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|Played by:||Ray Brooks|
|Appeared:||19 August 2005 to 26 January 2007|
|Daughters:||Megan Macer · Shelly Macer|
|Deceased wives:||Jools Macer · Pauline Fowler|
Joe was previously married to Jools, and has two daughters, Megan and Shelly, from that marriage. He has lunched with Pauline at Ian and Jane's house and attended the twins' birthday party. Pauline then let him know his wooing was not wasted effort, and, even though Pauline initially rejected his marriage proposal, Dot convinced her, and the couple tied the knot for EE's 21st anniversary - at which time viewers learned that Joe was harbouring a secret.
After a while, Dot, and subsequently Pauline, discovered that Joe's old partner-in-crime, Bert, had done time for a burglary they both performed. He charmed Pauline into forgiving him for his deception, and quietly moved back in with her.
After the Fowler house fire, Joe was the one who discovered Pauline's tumour deception, and this was the last straw for Joe, who left to stay at Jim's. When it came to Pauline's preparations to departure at Christmastime, a drunken Joe paid his wife a visit, attempting one last time to reconcile. He was, however, met with scathing insults and a declaration of her never having loved him. He replied in kind with a series on slurs on her beloved family - calling Arthur "just like (him), "a criminal"; Mark "Diseased! Eurgh!"; and Michelle a scrubber. This seemingly final encounter ended in Pauline smashing a plate over his head. Joe departed to spend Christmas with his daughter.
When he was next seen, on Boxing Day, and displayed shock at his wife's death, getting drunk and loudly announcing his pleasure at the horrible woman's passing. Apologies followed when the flowers left for her reminded him of his deep love for her. After the police interrupted her funeral, Martin attempted to strangle Joe, believing him to have killed Pauline, at which point Sonia admitted to having hit her. Joe left the square to live with Megan, promising to return one more time, for Pauline's second funeral, a promise he failed to keep, ostensibly due to his car breaking down.
However, Joe unexpectedly returned to the Fowler house at the end of January, and unintentionally met Dot, who was at the house. He had come back to retrieve Jools' favourite necklace, but became increasingly upset as the two discussed his marriage with Pauline - this was exacerbated when he broke the necklace. He revealed to her that he had visited Pauline on Christmas Day, after her visit from Sonia. She informed him that she was to stay in the square, but he was to leave, continuing to insult him. He replied with his desire to lash out at her, she taunted him to "be a man". Unfortunately for her, he did lash out in anger, and seized her frying pan, hitting her with it. He left, sure that she was fine.
Dot and Joe moved upstairs, and she tried to convince him to come clean, but he said he couldn't. Meanwhile, Jim and Rebecca came to the house, and Jim, leaving Rebecca downstairs, went to see to the commotion. Upstairs, as Dot tried to tell the truth to Jim, Joe grabbed him in an attempt to stop her. As Jim managed to reclaim his wife, Joe lost his balance and tumbled through the window, over the porch, and onto the top of a market stall.
Apparently, Joe died, with no ill-consequences for the Brannings. Presumably, the police believed Dot's story and the Fowler murder case was closed.