Thanks Sarah Rachel and Dionne for what is below.
Week 20-24 2000 (5 Episode Week)
Richie & Sarah
Both are freaking out after Scott caught them last week, particularly
Sarah. Unsurprisingly, Scott decides to blackmail Richie, but he only
asks for the money that is owed to him. Richie tries to call his
bluff, but Scott threatens to tell Betty or Viv about their affair.
Butch & Emily
They're getting excited about the wedding, despite Butch's ongoing
feud with Zak. Nellie isn't helping matters by insisting that Zak show
his fatherly duties, but Butch is in no mood to take crap from either
of his parents.
Later, they look after Belle while Lisa catches up with work. They
talk about the future, and Emily declares that she's glad they waited
until marriage before having sex. She also wants four kids. Butch
He gets a day off school, as Claudia is unwell and Frankie offers to
take him in. Instead she takes him all around the county on different
buses, and promises to take him into Hotten later in the day o visit
the bus depot (now there's an exciting trip). Terry tries to cover for
her, but Chris is appalled when he hears what happens.
Meantime, Chris has been shirking his responsibilities as an employer
by allowing Pete to take out a truck that has clearly not been
serviced. Pete isn't keen, and wants to speak to Sean about it, but
Chris persuades him to go on the trip.
Getting into Hotten
Once solely used as the GK Supermarket bus, Tate Haulage's service is
suddenly seen as the only way of getting into Hotten on that day. All
sorts of people want to get on that bus....
-- Sarah, who's taking Victoria to get some medicine for her as she's
unwell. Sarah tries to persuade Robert & Andy to take her home, but
Victoria wants to stay with her.
-- Kathy, whose exhaust is knackered (Lisa can't fix it on that day)
and needs to get to the bank. She's had a row with Chris earlier,
which means another guilt trip session for him during the week.
-- Frankie & Joseph, for that oh-so-exciting trip to the Hotten bus
-- Marc, who has just asked Donna to a Beck concert and needs to get
-- Seth, who just needs to go into Hotten
-- Butch & Emily (with Belle), who need to find Mr Wylie so that Butch
can ask for her hand in marriage. However, there's only room for Butch
on the bus.
-- not forgetting Alan, who is driving the bus.
The bus is due to leave at 2pm, but Viv stages a protest by sitting
down in front of the bus and whining away about the supermarket
ruining her livelihood. Alan tries to reason with her, and the
occupants get restless before Emily persuades her to move. Just as the
bus is setting off, Victoria removes her seat belt and goes to sit
with Kathy, while Viv tries to stop the bus from leaving again.
Meantime, Pete is going about his business when he realises that the
air pressure is failing rapidly and he's unable to apply his brakes.
He is powerless to stop the truck thundering into the village,
narrowly missing several school kid extras and ploughing into the side
of the van. The van crumples instantly, with the truck falling into a
heap right on the middle of the bus, where the majority of people are
Night has fallen as the emergency services continue to pick their way
through the debris of the crash to rescue those still trapped. Jack,
Zak, Emily, Lisa and Chris wait anxiously for any news of their loved
In the Woolpack, Sarah is refusing to go to hospital until she knows
Victoria is safe, against the paramedics wishes. Ashley also turns up
at the pub to try and offer comfort and support to those involved. The
police are working their way round trying to establish what happened.
When they question Viv and Alan she tries to put the blame on Pete,
saying he must have been drunk. Alan tries to stick up for him, saying
he thought Pete was fighting to control the lorry but he comes across
as rather confused.
Meanwhile, at the hospital Seth is still waiting to be seen but doesn't
want any fuss made over him. He wants to go home, but Betty and the
doctor insist he needs to stay just to make sure he's ok.
Back at the crash site Butch is pulled out on a stretcher. When the
Dingles see that he's moving they dash over to the ambulance. Butch is
obviously in pain but wants Emily to come with him to hospital. Emily
is thankful that Butch seems to be ok and prays for him.
Jack and Chris are left to wait for news of Kathy or Victoria. Jack is
suspicious of Chris' motives for hanging around, thinking it's for
purely business reasons. Chris tells him he's got it all wrong. He
remembers how Kathy was there for him when he was trapped and how she
helped him afterwards. He promises that he's going to be there for
her. Realising that Chris is sincere for once, Jack apologises.
