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Emmerdale fans in tears over Bear's secret visits to Marlon

Bear Wolf in the Woolpack in Emmerdale
Bear Wolf has been helping Marlon with his recovery from a stroke. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale viewers were touched and ‘teared up’ during last night’s episode (Thursday, April 28) after discovering that Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards) had secretly been visiting Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) in hospital after his stroke.

During Emmerdale last night, Mary Goskirk (Louise Jameson) showed up at The Woolpack where Bear and his son, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) were socialising.

“Bear, Marlon has requested your presence,” she told him.

“Marlon?” Paddy questioned, clearly bewildered by this sudden revelation.

“He was quite insistent,” Mary said.

“I’ll just sup this, then I’ll be along,” Bear gestured to his beer, “Oh, you can take these, though. Give him a head start.”

Bear then handed over a pile of newspapers, which the villagers were confused by.

“The crossword. These are pitched just right,” Bear pointed out.

“Sorry, what do you mean, ‘just right?’” Paddy asked.

“For me and Marlon. I pop in when he’s got a quiet spell. We normally finish it,” Bear responded.

He told Mary that visiting Marlon had become his routine, but said that he didn’t want to intrude on her and Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry).

Bear visits Marlon in Emmerdale

Bear has been visiting Marlon each day to share a crossword.  (Image credit: ITV)

Mary was delighted to hear that Bear had been visiting Marlon in hospital, whereas Paddy seemed slightly agitated about the discovery.

Recently, Paddy has been struggling to cope with the aftermath of Marlon’s stroke and has been rather awkward around him. Could Paddy be jealous of Bear’s relationship with his best friend?

Later on, Bear sat with Marlon to do the crossword while Mary and Rhona happily watched.

“He’s so good with him,” Rhona gushed, “This must be why he’s making such good progress.”

Marlon had a beaming smile while the pair did the puzzle together and both Rhona and Mary were overjoyed to see Marlon so happy and asked if he could come back tomorrow.

Bear visits Marlon in Emmerdale

Mary and Rhona were surprised how natural Bear was with poorly Marlon.  (Image credit: ITV)

Of course, Bear was happy to take on the task once again, meanwhile fans at home adored the emotional scene shared between the pair and applauded how good Bear was with him… 

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Emmerdale continues Monday, May 2 at 7:30pm on ITV.

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


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