Emmerdale's Rachel Breckle is left heartbroken on Valentine's Day as she is rejected by potential love interest Sam Dingle.
Rachel is finally honest about her feelings for Sam (James Hooton) next week when she thinks that he has sent her a Valentine's card. In reality, however, little Samson and Amelia are responsible for the surprise delivery.
When Rachel confronts Sam over the card and he denies all knowledge of the romantic gesture, the penny drops and she feels humiliated. Rushing out of the Dingle house in embarrassment, has Rachel lost her chance with Sam?
Here, Gemma Oaten - who plays Rachel - chats about her character's upcoming setback.
When did Rachel start to see Sam in a different light?
"I think it was when baby Archie had the infection. It all started when she gave birth and he was there for her, but I think Sam really started to come into the mix when Archie was poorly again. He seems to be the voice that's rational, reasonable and calm - which is funny because the perception of Sam is that he's nothing like that!
"Another key moment was when Ruby pointed out that Sam could be developing feelings for Rachel and suggested telling him to back off. That was when Rachel realised that maybe she didn't want him to back off!"
What's the main attraction of Sam?
"For Rachel, it's how he makes her feel and how he makes her laugh. With everything else that's going on around her with Jai and the baby, her life has been spiralling out of control. But Rachel has put Jai in his place, and now Sam has brought laughter back into her life.
"The main attraction for Rachel is just having somebody there who really genuinely cares for her. That's very different from what Rachel's ever experienced before. I don't think she's ever been in love, so I really like this storyline and I think it's really genuine and sweet."
How does Rachel feel about the speculation in the village over her friendship with Sam?
"It's been a bit of an eye-opener for her! All of a sudden, everyone has a lot to say about everyone else's business! From Rachel's point of view, she's trying to figure out how she got to the point where she grew to have feelings for Sam Dingle, who's very different from anyone she's been attracted to before.
"When Ali and Ruby get involved and Lisa starts questioning what Rachel wants from Sam, I think it throws her a little bit. She thinks, 'Hang on a minute, where has all this come from?' There's a lot of obstacles standing in their way and I think people can't quite believe a girl like Rachel would want to be with Sam."
Does the gossip affect their friendship?
"Definitely. It's really sad, because they're so close and tight-knit, but then other people are pulling them apart and causing this awkwardness between them. It definitely affects the way they behave around each other."
What happens on Valentine's Day?
"Well, little Amelia asks if Rachel has any Valentine's cards and obviously the answer is no. Samson and Amelia are growing quite fond of this friendship between Sam and Rachel, so they decide to plant a card from Sam to Rachel. Rachel gets complete crossed wires, builds up the courage to go and see Sam with the card, but then it all falls apart!"
Is Rachel pleased when she thinks the card might be from Sam?
"She's made up! It's so sweet with the way she reacts to it, because she's actually chuffed to bits. Until now, she hadn't been sure whether her feelings for Sam had been reciprocated, so she views the card as a seal of approval. It's the happiest she's been in a long time."
Is she wary about getting into a relationship, though?
"Rachel is obviously still worried about Jai, and what might happen if she brought someone else into that situation. But then she thinks, 'Hang on a minute - it's nothing to do with him'. She knows that Sam is caring, funny and brilliant with Archie, so she thinks it's the right thing."
What happens when Rachel goes to see Sam?
"Poor Rachel! I'm sure this happened last Valentine's Day with Marlon! (Laughs.) Basically, she makes an effort to look a bit more glam and she broaches the subject of this card with Sam. But Sam hasn't got a clue what she's on about.
"At the same time, Ali and Ruby have discovered the mix-up with the card, so they rush round to stop the inevitable happening. Unfortunately, they're too late and Rachel is left absolutely mortified! Sam explains to her that the card must be from Samson and Amelia.
"Rachel makes a really swift exit from the Dingle house after that, and she's angry because she thinks she has messed up. She's also angry with Ali and Ruby for egging her on. But in a side of Rachel we've never seen before, she's absolutely heartbroken. As much as she's having a go at everyone, we can see she's torn apart when she's on her own."
How does Sam react to the mix-up?
"Sam goes to see Rachel, and she thinks there might be a chance. Unfortunately, though, he tells her that they can only be friends.
"Unknown to Rachel, this is only because everyone is putting their opinions across. Lisa has told Sam that it's not worth it and he shouldn't get involved with Rachel, so he's taken that on board. But I think deep down, Sam is feeling very different to what he's actually saying to Rachel."
Do you think Rachel and Sam would make a good couple?
"I think they'd make an absolutely amazing couple! When I watch them on screen together, it just seems to be a really genuine partnership. I also remember starting in the show 20 months ago now, and I had a conversation with James Hooton and Steve Halliwell back then where we said it'd be brilliant to get us together.
"We always saw that potential was there, but we got split up in our storylines. Now they're growing closer again, it just feels right. It's also a bonus for me because I adore James and we're great friends in real life. I think that definitely shows on screen."
Do you think the viewers are rooting for Sam and Rachel?
"I keep hearing about 'Samchel' and there's a lot of people rooting for them. But it's also interesting that a lot of viewers are saying that Rachel and Jai should be a couple! That's news to me, but I think the viewers are really supporting Sam and Rachel too. I hope they're going to enjoy the journey of what might be."
Is there a lot to come with Rachel and Jai's baby secret?
"Definitely! Since coming back to work after Christmas, I've found out things that have shocked me. There's definitely a heck of a lot to come before the reveal, and it's really exciting. I think the viewers are never going to guess what's to come in a million years, but it's going to be one heck of a year.
"Viewers ask me about this storyline all the time and it's nice because it feels like they're excited and interested. I think they're excited to see me get beat up by Charity! But also with the way that Charity's behaving, I think people want to see her get a taste of her own medicine."
What else is coming up for Rachel?
"Well, let's see what happens with this love storyline, because Rachel's not been in love before and I think that's going to be something to explore. It's a different side to her.
"There's also Jai, who'll be back in the village at some point. Can you imagine him coming back and possibly seeing Rachel with Sam? That idea is already freaking Jai out already, because he can't stand seeing Sam with Archie. So let's see what happens when he turns up again!"
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