Mandy speculates to Vinny that perhaps Paul has PTSD after the kidnapping and Paul is quick to jump on this excuse as a lifeline. Mandy and Vinny promise to support him, Paul smiles, having got what he wanted.
The next day, Paul tells Vinny they’ve got the morning off to give Mandy something special for her birthday. Mandy’s emotional when Paul organises a family cycling trip at HOP. Later, when an aggrieved Al approaches, furious that Mandy splashed him with mud as she cycled past, Paul jumps to her defence, Mandy’s proud and emotional.
Back at home, Mandy’s moved by Paul’s heartfelt defence of her, and admits she needs him. Paul’s like the cat that got the cream as they rush upstairs together. As they emerge from the bedroom, Paul’s dumbstruck when Mandy suggests they get married sooner rather than later. Overwhelmed, he agrees, and she’s joyful.
The next day Mandy asks Lydia to be her bridesmaid. Lydia’s uneasy, as she admits her worry that none of the problems Mandy had with Paul previously have gone away.
Emmerdale airs these scenes from Monday 1 March on ITV.