She may only have just arrived in the Square, but feisty businesswoman Vanessa Gold wastes no time in snaring herself a man – and it seems romance is also in the air for her daughter Jodie
Vanessa (Zoe Lucker) makes an immediate impact on a smitten Max when she turns up at the car lot, and the pair are soon sharing a steamy clinch
But will Max regret getting involved with a woman who, the moment his back is turned, slips a wedding ring onto her finger?
At Max's house, Vanessa takes a keen interest in his family photographs
Max is clearly unsettled when Vanessa starts asking personal questions and tries to avoid answering them
Meanwhile, Vanessa's daughter Jodie (played by Kylie Babbington) arrives in the Square in a bit of a state
She's found sobbing by Darren, who is immediately attracted to her and asks her out on a date
Later, Vanessa returns to the car lot where, once again, Max finds himself unable to resist her charms!
Unbeknown to the couple, however, Darren and Jodie have arrived at the car lot, and when Darren opens the office door, he is horrified by what he sees
Fortunately for Darren, he's able to shut the door before Jodie can see what her mother is getting up to inside the room. But is the episode a bad omen for Darren and his new girlfriend?
Eventually, Max finds out Vanessa is married, and she tells him it's his choice whether they carry on their affair. What will Max decide? Watch EastEnders from Monday, June 7 on BBC1