Emmerdale spoilers follow.
EmmerdaleJai Sharma promises to keep his paternity discovery quiet in next week’s episodes.
As the Sharma family continues to grieve over Rishi’s sudden death, an emotional Jai decides it’s best to avoid rocking the boat by sharing the full truth about his adoption.
On the day Rishi died, he reluctantly shared that his younger brother Amit was Jai’s biological father. Rishi adopted Jai after he was born, stepping in to take responsibility on his brother’s behalf.
This means that Jai and show newcomer Suni are half-brothers rather than cousins, but Suni is currently unaware of this.
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Next week, Jai informs Suni that he doesn’t care about the adoption anymore and will always consider Rishi as his real father. He doesn’t give any further details, so Suni remains oblivious to the family secret.
Jai then tells his wife Laurel that he plans to keep the truth about his biological father between them.
However, Suni quickly becomes confused when he urges Jai to phone Amit about funeral arrangements and Jai snaps in response. Is this a warning sign that Jai cannot cope with the burden of secrecy?
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In more scenes next week, Jai and Laurel face the difficult task of telling Archie and Dotty about Rishi’s death. As Jai struggles, he ends up slamming Archie.
Suni, meanwhile, continues to feel guilty for being out of the house when Rishi died.
When Tom King arrives and hands over a USB drive full of photos of Rishi, the Sharma family gathers to view them and share memories. Will it bring everyone together?
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