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 September 2019…
We all know Autumn is a massive month in the Dales and September was the perfect way to whet our appetites for the drama to come in later months.
In this month’s Emmerdale review, as we get closer to Ryan Hawley’s exit from the show, it was time for Robert Sugden to face the music this month and have his plea hearing. With tension high in the Sugden-Dingle household, the family were thrown when Victoria (Isabel Hodgins) made a (fairly unbelievable) decision not to testify for Robert’s case. Vic did eventually change her mind, but by then Robert had a serious think about his future and agreed with his solicitor that his best option was pleading guilty. With Robert characteristically playing his cards close to his chest, he stunned his loved ones and devastated Aaron with the news. These scenes lead to some superb performances from Ryan and Danny Miller as the two cried about Robert’s fate. Us too, guys, us too. With Robert’s exit looming, it’s going to be heart-breaking stuff.
It wasn’t all sadness for Robron in September as another highlight of the month was them helping Marlon seek revenge and getting their own back on Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley). Mandy’s return was another big win for this month as she brings chaos and colour wherever she goes. Mandy’s been very secretive about why she’s trying to scam money and it feels like we haven’t seen as much as her warmth this time but hopefully in the coming months we’ll experience that. So far, Mandy’s been a big injection of fun and her friendship with Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) is always a welcome return.
Mandy’s return came at a very unfortunate time for Jessie Dingle, who was mid-snog with ex-flame Al Chapman at the time. Cheating Jessie was an easy target for the brilliantly manipulative Al, but the implosion of the Jessie and Marlon marriage was the most engaging they’ve ever been.
Although their chemistry as a couple has never quite clicked, the writing for their break up was spot on, with emotions feeling real and raw. With powerful performances from Mark Charnock and Sandra Marvin, their relationship breakdown was some of the month’s best scenes, especially as Marlon stood up for himself, realising he deserved better. Things got even sadder when they broke the news to little April, who having seen Marlon’s multiple relationship disasters, blamed herself.
As Marlon struggled in the aftermath of Jessie leaving, with Mark giving his saddest puppy dog eyes, his family helped to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile Al is shaping up to be Emmerdale’s juiciest new villain. Suave, yet enjoyably nasty, Al was a great puppet master in wrecking Jessie’s marriage and subtly undermining Marlon. Hopefully with Jessie and Ellis gone, Al won’t flounder and his connection to Kim Tate (Claire King) might help make him even more ruthless. He’s one to watch.
We saw more of Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill) this month as she rebelled against Granny Charity’s parenting by seeing a lad and bunking off school. After a heart-to-heart it was clear there was so much more to her acting out than pure teen drama, and she revealed her worries about missing out on life due to her illness. Even with Debbie (Charley Webb) gone, Sarah is a good character in her own right and these fears of hers are worth telling over a longer period. Here’s hoping Emmerdale continue to explore that.
Sarah wasn’t the only one with worries this month as Jai had a huge shock when Dan Spencer showed up with his son Archie, telling them that Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) had died off screen. Jai’s had something of a renaissance in the past few years, going from almost irredeemable panto villain to a soft-hearted family man. September saw Jai (Chris Bisson) really struggling with mute Archie and turning to girlfriend Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) for support and comfort when he acknowledged his failings as a father. This storyline has also helped to cement Jai and Laurel as a couple and unite their families, with Jai’s bonding with Arthur already heart-warming. It just goes to show that a change in direction and a new relationship can do wonders for a character previously so hated.
On the other end of the spectrum, Moira continues to go from bad to worse. If her affair with Nate (Jurell Carter) wasn’t a turn-off by itself, Moira’s personality has reached new unlikeable lengths. I’d go as far as to say she’s almost a different person these days. After more remorseless cheating, Moira (Natalie J Robb) torn into Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) for her relationship with ex-drug trafficker Will (Dean Andrews).
Although Emmerdale tried to ground Moira’s outburst by linking it to Holly, it didn’t really wash and she just looked unhinged, especially when Harriet rightly pointed out her past with Emma Barton. The drama surrounding Harriet this month all seemed a bit over the top too, and I found it hard to buy everyone shunning her when Will is a bit of a drip, hardly the kingpin from his past. It’s a shame they rushed this repair of their relationship, it could have been a great slow burn.
Other lowlights this month was the dull drama at Home Farm surrounding Millie’s paternity. Graham’s backstory is such a muddle and investment in Andrea and Jamie Tate is almost non-existent with a lot of viewers so this twist about Andrea hooking up with Graham is pretty meaningless. Andrea’s so much more fun away from Home Farm and this story just feels like a desperate attempt to keep Graham relevant.
On the plus side, this month also saw Dawn and Billy embark on a cute romance, Jacob get some more aftermath after Maya and a subtle but emotional moment where Chas talked about baby Grace.
With so much to excite in October, from Kerry’s secret being out, to Robert’s impending exit to the big Nate/Moira reveal – bring on the next Emmerdale Review!
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