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Emmerdale has aired sad scenes for Arthur Thomas after a run-in with Noah Dingle.
The teen has been struggling with the realisation that long-time friend April has a crush on him since he doesn’t feel the same way.
Friday’s episode saw Cathy apologise to April for trying to set her up with Arthur, only for April to insist she didn’t need a boyfriend. However, April couldn’t paint over the disappointment when Arthur ignored her while coming into the cafe.
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April stopped him, so they had an awkward chat where she put her foot in it by revealing she’d told Cathy off for trying to get her a boyfriend.
“I can get one myself… not that I want one,” April nervously told him.
Laurel noticed Arthur’s reluctance around April, so she visited Rhona to report what she’d seen. Laurel explained she was worried April may have an unrequited crush on Arthur.
“We always want what we can’t have, and when we can’t have it…,” Laurel explained before Rhona finished off her sentence: “… we want it even more.”
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Rhona admitted she’d need to tread carefully bringing up the subject with April. At the cafe, Rhona had a heart-to-heart with April about her feelings for Arthur.
April pointed out that it seemed like Arthur had gone off her, adding: “I wish it was how it used to be and I wasn’t having to second-guess everything.”
Rhona encouraged April to try inviting Arthur over for tea so they could get back to the way it used to be when they were just friends.
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Later, Arthur was helping with a painting project when Noah made him uncomfortable by asking if he was friends “with or without benefits” with April. Arthur grew uncomfortable so Marcus ordered Noah to drop it.
“I reckon Arthur’s got a secret he doesn’t want to share with us,” Noah sneered.
Marcus tried to come to Arthur’s defence by assuring him it’s okay to have a platonic friendship, but the boy stormed off in a huff.
In a difficult closing scene, Arthur was shown weeping at his father’s graveside, though the soap stopped short of confirming what’s been troubling him.
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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