There is no time like the present and Rodney informs Bernice that if she wants the job on the ship, it leaves that evening. Hesitant at first, Bernice questions whether she is doing the right thing. As she looks around she sees the trouble she has caused and is afraid of what she would stay for, her mind is suddenly clear. Once again Bernice is tearful as she says her goodbyes. Tricia begs Bernice not to go, but Bernice is firm in her decision. Unable to contain her emotion Bernice faces the toughest farewell of all in Ashley and daughter Gabby. Diane breaks down and tells Bernice that she is leaving with her blessing and her love. Meanwhile, Brian lets his guard down temporarily and lets Katie get the bus to school with the others. Andy does not return Katie's affectionate greeting, accusing her of avoiding him. Clearly pre-occupied Katie snaps that she doesn't need him pressuring her at the moment and later reveals to Lucy the reason for her concern - she thinks she is pregnant! Sneaking out of Ray's cottage at dawn gave Louise an immense sense of satisfaction. She breezes into The Woolpack on cloud nine until she hears of Bernice's departure and is brought promptly back down to earth.
- Bernice Thomas - Samantha Giles
- Gabrielle Thomas - Annelise Manojlovic (uncredited)
- Edna Birch - Shirley Stelfox
- Diane Blackstock - Elizabeth Estensen
- Rodney Blackstock - Patrick Mower
- Betty Eagleton - Paula Tilbrook
- Marlon Dingle - Mark Charnock
- Lucy Calder - Elspeth Brodie
- Katie Addyman - Sammy Winward
- Robert Sugden - Karl Davies
- Cain Dingle - Jeff Hordley
- Latisha Daggert - Danielle Henry
- Tricia Stokes - Sheree Murphy
- Ashley Thomas - John Middleton
- Louise Appleton - Emily Symons
- Ray Mullan - Seamus Gubbins
- Viv Hope - Deena Payne
- Emily Dingle - Kate McGregor
- Cynthia Daggert - Kay Purcell
- Charity Tate - Emma Atkins
- Alan Turner - Richard Thorp
- Seth Armstrong - Stan Richards
- Terry Woods - Billy Hartman
- Bob Hope - Tony Audenshaw
- Nicola Blackstock - Nicola Wheeler
- Gloria Weaver - Janice McKenzie
- Hotten Road
- The Woolpack - Backroom, bar, exterior and car park
- Main Street
- Victoria Cottage - Living room
- The Vicarage - Kitchen and hallway
- Mill Cottage - Driveway
- Emmerdale Village Store & Post Office/Café Hope - Shop floor and café
- Keepers Cottage - Living room
- Dale View - Front garden and living room
- Last appearance of Bernice Thomas until 16th January 2004, although her voice was heard on a pre-recorded message in Episode 3623/3624 (1st January 2004), for which Giles was credited.
- This extra Sunday episode was broadcast at the usual time of 7.00pm.
- Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by Gerry and the Pacemakers plays during this episode's final scene when Bernice leaves the village.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 7,290,000 viewers (23rd place).