A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Chris contemplates his future while tempers flare at The Bull.
Alice, Lily and Phoebe go bowling. Phoebe and Lily moan about their respective occupations. Phoebe doesn’t feel challenged and Lily is bored to the back teeth with kitchen sales. The mood deflates when Phoebe unthinkingly asks Alice about her problems. To their horror, Alice points out a new bar but then explains it’s a bubble tea bar. Alice thanks Phoebe and Lily for helping her get away from Ambridge for the evening. Alice confesses she’s glad she doesn’t have a job at Home Farm and is considering a return to engineering. Lily divulges that she’s starting a course in rural estate management while Phoebe has no plans; she was asked the same by university friends before Christmas and had nothing to share.
Kenton and Jolene are about to give up hope of anyone turning up to share ideas for a Valentine’s event when Leonard turns up. He pitches his Living Board Game concept. They struggle to see the main aim of the game and get hung up on the finer details. Losing his patience, Kenton thanks Leonard for coming but rules out his idea.
Jazzer has to admit to Tracy he’s lost the book she gave him for help with his accounting, but he’s bought another. Not that he’s recorded much in it so far. Tracy points out The Bull are offering a free ticket for Valentine’s to whoever comes up with the best event idea. Jazzer’s keen to give it a go; he’s sure he and Tracy will come up with an idea they can’t refuse.
Alice calls Phoebe to hear a friendly voice. Chris wants to meet on Wednesday regarding their divorce. Alice would a love a night out to forget her troubles. Phoebe promises to sort it. Phoebe phones Lily for some advice but catches her at a bad moment and Lily moans about how bored she is with her job. Phoebe’s concerned about going out with Alice in case she wants to drink. Lily offers to come too and says she knows where they could go where there isn’t a big focus on alcohol.
Jolene and Kenton look ahead to Valentine’s Day and agree to book a singer well-known at The Bull. But when they tell Fallon they’re disappointed by her reaction. They agree they could have another think. With Kenton out of the way, Jolene asks Fallon what’s bothering her. Fallon shares her worries over Harrison’s preoccupation with being baptised and thinking about the meaning of life. Jolene tries to reassure Fallon but fears it could lead to the end of their relationship. As Fallon goes to leave, Kenton offers his alternative ideas for Valentine’s Day. Jolene isn’t impressed and Fallon suggests sticking to what works. But Kenton’s keen to put on a different and unique event. Fallon suggests asking people what they want and choosing the best suggestion, which excites Kenton – that’s bound to get people talking. Problem solved!
Jim collars Jazzer to pay his rent, hoping that he hasn’t fallen back into his old, careless ways. Jazzer admits to Tracy that he’s really skint but doesn’t know how it happened. Tracy points out he was far too generous with Christmas presents. He even got Tracy two presents: a necklace and an oven. Tracy offers to help Jazzer with his accounts and gives him a notebook to write down his spending. Jazzer reluctantly agrees to give it a go. Later, he proudly shows Jim he’s written nothing in his accounting book which shows he’s not spent anything today. With his rent still owed, Jim’s not impressed.
Fallon tries to tell Harrison about Hazel letting the flat above the shop again but he’s preoccupied. When she asks him what’s up Harrison explains playing Jesus in The Passion has got him thinking about his own baptism as a baby. Fallon’s surprised at Harrison’s reaction to finding out that his own christening was cancelled. He worries about the implications for being his nephew’s godfather and for playing Jesus, but Fallon reassures him he’s fine. Later, Fallon tries to understand how Harrison is feeling about not being baptised. He wonders about perhaps doing it now, which Fallon finds funny. Harrison tells her this isn’t a joke; it’s important to him.
Roy levels with his dad. He knows it looks like the family’s nagging about his health, but it’s because they’re scared for him. After all Betty died from a heart attack. Before Mike can respond they’re interrupted by Phoebe with an invitation to tour the rewilding area. Out in the woodland Mike admits the pre-diabetic diagnosis is a reminder the clock’s ticking. It’s been easier to pretend it wasn’t happening, but he needs to get his act together now. You have to grab life and see where it takes you. Phoebe’s thoughtful. Later having packed his bag to leave, Mike reassures his son. Roy was spot on – and Mike wants to be around for Bethany and Vicky. Plus he has his own improvement project back home; Roy won’t recognise him next time he sees him.
Peggy’s called at the flat to apologise to Hazel for the conversation she overheard yesterday. She doesn’t want Hazel to regret moving to Ambridge and wants her to be happy. Hazel’s adamant she’s leaving; she’s been seeing Ambridge through the rose coloured spectacles of nostalgia. She’s going to re-let the flat. Later Tom confesses to Peggy that he and Natasha need to find their own space – Bridge Farm isn’t going to work out for them. When Peggy breaks the news that Hazel’s leaving the flat, Tom’s incandescent. He confronts Hazel and points out the unfairness of the situation, adding that Natasha’s pregnant. Hazel softens for a moment, before admitting she’s already let the flat to someone else.
Alice is coming to terms with the news that Stella and her father have withdrawn the offer of work at Home Farm. She assures Brian it’s not his fault and that she’s not upset. Admitting to Amy that although she’s sure Ed had his reasons for speaking to Stella, she feels she stands little chance of finding work in her position. Spotting a judgemental Sabrina in the distance only serves to bear out Alice’s fears. Amy rushes to Alice’s defence, sending Sabrina running. Alice doesn’t know what she’d do without Amy.
Hazel confesses to Peggy she’s finding living in the flat above the shop uncomfortable, and the shop volunteers unfriendly. Peggy sympathises and recommends she finds somewhere more suitable to live. Tony pops in and is wrongfooted to find Hazel there. He’s not warm with her but remains polite. Out of her earshot he asks Peggy to a belated birthday tea for Pat, whilst acknowledging it’s likely to be full of talk about the expected twins. Peggy’s delighted to accept, but asks if lonely Hazel might be invited too. Tony’s appalled. He reminds Peggy how manipulative Hazel’s been over the years; in turn Peggy reminds him she’s all Hazel’s got. As Tony hesitates, Hazel comes in and it’s clear she’s overheard the conversation. She won’t go where she’s not welcome. She wishes she’d never moved to Ambridge. Everyone in the village is petty and mean spirited, and a chunk of her father’s money had gone to a ludicrous scheme. She’s had enough.