Next week's episodes see Roxy (Rita Simons) offer support to Michael following the sudden departure of his wife Janine. Although Roxy is only doing so as a friend, Michael's point of view on the situation is less clear.
Shepherd told Inside Soap: "Michael's feeling completely out of his depth looking after baby Scarlett alone at this point. He hasn't had any prior experience with caring for young children, and has no natural instincts whatsoever. Roxy can see he's in trouble, and she steps in to help him out."
He continued: "Michael's very relieved to have found support from Roxy. It's nice for him to see a friendly face, given that he's been quite isolated since Janine left. Michael's been stuck in the house with Scarlett, and hasn't had any help at all.
"Michael certainly thinks there's something between him and Roxy. Who knows where those feelings are coming from, given the state of his marriage to Janine? I'm always struggling to work him out myself!"
Viewers will see Roxy offer parenting tips and advice to a lonely Michael in next week's episodes. However, the time they are spending together soon sparks gossip on Albert Square.