Woollie Weekly Emmerdale Review!
Emmerdale Review: Guest blogger The Woolie Weekly is back with a run down of the best and worst happenings in the past month in our monthly Emmerdale review. Here’s what they had to say about what happened in the Dales during April 2019…
April was a massive month for the residents of Emmerdale with the Big Night Out episodes promoted with a glossy trailer. We might have had to wait a few weeks to learn the secrets of that fateful night, but April wasn’t short of big moments either. Here’s a recap!
It was another pivotal month for the Maya and Jacob storyline as she was finally found out. It was Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele) who first made the heart-breaking discovery just as she had readied herself to sleep with Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant), worried he was getting fed up with her. As Liv struggled with her pain, she cried on Robert’s shoulder in a truly touching scene, before manipulative Maya (Louisa Clein) threatened Liv with using her drinking past against her. As Maya and Liv faced off, Liv decided the only way to win was to blackmail Maya for money (for Aaron and Robert’s surrogacy) and this ramped up the tension tenfold.
While the Maya and Jacob plot has been one of Emmerdale’s strongest it’s had its moments of stalling and feeling a bit repetitive, but by adding both Liv’s anguish and naïve revenge plot into the mix, it’s helped to widen the impact. This was a truly gripping development and things only got more exciting…
Despite Liv keeping things secret, it wasn’t long before more villagers learnt the truth about Maya’s grooming of Jacob. On the big night out Priya Kotecha (Fiona Wade), Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi) and Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) all vowed revenge, but what happened next in the woods remains a mystery for now. The tension and anticipation in this story has been compelling and the moment Leyla delivered a dark warning to Maya was unmissable TV.
The Big Night Out episodes themselves might have lacked the dramatic resolution we expect of a special episode, the real test will be the pay off, but so far everything’s in place for this to be great viewing. With Maya’s story coming to a climax, Victoria Barton’s, Billy Fletcher’s and Rhona Goskirk’s just beginning, there’s lots to look forward to.
There’s lots to look forward to for Aaron and Robert who found a surrogate this month. Robert (Ryan Hawley) had a change of heart and after a few false starts scaring away surrogate Natalie, she saw their family loyalty on show and agreed to be their surrogate. It was good to see the lads front and centre again and united as a family. Fingers crossed there is more baby joy on the way.
Chas and Paddy also had some good news as they went for their first baby scan and all was well. After last year’s tragedy their happiness feels earned and it was a welcome change for the characters. It was also enjoyable to see the new beer garden opened and the community come together for a celebratory event. Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano) was another character who had happy tears as he finally had his top-surgery and shared moving scenes with mum Moira (Natalie J Robb) in the hospital.
Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) and Kim Tate (Claire King) formed an unlikely alliance in April as we began to see a softer side to Kim. It wasn’t without its ulterior motive, but for the first time we got to see Kim bond with another character that wasn’t the increasingly pointless Graham. Now that the Joe Tate loose ends appeared to be tied up, it was time for Kim to get her sticky mitts on the vets and persuaded Rhona to hire her son Jamie. Despite Rhona’s initial reluctance, bonding with Kim has made her see the infamous woman in a new light, much to the chagrin of Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Vanessa (Michelle Hardwick). This story has given us plenty of funny moments with our favourite vets so we’ve enjoyed that too!
Things have got dark for poor Harriet, just as she finally gets a storyline! In a shock twist, Dawn (Olivia Bromley) has been playing Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) all along, using her to get back her son Lucas, all the while helping her not-dead dad, Will Taylor, seek revenge. This was a great surprise, particularly given Will is played by the brilliant Dean Andrews!
We’ve seen Harriet terrified in her own home as Dawn plays dumb and somehow the idea that Dawn is after payback feels a lot more authentic than this reunited step family routine – Harriet’s undercover work did lead to Will’s arrest and Dawn’s subsequent time in care and descent into drugs after all! Tension is high to see how far the vendetta goes and what next for Harriet and the Taylors.
It’s been a month full of great stories with very little that didn’t quite hit the mark. Kerry and Dan’s split saw the worst in the two characters, alongside a bratty Amelia, but even they seem to have made amends this month. Things are improving at Home Farm, with Kim becoming more genuine and less panto with the arrival of son Jamie, and it seems as if long-running stories are lining up to offer us that ‘must-see’ feeling again. Let’s hope May keeps up the momentum!
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