Like many in Albert Square, Phil (Steve McFadden) is currently under the impression that Nick is dead and gone - but scenes airing in mid-December will see him learn that the notorious villain is still alive.
Phil's discovery comes soon after Nick (John Altman) has started to become careless by stepping out in public as he is fed up with being holed up at Dot's house.
Ian Beale is shocked to spot Nick out and about, and word of his shock return quickly gets back to Phil.
Once Phil knows the truth, he storms over to Dot's house to confront Nick and tensions quickly flare up between the two men.
The outcome of the clash remains to be seen, but it forms part of a longer-term plot which will see Nick go head-to-head with the Mitchells once again.