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 October 2019…
So much has happened in Emmerdale during the month of October they might as well rename it to Shock-tober! From the big Nate and Moira reveal to Robert’s heartbreaking ending, here’s a look back at the month’s biggest moments.
One of Emmerdale’s biggest stories in October was Robert Sugden’s much anticipated exit. Having made a huge impression over the last five years, it was always going to be sad to say goodbye to Ryan Hawley and the epic love affair between Robert and Aaron Dingel (Danny Miller), but Emmerdale ensured his exit was full of excitement and agony.
With Victoria Barton’s rapist Lee Posner dying, Robert and Aaron set out for a life on the run, but after an adrenaline filled few episodes, Robert came to the sad realisation that he couldn’t ruin Aaron’s life by forcing him to live life always looking over his shoulder. Robert did the noble thing by handing himself into the police, but with Aaron unaware of his plans, left him crushed.
It was one heartbreak after the next as Robron had a tearful conversation over the phone after Robert was charged with murder, then another emotional exchange of “I love you’s” in court when Robert was sentenced. As Aaron suffered the loss at home – and after an ill advised plan to break him out – the pair reunited in the prison visiting room. Unbeknownst to Aaron, Robert was being transferred to an Isle of Wight prison so when Robert said his final goodbyes it was for good. It was a beautifully tragic send off for Robert, whose final moments included flashbacks to some real Robron highlights.
His final few episodes contained some of Ryan Hawley’s best performances and the stellar chemistry between him and Danny Miller ensured a gripping and heart-breaking exit. Robert and the fan-favourite partnership will be a real loss – but his exit was a winner.
Other massive moments this month included Cain’s discovery of Moira’s affair with Nate. While the story hasn’t been well received with viewers, Cain Dingle learning the truth was one to watch. With Jeff Hordley at the helm, Cain always manages to be the multi-layered anti-hero and even in the slightly preposterous boat scenes, the showdown was a great watch. Despite their marriage imploding, Cain and Moira (Natalie J Robb) continue to be brilliant together and the underwater stunt was impressively done. The divisive issue is still Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) and the big reveal that he is fact Cain’s son fell flat when it had been guessed by a number of viewers already. Perhaps hinging everything on the twist wasn’t the best route, particularly when this story has done so much damage to a relationship that viewers loved and threw Moira under the bus. All for a character that has gone down like a lead balloon and a baffling backstory that was a bit of a damp squib.
Another twist this month saw Luke – cute hospital guy – revealed to be Lee’s brother, meaning Victoria (Isabel Hodgins) is a long way from a happy ever after. Luke might not be his brother, but considering how Vic has been harassed and stalked by their mother Wendy, this story leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Vic deserves happiness, but with someone far away from this family.
Also this month saw the birth of Chas and Paddy’s baby Eve which was a nice injection of comedy and happiness, despite being bittersweet after last year. We also sad a sad farewell to Faith, who left under a bit of a cloud when the Nate secret came out. Sally Dexter’s been a wonderful addition to the show so she’ll be missed for both the comedy and the drama.
Another huge story came to a close this month as Tracy and Vanessa discovered the truth about Frank’s death. There were some great showdowns between Tracy and Kerry in particular, though I’m not sure even Kerry’s accident got the audience feeling sorry for her and Amy! Amy Walsh once again proved what a great actor she is and with any luck this will be rewarded during awards season. This was a great revelation to watch unravel.
There were some good smaller plots running alongside the big hitters this month, including a salmonella crisis story that affected multiple characters and felt very ‘classic Emmerdale’. It was an everyday countryside story which played perfectly into Emmerdale’s USP. Then there was the fun wedding wars storyline between Sam and Lydia and Bernice and Liam. We’ve also seen more family bonding between the Thomases and the Sharmas, but Doug’s drug plot also gave the couple a little bit of angst to deal with. But if anything, obstacles only make us champion couples more in the long run. Mandy’s also been a great addition to the comedy capers.
Rhona and Graham got closer this month and while there’s potential there, it seems like it might just get bogged down by boring Home Farm dramas. Kim’s great, but all of the men she surrounds herself with make it all a bit tedious. With Graham leaving, this might inject a bit of life up at the big house.
With lots of big stories coming to their climax in October, what will November bring? See you then!
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