Horrified Emmerdale viewers have blasted Ross Barton for being a “pathetic junkie” after the troubled mechanic’s irresponsibility left Frank Clayton and Megan Macey seemingly fighting for their lives.
The recently-reunited couple were taking their new classic car for a spin in the countryside in the belief Ross had tuned up the motor.
But unaware the flash yellow sporty number was leaking fluid, Frank and Megan’s vehicle soon ended upside-down in a ditch with their belongings strewn across the road after they decided to see how the car fared with a bit of speed on the open road.
Ross, still traumatised from being attacked with acid, had stormed off while checking the car over after being playfully sprayed in the face with a water pistol by Cain’s son Kyle.
And instead of returning to finish fixing the car, Ross headed home to prepare for his house party – and get wrecked on cocaine.
Viewers were not impressed.
Ross really is a pathetic junkie sorry cant wait till he leaves now. #emmerdale
— BeaSmiths♥brokenGirl (@EmisonKana) August 16, 2018
Ross back on the drugs again, will he ever learn. #Emmerdale 🤨
— Garry Enfield (@EnfieldGarry) August 16, 2018
Ross, don’t be that stupid and start on the drugs. I thought you would be better than that. #Emmerdale
— Diane ☣ (@Brassylassy) August 16, 2018
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Not everyone thought Ross was entirely to blame, however.
Cain knew Ross hadn’t finished the car, so it’s not all Ross’s fault.. #Emmerdale
— 🍀Sínєαd🍀 (@KWMadhead94) August 16, 2018
And others found comic relief in Ross’ state as he mocked Rodney Blackstock for being old when he turned up to the party.
Joking he would have prepared music more appropriate for Rodney’s age, Ross seemed to mispronounce a Dame Vera Lynn classic.
Did Ross say “White Diffs of Clover”… 🙊😂 #Emmerdale
— Teena Massam (@teenamassam) August 16, 2018
Did Ross say ‘white diffs of clover then’ 😂😂 #Emmerdale
— jo 🐝 (@jolaurenx) August 16, 2018
There were also some fans who even found the crash laughable, complaining they didn’t get to see the moments of the prang itself.
we didn’t see the crash.. that makes a change #Emmerdale
— 💕 (@hearteyesdingle) August 16, 2018
— Louise❤️ (@xloucliftonx) August 16, 2018
I feel a bit cheated not seeing the crash happen. Must have blown the budget on Ross’s disco lights #emmerdale
— TV Addict (@TVAddict666) August 16, 2018
— Jonathan Smith (@JdsjdsLil) August 16, 2018
Oh wow…they didn’t even bother showing the crash 😂😂😂#Emmerdale
— Vanessa Rocha💙 (@vanessa_rocha88) August 16, 2018
One viewer, however, thought the crash going unseen heightened the storyline’s drama.
Impressed with #Emmerdale for not showing the crash.
It created of a bigger “oh god” moment for me
— Lucie (@loulouppg17) August 16, 2018
– Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays