When we return to Emmerdale on Wednesday 15 January, it’s as scheming Charity tells an alarmed Declan about her plan to get rid of Rachel and free Sam at the same time.
Declan leaves Charity in no doubt that if it all goes wrong, he will be taking her down with him.
Meanwhile, Rachel confides in Ali, telling her what Charity has said. Ali’s furious and demands they go to the police, but Rachel knows Charity holds all the cards. Will Rachel save Sam at any cost?
Later when Charity manages to manipulate the situation further, will Rachel go ahead and make a deal with the devil?
Elsewhere, David makes it clear he’s not happy with Leyla still being around, whilst Alicia is keen to keep the peace. Leyla tries to do and say the right things, wishing she was part of the family unit.
Also, Brenda returns from a shopping trip in a more positive mood, laden with shopping bags. She gives a new handbag to Kerry, telling her she bought it on impulse and can’t find the receipt.
But later, when Georgia recognises Kerry’s bag, Brenda tries to play down its cost, but Kerry becomes suspicious of Brenda’s behaviour.
And finally, Harriet continues to try and drum up some interest in her clubs but doesn’t have much success. She asks Ashley for advice on how to get through to her parishioners.
Next, in the first episode that airs on Thursday 16 January, the solicitor fails to reassure Rachel and the Dingles as he warns them Sam’s looking at seven years in prison at a minimum.
Later, overwhelmed by the enormity of it all, will Rachel finally admit defeat and surrender to Charity’s wishes?
As Charity outlines the plan, it seems that way…
Later, Charity is celebratory as she tells an impressed Declan that everything is coming together.
Meanwhile, with Jacob pretending to be ill, Leyla offers to look after him. Alicia agrees, but it’s awkward as David and Leyla can’t resist sniping at each other. However, Alicia tells David he needs to trust Leyla.
Later, Leyla realises she’s been played and that Jacob is not unwell, but finds herself covering to an angry Alicia, who’s frustrated at having to play the bad guy yet again.
When David realises what’s been going on, he is quick to stick the boot in with Leyla. With Jacob abusing his power in his dysfunctional family, it seems a few ground rules may be required.
Elsewhere, at Jude’s goodbye gathering, Harriet offers Ashley a job as the curate. However, Ashley’s put out by Harriet’s offer, but Laurel is quick to point out this could be a good thing for him. Will Ashley reconsider?
Also, Brenda covers her upset as she learns Georgia’s bought a flight ticket for Canada. Later, Georgia almost catches Brenda stealing a tin of beans, but she still manages to slip some veg in her bag as she leaves David’s shop.
And finally, Pollard tells a conflicted Diane he’s going to test Val to see what’s really wrong with her. What is he going to do?
Here’s a look at what’s coming up…