EastEnders has revealed that Max Branning’s (Jake Wood) bygones be bygones attitude is all a front.
Fans of the show have been wondering whether Max is on the level ever since he popped back up in a forgiving mood at Christmas after being wrongly convicted – to several Albert Square residents’ knowledge – of the murder of Lucy Beale.
Tonight’s (26 Jan) episode of the BBC One soap confirmed that Max is plotting something as he slipped away from the bus crash aftermath in the Square to meet a mysterious man at The Shard.
Giving off the impression that he is some sort of developer with designs on Walford, the man (actor Simon Williams) told Max:
“That’s where I grew up over there. Deprived, depressed. Not many people got out of there, believe me. But look at it now. It’s brimming with potential. New housing, thriving businesses. Finally, it’s a place where people aspire to live.
“The trouble is, too many people have a foot in the past.”
After gaining assurance from Max that his ‘connections in Walford’ won’t adversely affect what they have planned he added: “You’re a man after my own heart, Max. Never let emotions get in the way of progress. So, what about the pub?”
Max, fresh from learning about Mick’s current money woes from Babe, replied: “That’s next on my list. Let it burn for all I care.”
The latest visit to Walford also revealed that it was Whitney Carter (Shona McGarty) – and not her husband Lee, as some fans had theorized – beneath the bus following her ringtone being heard at the end of Tuesday’s episode.
Whitney was pulled to safety and taken to hospital where she responded to Mick (Danny Dyer) comforting her with a kiss.
The kiss was witnessed by a shocked Denise (Diane Parish) to whom a flustered Mick insisted such behaviour is out of sorts for him. Mick then told Whitney that they should forget about their ‘surreal moment’.
Martin Fowler (James Bye) was being checked over elsewhere in the hospital after he had also been trapped underneath the bus.
As Martin prepared to go home with wife Stacey (Lacey Turner), following the all-clear, Stacey sprang a surprise on him when she told him that she would like them to have a baby together.
“When I thought I’d lost you… I want a Fowler. I want to know I’ve always got a part of you,” she said.
Martin seemed a little cautious at first although after Stacey pressed the idea and explained that they could work with the mental health team this time, he agreed to Stacey’s delight.
EastEnders fans are divided over the bus driver being the only fatality of the bus crash with some having craved further deaths while other fans enjoyed the episodes regardless, citing the focus on community as a strength.