A confused Ashley is to lash out in an upcoming episode of Emmerdale and accidentally hit wife Laurel.
The shock moment comes in the midst of the Thomas family rushing to hospital following the collapse of Gabby, who has been out binge drinking.
Doctors will be seen telling a relieved Laurel that Gabby will be all right. But tensions soon escalate again when Ashley – in a disorientated state – accidentally hits Laurel after arguing with her.
Laurel is distraught by what’s happened, while Ashley bursts into tears when he realises what he’s done.
With Ashley’s dementia worsening by the week, Laurel is soon having to make a decision about her husband’s ongoing care. But how will an increasingly unpredictable Ashley react to the situation?
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