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