There’s misery in store for James as bitter Emma holds him hostage
mma Barton is clearly familiar with Stephen King novels, as her plot to hold James hostage in revenge for him making out with mucky Moira is straight out of his bestseller, Misery.
The nutty nurse goes all Annie Wilkes just at the point she thinks her life is sorted. She’s bagged her man and they’ve finally moved into Wylie’s Farm. She’s thrilled – and James is happy enough, too.
‘He’s really looking forward to having this fresh start,’ says
Bill Ward, who plays him. ‘He’s always loved both Moira and
EEmma, but now that he knows Moira isn’t interested, he’s happy to move on with Emma.’
But then Emma overhears
Ross challenging his dad over the fact that he very recently told Moira he loved her. As Emma realises she’s been betrayed, the men have a tussle and James falls down the stairs and breaks his leg.
Emma’s fury grows when she catches James at the hospital, reassuring Moira that he’ll keep quiet about their steamy session in the back of a cab. She masks her anger and sweetly tells him she’ll be caring for him at home.
Up at Wylie’s, Emma digs out her old wedding dress and asks James to do some planning for their big day. He’s not exactly enthusiastic, and Emma’s heart breaks when she hears him calling Moira on the phone. She brings him some home-made apple pie, which makes him feel decidedly groggy. He has a funeral to go to and is worried he will miss it.
Emma assures him that she’ll wake him in time, but James then overhears her telling Pete that he’s asleep and won’t make the service. He’s uneasy, and his fears escalate when Emma refuses to pass him his phone. The penny really drops, though, when he gives the cat his leftovers and sees the effect the food has on the poor moggy.
Adds Bill: ‘In a piece of bad luck, he then breaks his leg again and is in terrible shape. Emma orders him to go upstairs and wait for the ambulance.’
But when he sees her from the window, she’s crushing his phone and he realises he’s locked in. Knowing he’s in serious trouble, he finds a spare key and plots his escape. Will he get away? Injured James pays for his fumble with Moira when he’s brought down by humble pie
Emma overhears her man promising Moira he’ll keep their secret
Tensions rise as Emma’s plot takes shape