Max has his hands on little Abi
MAX TAKES DESPERATE ACTION AFTER LEARNING OF JACK AND RAINIE’S BETRAYAL…
Max gets his hands on granddaughter Abi this week, as the truth of Rainie and Jack’s fling threatens to scupper his custody battle!
The drama unfolds after Cora issues her daughter with an official statement from her solicitor, having learned that Rainie slept with her brotherin-law, and that her marriage to Max is a sham. But of course, he and Rainie have now fallen for each other for real – just as their dreams of playing happy families with baby Abi fall apart…
“When Max finds out about Rainie and Jack, he is very upset,” sighs actor Jake Wood, who plays him. “The Brannings obviously have a bit of a history with this sort of thing – they are not the most loyal people when it comes to relationships! You’d think that maybe Max would be more understanding than most considering his own track record, but his feelings for Rainie at this point are genuine. It’s a huge betrayal.”
It was a sneaky video that Jack’s daughter Amy secretly shot of him and Rainie that has been a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. However, viewers will have to wait and see how the information ends up in Cora’s possession.
However, the consequences of the pair’s naughty night were set in stone from the moment Jack and Rainie locked lips, and Max confronts his brother, before reading Rainie the riot act. But is Max’s anger more to do with the damage Rainie has done to their custody case – or because she has hurt him more than he cares to admit?
“I think it’s a little bit of both,” muses Jake. “I don’t think Max believes it will harm their chances in the long term – at this point, his plan is still on track. I think he just needs to know that Rainie is fully committed to their relationship and getting baby Abi. He wants to know where he stands.”
In a desperate attempt to limit the damage, Max plans to deny all of Cora’s allegations. Meanwhile, Rainie is compelled to find out how her mother got hold of the damning evidence against her – leading to a furious showdown between the pair in the Vic. All hell breaks loose when Rainie sees red, prompting Cora to lash out and injure her daughter.
“There is an argument and Rainie ends up getting riled by her mother,” explains
Jake. “They have a very fiery relationship and Max isn’t happy that Rainie is getting involved. It’s not an ideal situation that they are fighting
When Max finds out about Rainie and Jack, he’s very upset!”
in public when they’re both in the middle of a custody battle!”
Later, Max heads over to the Beale house where Cora has left little Abi, and picks her up, intending to get her away from the escalating situation. However, while he is collecting Abi’s things, the police arrive – and heartbroken Max can only watch his granddaughter being taken away by social services.
As Rainie is rushed to hospital following her violent altercation with Cora, will Max ever forgive her for the events which have resulted in Abi being lost? And what does the future hold for the pair if they can’t get her back?
Max confronts his brother, Jack, when he learns of his treachery
Max and Rainie suffer a setback when they read the evidence that Cora has submitted
A quiet drink in the Vic soon descends into blind, ugly violence