When daughter Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) told everyone about her dad’s affair in the middle of Christmas dinner, Zak decided to say goodbye to his family in the hope of starting a new life with Joanie (Denise Black).
But he got the shock of his life in last night’s episode, when Joanie rejected him, saying, “I don’t love you – not enough, anyway”.
What Zak doesn’t know is that his son, Cain (Jeff Hordley), had paid Joanie a visit and warned her to send his father back to his wife, Lisa (Jane Cox). If she didn’t, Cain said, then he would make sure Joanie lost custody of her adoptive grandson, Kyle – who is Cain’s son.
“I will get Kyle taken off you,” Cain threatened. “I’ll make it my mission. Dump Zak and make it convincing.”
And Joanie did.
What’s Zak going to do now?
“He could well become suicidal,” Steve told the Mirror. “He has lost absolutely everything. How can he carry on? If the family all shut off their love, it will be devastating for him.”
Zak tried to go home, telling Lisa he had made a mistake. But she told him she doesn’t want him, either.
“Get out of here and don’t ever come back,” she told him.
Zak’s already had one nervous breakdown that nearly finished him.
Once the strong, proud head of the Dingle clan, he’s now a broken man again… And this time he might not mend.
Emmerdale returns to ITV tomorrow night at 7pm.