Joe’s (played by Ned Porteous) death left Emmerdale fans reeling when Debbie’s (Charley Webb) father violently attacked the Home Farm socialite after abandoning his daughter at the altar before their nuptials.
Although Cain believed he’d killed Joe, sly character Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) said he’d dispose of the body, only to help the businessman flee the village as his step-grandmother Kim Tate (Claire King) wanted his head on a platter.
Scenes airing earlier this year on the ITV soap saw Kim discover Joe was funding a new life abroad thanks to proceeds from one of her off-shore accounts, with Debbie putting her past behind her as it seemed her husband-to-be wasn’t going to return to the village.
Now, Debbie is planning to start her own new life away from the Dales after the late Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox) left her and daughter Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) the deeds to a garage in Scotland.
The revelation caused some controversy amongst the Dingle clan, with Cain outraged his daughter had been left the garage rather than him, leading the village bad boy to devise a plan to swoop in and take hold of the premises.
After Debbie confronted her father about the plans, Cain eventually gave in and respected Lisa’s wishes as his daughter and Belle agreed they wouldn’t be moving to Scotland to man the garage.
However, knowing her father was so deceitful in trying to take the garage, Debbie confided in auntie Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) earlier this week she is planning to leave the village in secret to escape Cain’s clutches.
Although Debbie was left contemplating her options, actress Charley Webb, 31, is now on maternity leave from the show with the likelihood her character’s exit being tied to a move to Scotland increasing.
Knowing she may need some help to flee the village without her family’s knowledge, Debbie may ask Graham to provide a number for Joe as he was the last one to speak to the millionaire before cutting ties with him earlier this year.
Although Debbie has not spoken to Joe since their doomed wedding day, will she call on her former husband-to-be to get her out the Dales as he manage to fake a death and remain hidden for so many months.
It would be quite explosive
It seemed viewers seeing Joe withdrawing money from a cash point on CCTV was the last time they would clasp their eyes on the Home Farm socialite.
Earlier this year however, Kim Tate actress Claire King, 57, teased Joe’s journey wasn’t over on the ITV soap.
“I can’t see him coming back in the foreseeable future,” said Claire in an interview with The Sun Online.
“But if he did come back and they saw each other I imagine it would be quite explosive, wouldn’t you?” the villain star added and helping flee the village would be quite the return as he could have to keep his cover under wraps.
Viewers will have to wait and see if the millionaire waltzes back into the Dales almost a year after his exit but in the meantime, another character’s journey could be about to come to an end.
For weeks now, Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) has been paranoid her partner Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson) is hiding a deadly secret from her.
Bernice’s theories about the GP being a serial killer weren’t dampened when recent scenes saw her discover a bloodied shirt and a scalpel from his briefcase.
Although sister Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) has urged Bernice not to left alone with the GP, Liam tells his lover he is taking her on a road trip tonight.
Not wanting Liam to catch on to her suspicions, Bernice will agree to go along only to find herself in the middle of the woods with a possible serial killer.
Finally, Bernice confronts Liam about what’s been hiding and as the GP reveals all, will Bernice be left red-face or covered in blood?
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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