THERE’s an intense week ahead in the Dales with two dramatic returns set to shake things up.
1. Liv is brutally attacked
However, Sandra’s accomplice Terry (portrayed by former Coronation Street star Neil Bell) gets involved and riled up.
But when Liv returns home, she finds the conman waiting for her and he demands that she retracts her statement to the police.
The confrontation escalates and Liv fights against Terry who ends up knocking her down.
Liv falls unconscious after hitting her head on the table.
2. Aaron returns
Believing he may have killed her, Terry panics and bolts out of the door… only to run straight into a familiar face, Liv’s older brother Aaron.
Aaron turned away from the eponymous village in emotional scenes when the investigation around Ben Tucker’s murder took a toll on his mental health and he failed to believe his sister was actually innocent.
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But with the truth out in the open, Aaron is adamant on patching things up with Liv and his return is set to be permanent.
Aaron attacks Terry but PC Harriet Finch arrives on the scene before he can inflict any further damage.
Meanwhile, Liv remains unresponsive and the paramedics are called, while Aaron is arrested.
The character’s return is a huge surprise for his mother Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and he contests his own arrest.
Liv’s husband Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson) is frantic when he gets to the hospital and he’s surprised to hear that Aaron was there to protect her.
Chas demands that Aaron be released and rages at Harriet when her request is brushed off.
In later scenes, Aaron is finally allowed to roam free, prompting him and Chas to see Liv, concerned about her condition.
However, when they get to the hospital, Vinny does Liv’s bidding by denying Aaron access to her, insisting she wants nothing to do with him.
Aaron is crestfallen, wondering if his return to make amends was a mistake.
Will Liv survive her attack?
Can she build a bridge with Aaron, especially after her mother’s betrayal?
3. Mackenzie’s lover is revealed
While many theories have emerged online, the mystery will be solved in upcoming scenes of the drama.
And another villager could make things very difficult for Mack.
It all begins when, after a few beers, Mack is upset that a drunken Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) makes an ill-timed joke about his affair.
The pair are left on the spot when Ryan Stocks (James Moore) senses something is awry and orders them to spill the beans.
Eventually, Mackenzie comes clean and tells Ryan – Charity’s son – that he has had a one-night stand.
This prompts Ryan to insist that he needs to tell Charity the truth and Mack worries how he will ever be able to tell her everything.
The following day, Mack threatens to fight back any accusations and Ryan’s beaten.
Relieved to be safe, at least for the time being, Mack is unaware that Ryan is struggling to keep his secret.
There’s more trouble ahead for Mack, however, as he gets a call from his one-night stand.
In later scenes, Mackenzie leaves the eponymous village to deal with the situation.
He heads to the outskirts of Emmerdale, on edge as he awaits his secret meeting.
The identity of his fling is revealed – but who could it be?
Will Ryan stay quiet?
4. Tracy comes back
Aaron Dingle won’t be the only one to rock up the Dales this week as Tracy Metcalfe will also be making a new appearance.
The character left the village in January, 2022, for a new job and a new life in Nottingham.
Tracy departed after finding out Nate Robinson had cheated on her – allowing actress Amy Walsh to go on maternity leave off-screen.
Coming up, Nate promises Naomi he will be present for her plea hearing… but actually stands her up.
Although he misses the court appearance, Nate is eagle-eyed enough to spot Tracy and their daughter Frankie from the Woolpack beer garden.
It’s soon apparent that Nate’s feelings for her haven’t ever vanished and are, in fact, reawakened upon her return.
How will the heartthrob navigate life in the Dales with his current and former girlfriend in the village?
5. Kerry makes a shock decision
Kerry finds out Al has been up to something she wasn’t suspecting as she catches him viewing houses online.
Kerry struggles to contain her excitement and immediately believes he’s been on the lookout for them, ready to build a future with her.
The following day, she tries to squeeze out information about the house she saw him viewing, leaving him clearly uncomfortable.
But much liker her partner, she’s decided it’s time for her to show how serious she also is about their relationship.
Feeling loved-up, Kerry decides to plan a surprise of her own.
In later scenes, as Al walks into the Woolpack, he’s blindsided when she proposes to him with a rap.
Everybody at the pub cringes and a shell-shocked Al falters – before ultimately agreeing to getting engaged.
But unbeknownst to Kerry, Al is keeping a bigger secret which could end in heartbreak.
6. Chas and Al are caught again
While she believes he was searching for houses for them, the entrepreneur was actually getting ready to settle down with another woman, Chas Dingle.
Al has been having an affair behind Kerry’s back for several weeks and, serious about their relationship he suggests to Chas that they run away together.
He gets his accounts in order as he prepares to buy a house for him and Chas and he’s delighted with the way his plans are going ahead… until Kerry catches him viewing houses.
Later on, unaware Kerry is ready to propose to him, Al tells Chas he’s ready to end things with his official partner.
Adamant on taking action, Al gets to the pub but is blindsided by Kerry’s rap.
Chas reels when he accepts Kerry’s proposal but, during a secret conversation outside the pub, Al insists that he’s still only committed to her.
As the pair give in, they’re horrified when they’re caught by yet another villager.
Is their secret compromised?
7. Harriet makes a confession
Where does Harriet Finch’s heart truly lie?
This led her straight into Dan Spencer’s (Liam Fox) arms as he confessed his own feelings for her.
But their relationship shocks Will this week as he becomes aware of their romance.
Although she appears happy in her unlikely romance with Dan, Harriet confides in Wendy Posner – and admits she’s still in love with Will.
Wendy tries to take Harriet’s off of Will and pushes her to go forward with Dan.
Will Harriet agree?
Emmerdale airs from Monday to Friday at 7.30pm.