Having set Paddy and Emily against each other, Nicola is sheepish at breakfast after her stirring tactics the evening before. There is a frosty atmosphere all round! But Nicola's trouble causing doesn’t stop there - Paddy and Emily have rescheduled their fostering meeting and are just welcoming the councillor into the house, only to find that Robert is inside being made to feel very welcome too! Manipulative Nicola feigns tears as Emily later confronts her over her behaviour. Furious that she could have affected their chances of fostering Paddy berates her stupidity. But soft touch, Emily runs after Nicola who takes refuge in her own garden at Dale View. As Emily catches up with her, she consoles Nicola and volunteers to put the kettle on to soothe away the tears. In the kitchen, Emily is puzzled to find the tap issues hot water. She checks to find Nicola's boiler is working. As the penny drops Emily realises the whole boiler issue has been a lie. Paddy and Emily have been taken for fools! Diane is dumbfounded to hear that Bernice is intent on selling her half of the pub! Desperately upset that her daughter will be severing her only tie with the village, Diane is torn.