Emma (played by Alexandra Mardell) hasn’t been involved in the harrowing coercive storyline playing out on Coronation Street between Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) and Yasmeen (Shelley King), but she became embroiled in the drama at the end of this evening’s double bill of the ITV soap. With the villain left humiliated after his magic act went wrong, the blame was firmly on his wife, who realised she was locked in an abusive relationship. One of the moments the penny dropped about how manipulative her husband was when she had an innocent conversation with the Rovers Return barmaid. Will the pensioner’s other half take revenge on the youngster for exposing him?
Yasmeen was subjected to the harshest treatment her husband has subjected to her yet in the soap’s latest instalment, after she was appointed magician’s assistant to fill in for Emma.
After her dress got caught whilst she was inside a magician’s box, Geoff was embarrassed as the act became a laughing stock.
Back at the couple’s home, the villain raged at his wife, berating her, calling her names and aggressively shoving a phone in her face to film her after a clip of his failed act went viral on the internet.
Issued to go and get chips for dinner after being told the meal she’d prepared wasn’t good enough, the pensioner bumped into Emma, where the full extent of her husband’s plan came to light.
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Stood outside the Nazir household, the young barmaid said: “I saw your video, it’s hilarious – what a pair of stars.”
Having been violated by Geoff about the act, the pensioner replied: “I was a poor substitute. I’m sure he would have preferred it if you were available.”
Enlightening Yasmeen to the truth, Emma explained: “I was available. He stood me down. He obviously wanted you instead and I don’t blame him.”
It suddenly dawned on the chef her beloved had intentionally made her his assistant, knowing full well she was claustrophobic and would struggle being locked inside the box.
He stood me down
“But, I thought you’d pulled out?” Yasmeen asked, to which Emma replied: “No, sacked,” fully putting the pensioner in the picture.
Although she is now clearly terrified of her husband, the grandmother is likely to confront Geoff about the barmaid’s admission.
Knowing his plans have been rumbled, will the villain decide to target the youngster for foiling his sinister schemes?
Viewers will have to wait and see if the loveable character feels the full force of the manipulator’s malicious streak.
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However, although the storyline began with subtle traits of Geoff controlling Yasmeen, his behaviour towards her in recent scenes has raised a few eyebrows.
Cathy Matthews (Melanie Hill) has been one such neighbour concerned about her friend, but the pension’s husband has managed to convince the residents of Weatherfield his wife in an alcoholic.
Upcoming scenes later this week will see his son Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) be the latest character to come close to rumbling his dark ways.
As a bitter act of revenge for what he believes to be his beloved’s fault with regards to the failure of the magic act, the villain locks her in the box and walks out of the house.
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Gripped by fear, Yasmeen will make desperate pleas for help but to no avail as her husband enjoys himself at the pub.
Fortunately, her ordeal ends when Tim comes back to the house having been thrown out by his wife Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dynevor) and comforts his mother-in-law.
When Geoff returns to the house, he is shocked to see his victim out of her holding and has to dig himself out of a hole when his son begins asking questions.
The villain’s belied will then join some neighbours on a trip to Blackpool where secrets are revealed, so is the abuser’s game finally up?
Coronation Street continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on ITV.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by Yasmeen’s storyline, please find more information by visiting the Women’s Aid or call Refuge on 0808 2000 247.
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