Upcoming episodes see Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) finally realise that all is not right between the pair, which leaves Ashley agitated as he wonders where his wife's concerns have come from.
As Ashley (John Middleton) quizzes Sandy (Freddie Jones) about whether he's told Laurel anything, the village vicar becomes increasingly threatening towards his dad - before finally snapping and hitting him.
However, a shocked Laurel is standing in the doorway, having seen everything.
Laurel subsequently demands answers from Ashley and a furious showdown leaves their marriage in tatters.
Meanwhile, a tormented Sandy stays at Edna's (Shirley Stelfox) for the night - and she's shocked to learn of Ashley's abuse.
The next day, Sandy and Laurel both return home to face Ashley, who desperately apologises for his behaviour.
However, as Laurel makes it clear that she has only returned home for Sandy's sake, Ashley fears that he's lost her forever. Is there any future for their marriage? And can Sandy ever forgive Ashley?
For the full story on Ashley's abuse being revealed, head over to our Emmerdale spoiler section.
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