Emmerdale Episode Guide For The Year 2003
Previews for Episodes #3437-3442 --- 11 - 16 May 2003

Updated: 30th May 2003

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Current Cast List

Producer: Steve Frost
Executive Producer: Keith Richardson

This week's episodes were directed by
Ben Morris

These episodes were written by :-
?? (Sun)
?? (Mon)
Chris Thompson (Tue)
Sarah Bagshaw (Wed)
Paul Quiney (Thu & Fri)

Episode 3437 - Sunday 11 May 2003 at 7:00pm

The Tate household is coming under increasing pressure as the news that Cain
is Debbie’s father continues to drive a wedge between Charity and Chris.
Chris is furious that he always seems to be the last person to be told
anything – particularly where Charity is concerned. Zoe tries to reassure him
that she had good reason for keeping the dark secret from him, but Chris isn’
t so sure. Charity, meanwhile, tries to convince her husband that Cain will
soon bore of his new role and they will get back to normality.

But Cain is actually showing no signs of backing down and his emotion is fired by the
knowledge that Shadrach kept Charity’s pregnancy from him.

A furious Caim grabs Shadrach

Lisa steps in to try and prevent all out war between the two men and can’t help but wonder if
Cain may have turned out a very different person had Charity told him the
truth all those years ago.

At the centre of the bitter battle is poor Debbie who finds herself turning
to Emily for advice on how to deal with the tug of love.

Stephen Butler is reeling from his disastrous date with Donna and even starts
to question his own sexuality when he thinks that Andy is laughing at him
behind his back. He decides to tackle Andy head on and asks him if their
friendship would be as strong if he were to be gay. Andy assures him that
nothing would change, but do his words really reflect his true feelings about
Stephen’s questionable sexuality?

Stephen is confused and turns to Andy for advice

Louise continues to flirt with danger as she continues to see Ronnie. But she
nearly comes unstuck when she emerges from a passionate clinch in his truck –
only to come face to face with Diane further down the road.

Elsewhere Marlon battles to get some sleep – but it is an uphill struggle.

 

ITV.COM The Tate's slow recovery(copied here for archive purposes as it will be removed from their site after two weeks)

Chris is still furious that he always seems the last person to be told anything. Zoe tries to reassure him that she had good reason for keeping the dark secret from him. Charity desperately tries to convince her husband that Cain will soon bore of his new role and they will get back to normality, but Chris isn’t convinced.

Meanwhile Debbie confides in a shocked Emily, who advises her not to worry or get involved in the adult’s arguments but instead try to enjoy her own life.

Chris and Charity have a lot of sorting out to do


At the Dingles Cain is struggling to deal with being a father, especially when he finds out that Shadrach knew Charity was pregnant at the time.

It’s Lisa who manages to calm a distraught Cain down but not before being on the receiving end of some verbal.
Tearful, Cain reflects on how his life could have taken a different turn if he had known about the pregnancy. Declaring that everything has now changed, it seems that Cain’s wanton ways could be over.

Lisa is having a nightmare trying to juggle Dingle dramas with organising arrangements for the arrival of very important business clients from Japan. Matters are worsened when Charity makes a desperate blunder by offering Lisa money to make Cain stay away from the Tates.

Lisa is left to calm down a shocked and distraught Cain

Elsewhere Stephen is finding life difficult after his disastrous date with Donna. Questioning his own sexuality he decides to tackle Andy head on by asking him if their friendship would be as strong if he were to be gay.
Frances suggests to Diane that they organise a girls night out however seems particularly interested in her friend’s reaction to inviting Louise.

