Huge trauma revealed in Mick and Katy's EastEnders child abuse story
Ever since Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis) in EastEnders announced to Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) that she thinks she’s his daughter and mentioned her mother, Katy Lewis (Simone Lahbib), Mick has been struggling to continue normal life and deal with the news, pushing his family away in the process.
Back when Frankie and Mick believed they were related, Frankie telling Mick her mum had abused him was something Mick wasn’t prepared to believe. As far as Mick was concerned, the relationship he had with Katy back when he was in care was far from anything but abuse.
Katy making her way onto Albert Square threw Mick. As if having Frankie around wasn’t enough, Katy visiting had brought back memories of Mick’s past, something he had spent so long trying to bury.
Being the person Mick is, as soon as he came face to face with Katy he wasted no time in confronting her and asking why she never told him Frankie was his daughter, which led to a surprising response from Katy, who told Mick there was no connection between him and her daughter. Understandably, this confused Mick, and similarly, it confused viewers too.
Plenty of people took to Twitter to express their uncertainty on whether Katy was actually lying, or what Mick assumed had happened wasn’t true. We’re here to tell you that yes, Katy did sexually assault Mick, and what she’s doing now is exactly what abusers do.
We’ve seen in recent weeks how much of an excellent liar Mick is. Every time a family member tried to get through to him, a switch would flick, and the lies and discovering loopholes in arguments would start.
‘You want to know what’s going on? It’s my anxiety’ Mick said to Shirley (Linda Henry) a few weeks ago. It wasn’t enough to convince Shirley that Mick was telling the truth, but right now, Mick telling the truth is simply too much for him to bear.
As soon as Mick tried to talk to Katy about their past, she was already prepared with how she would respond. For the little amount of time we’ve seen Katy on our screens so far, she’s already using dialogue to pass the blame onto Mick, and make herself look like the innocent party, telling Mick what he’s thinking was just a silly fantasy. Katy is an abuser, so she’ll know precisely how to shut Mick down and make herself look like a good person every single time.
Like so many abusers and based on what we’ve seen already, it’s possible Katy genuinely thinks there was nothing wrong with what she did to Mick, and society is at fault – not her. Katy more than likely thrived when she worked as a care worker with the element of authority, and targeted Mick because he was different, and not like the other boys.
The sad fact is that right now, Mick is trapped, and Katy has Mick in a place where she can, once again, completely control him. Katy now knows so much about Mick so she will know how to answer everything, making Mick’s torture even worse.
We’re curious on how much Mick knows about Katy and her past. What’s Katy’s background that’s made her so psychologically damaged? What happened to her that’s made her an abuser?
Even now, over 20 years on from when Katy abused Mick, she is still messing with his head. Despite it being so long since Mick was in care, it was almost as though seeing Katy again transported him back in time to when he was 12 years old.
He was being open and honest to Katy about his mental health problems, and how he felt as though he lost a daughter he never had, and Katy was sat listening to it all, responding in the exact way to make Mick feel like Katy is perfect.
‘You’re special’, ‘I believe in you, Michael’, are words Mick thinks he needs to hear right now, but are only fuelling Katy’s perfect fire to detach him from everyone, and make her seem to him that even in his adult life, she is still the only person who understands him.
Emotional blackmail is a process Katy would’ve used when Mick was in care, and is still using it now. Mick shows a level of respect when it comes to Katy, after all, he seems to think she was the one that brought him up when Shirley wasn’t around.
With Katy being a master manipulator, telling Mick she could go to prison if he told anyone he thought Frankie was his daughter was enough to silence him again. Mick cares for Katy, so right now, seeing her in prison would be the last thing he wants. As horrific as the situation is, his trauma could last for months if Katy continues to use her element of power to her advantage.
When it comes to Mick and Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White), their relationship has always been a close one, but Mick’s silent pain has started to put distance between them.
As much as Tina tries to be her usual happy and kind self around Mick, add Katy into the scenes and her bubbly personality makes things a whole lot worse. We’ve already seen Tina poke fun at Mick for having a crush on Katy, but saying these things in front of Katy and Mick just sets him apart from everyone, trapping him again.
Katy knows what she’s doing, she uses the charm and the flattery when she’s with Tina because it works in her favour. Mick will be experiencing a constant inner narrative right now, especially during the scenes with Katy and Tina.
Mick will be desperate to tell someone the truth, but equally, Mick will be overwhelmed with confusion and shame; he can’t ask Katy why she disappeared that summer, because she responds in a way that makes him doubt what he’s thinking. Mick is stuck in a cycle of wanting to know why it happened, and why Katy is lying now, and yet being forced to stay silent.
Suffice to say life behind the bar at the Queen Vic is something Mick is missing hugely. At the pub Mick had control of something, and now it’s been taken away and he’s living in a completely different home, Mick doesn’t have a job to distract himself from everything that’s going on.
Mick’s abuse storyline involving Katy is a story that needs to be told. As shown with Tina and her ‘you loved Katy’ comments towards her brother, Mick eventually telling Tina, or anyone for that matter that he’s been abused by a female has the potential to not be believed. Things are really only just beginning for Mick, he could keep this secret for months, and Katy’s manipulative behaviour and ability to isolate and silence him means he’s got an incredibly long and tough journey ahead of him.
A female sexually assaulting a male is rare, and because of that our society sees female on male abuse something that isn’t as serious as male on male, or male on female, and if this storyline is teaching us anything – it’s that things need to change.
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