What a harrowing couple of episodes from tonight’s Emmerdale – one strand following Victoria Barton’s (Isabel Hodgins) heartbreaking revelation of her rape ordeal, and the other of David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) learning how his son had been abused by his girlfriend Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein) behind his back.
And now that David knows, he wants to take matters into his own hands.
In heartbreaking scenes, Leyla (Roxy Shahidi), Tracy (Amy Walsh) and Priya (Fiona Wade), tried to make an unwilling Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) realise he’d been the victim of abuse, and that what Maya had done was abhorrent. As he refused to believe the truth due to her intense grooming and brainwashing, they discovered he was loaded with cash and Maya’s passport with a plan to go on the run. So they forced him to come clean with David.
‘Me and Maya are getting as far away from here as we can,’ he told them.
So they confronted David with the truth, who completely refused to believe what he was being told. Instead, he thought they were trying to tell him Jacob just had a school boy crush.
‘She’s my girlfriend,’ Jacob said trying to get through, as he told his dad he and Maya had been having sex.
Becoming emotional, David said he thought he must have been a victim of a prank, but Jacob assured him he loved Maya, and Tracy explained Jacob was planning to do a runner with her.
Slowly, it began to sink in. David realised that the moments Jacob had been walking around topless at home had been for Maya’s benefit.
‘All those times you made her have sex, I was cringing,’ Jacob viciously hit back.
‘Made her? Oh Jacob, you haven’t got a clue,’ David said as the teen was still completely oblivious to the lengths and depths of Maya’s manipulation.
Leyla branded Maya a paedophile, which hit a nerve with the teen.
But as David broke down, he blamed himself, saying that he’d moved Maya into their house and that he’d been so unaware of what was going on. Leyla told him of just how far Maya went, waiting until Jacob was exactly 16 before they started having sex. But as he and Leyla spoke, Jacob ran, and caught the bus to see Maya.
‘If she’s hurt him I’m the one to blame,’ David said as he resolved not to go to the police.
Instead, he seemed to want to take matters into his own hands.
He called Maya, who for once decided to answer.
‘Give me back my son,’ David seethed, clearly ready for a fight.
David will now be hellbent on revenge against the pervert school teacher, fueled by his own sense of blame. How far will he go to avenge what’s happened to his son? Could he kill her through his rage?
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