Contemporary drama in a rural setting
Contemporary drama in a rural setting
Lynda takes drastic action and Josh struggles with recent events
Lilian is affronted to discover that Shula and Jakob have put Amir and Aziz on a diet. She thinks it’s no wonder Jakob was looking shifty. Shula takes responsibility for the horses’ weight gain, but she’s confident a diet is the right course of action.
Gavin and Emma get to know one another over a drink. Having been roped into a game of cribbage with Barry, Gavin thinks it’s not the name of the pub that should be banned, it’s cribbage. Awkwardness ensues when Ed arrives and is introduced to Gavin. Emma explains that Gavin’s just a friend, but Ed reminds her she’s a free agent.
Lilian confides to Shula that Gavin and Emma’s body language suggest they’re more than friends. Seeing Ed in the pub has made Lilian think the Grundys’ resistance to attending is waning. There’s been no action in days, and all their efforts have done is persuade The B to push harder for new customers.
Ed finds Jazzer having a cheeky drink at the aquaponics polytunnel. Jazzer has plans to kit out his area with a mini fridge and curtain. Ed admits he walked in on Emma’s ‘date’. Despite Jazzer’s reassurance, Ed reckons Emma is better off with flashy Gavin. Jazzer tells him not to give up on her now. Ed wants to be happy for Emma, but he can’t.
Josh has been feeling lost since having his phone and laptop confiscated by the police. Ben wants him to realise how his actions have affected the family. Ben’s getting stick from people at college and David has had to face the NFU. Taking advantage while Josh is at his lowest, Ben persuades Josh to lend him his car for the Young Farmers’ quiz and various upcoming social events.
Jakob is taken aback when Kate returns home early from her course. Kate’s cross when she discovers Alice and Chris have already told Jakob about her pregnancy. Nonetheless, she feels pure joy at being pregnant. Though Jakob’s apprehensive, he’s adamant he’ll do his best for Kate and the baby. Kate thinks Jakob’s being practical and boring in trying to work out the logistics of where Kate will stay. If he had his way, he’d have been planning since the moment she took the pregnancy test. But Kate says that’s not her way, besides, she hasn’t taken a test. She’s got three children and knows her own body, all the signs are there. Later, Kate takes a test, which comes out negative. How could she have got it so wrong? Jakob assures her they’re still the same couple and tries to persuade her to stay. After all, she’s had a shock. Kate just wants to be alone and leaves for The Lodge. She apologises for everything.
Lynda and Jazzer fill Tracy in on the latest meeting of the ReBulls. They have to think of ways to hit them where it most hurts: their profit margins. Ed’s concerned that the ReBulls' actions will hurt more than just Kenton and Jolene.
Tracy asks Lynda why she raised drug use at yesterday's staff meeting. Lynda has no evidence it was Freddie, but she believes he's dealing again. Tracy agrees to keep an eye on him. Lynda's disheartened to find that The B's Valentine's event has had glowing reviews, and a number of people have refuted the comment she left in Dylan Nells' name. They'll have to think bigger to persuade Jolene and Lillian to restore its name to The Bull.
Freddie confronts Johnny: thanks to him, Lynda thinks he's dealing again. Freddie implores Johnny to give up the steroids; they'll screw him up. Johnny breaks down and says he can't stop taking them: they're not steroids, they're for his hair loss. He feels so low about his appearance he can't even look in a mirror. That's why he's been wearing a hat. He's sure it's why Bella dumped him, and it's only ever going to get worse. Johnny tells Freddie he'll come clean to Lynda, but Freddie’s confident she’ll forget all about it in time.
Determined to work out what's wrong with Johnny, Freddie riffles through his bag at the gym and finds a small bag of pills. When Johnny won't admit they're not steroids, Freddie resolves to flush them down the toilet. Lynda catches them arguing outside the changing rooms. She confronts Freddie and explains she believes he's been trying to sell drugs to Johnny. She won't tell Oliver yet, but she will raise the matter at tomorrow's staff meeting.
Kenton’s pleased to see punters are taking advantage of his love letterbox at the pub. Tracy reports that there's been no sign of trouble from the ReBulls so far. Roman's been keeping her entertained by sending anonymous notes to the other diners. By the end of the night, good reviews of the pub are starting to come in online. These are dampened by a scathing review signed 'Dylan Nells' - Lynda's alter ego. They realise Tracy must have been reporting to her. This means war.
When Alistair tackles Jakob, he explains he's had a rather unexpected pregnancy diagnosis. They discuss how Jakob feels about the prospect of becoming a father. Alistair explains that being a dad to Dan was one of his proudest achievements. Jakob's not ready to speak to Kate yet, and decides instead to research fatherhood online before Kate returns.
Tracy tells Emma about the amazing afternoon tea she had for free at Grey Gables, thanks to Lynda. She can't wait for her complimentary Valentine's meal at The Bull either. Emma asks which side Tracy's actually on, the pub's or the ReBulls'. She says she's on the right side - her own. Emma tells Tracy she'll be meeting Gavin for a drink next week. Neither of them is interested in dating, but Emma still feels odd about meeting up. Tracy gives Emma her best dating advice and encourages her to go ahead.
David's pleased that the cow's test results for contagious diseases were all clear. Alistair recommends checking their feed storage is air-tight, as he suspects the cow had a fungal abortion. David tells Alistair he’s decided to pay for the dairy herd health plan, as he'd never hear the end of it from Ruth and Pip otherwise.
Jakob seems agitated and forgetful when tending to one of Shula's horses. He explains that it's just down to a bad night's sleep. He's decided to offer a weigh-in to the surgery's horse-owning clients, followed by a clinic for the really obese animals. Jakob points out that Amir and Aziz both have weight issues. Shula and Alistair can't help but notice that Jakob's been particularly rude today. Alistair's determined to get to the bottom of it.
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