Stephen confides in Andy

Marlon is still like a bear with a sore head due to lack of sleep so is relieved when Paddy and Emily disappear off on another holiday jaunt

Episode 3438 - Monday 12 May 2003 at 7:00pm

Frances is growing suspicious of her husband

As Diane prepares for a girl’s night out with Frances, Louise can’t help but
feel pangs of jealousy – not least because she can’t get to see Ronnie
because she is stuck at work. But Ronnie has plans of his own to meet up with
Louise – even if it means lying to his wife as to where he will be that
evening. After telling Frances that he is going to the Malt Shovel pub for a
pint, he instead makes a beeline for the Woolpack, intent on catching up with
his favourite landlady. The two lovers sail close to the wind, however, when
Terry refuses to cover for Louise’s absence and Frances discovers that Ronnie
has been propping up the bar at the Woolpack and not the Malt Shovel!

Frances is not pleased when she discovers that Ronnie has been lying to her

Charity is determined to get her relationship with Chris back on track and
decides to try to be more open with him. When she asks if he would like to
know more about her relationship with Cain, though, he assures her that he
doesn’t and says that he will accept it with time. But as things start to
look up for the couple, Cain begins to realise that his presence as Debbie’s
father could give him a real advantage over arch enemy Chris Tate. As he
spends more and more time with Debbie, trying to get to know her as his
daughter, she reveals that her seeing him is causing ructions at home with
Charity and Chris. Cain delights in this and realises that he may have gained
more than just a daughter – he’s now got the key to Home Farm too.

Things aren’t getting any easier for Stephen in light of the rumours that he
may be gay. His friends are seemingly abandoning him and when Katie suggests
inviting him over to offer support, Andy does all he can to try and get out
of it.

ITV.COM The game's up! (copied here for archive purposes as it will be removed from their site after two weeks)

Emmerdale’s two lovers sail close to the wind after Ronnie gets caught out lying to his wife about his whereabouts while Frances and Diane hit Hotten town on their girl’s night out.

The ladies get dolled up to the nines expecting to spend a full night out of Emmerdale but find it too rowdy so decide to head back to the Woolpack instead for a few quite drinks.

Meanwhile, having told Frances he’ll be at the Malt Shovel, Ronnie makes a beeline for the Woolpack intent on catching up with his favourite landlady.

Louise doesn’t hesitate in making her excuses to Alan, quickly disappearing from behind the bar to rendezvous with Ronnie in his truck.


As things begin not to  add up, Frances has worked out Ronnie and Louise's secret.

When the ladies return from Hotten, Louise has been missing for over an hour. A flustered Louise returns, giving a feeble excuse that she locked her keys in the car and had to call Terry to help her break in.
After cornering Terry as he enters the pub, Louise is shocked that he won’t cover for her absence but instead leaves to save causing a scene.

An already suspicious Frances puts two and two together when Marlon makes a comment about Ronnie being in the pub earlier but not actually buying a drink.

Back at home Ronnie reiterates to his wife that he went to the Malt Shovel for a few and nowhere else, confirming her suspicions.

Louise no longer has Diane to turn to as Diane is very disappointed with her friend

Elsewhere Charity asks Chris whether knowing more about her relationship with Cain will help smooth things over. Chris says that he will accept it all with time but doesn’t want any details.

Meanwhile Debbie insists on visiting Cain. As he spends more time trying to get to know his daughter, Debbie reveals that her seeing him is causing ructions at home with Charity and Chris. Cain delights in this, realising that he may have gained more than just a daughter – he’s now got the key to Home Farm too.

Debbie insists on getting to know her real dad Cain


Things aren’t getting any easier for Stephen in light of the rumours that he may be gay. His friends are seemingly abandoning him and when Katie suggests inviting him over to offer support, Andy does all he can to try and get out of it.


Episode 3439 - Tuesday 13 May 2003 at 7:00pm

Trouble is brewing at the Woolpack and Louise is about to find herself public
enemy number one! Frances has worked out that the landlady is the reason for
Ronnie’s frequent visits to the pub and, given his track record, it doesn’t
take much for her to realise that Louise is serving up more than just a pint
to her husband. Louise is surprised when Frances arrives at the Woolpack
instead of attending church and assumes she is there to see Diane.

