EastEnders’ Rainie Branning (Tanya Franks) has had quite the ride during her time on the BBC soap. From her battles with drug addiction to concocting a sham marriage with Max Branning (Jake Wood) in order to win custody of baby Abi, viewers have seen many different sides to Tanya Branning’s sister that many often referred to as “broken”.
But as she settles down with former nemesis-come-loving fiancé Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ), she has some business she needs to take care of first.
Number one being filing for divorce from her current husband, Max – first on her list of priorities.
Fans will remember back in 2018, the former drug addict returned to Walford after agreeing to play the doting wife as a part in his custody plan for granddaughter Abi, following the death of Abi Branning.
Although the marriage was a ploy to pull the wool over social service’s eyes, Rainie soon fell for the car lot owner.
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But after a whole lot of drama involving her mother Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), things soon turned bitter as her love for Max quickly changed into hatred.
And now she’s wanting to move on with her life, she wants rid of her miserable spouse.
In upcoming scenes, Stuart makes headway in planning their wedding.
After realising Rainie wants an elaborate ceremony, he uses inspiration from the funeral parlour to help him.
When Max overhears their plans he makes a cruel dig, leaving Rainie feeling deflated and Stuart embarrassed.
If all isn’t well in Max’s world, he’s more than happy to offload his bitterness onto others.
With the undertaker feeling down in the dumps as he hopes to give his future bride everything she wants and hopes for on their big day, he decides to get his own back on her disgruntled other-half.
Stuart suggests to Rainie she could get half of Max’s assets in the divorce.
Their marriage may have been a sham, but it was definitely real.
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Feeling a little unsure about bringing a solicitor into the web of lies, she does some digging of her own and finds some interesting information.
Could things start to look up for Rainie and Stuart?
Will she profit from the fraudulent marriage afterall?
Elsewhere in Albert Square, Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) is about to find herself slap bang in the middle of her own relationship drama, as Peter Beale (Dayle Hudson) threatens to tell all about their affair.
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Begging her one-night stand to keep quiet about their drunken mistake, she goes above and beyond to stop her boyfriend Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) from finding out.
Viewers know their relationship has been rocky recently, after she turned down his proposal and had an abortion, but is there more to this story than meets the eye?
Could Peter have been the real reason she didn’t want another child?
EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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