Shaken, Mandy returns to the hotel but is met by an enraged Billy who vents his frustrations, imprisoning her in the hotel room before heading out to assert power.
At a meeting with Paul, Billy’s rage spiked as the lawyer disrespects him. As a red mist descends, Paul quickly falls foul of Billy’s dangerous temper.
Elsewhere, it’s Nicole’s last day in Shieldinch. And, with the threat of Billy looming large, Gabriel suggests Zinnie goes to Aberdeen with Leyla to help Nicole settle in but keeps his reasons secret.
Billy Kennedy is played by Alexander Morton, Mandy by Julie Austin, Paul Malick by John Gillespie, Nicole by Holly Jack, Gabriel by Garry Sweeney, Lenny by Frank Gallagher, DCI Donald by Robin Laing, Zinnie by Nalini Chetty and Leyla by Maryam Hamidi.
Previously on River City: Tuesday 4th March
This week in Shieldinch…Joe Dearnan returns and quickly wreaks havoc when he takes Dr Dan, Tatiana and Leyla hostage; DCI Donald takes control while Dan is forced to face up to his past; and Bob begins to lose faith in his ailing marriage.
Dan’s shocked to see Joe out of hospital so soon and back in Shieldinch. His unease grows when Joe reveals he plans to return to Somalia but needs Dan to get a second opinion on his mental health.
Adding to Dan’s woes, Tatiana tells him she plans to ask Bob for a trial separation. Although sympathetic, Dan makes it clear he doesn’t want to be the reason her marriage is failing.
An agitated Joe returns, brandishing a gun and takes Dan, Tatiana and Leyla hostage in the Health Centre. Dan discovers Joe stopped taking his medication against his doctor’s orders but Joe won’t listen to reason.
As the frightened hostages are tied up, Molly becomes suspicious when the Health Centre is closed. Unable to get hold of anyone, Molly alerts the police.
DCI Donald calls the Health Centre and Joe answers, calmly revealing he has a gun and won’t let anyone leave. Aware he has a hostage situation on his hands, DCI Donald and DC Will Cooper step into action as police units surround.
DCI Donald negotiates a hostage release with Joe. Initially reluctant, Joe eventually sets Leyla free but the drama which surrounds triggers traumatic flashbacks from Somalia, revealing the catalyst for his actions and Dan’s insecurities as a doctor.
Elsewhere, Bob and Tatiana’s marriage hits the rocks. As the hostage situation unfolds, Bob grows increasingly powerless and conflicted about his feelings for his wife.
Joe Dearnan is played by Jamie MacLachlan, Dr Dan by Adam Robertson, Tatiana by Magdalena Kaleta, Leyla by Maryam Hamidi, DCI Donald by Robin Laing, Bob by Tom Urie, Molly by Una McLean and DC Will Cooper by Scott Ryan Vickers.
Viewers outside Scotland can access this programme on Sky Channel 971, Freesat Channel 960, Virgin Media Channel 862 or bbc.co.uk/iplayer
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