If you play with fire Louise you get burnt.  Frances tells her husband's mistress a few home truths

But Frances quickly lets Louise know that she isn’t there to see Diane and
knows all about her sordid affair with Ronnie. The vicious verbal assault
catches Louise off-guard and despite her best efforts, she struggles to put
up a convincing denial – particularly when Frances points out that it
certainly isn’t the first time he has played away from home. As Frances
leaves with a warning to Louise to steer clear, Louise goes gunning for Diane
– convinced that she has revealed all to Frances. Ronnie, meanwhile, is in
for a shock when he returns home to find that Frances has rumbled his romps
and is in no mood to forgive and forget!

Frances throws Ronnie out

Will Ronnie be abke to save his marriage now that Frances has rumbled him?

Pollard is preparing for the arrival of Mr Tashiro – a potentially important
business client from Japan. Sam has been given the responsibility of taking
Tomiko, Mr Tashiro’s offspring, under his wing and eagerly makes plans to
entertain him. Sam’s disappointment is there for all to see, however, when
Tomiko turns out to be a she and not a he.

Debbie seeks assurance from Charity that Chris is happy for her to see Cain.
Charity is confident he is, but asks Debbie not to make too big a deal of it
in front of him. Cain is happy to hear that he has been asked to make more
formal arrangements to see Debbie. But Charity becomes suspicious when Cain
is only too eager to play things her way.

Steph suggests a free evaluation day to try and encourage business at the
antiques barn.

ITV.COM Ronnie's rumbled(copied here for archive purposes as it will be removed from their site after two weeks)

After the previous night’s events and, given his track record, it doesn’t take much for Frances to realise that Louise has been serving up more than just a pint to her husband.

Taking matters into hand Frances decides to forgo church, instead paying Louise a visit. The vicious verbal assault catches her off-guard and despite her best efforts Louise struggles to put up a convincing denial, particularly when Frances points out that it certainly isn’t the first time he has played away from home.

Frances leaves with a warning to Louise to steer clear and returns home to put on a brave face until the kids disappear, giving her the opportunity to have it out with her straying husband.

Frances fights back

Ronnie is unable to deny the allegations against him, and with Frances in utter disbelief that her husband would be unfaithful so soon after promising to turn over a new leaf, she sends him packing.
At the Woolpack Louise is struggling to focus behind the bar, and Diane soon twigs that something is up. When Louise spills the beans about Frances’ visit and the fact that she continued the affair behind her friend’s back Diane questions whether she’ll ever be able to trust Louise again

Ronnie is in for a shock when he arrives home

The big day has arrived for Lisa with the important Japanese business client arriving with his offspring, Tomiko. Sam’s disappointment is there for all to see when Tomiko turns out to be a she and not a he.

Mr Tashiro arrives with his daughter Tomiko

Rodney’s takings at the antiques barn are down so Steph suggests holding a free valuation day to try and encourage business.

Cain turns up at Home Farm wanting to speak to Chris about the situation with Debbie. Chris tells him to come back another time, promising Charity that there is no way he’s going to let Cain get the better of him.


Episode 3440 - Wednesday 14 May 2003 at 7:00pm

As Frances tries to carry on business as usual after discovering Ronnie’s
affair, Paul can’t help but notice that something is amiss with his mum.
Desperate not to force her problems on to the rest of her family, however,
Frances confirms that they have had a row, but nothing serious. Instead she
saves her true feelings for Diane and rips into her for her deceit at keeping
the affair secret from her.

Diane is angry with herself for how she handled the situation and finds
herself feeling sorry for Frances having to suffer Ronnie’s straying. But
Frances makes it perfectly clear that Diane should save her pity for Louise.
Frances subsequently decides to confide in Ashley, but admits that she will
be taking Ronnie back, rationalising that their marriage is good and just
because he strays it doesn’t mean Ronnie no longer loves her. But when her
husband does return with his tail firmly between his legs, Frances makes it
abundantly obvious that he has a tough time ahead.

