The episode began with Debbie (played by Charley Webb) being forced to abandon €50,000 she stole from gangsters.
They later turned up at the Dingle residence where her two children Sarah and Jack were being looked after by Sam (James Hooton).
After kidnapping the youngsters and tying Sam up, the two men demanded the family return the money or face the consequences.
Having lost the funds in the car, Debbie’s mother Charity (Emma Atkins) hatched a plan to get some cash quickly.
The barmaid decided to impersonate local rich woman Chrissie (Louise Marwood) by donning a brunette wig and some sunglasses and headed to the business woman’s bank branch.
Emmerdale viewers slammed Debbie Dingle's return storyline
Charity Dingle dressed up as Chrissie White in order to withdraw money from her bank account
Charity’s scheme almost came unstuck when she shot herself in the face with a tranquilliser gun she had brought with her as a last resort.
As she staggered out of the bank having successfully hoodwinked the bank manager and withdrawn the money, fans of the soap took to Twitter to slam the bizarre storyline.
One social media user asked: “#Emmerdale how far fetched is this episode! Really!!???”
“Another totally nonsensical storyline about the serial criminal Dingle family on #emmerdale. Total pants,” someone else commented.
A third said: “#emmerdale has reached a new low. Sack the scriptwriters.”
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Debbie needed to get some cash quick after her children were taken by gangsters she stole money from
Charity's plan was almost derailed when she accidentally shot herself with a tranquilliser
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While a fourth remarked: “Another ridiculously stupid storyline #Emmerdale.”
However some fans enjoyed the episode, in particular Charity’s impersonating skills.
One viewers said: “@emmerdale Great humour with Charity and the tranquilliser gun! #Emmerdale>”
Another agreed, adding: “Charity Dingle shooting herself in the face with animal tranquillisers is honestly my favourite thing in the world #emmerdale.”
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.