Emmerdale Episode Guide For Year 1997
#2291-2297 --- 2 December - 18 December 1997

Updated 12th October 2002
Finished 31st July 2004

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NOTE: these episodes onwards are based on the officially released synopsis.

Finally thanks to Stevee who is allowing us to put up all the updates he posted to the Emmerdale Newsgroup back in 1997. . Others have been linked at the appropriate dates.

Episode #2289

Original Airdate ITV
Tuesday 2 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Thu 3rd Oct 2002)

Rachel is determined to mend the harm she's caused the Sugdens. She realises Jack is desperate to get back together with his family and decides to visit the farm to try to reason with Sarah. But Sarah isn't in a forgiving mood and sparks are set to fly between the two again.

Biff apologises to Roy after he caught him in a clinch with Kelly.

And Lady Tara, still keen to prove she knows more about horses than Steve, tells him they're going to the races. They'll both make ú1,000 of bets and see who wins the most.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Tuesday 2 December 1997

Episode #2290

Original Airdate ITV
Wednesday 3 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Fri 4th Oct 2002)

Doug has to dash back to London but in the rush leaves his overcoat behind.

When Rachel comes round for a chat and Kathy goes to move the coat, a small photo album drops out of the pocket. Curiosity gets the better of her, but she is stunned to find a picture of another blond haired woman wearing the same dress he recently bought for her.

Kelly really is playing with fire, one minute she's chasing Biff, the next she's telling Roy that it's him she really wants. But when Kelly finally gets Biff where she wants him, she could hardly imagine the grief she is about to cause. And what will poor Roy think?

Zak secrecy about his new job lands him in a spot of bother with Lisa who accuses him of having an affair.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Wednesday 3 December 1997

Episode #2291

Original Airdate ITV
Thursday 4 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Mon 7th Oct 2002)

Jan Glover can hardly believe her eyes when she take a cup of tea up to Biff's room.

Downstairs Roy has been excitedly telling his parents how he's splashed out on a small diamond pendant as a birthday treat for Kelly. But his dreams are about to be shattered. It's unlikely the wayward Windsor girl will enjoy this particular birthday - and Biff can hardly remain welcome in the Glover household, especially as it is only months since Linda tragically died.

When Jan is late for work at the vets, Zoe and Paddy decide they have to sack her. But neither has the heart when they hear of Jan's shock discovery.

Lady Tara is first past the winning post at the races - and in her knowledge of horses. She gambled her £1,000 on a 25-1 outsider and it came in. Steve has hardly broken even. He's still nursing his bruised ego when a stranger gives him something else to think about.

Zak is thwarted in his attempts to raise a few quid busking.

Tony discusses plans for an outdoors activities course with Alan Turner.

And wayward Jack Sugden has yet another row with Sarah when he asks for the valuable Royal Staffordshire figures his mother gave them as a wedding present.

Episode #2292

Original Airdate ITV
Tuesday 9 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Tue 8th Oct 2002)

Biff has only himself to blame for the mess he's in. It's only months since his wife died and now he's been caught in his marital bed with teenage temptress Kelly. To make matters worse the shock discovery was made by Linda's mum! Confused and feeling like an outcast Biff decides he needs time away to get his head together.

Billy and Marlon hatch a plot to rip off Pollard on an illegal booze run.

Steve reveals the secrets of his family background to Lady Tara - secrets that even Kim doesn't know.

Sarah accuses Jack of taking valuable family heirlooms and even threatens to call in the police. Jack denies all responsibility, although at the moment his wife is not to be reasoned with.

Paddy and Lisa make up their differences with a kiss in front of Woolpack regulars.

And Jan has made one mistake too many for the liking of Paddy and Zoe.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Tuesday 9 December 1997

Episode #2293

Original Airdate ITV
Wednesday 10 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Wed 9th Oct 2002)

Poor Jan Glover has made one mistake too many for the liking of Paddy and Zoe and gets the heave-ho - as if she hasn't had enough worries on her plate. First she sent the wrong samples to the MAFF lab from the vets surgery and now another mistake means she's got to go.

Young Andy makes a shock discovery and realises his dad's been thieving again.

