A panicked Steven Beale will tell girlfriend Lauren Branning a whopper of a lie in an upcoming episode of EastEnders as he bids to salvage his relationship.
As soap fans know, Steven has been spying on Lauren using secret cameras, growing increasingly more furious about her closeness to boss Josh Hemmings.
But when Steven finds out that Lauren is planning on leaving Walford for a new life in New Zealand with son Louie, he tells a bombshell fib that he hopes will keep her in town and by his side.
And it does look as though Steven’s efforts will pay off – scenes to be shown on Monday 17 July see him once again surveilling Lauren at work and hearing her tell Josh that she’s giving Steven another chance.
But might Steven’s plan be rumbled by Max, who – lest we forget – is no stranger to a spot of duplicity himself?
After Lauren opens up to Max about Steven’s news, the Branning patriarch tries to get to the bottom of what’s going on. As a curious Max does some digging, will he discover the truth?
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