Emmerdale episode guide: Laurel's terror, Nicky's violence and a shock for Belle

Teens are in crisis during next week’s dramatic Emmerdale episodes, with Marshall Hamston (Max Fletcher) hitting rock bottom.

With he and Cathy Hope (Gabrielle Dowling) both in difficult situations, they drown their sorrows, with terrible consequences.

Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) finds Marshall unresponsive and, when Cathy blames herself, she attacks dad Bob (Tony Audenshaw) in a tense argument.

Another parent and child caught in a violent showdown are Caleb and Nicky Milligan (William Ash and Lewis Cope) – when Nicky ends up in a fist fight with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley), Caleb stands back and lets him take a beating.

With Caleb warning Nicky to stay in his lane, there is tension bubbling as the two aggressive personalities clash.

But another spanner will be thrown in the works as their plot comes under threat.

While one long lost relative continues to scheme at Home Farm, another Emmerdale dynasty sees a stray return as Thomas King (James Chase) comes home.

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There may be unfinished business with Jimmy (Nick Miles), but it soon becomes clear that Tom’s real intentions lie with his ex Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper).

As they come face to face, there is an instant re-connection and flirting follows – is Tom as genuine as he seems when it comes to his evident feelings for her?

Here’s what’s coming next week,

Monday April 24

Chloe is still struggling with Reuben but when Kerry calls on Facetime she talks her round and Amy is relieved her mum’s got through to her.

Nicky picks the garage lock and once inside manically searches for the Audi keys but is shocked to see stone-faced Cain standing behind him.

They exchange words and Cain retaliates with a punch to the stomach. Nicky reels over in pain, glancing up at Caleb who refuses to intervene. Furious, Nicky snatches a spanner from the side but Cain instinctively punches him.

Tuesday April 25

Bob’s thrown when Cathy’s headteacher suggests Cathy defer a year as she won’t be granted an access arrangement without a formal diagnosis.

Cathy desperately doesn’t want to be kept back a year and persuades Miss Cathcart to let her take the exams.

Faye reveals there’s been a fire at the women’s refuge. Eager to help out her new love, Mary proposes a fundraiser.

Moira reassures Cain over his anger issues, while tension mounts between Caleb and Nicky.

Wednesday April 26

Caleb curtly reminds Nicky to stay in his lane as Nicky seethes with resentment. Caleb interrogates Nicky about where he was last night and Nicky confesses he was with someone.

Desperate to get away from his dad, Nicky hurries Gabby off to the Woolpack for food as Caleb seethes.

Marshall catches Cathy with some bottles of vodka she has taken from the B&B. The troubled teens head off, intent on numbing their pain.

At the Cricket Pavilion, Cathy and Marshall share their troubles.

On the road to self-destruction, they both take alternative swigs from the vodka bottle. As the effects of the vodka take hold, Cathy’s green in the face but Marshall has no intention of stopping.

Bob, Laurel and Jai look for the kids, worried about what they’re doing. When they find them, unwell, Cathy vomits as the parents approach. 

As Marshall hands over the vodka, Laurel hopes she’s got through to him. Later, Arthur feels rejected when Marshall takes himself off to bed.

Little do they know that, in his bedroom, Marshall pulls out the second bottle of vodka. Unscrewing the lid, he takes another swig, determined to keep numbing his pain. 

Thursday April 27

Laurel screams as she finds Marshall unconscious with vomit around his mouth.

Cathy is ashamed of her actions and flies off the handle, striking Bob by accident and scratching him with her keys.

Later, cooling off from the day’s events, Bob gives Cathy a hug but as he leaves, a lost Cathy takes a packed rucksack out from behind the sofa, before heading off into the night.

Faye explains to Mary that she needs to go back to Ecuador to help run the women’s refuge. Mary’s in a spin as she tries to persuade Faye to stay.

Faye insists that she has to go and implores Mary to come with her.

Later, Mary explains the situation to Rhona. Conflicted Mary chooses to pass up the opportunity, much to Rhona’s relief. Calling in on Suzy, Mary opens up to her about what’s stopping her following Faye.

She surprises herself by saying, ‘Rhona’. Suzy regrets not following Vanessa to Canada but knows she’s coming back. This leaves Mary with food for thought but has she changed her mind?

A returning Tom King lurks and watches Belle from afar. Later, Belle and Tom naturally flirt with one another, catching up. As Tom asks Belle for a drink there’s a glint in her eye. 

Friday April 28

Chas asks Caleb to move into the Woolpack, and he’s left hoping he’s made the right decision by agreeing.

Tom and Belle agree to meet up the next day, and it’s clear there are still sparks.

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