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Episode: 3982 - Tuesday 22nd February 2005
Ashley retracts his resignation from the church

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM



Ashley (John Middleton) wrestles with his conscience having turned his back on the church and after a long chat with Zoe (Leah Bracknell) he decides to retract his resignation. How will Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) react when she discovers that he has put their wedding in jeopardy?

Meanwhile, Charity (Emma Atkins) desperately tries to convince Debbie (Charley Webb) that she was set up by Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Sadie (Patsy Kensit) and begs her to leave the village with her. Cain sees Charity preaching to their daughter and in a fury he manhandles his ex-lover out of the door.

Zak, Shadrach, Charity and Lisa

Later that evening, Charity goes to the Woolpack and tells the Dingles of her plans to move away. Sadie overhears and is clearly delighted, but Jimmy (Nick Miles) is left panicking about what may be in store for him.

Jimmy is piggy in the middle to Charity and Sadie

Elsewhere, Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Emily (Kate McGregor) try to resolve their sexual problems by talking about their feelings. However, as they embrace, Emily’s uncomfortable expression suggests that they still have a long way to go.

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Stand by your man? Tues, 7.00pm, 22nd Feb

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Laurel is making all manner of mistakes at work, much to the disgust of a furious Nicola. Laurel tells her that she’s distracted so Nicola decides they must go to the pub to talk about whatever’s bothering her – is that Nicola being sympathetic for a change?!
Laurel and Nicola are joined by Emily as the newly-engaged woman admits to her friends that Ashley has resigned. Nicola is appalled that Laurel still wants to marry a man who will be jobless and penniless – that’s the Nicola we know!
Meanwhile, Viv is drinking plenty of coffee after her depressed evening. But when a sales rep comes round she sees that he may be able to offer her more than jsut some cans of beans…
A few minutes of cringe-worthy flirting and Viv manages to get a date out of ‘Johnny’ for the following week! Go Viv!
Charity persuades Lisa to get Debbie alone at the farm so she can talk to her while Cain isn’t there. She agrees but when Charity goes round Debbie doesn’t want to hear a word of what her mother’s got to say.
She gives Charity five minutes She eventually allows Charity five minutes and hears from her mother once again that Sadie paid Cain to split her and Tom up. But Debbie still doesn’t believe her. Charity asks her to move away from the village with her, but before she can give her answer, Cain walks in.
An argument breaks out, as expected, before Cain manhandles Charity out the door. His behaviour shocks Debbie – is she beginning to think her dad isn't the saint he's making out to be?
Meanwhile, Ashley talks to Zoe about his decision to leave the Church. ‘I’ve followed my heart for the first time in my life, but I’m lost and don’t know what I’m going to do.’
She tells him not to be so hard on himself, but he’s now beginning to understand the Bishop’s grievances about his past relationships. But he knows that he can’t expect Laurel to wait for him, but at the same time he knows he can't live without Laurel or the Church.
Zoe tells him that he seems to have lost his temper with the Bishop rather than with his faith. As she speaks to him he realises that he can’t go through with his resignation. But he’s filled with dread for he knows that it will break both his and Laurel’s heart.
Zoe tells him that she’ll understand, but he shrugs her off and, as Laurel appears with Gabby to meet him, he tells Zoe that he must be prepared to lose her as soon as he tells her he’s changed his mind.
Meanwhile, over at the Woolpack, Charity tells her family that she’ll be leaving for a fresh start. Sadie overhears and can’t help but express her delight. But Charity walks over to her and says, ‘Well, you’ve got what you wanted, love. I hope it makes you as happy as it will make me.’ A little riddle there for Sadie, who actually looks a little scared!




This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Sarah Bagshaw 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.

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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