Emmerdale fans were left baffled by an ‘obvious’ blunder during Thursday night’s episode.
It came as Ellis shared a note and a bag of his "favourite" sweets with his brother Billy, telling him he’d received from a mystery sender – who he assumed was girlfriend Priya.
However, the note was actually from youngster April, who had sent it on behalf of Bob’s daughter Cathy.
April attempted to convince Cathy that Ellis is "totally into her" after she admitted to having a crush on him – despite him being years older.
But bully Cathy slammed April for the "cringe" note, adding that Ellis would think she "had the mental age of a 10-year-old."
"Seriously, what were you thinking?!" she railed at the youngster.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their bafflement at the move, as they doubted Ellis would have believed April's 'childish' handwriting could be mistaken for Priya's.
"So April wrote the note & Ellis thinks it was Priya? What kind of childish handwriting does she have?" one wrote.
Someone else added: "Surely Ellis would've seen Priya's handwriting at some point… in a birthday card or Christmas card. And likewise with April."
Another viewer penned: "Wouldn't the handwriting seem more child like??? Come on script writers."
A fourth typed: "Even Billy is smart enough to realise that [Ellis] is being a total muppet in thinking Priya bought him some cheap sweets."
"So Priya's writing looks like a child's does it?" another wondered.
Someone else asked: "Can he not tell the difference between an adult's writing and a 10 year old kid?"
Disappointed fans of the soap have branded the storyline 'sick', predicting Ellis will end up in trouble for grooming if Cathy's plot goes further.
"This is cringy and disgusting," one wrote on social media. "The kid fancying a grown man."
Someone else said: "Ugh this Cathy story is disgusting and needs to be stopped ASAP. This is dangerous. Silly little bully girl is gonna get Ellis in a lot of trouble. It's not funny or entertaining."
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Later in the episode, Ellis confronted Priya over the sweets and the note that read: "Favourites for my favourite."
But April fessed up to having written it when Priya said she had no idea what her fling Ellis was talking about.
Ellis was baffled as to why she'd write something like that and lie about not knowing who it was from.
Emmerdale returns tomorrow at 7pm
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