Things don’t bode well for Pollard as it becomes increasingly clear that his
Japanese business visitor isn’t impressed with Pollard’s factory set up.
Seeing the contract slip through their fingers, Lisa persuades Mr Tashiro to
join her in the Woolpack to discuss the order. Sam isn’t impressed at having
to look after Tomiko, Tashiro’s daughter, but Lisa notes that she could
possibly exploit the situation to her advantage and keep the business.

Elsewhere, Steph struggles to try and make her valuation day a success and
Stephen thanks Andy for not being swayed by the rumours that he could be gay.

 

ITV.COM Frances turns to the church (copied here for archive purposes as it will be removed from their site after two weeks)

Frances is reeling from the revelation that Ronnie’s been playing around again, but is desperate not to force her problems on to the rest of her family despite her son, Paul’s, concerns. Instead Frances goes gunning for Diane, convinced that she has been laughing behind her back with Louise all this time and taking her for a fool.
Diane is angry with herself about the way she handled the situation and finds herself feeling sorry for Frances at having to suffer Ronnie’s straying. But Frances makes it perfectly clear that Diane should save her pity for Louise.

Frances

Diane explains to Frances that, although she did know something was going on, Louise had sworn hand on heart she’d put an end to the fling.

Frances confides in Ashley over her husband’s straying, explaining the reason she takes him back is because she couldn’t live without him. Ashley comforts her by saying that to forgive and to love so much is a strength.
But when her husband does return with his tail firmly between his legs, Frances makes it abundantly obvious that he has a tough time ahead.

Ronnie

Lisa’s having a tough time trying to persuade Mr Tashiro that the factory has the capacity to deliver his order. Seeing the contract slip through their fingers, Lisa persuades Mr Tashiro to join her in the Woolpack to discuss the order.

She strikes a deal that by the time he returns from his trip to London the order will be ready, and if that’s not enough she invites his miserable daughter, Tomiko to stay at the cottage whilst he’s away. But Sam vows that she won’t last five minutes in their house if he’s got anything to do with it.
Elsewhere Steph and Nicola go full steam ahead with their poster campaign for the free valuation day to be held at Viv’s café’.

Stephen thanks Andy for sticking by him through the rumours that he’s gay, although Andy is starting to have problems of his own relating to Stephen’s sexuality.

Lisa tries to reason with Sam


Episode 3441 - Thursday 15 May 2003 at 7:00pm

Lisa starts to realise that she has taken too much on trying to get the
Japanese order finished on time. It is taking its toll on the workers and
surely only a matter of time before the whole order is cancelled. With her
back against the wall, Lisa hits on a way out and decides to order ornaments
from elsewhere to complement Pollards own batch.

Sam, meanwhile, is surprised to find himself warming to Tomiko. After trying
to offload her by giving her the job of mucking out the pigs, he is suddenly
taken by her approach to the job and her happy-go-lucky attitude to life. And
the feeling would appear mutual as Tomiko jumps to Sam’s defence when
Shadrach tries to mock their friendship.

Ronnie is working hard to get back in his wife’s good books and suggests that
they should take a brief holiday alone and away from the kids and the
village. Frances isn’t completely convinced and also points out the dangers
of leaving the children alone after the last party disaster. And Ronnie isn’t
having it any easier with Louise, who accuses him of being a coward for not
telling her that the affair was over. But Ronnie knows which side his bread
is buttered on and defends Frances when Louise starts to insult her.

Sure that Andy is now a true friend, Stephen feels confident in inviting him
over for a few beers. Andy agrees with a certain degree of unease. But how
will he react when brother Robert begins to tease him and suggest that they
are going on a date together?

Rodney and Steph put their heads together to ensure that the valuation day
will be a sure-fire hit – but not everything is above board!

