ITV Emmerdale fans baffled in major David Metcalfe exit blunder as his child goes missing

Emmerdale viewers were left utterly baffled at the end of tonight's instalment, Thursday 30 November, as David Metcalfe (played by Matthew Wolfenden) finally left the village seemingly without his son Theo in tow.

The character's departure had been teased for weeks, due to Matthew's sign-up in a pantomime over the Christmas season.

Yet as David finally decided to leave the village, leaving in his car to drive to London for an impromptu stay with Priya (Fiona Wade) and his nine year old daughter Amber, fans also noticed that there was no mention of his toddler, whom he had with ex-girlfriend Maya Stepney.

While Theo generally stays off-screens since his birth, and the characters simply mention Theo from time to time, it seemed that bosses had forgotten to clarify whether the youngster would be staying with another family member instead.

What's more, as David sobbed and escaped the village in the darkness, there was no sign of his little boy or a baby car seat.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, viewers were puzzled by the storyline.

"Has David forgotten his other son? #emmerdale" one person asked.

Another viewer wrote: "Help did David just leave Theo behind ? #Emmerdale," followed by: "Has David forgot he has a kid or? #Emmerdale"

"Where’s the baby, #Emmerdale? Conveniently forgotten? Or is Theo a toddler now?" a fourth fan wondered.

While a fifth demanded: "Where's the child David had with Maya? Theo? Has he left him out back with the tomatoes? #emmerdale"

"#emmerdale Has Theo just been airbrushed from David's life, is he leaving him to fend for himself, or has he disappeared into thin air" another viewer added, as more and more viewers queried why there had been no mention of the little boy.

Others were frustrated with the way Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell), Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi) and Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop) didn't appear to notice the row going on between David and his son Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant).

David's exit came as a result of the shopkeeper discovering that his eldest adopted son had been secretly sleeping with his ex-girlfriend Victoria Sugden, a woman whom he'd once thought was the "love of his life".

Upon learning of Jacob and Victoria's tryst, Jacob was heartbroken and devastated, and couldn't deal with the betrayal.

Things reached a new low for the pair during David's final episode when the dad-of-three called Victoria a "sl***er", as it prompted Jacob to punch David in the face.

After a painful goodbye, time will tell if the duo can ever repair their damaged relationship.

Elsewhere in the village, Tracy Robinson ( Amy Walsh ) and Caleb Miligan's (Will Ash) affair has officially kicked off, with the duo sneaking around at the Woolpack pub and later having sex amid Cain Dingle's birthday party.

Emmerdale continues weekdays at 7.30pm on ITV

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