MAX Branning flees Walford with baby Abi next week in EastEnders, while Stacey Slater takes drastic measures to expose Ruby Allen’s pregnancy lie.
Here’s the lowdown on everything that’s happening in Albert Square next week…
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1. Max blackmails Phil
Viewers will see Jack tell Max he cannot tell Linda about Mick’s abuse, but Max ignores his warning and hatches a plan.
Later, he searches Jack’s house and is thrilled when he stumbles upon a USB stick.
Max marches over to Phil’s holding the USB and presents the incriminating evidence to him.
Max points out how long Phil could end up in prison and tells him what he wants in exchange for his silence.
What is he after?
2. Iqra exposes Ruby
EastEnders viewers know that Vinny was working on Ruby’s orders when he was caught stealing from the club last year by Martin, meaning she’s partly to blame for Martin’s awful injuries when Vinny attacked him.
Next week, Ruby’s lies will come back to bite her as Martin chats to Iqra in the cafe and reveals that Ruby is pregnant.
Iqra later congratulates Ruby and Martin and tells them about Jags and Habiba’s baby news.
Later when Ruby goes out, Iqra heads to see Martin to tell him that it was Ruby’s fault that he got attacked.
3. Kush arouses Stacey’s suspicions
Ruby’s part in the botched robbery that injured Martin isn’t the only secret she’s been hiding.
In an attempt to keep Martin away from his ex Stacey, viewers know that Ruby paid Kush to run away with Arthur.
But next week viewers will see Martin ask Kush for advice following Iqra’s shock bombshell.
Stacey is stunned when Kush admits that Ruby orchestrated his escape plan with Arthur.
Stacey then grows convinced that Ruby is also faking her pregnancy and decides to take matters into her own hands.
4. Ruby’s fake pregnancy is exposed
Stacey tells Kush to meet her at the club.
Stacey pretends she wants to make peace with Ruby but soon makes clear the real reason she’s there – to prove Ruby is lying about her pregnancy.
Will her plan to expose Ruby work?
5. Peter Beale knocks himself out seducing Ash
Peter finds Ash drowning her sorrows in The Vic after getting rejected by Iqra and encourages her to go out with him.
As Peter and Ash return from their night out, Peter tells Ash she’s welcome to come back to his place but she declines.
Peter grows determined to get her attention and runs laps of The Square in nothing but a superhero cape.
He gets more than he bargained for, however, when he trips and knocks himself out.
At the hospital, Peter comes clean about his feelings for Ash but will she feel the same?
6. Kat warns Sharon off Phil
Jean encourages Sharon to give things another go with Phil.
But Kat’s ears prick up at their conversation and she tries to warn Sharon she could do better.
What is Kat up to?
7. Mick fights with Max
Max tells Linda that he’s got a surprise that may help her and she realises in horror that he knows about Mick’s abuse.
After quizzing Max, Linda is furious to discover that Jack told him about the abuse.
Jack heads over to Mick’s to apologise but Mick storms out, heading to find Max.
Mick punches Max after he accuses Linda of staying with Mick out of pity and threatens to kill him.
8. Linda tells Max to leave
Mick tells Linda they can’t move on with Max around, leading her to tell Max never to speak to her again and leave Walford.
Max announces he loves her but Linda makes clear her heart lies with Mick.
Viewers will then see Max make a huge decision as he walks away from Walford holding little Abi.
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