much dominated by the hugely popular Watts family. Louise wakes up and Lisa lies to her that she and Phil agreed for her to be away from the square while Phil and Sharon question Lisa's capabilities. Phil meets Aaron, the son of his friend Tony who was meant to have the liver the Phil received, and gives him money out of guilt for having survived when Tony died, however Aaron's mother, Antoinette, returns it and tells him not to contact them again. Billy confronts Phil over his actions and ends up punching him. Phil is told by Ian that Ben has died after a homophobic attack following a night out, however this turns out to be Paul, Ben's boyfriend. Phil is appointed Lexi's foster carer and ordered to arrange for Lola to visit Lexi three times a week but he immediately takes over, angering Lola by calling Lexi his baby, refusing to take presents that Lola buys for her and having her christened with the name Mitchell instead of Pearce. Carl wants to depose Phil as the top man in Albert Square, so as they drive off to a deal Carl says he has arranged, Carl deliberately crashes the car after releasing Phil's seatbelt, causing Phil to be thrown through the windscreen. After discovering Aidan has threatened Mick and his family, Phil punches Aidan and shows him evidence that he killed Luke, forcing him to leave Walford. Phil is taken to hospital when a liver is found and changes his mind about being alone at Christmas, and he does not change his mind after tests show that the liver is not suitable. Phil refuses to make Jay leave, despite being told that Louise could be taken into care. They later marry, but are oblivious to Shirley's bitterness, as she attempted to persuade him to be with her, rather than Sharon, only hours before the wedding. They return together, then Phil confronts Carl. Jay is charged with perverting the course of justice and Phil orders him to change his statement so Ben will not go to prison, but Jay refuses and Phil disowns him but does manage to convince his cousin, Roxy, to lie in her statement. However, she later changes her mind and asks Marcus to return all Phil's money to his accounts, unaware that Phil has seen them. When Phil has been sober for six months, he refuses to have the transplant, devastating his family, though Sharon supports his decision. The doctor warns Phil that without treatment, he could die, but Phil remains in denial about this. Ben is angry with Phil for making him feel second best to his and Sharon's other children. Louise confides in Phil about her guilt of leaving Lisa when she was ill and she rubbishes Phil's belief he is a bad father. When Phil gets home, he finds that Shirley knows the truth about Heather's death. A furious Ben tries to suffocate Phil but is stopped by Sharon. Kathy insists to Phil that he justifies his reasons to Ben about giving Jay the car lot land. It is revealed that Vincent Hubbard Richard Blackwood is trying to get revenge on the Mitchells, especially Phil, because he believes Phil's father, Eric, murdered his own father, Henry, many years earlier. While trying to escape, Phil pulls out a gun and shoots at the dashboard, causing Grant to crash into the River Thames. Phil and Kate marry, but Lisa returns on their wedding day, demanding access to Louise and plans to shoot Phil again but fails.
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