EastEnders Max Branning (Jake Wood) lands a punch on his rival Carl White (Daniel Coonan) in tonight’s episode. However, Max soon regrets his violent outburst when he realises the police have witnessed it.

The incident happens after Max is released on bail following his arrest for tampering with the brakes on Carl’s car and insists he has been set up by Carl. He’s reluctant to hide away and decides to take his family over to the Vic but the atmosphere turns chilly when Carl arrives.

Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) and Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) convince Max to retreat home but as they make their exit from the pub, Carl follows and starts to push Max’s buttons, aware he has an audience including the police. Carl achieves the desired effect when Max punches him in the face.

Max is promptly arrested by the observing officers, leaving Carl feeling smug.

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EastEnders airs tonight at 8.00pm on BBC One.

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