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Emmerdale Farm/Emmerdale - The 1980s


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Episode tx 7/4/1987

Caroline Bates is walking through the village when her ex-husband stops her to discuss the children. She cannot meet with him in the evening as she is attending the village meeting about the potential dumping of nuclear waste on Pencross Fell. Out on the dales, Matt discusses the meeting with the vicar, and they survey the countryside and realise the villagers are the only ones who can prevent the nuclear dumping.

Kathy taunts Nick about his new girlfriend, and realises that he is not attending the village meeting because he has invited her to the house. Amos and Henry cannot find anyone to run the pub when they are at the meeting, and so Amos makes the decision to close, as only Seth Armstrong will be affected by it.

At the NY auction house, Sandy Merrick is making arrangements to see her boyfriend, Phil. She leaves as her boss Eric Pollard enters the office, and he is startled to see Joe Sugden, the NY area manager, going through the books. Once Pollard leaves, Joe unlocks his office and searches the filing cabinets for the relevant account books.

Seth is distraught that the Woolpack is closing, and argues with Amos before heading off to The Malt Shovel. But he has no joy there either, and Amos won't re-open the pub. Elsewhere, Sandy and Phil discuss Pollard over dinner. Phil assures her that she has done the right thing in telling Joe that Pollard is fiddling the books. They discuss the future and worry about the problems that the nuclear dumping might bring.

Nick is waiting for his girlfriend and is horrified when Seth turns up for a drink and a sandwich. But when Seth tells him his girlfriend is at the meeting, they settle down to watch television. Meanwhile, Joe continues his exhaustive search through the accounts.

The villagers arrive for the meeting, and the local MP and nuclear scientist argue that currently Pencross Fell is only being tested for its viability as a nuclear dump. The debate continues with Jack, Matt and Dolly raising their fears about the impact on farming and the children of the village. The local MP does nothing to allay their fears, and Henry Wilks asks the vicar to sum up. The vicar's gloomy summary is clearly a blow to the nuclear representative, and the village is united in its opposition to the plans.