Emmerdale Episode Guide For The Year 2002
Episodes #3342/3343; 31 December 2002

Updated: 25th July 2004

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This week's episodes were directed by
Directed by Pip Short
These episodes were written by :-
Karin Young & John Chambers

Cast List

 

Date: Tuesday 31 December Time: 8:00pm to 8:55pm

Subtitled, Widescreen

Review
Zak's departure for Chile makes for an emotionally charged New Year. Jarvis finally agrees to Len's requests and treats him to an impromptu dance lesson in the village hall. Laurel's big chance comes to nothing, but things look up for Nicola when she spots a handsome stranger across the bar. Rodney, Seth and Turner ring in the New Year.

Zak wishes fairwell to Belle and Lisa

Episodes 3342-3343 - two episodes combinded

Combined Synopsis Text

Lisa is angry and unsympathetic as Zak tries to explain that finding Jed's long lost loot is their only chance to put an end to the Dingle debts.

Tossing his argument aside, she frantically tries to make him see sense as he continues to pack his bags. In a last ditch effort to keep the family together, Lisa even gets physical with Zak, but it's all to no avail.

Sam is convinced that he is to join Zak on his big adventure and happily talks of his pending adventure as he joins revellers at the pub.

Little does he realise that Zak plans to go it alone and is happy for him to be out of the way so that he can leave without causing him any pain.

Knows that it is now or never, Zak bids an emotional farewell to Lisa before heading off into the night.

But how will Lisa, Sam and the rest of the Dingle clan react to their beloved head of the family breaking rank to plough his own furrow?

Regretting how he dealt with Len's plea for help, Jarvis tries to make amends and offers to give him dance lessons.

As they practice in the empty village hall, Jarvis admits that he misses dancing - but swears Len to secrecy.

But their plans start top come unstuck when they unwittingly get on the wrong side of Edna!

Meanwhile, as the clock ticks down to a good old New Year's Eve knees up in the Woolpack, Nicola and Steph find themselves fighting for the attention of the same man when Syd arrives with his friend Neil in tow at the Woolpack.

But as Steph goes to check on her make-up, Nicola seizes the moment and moves in for the kill.

Steph isn't about to walk away without a fight, however, and decides to try and throw a spanner in the works.

Elsewhere in the village, the police continue to investigate the suspicious death and Louise grows increasingly anxious that the truth will out about the death.

And Betty manages to wangle Laurel a second chance behind the bar but her over eagerness is her downfall and disaster strikes - leaving Diane picking up the pieces.

Airing Tuesday, 31 December 2002 at 8:00 pm on ITV1

Lisa is angry and unsympathetic as Zak tries to explain that finding Jed’s long lost loot is their only chance to put an end to the Dingle debts. Tossing his argument aside, she frantically tries to make him see sense as he continues to pack his bags. In a last ditch effort to keep the family together, Lisa even gets physical with Zak, but it’s all to no avail.

Sam is convinced that he is to join Zak on his big adventure and happily talks of his pending adventure as he joins revellers at the pub. Little does he realise that Zak plans to go it alone and is happy for him to be out of the way so that he can leave without causing him any pain. Knowing that it is now or never, Zak bids an emotional farewell to Lisa before heading off into the night.

Regretting how he dealt with Len’s plea for help, Jarvis tries to make amends and offers to give him dance lessons. As they practice in the empty village hall, Jarvis admits that he misses dancing – but swears Len to secrecy.

Meanwhile, as the clock ticks down to a good old New Year’s Eve knees up in the Woolpack, Nicola and Steph find themselves fighting for the attention of the same man when Syd arrives with his friend Neil in tow at the Woolpack. But as Steph goes to check on her make-up, Nicola seizes the moment and moves in for the kill.

Elsewhere in the village, Laurel has a fake tan disaster and the police continue to investigate the suspicious death - Louise grows increasingly anxious that the truth will come out about the death.


Airing Tuesday, 31 December 2002 at 8:30 pm on ITV1 (note this episode was originally planned to air on 1st January 2003)

Sam is disbelieving and feels betrayed when he awakes on New Year’s Day to discover that Zak has left without him. But he takes heart from the letter that his dad has left him and is filled with pride when he reads that Zak needs him to be there and stay strong to look after Lisa and Belle.

With a new found confidence, Sam heads for the Woolpack to celebrate taking over the mantle of being head of the Dingle clan. Lisa struggles to come to terms with the reality of Zak’s departure, however, and Cain hits a nerve when he comments that Zak has effectively dumped her.

Still on a high from his dancing lesson, Len is up and about early and, grabbing an armful of old records, he makes his way to see Jarvis. Checking that nobody spots him, he sneaks into his house to continue with his ballroom education. But they hadn’t planned on waking a hungover Edna with their racket and she is soon beating a path next door.

Nicola takes great delight at rubbing Steph’s nose in the fact that she spent New Year’s Eve in the arms of Neil. But Steph isn’t about to walk away without a fight and decides to throw a spanner in the works.

Laurel gets a second chance behind the bar but her over eagerness is her downfall and disaster strikes – leaving Diane picking up the pieces.

[Terry persuades Louise not to break and tell the police the truth. Emily spots the two of the talking and comments that it is nice they can be friends again and doesn't seem to be suspicious by the fact.]

Bye Bye Zsk

Teletext :-

Emmerdale Zak set off to search for his father's loot, leaving Sam behind. Terry stopped Louise from making a confession to the police. ITV 1 Tuesday

BBC Puresoap :-

Wednesday 1st January Sam felt betrayed when he realised Zak had already gone, but was proud with the letter his father left him.

Nicola wound Steph up by gloating that she had spent New Year's Eve wrapped in the arms of Neil.

Len and Jarvis continued their dancing lessons but woke Edna who stormed over to confront them.

Betty wrangled Laurel another chance behind the bar but she messed it up. [It was not Betty, this is an error on the part of the officially released synopsis. Diane decided to give Laurel a second chance.]

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