Meanwhile, Mark has been allowed home from hospital suffering only from
a bit of whiplash. He has to wear a collar for a while but otherwise
he should be ok. Though Sean is relieved, he confesses to Angie that
he's worried about the affect the crash might have on Tate Haulage.
Back in Emmerdale, the rescue workers continue to work away to free the
remaining 3 trapped people. They think they hear something and on
shining a light into the wrecked, spot Victoria. She's conscious and
lets out a plaintive cry of "mummy". Soon after they have her out of
the bus and she seems unscathed. Jack is overcome with relief and hugs
her, thanking god that she is alright. Victoria tells Chris that Aunty
Kathy was talking to her but stopped because she "went to sleep".
Chris is distraught and left to cry on his own as Jack takes Victoria
to see Sarah.
Ashley comes out to talk to Chris and offers to pray together for
Kathy. Chris bitterly says he doesn't believe in god, only fate.
Suddenly there is a commotion over by the bus as they bring out another
person on a stretcher. Chris and Ashley strain to see who it is but
only catch a flash of blonde hair and a blue jacket. The medic shakes
his head and places a blanket over the woman's head - she's dead.
Chris starts to cry again, thinking it's Kathy (though of course we
don't believe for a second that it is otherwise they would have shown
Ashley goes over to find out who it was, and is informed it was someone
called Patricia. Chris is stunned, but relieved. He asks what Kathy's
chances are. Of course we all know she's the luckiest woman in
Emmerdale (when it comes to surviving things that is), and she's duly
carried out of the crash and whisked straight into the ambulance. The
medic searches for a minute but then announces that he's found a pulse
as the credits roll.
Its the aftermath of the crash, and theres an eerie silence coming
from the wreckage. In the Woolpack, life is going on as normal when
they hear a loud bang outside. Bernice, Tricia, Paddy, Eric, Betty and
Diane rush out to see what has happened; Paddy rushes over to try and
help out while Tricia gets hysterical at the thought of Alan lying dead
Paddy manages to pull off the front windscreen, but the force of it
causes him to break his wrist. Alan staggers out unharmed but obviously
in shock, with a relieved Tricia and Eric helping him into the Woolie.
Meanwhile, Emily is still in a daze at the roadside, having said
goodbye to Butch moments before. Betty is about to comfort her when she
learns that Seth is also on the bus.
Angie arrives, attempting to take control of the situation by calling
the paramedics and fire services, before breaking into hysteria on
learning that Marc is on the bus.
The rescue operation is soon under way, except that the writers have
obviously forgotten that you need to make the area safe before
launching into a rescue operation. We also see the arrival of Tim
Vinc .. sorry, Adam Forrester, the villages new vet (although he
fancies himself as a bit of a Superman). He is soon in there trying to
help out, although the paramedics try to kick him out.
Back in the Woolie, Alan is still in a daze and cant remember what has
happened. The police breathlyse him, and try to establish what has
happened, but hes too stressed to remember. Viv tries to draw
attention to herself by saying that she could have dies, but Diane
reminds her that she is extremely lucky compared to the victims and
Outside, the tension grows. Angie is bawling her eyes out over Marc,
but he is eventually pulled out with serious neck injuries. Adam turns
into SuperHero when he helps to bring Seth out of the wreckage. Seth is
having problems with his legs, but is still made to walk to an
ambulance while the director reminds us that we have a New Heartthrob.
Meanwhile, Chris has arrived ands is extremely distressed to learn that
Joseph is on the bus. He tries to peer under the wreckage (dont these
people know that it is DANGEROUS to do so!) and rings ZoŽ. She turns
up, threatening to drown viewers in a mass of hysteria as she begins to
So far, Seth and Marc are safe, but we still have Joseph, Frankie,
Kathy, Victoria, Sarah, Butch and assorted extras unaccounted for. A
body is brought out turns out to be one of those extras. Petes body
is also recovered, bringing his one and only storyline to an end. As
Chris and ZoŽ watch his body being zipped up, Frankie and Joseph
appear, safe and sound. The Tates are overwhelmed with relief, but
Frankie is devastated to learn that Pete is dead.
In the Woolie, Adam comes in to introduce himself to regulars, and is
hailed as a hero by Viv and Eric. Tricia conveniently forgets about
Alans injuries while she turns into a bitch on heat, closely followed
by Viv. Adam is bemused (unlike the viewers, who are busily retching in
their living rooms).
