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Ashley & Bernice The episode opens at the prison. Ashley is mortified about the fight, and Cain isn't offering much help, declaring that fighting is the only way to show the Tates who's boss. Ashley feels he's let the whole village down, and that he wanted to set an example to them. Cain tells him not to worry about it - the love of a good woman should see him through. Back in the village, everyone is shocked about the previous night's events. Betty and Viv are gossiping away in the shop about Ashley's involvement (he's on the front of the Hotten Courier), while Kathy sticks her oar in about how it's set the campaign back (er.... this would be the campaign that only started with the meeting. Whatever you say, Kathy). Bernice overhears all of this, and berates the trio for kicking Ashley when he's down. When Betty points out that he could get into a lot of trouble with the clergy, much less God, Bernice goes off on one about how Ashley is a kind and decent man, and how she will not stand there and have him pilloried for standing up for people's rights. Betty and Viv are unconvinced. Later that morning, Ashley is released from the cop shop, only to be shunned by the majority of villagers. Viv bars him from the shop (calling it a peacehaven); Kathy refuses to serve him at the Diner, and Emily tells him that fighting never solved anything, even though she realises he was trying to defend her. Ashley is due to hold an Active Service that evening; only two parishioners agree to attend. Bernice dashes down to the cop shop, only to find that Ashley has already left. When she catches up with him in the Woolie, she tells him that she's proud of him for what he's done, and will attend his service. Later, we see her getting dolled up for the event - she's been having a long think since he declared his love for her, and tells Diane that he could be The One. She'd find out that night. After the service, Bernice persuades him to open a bottle of wine while they both pluck up the courage to have a civilised conversation after recent events. She reiterates how proud of him she was after she heard what happened, and that she is finally over Her Gavin. What she wants to do now is to get intimate - with him. Ashley is stunned, but a nation cheers as Bernice leans in with a passionate kiss.... The Dingles The usual avenging talk around the dinner table - Mandy spits on about how the Tates should be punished, closely followed by Cain; Nellie moans on about how it's all Lisa's fault; Zak looks thoughtful. Not much more to report here. Writers Note: I wish Zak would throw Nellie out. I've been her only champion, but even I can see she's turning into a one-note character. Other stories: -- Diane points out that the death of Councillor Simmons in the crash means that a by-election is looming, and suggests that a candidate could come from the village. Having burst with excitement at the very idea of it, Kathy approaches Jack, after his stirring speech last week. Jack is flattered, but declines because of the family. He suggests Alan, who is pleased, while Kathy bursts with excitement again at another brilliant idea! As Rachel said, straight out of an Enid Blyton story. -- Chris is feeling smug after the meeting. Laura suggests that they produce a press release, indicating the company's dismay over the fight and adding that they won't be pressing charges against the perpetrators (even though Laura has twigged that Chris hired the heavies). -- Richie tries to persuade Sarah to leave Jack and come away with him, but she's blowing hot and cold and tells him to leave her alone. Ends -- Dionne
Ashley and Bernice Ashley wakes up next to Bernice, a stunned look on his face. He's nervous that Bernice might have changed her mind already, but she reassures him that she wants to see him again. As they're having breakfast, Betty comes knocking on Ashley's door on the pretence of being worried about Bernice's whereabouts. She bursts straight into the kitchen to find Bernice sitting there in Ashley's shirt. She makes some nudge, nudge, wink, wink comments before dashing round to the Woolpack to tell everyone. When Ashley and Bernice come into the Woolie, they get more jovial teasing. Tricia thinks they're Emmerdale's answer to Posh and Becks, though she notes that Ashley would have to be Posh. Diane and Tricia quiz Bernice, wanting marks out of ten for Ashley's performance. Bernice won't say, but the big grin on her face says it all! Later Diane has a quiet word to Ashley just to check that he's not going to turn out to be gay too. He reassures her that he's 100% heterosexual. Diane is happy and admits that she approves of Ashley. Dingles Things are going from bad to worse for poor old Lisa. Someone turns up at the garage from the Land Agents, requesting the £5000 of back rent that she owes. Lisa realises someone has shopped her but can do nothing about it. She decides she's had enough (and having to spend days with Roy would be enough to drive anyone insane) and closes the garage. When she comes home to the cottage she walks in on Zoe, Paddy and Mandy having an argument where Paddy suggests that things were alright before Lisa moved in with them. Lisa tries to apologise to Zoe about the meeting getting out of hand but Zoe isn't interested, especially since she'd just been getting an earful from Mandy. Lisa gets her things and leaves. Desperate for somewhere to stay she goes round to Betty's who takes pity on her and lets her in. Tate Haulage Chris wants to start running lorries through the village again to show things are getting back to normal. Laura is amazed at his brashness and advises caution. Chris won't be swayed, though, saying that since they weren't responsible for the crash, they shouldn't lose money because of it. When Claudia disturbs them, Chris tells her to get out and Claudia leaves with a hurt look on her face. Meanwhile Sean is feeling guilty about betraying Lisa at the meeting but Angie shows little sympathy. Saint Kathy is suspicious when she finds out Chris gave Terry the night of the meeting off and goes round to Home Farm to see him. However, Laura heads her off outside and informs her that if she wants to speak to Chris in the future then she'll have to go through her. Kathy won't give up, though, in her quest for answers and tries to talk to Zoe at the surgery, thinking that Zoe is the sensible one. However, Zoe is fed up with Kathy's crusade and moralising about the Tates abuse of power and money. She marches her out of the door, saying that Kathy did pretty well out of her divorce from Chris and she should check her own bank balance to find the "rich bitch" of Emmerdale. Kathy is stunned as her halo slips a little. Other Bits and Bobs Diane, Tricia and Kathy try to persuade Alan to stand for council. Tricia thinks he should use a slogan of "Tubby Turner" to appeal to younger voters (obviously going for the student vote then!). Tricia organises a dinner for her, Adam, Bernice and Ashley. Terry has another go with Claudia who agrees to dinner after her poor treatment by Chris earlier. Sarah.