ITV.COM Lisa's back against the wall (copied here for archive purposes as it will be removed from their site after two weeks)

Having promised Mr Tashiro that his order will be ready by the end of the week Lisa is now having doubts, as the extra workload takes its toll on the factory staff. Drastic measures are taken when she decides to complete the order by buying ready made ornaments from a rival business.

Lisa

Meanwhile Sam is determined not to make friends with Tomiko, and matters made even worse when she storms off after Sam shouts at her for letting a chicken loose.

Lisa orders Sam to track her down, and later he's surprised to find himself warming to Tomiko after she shows her love of animals.

Tomiko and Sam bond in the pig sty while feeding the pigs

Steph’s valuation day is deemed a roaring success having conned the residents out of their collectables. Mavis and Betty aren’t too bothered as they prop up the bar in the Woolpack on the proceedings of their sales.
Ronnie tries to make amends with Frances by suggesting they go on holiday to get away from the village and spend some time together alone. Frances isn’t completely convinced by the idea also pointing out the dangers of leaving the children alone after the last party disaster.

Steph

As was predicted Ronnie doesn’t waste any time in officially finish the fling with Louise. He knows which side his bread is buttered on, defending Frances when Louise starts to insult her.


Episode 3442 - Friday 16 May 2003 at 7:00pm

Lisa starts to worry that Sam is heading for a broken heart as he is
seemingly growing more and more fond of the visiting Tomiko. But that’s
nothing compared to the worry she faces when she and the workers at Pollard’s
factory start to unpack the extra ornaments that have been delivered to
finish the order.

Much to Lisa’s horror, all of the ornaments are labelled “Made in Japan” and
the clock is ticking before Mr Tashiro’s return. She demands that the workers
knuckle down to re-label the entire stock or the order will be a washout. But
can she pull it off and save the day? Sam, meanwhile, confides to Laurel
that, as suspected, he is gutted that he only has one day left with Tomiko.

Rumours are still rife about Stephen’s sexuality and Katie is becoming
increasingly worried about how her friend will deal with them. She tries to
talk it through with Andy but he is far from sympathetic and it becomes clear
that he perhaps isn’t quite as understanding of the situation as he had made
on. And things don’t get any better when Bob cracks a one-liner about Andy
and Stephen enjoying a cosy night together.

Ollie is struggling to find time to get her head in her books in order to
revise for her forthcoming exams. But Len and Danny seem oblivious to her
plight and, if anything, just make life even harder work. Everytime Ollie
puts her head above the parapet, she discovers another dirty house and a bowl
full of pots that demand her attention.

ITV.COM Lisa pulls it off (copied here for archive purposes as it will be removed from their site after two weeks)

The extra ornaments arrive at Pollard’s factory to complete the big order but, much to Lisa’s horror, they are labelled “Made in Japan” and the clock is ticking before Mr Tashiro’s return. She demands that the workers knuckle down to re-label the entire stock or the order will be a washout. They all breathe a sigh of relief as they last box is packaged and the order is completed.

Lisa

Lisa starts to worry that Sam is heading for a broken heart as he is seemingly growing more and more fond of the visiting Tomiko, who’ll be shortly heading back to Japan. After taking Tomiko out poaching for the day Sam confides in Laurel that, as suspected, he is gutted that he only has one day left with his new friend.

Ollie is struggling to find time to get her head in her books in order to revise for her forthcoming exams. But Len and Danny seem oblivious to her plight and, if anything, just make life even harder work. Every time Ollie puts her head above the parapet, she discovers another dirty house and a bowl full of pots that demand her attention.

Sam and Tomiko

Rumours are still rife about Stephen’s sexuality and Katie is becoming increasingly worried about how her friend will deal with them.

She tries to talk it through with Andy but he is far from sympathetic and it becomes clear that he perhaps isn’t quite as understanding of the situation as he had made out.
And things don’t get any better when Bob cracks a one-liner about Andy and Stephen enjoying a cosy night together, causing Andy to make an excuse to get out of it.

S tephen and Andy

 

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