Since her return to the Square last year, EASTENDERS troublemaker Janine Butcher has made even more enemies. However, getting on Jay Brown’s bad side has come back to haunt her, and she believes the only way to solve her problem is to pretend to be in a stable relationship – could Mick Carter be a part of her con?
In EastEnders, Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) doesn’t seem to mind upsetting anyone else, but she’s recently made it clear that she adores Mick Carter (Danny Dyer). She made fun of Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) during the community service he was forced to do as a result of her actions in Thursday’s episode of the BBC soap. Jay soon informed her, however, that he had spoken with her daughter Scarlett Butcher’s (Tabitha Byron) social worker about what kind of person she is. She confided in Mick, desperate for a way out, about the need to appear to be in a stable relationship. Will Mick and Janine pretend to be engaged now that his marriage to Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) appears to be over?
Janine is desperate to gain custody of her daughter, Scarlett, despite being manipulative and uncaring.
Kat Slater is currently looking after her (Jessie Wallace).
Janine was genuinely hurt when Jay gladly informed the Walford villain that he may have ruined her chances with the social worker.
Mick and she have become friends recently, and despite his rejection of her attempts to get him into bed, the landlord appears to be concerned about her.
On Thursday, as he listened to her explain her problems, he appeared to have devised a strategy.
Because he was registered as Janine’s current boss, Scarlet’s social worker showed up at Jay’s office.
She explained that she was looking for some background information on her character.
“Anything you think might be relevant to help us build up a picture,” she added.
A vengeful Jay replied: “Please, take a seat.”
He later showed up at The Vic, where Janine was discussing Scarlett’s social worker with Mick.
“Don’t mention the dead bodies,” Jay interrupted, adding: “Oh, I just did.”
He explained: “Yeah, your social worker, Claire, is it? She wanted a little bit of background info before her next visit.
“And it turns out that you still work at the car lot, and I’m still your employer.”
Suddenly seeming concerned, Janine replied: “Jay – I need to get my daughter back.”
“It’s got to go my way tomorrow.” Jay smugly replied: “Shame, isn’t it?”
He added: “You see, Janine, what goes around comes around.”
Later, Janine sobbed as she explained her situation to Mick.
“My past is always catching up with me,” she cried.
She continued: “With my history, I need a whole new life, Mick.
“Not just a proper home. I need to be in a stable relationship with a family man if I was to stand any sort of a chance.”
Glaring at Mick, she asked: “Where am I going to find that by tomorrow?”
Mick had a thoughtful expression on his face as he pondered this.
Janine may decide to pretend to be in a relationship in order to increase her chances of reuniting with Scarlett.
However, simply claiming to be together may not be enough, and Mick may end up “proposing” to Janine in order to make the relationship appear genuine and secure.
Despite the fact that he is still married to Linda, the Square is aware that they are no longer together.
Mick might act as if he’s going through the process of getting a divorce so that he can appear to be engaged to Janine.
Janine has faked several marriages in the past to gain something, so a scheme like this isn’t impossible for her to pull off.
Mick may welcome the distraction, as he is still hurt by Linda’s death and feels sorry for Janine.
But how far could the scheme possibly go?
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