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Week 28-30 March 2000
The episode opens with Zak sitting next to Butch's coffin, which they
have brought home before the funeral on Thursday. Ashley arrives to
offer his support, and Zak asks for his help in arranging the funeral.
He also asks him to say a few words about Butch, and gives him a few
notes to help him along.
The family are finding it hard to come to terms with their loss. While
Zak is stoic, Nellie is going off on one about Butch dying because of
the Tates and how she has nothing to live for now she's lost Butch
(yes, the same Butch she couldn't be arsed with for many a year).
Emily gets upset at Nellie's rants, and runs off outside. Nellie goes
out to apologise, but Emily silences her with a moving speech about
how much Butch meant to her. She talks about the countryside - how
Butch loved it, but how she hates it because it reminds her of him.
How she can still smell his odour (surprisingly clean despite working
with pigs). How she now knows what it's like to have her heart broken,
as she can't imagine life without Butch, who packed more love into a
few months then most people do in a lifetime. Nellie tries to reassure
her that she will get over him, but Emily counteracts by saying that
Butch was her life and she will *never* get over him.
Meantime, Zak has contacted his relative Shadrach to get the entire
clan together for the funeral. Eric asks Marlon about the
arrangements, telling him that he has something to sort out before
Zoe & Frankie
It's Pete's funeral, and a few villagers go to support his family. Zoe
wants to go to support Frankie, but she refuses, saying that the Tates
couldn't give a damn about him. She later comes to see her to
apologise, only to overhear Chris and Zoe planning to go to Butch's
funeral as a PR exercise.
Frankie loses her rag once more and packs her bags. When Zoe tries to
stop her, Frankie tells her that she is beginning to get to know Zoe
more, and doesn't like what she sees. Zoe struggles to prevent another
Rugrats impersonation as Frankie leaves (hopefully for good).
Ollie & Marc
Ollie isn't impressed to find Donna & Marc getting rather cosy at the
Reynolds' house. However, she's excited to learn that Butch's body is
next door, and rushes over to take a peek, However, she's not prepared
for what she sees, and quickly disappears when Nellie finds her there.
Meantime, Marc persuades Donna to come round while the rest of the
family are at Butch's funeral.
Scott puts on that Bastard persona and goes round to see Sarah in
hospital. She isn't pleased to see him, especially when he teases her
about Richie's birthday card. Scott reminds her that he has the upper
hand as he could tell Jack at any time about the affair.
Richie turns up and asks Scott to leave, which he does, but not before
giving Sarah his own pressie - a silk scarf that "both of them can
use." Richie tries to convince Sarah that Scott is calling their
bluff, but she isn't so sure.
Emily is still in a daze, mourning Butch, and Nellie wakes to find her
polishing the casket while reminiscing about him.
Later it is Zak's turn to act all wistful as he feeds the pigs and
remembers how Butch used to feed them at the same time each day. There
are tears in his eyes as he tells Emily and Nellie how the wake will be
a celebration of Butch's life. It's all too much for Emily who bursts
into tears again.
Later, Eric comes round nervously offering to buy some flowers for the
funeral. He seems rather preoccupied and disappears quickly when Zak
pretty much ignores him. As if Eric being nice wasn't enough of a
shock, they get another surprise visitor in the form of John Wylie.
He's come to offer his condolences, as he knows what it's like to be
alone. Zak and Nellie make themselves scarce so John and Emily can
talk, as she seems a bit unsure around him. She breaks the news about
her marriage to Butch and John takes it calmly. She says he probably
wouldn't have come if he'd known anyway, to which he replies that she's
probably right but that he would have regretted it, just like he's
regretted lots of things. Seeing that he's seeking forgiveness Emily
The day of surprises is complete when later that night the reason for
Eric's odd behaviour is explained - he turns up at the Dingles with Sam
Dingle in tow.
