The game is afoot between Max Branning and Steven Beale in this week's EastEnders as their respective secrets threaten to spill over - but who will get the upper hand?

Following his failed attempt at getting one over on his future father-in-law over his fling with Fi Browning, psycho Steven finds the tables are turne by manipulative Max when he corners him and threatens to reveal the truth about the barmy Beale's brain tumour lie to fiancee Lauren.

With Max under increasing pressure from his Weyland company bosses to execute their mysterious master plan, he forces Steven to help him with a risky task...

But will Steven team up with Max and do as the Branning bad boy says in order to ensure his sick secret stays under wraps? Or will he play him at his own game and try to blackmail Max himself?

As both Walford villains find the net closing in, who will come out on top? And with the recent announcement of Steven Beale's exit, could this be the beginning of the end for the sneaky schemer?

EastEnders airs these scenes on Thursday 17 August. 

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