Rainie's huge battle as she fights to get Abi back from Max in EastEnders

EastEnders’ Rainie Highway (Tanya Franks) was distraught upon realising that Max Branning (Jake Wood) has abducted Abi.

It was confirmed earlier this week that Jack (Scott Maslen) had taken Abi to see Max in Paris, after he learned that his brother had allegedly found his feet.

Max, however, appears to have been lying, as he abducted Abi and went on the run, leaving Jack with little choice but to return to Walford and break the sad news!

The copper did just that during last night’s edition of the BBC One soap, leaving Rainie and Stuart (Ricky Champ) in shock.

‘Her first thought is she’s never going to see Abi again,’ actress Tanya Franks told Metro.co.uk.

‘She’s absolutely petrified that Max is going to take Abi away forever and would have basically kidnapped her.’

In spite of the obstacles, however, Rainie is not giving up, and Tanya explained that the character will stop at nothing to track her beloved Abi down.

‘She has a huge battle on her hands to get her back,’ she said. ‘There’s no way she wants to give Abi up in any way, shape or form.

‘Rainie went with it this time because Jack was involved. She trusted Jack as much as anything. I think the big shock for Rainie this time is the fact that Max has pulled the wool over Jack’s eyes as well.

‘She wouldnt have been so readily happy to have let Abi go off to Paris with Max, without Jack taking over. So I think that’s the big surprise for her is the trust has gone right the way down the line.’

In addition to raising Abi, Rainie and Stuart are intent on having their own baby, and in the wake of Abi’s disappearance, the couple get the ball rolling on their surrogacy journey, in the hopes that when Abi is returned, everything will be in place for their family to grow.

‘It definitely makes her more determined to get it going and move it forward,’ Tanya told us, ‘Get this family in place. She’s promised Abi that she’ll have a little brother or sister. She wants to make that happen.

‘She’s absolutely determined that Abi will come home so she wants everything in place for when Abi gets back. She really wants Abi back. This is a kick in the stomach for Rainie.’

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