Of course, Cain tried to keep Sam quiet but Lydia managed to get the truth out of Sam who pretty much immediately explained everything about the attack on Jamie and what they had conspired against him.
Lydia was livid, to say the very least.
"I know I'm an outsider and I understand when you join this family you live by Dingle Code and I'm happy to do that... most of the time. The point is, you're so wrapped up in pleasing yourself, you don't think about the consequenses for anybody else. Have you got any idea how much Sam looks up to you? He could've ended up in prison. I know what kind of a person you are, Cain. And I'm also aware that having someone like you in a family like this can be very useful... but don't drag Sam into it."
Firstly, huge commendation to Karen Blick on that monologue. Incredibly performed and so, very powerful. I think even Cain Dingle was impressed.
The mannerisms, the tone of voice and the whole portrayal almost mirrored how Lisa would have handled the situation when she first got together with Zak all those years ago.
Has Lydia filled the massive irreplaceable hole Lisa left when she died?
It certainly seems that way.
The Dingle Family sorely needs a mother-figure to keep the boys in check. With the performance Karen Blick delivered for the episode, Lydia would be a fantastic mother-figure.
The reason Jennifer changed her name to Lydia Hart is because when she went to Scarborough, she found a place to stay belonging to a 'Lydia Hart'. That Lydia died but Jenny found Lydia's birth certificate and subsequently changed her name to Lydia Hart. It's all tangled up and a bit complicated but, legally, Jennifer "Jenny" Finn is called Lydia Dingle after marrying Sam.
Family has always been alien to Lydia. She's never had one. Her father is either dead or Agatha simply doesn't keep in-touch with him anymore. Lydia's status in The Dingles means more to her than life itself because she's part of a unit Lydia has never been in.
It's imperative to Lydia that Sam is fit, well and out of prison because she doesn't want to be alone again.
Will Sam remain by Lydia's side? Keep watching and find out.
Emmerdale continues at 20:00 this evening and every weekday at 19:00 on ITV/STV.