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Episode: 3980 - Sunday 20th February 2005
Paddy worries about his relationship with Emily

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


ITV1 Network Sunday 20 February 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Paddy worries about his relationship with Emily Paddy (Dominic Brunt) looks on with jealousy at Marlon (Mark Charnock) and Donna (Verity Rushworth) canoodling. After one too many drinks, he shocks Marlon by confessing that he and Emily (Kate McGregor) are experiencing problems in the bedroom.

Elsewhere, Viv (Deena Payne) tries to reunite her family and with the best of intentions she invites everyone over for lunch. When she fails to round up the troops, Viv is left feeling utterly depressed and she complains to an uncomfortable Emily about her own non-existent sex life.

Meanwhile, Ashley (John Middleton) remains adamant that he stands by his resignation from the church, but when a parishioner rings saying that his dying mother is asking to see him, the ex-vicar goes to visit her without a second thought. Is Ashley really ready to put the church behind him?

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Second thoughts? Sun, 7.00pm, 20th Feb

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Ethan and Ashley argue about the vicar’s decision to resign from the church. Ashley explains that he had no alternative and that he was not prepared to wait for the Bishop’s approval as it may never come. Ashley then asks Ethan to take the Sunday service for him.
Viv tells Emily she has turned a corner in her life. She decides to invite her family round for a Sunday roast, but little does she know that they have already made plans.
Ashley and Emily head out for a stroll while the Church bells are ringing, he tries to ignore the affect they’re having on him, but it is clearly difficult for the man to turn his back on the Church.
Later they sit in the Church and Laurel once again questions his decision. ‘The Church is who you are,’ she tells him. But he simply replies: ‘You are who I am now.’ Before insisting that there are other jobs that he can do.
Marlon and Donna are off to a concert in Leeds and invite Emily and Paddy along. To Paddy’s surprise, Emily agrees to go. At last there’s a smile on the miserable vet’s face.
That is until they run into Viv who is upset because both Donna and Scott are busy that afternoon. Emily tells her that she and Paddy will have lunch with her. The grin on Paddy’s face is soon erased!
As expected, the lunch is a very painful experience with Viv feeling increasingly sorry for herself. Paddy eats his ‘solid’ piece of beef while getting through the wine rather quickly. Viv later pulls out the family album! Paddy can stand no more and makes his escape to the pub.
Meanwhile, Ashley and Laurel are cooking a lunch of their own, but it’s not running smoothly for the stressed vicar. That is until a parishioner knocks on the door and tells him that his dying mother is asking for him. Ashley leaves to see her without a second thought.
While Ashley’s gone, Laurel asks Ethan if he’s upset by Ashley’s decision, he simply tells her: ‘I know I couldn’t do it.’ A few hours later Ashley returns. The lady died, but he feels glad that he was there for her in her last moments. Are the seeds of doubt being sown, Ashley?
Meanwhile, Shelly is fed up with her quiet life in the village and asks Nicola if she has any cleaning jobs. Nicola is less that helpful, though, and tells her that they are fully staffed at the moment. What a cow!
With Paddy at the pub, Viv and Emily talk about men. Viv tells her that she doesn’t miss Bob himself, but she does miss the company and being close to someone. Emily tells her that sex is not important and that there’s more to life… but Viv strongly disagrees! No surprise there then!
Over at the pub and Paddy has had a few beers too many. But when he and Marlon walk home he admits to his friend that he and Emily are having problems in the bedroom. Marlon is confused and in his drunk state Paddy shouts out: ‘We’re not having sex anymore,’ just to clarify the matter. Marlon is clearly worried about his friend.


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Marc Peirson produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Mike Adams. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Steve Frost. It is a Granada Yorkshire production for ITV1.

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

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