MAX Branning vows to destroy Ian Beale unless he gives him his money back with interest next week in EastEnders.
Max naively agreed to Ian taking on his half of the restaurant in the BBC One soap so that Rainie, who Max was divorcing, wouldn’t be entitled to any of it.
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But Max was fuming when he discovered that sly Ian had used the money to buy Sharon the Queen Vic, meaning he no longer has it.
Next week’s episodes of EastEnders will see Ian grow determined to land a catering contract.
Ian hosts his business meeting at home, hoping that he’ll impress Sharmaine from the council with his hospitality skills.
But Sharmaine quickly grows unsettled by Ian’s enthusiasm.
When Bobby arrives to help his dad, Sharmaine realises that he is the Bobby who has been in touch about setting up the Lucy Beale Foundation charity.
Ian capitalises on Bobby’s idea and starts waxing lyrical about the foundation to impress Sharmaine, but it’s not long before Max storms in and undoes all of Ian’s work.
Ian is mortified when, having heard about Ian’s money problems from Linda, Max accuses Ian of stealing his business and life savings.
Max later steps his threats up a notch and demands his money back with interest – or he’ll destroy Ian.
Later, Max tells Bobby he wants to offer support for the foundation he’s setting up, and that he’s contacted the Gazette to spread the word.
Later, Ian catches wind of Max’s antics and warns him to stop playing games with their family.
Max insists he isn’t but warns Ian that he might start playing dirty soon if he doesn’t get his money.
Later, Ian tells Max he will get his money in a couple of weeks at the latest.
He then takes matters into his own hands and makes a very risky move.
What is he up to?
It was revealed earlier this month that Max is set to make an explosive exit from EastEnders at some point later this year.
The soap has also confirmed that Ian will be taking a break and is expected to be off-screen for 10 weeks.
Might Max and Ian’s current feud turn nasty and lead to both their departures?