A huge moment is upon Marlon and Rhona who finally get their acts in gear after all the false starts, and propose to each other!
The joyous engagement takes place at The Woolie where Rhona has organised a surprise birthday party for her bloke, with help from her mum Mary.
But another huge, life-changing moment is about to hit them – and it isn't a good one.
Realising he's forgotten the ring, Marlon rushes back to Smithy to collect it. But as he's rifling about trying to find it, his vision starts to go.
The dad starts feeling very, very wrong and as he falls to the ground, Marlon realises he's having a stroke.
As he tries to stay conscious and remember stroke symptoms using the F.A.S T. acroynm, Marlon is fading fast.
Meanwhile, back at the pub, Rhona wonders where Marlon has got to his daughter, and April offers to run back home to look for him.
At Smithy, April's horrified to find her dad on the floor in a terrible state.
As she tries to help him, Marlon barely recognises his daughter.
When April then fails to return, Rhona sets off to round them up.
To her horror, there's an ambulance outside her house and Marlon is on a stretcher being carted into it…
In hospital, it's action stations. Marlon needs emergency surgery – the sooner the better for a recovery.
Rhona tries hard to stay strong for her frightened fiance who can no longer speak and bolts from the room to spare him from seeing her break down.
Will Marlon be OK?
For information on Stroke go to stroke.org.uk
Emmerdale is on weeknights from 7.30pm on ITV.
Sarah has been writing about soaps for over 20 years! She’s worked for Hello!, WOMAN, PA News, Closer, TVeasy – and is currently What’s On TV's Soap editor as well as writing for WhatToWatch.com
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