It’s that time we’ve all been waiting for – Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein) will be unmasked as a shameless abuser of teenage boys when she is caught with Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) in Emmerdale in huge scenes during a special week of episodes.
Maya is reeling after learning Jacob is sent off to Portugal and she’s left at home, worried and anxious about finding the money to pay Liv (Isobel Steele). David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) asks why she’s selling her car but she tells him it’s to pay for her divorce. Feeling guilty, David tells Jacob he plans to propose with Val’s ring, but Jacob frets as he stole it to sell for blackmail money!
David and Maya agree to go clubbing, but she tells him she knows about the proposal and cruelly tells him she doesn’t want it. She sees him kissing Tracy (Amy Walsh) and storms out of the club and into the arms of Jacob.
But they’re spotted by one of the girls – her game is up, she’s finally been caught. What will happen to her now?
Louisa Clein revealed: ‘One of the girls catches Maya and Jacob and goes and tells the others. The reaction of the girls is one of complete and utter shock, then comes an unbelievable fury.
‘There is also the sense of guilt that they have let him down, that they’ve been played by Maya. They start piecing together the previous months and suddenly it all fits.
‘Because of their characters, they all react in different ways but they all have their own personal agenda as to how they would like to deal with Maya.’
She added that Maya had truly believed she would never be caught as she and Jacob had plans to come clean about their relationship once he had finished school so they could pretend it started after she is no longer his teacher.
‘I don’t think she has been expecting to get caught or preparing for the event,’ she said. ‘She really did naively believe the plan they had which was to wait for Jacob to finish school, become public and say nothing happened whilst he Maya was his teacher.
‘They would live happily ever after and she believes that could work. Suddenly the reality of it all coming out triggers pure fear, panic and self-defence.’
How will Maya react to being caught? And what will the person who catches her have planned for her?
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