EastEnders’ Zainab Masood never was the retiring wallflower type and she is set to prove this in an upcoming episode, when she takes on Walford hard man Phil Mitchell.
The bossy matriarch is furious when she discovers that the mechanic lent money to her husband, Masood, so that he could pay for renovation work to their family restaurant The Argee Bhajee. Problems arise after the roof collapses on the establishment, and without an income from his business, Massod begins to miss repayment dates.
A source said: “Zainab had no idea that Masood had taken a loan from Phil. As everyone knows, she doesn’t like secrets, does she? But that’s not all, because while the family’s in hock to Phil, Masood is already behind in making his repayments.
“Zainab’s furious that her husband got into this mess without telling her, but reckons she can sort it out by clearing the debt herself – until she finds out how much they actually owe Phil, of course.”
Meanwhile, a desperate Masood has been refused an extension from the Walford hardman and is being cornered by Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) who wants to buy a share in their other business Masala Queen in return for supposedly hurting his wrist in the accident.
A clueless Zainab makes things worse when she decides to give Phil (Steve McFadden) a piece of her mind, only to find he was going to give them more money after all.
The source said: “She goes to the arches all guns blazing, but is stopped in her tracks when Phil tells her how much is outstanding on the loan.
“As ever Zainab doesn’t mince her words – but Phil gets the upper hand when he reveals that he’s actually written Masood a cheque for a further £2,000. He proceeds to rip it up in front of her, so she and her family are back to square one.”