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Episode: 3976 - Tuesday 15th February 2005
Ethan puts the fear of God into Laurel and Ashley

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) excitedly tells her friends about the wedding but is later downhearted when Ethan (Liam O’Brien) reveals that he suspects the Bishop (Peter Cartwright) will disapprove of Ashley (John Middleton) marring for a second time. Ashley tries to convince Laurel that everything will be fine, but will the Bishop put a stop to the happy couple’s plans?


Meanwhile, Jimmy (Nick Miles) is raging with anger at being blackmailed and he takes out his aggression by trashing Charity’s (Emma Atkins) room at the B&B in search of the video tape. Jimmy thinks he has won after smashing up all of her tapes and the camcorder, but a smug Charity is quick to tell him that she has a backup copy and that she has decided to up her price to £200,000.

Elsewhere, Pollard (Chris Chittell) values a widow’s antiques and is delighted to discover that he is likely to make a huge profit. The dodgy dealer is thrilled that things are finally looking up.

ITV Update

Upping the price Tues, 7.00pm, 15th Feb

PLEASE NOTE All Opinions expressed and any errors in this update are those of the ITV visual updater and not of this site's or necessarily ITV's or Emmerdale's.

Laurel is full of the joys of wedding planning as she buys magazines to prepare for the big day. Ashley reminds her that he has to ask the Bishop for permission first.
It’s the day after Charity's bombshell and the minx is talking through the previous night’s events with Chas, who can’t believe what her cousin has done. ‘I hope you know what you’re doing as it sounds mad to me,’ she tells her. Charity insists that she is, although for the first time the blonde beauty has a nervous look on her face. Makes a change.
Meanwhile, Jimmy looks a wreck as Zoe returns and finds him on the sofa. He is clearly troubled and makes a quick getaway to work.
But he soon gets hassled there by brother Matthew, who tells him that Sadie won’t be pleased about ‘the other lady you’re playing away with’. Jimmy tells him and Tom that he has to go to Leeds later for business, Matthew remains suspicious of his brother’s behaviour.
Jimmy later calls Charity and arranges to meet her in a lay-by that evening. Chas offers to go with her, but she says she’ll be fine.
But as Charity sits waiting for her victim, Chas spots Jimmy going into the B&B. She quickly calls Charity and tells her to get back, quick-smart. More of that later…
Elsewhere, Pollard values a widow’s antiques and is delighted to discover that he is likely to make a huge profit. The dodgy dealer is thrilled that things are finally looking up. Have you not got a heart, Eric?
Things could also be looking up for Terry. Shelly and Turner talk about selling the B&B so that they’re free to move where they want. They decide to give Terry first refusal on the purchase and with Louise telling him that he’ll be in his element looking after it he agrees to think about it.
Back to the wedding planning and Laurel asks Ethan if he could marry her and Ashley. The curate apologises but says he cannot. He tells her that it’s nothing against the couple personally but because Ashley is a vicar and he has already been married he doesn’t approve of the wedding and tells Laurel that he doesn’t think the Bishop will approve either.
Distraught, Laurel heads over to the pub to confront Ashley, who tells her that it is possible the Bishop may not allow them to wed. She asks him why he didn’t express his concerns to her earlier…
Back to the action and Charity walks in on Jimmy trashing her room in the B&B, including the videotapes. She lets him believe at first that he’s beaten her, before saying, ‘Do you really think that they’re my only copies?’ The smirk that was on Jimmy’s face soon disappears.
She tells him that he shouldn’t underestimate her before she raises her asking price to £200,000. If not, she tells him that she’ll go to the police and ruin his family. He eventually agrees but tells her that he can’t get all the money at once. He tells her he’ll meet her tomorrow, ‘You’d better,’ she replies, ‘otherwise you’ve lost everything.’



This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Matthew Westwood produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Oliver Horsbrugh. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Granada Yorkshire production for ITV1.

Special Thanks to Tracey Whitton at the ITV Picture Desk Leeds

Emmerdale.org would also like to thank Michele Fawcett & Jo Cox from Emmerdale for the Production Credits.

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