There were hugely emotional scenes in tonight’s Emmerdale, as Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) finally came home after his stroke.
Although it was a happy occasion, there were mixed feelings, as Marlon had to come to terms with the fact that his life back in the village would involve being dependent on others for his most basic needs.
Rhona (Zoe Henry) was in admin overdrive as everyone prepared for his return, making sure everything was ready and pushing to the back of her mind any doubts or worries she might have. ‘Marlon’s coming home, that’s all that matters,’ Mary (Louise Jameson) reassured her.
As Marlon arrived home in a wheelchair, he looked overwhelmed to see the house all decorated with a welcome home banner, with a ramp newly installed at the front door. He saw Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Cain (Jeff Hordley) at a distance, and we saw Paddy (Dominic Brunt) watching from behind the curtain, with everyone feeling a little bit awkward about what to say or do.
Later, after a scene where Marlon desperately needed the toilet and Paddy had to shout for Rhona to come and help, the practical realities were starting to sink in. As Marlon apparently slept, Rhona talked to her mum about how the argument with Marlon over the toilet incident had ‘felt normal.’
She then recounted a conversation she’d had in the past with Mary about walking away from Marlon before it was too late and she was stuck with a life of caring for him. She said she’d thought about it, but now realised ‘I could never walk away from him, no matter what.’
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