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Episode: 3984 - Thursday 24th February 2005
Charity shows a horrified Debbie the incriminating videotape

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


In a desperate bid to convince Debbie (Charley Webb) of her innocence, Charity (Emma Atkins) forces her daughter to sit through the incriminating videotape. Debbie is outraged by her mother’s behaviour and calls her a tramp before storming out.

Over in the café, Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) tells Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) that her engagement to Ashley (John Middleton) is off but is adamant that she understands Ashley’s dilemma and is prepared to wait for him. Is Laurel really as carefree as she is suggesting?

Elsewhere, Len (Peter Martin) tries to persuade Edna (Shirley Stelfox) to attend the tea dance but when she refuses, Pearl (Meg Johnson), Jarvis (Richard Moore) and Len get their thinking caps on and try and come up with a plan to convince her to go along.

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'You're a tramp, mum' Thurs, 7.00pm, 24th Feb

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Ashley and Laurel get on with their lives after agreeing to wait for the Bishop’s approval before getting married. Ashley tells Zoe that he knows he’s done the right thing, but he feels ‘strangely deflated’. Laurel meanwhile is getting support from Emily, but negatives from Nicola, as expected.
Later the downcast two bump into each other and Ashley checks that Laurel is still fine with their decision. ‘It took me two years for you to look at me, I’m not going to give you up now am I?’ she tells him. Aww!
Charity heads over to see Debbie again, but the pregnant teenager still wants nothing to do with her mother. Lisa tells Charity that she’s not surprised for Charity doesn’t even know where she's going to after Emmerdale, ‘that girl needs stability’, she tells her.
Charity heads over to Zoe’s to tell her that she’s leaving. At first she thinks that Charity is just there to ask for money, but Zoe realises that she just wants to clear the air before she leaves for good.
Charity says to her (with Sadie overhearing): ‘I just wanted to tell you something. I really did care for you, you know.’ Zoe replies that she did know, before they both get a bit weepy and hug.
On her way out though she is confronted by Sadie. ‘Come to have one last look have you? Well you’d better saviour it because like everything else you’ve ever had, it’s gone.’ Charity’s riposte: ‘Yeah, you gotta enjoy things while you can because who knows what’s around the corner, hey?’ Sadie knows Charity’s alluding to something, she’ll have to wait to find out…
Meanwhile, Lisa is chatting to Debbie about how hard she’s being on Charity. She tries to get Debbie to open up and talk to her about her feelings, until Zak waltzes in and is as annoying as ever. Debbie leaves, much to Lisa’s frustration.
Charity has come to the conclusion that the only way she can make Debbie believe her is if she shows her a clip of the video tape of her and Jimmy. Chas is shocked and tells her that Debbie won’t be interested in what’s said on the tape, only at what her mother’s been getting up to!
But Charity tells her it’s a risk she’s got to take and eventually gets Debbie to agree to see her later that day. Before she shows it to her, though, she warns her that she had to do what she did so that she, Debbie and Noah could all be a family again.
As she presses play Debbie sees the sight before her: ‘Why are you in bed with Jimmy, it’s disgusting.’ She gets up to leave but Charity pulls her down and makes her listen as she realises that her mum was indeed set up by Cain and Sadie. ‘Now do you believe me?’ Charity shouts at her.
‘How could you?’ Debbie shouts back at her mother. But Charity again repeats that she did it for her and Noah and begs her to move away with her. ‘You didn’t do it for me, you did it cos you’re a tramp, just like my dad said you were.’ Oops, not the reaction you were looking for, hey Charity?


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Lesley Clare O’Neill, 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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