EastEnders fans were left baffled after last night’s instalment of the BBC soap, when a key storyline seemed to have been brushed under the carpet. Rainie Cross (played by Tanya Franks) and her beau Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) finally tied the knot in a ceremony that didn’t exactly go to plan, but there was an added bonus – she revealed she’s pregnant with his child.
While the characters were over the moon as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives together as husband and wife and soon-to-be parents, some viewers pointed out that she couldn’t possibly be pregnant due to the fact Rainie was revealed to be infertile in previous episodes.
During the show, viewers aired their views on Twitter, to see if likeminded fans were just as confused.
“As much as I love Stuart and Rainie, I’m annoyed they forgot she’s infertile. #eastenders,” one complained.
Another added: “Rainie’s pregnant seriously? Isn’t she infertile?”
“Rainie’s pregnant?! That’s such great news! (although I thought she was infertile?),” questioned a third.
Others took to Reddit to have a more in-depth debate about how producers could have forgotten this huge plot.
“I thought she was supposed to be infertile, hence her obsession with baby Abi?” one fan said, referring to her fraudulent wedding to Max Branning (Jake Wood) to ensure they gained custody of his granddaughter.
They also noted that infertility combined with her previous addition to drugs makes the situation seem “ridiculous”.
Either way, it looks like this is happening, although some believe it won’t end well for the couple as they are always destined for trouble – take their wedding for example, if getting locked in a hearse and having to say their nuptials through the window wasn’t a sign, we don’t know what is!
Elsewhere, some viewers also vented their frustrations about Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Callum Highway’s (Tony Clay) on-going storyline and called for producers to give more airtime to other characters instead.
With many sharing the same sentiment that the drama in their relationship is very “repetitive”, some have suggested to “give them a break”.
“It feels like they have been in every episode since the show returned (and before that as well),” one said.