But as the pair grow even closer and even share a kiss, will she get the evidence she needs?
As Linda prepares for The Vic’s Grotto, Stuart revels in wearing Mick’s Santa costume. She begins to feel guilty after hearing from Whitney that Ollie is missing Mick.
And things get even worse for Linda when Tina and Shirley inform her that Mick refused to visit them. Shirley warns her to get the confession from Stuart by the end of the week otherwise they do it her way.
Despite doing her best to hide how upset she's feeling, Stuart checks in on Linda. Determined to get him to confess, Linda begins her plan but when they share a kiss, she’s disgusted with herself and flees the room.
After last night’s events, Stuart suggests that Linda finds a new Santa as he has too much respect for Mick for anything to happen between them. Worried her plan is falling apart, Linda later pleads with Stuart to continue to help out and manipulates him into agreeing.
Back at The Vic, Stuart is touched by Linda’s support when Jack shares his dismay at Stuart overpromising presents. After they close-up, Linda suggests they have a nightcap and brings up feeling guilty about their kiss last night.
And as Linda goes to desperate lengths to get a confession from Stuart, will she get the evidence she needs to save Mick?
EastEnders continues Mondays at 8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and Fridays at 8pm on BBC One. These scenes will air week commencing 10th December.