Emmerdale’s Sam Dingle is about to face further financial hardships after Eric Pollard’s nasty fall.
Over the past few weeks, Emmerdale fans have seen Sam Dingle (played by James Hooton) and Lydia (Karen Blick) continue to struggle with money. In scenes set to air next week, it looks as though penniless Sam will be faced with yet another devastating blow after trying to help his granddaughter Esther.
Recently in the soap, viewers have seen Sam’s young son struggle with becoming a father himself after Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell) gave birth to their baby in the 50th-anniversary storm.
Samson (Sam Hall), on the other hand, has made it abundantly clear that he has no interest in caring for baby Esther and even went to great lengths to try and have her taken away from Amelia’s care.
Sam disagrees with his son, despite the fact that he wants to support the young mother and his granddaughter.
Last week, he attempted to help the infant on his own by attempting to steal some supplies from the store.
Trying to distract Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) while he shoplifted, he was thrown off guard when a suspicious Pollard confronted him.
Trying to make a swift exit, the former B&B owner tried to catch Sam but tripped and hit his head, leaving him unconscious.
With the police being called after the incident, Eric told Sam he would’ve given him the nappies had he asked.
After being arrested on theft and assault, Sam and Lydia feared he’d be heading off to prison due to his past criminal record.
However, in scenes set to air next week, he’s given a lifeline when Pollard comes up with a way to make amends.
Both Lydia and Sam are thrilled to learn that he’s decided not to make a statement against him on the incident that happened.
Overjoyed that there’s one less issue to worry about, gratefulness quickly turns to concern when Pollard tells him that in order to pay off his dues, he’ll work for him unpaid.
With financial strain already on the duo who are struggling to earn enough money to heat their house and provide for their granddaughter, it’s another blow for Sam.
However, many viewers have criticized Sam’s poverty storyline, calling it ridiculous in many cases.
Timothy999 stated: “This living crisis plot is ridiculous because Sam and Lydia both have jobs, Zak will receive his pension, and they reside in a home free of a mortgage or rent. Why, then, are they always in the pub, cafe, or hide? Every episode features one of them there, if it was really that bad.”
Added by Triplec55 “If they didn’t eat and drink in the cafe or the Hide seemingly at every meal and every hour of every day, their claim of poverty would be much more credible. Wouldn’t you shop on a budget and stay in like the rest of the country if you were short on cash?”
Aldismaldi adds a comment “Sam actually made a sausage butty purchase in the cafe while claiming to be strapped for cash. Cain, who had just paid for their boiler, requests money from him.”
Following the dissolution of his marriage to Chas Dingle, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) will continue to struggle with his mental health in other scenes in the soap opera (Lucy Pargeter).
His family and friends are worried about his safety after he ran away from the village, but he will soon return.
Although his return is bittersweet as unbeknownst to them, Paddy has gone back to say goodbye as he plans to take his own life.
Speaking about the storyline, actor Dominic revealed although his character will accept help, it won’t be the end of his struggles, he said: “‘I don’t think they’re going to just drop it and move on.
“It’s going to be an ongoing thing, quite a bit of it on camera involving other people from the village, some people out of the village.
“Some people get very very embarrassed in these situations and they don’t want to speak to friends but they will go and speak to somebody else that they don’t know.
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