LAUREL Thomas finally spills the beans about Arthur bullying Archie in Emmerdale next week after Archie gets trapped under a falling cabinet.
Worried that the truth would scare Jai away, the mother had been keeping the abuse secret. But she soon comes clean when she realises what Arthur is capable of.
Jai tells Laurel he wants them to move in together in Emmerdale
Emmerdale fans know that it’s been a car crash ever since Archie moved to live with his dad Jai in the wake of his mum’s death.
Jai is dating Laurel but her son Arthur hasn’t taken to Archie and has been physically and verbally lashing out at the youngster.
Arthur is struggling to cope with grief following the death of his dad and has been taking his anger out on Archie.
But the abuse came to a head when Arthur forced Archie to run away by yelling at him that nobody wanted him in the village.
Arthur yelled: “We’d all be much happier if you just leave. Go to the woods, just hide in there no one would find you. We’d all be miles better off if you just went.”
In upcoming scenes, Arthur feels like a weight has been lifted when Laurel agrees to keep his bullying of Archie a secret from Jai.
However, she’s torn about keeping it from him when he asks her to move in with him.
A tearful Laurel explains to Arthur that she can’t bring herself to take things to the next level with Jai while lying to him.
Arthur decides to take matters into his own hands but, before he gets the chance to confess to Jai, Laurel interrupts him.
Laurel pretends nothing’s wrong as she puts on a brave face and agrees to move in with Jai.
But just as she thinks her and Jai are getting a fresh start, Archie starts messing with Sandy’s ship-in-a-bottle in the cabinet.
Laurel and Jai hear a crash and rush to see what’s happened and are horrified when they find Archie trapped underneath a toppled cabinet.
Archie blames Arthur for what’s happened, and Laurel is terrified to see what her son is capable of.
Furious, Laurel at last reveals to Jai that Arthur is the culprit who’s been hurting Archie for months.
Jai is left speechless at the news after initially believing that Jimmy King was behind Archie’s bruises.
Could this spell the end of things for Laurel and Jai?