Charity Dingle left her family shell-shocked as she finally revealed Ryan Stocks is her long lost son in last night’s Emmerdale.
Soap viewers were also taken aback as the show’s characters reacted in confusion, disbelief and anger at the unexpected news one of the village’s most recent additions was born after Charity was raped as a child.
And although daughter Debbie was eventually able to process the bombshell about the new family member, Charity’s second son could barely bring himself to look at Ryan.
"Do you know what you are? You’re a piece of him. And we don’t want anything to do with him," Noah lashed out, struggling to hold back tears and referring to Ryan's father DI Bails.
The emotional 14-year-old bawled: "I don’t want him here, mum. Not after what his dad did to you."
Turning to Ryan, Noah continued: "You’re just a reminder… and we’re trying to forget!"
Poor Noah he just wants his Mum to be okay and forget that she had anything bad happened to her. I genuinely feel for him
Demanding he come nowhere near him or his mum, Charity devastated Noah as she insisted she did want Ryan in her life.
"I need Ryan here," she said, imploring Noah to see matters from her perspective.
She stressed: "And Ryan, you are welcome here always, okay?"
As both Noah and Ryan made to leave, with Noah insisting he would move out and live with Joe Tate, Charity clarified she would not abandon her second eldest child again.
"I’m sorry but I won’t lose Ryan again. I can’t," she said, aware her words would crush Noah.
Although many viewers were infuriated at Noah’s 'bratty' ways, many others sympathised with him because of the extraordinary situation provoking his outburst - and because he was putting his mum first.
Everyone else in the family is getting to grips with and accepting Ryan, so why can’t he?! Noah’s father wasn’t exactly a saint, either!! I say let him live with Joe — he’ll still be around Debbie and he’ll soon realise that he’s just being completely unreasonable!!! #emmerdale
— Melody 🖤🔪 (@MelodyR_Baines) August 30, 2018
Noah needs someone that gives him a good lesson. He's so annoying and so selfish. Jeez, he made me feel so angry. No understanding at all by him😡 🙄 #emmerdale
— Marghe Dingle (@MarghyWL) August 30, 2018
I think Noah is being a petulant brat can’t see the hurt in his mothers face #Emmerdale
— Ꭿℒℒℐℰ (@eternallyspoby) August 30, 2018
What an initiation for Ryan into the Dingle clan. First Debbie is all about her woes but at least she sits down with Ryan to get to know him.
Noah, on the other hand, is a total brat not wanting him there because of who his father is so it’s off to Joe’s. #Emmerdale
— Bobbie 💕Eternally Robron (@CrochetOwl) August 30, 2018
Be fair, the young lad has gone through quite a lot himself, too.
Yeah Noah's a being bratty but his mum was going to sell him as a baby, his now dead dad framed his mum for his own murder, his brother and sister are dating each other , his sister dated his other brothers dad & his mom seems to forget he exists half the time #emmerdale
— Chelsea (@cececilxo) August 30, 2018
— Vanity Earp (@EarperFanUK) August 30, 2018
— Emmerdale Fans (@TheEmmerdaily) August 30, 2018
Overall, however, Emmerdale fans were delighted to see the Dingles - aside from Noah - come together, even if they were stunned by Charity's unplanned announcement.
i'm glad most of the Dingles have accepted Ryan Noah will come round i think Cain will talk some sense into him or Joe or maybe Faith one of them will lol #Emmerdale
— LeonaLewisFan1 (@LeonaLewisFan1) August 30, 2018
So glad Charity has finally told everyone who Ryan is... Can’t wait to see how he interacts with all the Dingles now, he definitely has the Dingle attitude so I think he will fit right in 😉 #Emmerdale @pratkinspics @jamesmooreactor @emmerdale
— Rachel Milne (@RachelMilne91) August 30, 2018
And no doubt that has a great deal to do with how much viewers have welcome the character of Ryan, and actor James Moore, into their hearts.
One scene outside The Woolpack where Debbie decides to make as much effort as she can with her new sibling - despite the initial shock - touched fans deeply.
— leahirwin18 (@Leah_irwin18) August 30, 2018
— Zoeyylouuise.X (@Zoeyylouuise0x) August 30, 2018
And James - as Ryan, certainly currently one of the soap's most popular characters - earned a barrel load of praise for his contribution to the raw scenes.
— Louise MacAllister (@LouiseMacAllis2) August 30, 2018
What an incredible performance from @jamesmooreactor tonight! Ryan was an absolute card! His one liners in the pub were great, he really is a breath of fresh air to the Dingle clan & I can’t wait for them all to be a happy family (fingers crossed that happens) #emmerdale #vanity https://t.co/hoBWJrNiNQ
— Charlotte (@wentworthchar_4) August 30, 2018
— Toni Roe (@roe_toni) August 30, 2018
— Gary Martin (@GazMartin75) August 30, 2018
— Nicola (@Nicola07196629) August 30, 2018
— Gareth McNamara 🇬🇧 (@GazethM) August 30, 2018
Hard scenes tonight but all superb acting, James you are amazing, I hope that Noah will come round and understand and there will be happy ending the Dingles are all amazing and I can imagine you have a laugh recording scenes 😃👍😘❤️xxx
— Stephers (@stephchapmanli1) August 30, 2018
But how will Charity bring Noah and Ryan together? Or will she have to choose between them?
- Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays