The crazed killer saved herself by getting rid of Arthur’s (played by Alfie Clarke) only remaining footage of his late dad, which, if it fell into the wrong hands, would see Emma (Gillian Kearney) behind bars in Emmerdale.
After manipulating Arthur into handing over the tape with the trade of some 18-rated video games, Emma dropped the video camera into a puddle and mercilessly crushed the memory card under her feet.
What’s more, she injected Arthur with guilt over playing the adult video games and lying to Laurel Potts (Charlotte Bellamy), suggesting his mother could be in danger of suffering a major health risk if he came clean about the day’s events.
“Only you can keep her safe, ok?” she whispered to the confused child.
Emma Barton and Arthur Thomas in Emmerdale
Please help Arthur, comfort him and take away this terrible guilt
Emma Barton in Emmerdale
Plagued with anxiety, Emma later turned to prayer and begged for forgiveness.
“I had to do it,” she cried. “You gave me the rain and showed me the way. But it was all he had left of his daddy, and I took it.
“Please help Arthur, comfort him and take away this terrible guilt.”
Emma Barton prays for forgiveness in Emmerdale
Arthur's anxiety will get the better of him in Emmerdale
After catching a picture of James glaring at her from the sidelines, she snapped: “Don’t look at me like that. I know what I am.”
Despite her “guilt”, Emma’s sick mind games take an even darker turn this week as Arthur begins wetting the bed.
An increasingly worried Laurel seeks help, turning to local nurse Emma, who, unsurprisingly, seizes the opportunity to use Arthur’s trauma to her advantage.
Emmerdale continues tomorrow at 7pm on ITV.