Following her failed romance with American teen Preston, Michelle started to talking to Tom who she met on the train to work.
Having flirted for a while, Michelle plucked up the courage to ask him out and the pair met in The Albert for a drink.
While their evening went without a hitch, Tom, who had told previously told Michelle about the death of his wife, showed a dark side when he berated a member of the public for accidentally bumping into him.
“I am not your mate!,” Tom declared as he shoved the man out of the way despite the apology.
EastEnders fans work out sinister and dangerous storyline involving Michelle Fowler: Tom’s date with Michelle in The Albert appeared to go well [BBC]
Shocked by his sudden change in behaviour, fans rushed to Twitter to come up with the theory that Tom killed his own wife.
“I bet tom’s “wife” isn’t dead #EastEnders,” wrote one.
While another declared: “#EastEnders Tom probably killed his wife.”
“His wife ain’t dead! #EastEnders,” came the response from another user of the social media site.
One soap fan shared: “#EastEnders I think Tom the psycho stalker murdered his wife & she’s in the freezer!!”
EastEnders fans work out sinister and dangerous storyline involving Michelle Fowler: Michelle had asked Tom out on a date after the kept on meeting on the train [BBC]
EastEnders fans work out sinister and dangerous storyline involving Michelle Fowler: Tom and Michelle continued to flirt as they left The Albert [BBC]
EastEnders fans work out sinister and dangerous storyline involving Michelle Fowler: However, Tom started to show his dark side after he left Michelle [BBC]
Unable to pin point what exactly was wrong with Michelle’s new love interest, one tweet read: “That Tom is dodgy af #EastEnders.”
Another observed: “Looks like Tom has a bad side.”
But it wasn’t just Tom who showed a darker side as the stress of knowing about Lauren Branning’s abortion started to impact Steven Beale.
EastEnders fans work out sinister and dangerous storyline involving Michelle Fowler: Tom shouted at a man who accidentally shoved him [BBC]
Having been goaded by Abi Branning over his decision to keep quiet, Ian Beale’s son was seen chucking Abi’s birthday cake off the table before gathering all the ingredients to start again.
EastEnders continues on BBC at 8pm.