THE Dingle clan is under threat again this week with Belle and Kyle Winchester struggling to cope under pressure.
Emmerdale’s long-standing family could implode due as their secrets become too heavy burdens to bear.
1. Belle makes a huge discovery
After finding out the businessman had been unfaithful to her, Kerry Wyatt left the Dales, prompting her long-lost daughter Chloe Harris (played by Jessie Elland) to investigate.
Chloe has accused Priya Sharma and Moira Dingle of being Al’s other woman but hasn’t gone far ever since.
While Chloe is left scratching her head, Belle realises that Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) never actually ended her affair with Al.
She later confronts Chas about being at Westgrove Hall Hotel with Al the night of her mother’s death.
Realising she’s been backed into a corner, Chas is unable to deny her affair any longer.
Belle takes things even further when she suggests this is why their brother Cain murdered Al and Chas wonders whether she should admit to believing this theory.
2. A huge secret is set to be revealed
Chas is terrified her secret may come to light as her marriage is finally on the mend this week.
Coming up on ITV, Chas is emotional when she finds some of Faith’s belongings.
Paddy (Dominic Brunt) offers her support, leaving her grateful for her family as she and her daughter Eve decorate their Christmas tree.
Chas’ heart is close to bursting for Paddy during a family dinner with Rhona Goskirk and Marlon Dingle and she feels more grateful for her husband and daughter than ever before.
She makes the decision to put Al in the past and appreciate her family after spending a wholesome afternoon with them.
A loved-up Paddy later surprises her with a gift and Chas is privately ashamed to realise she nearly left him.
But once the penny drops for Belle, Chas knows it’s a matter of time before her world comes crashing down.
Yet nothing can stop her from feeling happy when Paddy announces he’s booked them a surprise getaway.
Elsewhere in the Dales, Belle breaks down in front of Moira Dingle (Natalie J. Robb) and admits what she knows about Chas and Al.
Moira is furious and gets to the truth of Cain’s imprisonment and Al’s death.
The following day, Chas prepares for her trip away with Paddy and is relieved they are both getting away.
Will they really be able to escape?
3. Kyle crumbles
Concerns over the boy’s state of mind continue to grow as he shows clear signs of an impending breakdown.
This week, Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano) tries to persuade his mother Moira Dingle and his girlfriend Amy Wyatt to go to the police.
Kyle, on the other hand, insists that he can’t go to school because he misses his father Cain (Jeff Hordley).
Moira and Amy (Natalie Ann Jamieson) are awash with worry for Kyle.
This prompts Amy to negotiate with her young son, guaranteeing that he’ll be able to see Cain if he goes to school.
Moira is more frustrated to see their united front crumbling slowly but surely.
Later on, both women discuss their concerns over letting Kyle visit Cain behind bars but the lad is excited to see his father the following day.
However, Matty’s primary concern seems to be Kyle’s mental well-being as he continues to push Moira and Amy to get him professional help – leading them to worry he may be right.
Unbeknownst to them, Kyle overhears their entire conversation.
How will he react?
The answer is revealed in later scenes when, riddled with guilt, Kyle breaks down in the visitors room as soon as he sees Cain.
Kyle fails to contain his emotions, leaving his parents worried that he will reveal their secret.
Cain even questions if letting Kyle visit was a good idea in the first place.
4. Vinny is brutally beaten
Young widower Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson) has turned to gambling to cope with the death of his wife Liv Flaherty.
Following the traumatic and brutal passing of his other half, Vinny became closed off from other residents in the Dales.
This led to his mother Mandy (portrayed by Lisa Riley) asking fellow villagers to take Vinny’s mind off of Liv.
Jimmy King and Mackenzie Boyd obliged by getting Vinny into poker which left Mandy fuming and worried.
But things go from bad to worse when the PampaManda owner realises Vinny’s new gambling addiction lands him into severe trouble.
Coming up, Mandy is horrified when she finds him bruised and beaten.
In previous scenes, Mandy let Vinny know she didn’t want him to follow in his gambling father’s footsteps.
Vinny becomes aware of how badly he’s spiralled and apologises to Mandy for his recent behaviour.
But Mandy doesn’t hold it against him and, instead, offers him a room at the Dingles’.
While Vinny moves into the home, Mandy comes up with an idea which could considerably help him financially.
She suggests renting Mill Cottage rather than selling it.
How will Vinny react?
5. Marlon takes a big step
Things are looking up for village chef Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock).
Viewers have been watching his long road to recovery following a stroke for the past few months.
Marlon was unsure whether he could ever get his job at The Woolpack back but he gets good news this week.
Chas and pub landlady Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) are delighted to have Marlon back at the pub.
Naomi Anderson (Karene Peter) is thrilled when Marlon offers her a job as his assistant.
Marlon’s wife Rhona (Zoe Henry) is happy to see him back in his element.
But will it go well for Marlon?
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6. Ethan makes a mistake
Ethan narrowly escaped the worst earlier in 2022 after being brutally attacked by his former client Jordan.
Since then, he’d been standing on the side-lines as his father Charles and sister Naomi got to know one another – before the latter faced trial for Nicola King’s attack.
But not everything in Ethan’s life has spiralled out of control.
For the past few months, he’s been romantically involved with Marcus Dean (played by Darcy Grey) and their relationship is becoming increasingly serious.
Coming up, Marcus is delighted when Ethan agrees they should find a place of their own, which they’d been debating for months.
However in later scenes, Ethan makes the mistake of inviting Greg, his sketchy boss, out for a meal.
The couple have to form a united front when Ethan becomes flustered as Greg arrives.
Thankfully for him, a calming Marcus manages to placate Ethan.
Greg will be shown enjoying his lunch – but could he have another agenda?
Will he bring trouble to Ethan?
7. Gabby meets a new man
Will love be in the cards for Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham)?
This week, her and Dawn Fletcher (Olivia Bromley) sift through nanny applications.
A delighted Kim Tate (Claire King) smells competition in the air as she gives them their first joint task – and they pitch opposing ideas to the businesswoman.
Later on, Kim demonstrates how they could have worked together to find the best possible solution.
The nanny interviews at Home Farm are a formal affair but, despite this and her husband Billy’s reassurance, Dawn is still uncomfortable with the idea of someone else looking after their kids.
The panel interviews a strict, old-fashioned nanny but Gabby and Dawn aren’t as convinced by her as Kim.
A woman named Samantha manages to impress everyone but the latter but one final candidate shakes everything up.
The competition for Home Farm’s Nanny gets hotter when both Dawn and Gabby are both impressed with Nicky – a handsome male nanny.
Samantha eventually declines the job and Gabby’s delighted to offer it to Nicky.
Nicky accepts and agrees to meet the children.
Whilst Kim and Gabby are excited for this new chapter, Dawn still needs some convincing about having a nanny.
Seeing Nicky make an instant connection with Clemmie, Dawn’s worries subside and she offers him the job.
Is everything really as it seems?
Tune in to ITV to find out.