He made a dramatic return to the Street last week, under the guise he had discovered his long-lost daughter Katie.
But Coronation Street fans were left sick to their stomach by Jim McDonald on Wednesday night, as he proceeded to kiss the woman presumed to be his surprise offspring.
Taking to social media in fury, viewers were outraged to hear that Katie was in fact an impostor and Jim’s lover, and the pair were working together to con his ex-wife Liz out of her savings in revenge for letting him rot in prison.
Outraged: Coronation Street fans were slamming a ‘sick’ Jim McDonald on Wednesday, as he appeared to kiss his long-lost daughter, who was actually an impostor in his revenge plot
The episode began following Jim’s (Charlie Lawson) bombshell to Liz (Beverley Callard) that their daughter was actually alive, more than 30 years after she was led to believe her baby died minutes after birth.
Liz was left with the difficult decision of whether to reunite and reconnect with her daughter, as Jim admitted he had tracked her down.
In touching scenes Katie (Hannah Ellis Ryan) shared an emotional reunion with Liz, after struggling to contain their emotions, with Jim explaining she had been renamed ‘Hannah’ by their adoptive parents.
Shocking: Jim had arrived back on the Street to tell Liz that their long-lost daughter was actually alive and had been adopted and living in Australia
Surprising: In an emotional reunion, Liz could be seen embracing her daughter Katie, who she thought had died almost three decades earlier
But despite it seeming that the family could be set to rebuild their special bond, the true nature of ‘Katie’s’ arrival was revealed minutes later.
In a private car chat with Jim, he joked that she had been ‘a good daughter,’ to which she replied: ‘Don’t call me that, you know I’m neither.’
The pair then proceeded to share a steaming kiss which left viewers outraged at this surprisingly incestuous relationship.
But later ‘Katie’s’ true identity was revealed, with the brunette posing as Liz’s daughter as part of Jim’s plan to con her out of her savings, to enact revenge on her and the couple’s son Steve for letting him rot in prison.
Unbelievable: Later scenes revealed that Jim was actually in a relationship with ‘Katie’ who was an imposter as part of a plot to con Liz out of her savings as revenge for leaving him in prison
Naughty! Fans slammed producers¬†for the story which flew in the face of Liz’s tragic loss decades earlier, which was strongly praised at the time
Fans were left sickened by the plot, as not only did it sit uncomfortably that Jim was having a relationship with his ‘daughter’ but they also slammed producers for the story which flew in the face of Liz’s tragic loss decades earlier.
Actress Beverley was praised for her performance in the 1992 scenes when her baby daughter was born prematurely and died hours later, especially as such a plot had not been substantially covered in soap before that point.
One tweeted: ‘The Macdonald storyline is #sick!!! How could Jim do something so horrific to Liz.’
Another added: ‘Didn’t but this whole jim/katie storyline… he has never been smart enough to make this up and Liz has always been important to him!’
Unreal: Taking to Twitter in droves, many were stunned to see Jim and Katie share a kiss, even after the true nature of their relationship was revealed
Of course it now remains to be seen whether Jim and Katie’s plan will be exposed by Liz or one of her loved ones, especially as Steve will demand a DNA test next week.
Other fans have already claimed Jim’s plan will implode as he cannot hide his long-lasting love for Liz, especially as he still called her ‘my Elizabeth.’¬†
Adding fuel to the fire, actor Charlie Lawson recently told Digital Spy: ‘Jim just wants Liz back, but by that stage, he’s in too deep.¬†
‘It gives the character a sort of redemption, which is important. Jim’s never been a bad man, he just makes mistakes as every man does.’¬†
Coronation Street continues on Friday 14th September at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
What’s next? Fans will have to wait and see whether the plan plays out, as fans hinted that Jim may not be able to hide his long-lasting love for Liz