Back on the bus, the rescue services are trying to rescue more people
without the aid of any equipment. Lisa and Zak turn up, horrified to
learn that Butch was on there (particularly Zak, who had still not made
it up with him). Jack and the boys arrive to try and get news of Sarah
and Victoria eventually Sarah is brought out, with a shattered leg
and screeching hysterically about Victoria, who was sitting with Kathy.
Chris is shocked to learn that Kathy was on there, especially as their
last conversation hadnt been particularly pleasant .
As dusk falls, the rescue continues, with Butch, Victoria and Kathy
still unaccounted for.
Kathy is recovering in hospital and comes round to find she has two
visitors - Zak and Roy. She is relieved to hear that Sarah, Victoria
and Seth are going to be okay but upset to learn of Pete's death. Zak
tells her how Chris waited through the night to see her pulled safely
from the wreckage and that he has been phoning the hospital to check on
her progress. Later, Jack visits and thanks her for comforting Victoria
while they were waiting to be rescued.
Meanwhile, at Home Farm, the Tates are in sombre mood. Chris admonishes
Frankie for taking Joseph out of school, having already had words with
Claudia about her letting Frankie take Joseph. After Chris has left,
Frankie turns to Zoe for support but Zoe tells her that she agrees with
Chris and thinks Frankie has behaved irresponsibly.
Jack brings Victoria to see Sarah. Sarah is on morphine for the pain
and is going to have to have her bone pinned together. Victoria has her
arm in plaster but is being allowed to go home. Sarah is concerned
about how Jack will cope with the kids while she's in hospital but he
reassures her that he can manage and that there are plenty of people in
the village who'll be willing to help. Sure enough, Alan tells him that
Betty is looking after Andy and Robert and that she'd be happy to have
Sarah is relieved when she hears that Betty is helping out and Jack
tells her that he now realises how much she does around the house and
that he won't take her for granted anymore. He also tells her that
Richie seems very concerned about how she is and when she'll be out of
hospital. Sarah tries to downplay this by saying that Richie is only
being polite but Jack says Richie must have grown quite fond of her.
Adam-the-alleged-hunk moves into the village. Alan tells him how
grateful the villagers are for what he did after the crash. Alan has
decided that he can no longer drive the supermarket bus after what's
happened, despite Adam telling him that the accident wasn't his fault
and that no one blames him.
In the Woolpack, Adam introduces himself to Roy and Kelly. They warn
him that it can take local farmers a long time to accept newcomers.
Adam is determined to 'make something' of the practice but Kelly tells
him that, as she's already rich, Zoe isn't really interested in making a
lot of money out of the vets' and just treats it as a hobby.
Chris and Joseph visit Kathy. Chris tells her that the lorry/bus crash
brought back a lot of memories of the plane crash for him. He regrets
how he treated her after all she did for him following the plane crash
and says that he wants to make it up to her now. Kathy tells him there
are other people who need help more than her and tries to convince him
to turn his talents to helping out the village as a whole.
Marc (with neck brace) and Donna are kissing on the settee when Ollie
barges in to tell Donna that Viv wants her back at the post office.
After she's gone, Ollie suggests that Marc's only seeing Donna because
Trisha isn't available and Donna is, and says that she might have to
have a word with Donna 'as a mate'.
Emily, Zak, Nellie and Lisa are at Butch's bedside. He seems to be on
the mend but is still undergoing tests. Nellie hisses to Zak that Lisa
shouldn't be there but Zak says that Butch wants Lisa there so she's
staying. Emily tells Butch that the accident was caused by one of the
Tate's trucks going out of control and Lisa looks worried.
Over at Tate Haulage, Laura sends Kelly out for a long lunch while she,
Chris, Zoe and Sean have a private board meeting. Chris says that the
compensation claims should be covered by their insurance but Laura tells
him that the court cases will be bad publicity for the company and will
have a detrimental effect on business. It's crisis time and how the
four of them handle the situation will determine whether or not the
company survives. Chris tells her that he's put too much into the
business to let it go under and he'll do whatever it takes to ensure its
Laura reminds them that, as directors, they can all be held liable for
any offence of the company and suggests that they don't make any
statements about the crash without it first being agreed by the others.
