Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) was in a bad place in Emmerdale tonight as he felt forced to return home after being abandoned by sinister sex abuser Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein). The pair had run away together and hid out at a hotel after their inappropriate relationship was exposed but when Maya feared that Jacob was sneaking off to see his dad David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden), she fled after telling the teenager that he had to make a choice between her and his family.
Jacob hadn’t actually met up with David as they had originally planned but he returned to the hotel room to find Maya and all of her stuff gone as she was clearly trying to avoid being arrested by the police, having feared that Jacob had turned on her.
Tonight, Jacob was back home and David was at a loss over how to broach the sensitive topic. As Jacob obsessively checked for messages from missing Maya, David put his foot in it and caused an angry Jacob to storm out, pushing injured Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) against the shelves as he aggressively left.
David is clueless over how best to sort this out and fears that Maya will get in touch with Jacob at any point so next week, he will start snooping on Jacob’s contacts when he gets Ryan Stocks (James Moore) to install spying software on his laptop.
And when he learns that Jacob and Maya do indeed plan to meet up together and flee again, he ensures he is there to intercept them and he finally has the chance to have the long awaited showdown with Maya over what she has done to his child.
As Maya is arrested, Jacob is distressed and feels that David has ruined his life. Still in love with Maya, it seems that Jacob wants to stand by her.
But will he finally start to see the truth of the situation?
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