Emmerdale residents Marlon Dingle and Paddy Kirk have of course been BFFs for years…
And even the fact that Paddy ended up married to Marlon’s former girlfriend Rhona (Zoe Henry) and became a step-dad to Marlon’s son Leo wasn’t enough to put a rift between the two lads.
However, when Paddy was offered a job in New Zealand for two years, Marlon was of course left with a dilemma; uproot his life and go with Paddy and Rhona for the sake of his son, or stay in the village to continue his renewed love affair with Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy).
He of course chose the latter, but unable to bear the thought of not seeing Leo for years, Marlon (Mark Charnock) took out an injunction, barring Paddy and Rhona from taking Leo out of the country.
Ever since, tensions between the former mates have been heightening exponentially, and in a forthcoming episode, their fury towards each other will climax in a brawl…
But the repercussions of it are, for Paddy, life changing because in the affray, he accidentally hits a police officer – who’s been called to stop the vets sneaking off to NZ with Leo – and is subsequently charged with assault.
And when the Vets’ Council get wind of the charge, Paddy is warned that he could lose his license to practice.
In this week’s Soaplife, Dominic Brunt, who of course plays Paddy, has been talking about the plotline, and what it could mean for his character’s future.
He began by saying that when Rhona first suggested they slope off to NZ on the quiet, Paddy had serious doubts about it, but in the end, he sees that it might be their only option.
He explained, “He’s having real cold feet about it.
“He even says, ‘At the end of the day, we are abducting Marlon’s son’.
“It’s a very serious thing to do and he’s on a knife edge. But he’s telling himself that they’re not moving to NZ, they’re only going for two years.”
Dominic added that Pearl (Meg Johnson) gets wind of what Paddy and Rhona are planning, and Paddy has to plead with her to keep it to herself.
He said, “Paddy says to Pearl, ‘If you’re any kind of friend to us, you won’t say anything this one time’.
“So he is trusting her and he hopes she won’t blab. But deep down I think he knows she will.
“And she does!”
That is of course how come Marlon knows exactly when Paddy and Rhona are planning to flee, and how he’s able to be sure the police turn up to stop them.
Of what then ensues between Paddy and Marlon, Dominic said, “They have a huge row and they both lose it.
“Marlon’s laying the law down, yelling, ‘You will not go! I say you can’t!’
“They hate each other by now. As far as Paddy is concerned, it’s no longer just about getting to NZ.
“He can’t let Marlon win. But by then Marlon’s phoned the police. They have a big rough-up.
“Marlon hits Paddy and, when he continues to provoke him, Paddy tries to hit him back – but he misses and hits a policeman and they both get arrested!”
Meanwhile, Rhona has in fact left in the taxi, and she plans to take Leo to NZ herself, and wait for Paddy to join them later.
Of that, Dominic said, “He thinks if Rhona and Leo sneak off while it’s all kicking off nobody will notice.
“He’s thinking he can later sneak out of the country and join them. She’s going on the proviso that Paddy will meet her out there so she has no qualms about going.”
When asked, “What happens at the police station?” Dominic said, “Marlon is released the next day without charge, but they charge Paddy with assaulting a police officer.
“Paddy doesn’t take the consequences of hitting the policeman seriously until he receives a letter from the Vets’ Council, telling him he might be suspended from practising.
“The mess he’s in all becomes very real then…”
Don’t miss that drama which plays out across the next fortnight!