Spoilers: Harriet goes undercover and exposes Malone in shock Emmerdale twist?

Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) was devastated to discover that her old pal DI Mark Malone (Mark Womack) was running an illegal drug operation in Emmerdale, but — given that Will Taylor (Dean Andrews) is living in fear of his life — one can’t help but wonder if she’ll don the ole’ detective hat once more, and get Malone put behind bars.

During tonight’s instalment, Will arrived home in a horrific state — something which was a direct result of his affiliation with Malone — and, knowing that he was up to his old tricks once more, Harriet demanded answers from her beau.

Will was more determined than ever to keep shtum about his dodgy dealings, but Harriet evidently had had enough, and therefore she sought out Cain (Jeff Hordley) in the hopes that he could provide her with the answers she so desperately craved.

He did just that, and Harriet was shocked to her core upon learning that Malone was a bent copper, and the fact that Will and Dawn (Olivia Bromley) are potential targets of the dodgy detective made the vicar know that drastic action needed to be taken.

She thought long and hard about what to do for the best, and it seemingly became apparent that she had something of a plan.

Without wasting a second, Harriet headed to the hospital to berate Will for the damage he’d caused, and — in an incredibly hurtful manner — she ended their relationship.

What’s puzzling is that, in spite of the animosity she evidently has for Malone, it has been revealed that, in the coming episodes, she crosses paths with the copper once more, and — with chemistry aplenty — it seems like passion could ensue.

It does seem a bit odd that well-meaning Harriet would be able to spend time in the company of someone who left the love of her life at death’s door, so one can’t help but wonder if this is all part of her masterplan?

Perhaps she is planning on using her history with Malone in order to grow close to him and gain his trust?

Doing so would then naturally allow her to find out more about the sinister detective’s dodgy dealings, which would therefore give her ample opportunity to acquire the evidence needed to put him behind bars.

It’s not like Harriet doesn’t have form for doing something like this, as viewers will know that she used to be an undercover cop — one who managed to fool both Will and Dawn all the while she gathered enough evidence to put the former in prison — something she’s been unable to forgive herself for all these years later.

Yes, she’s more than capable of carrying out a mammoth and dangerous task such as this — especially if those who she loves are at stake.

Let’s not forget that the vicar never answered Cain when he enquired what she was planning, but it was apparent that she had something in mind. The next thing we know, she’s breaking up with Will before giving him a chance to explain — and using very harsh words while doing so — so perhaps this was all part of her elaborate plan?

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By publicly breaking up with her beau, she’s severing all ties with him — thus making it look like a reconciliation is an impossibility. If you think about it, Malone would be more likely to trust her if he thinks her loyalties no longer lie with Will.

What’s more, removing Will from the equation may result in the bent copper leaving him — and therefore, Dawn — alone.

Harriet has proven time and again that she’ll do anything to protect her loved ones, and with Malone having proven on several occasions before that he’s practically untouchable, going undercover might be the only way to rid the village of him once and for all.

Emmerdale continues Friday 8 May at 7pm on ITV.

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