Lady Tara invites Steve for dinner as a consolation for losing their bet. She hopes he's got the temporary nanny in place so he can't refuse.

Marlon's carefully hatched plan to rip off Pollard goes wrong and he and Sam end up bruised and battered.

Doug is lectured by Kathy when he reveals he's organising a Christmas party for Alice and her friends.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Wednesday 10 December 1997

Episode #2294

Original Airdate ITV
Thursday 11 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Thu 10th Oct 2002)

Pollard visits Sam and Marlon in hospital. Marlon realises it will only be a matter of time before he works out what's happened. A bit of smart thinking is required.

Tony tackles Steve in his search to fund a dream outdoor activities centre.

Turner decides to throw a special Woolpack Xmas Lunch - and with Mandy's help starts to draw up a guest list.

Kim is not amused when she returns early from her business trip to New Zealand. Not only does she find a new nanny looking after James, but also her fiance Steve enjoying Lady Tara's company.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Thursday 11 December 1997

Episode #2295

Original Airdate ITV
Tuesday 16 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Fri 11th Oct 2002)

The kid's party is going down a treat. Pollard has his arm twisted into playing Santa and Rachel is helping Kathy make sure the children are properly looked after. But when Sarah arrives and sees Rachel holding Victoria she flies off the handle. She screams Rachel's already had her man, and for her to take her hands off her child.

Kim is unhappy about the attentions Lady Tara is paying her fiance Steve. She warns him to be careful.

Pollard confronts Billy about the booze hi-jack and threatens him with the Dingle's if he doesn't cough-up some money.

Marlon and Lisa set to work making a huge Christmas cake based on a recipe by Marlon's favourite chef Nigel Hibbart. But is a cement mixer really the best way to mix the ingredients?

The tramp dubbed 'Mr. Magic' has astounded the Dingle brothers Sam and Butch with his fortune telling - but when they take him to the tea rooms to raise money for charity the paying customers are less than happy. On his way out he meets Billy and Marlon and tells them to beware the wrath of the Dingle's.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Tuesday 16 December 1997

Episode #2296

Original Airdate ITV
Wednesday 17 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Mon 14th Oct 2002)

An audio cassette tape in a plain envelope spells big trouble for Kim as the past finally catches up with her. The tape is from a blackmailer who says he knows all about Kim's involvement in the death of the 'lady of the lake' - and who the dead woman was.

Lady Tara corners Steve with a sprig mistletoe and demands a kiss - only to be interrupted by a gleeful Chris.

Billy Finally arrives back at the caravan and Andy jokes he thought his dad had done a runner. Billy gives his son a small dog as an early Christmas present but then drops the bombshell that they're leaving Emmerdale.

Jack gets the wrong signals from his estranged wife after they've been to Robert's Christmas school play.

Marlon's cake is proudly displayed on a huge table in the Woolpack - and goes down a treat.

Roy and Ned reflect on the deaths of Dave and Linda.

And Mr. Magic lives up to his name and creates a real impression on Alice.

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Wednesday 17 December 1997

approx Episode #2297

Original Airdate ITV
Thursday 18 December 1997

(Granada Plus - Tue 15th Oct t 2002)

A shock for Kathy.

Steve has Lady Tara very much on his mind - but would like to get her out of it. When she arrives at Home Farm to distribute invites to her Christmas staff party Steve tells her their kiss was a mistake and he certainly doesn't want an affair. He loves Kim.

Steve overhears an angry phone call involving Kim and wants to know who it was - Kim says it was just business. It is the blackmailer!

Tony goes over his business proposal with Steve for the outdoors activities centre and outlines his plans for a special Christmas challenge.

Kathy feels let down when Doug informs her she cannot go to his grand opening of the Golf Club. He tells her his wife ahs unexpectedly insisted on going and that it would be tempting fate if the two were there together. Viv tells Vic that the Post Office is virtually the only think holding them together. He promises that he's going to make a big effort to improve their home life and Viv promises to try to save their marriage. But just when it seems the Windsor's have got their relationship back together trouble arrives in the shape of Marika - a girl Vic met on his trip to Amsterdam!

Read far more details by Clicking here for Stevee's Update - Thursday 18 December 1997

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