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Episode: 3954 - Thursday 20th January 2005
Sam leaves the village with the love of his life

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Samuel Jonah ("Sam") Dingle
14 February 1995 - 3 October 1996, 1 May 1997-April 1998, 29 March 2000 - 1st August 2004,
5th October 2004 - 20th January 2005

Review :-

Zak allows Sam to follow his heart but will he be too late to catch up with Alice?

Charity waits in the wings as Tom causes trouble for his sons.

Chloe worries Carl’s affection is cooling.



Sam and Alice wave goodbye

Zak (Steve Halliwell) notes Sam’s (James Hooton) agony over Alice’s departure (Ursula Holden Gill) and after visiting Butch and Ben’s graves he returns in a new frame of mind, telling his son he must not miss his opportunity to be happy.

They drive to the train station and Sam makes a dash for a train. The station master refuses to let Sam board without a ticket but after a threat from Zak he gives in. Sam is finally reunited with Alice and bids an emotional farewell to his family as the couple disappear to embark on a new life together.

Elsewhere, Jimmy (Nick Miles) feels undermined by Tom (Ken Farrington) at work and he accuses Sadie (Patsy Kensit) of failing to support him. Sadie warns her husband not to take Tom on, but Jimmy rebuffs her for sounding more like his father everyday. Charity (Emma Atkins) witnesses the whole exchange and swoops in on Jimmy with the intention of manipulating the situation to her advantage.

Meanwhile, Tom tells Max (Charlie Kemp) that he can live in Jacobs Fold but that he will need a job in order to pay the rent each month. Despite his father’s words, Max rejects a job from Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and furious Tom is forced to make it clear that he will accept the work whether he likes it or not.

ITV Update

Never too late for Love Thurs, 7.00pm, 20th Jan

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With Alice about to leave Sam's life forever, she leaves a letter for him – Lisa has to read it, though, as the letters are joined up! She also leaves him a chicken, which she says she has kissed and asked it to pass the kiss on to Sam – aw!
Cain picks up Debbie to take her to school. But he takes her on a diversion to show her his new home – a caravan! Great style, Cain!
Lisa talks to Zak about Sam. ‘Have you seen the state of him?’ she asks Zak. ‘He’ll get over it,’ is Zak’s reply. Lisa tells him they can’t wrap him in cotton wool forever and if they don’t let him go to Norfolk ‘he may hate us for the rest of his life’. You're just too sensible, Lisa.
A pensive Zak, yes, you read that right reader, goes to visit the graves of Butch and Ben (pouring them both a can of beer on the soil!). After telling them how he feels about Sam, he returns to the farm in a new frame of mind.
Back at the farm, Sam tells Zak that he loved Alice, ‘because she cared for me’. There’s a great moment when Zak realises he needs to get Sam to the train and they run to get the van.
We’re not going to let you know what happens there just yet! Back to reality first and Tom talks to Max about getting a job. He sets him up with an interview for a junior role at a veterinary practice. Something in Max’s body language indicates that he’s not too happy about that one!
Meanwhile, with lower lip protruding, Jimmy has a go at Sadie for failing to support him. He feels undermined by Tom and doesn’t think his work is being appreciated – well you do seem pretty bad at your job, Jimmy.
Back to the Dingles, (that’s what you really want to know about isn’t it?) and they’re racing to the station in the big red van…
Jimmy and Sadie head to the pub for a drink, but it’s not long before the two have words and Sadie storms back to work… witnessed by Charity who sees her chance to get close to Jimmy. Although he soon gets away from her, it’s clear she’s starting to have an effect on him.
The Dingles have finally made it to the station and Alice’s train is waiting on the platform. He quickly finds her and she thinks he’s just there to wave goodbye to her. He then tells her that he’s going with her! Aw, it's just too sweet!
Max has returned from his interview and tells his father it went really badly as he was so nervous. But Tom has already called the place and learned that they offered Max the job on the spot. Tom tells Max that he will take the job whether he likes it or not.
Just to throw a spanner into the love works, the station master refuses to let Sam board the train without a ticket. But a threat from Zak soon sees him jumping aboard. An emotional farewell follows as the couple choo choo away to start their new life together. One-two-three ahhhh!



Lisa Dingle Jane Cox
Sam Dingle James Hooton
Tom King Ken Farrington
Jimmy King Nick Miles
Sadie King Patsy Kensit
Cain Dingle Jeff Hordley
Zak Dingle Steve Halliwell
Debbie Dingle Charley Webb
Chloe Atkinson Amy Nuttall
Paddy Kirk Dominic Brunt
Max King Charlie Kemp
Danny Daggert Cleveland Campbell
Charity Tate Emma Atkins
Emily Kirk Kate McGregor
Station Master Philip Lightfoot
Alice Wilson Ursula Holden Gill

This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Tim Dynevor, produced by Kathleen Beedles and directed by Alan Wareing. 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 from Emmerdale for the Production Credits.

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