Leap of Faith

THE SUD­DEN AR­RIVAL OF FAITH DINGLE – Chas AND Cain’s LONG-ES­TRANGED MOTHER – MAKES LIFE DIF­FI­CULT FOR EV­ERY­ONE, ES­PE­CIALLY Emma...

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Amys­te­ri­ous woman steps off a bus in Em­merdale and soon finds her­self holed up at the Dingle home­stead af­ter Zak un­wit­tingly locks her in the barn! For sev­eral days, the woman strug­gles to sur­vive as she grows weaker and sicker, with only young Sarah Sug­den, who has dis­cov­ered her in the barn, around to help her.

Af­ter Sarah (Katie Hill) steals money and sup­plies to help her, the woman takes up refuge in the B&B, but soon clashes with Pol­lard (Chris Chit­tell), only to end up col­laps­ing in her room! With Pol­lard and Diane (El­iz­a­beth Estensen) rush­ing to help her, the com­mo­tion alerts the vil­lagers, in­clud­ing Cain (Jeff Hord­ley) and Chas (Lucy Par­geter), who are hor­ri­fied to recog­nise the woman as Faith Dingle (Sally Dex­ter), the mother they haven’t seen in more than 12 years!

Faith’s sud­den ap­pear­ance rocks Cain and Chas as they wres­tle with trou­bled mem­o­ries of their mother. Both wish to see the back of Faith quickly, but she has no in­ten­tion of leav­ing and wastes lit­tle time in stir­ring up trou­ble ev­ery­where. She flirts with her broth­erin-law Zak (Steve Hal­li­well), spark­ing Lisa’s (Jane Cox) jeal­ousy, in­ter­venes in the plans for her grand­daugh­ter Sarah’s can­cer treat­ment in Prague, en­cour­ages grand­son Aaron (Danny Miller) to ac­cept he’s go­ing to prison and plays Pol­lard and Rishi (Bhasker Pa­tel) off against each other as she bats her lashes at them.

How­ever, it’s Faith’s de­ci­sion to hold psy­chic read­ings in the Wool­pack that re­ally causes trou­ble. The vil­lagers are all shocked by Faith’s claims that she’s psy­chic, and when Chas and Cain in­sist she’s ly­ing, she holds a huge event in the pub, in­stantly ter­ri­fy­ing Emma Bar­ton (Gil­lian Kear­ney) when she says she’s chan­nelled the spirit of James (Bill Ward), Emma’s ex-hus­band whom she killed a few months ago! Nat­u­rally, a dis­turbed Emma falls apart at the thought of James haunt­ing her and lashes out at Faith, spark­ing a vi­o­lent clash be­tween the two women!

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