Shocks have piled upon shocks for Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) recently in Emmerdale. When she found out that her ex-husband, Gus (Alan McKenna), had forged her permission to use the embryos that they’d had frozen she went to confront him.
Gus’s heavily pregnant wife, Lucy, went into labour on the doorstep in the middle of this argument and Rhona drove the couple to hospital. Soon after she learned that Lucy had given birth to a baby girl.
Before Rhona could even start to process that there was another shock – Lucy died soon after the birth, leaving Gus understandably devastated.
In Monday (November 20)’s episode, Rhona couldn’t help herself from going to the hospital. She managed to get into the ICU where the baby was, although the nurse she spoke to wouldn’t reveal anything about baby Ivy’s condition because Rhona isn’t family.
Rhona tells Marlon what she’s done
Of course in a very real sense Rhona is family, as the baby is biologically her child. Zoe Henry told us that it’s natural that Rhona would be curious about her.
‘Out there is somebody who is a part of you and you want to know that person and be there for that person,’ she said.
‘Even if it’s just the inquisitive stuff, you want to be involved. So there’s no way she can leave this alone, I don’t think. The natural curiosity of things – does she look like me? Has she got my eyes, has she got my hair? Even if you go at it at that level there’s still a pull. Whether she’d admit it or not, I think she instinctively wants to be part of that baby’s life.’
Gus spotted Rhona in the hospital and was furious that she’d turned up. With Lucy’s death still very raw, Gus blamed Rhona for the chain of events that led to his wife going into early labour and accused her of trying to get ‘revenge’ for him stealing the embryo.
Later, Marlon (Mark Charnock) found Rhona sitting in her car. ‘I’ve done something stupid,’ she told him.
Rhona talked to Marlon and Mary (Louise Jameson) about what had happened and about her feelings for the baby.
‘I’ve seen her. I know her name. And I can’t forget,’ she insisted as Marlon tried to convince her to ‘Stay away and let go.’
‘Rhona is lucky in that respect that she’s got her mum and Marlon on hand and they’re both being very supportive and trying to guide her in the right direction, which is not always easy with someone like Rhona,’ Zoe told us.
The storyline will take more twists and turns, which Zoe said she was looking forward to.
‘The longer this story goes on the more I realise there are no heroes and there are no villains. Everybody’s a victim in this. Everybody is struggling to make sense of it and do the right thing. That’s what’s interesting about it for me, the conundrum of that.’