Cheating criminals the Dingles sit in judgement of Mack in Emmerdale

Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb) has done a very bad thing in Emmerdale, there’s no doubt of that. Leaving his partner to grieve over losing their baby and immediately sleeping with someone else was a bad thing. Keeping the fact that he’d got Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland) pregnant a secret from Charity (Emma Atkins) was a massively bad thing.

It was inevitable that the secret would come out eventually, and when it did come out – after Charity saw Mackenzie at baby Reuben’s side in hospital – Charity wasted no time in letting him know how hurt she was at his betrayal.

And when you hurt one Dingle, you hurt them all. They’re a bit of a hive mind in that sense and the hive is very much the Woolpack. So when Mackenzie decided he needed to have one more go at explaining things to Charity he headed to the pub and was faced by a massed band of Dingles, none of them pleased to see him.

It was like one of those old vampire films when he walked through the door in Tuesday (May 16)’s episode, as laughter died on people’s lips and every face turned towards him accusingly.

Cain (Jeff Hordley) was the first to speak, mainly because Mackenzie was wearing his clothes after Charity sold his in a revenge attack earlier. ‘Take yourself out of my clothes and get as far away from here as possible,’ Cain advised. Mack insisted he needed to see Charity, at which Cain and Noah (Jack Downham) were fully prepared to show him the door manually until Chas (Lucy Pargeter) stopped them.

Ryan (James Moore) said that Charity didn’t want to see Mack, ‘And neither does anyone else.’

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Zak (Steve Halliwell) and Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) were also on hand to remind Mack that he wasn’t wanted, and as he looked around at their angry faces Mack reminded them, ‘It’s not like you’ve never put a foot wrong. You’re all a bunch of hypocrites.’

And you have to say that ‘hypocrites’ is the word as the only ones among those assembled around the bar who could be said to be fairly blameless were Lydia (Karen Blick) and Ryan – though Ryan had been keeping the secret about Mack heating on Charity so he’s currently out of favour with his mum.

Let’s examine the evidence.

Chas’s most recent misdemeanour, having an affair with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) behind Paddy (Dominic Brunt)’s back and plotting to leave him and take their daughter with her, was only a matter of months ago. Her selfish actions broke Paddy’s heart and helped to tip his mental health over the edge to the point of a suicide attempt. Cain’s response to finding out about the affair led to his son Kyle (Huey Quinn) accidentally shooting Al dead.

Cain himself has a well-deserved reputation as the local bad boy and has betrayed many women, including Charity when they were together – an affair which resulted in their son Kyle. Knowing how much he loves Kyle, if Cain paused for a moment he might have a touch more sympathy for his brother-in-law.

Belle Dingle is currently enjoying getting reacquainted with Tom King (James Chase), but it wasn’t all that long ago that she was cheating on Ellis Chapman (Aaron Anthony) with Jamie Tate (Alex Lincoln).

While Noah is currently being perfect boyfriend material as far as Amelia (Daisy Campbell) is concerned, we haven’t forgotten that he’s done jail time for his sinister stalking of Chloe Harris.

Even patriarch Zak once broke his beloved wife Lisa (Jane Cox)’s heart after he had an affair with their lodger Joanie Wright (Denise Black).

So Mack certainly had a point when he called them hypocrites and he stubbornly sat down and waited for Charity to appear.

It was all in vain, however. When Charity came out from the back she refused to listen as he told her again that he was sorry and that he loved her. She told him to stay the hell out of his life, and he headed for the door, leaving Charity surrounded by her support team of self-righteous Dingles.

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