Jill attempts to avert a scandal and Ian struggles to remain calm
Writer, Keri Davies
Director, Jeremy Howe
Editor, Jeremy Howe
David Archer ….. Timothy Bentinck
Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch
Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Jennifer Aldridge ….. Angela Piper
Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
Ian Craig ….. Stephen Kennedy
Justin Elliot ….. Simon Williams
Eddie Grundy ….. Trevor Harrison
Emma Grundy ….. Emerald O'Hanrahan
Ed Grundy ….. Barry Farrimond
Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell
Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
Kate Madikane ….. Perdita Avery
Elizabeth Pargetter ….. Alison Dowling
Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence
Lily Pargetter ….. Katie Redford
Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd
Oliver Sterling ….. Michael Cochrane
Leonard Berry ….. Paul Copley
Joy Horville ….. Jackie Lye
Brian takes a meal round to Willow Cottage for Adam. Jennifer has been practising so many dishes for the Flower and Produce show that they’ve run out of room in their freezer. Pip arrives with a bagful of Rosie’s old baby clothes. Pip offers Adam some parenting tips. She thinks the reason rewilding appealed to her so much is because she wants Rosie to grow up on a healthier planet. She apologises if she and Phoebe came across too strongly with the idea. Adam offers an olive branch: he’s still opposed to rewilding, but he’ll table their proposal at the next partnership meeting.
Oliver and Tracy enjoy their night at the themed dinner performance. Oliver hopes to organise a similar event at Grey Gables before Christmas.
Ian is astounded to hear that Hugh from Lower Loxley will be providing his paternity cover. Concerned that Hugh will undo all his hard work, he lays down the law of the land to the kitchen staff at Grey Gables. Freddie helps Ian out of a tricky situation, and they bond over their mutual dislike of Hugh. Freddie offers to be a spy in the camp, reporting back to Ian if Hugh tries to change anything.
Ed’s decided to sell a promising-looking Texel ram. Eddie suggests keeping it for breeding, but Ed wants the money now to support the children. He’s disappointed when the lamb only fetches one thousand pounds. Later, he tells Emma he’s put the money from the sale in their joint account to help with the kids. He offers to give her some money he has spare, but she refuses to take it.
Brian has bad news for David about Crowthers: investing in the abattoir would be too risky. Surprisingly, though, Justin seemed very interested on a personal level. Brian thinks it may be worth David having a word with him.
Peggy’s still reeling from Joy’s visit when Kate returns, full of the joys of spring. She had a very successful night at Jakob’s, meanwhile Peggy couldn’t get a word in edgeways with Joy. Peggy admits defeat: she’ll have made a miraculous recovery next time Jakob comes over. Kate’s good mood is dampened when she discovers Jakob will be spending a month in Sweden with family and leaves on Friday. Clearly they’ve nothing in common after all.
Brian fills Eddie in on his chat with Martyn Gibson. Martyn thinks Will’s an excellent gamekeeper and has no reason to sack him. Eddie accepts that it’s a decision Will needs to come to himself.
Elizabeth and Lily are reeling from Hugh’s sudden resignation. Freddie admits to Lily that his shift as a Kitchen Porter was really tough. Ian gave him a real roasting before he’d even started. Lily tells Freddie how proud she is of him, getting a job outside of Lower Loxley is a real achievement.
Kate passes by Brookfield on her way to see Phoebe. She rounds on Ruth about her lack of support for the rewilding. Pip jumps in to defend Ruth, Kate doesn’t need to be nasty, and she doesn’t need Kate’s help. Ruth thanks Pip for standing up for her. The mood lightens between them, and they laugh about David’s leather jacket, which has just shown up on Bert’s scarecrow again. David must have had an attack of good taste.
Kate’s in a quandary about Jakob. He keeps ending their dates early so that Kate can get back to look after Peggy. She’d like him to be able to come home with her sometimes. Peggy says she can always take out her hearing aids. Peggy thinks Kate would be in less of a fix if she hadn’t misled Jakob in the first place. Later, Kate prepares for a night at Jakob’s. Kate needn’t worry about leaving her frail grandmother alone though, she’s organised a companion for her – someone Jakob met in the shop. Her name’s Joy Horville.