Emmerdale: Cathy tells April a new account has been made
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After posing as April’s online bully for months in Emmerdale, Cathy Hope’s (played by Gabrielle Dowling) guilt finally gets the better of her, and she soon tells April Windsor (Amelia Flanagan) about her mistake. After the revelation that Cathy was the online troll, tensions between the two families begin to rise, with an almighty showdown ahead between Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) and Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop).
On Monday night, Cathy tried to comfort a distraught April as she was bombarded with a torrent of bullying messages after her phone number was leaked.
Being the good friend she is, April told Cathy to stay away in fear she would become the next target of her trolls.
She told Cathy: “You’ve got to help me, someone posted my phone number online, and I’m getting all this stuff sent to me.”
“It’s just some dumb idiots at school, block them,” Cathy told her, but an adamant April said she couldn’t as there were too many.
“Stop messaging! I don’t get it. I hardly give my number out to anyone, so that’s it then I must know them, I must know who’s been doing this to me!”
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In upcoming scenes, Cathy realises she needs to come clean and reveals to April she is the bully after seeing how distraught her friend is.
April doesn’t believe Cathy’s confession and walks off in a fit of anger, leaving the teen terrified as to what might happen next when people find out.
Rhona and Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) thought they had gotten a handle on the bullying after giving April a break from her phone.
However, when April tells Rhona she is being bullied again and Cathy was the culprit all along, it all kicks off.
Rhona soon gets her hands on Cathy and insists she is going to tell Brenda and Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) the truth.
Frightened at an enraged Rhona, Cathy makes a run for it, but an almighty confrontation develops between Rhona and Brenda.
Cathy tries to run from Rhona and as Brenda steps in, she takes an elbow in the face from Rhona, and she falls to the floor.
Bob is emotional at the thought his daughter would do something so abhorrent to April and feels as if he has failed as a father.
Tensions soon run high when a family rift between Bob and Marlon seems unrepairable.
Have Cathy’s actions gone too far, breaking up the families’ close relationship altogether?
Will Marlon and Rhona ever forgive Cathy for what she has put April through?
Speaking to press including Express.co.uk, actors Mark and Zoe warned it will “erupt” between the two families.
Mark warned: “Oh no, no, stuff like that I don’t think is easy to forget. It’s all the diplomacy, isn’t it, and sort of like trying to meet at some point in the middle, but for Marlon, there is no middle really.
“It’s all on them, and it’s on Cathy, and there’s a scene where Bob says, ‘Oh, she’s in bits, Cathy’s in bits,’ and Marlon just erupts obviously, and it’s just going cause ongoing problems.”
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On how Marlon reacts, Mark continued: “Obviously it sort of hits him like a thunderbolt because at the same time exactly the same day he’s getting terrible news about the Woolpack, the Woolpack is in lots of trouble.
“He’s under really intense pressure, and then he comes home April is nowhere to be seen, but school bags there, and then Rhona tells him what’s happening.”
The pair added they’ve also received plenty of feedback over the storyline, with Zoe revealing: “Both Mark and I have got teenagers and above, and it’s a real worry I’m constantly checking in with my kids and making sure that they’re not behaving badly or that nobody is doing it to them.”
Mark continued: “Yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of tweets, I’ve had a couple of people come up to me in the street as well, who have been through similar things.
“I had some stuff from younger people who have had it themselves, so it’s not once removed you’re getting it direct, and It seems to have really hit home with people.”
Sharing advice to viewers going through the same ordeal as April, Mark advised: “Don’t be afraid to reach out there are lots of outside help now, there are lots of things that have been set up you can find a lot of the stuff.”
Zoe added: “I suppose that would be my advice keep talking and keep checking in don’t leave things unattended, which is what Marlon and Rhona have effectively done.
“They thought they dealt with it, they ticked the box, and they closed it, and actually it’s still gone on, so I would say never take your eye off the ball with it.”
Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV.
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