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Episode: 3999 - Wednesday 16th March 2005
Shelly leaves Emmerdale and Steph vows to bring her back

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Shelly (Carolyn Pickles) says her farewells before leaving the village, telling a tearful Turner (Richard Thorp) that all he has to do is call if he decides he’d like to join her.

Steph (Lorraine Chase) later visits Turner and is overwhelmed when he admits he couldn’t leave her behind. She vows to go after Shelly herself to convince her to come back, claiming that if she’s successful she will not be returning herself. As Steph leaves she says an emotional goodbye to her dad, explaining that this may be the last time they see each other.

Meanwhile, Pollard (Chris Chittell) tells Val (Charlie Hardwick) the exhibition has turned into a disaster since Glynis (Christine Cox) unlawfully revealed that he’s giving the profits away. Val points out that they are still able to deduct expenses and is confident that with some clever accountancy they’ll come out on top.

Elsewhere, Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) asks Libby (Ty Glaser) about her boyfriend and is shocked when she tells him that they split up ages ago. Will this spur Andy to fight for Libby’s affections?

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‘ I’ll bring her back’ Weds, 7.00pm, 16th Mar

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Betty informs Steph that Shelly means what she said the previous evening and is leaving the village. She adds that it’s likely Turner will go with her. She can’t help but voice her opinion to Steph (this is Betty after all) and she bluntly tells her that it should be her that’s leaving the village, not them. We love you, Betty!

Meanwhile, inside Betty’s and Turner is telling Shelly that she needs to be reasonable, that he can’t just up sticks in the next two hours, especially as he doesn’t even know where they’re going. Shelly tells him that she’s not staying for another day, but its clear Turner feels guilty for leaving Steph behind. Shelly is resolute, though, as she tells him she’s leaving today whether he’s coming or not.

Steph confides in Edna about how she’s feeling and tells her that Shelly’s simply pretending to be frightened of her. Edna reminds her that Shelly has good reason to be scared of Steph. She tells Edna that Shelly was determined to ‘tear us apart, she wants him to make the choice’.

Later that evening Shelly says her goodbyes to Betty and Turner and tells him to call her if he changes his mind. As she leaves, she tells him: ‘You’ll never be free of her if you let her back in your life.’ As they both shed tears, Steph looks on as the taxi pulls away.

Betty asks him if he’ll go after her. But he tells her that he’s got to think about what he’s leaving behind. ‘I was never a good father to her, I must be partially responsible for what happened.’

Steph goes to see Turner and he tells her that he couldn’t leave her, ‘the price was too high’. The two hug and Steph admits that she thought she’d lost him for good, ‘I never dreamed you’d stay with me’. Turner replies, ‘I’ll just have to get used to life without her.’

But Steph tells him that he and Shelly should be together and that it should be her that leaves Emmerdale. She vows to go after Shelly and bring her back, ‘I know that you love me now, it’s all I’ve wanted, and if I bring her back it’ll make up for all the things I’ve done to you.’ Roll on Thursday’s episode!

While all this has been going on, the rest of the village hasn’t been in hiding! Matthew has offered to take Louise and Terry to his friend’s B&B so that they can look at how the business is run. Terry also tells Bob that he won’t be needed at the B&B if the sale does go through, the poor fella is gutted.

Val and Pollard have also been busy. Thinking they’d walk away with nothing from the sale, Val informs Eric that they’ll both be able to claim expenses for their work which should leave them ‘quids in’. But Glynis is quick to point out that she’ll also need some expenses paid to her.

Elsewhere, while Libby is sat having a drink with Max in the pub she beckons Andy over to sit with them (could it be that she mighty fancy the farmer – she did catch him ironing in just a towel earlier that day after all!). Andy learns that Libby is now single and as Max pushes off the two get chatting, could this be the start of something?!


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Bill Lyons and directed by Pip Short. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Kathleen Beedles. 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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