Finding out your child is on the autism spectrum can be a somewhat difficult thing to accept, and for Linda (Kellie Bright) and Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) in EastEnders, their son Ollie’s recent diagnosis has been something they’ve found difficult to come to terms with. Soon Mick will begin to feel the pressure even more and faces a horror as he collapses!
It’s safe to say out of the two, wife Linda has been more vocal about her thoughts on Ollie being on the autism spectrum, but Mick has been the one that supports her, and the one that’s been a little more accepting (from what we see).
After complaining to Honey (Emma Barton) for playing loud music and then realising it was Honey’s daughter Janet, Ruby (Louisa Lytton) is wracked with guilt. As she explains to Max (Jake Wood) what happened, Ruby later gives Janet a gift to apologise. Meanwhile, overhearing Ruby and with Ollie on her mind, Linda overreacts leaving Ruby stunned and as the row escalates, Mick enters and diffuses the situation with Linda heading home. However after an incident with Ollie, Linda and Shirley (Linda Henry) both criticise Mick. But once alone, it’s clear Mick is feeling the pressure.
Mick begins to feel the pressure to also sort The Vic’s finances and reassures a concerned Linda. After turning down Mitch (Roger Griffiths) who wants him to referee a football match, Mick is distracted by Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) when she needs his help. Mick races to help but he gets more than he bargained for when he arrives at The Prince Albert. Later, with The Vic packed, Mick returns but continues to feel the pressure from all angles.
Mick goes for a run but when Bex (Jasmine Armfield) spots him struggling she offers some tips. At the cafe, Bex’s concerns grow when it’s clear Mick is in pain and when Stuart (Ricky Champ) attempts to make a conversation he’s quickly shut down by Mick.
His day goes from bad to worse whilst Mick is refereeing the football match when one of the children gets injured and the opposition erupt at him. To everyone’s horror, Mick then collapses.
It’s clear Mick has been worrying too much about keeping other people happy and supporting Linda as she struggles to come to terms with Ollie’s autism diagnosis. Will Mick survive the collapse? And if he does, will he be open and honest about his feelings and take a step back in being the one everybody turns to if they need help?
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