Thinking that Amy is studying childcare at college, Joanie asks her to look after Kyle, and they start to become friends.
Concerned about how frequently Amy is looking after Kyle, Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) visits Joanie and accidentally lets slip that Amy is Kyle's birth mother.
Joanie meets Amy and her friend, Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins).
Needing to see her son, Amy goes to Kyle's playgroup with Andy Sugden's (Kelvin Fletcher) son, Jack and she panics when Joanie thinks that she remembers her face.
I can't believe my luck." Of her return, Black said "I am very excited to be coming back to Emmerdale. I can't wait to find out." Black called her character "feisty" and said that enjoys playing poker and drinking pints.
It's a lovely show to work on and I'm well set for Joanie's revival. Black also revealed that she had let her hair grow out grey for the part, causing people to give up their seats for her on the Tube.
Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) and Gil Keane (David Easter) debuted in November, while Pete, played by Hollyoaks star Anthony Quinlan, and Finn Barton (Joe Gill) arrived in December.
He and Joanie talk about Amy and Kyle as they watch him play with a ball.
While their backs are turned, the ball rolls onto the front garden and Kyle chases it.
However, when Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick) and Amy take Joanie and Kyle for a picnic, Kyle slips and falls into a river.
Amy rescues him and they are rushed to hospital, where an upset and angry Joanie bans Amy from having any further contact with Kyle.
Amy slaps her back and Joanie angrily declares that Amy will not see Kyle again.