Muddy hell

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Tracy gets stranded in the coun­try­side with dad Frank on her wed­ding day

avid has pro­posed ev­ery which way to Tracy in a bid to get her down the aisle, but as soon as he takes his eye off the ball and as­sumes they’re on a home run, their plans come a crop­per when Frank kid­naps the bride.

Tracy has a bad feel­ing about the whole busi­ness from the start. First, she wor­ries that David has changed his mind, and then she’s winded when he an­nounces that they can’t marry if his can­cer has come back.

David gets the all-clear from the doc­tor, but it all goes wrong at the joint hen and stag do or­gan­ised by Leyla, Carly and Vanessa. The fact that David is dressed as a nurse is the least of Tracy’s prob­lems when her dad Frank shows up. Tracy (her­self wear­ing a mous­tache) isn’t happy and or­ders him to sling it be­fore pour­ing a drink over him.

DOut­side, Frank con­fides in the groom’s dad, Pol­lard, and says he wants to make things up with Tracy, but Pol­lard sug­gests he should leave for good. As Tracy stag­gers out of the pub she sees Frank’s car and at­tacks it, ac­cus­ing him of never want­ing her as a daugh­ter.

‘He’s des­per­ate to build bridges with her,’ says Michael Praed, who plays Frank. ‘Tracy asks him to prove that he cares and he ac­cepts the chal­lenge. He tells her to get in the car and drives off. He’s got an idea – a typ­i­cal Frank idea.’

Turns out it isn’t a very good one, as Tracy wakes up in the car the next day and the bat­tery is dead. She calls Vanessa, who ar­rives with her hair in curlers and, cru­cially, bring­ing the wed­ding dress, which Tracy puts on as best she can.

But Vanessa’s car rolls into a wa­tery ditch when her half-sis­ter ac­ci­den­tally re­leases the hand­brake, so the des­per­ate bride tries to flag down a pass­ing car and her pris­tine ivory dress gets splat­tered with mud.

Tracy’s on the verge of tears when Frank turns up on a trac­tor, promis­ing to get her to the church for the cer­e­mony. Back in the vil­lage, David waits anx­iously – will the bride show up on time?

Roll on the wed­ding… Vanessa comes to Tracy’s res­cue

Anx­ious David waits for news of his miss­ing bride

Bum­bling dice… Frank’s daft plan lands

Tracy in deep water

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