An intense and gripping week of events unfolds in Ambridge. Listen to all the drama here.
Writer, Tim Stimpson
Director, Peter Leslie Wild
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Pat Archer ….. Patricia Gallimore
Tony Archer ….. David Troughton
Natasha Archer ….. Mali Harries
Tom Archer ….. William Troughton
Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
Lee Bryce ….. Ryan Early
Harrison Burns ….. James Cartwright
Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman
Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin
Ruairi Donovan ….. Arthur Hughes
Justin Elliott ….. Simon Williams
Chelsea Horrobin ….. Madeleine Leslay
Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence
Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd
Julianne Wright ….. Lisa Bowerman
Tom and Natasha mull over how hard Jennifer’s death must be for Brian. Meanwhile, Natasha’s been doing more research into child modelling. She shares what she’s learned with Tom who comments she’s looked into it a lot for someone who isn’t keen on the idea. Natasha tentatively suggests they pay for the portfolio shots on a credit card. Tom’s cautious, there’s no guarantee their daughters will make the money back with bookings. They’re unable to reach a decision before Pat joins them. She’s sent them an adorable photo she’s taken of Nova and Seren much to Natasha’s delight. Now on the same page, Natasha and Tom tell Pat that Nova and Seren have been head hunted by a modelling agency. Pat tries to sound a note of warning, but Natasha and Tom are too enthralled by the money Nova and Seren could earn for their futures to listen.
Lilian lets off steam to Lynda about Justin trying to make her feel better and the imminent arrival of James, Leonie and Mungo. She then realises she’s walked in on Lynda’s hair appointment with Chelsea. Pleased, as ever, with Chelsea’s cut, Lynda suggests Lilian also has her hair done. Lilian reluctantly agrees and ends up recounting a funny moment with Jennifer at Fabrice’s salon. Her laughter turns to tears. She apologises but both Chelsea and Lynda understand. Lynda reminds Lilian of how supportive she was when Lynda was recovering from her injuries. With news that James and Leonie will arrive earlier than expected, Lynda reassures Lilian that everything will be fine.
Tom asks Tony if he and Pat will babysit on Valentine’s Day. Tony quickly agrees while distracted by a phone call Adam is taking. Adam explains Brian has been reported to the police, but the details aren’t clear and heads off to see what’s going on.
In Adam’s absence, Tom makes a silly error in planting the new edible forest garden beds. Tony and Tom laugh at the error which can be easily fixed. Natasha joins them and out of earshot of Tony shows Tom the approach from a modelling agency. Natasha is cautious but Tom persuades her to at least find out more from the agency. She stops Tom from telling Tony about the prospect.
At the Home Farm house Harrison explains to Adam that Brian is sitting in the front garden staring at the house. Adam gently talks to Brian who isn’t pleased about being talked down to. Adam reminds him it's no longer his property, but Brian is adamant he will stay until he is ready to leave. With Adam by his side, Brian reminisces about significant moments at the Home Farm house. This leads him to his argument with Ruairi. Adam mollifies Brian. He says Ruairi is grieving and lashing out and he thanks Brian for the generosity he’s shown him as a stepfather. They move on to happy summertime memories and Harrison approaches. Now he’s explained the situation to the Gills they don’t mind Brian taking his time. But Brian says it’s time to go – it’s all just memories and Jenny’s not here.
Alice interrupts Ruairi on the phone. He’s returning to London tomorrow. Alice tries to get him to stay until the weekend but he’s insistent he gets on with his life and will be back for the funeral. Over lunch Alice is desperate to engage Brian and Ruairi in an activity and suggests a boardgame. To Ruairi’s surprise, Brian opts for Cluedo.
As Ruairi sets up the game, Brian talks to Ruairi about Jennifer raising him. Ruairi stops in his tracks when Brian mentions gratitude. Ruairi won’t buy Brian’s view that Jennifer loved bringing him up and angrily tells Brian that neither of them deserved Jennifer. For him they should both be ashamed rather than grateful. Ruairi storms off.
Alice finds Ruairi about to leave Willow Cottage. Brian apologises but it’s not enough to make Ruairi stay. He feels like he’s always been the family’s dirty secret and in London he doesn’t have to pretend to be something he’s not.
Freddie tries to help out at The Orangery but only gets in Chelsea’s way and crockery ends up smashed. Freddie admits to feeling like a spare part. He feels he’s learned everything he can at The Orangery. Chelsea tells him to do something else, he’s a Pargetter – what’s stopping him? Freddie thinks his mum won’t trust him but Chelsea eggs him on. One day he’ll be running Lower Loxley and he’s done more than enough to prove himself. Freddie remains unsure but Chelsea tells him to go for it.
Susan gently plies Lee with questions about the circumstances around Jennifer’s death. When Justin joins her, he ignores her mention of Jennifer and focuses on the shop’s stock layout. Susan isn’t sure about the changes but Justin convinces her to give it a go, promising to put it all back to how it was if there’s an uproar. Justin admits he’s trying to lift Lilian’s spirits but is struggling with knowing what to do for the best. When Susan says it’s your nearest and dearest that pull you through, Justin has an idea.
Pat agrees to babysit Henry and Jack on Valentine’s night and asks Lee about his daughters. The move to America is still planned unless Mabel and Evie have other ideas. Lee sees their half term visit as a trial run of what it would be like if they moved in. Lee reassures a nervous Pat that if they were to live with him it would have to work for Helen, Henry and Jack too. He wouldn’t be able to do it without Helen by his side.
Lynda calls on Lilian to approve her tribute to Jennifer for the village website. Lynda’s words reduce Lilian to tears. When Lilian wonders why Jennifer didn’t tell her about her heart condition, Lynda points out it can be hard to be honest with those we’re closest to. Justin returns home and announces that James, Leonie and Mungo are visiting this weekend. Lilian is appalled, she’s in no fit state to host. Justin is at a loss – he’s invited them and can’t tell them not to come.
Alice thinks Ruairi will benefit from reading Jennifer’s journal but he doesn’t want to know. However later she happens on him reading it. When Alice tries to connect with Ruairi over it, he rushes off. Alice reads the page Ruairi was looking at to Adam. It’s about Ruairi joining the family. Later she comforts Ruairi who softens towards her only to push her away again when she suggests inviting Julianne to Ambridge.
Adam’s pleased to be keeping busy with work at Bridge Farm. He tells Tony and Pat the logistics for Jennifer’s funeral are complicated. Lilian is sorry to see him head off as she arrives with things still awkward between her and Tony and Pat.
Pat implores Tony to clear the air with Lilian but Tony isn’t sure what else to say. Tony and Pat try to explain why he didn’t tell Lilian about Jennifer’s heart condition but they only rile Lilian who reminds them that she was with Jennifer when she collapsed. Tony points out that he is grieving too but Lilian only sees how unfair it was that he knew about Jennifer’s situation for months whereas her last memory is clutching Jennifer’s hand in an ambulance.
Lilian seeks out Adam keen to talk to someone who feels the same as her about not knowing about Jennifer’s heart condition. Adam surprises her when he says he’s now come to see that it was Jennifer’s decision, and it shows her bravery. Lilian sees she’s the only one who won’t accept this and states she’ll be fine on her own.