Emmerdale fans baffled by ‘plot hole’ as Debbie Dingle returns and recognises Nate

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Emmerdale viewers were left stunned this evening as Debbie Dingle finally returned tonight – and she was not happy as she discovered what her daughter Sarah was up to.

But what confused some fans was the fact that Debbie recognised half-brother Nate – despite never having met him on-screen.

That said, her family could well have shown her his picture during her time in Scotland.

Back in 2019, Nate was revealed to have been Cain's biological son after his affair with Moira was exposed.

During this time, Debbie was in Scotland so had never met Cain before. So her furious response to Nate – who had offered to help look for Sarah – saying that he wasn't part of her family baffled some fans.

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One tweeted: "How did Debbie recognise Nate have they never met?"

Meanwhile, teen Sarah had run away from home after dropping a packet of drugs into the vicar's son's pocket to cover for her drug dealer love interest.

Sarah had hidden away from her family with Danny, played by Louis Healey, but was discovered in a compromising position by her mum.

Eventually, Debbie managed to get the truth out of her daughter – that she had been the one to plant the drugs.

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"It was me who put the drugs in that man's pocket," Sarah confessed.

Debbie responded: "So where did they come from? The drugs?"

"Danny and his mate," Sarah replied.

"So they were dealing," Debbie retorted.

"Trying to," Sarah said. "Only Chas called the police and I just panicked. It was really scary! But he saw me! Ethan – he knew by my face and suppose he tells the police and gets me arrested. I could go to prison like Danny!"

"You're not going to go to prison," Debbie insisted. "Listen to me, you are my priority – I'm back and I'm not going anywhere, ok?"

Fans took to Twitter to comment, with one writing: "Debbie has only been back for five minutes and she’s told about nine characters to f*** off. Welcome back, ya miserable b***h #Emmerdale."

While another gleefully tweeted: "Debbie is back and she is fuming."

A third gushed: "I’ve missed Debbie & Sarah’s scenes…… BRILLIANT performances by Charley & Katie tonight."

*Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 8pm on ITV

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