Coming up on Emmerdale This Weekk….Spoilers Included!!
Its a busy week in Emmerdale village this week and things start off tensely on Monday, as Anna’s on edge while she waits for Matthew’s return however, he’s picked up from the airport by a De Souza driver and soon finds himself confronted by Donald.
Donald tells Matthew that every relationship he’s had has ended in failure and says he just wants to protect Anna. Matthew refuses to listen so Donald offers to spare the Kings from financial ruin if Matthew, in return, ends his relationship with Anna.
Matthew won’t be swayed but he’s now not sure he’s made the right decision when Anna later confesses to him that she’s been feeding her father information about the Kings. She tells him she stopped as soon as she realised that she had fallen in love with him.
Matthew’s furious but Anna swears she’ll turn her back on her father and proposes to him. Matthew accepts but can the newly engaged couple survive in the face of Donald’s anger?
Meanwhile, Bob’s at a loss as to why there’s a tense atmosphere between Terry and Brenda. Terry explains that Brenda caught him talking to himself in the mirror and blames Bob for his bad advice. Feeling guilty, Bob tries to apologise to Brenda insisting that Terry’s a good man, but she’s convinced that Terry’s a sex maniac.
Later, Bob has another go at persuading Brenda and lets slip that Terry practised in front of the mirror because he’s been on his own for a while and feels insecure. Has Bob given the equally out of practice Brenda food for thought?
Also, with her plans to get money from Val failing, Victoria tries to swindle Pollard and gets a tenner from him for ‘dinner money’.
After getting another fiver from Val for the same purpose, Victoria plans to save all her funds for the New Year’s party. However, Val soon catches her out and packs Victoria off to school.
Later, when Victoria interrupts David spending ‘quality time’ with Nicola, she blackmails him with telling Val about what he was up to in the living room, unless he hands over £40.
Tuesday’s hour long episode sees Donald furious when he hears about Anna and Matthew’s engagement. He makes one last protest against the engagement and as Anna moves out, Matthew happily tells Donald they’ll be in touch about the wedding.
That evening, the King family and friends are celebrating the engagement when Donald arrives and announces Anna’s been trying to ruin King & Sons. Matthew retorts with the revelation that Donald tried to pay him off, leading to a war of words, with Donald accusing the brothers of murdering Tom and finally, disinheriting Anna. He hides his upset when she snaps that she doesn’t care about his money and firmly reminds him she’s chosen Matthew.
Angry to see his fiancée so upset, Matthew heads to Holdgate to confront Donald. He angrily demands to know how Donald could be so cruel towards his daughter. Donald won’t listen and tries to call the police to get rid of Matthew, but Matthew grabs the phone and the pair struggle.
Donald suddenly clutches his chest and Matthew grabs his medication, realising he’s having a heart attack. Withholding the pills, Matthew demands that Donald agree to attend the wedding first.
Pleading with Matthew to hand the pills over, Donald’s eyes suddenly glaze over and Matthew’s horrified to realise he’s dead. Matthew’s frantic and wipes his fingerprints off the pill bottle before walking away. As he lies down next to Anna back at home, the reality of his situation dawns on Matthew leaving him wracked with guilt. But can he keep this dark secret from Anna?
Elsewhere, Terry refuses to accept Brenda’s apology and is angry at Bob for his interference. When Bob accidentally-on-purpose spills coffee on Terry’s shirt, he’s forced to retreat to the B&B and Brenda hastily follows. She says sorry once more and they have a ‘moment’ which is broken by Laurel’s interruption. Bob despairs at their uselessness and asks Val and Betty to help him play Cupid.
The ladies take Brenda to her flat and give her a makeover to help her seal the deal with Terry. However, it’s still not enough to ignite the flames of passion and an embarrassed Brenda leaves Terry once more.
Suspecting her attempts at a relationship with Terry are over, Brenda’s surprised when he follows her and they manage to resolve their differences, agreeing that their relationship might work if they give it time. Have the lonely pair finally reached an understanding?
At Home Farm, Jimmy can’t hide his delight when Scarlett says she can’t move into Daz’s pig sty. Scarlett’s hurt that her problems don’t seem to bother her brothers but despite this, Scarlett takes a more proactive approach and hires Laurel to clean the apartment, much to Daz and Jake’s horror.
Seeking relationship advice, Scarlett talks to Lexi who advises her that if she plays hard to get, Daz will soon come running. Will Daz summon up the courage to tell Scarlett he’s not ready to commit?
In Wednesday’s episode, Anna tries to put a brave face on the situation with her father and pushes ahead with the wedding plans, asking Katie to be her bridesmaid. Anna notices that Matthew seems distant and believes it to be because of the ongoing deal with Polek while at Holdgate, Betty and Laurel discover Donald’s body.
