With nasty debt collector Isaacs on his back, Phil is desperate to come up with some money. He tells Max he wants his £13,000 insurance cash but Max doesn’t have it, so he concocts a plan to dupe Ian.
Max turns up at Ian’s with a towel and bathing trunks and while the pair sit in the hot tub, Max talks about a ‘property investment’ opportunity.
Ian’s curiosity is pricked by the investment and Max flatters him by saying he’d like to work with him because he’s the most successful businessman in Walford. But, first, Ian would have to put in £150,000.
After Ian agrees to the deal, he tells Max that he and Masood are stumping up the cash between them. A guilty Max tells Phil that they’re now conning two men.
Phil refuses to let Max back out of the scam as Isaacs and his heavies are due to pay him a visit at 5.00pm – and the clock is ticking…
Despite Max trying to talk him out of it, Masood arrives at The Vic with his share of the investment.
Max presents Ian and Masood with a fake contract, oblivious that they’ve received a tip-off from Archie about the scam.
With seconds to spare, Ian deliberates over signing the contract.
At the very last minute, Ian signs the contract ‘Mickey Mouse’ and storms off with Masood, leaving Max and Phil outraged.
Time’s up for Phil as Isaacs and his heavies turn up to collect their cash. When he can’t produce the goods, the heavies get to work, giving him a beating.
Desperate to give Phil the £13,000, Max tells Bradley’s mum Rachel that their son is struggling with life in Canada and needs £10,000. She gives him a cheque for the amount but, later, he discovers she hasn’t signed it.
After Ian agrees to give Phil a loan, a scheming Archie tries to buy it from him. Will Ian give in and leave Phil in Archie’s debt?
Will Phil, Max and Ian sort out their money troubles? Find out in EastEnders from Monday 30 November.