Christmas brought with it tragedy and bloodshed, but more lives are on the line as Emmerdale crashes – perhaps literally – into 2024.
As Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) continues to reel in the aftermath of Harry/Damon’s death, thoughts of other villagers turn to partying and putting the difficult year behind them.
For the teens in particular, they want to let their hair down, but things soon end up going way too far.
As they joy-ride and speed up on the roads, only disaster can be round the corner.
Elsewhere, one New Year resolution is for Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) and Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) to come clean about their relationship.
There are, shall we say, mixed reactions…
New Year’s Day
As the adults are occupied at the B&B party Cathy, Angelica and Heath take a joyride in Wendy’s car.
At the party, Nicola wants the kids to help serve and obedient Jimmy is sent to find them. Meanwhile, in the car, Angelica and Heath are flirting and they encourage Cathy to speed up.
Jimmy still hasn’t tracked them down and Bob is alarmed that Wendy’s car is missing.
Before long, Bob has extracted the truth from April about the kids taking the car, and rushes to follow them to Hotten.
Meanwhile Nicola is frustrated to be pulled away from the Chairman, to hear from Brenda the kids have gone joyriding.
Heath’s impatience at Cathy’s driving speed builds. A near miss with another car doesn’t affect Cathy’s resoluteness as she puts her foot down….
Gus is absent and Rhona and Marlon are looking after Ivy. Later, Rhona confirms Marlon’s fears, admitting that she has become attached to Ivy as her own baby, but pleads with him to help make this work within their family.As the adults are occupied at the B&B party Cathy, Angelica and Heath take a joyride in Wendy’s car.
Will Marlon be able to support his wife with what she so desperately needs?
Amit’s attempts to reconcile are unappreciated by Jai.
Sam is consoled by Mandy as he misses Lydia.
Mandy congratulates Belle on the engagement, while Belle is surprised to hear Tom’s already announced it online.
Chas is glad to have Aaron at the Woolpack for New Year.
Tuesday January 2
Having found a place to stay outside of Mill Cottage, Amit braces himself after Caleb shows his support for the attempt to reconcile with Jai.
Ramifications of events at the end of the year impact several villagers in a big way.
Wednesday January 3
Tracy is excited by her new Forest Nursery idea.
A conversation between Gabby and Jacob leaves her Gabby concerned to think his affections are directed towards her.
Thursday January 4
Admiring Dawn and Billy’s relationship, Gabby admits her worry that Jacob has developed feelings for her.
Gabby is determined to set him straight but when the penny drops that he wasn’t talking about her, Gabby is astounded to realise the truth about Jacob and Victoria.
With the truth starting to come out, Jacob and Victoria are apprehensive to tell Leyla and Pollard about their relationship.
They are awkward to reveal David knew and they were the cause of him departing the village. How will their loved ones react?
Friday January 5
Gail and Oscar realise Sophie lied to them both about wanting to see one another.
Jacob and Victoria navigate choppy waters.