Scott comes round to see the Sugdens and stir things a bit by making a
comment about Richie being "one of the family". Once Jack and the boys
are gone, Richie angrily asks Scott what he's playing at. Scott (being
back in full smarm mode, having obviously learnt nothing from the whole
Kelly affair) just grins.
Without Butch to help out, Andy is doing all the extra jobs on the farm
rather than going to school. Robert thinks he's a mug working for
nothing. Continuing his whinging about the farm, he later complains to
Jack about missing school. Jack recalls having a similar conversation
with his father about not wanting to work on the farm. He tells Robert
that he grew out of the urge to do something different with his life,
but Robert insists that he won't grow out of it. Jacks says that he's
finally realised this and Robert has his blessing to do whatever he
wants even if it is computing.
Zoe is missing Frankie, but Chris thinks she'll be back (please, no,
cry the viewers!). Showing some rare insight, Chris says he thinks
they're from different worlds and will never work out as a couple
Over at Tate Haulage Sean finds the service records which say Pete's
truck wasn't ready. He wonders why Pete didn't mention anything, but
blames himself for not spotting the report earlier. Chris is happy to
play along and acts all innocent. When Sean wants to dispose of the
report he tells him not to as it will look fishy to the investigators.
When the investigator turns up, he's very interested in the report.
Chris remains calm, realising there's plenty of other people he can
shift the blame to. Later, Zoe isn't happy when Chris tells her about
the missed report. She wonders why it wasn't noticed and Chris grabs
his chance to turn Zoe against Sean by suggesting it was his fault.
Betty and Seth
Betty gets a shock when she arrives at the hospital to find Seth's bed
empty. However, after a slight panic, the doctor reassures her that
he's alive and well but has wandered off. She finally catches up with
him in the Woolpack, where he's drinking beer (to keep his fluids up!)
in his pyjamas.
A special hour-long episode for Butch's funeral.
It's the morning of the funeral and Zak is standing by Butch's pig pen
lost in thought when he is joined by Sam - 'my only surviving son'. Sam
tells him he'll try and do something to make Zak proud and asks Zak if
he wanted him to come back. Zak just tells him that he wants his
brother back. Lisa arrives and Sam meets half-sister Belle for the
first time. Zak tells Lisa that he didn't get much right as a father
but he's at least going to make sure Butch's funeral goes well.
At the post office, Eric spots an attractive, young blonde woman. She's
noticed him too - or rather she's noticed the large wodge of cash in his
wallet. While chatting with Viv she reveals that she's a Dingle who's
come for the funeral. Her name turns out to be Charity and she's
arrived with two other Dingles - Shadrach and Cain.
Later, Sam persuades Charity to take him to see Eric to ask him a favour
"for Butch". Eric perks up when he sees Sam's brought Charity with him
but is surprised to find out she's a fellow Dingle. The moment his
back's turned she proves she's a true Dingle by pinching his wallet.
When Sam, Eric and Charity arrive back at the Dingles, the procession is
just starting. In Sam's absence, Cain has been given the job of beating
the drum and an argument starts between the two of them over who will do
it. When Lisa suggests they take turns, Nellie tells her it's nothing
to do with her but Zak agrees with Lisa.
Elsewhere, Sean and Chris are both preparing to go to the funeral but
their motives are very different - Sean feels genuine sympathy that his
neighbours have lost their son whereas Chris cynically regards it as a
good PR move.
Ollie isn't sure whether she can face the funeral but Angie convinces
her that it will help her get over it. Marc makes the excuse that he
has schoolwork to do and then phones Donna and invites her over.
The funeral procession marches through the village, with so many of the
places bringing back memories for Emily of happier times she and Butch
shared. They stop at the Woolpack for a last pint with Butch. When
Mandy comes round collecting money for the drinks, Eric realises his
wallet is missing and accuses Sam of stealing it. By this time
Shadrach's too drunk to help carry the coffin so John Wylie steps in to
As they reach the church, the Tates drive up and, upon discovering who
they are, Cain Dingle urges the others to help him tip their car over.
