Max takes on Steven

Man con­fronts boy this week – but will he un­cover Steven’s lies?

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If there was ever any doubt that Steven Beale was a sand­wich short of a pic­nic, then last week’s events in Al­bert Square put them to bed. Des­per­ate to stop girl­friend Lau­ren from jet­ting off to New Zealand, the brood­ing busi­ness­man came up with the mother of all lies.

Lau­ren fell for his fib, and didn’t get as far as Heathrow Air­port.

But this week, Max smells a rat, and re­solves to un­cover the truth.

Not sur­pris­ingly, Steven’s rev­e­la­tion has left Lau­ren reel­ing. So when Abi finds out that it was a cruel con trick, she warns Steven to put her sis­ter straight. When did she get so right­eous?

Fol­low­ing Abi’s lec­ture, Steven’s tempted to come clean – but as he spies on Lau­ren at work via his se­cret cam­era, he soon changes his mind. ‘He hears her telling her boss, Josh, that she’s go­ing to give Steven an­other chance, so he thinks he’d be stupid to tell the truth,’ re­veals our Easten­ders mole. ‘He knows he’s do­ing wrong, but, for him, the end jus­ti­fies the means.’

Lau­ren later opens up to Max about Steven’s an­nounce­ment, but he’s in­stantly sus­pi­cious, and does some dig­ging. Will he find out that Steven’s ly­ing? And if so, will he give the lad his just desserts, or stand back and lap up Lau­ren’s mis­ery? Let’s not for­get that the gin­ger schemer wants re­venge on every­one who wronged him over Lucy Beale’s mur­der – faaamly in­cluded.

Steven isn’t the only one get­ting the med­dling Max treat­ment – so, too is Ian Beale. He ac­cepts an of­fer for the chippy, but pulls out of the sale when he dis­cov­ers that it’s from Wey­land and Co, the com­pany Max works for. Max is miffed – his grand plan for Wal­ford ob­vi­ously in­cludes Squeale’s spud haven.

Can he get Ian to change his mind?

Mean­while, Max tries to work his magic on a smit­ten Carmel, too. He ac­cepts her in­vi­ta­tion to a ro­man­tic din­ner, and uses the op­por­tu­nity to ri­fle through her top-se­cret coun­cil plan­ning files. As Carm catches him red-handed, can he come up with a cover story?

Sus­pi­cious: Max doesn’t be­lieve Steven’s story

Per­sua­sive: Max tries to sweet talk Ian

Go­ing nowhere:

Lau­ren

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