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Episodes 2885-2889 --- 2nd April - 6th April 2001

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The following review by Paul Berridge :

After weeks of lying, the harsh reality of Gloria Weaver's life came crashing down around her.

Forced to pay Eric Pollard for an expensive necklace which was stolen while in her care - and too proud to borrow the cash from her boss, Paddy Kirk - Gloria stole a pair of candlesticks from the church to help raise the funds she so desperately needed. But when Reverend Ashley Thomas discovered their disappearance on April 2nd,  the pressure finally became too much for Gloria to bear. Gloria's husband, Malcolm, died and left her with a lot of debts that she didn't know about before his death. Ever since, she's been keeping her troubles a secret, and the pressure has been mounting.

When Paddy - who has been wise to Gloria's strange behaviour for a while heard about the candlestick theft, he confronts his empoyee and demands an explanation. Unable to continue her charade any longer, Gloria believes she had no way out. Everything has come to a head and she felt trapped in a corner.

In a heartbreaking attempt to end all her problems, Gloria swallowed a bottle of tablets. But by a stroke of luck, she was discovered by Pollard when he arrives at her home to collect her for a lunch date, and finds her unconscious.

Gloria come round in hospital to find Ashley at her bedside, and, mistakenly, believes him to have been the one who saved her. When Ashley explains otherwise, Gloria was pleasantly surprised. She wouldn't have thought of Pollard as her knight in shining armour, but she sees a side of him that wasn't apparent before.

It soon becomes clear that trying to kill herself wasn't the answer and her friends rallied round her. She then realised she should have turned to them in the first place and is very happy to have the chance to accept their offers of help. It felt good to have off-loaded the guilt she was harbouring."

Thank you to Hannah South from the Emmerdale Press Office for the following

Monday 2nd April 2001 Episode: 2885

Written by: Lesley Clare O’Neill

Director Haldane Duncan
Producer…………………………..….…..Kieran Roberts
Executive Producer:…………Keith Richardson


Gloria’s desperation takes a tragic turn for the worse.

Marlon and Tricia find charity begins at home.

MarlonTrcia Fisher

Tuesday 3rd April 2001 Episode: 2886

Written by: Stephen Bennett

Director Pip Short
Producer…………………………..….…..Kieran Roberts
Executive Producer:…………Keith Richardson

Gloria Weaver

Gloria fights for life as the truth hits home for Pollard and Ashley.

There’s gossip in the village as the Sugdens return from Spain.

Tricia’s miffed when the Dingles arrive bearing
unwanted gifts.


Wednesday 4th April 2001 Episode: 2887

Written by: Tim Dynevor


Director Haldane Duncan
Producer………………………….……….Kieran Roberts
Executive Producer:…………Keith Richardson

Rev. Ashley Thomas

Paddy’s stunned to hear about Gloria and furiously blames Pollard for her despair.

There’s speculation when the village discovers the new guest at the vicarage.

Turner questions Jack over his intentions towards Diane.

Thursday 5th April 2001 Episode: 2888

Written by: Alison Pennells

Director Haldane Duncan
Producer………………………….……….Kieran Roberts
Executive Producer:…………Keith Richardson

Jack’s devastated to discover Richie knows the truth about his son.

Gloria’s surprised by a guilty proposal from Pollard.

Rodney senses there’s something going on between Diane and Turner.

early fan card for Diane Blackstock



Friday 6th April 2001 Episode: 2889

Written by: Ken Blakeson

Director Haldane Duncan
Producer………………………….……….Kieran Roberts
Executive Producer:…………Keith Richardson

Nicola Carlos

Richie’s horrified when Jack delivers a sinister threat.

Pollard’s disturbed by Gloria’s presence as the gossip gains momentum.

Carlos is surprised by a naked picture of Nicola.


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