Laurel calls Anna and tells her father’s dead and when Rodney delivers the news to the Kings, Matthew struggles to hide his prior knowledge.
Anna feels guilty that her father died alone and believing that she hated him. She sobs a heartfelt goodbye to him and Matthew takes her back to Home Farm to rest.
Matthew’s full of remorse and pours himself a whisky to drown his sorrows while Anna sleeps. Carl notices his brother alone and decides to join him; Matthew can tell that Carl has been hit hard by Donald’s death.
Carl tells Matthew that he wishes he’d had time to patch things up with Donald, but when Matthew replies that sometimes, these things happen, Carl picks up on his tone of voice and asks what’s wrong. He quizzes his brother and a guilt-ridden Matthew finally confesses that he left Donald to die, but didn’t touch him. Carl’s is horrified but will he keep his brother’s confidence?
Meanwhile, when Lisa offers to look after Sarah, Jo sees an opportunity and arranges for Andy to go round for supervised access to his daughter. Andy heads over and Lisa firmly puts him in his place, insisting she’s only concerned with Sarah, not him.
When Jo arrives to pick Sarah up, she’s hurt to see Sarah so upset when she has to separate her from Andy. Jo agrees to discuss more access with Andy but can the warring couple find a peaceful arrangement for Sarah’s sake?
On Thursday, Anna’s grateful when Rodney agrees to helpl with Donald’s funeral arrangements. The police confirm to Anna that Donald’s heart failed and tell her that he would’ve died a painless death. Matthew cringes at the thought of how wrong their assessment is.
Later, Carl questions Matthew as to how he can look his fiancée in the eye but Matthew reasserts that Donald died of natural causes. When he takes Anna to the funeral home, Matthew struggles to look at Donald’s body and considers telling her the truth, but she stops him in his tracks by insisting they carry on with the wedding in spite of Donald’s death.
Carl disagrees with the decision and Matthew explains he wants to tell Anna the truth but can’t bear to lose her. Carl sees that Matthew genuinely cares for Anna but warns him that the guilt will drive him mad. Will Carl’s experience with Tom convince Matthew to come clean?
Meanwhile, Daz agrees to look after Sarah while Jo visits a farmer’s market with Lee. Katie notices Jo leave and mentions this to Andy when he asks about her accompanying him on his next supervised visit. Angry and believing that Jo’s messing him around, Andy vows that he won’t be kept from his daughter any longer.
He heads over to Butlers and a stand-off ensues with Daz after Andy demands to see Sarah. Jo’s shocked when Daz tells her what happened, while Andy pledges to Katie that Jo has started a war which he’ll win. Will Andy ruin his rehabilitation by doing something stupid?
Elsewhere, Jimmy regrets his scheming with Daz when he sees how upset Scarlett is by the situation. Daz apologises to Scarlett and convinces her that although he’s not ready to live with her, he still wants them to be a couple. She forgives him, but will the course of young love run smooth once more?
The last visit of the week on Friday sees Andy and Jo receive a warning about arguing in front of Sarah when they have a confrontation outside playgroup. However, the warning comes too late as Sarah is sent home from nursery for biting another child. Jo’s stunned when the teacher says that Sarah can’t return to nursery for the rest of term. Her reaction is to tell Andy his visit is off as she just wants to get Sarah home.
Desperate to see Sarah, Andy drowns his sorrows with a bottle of scotch and receives a dressing down from Katie over his self-destructive behaviour. However, Andy decides to go to the farm and launches into a huge argument with Jo.
When Andy ignores Daz’s request to leave, Daz punches him and shocked by his behaviour, Daz worries that he may be just the same as Billy and Andy. Can the Sugdens patch up their differences or are they set for further trauma?
Meanwhile, Matthew fears that Anna’s trying to bury her grief when she starts giving Donald’s clothing away. Still struggling with his conscience, Matthew’s advised by Carl to concentrate on his work and give Anna some space.
Later, Anna worries that she may have misjudged her father when her solicitor informs her that she will always receive an income from De Souza Enterprises. Convincing herself that Donald still wanted to care for her, Anna’s remorse makes Matthew feel even worse. Can he withstand the depth of his guilt?
Also, Brenda and Terry hit a problem when TJ objects to his dad’s ‘special friend’ so while Terry tries to talk TJ round, Brenda grows more and more uncomfortable with the villagers gossip about her private life.
Discussing the situation with Gennie, Brenda expresses her fear that TJ doesn’t want her around. Taking her daughter’s advice, Brenda considers winning TJ over by bribing him with sweets. Can Brenda convince TJ she’s a good person?