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 all the goings-on in the Dales this November…

Fri 2 Nov 2018: Will Ross Barton really leave alone or will Rebecca White change her mind?

November was a big month of change in Emmerdale village that saw exits, splits and new alliances forming. Here’s my take on the best and worst of the month’s offerings.

The beginning of November saw an end of an era in the Dales as Ross Barton left for a new life in Liverpool alongside Rebecca White (Emily Head) and baby Seb. The two enjoyed a short but intense romance in the village, bonding through their traumatic lives, so it was a rare surprise to see a happy ending for the pair of them. Ross’s goodbye scenes with many of the villagers were particularly moving and it really did feel like the closing of a chapter. Their exit sparked drama and some great gritty scenes of custody dispute from both Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins), and Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) and Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) but in the end it was Robert’s decision that let Rebecca have a fresh start with Ross (Michael Parr) and the chance of happiness with Seb by her side.

Wed 7 Nov 2018: Aaron Dingle broaches the subject of him and Robert having their own child and Robert is stunned.

Seb’s exit triggered a difficult time for Aaron and gave #Robron some enjoyably tense and emotional scenes as Aaron acted recklessly, wanting to keep Seb in their home. It’s been a while since Aaron and Robert had a meaty story and Aaron’s struggle prompted some great heart-to-hearts where the guys discussed their own difficult upbringings. This turn of events made Aaron realise he wanted to have another child with Robert and after a few difficult episodes, Robert had his own epiphany, acknowledging he wanted the same. This being Emmerdale and with Robert’s schemes likely to get in the way, the route to a surrogate baby might not be as smooth as they’d like!

Speaking of Robert’s schemes, one of Emmerdale’s big highlights in November was the ambitious tag-team partnership of Robert and Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler). After hilarious scenes at the scrapyard where Robert tormented Nicola with her own kids, broody Rob decided not only that he wanted more kids, but that he wanted more money too. A plan was formed between the devious pair and now their double-crossing of Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) has begun. This was a genius move from Emmerdale as Robert and Nicola are sure to bring as much laughs to the Waterhouse take-over as they are trouble. Once Kim Tate’s back, they’re doomed!

Also doomed this month were Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) and Daz Spencer (Mark Jordon) (who finally ended – yay) when Daz caught her having a romantic picnic with dishy Dr Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson). Liam and Bernice’s new found relationship (#Cavastock) has already won over viewers, thanks to comedy moments and their survival against bratty Leanna Cavanagh and meddling Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham).

Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) and Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) also called it quits as the new powers that be decided #Bobel’s unpopular affair was a delayed form of grief and Laurel not behaving as herself. Couldn’t agree more! Surprisingly their break up was well handled thanks to some brilliant writing and performances and I’m even starting to feel a little sorry for down-on-his-luck Bob. Just me?

Bob did have one big highlight this month and that was his work in the pub. Not only is it great to see him back behind the bar, but his last minute stripping show, replacing the Uptown Hunks with “The Wool Monty” was fantastic and really funny stuff.

There were some other entertaining comedy moments this month like the brilliant new partnership between April Windsor-Dingle and Ellis Grant, Charity’s childcare chaos with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and funny one liners with Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick), but it wasn’t always a success.

November was dominated by the unfunny con capers as Clive (Tom Chambers) and Frank Clayton (Michael Praed) got involved in art forgery in a story that went on and on. All this seemed to lead to was another break up between Frank and Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye), leaving me questioning what was the point of Clive anyway?

Teenager Jacob Gallagher kissed teacher Maya Stepney in Emmerdale

This month saw the start of a controversial new story, as Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) kissed his teacher (and dad’s girlfriend) Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein), which although uncomfortable offers the opportunity for a good storyline. But where are the rest of the compelling stories? While Emmerdale is brimming with wonderful character dynamics, beloved relationships and fantastic actors, it’s sorely lacking juicy storylines. Debbie Dingle’s looming trial and Graham’s prolonged drunken misery just don’t cut it. It’s really missing those “must-see” stories at the moment and I fear Emmerdale are just twiddling their thumbs waiting for Kim Tate (Claire King).

I’m optimistic as we move towards a feel-good Christmas and I’m looking forward to the new frictions drug-addict Dawn might bring, here’s just hoping December lays the foundations for an exciting 2019! 

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