Vet Paddy Kirk has paid a big price for his extramarital affair tonight – leaving the village to take a job in Germany after wife Rhona Goskirk called time on their marriage.
The family was meant to be exiting the country together, but Rhona’s lack of trust in Paddy led to her staying behind with young Leo.
“We’re already broken, Paddy. And a ferry to Hamburg isn’t going to make the slightest bit of difference to that,” Rhona admitted in emotional scenes just broadcast on ITV.
The realisation resulted in Paddy – who had been loathe to live overseas – deciding to make a clean break, fearing that the alternative of seeing Rhona every day at work just wouldn’t work.
But there was a glimmer of hope for viewers desiring a reconciliation at some point in the future: as Paddy piled his belongings into his car, he wondered whether Rhona might come to feel his absence:
“I’m going to miss you so much. Maybe you’ll miss me?” he asked. But with Rhona having made no promises, it appears that Paddy will have to face facts that his marriage is well and truly over.
Next, in the wake of Paddy’s departure, Rhona will find herself back in Pierce’s orbit when he resurfaces in an upcoming episode trying to discover the truth about the hit-and-run that killed Tess.
An Emmerdale insider told RadioTimes.com tonight: “Pierce is back on the scene looking for answers to Tess’s death. And when Rhona invites him to stay with her for a few days, Vanessa find herself in an awkward position.”
If Rhona thought she was getting a quieter life now that Paddy is off the scene, then it looks like she’s got another thing coming…
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