I killed Joe!
Cain finally confesses everything to a distraught Debbie…
Put your phone on silent and ignore the front door – we’ve got the daddy of all scenes in Emmerdale this week as Cain Dingle finally tells Debbie that he killed the love of her life, Joe Tate.
Cain, you’ll recall, punched Joe after he stood Debbie up at their wedding – causing the buff businessman to hit his head on a rock and fall unconscious. What Cain doesn’t know, of course, is that Joe survived the attack, and was finished off in the end by Graham Foster. Since then, Cain has been tormented by the ‘murder’, along with the sight of his daughter struggling to cope with Joe’s unexplained exit. The weight of his secret is even harder to bear when the police tell Debbie they’ve found a body they want her to ID.
Seeing Debbie crumble, Cain steps up and identifies the body on her behalf. It isn’t Joe’s, but Debbie remains traumatised nonetheless, and when Cain later finds her beside herself in the garage, he confesses to his ‘killer’ crime.
‘The discovery of the body is a massive turning point,’ reveals Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain. ‘One of Cain’s lines is, “The look on her face… I’ll never forget it.” When they start talking at the garage, he just can’t hold it all in any longer.’
Poor Debbie is dumbstruck, and goes AWOL. When she finally returns, she heads up to Home Farm to put Graham in the picture, only to discover he was in on the murder.
Graham calls up Cain and, as soon as he arrives on the scene, the proverbial hits the fan.
‘Cain explains that he wanted to hurt Joe but didn’t want to kill him, and Graham backs him up,’ adds Jeff. ‘But for Debbie, the anger is more about Cain’s betrayal. She looked to him for answers, but he has lied to her for months.’
Not surprisingly, Debbie packs her bags and leaves Butlers Farm. Moira tries to talk her round, but ends up making things worse by revealing she was also in the know. Cain’s fuming and flips, trashing the kitchen and pinning his wife against the fridge.
He’s already lost Debbie – is he about to lose Moira, too?
Debbie looked to him for answers, but he has lied to her for months
Under pressure:Cain opens up about what he did
Losing control: Cain takes his anger out on his wife, Moira
In the know: Debbie (inset) is devastated by the revelations