In forthcoming Emmerdale episodes, Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) meets a new man, but in typical soap opera form, he isn’t all he appears.
At the HOP, where she had gone for a drink following the difficult occasion of visiting her daughter Grace’s cemetery on the anniversary of her passing, she runs into someone who introduces himself as Simon.
Chas wants some company and is talking to Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) when Simon walks in. It’s a lot for Chas to deal with, especially now that she’s no longer with Grace’s father Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) and he’s started a new life with Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley).
Lucy Pargeter told us, “They have a natter and she becomes totally blotted.” He appears to be well. He listens while buying her a drink. He has an open ear and helps her get rid of her unhappiness since she enjoys talking about herself.
Simon discovers a connection between himself and Chas. He returns to the Woolpack, where they converse and he confesses that he also lost a kid, Lucy said.
There is that type of moment, but then Chas realizes she has consumed too much alcohol and that this might not be a smart idea. He has had a drink, so she apologizes and invites him to remain; however, he will be sleeping on the couch. She doesn’t want to wake up in the morning and say, “Oh god, not another one,” for the first time in her life.
Despite Chas’ initial resistance to Simon, she soon finds herself alone as her daughter Eve (Bella James) says she wants to live with Paddy and Mandy rather than return to the Woolpack with her. She then dials Simon.
What Chas doesn’t know is that Harry (Robert Beck), the thug who nearly killed Caleb Milligan (William Ash) after Caleb disrupted his gun-running business, is his true name; viewers will undoubtedly recognize him as Harry.
When asked if Chas’s betrayal of Paddy during her romance with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) might be interpreted as retaliation from the soap opera gods, Lucy was confident of one thing.
She remarked, “I don’t know if she needs retribution from the soap gods or the audience, but I can’t see the viewers [forgiving her].”
As she conducted the affair behind Paddy’s back for several months, Chas’s actions were roundly criticized by viewers. Even worse, she and Al intended to take Eve with them when they left Emmerdale for a new life and even bought a house together.
Chas has had to fight very hard to rebuild her standing in the village since she knew she would have done the ruthless thing of denying fan favorite Paddy access to his daughter. If Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) hadn’t found the affair, Chas would have done the same thing.
For Chas, Lucy recognized that the slate has not yet been completely cleared. Without a doubt, she replied. She does, however, hope that Chas and Paddy can patch things up.
They have a kid together, so it needs to get back on track, she reasoned. They also share a village and frequently interact with one another. Initially, their friendship came before anything else.