EastEnders Spoilers: Max Branning’s freed after Ian Beale fails to show in court! That’s because he’s been kidnapped! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly


In the second visit of the week to Albert Square on Tuesday 12th November, it’s the day of Max’s trial, and his barrister asks him if he knows of any reason Ian would be lying in court, to which Max coolly replies that he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, Lauren desperately hunts for evidence around the house that could exonerate Max, but to no avail. And to make matters worse, she ends up arguing with Abi when they disagree about their dad’s innocence.

Elsewhere, Ian hasn’t been able to sleep, and he can’t bring himself to look at Peter and Lucy. Soon, David stops Ian as he leaves the house, but Ian tries to get David to understand that he’s lying to protect his family from Carl, which leaves David with little option but to keep his silence…

Later, when Ian returns home, he’s shocked to find Carl there. Determined to make sure his plan works, Carl tells Ian they’ll share a taxi to court…

Carl’s been busy preparing for court by reapplying his wrist brace, and when Kirsty sees this, she voices her suspicions, but he just teases her about playing games. However, when Ian doesn’t show up for their taxi to court, Carl begins to get angry and questions Peter…


But Peter tells him that Ian’s made his own way and he reminds Carl that Ian can only take so much, warning him not to push too hard, which leaves Carl irritated.

When it soon becomes apparent that Ian hasn’t arrived at court, Max becomes hopeful. Meanwhile, police officer arrives at the Beales’ looking for him, but as he leaves, Peter spots a holdall which is full of Ian’s clothes…


The hearing in court continues, and Max and the Branning family begin to feel more positive as his barrister states that there’s not enough evidence for the case to proceed. During a break, a fuming Carl calls Peter, who still has no idea where Ian is.

Returning to court, the Judge decides there’s no case and Max is found not guilty, and so of course, the family are overjoyed.

Overwhelmed with being a free man, Max goes for a walk alone while back on the Square, Carl seethes that his plan has fallen apart.

Meanwhile, a van drives onto the edge of some wasteland. It stops, and the doors are thrown open to reveal Ian, bound and gagged inside. And standing outside the van doors are a grim-faced Max and Phil…

Back in Walford, Janine’s in shock when she’s told Michael’s body has been released for burial, but she quickly reverts to her old self when Alfie tries to be sympathetic, and she hands all the responsibility of Michael’s funeral to Alfie.

Also, it’s Ava’s birthday and when Cora brings her a card, Sam realises he’s forgotten. He recovers by saying he has a special day planned, but Cora’s suspicious.

Sam’s clearly beginning to feel trapped, and he lingers when he sees his passport in the drawer.


Later, Ava and Dexter are worried when Sam’s late for the birthday lunch, but he turns up just in time with flowers for Ava. At lunch, Ava happily talks about the future with Sam, leaving Sam desperate to conceal his look of panic!

Here’s a look at the next episode…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.

1 Comment

  1. Wendy on November 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Sam’s got what he came back for .. poor Dexter 🙁

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