A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Phoebe’s cracking the whip with Rex, who she feels is too preoccupied with his own affairs and should be focusing on the rewilding and their meeting with Brian. Brian mentions Peggy’s concern over Pip’s withdrawal from the project, which irritates Phoebe. He also raises the fact that the rewilders’ camping idea could impact on Spiritual Home. Phoebe feels patronised when her granddad offers his expertise in advising the project on cattle. To her dismay Rex agrees with Brian, and accepts Brian on board with enthusiasm.
Jim and Alistair have pulled out the stops for tonight’s dinner with Jazzer and his guest Jade. However when she arrives her directness throws Jim, and even Jazzer has cause to pull her up on her comments. Her protestations that she’s just joking are a bit thin for Jazzer; these are his friends. Really – they’re making him old before his time, remarks Jade. Jim’s unable to hold back and lets it be known he’s aware Jade thinks he’s cramping Jazzer’s style. When Jazzer leaves the room the comments get out of hand and he returns to find insults being hurled both ways. Jade leaves in disgust. Jazzer knew this dinner was a bad idea. Jim insists he only objected when Jade was insulting Jazzer himself. Jazzer retorts that he and Jade joke around, that’s what they’re about. He’s disappointed; he thought they were a team at Greenacres. But he doesn’t need their approval.
Susan offers her commiserations to the Grundys on their news that Mia’s a vegan. She’s surprised to learn Clarrie and Eddie are both cast in the Mystery Plays. In her disappointment she offends Clarrie and the two have an awkward morning. Things worsen when Susan discovers the role of Mary has been given to Mia. She feels Kirsty thinks she’s tainted goods after the Echo article. It seems that all the roles are taken…until it occurs to Susan that she’d make an excellent Jesus.
Mia’s coming to stay at Grange Farm for the duration of rehearsals. This is a mixed blessing for Eddie, who’s dismayed at the upcoming change of menu. He perks up when Mia offers to make two birthday cakes for him – only one vegan version – phew!
Meanwhile Kirsty’s trying to persuade Harrison to accept her offer of the part of Jesus. Darrington are putting on a rival production, and Ambridge’s offer will be the stronger with him in the role. But Harrison thinks he should put more time into concentrating on his job. He feels he could have spotted more clues about Philip Moss had he not been so distracted by extracurricular activities. Kirsty assures him that situation was neither of their faults; they shouldn’t let Philip ruin things for them. Harrison later relents and takes the part. He also informs Kirsty Philip’s pleading guilty. Kirsty takes this in; maybe Philip has a conscience after all. Perhaps now she can finally move on.
Jazzer gets impatient in the shop while Jim and Johnny discuss car maintenance. Jade is outside and he doesn’t want to keep her waiting. Jazzer thought they could accompany Jim home so he can meet Jade. Back at Greenacres, Jade does her ‘firing pasta out of her nose’ party trick. She continually calls Jim ‘Jimmy’ and ‘Jimbo’ despite being corrected. When Jade is ready to head off on another night out Jim shows concern for Jazzer looking tired. Jazzer tries to suggest a night in to Jade but there’s no way she’s staying in. Later, Johnny collects a pump for his car from Jim and they express their reservations about Jade.
Kirsty visits Philip in prison. He insists he’s the same person that Kirsty fell in love with. She cuts him off by asking about Victoria. Philip’s shocked at Kirsty’s knowledge. She tells him she’s visited Gavin. Philip thinks Gavin has had a breakdown and can’t be relied upon for information. Kirsty implores Philip to cooperate with the police and plead guilty. Philip begs Kirsty to give him another chance; he still loves her and he hasn’t done anything wrong. Kirsty takes off her wedding ring as she leaves. It’s going in the first bin she finds; their marriage was already over when she got there.
Ruth and David return to their discussion about no longer farming sheep at Brookfield. Ruth is worried about the negative impact Brexit will have on sheep prices. David worries that Ruth and Pip will squeeze him out of decision making. Ruth reassures him that’s not the case.
David is offered a part in The Mystery Plays which he thinks he should take to placate Lynda about refusing her use of their barn. Later Ruth is also offered a part, which panics her. She decides to agree to Lynda using the Brookfield Barn as long as she can turn down the role.
While Alice and Chris are babysitting Xander for the day, Chris gets a message from Harrison. Chris is reluctant to leave but Alice pushes him to go to meet Harrison for a chat. Harrison reveals he’s been asked to play Jesus in The Mystery Plays. Chris encourages him to accept the role. Harrison probes Chris about Alice since her spell in detox. Chris is sure Alice has beaten her addiction but Harrison warns that Alice might not be fixed entirely. This makes Chris lash out and Harrison backs off.
On his return, Alice tells Chris she knows he’s talked to Harrison about her detox. Chris is full of apology and Alice is understanding, much to his relief. She’s so grateful for Chris’s support and she thanks him for not giving up on her.
Ben tells Ruairi about the disagreements at Brookfield over the farm’s future direction. Ben doesn’t want to lose the sheep. Ruairi’s got his first Home Farm partnership meeting next week and Ben’s given him an idea of something to say. Meanwhile, they visit the old caravan that they held an anti-Valentine’s party in a few years ago. Ben explains he and Evie are struggling to find somewhere private to be together so he wants to do up the caravan. Ruairi thinks it’s a lost cause but Ben persuades him it could be useful once properly done up.
Kirsty won’t give anything away about The Mystery Plays to Helen. Lynda’s keeping her busy which is helping take her mind off the fate of the lads that Philip sold. Kirsty reveals she has a visiting order for Philip and wonders about going to see him in prison. Helen doesn’t think it’s wise.
Helen jokes with Lee that Henry has him down as a soft touch but Lee doesn’t find it funny. He’s still cut up about momentarily losing Henry last week. Later Helen tells him she’s realised how comfortable she is with having Lee in her life and she asks him if he’ll make a new home with her and her boys. He’s over the moon.
Jazzer watches Johnny continue work on his new car and then asks him for payment in advance for his next batch of home brew – Jazzer needs cash to pay for a weekend away with Jade. Jazzer insists his fling with Tracy is well and truly over. Johnny advises him not to mess it up with Jade this time around. Jazzer sees himself and Jade as kindred spirits whereas things would never have worked out with Tracy – he’s had a lucky escape.
While lambing, Ruth and David discuss their differing views for the future of Brookfield. David is outraged at Ruth’s suggestion that they give up their sheep flock. He feels like Ruth and Pip are excluding him. As their discussion gets more heated, Kirsty interrupts. She’s there on Lynda’s behalf about The Mystery Plays. She’d like part of the performance to take place in the Brookfield Barn. David is inclined to consider it but Ruth is dead against it.