'Emmerdale' fans spot a spooky connection to an old storyline in sickening Meena scenes

Emmerdale villain Meena Jutla.
Emmerdale fans have spotted something surprising in villain Meena Jutla's latest storyline. (Image credit: ITV)

Not a lot gets past Emmerdale fans, and last night they were surprised to notice a connection between Meena Jutla's controlling behavior over David Metcalfe and a past storyline. 

Last night viewers were left sickened as Meena continued to tighten her grip around a vulnerable David, warning his friends and family to stay away from him while she helped him recover from his shooting ordeal. 

After breaking into Victoria's cottage and delivering a sinister warning to stay away, Meena then made David relive the day he got shot at the Hide, despite the fact he told her he wasn't ready to talk about it. 

Meena and David in Emmerdale

Meena is pretending she is looking after for David, but behind closed doors she is controlling his every move.  (Image credit: ITV)

Just as David was at his lowest point, finally opening up about what happened the day he saved Victoria's life, Meena made everything worse for him by making a loud banging noise, knowing it would send a traumatised David into a spin.

However, it was only later when David went to the bathroom to brush his teeth before bed that fans noticed there was a link to a past storyline and Meena's sickening plan against her boyfriend.

Meena and David in Emmerdale

Meena is using David's fragile state to keep him under her spell.  (Image credit: ITV)

Meena was seen swapping David's strong painkillers from the doctor for much weaker ones, knowing it would keep him under her powers for longer.

But fans noticed this was very similar to a storyline from 2016 and 2017 when Emma Barton drugged her husband James after finding out he'd had an affair.

Emma and James Barton in Emmerdale

'Emmerdale' fans have likened Meena and David's storyline to Emma's controlling behaviour with James.  (Image credit: ITV)

Fans took to social media to point out the similarities in the storyline...

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Fans of Emmerdale will know that Emma and James' storyline didn't end well. First Emma shoved James to his death from a motorway bridge, before she then died after goading Moira Dingle into pushing her off of the same bridge. 

With Meena taking centre stage in Emmerdale's huge week of stunts coming later this month, it seems that her reign of terror is about to come to a chilling climax... but with soap bosses promising at least one death, does that mean Meena is about to claim another victim? 

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on ITV Hub now. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.