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Tuesday 7th March
Lisa is still at Paddy's with Belle, and Zak is still refusing to
throw Nellie out of the house. However, he *is* desperate to see his
daughter, so he goes round there to try and sort it out.
Zak tells Lisa that Belle's place is with the family, but Lisa reminds
him that she won't return there until Nellie has gone. Neither will
back down, so Zak has to leave having only had limited access to his
He is distraught, and drowns his sorrows in the Woolie. Marlon tires
to cheer him up, but Zak waxes lyrical about his love for his daughter
and how lonely the house feels without her. Now there's one solution
to this Zak and it's not encouraging Nellie to do a bad Hilda Ogden
Zoe & Frankie
Zoe continues to do her best impersonation of a doormat as Frankie
throws constant strops. She flounces out after Zoe criticises her
cleaning job, taking her car in revenge. Unfortunately, Zoe is on call
and has to borrow Chris' car.
When Frankie returns, Chris smirks that Zoe is likely to hit the roof,
but Frankie brags that all she has to do is say sorry and all is
forgiven. Unfortunately for her, Zoe goes off on one, so Frankie goes
off on a major bender with Pete.
Later, the pair are paralytic and trying to get into Home Farm.
Frankie has forgotten her key, so calmly breaks in. Just as she does,
the alarm goes off and the police arrive in record time. Turns out to
be Chris, who is terrified, especially after the kidnap.
Frankie eventually convinces the police that she lives there. When the
cops leave, Zoe lays into her, calling her selfish and declaring that
she is not a doormat for anyone, so she refuses to stay up and wait
for her any more.
-- Alan takes Diane out for a nice country walk. It all goes horribly
wring, however, when Diane finds a pub, gets sloshed and ends up
butchering "You don't have to say you love me" with a load of blokes.
Later, she buys Alan a loud tie as an apology.
-- Diane holds a lock in after hours with Bernice, Tricia and Kathy.
Lots of girly chats ensue, with everyone declaring their love for each
other. Diane also reveals her real (dark brown) hair under the blonde
-- annoyed with life at home, Marc is enjoying his job at the Woolpack
and refuses to give it up when Sean asks him to. He's also got a major
crush on Tricia, who seems quite interested in him as well.
Wednesday 8th March
It's melodrama all the way today as the Dingles take centre stage, but
it must be rubbing off on the other villagers as everyone seems to be
arguing. By the end of the episode I felt battered!!
Butch is trying to persuade Zak to patch things up with Lisa, but
Nellie sticks her oar in as usual and convinces Zak that Lisa has
turned him into a softie.
Meanwhile, Lisa is finding it hard coping with looking after Belle on
her own and working at the garage. She manages to talk Ashley into
looking after her for a few hours extra after the playgroup has
While she's at the garage, Zak comes to talk. He wonders if Lisa's
anger over Nellie is just an excuse to leave him. Lisa can't believe
he would suggest that, and says she felt humiliated by the way Zak
stood by Nellie before her. A full blown argument ensues as Lisa says
she deserves to be treated better, especially after she gave up
everything to be with Zak. Now she's not sure if she did the right
thing. Zak gets upset at the thought of losing Belle, but tells Lisa
he won't let her take Belle.
Zak heads to the playgroup and picks up Belle, pretending that he's
come to an arrangement with Lisa. When Lisa turns up to find Belle
gone, she's distraught. She takes it out on Ashley and insists that he
call Zak and get Belle back or she won't be held responsible for her
actions. However, Zak isn't answering the phone so Lisa heads round to
the farm. She finds Nellie cradling Belle and when she tries to get
her off her she won't let her. Lisa pleads with Zak to do something
but he just seems numb. Lisa cries out that she hates him.
Meanwhile, a worried Ashley dashes round the woolpack to enlist Marlon
and Butch's help. They get to the farm just in time to stop Lisa and
Zak coming to blows. Lisa thinks all the Dingles are ganging up on her
and says she hates them all before finally getting Belle and departing.
Chris is still annoyed about Frankie breaking in the night before.
When she makes a crack about him being a wimp hiding under the bed, Zoe
tears her off a strip. It isn't Frankie's day as she turns up late for
work at the Woolpack again and promptly gets the sack.
Later Zoe comes into the woolpack and offers to buy Bernice a drink.
However, her good mood soon evaporates when Bernice tells her about
sacking Frankie and makes some rather unintentionally insulting remarks
about lesbians. Zoe tells her to forget her drink and stomps out.
Emily is taking time off from work to look for her dad and Butch
decides to stand by her.
Chris advises Kathy to get a proper chef as she can't cope at the Diner.
Robert has a bit of a disaster at his work experience or something
(sorry, wasn't paying attention at that point), cue Andy and Jack
telling him he should have stuck with the farm.
Thursday 9th March
Frankie was back in Zoe's good books, proving that it's whatever happens behind closed doors that ensures her tenure at Home Farm! Things weren't looking good for Andy's chances at the adoption hearing as he and a jealous Robert came to blows. Robert is sick of Andy getting so much attention but then he's been looking so miserable recently it's not surprising that Jack and Sarah have ignored him. His long face probably didn't warrant a whack from Jack however who soon regretted his flare-up. Mandy returned from exile to set the cat amongst the pigeons as far as Zak and Lisa are concerned. Butch tried to stop World War III from breaking out but, although his negotiating skills would have earnt him a position with the UN, the stand-off continued. More negotiating was taking place up at Home Farm where Chris was signing on the dotted line with Richie, only to be interrupted by a suspicious Scott who finally discovered why Richie wanted shot of him. Chris ordered Terry to throw Scott rather unceremoniously out of his house. Down at the Diner, eyes were fluttering and hearts were pounding at the arrival of new chef Carlos - only Marlon seemed less than impressed by the 'bitter' taste of the pasta. However the only thing that's bitter is Marlon himself who found himself no longer the flavour of Beckindale.