A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Tracy visits Jazzer at work and insists on a tour of the aquaponics. Tracy’s impressed but she notices Jazzer is downbeat. She suggests finding another job – there’s one going at Berrow for a start. But Jazzer finds plenty of reasons why he’d prefer to stay at Home Farm. When Tracy says there’s no difference between pigs and fish, Jazzer quickly enthuses about pigs, proving Tracy’s point that he should go for the Berrow job. Jazzer admits his previous knock back from Berrow and Tom’s decision to get rid of his pigs has dented his confidence. Tracy tells him whatever happens in applying for this Berrow job she’ll still be there, believing in him. Jazzer reckons there’s no harm in giving it a go.
Alice announces to Chris that she is packing. She can’t be with him anymore. Chris asks her to explain her actions. She says she’s only causing hurt for him and Martha. Chris continues to insist that she stays and that they love one another. So, Alice tells him about her drunken pass at Harrison. Chris demands the details and asks if her actions with Harrison show how she really feels. She tells him she loves Chris. Chris doesn’t know what to believe anymore and leaves the door open; if she wants to leave she can.
Jazzer turns up at Grey Gables while Tracy’s working. She’s been researching topics of conversation for when she goes to Greenacres for dinner tonight. She doesn’t want to make the same mistakes as Jade. Later, at the dinner table, Tracy shows off her knowledge of Ancient Greece but then realises it wasn’t necessary. She explains to Jim how keen she is to make a good impression with him and Alistair now she’s Jazzer’s other half.
Stranded in Borchester, Lily calls on Rex and his taxi to get home. She hears about his lack of success in finding somewhere for his pigs for when the Hollowtree tenancy runs out. This gives Lily an idea and she shows Rex a piece of woodland on the edge of the Lower Loxley Estate. It’s overgrown but perfect for pigs. Rex wonders if Elizabeth will agree but Lily tells him not to worry; she’ll sort her mum.
Elizabeth is grumpy with Lily who is back later than she said she’s be. She’s missed birthday tea with her mum and Elizabeth has been occupying herself with finding quotes for some guttering repairs – not something she thought she’d be doing on her birthday! Lily makes her pitch for Rex to move his pigs to Lower Loxley. Elizabeth doesn’t like the sound of it. While it’s kind of Lily to want to help her friend, it’s not their responsibility to pick up the pieces. The answer is no.
Inspired by Ben’s call for items for the time capsule, Lilian unearths some boxes of mementoes from her past. Justin is less than impressed – the capsule should have items from the present not the past. He’d prefer Lilian to stop rummaging through jumble and focus on thinking about their new business venture. But then amongst Lilian’s things is a box of Justin’s. Lilian’s eager to look through it. She finds a school play programme with Justin listed in the cast. She also finds a photograph of Justin in costume as a daffodil. Justine hates it and wants it gone. Lilian promises to do just that.
Fallon goes to The Nest and tells Alice and Chris that she and Harrison can no longer be godparents to Martha. Once Fallon has left, Chris and Alice talk it over. Chris is stunned. He doesn’t buy the reasoning Fallon gave for her U-turn. Alice tries to encourage him to forget it and think about who else could be Martha’s godparents. Chris wonders what’s gone wrong between him and Harrison. Alice impresses on him that this change of heart has come from Fallon and she will sort it with her. Fallon is cold with Alice when she seeks her out. If Alice repeats her behaviour, Fallon will be telling Chris. Alice begs her to reconsider her decision regarding being godparents, but Fallon is set on keeping her distance from Alice for a while.
Alice seeks out Harrison to apologise for her drunken behaviour last week. She wants it to all be forgotten but Harrison says can’t lie to Fallon. When Harrison repeats some of the things Alice said, she insists she didn’t mean any of it.
Neil hopes Jazzer will apply for the job at Berrow now the outdoor unit’s up and running, but Jazzer’s reluctant to give up his cosy polytunnel for the hard graft of pig work. They’re interrupted by Neil’s phone – some of the new pigs have already escaped! Jazzer helps Neil round them up. Neil comments on Jazzer’s natural affinity with pigs and talks him through the setup at Berrow.
Harrison tells Fallon about what happened with Alice last week which means he also has to tell her that Alice is an alcoholic. Fallon can’t believe that Harrison hasn’t shared this with her sooner. She’s full of questions as she tries to make sense of this news about her friend. Harrison’s at a loss as to what to do next. Fallon thinks it’s obvious – he should talk to Chris. But Harrison’s not sure Chris could take it. Harrison feels the Carters’ relationship is on a knife-edge and he doesn’t want to be the one who pushes it over.
Helen has to drag Lee away from Tony and his model railway. Later, Lee brings Tony a coffee and quizzes him some more. He’s envious of the escapism the hobby affords. Tony lets Lee have a go with the controls, and Lee reveals his superhero collection probably developed from childhood gifts from his much absent dad. Tony gets it; this model railway started with the discovery of The Flying Scotsman that had been John’s. Helen interrupts them, wondering where Lee has got to. She’s pleased he and her dad have been having fun.
Alice assures Susan again that the christening arrangements are all in hand. When Susan hears that Chris will be looking after Martha this evening while Alice is out, she jumps at the chance of putting them both up for the night.
Harrison gets a call from Alice. She’s drunk in her car, but stationary. Harrison tells her not to move; he’s coming to find her. When he finds her she’s inconsolable – she’s never going to stop drinking, she’s not worth it, why would Chris want to come back from his parents to her? Harrison tries to snap Alice out of it but she only gets worse – she doesn’t want to be sober, the christening is all fake, it’s only a matter of time before Martha is taken away from her. Harrison impresses on Alice that so many people care about her, including himself. As he leans over to do up her seatbelt, she tries to kiss him.
At the shop Jim takes on the assembly of a tricky display box that’s stumped Susan. She bombards him with community ideas – she’d like to run for parish council. Jim is relieved to inform her that she’s missed the deadline for putting herself forward.
Tracy apologises to Jazzer for lying to Susan about their date. She explains now she’s told her children and her dad, Susan can be told. With Susan gossiping about Martha’s godparents, Tracy suggests Jazzer should have been in the running, seeing as he delivered her. Susan doesn’t hold back in pointing out exactly why Jazzer is not godfather material, only for Tracy to announce that he is now her boyfriend. Susan does her best to put a new spin on the things she’s just said about Jazzer!
Fallon manoeuvres professionally around Jennifer’s requests in the Tearoom kitchen. Jennifer admits she owes Fallon an explanation for Kate’s behaviour yesterday, but stops short of an actual apology. She complains she hasn’t had an apology herself from Kate. Fallon softens towards Jennifer slightly when she comes to understand how much she misses her kitchen at Home Farm.
Jazzer solves the display box challenge before telling Jim he’s dating Tracy. Jim’s pleased; he’s won a bet he had with Alistair. When Jazzer asks if Jim thinks it’ll work, Jim declares that’s not for him to say. Later Jim and Susan mull over the pairing of Tracy and Jazzer. Both of them are good people but together how much chaos might they cause?!