Even in casual conversation, they should be wary of what they say to
other villagers in case it is brought up in court later on. Zoe and
Sean think it's a bit over the top not to be able to discuss the crash
with their friends in the village but Chris agrees with Laura and says
that there are people in the village who resent the Tates' power and
will try to use this crash to bring them down. Laura says they should
express regret at the deaths and injuries but avoid saying anything
which could imply that Tate Haulage was at fault. To buy time, they
should say that it would be inappropriate to comment until the official
investigation into the crash has been concluded.
Zoe isn't happy with the way the meeting is going and says they should
be talking about what they can do to help the people affected by the
crash. Sean agrees and says they should start with Pete, seeing as he
died working for the company. Laura thinks they should wait for the
results of the postmortem and see whether there is any evidence of drugs
or alcohol in his system while Chris comments that driver negligence or
error would probably be an easier verdict to deal with than some of the
At this point Lisa walks in and says she has something to tell them
about the accident and what might have caused it. She says she warned
Pete that his truck wasn't ready and that she doesn't believe that Pete
would just ignore that - a view Sean backs up. She is concerned that
she might be partly responsible for the accident but Chris tells her
that that isn't for them to decide and that she should go back to the
hospital to give Butch her support.
Back at Home Farm, Chris and Zoe are still bickering over what happened
at the meeting. Frankie is there and Chris pointedly says that these
matters should be discussed 'in private'. Frankie argues that it
affects her too - Pete was a friend of hers - and accuses Zoe of only
caring about the company's image, not about Pete's death. Zoe denies
this but Frankie storms out. Zoe wants to go after her but Chris says
that, with Frankie being an (ex-)driver and Zoe a company director,
they'll never see eye-to-eye. Zoe says that being a director doesn't
stop her having feelings but Chris tells her she has to get her
Chris suggests to Zoe that they should re-route the trucks to avoid
going through the village. Zoe is appalled that Chris is being so
'cold-blooded' about the accident but Chris says he's just being
practical. Zoe says he doesn't seem to care about the people who died
in the crash but Chris tells her that, just because he doesn't show it,
it doesn't mean he doesn't care and reminds her how he spent an anxious
night at the scene of the crash, wondering if Kathy was dead or alive.
Zoe apologises and Chris tells her that the best way for them to help
the villagers is to protect the company which provides them with jobs
Emily is still at Butch's bedside telling him that the crash has made
her realise just how much he means to her. She is talking about getting
married and their future together when she realises something is wrong.
She calls over the doctor and Butch is taken for an emergency scan.
Lisa, Emily, Nellie and Zak wait for news of Butch, with Nellie and Zak
reassuring each other he'll be fine by reminiscing about the way he
bounced back from childhood illness and injury. Just then, the doctor
appears and informs them that Butch has a laceration to his liver
andthat they need to operate on him straight away. Lisa asks what his
chances are but the doctor just tells her that they wouldn't be
operating if they didn't think there was some chance of success.
Zoe and Frankie are discussing Pete's funeral. Zoe tells Frankie that
it may not be appropriate for her to attend the funeral as they don't
know yet whether Pete was responsible for the crash. Frankie isn't
happy about this and asks her if she would feel the same if it had been
her at the wheel.
Later, at Tate Haulage, Laura tells the other directors the results of
the postmortem. It confirms that Pete had not been drinking or taking
drugs before the accident and that he was healthy - He died as a result
of the crash. Sean goes off to tell the other drivers the news while
Chris is more concerned about the company getting landed with the blame
now Pete is in the clear. Laura tells them that one of them can now
attend the funeral.
When Zoe gets back to Home Farm she tells Frankie the results of the
postmortem but Frankie says she knew all along that Pete wouldn't have
been drunk or on drugs while he was driving. She comments that they
must be gutted that they haven't got Pete as a scapegoat anymore. She
is disgusted about the way the Tates have treated Pete and tells Zoe
that Pete was her mate and she'd have trusted him over Zoe any day. Zoe
asks what time Pete's funeral is but Frankie tells her she won't be
wanted there and storms out (again).
It's Sarah's birthday and Jack and the kids have all come to visit her
in hospital. Jack gives Sarah a present from Richie and Sarah puts it
to one side to open later. She tells Jack that she's missing home.
