Michael becomes the subject of gossip
Aired Monday, Sep 17 2012 at 20:00 BST on BBC One
Published Tuesday, Sep 11 2012, 00:01 BST
| By Daniel Kilkelly |
Michael hopes to hide the news that Janine has left Walford, but it's not long before the gossip begins to spread thanks to an indiscreet Billy. When Syed hears that Janine is gone, he is concerned as she was supposed to be paying him for the cleaning products today. Syed approaches Michael in The Vic to find out what is going on, which leads to more awkward questions about Janine when an inquisitive Jean overhears.
Michael promises to settle the deal directly with Syed later that day, but when the two men meet as planned, Michael rips up the cheque. Ruthless Michael tells Syed that he shouldn't have gone behind his back to do the deal with Janine in the first place, and nor should he have discussed his private life in public. Syed is then left panicking over how he'll be able to pay the supplier.
As the day continues, Michael tries to proceed with his plan to buy 89B from Lucy, but he soon hears shocking news from his solicitor - Janine has transferred all of the money from the accounts. Shortly afterwards, Billy arrives with a document revealing that Butchers Joints is closing down. When Michael rushes round there, he's horrified to find that the office has been boarded up…
Meanwhile, Tanya tells Cora and Sharon that she doesn't want to put any pressure on Max to set a date for the wedding, especially as he's been acting strangely recently. However, Cora has brought over a wedding dress that needs to be dry cleaned for the charity shop, and Tanya can't resist holding the gown in front of herself. The fact that Tanya is dreaming about her own special day doesn't go unnoticed by Max. Later, Max presents Tanya with a gift in front of Cora and Sharon. When Tanya opens it, she is confused to find a 2012 cat calendar - but Max shows her that December 24 is circled - the perfect date for their wedding…
Elsewhere, Lola tells Billy that she wants to see Jay, but Billy warns her to stay away from him. Lola ignores Billy's advice and tries to speak to her former friend, but Jay also doesn't think it'd be a good idea for her to be seen with him. Later, though, Jay arrives to see Lola while she is busy babysitting Scarlett for Michael. It transpires that Billy advised him to come round, having had a change of heart. Jay and Lola then decide to move on and be friends again.
Also today, Jean is busy holding the fort at The Vic, while Zainab is shocked when Tamwar reveals that the restaurant has been struggling financially.