Max has his hands on lit­tle Abi

MAX TAKES DES­PER­ATE AC­TION AF­TER LEARN­ING OF JACK AND RAINIE’S BE­TRAYAL…

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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

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