Rhona drops the charges
The terrified newlywed rethinks the rape allegations against Pierce
Rhona is seriously rattled after learning who was behind the break-ins that left her traumatised, and reacts by announcing that she is going to tell the police to drop the rape charge against Pierce.
Paddy and Vanessa can’t believe their ears, as both would like to see the twisted solicitor strung up for what he did to their friend.
‘Paddy is kicking himself that he ever softened towards Pierce,’ says Zoe Henry who plays Rhona. ‘He feels wretched and overprotective. Vanessa, of course, has wanted to see Pierce get his comeuppance from the outset, but Rhona is scared. She feels a wreck, and doesn’t think she has the strength to take it to court. She wonders if the lesser of two evils is to bury it and hope it goes away.’
Pierce is horribly smug when Rhona visits him at work to say she is doing a u-turn and dropping the charges. But when he jokes with his pals as Rhona walks away, it jolts the vet into action. Realising she can’t let him get away with his evil act, she snaps and changes her mind. By the time she has arrived home, Pierce has been charged.
But despite her courageous move, Rhona remains on edge.
She knows what her estranged husband is like, and confesses to Vanessa that she is afraid he will twist the facts in court.
‘Pierce is a manipulative, articulate and smart guy,’ says Zoe. ‘Rhona thinks “What if he twists it and doesn’t go down?” Everything has been revealed and he is still at large. She will have to live with it and will become a different person because of it. It’s an incredibly difficult situation.’
Will Rhona’s worst fears come true or will she get justice?
Scared: Rhona is unsure about going to court
Cocky: Pierce laughs at Rhona