Dinner at the Glovers' Mandy is still criticising Paddy for trying to keep in with the Tates and not making Lisa welcome in their home. Paddy reminds her that Zoe is their landlord and his partner so they can't afford to fall out with her but Mandy still isn't impressed with his attitude. That evening they have been invited over for a meal with Roy and Kelly, who is in a foul mood and moaning at Roy (surprise, surprise). She criticises Roy for doing some work for Jack instead of getting a 'proper job' and for generally not keeping her in the style to which she feels she should be accustomed. She pouts even more when Roy tells Paddy and Mandy not to bother buying a takeaway as they will provide the food. Roy brings home some rabbits and, after Kelly has gone off in another one of her sulks, he makes rabbit stew. Mandy is very complimentary about the food and the trouble they've gone to but Kelly has a chip on her shoulder about how much better off she and Paddy are. She accuses Mandy off patronising them and sneering at them. She tells her that, even though she's married to a comparatively wealthy bloke, she's still a Dingle so she can't look down her nose at anyone. This then turns into a major bitching session about everything from sucking up to the Tates to Kelly's tarty appearance and behaviour. When Kelly accuses Mandy of not caring about Butch when he was alive, this is the final straw for Mandy . She tells Kelly that their friendship is over and storms out. The poaching expedition Seth and Zak are planning to poach some pheasants when Cain turns up, wanting to join them. Zak isn't too keen at first but Seth says that he can tag along and do the fetching and carrying. Zak warns him that he has to do as he's told. However, as soon as he gets a chance, Cain disappears off, taking the shotgun with him. When they realise he's gone, Seth and Zak go looking for him. However, Cain is hiding in the bushes and Zak only sees him after Cain fires a shot which nearly hits him! Cain explains that he was only messing around and he didn't realise the gun would go off so easily. Zak listens to his explanation calmly, turns away and then turns back and knocks him down with a single punch. Kathy's crusade Kathy continues trying to persuade Alan to stand for the council but Eric remarks that he's the only one there who hasn't been 'in bed with the Tates one way or another' and suggests that he would make a better candidate. Not content with pressurising people into standing for the council, Kathy moves onto sorting out the cookery competition, to raise money for the crash victims. Betty offers her services as a judge but the others aren't convinced of her suitability. Kathy suggests Alan as one of the judges and Ashley suggests Adam should be the other judge. Despite Marlon's objections to the latter, it is agreed that they should be the judges. Meanwhile, Diane is continuing the campaign to get Alan to stand in the elections, making a campaign poster for him and sticking it up in the Woolpack. Bernice, however, tells her that the Woolpack shouldn't be seen to be partisan and Diane says in that case she'll put posters up for all the candidates. Eric is trying to drum up support for his campaign. He criticises Ashley for having sex outside marriage but Ashley puts him in his place, telling him that he loves Bernice and threatening to 'knock that smug smile' off Eric's face. Ashley then tells Eric that he will be supporting Alan in the council elections. However, Eric has better luck with Marlon. After telling him that he's made a deal with the supermarket to stock Marlon's pies, Marlon agrees to be Eric's campaign manager. Tricia's dinner party Tricia is supposed to be cooking a meal for Adam, Bernice and Ashley but, when she makes a mess of it, Marlon agrees to cook food that she can pass off as her own. After getting Carlos to cook his last meal for Tricia, Adam has this time made the excuse that he's too busy working to find time to help with the food. In fact, he is seen drinking in the Woolpack but, despite spotting him in there, Marlon covers for him. At the dinner party, Bernice and Ashley are full of praise for Tricia's cooking - and she finds herself having to get out of some pretty tricky questions about what the food is and what ingredients she used. Adam is full of tales of working in various exotic locations. However, when he says he worked at the zoo in Mombasa, Ashley tells him that he has also been to Mombasa and there wasn't a zoo there. Adam tells him that it must have been built after his visit but, after this, he is wary of telling stories about anywhere Ashley might have been for fear of being contradicted. Tricia suggests that they all go on holiday together. Bernice and Ashley seem keen and Adam reluctantly agrees too. Terry & Claudia Claudia and Terry are getting to know each other over a drink in the Woolie. Terry has to go over to the haulage yard to lock up and Claudia offers to give him a lift and to wait for him. They help themselves to some whiskey Sean has stashed in the office and Claudia makes it clear that, despite the less-than-glamorous surroundings, she's happy to be alone with Terry. Frankie & Zoe Angie turns up at Home Farm, wanting to speak to Frankie. It emerges that a Blackpool restaurant owner has reported her to the police for giving him a dud cheque. Angie says that he just wants the money and would probably drop the charges if he was reimbursed. Zoe says she will sort this out and Angie leaves. Frankie explains that she was sick of not paying her way with her friends and so 'bought' them a meal. Zoe asks her if the only reason she came back was because she was strapped for cash but Frankie says that she came back because she missed Zoe. Rachel --