DUTY calls for Ethan Anderson as the lawyer takes on a new case which could benefit his career.
But the Emmerdale character also realises that this could ruffle some feathers when Billy Fletcher's name is added into the mix.
In recent weeks, Ethan (portrayed by actor Emile John) has been enjoying the Dales drama from afar – while also getting to know newcomer Marcus Dean (Darcy Grey).
The latter was introduced to viewers ahead of his father Pierce Harris' death and is expected to show off a darker side with time.
However, next week, Ethan is catapulted into the spotlight when he's met with a difficult choice between his career and his loyalties.
After enjoying some time with Marcus, Ethan is caught off-guard when he's urgently called into work.
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At the police station, he meets a man called Jordan who has been arrested on suspicion of assault and Ethan takes on his case, determined to do a good job.
Things take an unexpected turn when Ethan watches the CCTV footage of Jordan's victim – Billy Fletcher (played by Jay Kontzle).
Later on, Ethan declares that, although he knows Billy, there is no conflict of interest but he advises Jordan to seek alternative representation.
Ethan is surprised when, despite his connection to Billy, Jordan is adamant he wants his legal counsel, leaving him in an awkward position.
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In the midst of a dilemma, Ethan bumps into Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) who knows exactly what she would do in his position.
The vicar encourages Ethan to withdraw from the case, warning him how difficult it could make his personal relationships.
Meanwhile in the hospital, a beaten up Billy has sustained some serious injuries from his assault as it becomes clear he is Jordan's victim.
Billy tells his wife Dawn (Olivia Bromley) that his attack was racially motivated.
But as Dawn and her father Will are hopeful and certain that justice will prevail, Billy has his doubts.
What will Ethan do?
Will he choose his career over his personal relationships in the village?
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Will Billy get the justice he deserves?
Find out as Emmerdale airs weeknights from 7.30pm on ITV.
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