Contemporary drama in a rural setting
Contemporary drama in a rural setting
It’s an emotional day for Shula and Helen offers the benefit of experience
Lilian checks in with Shula to ensure she’s rigidly sticking to the horses’ diet plan. While she’s at the Stables she takes the opportunity to promote The B’s pancake event that evening. Shula and Oliver show their support, but are underwhelmed by the pub’s modern new sign. Shula notices Oliver is a little subdued. He explains that he saw Roman earlier and thinks he was flirting with someone. He’d hate for Tracy to get hurt and doesn’t know whether or not to tell her.
Jim’s still reeling from Harold Jayston being outed. Jim’s also received a card from Michael and his family, thanking him for helping give Michael the courage to come forward. Alistair receives a call from Cora, who brought Harold to Jim’s birthday; she can’t believe the accusations about Harold. He does his best to convince her that the allegations are well-founded. Jim has decided not to come forward to the police. He thinks he’s finally at peace with the situation. He thanks Alistair and Jazzer from the bottom of his heart for their support.
Alistair is carrying out tests at Brookfield to get to the bottom of their calving issue. He and Ruth compare notes on building work. There’s a roof on Jim’s extension now, and the Brookfield Barn work is nearly finished.
Roman’s upset following a disastrous audition, so Tracy tries to console him with a trip to The Bull. He worries his age is preventing him from getting good roles. He explains the theatre was the only place he felt at home growing up, as he was a bit of a misfit at school. Tracy tells Roman what a saving grace Oliver was for her. She wonders why Roman doesn’t try making his own opportunities. He admits he’s considered it in the past, and decides to get writing instead of feeling sorry for himself.
Jim calls Alistair home from Brookfield. He explains that after he and Jazzer failed to track Michael down online, he researched local news stories as Michael had previously had run-ins with the police. Instead, he found a story announcing that Harold Jayston had been accused of historic sexual abuse after a victim came forward. He believes it must have been Michael. Jim is finding it all quite difficult to take in.
Lynda and Kate catch up in the shop. Lynda explains she’ll be stepping back as leader of the ReBulls, and Kate congratulates her on her protest.
Alice helps Kate to assemble her new bed. Kate explains sadly that she isn’t pregnant after all. Alice wonders if Kate should see a doctor about the delay to her cycle, but Kate puts it down to stress. She feels terrible for putting Jakob through such a shock; he must think she’s mad. Kate really felt the universe was giving her another chance to get motherhood right. Alice suggests a trip to the pool and a sauna, followed by a cocktail to take her mind off things. Kate explains she’s offered Jakob his freedom. She doesn’t want to put him through any more drama.
At Grey Gables, Lynda and Freddie awkwardly sidestep one another. At the gym after his shift, Freddie voices his concerns about the pills Johnny has been buying online. Johnny promises he won’t be buying any more. Instead, he’s going to save up for treatment, and Freddie can help him. He needs someone else to split the rent and bills with. Perhaps Freddie could move into 1, The Green? As long as Hannah’s happy to have two younger guys in the house, it’s a yes from Freddie!
Ben finds Josh cleaning out his car, as Ben’s friends have left it in a state again. Ben tells him not to bother, they’ll only mess it up again. Ben returns later to find Josh has sold the car to pay Rex back. Settling up with Rex is more important to him than Ben’s social life.
Jim seems in good spirits and explains to Alistair that he’s hoping to stay with Fiona soon and meet her partner, Angie. It’s bothering him that he never heard back from Michael, though. Alistair reminds him that Michael isn’t Jim’s responsibility.
At dawn Robert helps Lynda sneak back onto her deckchair outside The B. Lilian explains she’d noticed Lynda’s padlock looking worse for wear. Lilian fastens a new one on and pockets the key, then shows her some photos she’d taken in the middle of the night of Lynda – at least, she thinks it was Lynda… Robert confirms to Lynda that the game’s up. Lynda relents and agrees to cancel her interview with the Echo. Lynda asks Lilian to remove her padlock. She agrees to end her protest as long as Lilian deletes her incriminating photographs. Lilian threatens to expose to the other ReBulls that Lynda is a fraud. Lynda concedes defeat and decides to step down as their leader on the condition that Jolene deletes her back up photos.
Jolene’s impressed to discover that Lynda’s still chained to the pub sign. Lynda’s been in contact with a journalist from The Echo, who wants to interview her. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if the ReBull cause was all over the press?
Ed explains To Kirsty he’s just had a job interview but it was a waste of time. Kirsty wonders if he’d consider building work. She’s worried about how much pressure Philip is under. Ed approaches Philip to see if he’d consider hiring him. Philip assets that right now he needs to keep an eye on the balance sheets, and he can’t see any opportunities coming up in the near future.
Later Philip tells Kirsty that she put him in a difficult position with Ed. He can’t offer Ed a job because of Gavin. He couldn’t risk the awkwardness between them if Gavin were to end up going out with Emma.
Lilian tells Jolene she’s signed her horses up to Jakob’s equine weight loss clinic.
During the night Jolene brings Lynda refreshments, but receives no response. When Jolene senses Lynda’s not moving she panics, and Lilian hurriedly pulls off the layers of blankets. Lynda’s left a dummy in her place! Lilian swears that Lynda won’t be laughing by the time she’s finished with her.
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