So, we have all now seen Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) commit the uncharacteristic (?) act of adultery on Wednesday night’s EastEnders followed by a very sheepish and guilt ridden attempt to shoo away her new, and very desperate it would seem, male admirer on Thursday, but just who is it she has embarked on a summer fling with? Unreality TV investigates!
So, loud-mouthed Kat has decided she wants free access to the men’s locker room and made herself a football team out of the staff and regulars of the Queen Vic, so as not to look too obvious. However the flirtatious nature of the former Slater sister landed her more than oranges at half time when one of the many, many (well, 5 actually, but we like a good build up) men she had been flirting with recently followed her in to the kitchen to have their wicked way with her whilst her faithful and loyal Labrador, I mean husband, Alfie (Shane Ritchie) was passed out drunk upstairs.
And so thus begins the great East End whodunit of the season, as the mystery man involved is said to remain anonymous throughout the summer causing a flurry of excitement and anticipation until the day his identity is revealed (Don’t tut, at least it’s not another flipping murder!)
We have already presented you with the suspects and their reasons as to why or why not they may be hot-plate-hopping with the queen of the Vic (read original article here), but now that the first act is complete, let’s look at the evidence we are left with and see if we can figure out exactly WHO IS SLEEPING WITH KAT!
During Wednesday night’s episode fans of the hit BBC1 soap would have seen Kat relentlessly flirting with all five suspects, Derek, Jack, Max, Ray and Michael, mainly in full view of most of Walford, but what you should have noted were the two acts of flirting and tenderness that were strictly private.
Firstly there was Derek (Jamie Foreman) who shooed away the opposition football team after he caught their manager bad-mouthing Kat (how dare she!) before telling them that no-one messes with ‘The Governor’ (Kat’s new footie title). Kat seemed very taken back by that but a comment made to Derek before the match “I don’t need a knight in shining armour” could be taken one of two ways: 1) I can look after myself. Or 2) I prefer a bad boy!
The second tender moment not privy to Alfie’s attention came between Kat and Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd) when she texted, asking him to come over so that she could give him some baby clothes for his new-born daughter, from his first-born son. The pair exchanged some touching dialogue, ending the moment with a longer-than-appropriate hug, before being interrupted.
Now, throughout both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s episode the majority of Kat’s attention went to pub chef Ray (Chucky Venn), whom she named man of the match after he very nearly stopped the football team from losing by coming on as a sub for Alfie and scoring. However, we feel that it was far too much attention for it to be him; we believe that it is the producer of EastEnders intention to lead the viewer’s mind into believing it is Ray by making him the obvious choice.
During Thursday’s episode viewers saw how whoever it was to do the dirty with Kat in the Queen Vic kitchen was very desperate to get in contact with her the next day, repeatedly phoning her and texting her things like ‘PLEASE MEET ME’. Again, we believe that this has been displayed in a way as to make the viewer think that the person phoning and texting Kat was doing so in order to have another go, a desperate act that only one of the suspects seems likely to attempt. Derek. Derek (Jamie Foreman) is well known for being a bit over the top, and having been single since he joined the residents of Albert Square would be the most likely to want a repeat performance of something he hasn’t had for a while. However, the suspect not only phoned Kat, but text her, making it unlikely to be Derek as his fingers are far too chubby to SMS.
Another way to look at this persistent phoning (of which all suspects were linked to by being shown with their phones directly after one attempt) is that perhaps the person making the call wanted to make sure Kat kept quiet, perhaps someone who had something to lose if the truth came out. Someone married, perhaps?
Max (Jake Wood) was seen shamelessly flirting with Kat both the day before and during the match, and if it was him then if his fiancée Tanya (Jo Joyner) ever found out then we think he knows that he would have blown his final chance with his long-suffering ex-wife, once and for all!
Another married man in the frame is Michael, however, there isn’t much chance of him panicking over the truth getting out as his wife is currently sat by the side of his near-to-death new born baby daughter (actually, what on earth was he doing at the pub in the first place?), and let’s face it, no one in the pub is on texting terms with his wife Janine (Charlie Brooke).
But if it was Michael and he was phoning to try and rekindle the relationship he once had with his wife’s cousin then it would certainly explain Alfie’s face when he answered the phone to whoever it was on Thursday night.
On Thursday night, after rejecting yet another phone call from ‘the mystery man’ the pub phone immediately rang. Alfie answered it with barely a grunt, then turned to Kat and said “It’s your favourite fella, yeah in his dreams” before handing the receiver to his wife. Kat makes it very clear that the caller is her new man, and the audience were left believing that it was a member of the football team due to the ‘favourite fella’ title pronounced, and in particular would have linked it to man of the match, Ray.
But, what in that scene actually confirmed that ‘favourite fella’ was the term used by the caller to announce himself to Alfie? If they had then of course that would indeed link them to the football team because of the day’s events, and in particular Ray, but when during every scene including Ray that night he was seen in or around the pub, surely Alfie would have enquired as to why he was phoning Kat from the kitchen, not to mention answering the phone with a bit more of the friendly Moon banter, which would go for every other suspect, except one!
Let’s suppose that the caller wasn’t the one to use the words “favourite fella” at all, let’s suppose that Alfie, who remember answered with a grunt, was being sarcastic when handing over the phone, as if it was actually Kat’s least favourite person she was about to speak to. Now cast your mind back to the tender moment between Kat and Michael that Alfie wasn’t aware of. As far as Alfie is aware his wife despises Michael after the whole recent incident with the money.
So, based on all the evidence, we at Unreality TV believe that Kat’s ‘mystery man’ is in fact….MICHAEL MOON!
What do you think? Leave your comments and share your theories below!!