Paddy's love life is to get him in trouble during an upcoming episode of Emmerdale - but which villagers will end up coming to his rescue?

Scenes to be shown later this month see Paddy left miserable after his decree nisi comes through, but the village vet  soon gets fresh hope when a client by the name of Lydia arrives at the surgery with a pet cockatoo and accepts his offer to take her out for a drink.

But, as it turns out, Paddy ends up feeling that Lydia is a bit 'predatory' and 'overseen'. And when Lydia shows up wanting to see him again, it's left to Rhona to step in and pretend to be Paddy's wife, slapping him across the chops for good measure.

Only the drama doesn't end there...In the episode to be broadcast on Friday 16 December, Lydia turns up once more and this time it's Chas who ends up rescuing Paddy. With another slap!

As Emmerdale fans will discover, Paddy has been nursing hopes that romance could be reignited between himself and Chas. And this latest encounter leaves him wondering whether old feelings are resurfacing. But does Chas feel the same way?

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