Finn Barton is to find himself in grave danger when his drink is spiked and he’s left to die in a car filling with toxic fumes.
The perpetrator is a newcomer to the village by the name of Brad, a man who initially seems keen to get to know Finn. But the association soon turns sour leaving Finn in a critical condition.
“Finn hasn’t got a clue that this guy is a bad egg,” says actor Joe Gill. “Brad turns up and seems to have similar interests to Finn. He’s interested in travelling, for instance, and Finn really warms to him. Finn doesn’t know this guy’s sexuality but he is attracted to him. But then Brad spikes his drink and the next thing he knows is that he’s waking up in a hospital.”
After tampering with the drink, Brad has driven Finn to a barn, restarted the engine, wiped the car clean of fingerprints and left just as the enclosed space is filling with fumes. Luckily, Pete (Anthony Quinlan) and Cain (Jeff Hordley) find Finn and rush him to the hospital, where a doctor explains that he has to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.
At first, everybody believes that Finn has tried to commit suicide, but it’s left to Cain to point out that he was in Brad’s car at the time. Pretty soon, Finn’s nearest and dearest realise that this Brad has actually tried to kill Finn.
“It completely freaks him out. He doesn’t know what is going on,” admits Gill. “He’s not listening to anyone around him and it’s a really horrible experience for him. He’s really shaken up. And it changes him for quite a while.”
Exact details of why Finn has been targeted are being kept secret by show bosses, but after the doctor informs the family that a toxicology report shows traces of Rohypnol – which indicates that Finn could have been raped – Ross (Michael Parr) vows to find Brad and get his revenge. Find out what happens when Emmerdale airs these scenes next week.