Published Saturday, 21 September 2013
Jimmy and Nicola face problems in their marriage. (© ITV)
With the couple still reeling in the aftermath of Nicola's liaisons with Steve, money worries are now added to their troubles as Nicola has lost her job.
And while Jimmy's happy living a simpler life, his wife wants nothing but the best for her and their daughter Angelica.
"Nicola wants to be posh, or as Jimmy puts it she wants to be expensive, she wants to look expensive," explained Nick, who plays the family man.
"(Jimmy) cares about real values because he lost all that when the house collapsed on his head and the King family crumbled, he realised there were more important things in life than just money."
And behind their financial problems is the ever present issue of Steve.
"Steve is a very difficult subject for Jimmy," said Nick.
"After the Steve thing and Nicola's failure to get a decent job, things get worse and worse. Jimmy and Nicola aren't communicating very well, he is still very angry and he is hurt.
"Nicola is kind of oddly detached about what she did; I don't think she thinks she did anything terrible."
To help keep the family's money worries at bay, Jimmy starts to work night shifts.
But the constant pressure of work coupled with ongoing tiredness becomes too much for him and soon the cracks in their relationship are magnified.
"Their relationship starts to decline to the point where he is ready to leave her - it's as bad as that," said Nick.
"We are in a pretty bad place, but things generally in Emmerdale are coming to a bit of a climax, we are about to go through some pretty hard times.
"Something exciting is going to happen and that in itself will have a big effect on Jimmy and Nicola's relationship, they might find something out about themselves through that.
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