As we saw in last night’s episode of EastEnders, Michael Moon – needlessly, as it turned out – took a beating from Derek Branning in order that the new Walford villain would write off the debt Michael’s brother Anthony and Tyler owe him…
However, after Derek (Jamie Foreman) had dispensed the beating, he then informed Michael that his girlfriend Janine Malloy (Charlie Broooks) had already settled the debt, in cash.
So, it’s not too surprising then that Michael is now out for revenge, and that encompasses doing whatever damage to the Branning family that he can.
And as we reported recently, he sees an opportunity to cause said damage when he learns that Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) has forged Roxy Mitchell’s signature on a passport application for Jack and Roxy’s daughter, Amy…
Jack and Roxy (Rita Simons) are of course headed to court to settle once and for all who should have custody of Amy, so the information Michael provides Roxy about the fact that Jack could be planning to leave the country with Amy, will of course sway things in Roxy’s favour.
However, Jack and Michael are business partners, co-owning the gym and boxing club, but nonetheless, Michael will do whatever it takes to bring the Brannings down.
Steve John Shepherd, who plays Michael, has been talking to All About Soap magazine about Michael’s plan.
He said, “Michael doesn’t like Jack’s attitude towards Derek. Derek has come in and assumed the role as head of the Branning family.
“He’s bossing everyone around and he’s committing all sorts of low-level crime.
“Michael is galled by this. He also doesn’t want the Brannings to be too powerful on the Square.”
And of what Steve likes about his character, her said, “I like his complexity and I do enjoy playing him.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to explore his darkness.
“There’s a lot more territory to cover too, so I’m looking forward to that. People have taken to him as well – but one woman I met once did scream at me!”
EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC1.