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Doctors spoilers: WHY is Zara Carmichael dressed in disguise?

Doctors, Zara Carmichael
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Hmm, what's going on here? Why does Zara disguise herself and arrange to meet with lovecheat Aashiq on today's episode of Doctors?

Emma Reid (played by Dido Miles) is reeling after discovering the terrible truth about her new boyfriend, Aashiq Sawney (Raj Ghatak) on Doctors (1:45pm on BBC One, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings)

Emma feels like a fool after falling for lovecheat Aashiq and his flowers and expensive gifts.

When Emma's friend and surgery co-worker, Zara Carmichael (Elisabeth Dermot Walsh) finds out what's happened, she wants to get REVENGE!

Emma is not particularly keen but Zara sets a plan in motion to catch Aashiq in a honey trap.

In disguise, Zara poses as a flirty client and arranges to meet Aashiq at a restaurant to discuss "business".

Will Zara's plan to have Emma catch her and Aashiq kissing work?

Doctors, Al Haskey, Jimmi Clay

Doctors, Valerie Pitman, Lily Walker

While Al shares his woes with Jimmi... Lily anxiously awaits the cancer test results on Doctors...

Meanwhile, Jimmi Clay (Adrian Lewis Morgan) is amused to hear about Al Haskey's (Ian Midlane) disastrous meeting with his potential future in-laws.

Jimmy urges Al to break-up with his fiancee Lily Walker (Verity Rushworth) sooner rather than later, before Al digs himself in any deeper with the unwanted engagement.

However, with Lily anxiously waiting her hospital test results to find out if she has cancer, Al will need to pick the right moment to break the news to Lily.

Doctors, Karen Hollins

Karen resorts to desperate measures on Doctors...

Also, Karen Hollins (Jan Pearson) is in terrible pain after this week's SHOCK turn of events at home.

Unable to get an appointment at her GP surgery and after failing to convince any of the staff at The Mill to treat her, Karen resorts to desperate measures to ease her pain...

Doctors continues every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:45pm on BBC One

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Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

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