Kathy Beale gets involved in Rainie Branning problems, Martin Fowler gets a shock from Ben Mitchel and Gray Atkins goes missing.
Despite being tipped off that Rainie Branning’s pill addiction may still be raging, Max Branning gives his former wife the benefit of the doubt in Thursday’s episode of EastEnders (7.30 pm, see our TV guide for full listings).
Concerned about having Rainie look after baby Abi Branning, great nan Kathy Beale does some digging. After Kathy asks Callum Highway if he knows how Rainie’s rehab is going, Rainie’s boyfriend Stuart Highway gets wind of her nosy questions. He warns Kathy to back off if she wants to be a part of little Abi’s life. After getting a visit from a police officer, who reveals that drug use in her bar The Prince Albert is becoming a problem, Kathy is concerned. She goes to see Rainie to test her…
Teenager Bex Fowler has an appointment with the mental health nurse in the wake of her struggles. Her parents Martin and Sonia Fowler are anxious, hoping that Bex will get the support she needs. The pressure piles on Martin when Ben Mitchell plays a nasty trick in a bid to force his hand. Martin confronts Ben but will he give in to his demands?
Chantelle Atkins is concerned when hubby Gray Atkins is out all night. When he gets back in the morning he apologises for disappearing on her and reveals he was at work all night. Later, newly reinstated copper Jack Branning turns up with a colleague to talk to Gray about a shock revelation.
Also, Jean Slater gets some devastating news about friend Daniel Cook. Honey Mitchell’s suspicions are raised when boyfriend Adam Bateman insists he has to work after she plans a day out with him.
EastEnders continues on BBC1 on Friday at 8.00 pm
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