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Week 28-30 Dec.1999
This was the last Emmerdale of the 20th century, and it ended
on a high note. The week was dominated with the aftermath of Bernice &
My Gavin's break-up, so we'll start there.
Bernice and My Gavin
Bernice returned to the village on Tuesday, still in shock over
events. As "luck" would have it, the first person she sees is Jason,
who tries to apologise for his behaviour. Bernice scuttles inside,
closely followed by Diane, while Jason decides to leave the village
(another potentially good character wasted by the writers. Grr).
Bernice tries to put a brave face on it and hides her heartache from
the Woolpack regulars. At the end of the evening, she can't hide it
any more - Alan catches her tearing up all of Gavin's clothes and
throwing them out on the street. She claims that she's purging her
anger, but she dissolves into tears again.
The next day, it's Bernice's 31st birthday. Amongst all the
well-wishes, she receives a card and a contact number from Our Gavin.
Bernice realises that she will have to tell Ashley the truth, as he's
twigged that something isn't right. When she goes over to the
vicarage, Ashley gives her a photo album with a few well-chosen photos
inside. In tears, Bernice tells him the truth and asks him to arrange
a meeting between her and Her Gavin on mutual ground. Ashley sets up a
meeting for 9pm the next evening so that they can talk business.
Meantime, Betty is itching to tell someone about Bernice, and ends up
spilling the beans to Kathy at the Diner. Kathy is sympathetic, having
been through a similar situation in a spin-off video. During Bernice's
birthday bash, Kathy pops in to have a chat. The pair realise they
have a lot in common, and resolve to become good friends in the
After the party, Diane suggests a girlie lock-in, and proceeds to get
drunk with Tricia, Betty and Bernice. The four have a riotous time
slagging off the men of the village, and Bernice realises that her
Life Plan is a load of crap. Watched by the others, she burns her
black book and vows to be more spontaneous in future.
Now that Betty has spilled the beans to Kathy, she wastes no time in
telling Viv, who promptly spills the beans to Eric. Meantime, Terry
has twigged that something isn't right, so Tricia tells him the truth.
Terry is appalled, as is Marlon when he hears the story via Eric. By
coincidence (yeah, right), they're al in the Woolie the next day when
My Gavin returns unexpectedly....
Yes, My Gavin has no fear of the village and walks into the Woolpack.
Bernice runs off in shock, while Terry and Marlon play amateur
bodyguard and try to throw him out. My Gavin stands his ground,
stating that he can't be thrown out because he owns the pub. Ashley
asks him to go outside so that he can reason with him, but My Gavin
taunts him with threats and snide comments about his secret lust for
Bernice. Back in the pub, Ashley is about to throw a punch when
Bernice stops him and summons My Gavin to the back. Ashley looks
extremely contrite, at which point Diane realises that he is in love
with her daughter.
In their bedroom, Bernice tries to talk about business, but My Gavin
declares his love for her and apologises for his behaviour. He states
that Jason wasn't the first man he's been with, but Bernice was the
one for him. Bernice admits that she's still in love with him, but she
can't continue to be with him because she wouldn't be able to trust
him (especially as her husband did the same thing to her). He
reluctantly leaves, promising her that she can stay in the pub once
she's found someone to take over the mortgage.
So that's it - another character bites the dust. Unfortunately my
update doesn't do justice to the fantastic acting from both Samantha
Giles and Robert Beck during their final scene. Tremendous stuff.
-- Chris is in a bad mood during the week. No-one came to visit Home
Farm over Christmas, and Terry conveniently made himself scarce
(costing him his Christmas gift). He also still blames ZoŽ for killing
Liam, sending her into a bout of self-pity when she waxes lyrical
about losing Frankie.
-- Scott overhears Laura discussing Tate Haulage business, and takes
the opportunity to pop up to Home Farm to sell Chris a brand new
computer system. Chris is interested in the hardware, but tells Scott
he won't do business with him because of what he did to Kelly.
-- Graham is put out when Kathy seems to treat him as a one night
stand. At least we were spared one of his stares.
-- Viv returns from her Christmas break to find that the shop is in an
even worse state than before. Emily offers to work in the shop for
free, and tries to drum up business by getting locals to sign a
-- Jack is horrified when Lisa quotes £800 to fix Sarah's car. He
suggest scrapping it, but Lisa tells him she can fix it and sell it on
for a profit. Jack agrees to do so - without asking Sarah. I can
almost see that portent of doom as I type.