Tuesday, 21 April 2009, 7:00PM on ITV1
Zak (Steve Halliwell) returns but Lisa (Jane Cox) slams the door in his face. Lisa and Shadrach (Andy Devine) eventually confront him outside the homestead and Zak is distraught to find out that he is been excommunicated. Zak marches into the village in a mood and grows angrier when he discovers how many of the family participated in the court. When no Dingle will take him in Zak barges into the factory to speak with Lisa. He bellows his rights to anyone who’ll listen but is dumbstruck when Lisa explains that Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) called the Dingle court. After a private chat with his wife he realises just how much he has hurt Belle. Zak tries to apologise but Belle walks home alone and collapses in floods of tears back at the homestead. Lisa tells Belle that if she’s changed her mind they can reverse Zak’s banishment. Belle says no in spite of herself and goes off to bed. How long can Belle keep a wall between her and Zak?
Meanwhile, Doug (Duncan Preston) calls in to see Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) and they smooth things over after yesterday’s awkward moment. They agree to be friends though Doug is slightly disappointed with the decision. After Diane snaps at Val (Charlie Hardwick) when she’s teased about sharing a house with Sandy (Freddie Jones), Val investigates and is told about the kiss with Doug. Feeling lonely and keen to have a break from the village, Diane leaves to visit Bernice and then Louise in Australia. Val is sad but understands her sister’s need to take a holiday. Will Diane’s break allow enough time to gain some perspective?
Elsewhere, Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) picks up on the bad feeling between Victoria (Isabel Hodgins) and Daz (Luke Tittensor), who lies that Victoria is upset because he confronted Aaron (Danny Miller) again. Andy thanks him for looking out for her but Daz is guilty. He meets with Jake (James Baxter) and confides Victoria’s confession in him. Daz is grateful when Jake offers him his old room back until the heat dies down. When Victoria and Aaron get thrown out of the café for being drunk Andy is furious with her behaviour. Victoria is hurt to hear that Daz has moved back in with Jake. Are the Sugdens about to splinter once more?