Now onto the main event:
The episode starts with Butch lying in a hospital bed wired up to a
machine. The doctor comes in and he tries to make light of the
situation by saying she must fancy him as she's in there so often. She
tells him that he has a tear in his liver. At the moment, he is fairly
stable and they are hoping the tear will heal. Butch wants an honest
answer on what his chances are and asks her, hypothetically, if he had
booked a holiday for the summer, would she advise him to get his money
back? She tells him that she would and Butch's brave facade disappears
and he admits that he's frightened. The doctor tells him that they're
doing everything they can for him. Emily arrives and the doctor breaks
the news to her before leaving the couple to contemplate the news
together. Emily asks if she must be a bad person for this to be
happening but Butch reassures her that she's 'the best person that ever
lived' and Emily asks him to 'make me yours... forever' by marrying her.
Marlon walks in. He's just been told the news (which seems to have
changed at some point from 'he's probably not going to be holidaying in
Whitby this summer' to 'he's definitely a gonner') and is trying to put
on a brave face and not cry (by which time myself and several million
other viewers are unashamedly reaching for the Kleenex...). He says
he'll let Zak and Nellie know what's happening. Butch asks him to tell
Lisa too and then asks him if he'll be his best man. Marlon says he
will and Emily tells him he'd better get his skates on as they're
getting married today.
Marlon arrives at the Dingles' with Lisa, Paddy and Mandy. Nellie tells
Lisa to get out but Lisa tells her to listen to her for a minute. She
breaks the news that Butch is dying but Nellie doesn't want to hear it.
She is upset that they all knew before her. Marlon doesn't see why it
matters but Lisa understands and hugs her. Nellie asks Zak to make the
pain stop but, of course, there's nothing he can do. Zak is told about
Butch and Emily's plan to get married and that Butch has asked him to
Nellie and Butch have a heart-to-heart at Butch's bedside while Emily is
getting ready for the wedding. Nellie tells him he has to fight but
Butch says that sometimes you just have to accept things. He regrets
the fact that now he'll never have kids and Nellie tells him that he
would have made a great dad.
Emily is sitting in the waiting room with Marlon, Lisa, Zak and Belle.
They are accompanied by Kathy and Seth (both still in-patients
themselves) and Betty. Kathy asks if they're intruding but Emily tells
her that it's a happy day as it's their wedding day. She hasn't got
anything to wear for the service so Kathy, Marlon and Lisa spring into
action to get things sorted before the ceremony. Lisa hands Belle over
to Zak and tells him that she still loves him.
Before the ceremony, Butch asks to speak to his dad alone. He asks Zak
to look after Emily for him. He says he knows that Emily irritates Zak
sometimes but, whenever this happens, he should think of Butch before he
opens his mouth and not say anything to upset her. Zak tells him that
the doctors are 'talking rubbish' but, if it makes Butch feel better,
he'll make that promise.
Kathy has lent Emily the most recent wedding dress from her collection.
Nellie is blunt and tells her that she looks a 'right fright' in it.
Luckily, Lisa saves the day and produces an outfit that Butch bought
At Butch's bedside, Ashley conducts Butch and Emily's wedding ceremony.
Emily says that she gives Butch 'my heart today and, for as long as it's
beating, he'll be with me and when it stops I'll be happy cos I know
he'll be waiting for me and we'll be together again... forever'. After
Ashley has pronounced them man and wife, the 'congregation' each give
Butch their congratulations and leave. As Lisa leaves, Butch tells her
that Zak loves her. Zak gives Emily a comforting hug and Ashley tells
Butch he'll put in a good word with the man upstairs.
Finally, Butch and Emily are alone. Butch confesses that he doesn't
feel too well. Emily asks him if he wants her to get someone but he
says he just wants her to lie beside him.
Outside in the waiting room, their friends and family reminisce about
Butch and drink a toast to him.
As Emily lies with her head on Butch's chest, she realises that he's
'gone'. She remarks that he looks 'ever so peaceful', kisses him and
reminds him that he promised to wait for her.
The others are laughing at some of Butch's past antics when Emily comes
out but, when they see her face, they stop. When Emily breaks the news,
Nellie becomes hysterical saying that she wants to see her son but Zak
holds her back. Ashley sits with Emily as she starts to cry.