He is temporarily deterred when Marlon points out that the woman
standing nearby (Angie) is a cop but he later threatens Sean in front of
Inside the church, Nellie isn't pleased when Zak invites Lisa to sit
with them at the front but her attention soon turns to Sam who hasn't
arrived. Zak tells Ashley to get on with the ceremony without Sam.
Outside, Eric is giving Sam a hard time about his money but Charity
rescues him, putting on a tearful display and asking Eric to sit with
her during the service.
With everyone now in the church, Ashley shares his thoughts on Butch and
the Dingles and what they have taught him - about love and sticking by
people. Butch gave and received unconditional love and Ashley says the
only other person he knows who can say this is Emily - a statement with
which John agrees.
At the graveside, Sam announces that he wants to read something.
Despite Zak telling him that he should just 'keep his trap shut' and
Nellie reminding him that he 'can't read', Sam surprises everyone by
reading a passage for Butch. Afterwards he thanks Eric for his help but
Eric is more interested in retrieving his wallet which he is convinced
Sam has stolen.
Chris is suitably scathing about Sam's efforts and reminds Zoe and Kathy
that Butch was 'a thug, a thief, a stalker' causing Kathy to flare up
and place the blame for the crash on the Tates for re-routing their
trucks through the village. Back at Home Farm, Zoe also expresses
digust at Chris' attitude towards the funeral but he tells her that, as
a director, she's as much to blame for the crash as he is and all her
'self-righteous bleating' won't bring anyone back - It'll just endanger
the future of the company.
Meanwhile, Donna has arrived at the Reynolds' and she and Marc are soon
taking advantage of having the place to themselves. Marc suggests they
go upstairs but Donna says it doesn't seem right. They are kissing on
the settee when Ollie - who left the funeral early because she was upset
- walks in. She is angry that Marc lied to avoid going to the funeral
just so that he could be alone with Donna. Donna apologises and makes a
hasty exit. Marc and Ollie argue but, when he sees how upset she is, he
Sam thinks he has let Eric down, even though he wasn't responsible for
Eric's money going missing. He finds the wallet which Charity has left
in the glove compartment of her car but Cain catches him and takes it
off him. At the wake, Sam tells Shadrach what has happened and he gets
the wallet off Cain - but only gives Sam 20 pounds, keeping the rest for
Outside, Emily gets her feelings about her father and Butch off her
chest. She tells John how much she loved Butch, how angry she is with
her father for not giving their relationship a chance and how she hates
him because he was the reason Butch got on the bus in the first place.
She tells him that she loves Butch 'and that hurts' and she loves him
'and that hurts too'. John tells her he doesn't deserve her and Emily
tells him that no one gets what they deserve.
Meanwhile, Lisa is feeling guilty and confides in Roy that she feels
responsible for the crash - not realising that Nellie is within
earshot. Charity finds the wallet is missing from her car and soon
guesses that Shadrach has it. She promptly relieves him of it, takes
the money and throws the wallet in the pig pen. Eric, however, is still
certain that Sam has his wallet . He reports him to Angie but she
refuses to arrest him on the day of his brother's funeral. Charity
tells them that she spotted a wallet in the pig sty and Eric is forced
to delve around in the mud to retrieve it, only to find his money is
missing. Angie concludes that he dropped it and the pigs ate the money.
Zak addresses the wake with a few words about the funeral and about
Butch. He tells them he's proud to be a Dingle, proud of Sam's reading
and of showing everyone that they can do things properly (re: the
funeral). Mandy is keen to apportion blame for Butch's death and seek
revenge but Zak just reflects on the son he's lost - the son who was
always there when others (Nellie, his other kids) left home, the son who
knew him best (including his faults) and who was his best friend. Now
they've laid Butch to rest, the next priority is to make sure his mother
and wife are taken care of and only after that's done will they turn to
the task of making the people responsible pay.