Cathy is upset when she receives a diagnosis on Emmerdale next week, but can Bob support his daughter? Plus Alex’s mask slips as Manpreet finds herself in peril.
And Mack faces pressure from Moira and ends up making a confession to Charity – how will she react?
It’s your spoiler-packed guide to life in Emmerdale for 20-24 March 2023.
Cathy is left broken-hearted
Last week’s drama saw Cathy taken to hospital after a manic episode, and what we’ll see next is Manpreet and Wendy making a breakthrough when it comes to diagnosing the cause of the teen’s symptoms.
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Manpreet’s thinking is that this is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, but when she relays the information to Bob, we’ll see Cathy eavesdropping and discovering to her horror that it could affect her for decades.
When a mortified Cathy then reveals that she’s heard everything, Bob tries to offer support, but she isn’t yet ready to listen. When Cathy then disappears, Bob searches for and then finds his daughter, ultimately resolving to support her as best he can.
Marlon’s birthday gift
Following his falling out with Paddy, Marlon decides to scrap his birthday celebrations. But Mandy is secretly trying to get Paddy apologise to his best mate and, before too long, both guys have made it up. For Marlon, having Paddy’s friendship is clearly the best present he could hope for.
Paddy and Chas subsequently are then able to have a civilised conversation about breaking the news to Eve that he’s moving out. And the following day, Liam takes on board Marlon’s concerns about Paddy leaving the village and invites the village vet to move in with him instead.
Paddy is gratified to be receiving this kind of support, but might Liam find he’s bitten off more than he can chew when Bear blindsides him by announcing that he’s moving in too?
Alex’s true colours are revealed
Alex is more interested than he ought to be in a phone call Manpreet is making about the surgery’s drug delivery. And suspicion about his intentions intensifies when, rather than going to a job interview, he’s seen by Chas and Belle on the outskirts of the village handing cash to a mystery woman.
The pair then reveal all to Naomi who later catches Alex in a lie when he starts talking about his non-existent job interview. He, though, has a seemingly innocent explanation and introduces Naomi to Clare and her son Max, revealing that he’s been helping them financially after meeting Max’s dad in prison.
But it’s soon revealed to viewers that Alex’s relationship with Naomi is a sham, as when he next encounters Clare, he starts discussing a robbery he has planned at the surgery, which has had to temporarily close due to its electrics being vandalised.
Cue Alex stealing Manpreet’s surgery keys from her bag and then letting himself in to look for drugs. But when Manpreet turns up unexpectedly, will Alex lash out with the crowbar he has in his possession?
Are Mack and Charity headed for disaster?
Sarah and Chloe are back in the village, which is a development that leaves Mack looking concerned. But Chloe placates him when she reveals she’s returned solely for a medical appointment and will be moving permanently to Scotland soon. Moira, though, has questions: does Mack really want to give up the chance to have a baby of his own?
Such concerns threaten to overshadow the combined stag and hen do (the theme of which is Yorkshire v Scotland Highland Games), as Moira continues to pressure Mack about choosing Charity over the chance to have a child. And when Charity accidentally injures Chloe, who then has to seek medical attention, Mack is forced to mask his concern.
In the end, though, Mack realises he has to say something and ends up confessing that Moira thinks he still wants to be a dad more than anything. Despite Mack’s insistence that there’s nothing in the claim, Charity bolts for the exit. And Mack is left seething with Moira and saying he’ll never forgive her if she’s ruined his relationship for him.
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