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Episode: 4,012 - Thursday 31st March 2005
Jack does his best to cheer Victoria on her birthday

ITV1 Network 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Jimmy (Nick Miles) seals his return to the King fold by goading Matthew (Matt Healy) into accepting a challenge to bed Louise (Emily Symons) before his next birthday. Does Matthew have a chance or will Terry (Billy Hartman) stand in his way?


Over at the Sugdens’, Victoria (Hannah Midgley) is devastated when her birthday present turns out to be a karaoke machine and not a horse as she had hoped. Determined to show her the joys of karaoke, Jack (Clive Hornby) sings Delilah by Tom Jones, but his performance fails to impress!

Elsewhere, Chas’s (Lucy Pargeter) attempt to cheer up Debbie (Charley Webb) backfires when she tells Debbie she knows why she’s so unhappy. Does Chas know the truth about her pregnancy?


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The Dingles are surveying the damage of the remains of the caravan after the previous night’s big bonfire! Zak admits he may have been a little hasty, but he’s certain that things between the family will be alright in the end and believes Cain won’t be away for long. ‘He’ll have a lot to answer for when he does return.’
It’s Victoria’s birthday and she’s still convinced that all her whingeing and whining has paid off and that she’ll be getting a horse… Instead she gets a karaoke machine! ‘Stop kidding,’ she says, ‘Where’s my horse?’ She runs off to her room sulking leaving Jack singing Sex Bomb to Diane. We wish now that he had bought a horse!
Terry gives Matthew a £200 cheque for the money that he borrowed, and lost, at the previous night’s poker game. ‘Fancy winning it back tonight?’ he asks Terry. ‘I don’t think Louise would like it if I was out again tonight,’ he tells him. ‘She giving you a hard time?’ Matthew jibes. ‘Oh no, just the opposite, that’s why I want to stay in!’ Don’t think Matthew wanted to hear that!
Matthew then spots Jimmy heading out of his house with a lady client and can’t resist making a dig at his brother in front of her. Tom arrives on the scene and tells Matthew to forget it. ‘We will fight Jimmy,’ he tells his son, ‘but we will fight him fair.’ And we thought the old man was softening towards his son!
On the subject of the Kings, Donna asks Katie which one she would sleep with! Katie is understandably thrown until Donna explains that the Kings are advertising for a new secretary and that, if past secretaries are anything to go by, the new one would have to sleep with one of them! Katie tells her she’s not going for the job, but is pushed by Donna into admitting that she would go for Matthew if she had to, ‘I like them dark and mysterious!’ Ooer!
Having been told by Max that Louise is not impressed with the amount of money Terry lost at cards, Matthew goes to the pub to face the music. But it seems she was only joking, but he tells her he will rip up the cheque if she wants him to. And then he does! She tells him that she was only joking, but actually she admits that she’s quite thankful as it’s a lot of money.
He returns to his brothers to face a lot of abuse for tearing up the cheque. ‘It’s so obvious you fancy her,’ Max tells him. Matthew denies it, but Jimmy can’t resist taking it a step further and bets his brother £500 that he can’t pull her before his next birthday. Matthew is having none of that silliness and raises the bet to £1000! ‘I’ll get her, don’t you worry.’ And somehow, we believe him!
Elsewhere and Chas pops round the Dingles to hear what’s happened with Cain and Debbie. The barmaid has a chat with the teenager and tells her that Cain will be back. But the lost soul is bitter and tells Chas that she doesn’t care if she never sees her mum or dad again, ‘I’ve worked it out that I’m better on my own.’ Chas finds it hard to believe that Debbie is having it so hard at the moment. If only she knew the real truth…
Ashley and Laurel are finding life pretty hard at the moment too, but they manage to squeeze in an hour to have a drink together. Until, that is, Ethan calls and tells Ashley that one of his parishioners needs him. The evening is cut short, but Laurel offers to take the Adult Literacy Programme instead of him. You after some Bishop points by any chance, Laurel?!


This episode of EMMERDALE is written by Lindsay Williams produced by Jonathan Phillips and directed by Oliver Horsbrugh. The executive producer is Keith Richardson and the series producer is Kathleen Beedles It is a Granada production for ITV1.

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