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Week 16-18 May 2000
Tuesday 1 Hour Special
It was an exciting day even by Emmerdale standards with a blockade, arrests, alleged child abuse and blackmail all rolled into one action-packed episode. No wonder no one ever watches television in the village with so much happening outside their back doors. It began with Robert flushing Ollie out of the barn. She managed to hitch a lift immediately but unfortunately it was in a Tate Haulage truck. Driver Mike finally persuaded Ollie that he should take her home but he was unprepared for Kathy's blockade which hemmed in his vehicle. Kathy had rallied the troops and even managed to attract a 'Swampy' lookalike called Stash, who came equipped with chains and the lingo. Ollie lay low for as long as possible, but Sean soon sniffed her out and punched Mike to the ground with allegations of touching his daughter. The arrival of Councillor Ecclestone appeared fruitless until Pollard intervened to show him photographs of his little soirée with one Charity Dingle. The evidence was enough to make the saucy Councillor have a change of heart about the weight restriction on lorries passing through the village. No one told Kathy the fight was thus over and she chained herself 'Emily Pankhurst' style to the lorry achieving nothing except her arrest, which Chris arrived just in time to see. Sarah dropped a bombshell when Richie took her to view a tiny cottage - he hadn't realised that she intended bringing the children with her - and Mandy was summoned to go and look after her father again.
Kathy was released from police custody but refused a lift home with Chris, who for some reason was waiting outside. With a toss of her blonde locks and lipstick firmly in place, the defiant road warrior was whisked away in Bernice's car. Back at The Woolpack there was a treat in store for the villagers when Councillor Ecclestone popped in, at Pollard's bidding, and announced that a weight restriction for lorries would be imposed on the village. Chris nearly choked on his beer and dug himself deeper into a hole when he confronted Pollard. The would-be councillor simply reminded Chris that the tactics he'd used were barely more grubby than his own and the defeated Chris could only back down. Did Kathy look a little concerned at his humiliation? Either way, the sooner she's in Australia the better! Sean and Angie's relief at having Ollie home was soon replaced by their anxiety about how to talk to their wild-cat daughter. Clearly she is still cradling the idea of being in London. Andy was gob-smacked when Sarah told him off for lying about Ollie and her hypocrisy angered the confused boy. Sarah had her own problems with Richie who certainly didn't include the three children in their rose-tinted future. ! Cain continued his crusade to protect the slippery Charity and Betty was re-instated as The Woolpack cleaner.
Jack looked almost cuddly with a fluffy lamb under his arm but Sarah was unmoved as she struggled with her conscience. She went through the motions of celebrating their wedding anniversary but her heart was elsewhere. Ashley popped in to the Reynolds to offer some godly advice to the devil-child, but he forgot the clove of garlic around his neck to ward off evil spirits and predictably made things worse. In the aftermath Ollie savoured telling Angie that Sarah has been sleeping with Richie. Zak tried hard not to be homophobic and toddled off to The Woolpack for a beer with gay Jason and lesbian Frankie. Not surprisingly Bernice refused to serve Jason who she'd last seen in the arms of her fiance Gavin. Tricia eagerly invited Adam to holiday in Spain with her and, undeterred by his snooty retort that he would only go with someone who spoke the native tongue, she enlisted Carlos to teach her. Adam introduced a new receptionist to the vet's practice who m! ade Tricia look like the Brain of Britain and Betty and Diane bickered over who should run the Diner when Kathy goes to Australia.