Debbie Dingle (played by Charley Webb) has been struggling to solve her money woes on the ITV show following the unfortunate crime that saw her client's potential car stolen.
When she agreed to meet her client Graham's boss Mr Tom Waterhouse (Ned Porteous) however, the fiery businesswoman was unprepared for the sight that met her eyes.
In an apparent nod to blockbuster hit Fifty Shades of Grey, Debbie was escorted to the penthouse suite where she then emerged from the elevator to a smartly dressed young man.
Viewers took to Twitter to express their feelings about the new storyline, overwhelmed by the striking resemblance towards the popular erotic romance series originally written by E. L. James.
Emmerdale: Debbie met Tom Waterhouse in a scene that seemed to be a nod to Fifty Shades of Grey
Emmerdale: Debbie didn't expect her client to be so young
Emmerdale: Tom offered Debbie a glass of champagne and she thought he was the butler
"What the hell is this #emmerdale ? 50 Shades fanfiction or something?" One person exclaimed, while another agreed: "Bit early for 50 shades! #emmerdale"
A third posted: "Mr Grey storyline I'm guessing @emmerdale"
Mistakenly assuming the gentleman in front of her was the butler, an amusing exchange between the pair ensued as Mr Waterhouse offered Debbie a glass of champagne.
"Well I'd prefer a beer. Where's Mr Big?" She asked him, unaware of the truth as the client replied: "If you mean Mr Waterhouse, he's here."
Emmerdale: As the pair got talking, Debbie eventually realised he was her client
Emmerdale: Tom Waterhouse will eventually become Debbie's new beau
As his jibes went over Debbie's head, she went on: "Go on then, what's he like? Ok let me guess: grey, old, scruffy looking? Big gut hanging over his trousers from all the high living? Impatient, arrogant, rude? Go on, how many did I get right?"
While Debbie was mortified to discover she'd been speaking to her potential client all along, she was also fuming with his "rudeness" when it became clear he'd had no intention of giving her a chance.
As the truth was revealed, Mr Waterhouse explained that his colleague Graham had found out the truth about Debbie's dire financial situation, and while he admired her nerve, he couldn't abide a lack of trust.