An intense and gripping week of events unfolds in Ambridge. Listen to all the drama here.
Alice needs a favour, and Alistair makes a surprising career decision.
WRITER: Katie Hims
DIRECTOR: Dave Payne
Kenton Archer…. Richard Attlee
Jolene Archer…. Buffy Davis
Harrison Burns …. James Cartwright
Alice Carter …. Hollie Chapman
Neil Carter …. Brian Hewlett
Susan Carter …. Charlotte Martin
Harry Chilcott …. Jack Ashton
Justin Elliott …. Simon Williams
Tracy Horrobin…. Susie Riddell
Alistair Lloyd…. Michael Lumsden
Jim Lloyd …. John Rowe
Adam Macy …. Andrew Wincott
Jazzer McCreary…. Ryan Kelly
Fallon Rogers…. Joanna Van Kampen
Inspector Norris…. Bharti Patel
Alice is uncomfortable when Jim mentions Harry was in the shop the other day and was singing her praises. Jim’s pleased because he thinks Alice deserves some luck. Later, Adam’s shocked when he hears that Alice and Harry have split up. Alice explains how Harry’s in denial about his drinking and that she feels sorry for putting Harrison and Fallon in such a difficult position. She berates herself for not spotting Harry’s drinking – but it explains Harry’s mum’s behaviour. She obviously didn’t want Harry in a relationship with another alcoholic. Adam thinks that Alice did absolutely the right thing by breaking up with Harry. He’s really proud of her. But Alice thinks it confirms why she feels she doesn’t deserve good things happening to her. She had something good with Chris but then destroyed it. And when Jim said to her earlier about deserving some luck, she really doesn’t think she does. Later Alice is moved when Jim tells her that she’s doing a wonderful job of raising Martha.
Neil and Susan sip champagne as they wait for Susan’s 60th birthday helicopter ride. Susan feels like a billionaire’s wife but would choose Neil over a billionaire any day. They enjoy flying over Ambridge and spotting familiar landmarks but are shocked when they notice that one of the oldest oak trees in Ambridge is about to be chopped down at the EV Charging site. Susan’s happy for Neil to ring Justin before their Afternoon Tea at Lower Loxley and Neil thanks Susan for caring as much about the tree as he does.
Jim mentions to Alistair that the EV Charging Station is making great progress. When Jim points out how frosty things appear between Alistair and Jazzer, Alistair explains it’s because Jazzer was a bit judgey when he asked him for some advice about Denise. When Alistair admits to Jim that he’s in love with Denise, Jim’s not surprised; it’s clear they’re fond of each other. However, Jazzer thought that despite their mutual feelings, Alistair shouldn’t get involved with Denise because she’s married.
Tracy’s annoyed with Jazzer for the poor turn out at The Bull quiz last night. Jazzer had put word out that people should take care after the dog attack on Kenton. Later Jazzer outlines to Kenton his idea for a one night only ‘Jazzer Special’ to encourage people back to The Bull. But Tracy worries it will go wrong and Jolene’s equally stressed when Kenton explains Jazzer’s plans.
Jim visits Jazzer as he’s practicing ‘Parkour in the Pub’ even though Jazzer hasn’t ever done it before. When Jim broaches the subject of Alistair and Denise, Jazzer’s adamant that Alistair shouldn’t act on his feelings, because of Denise’s marital status. But Jim points out that we only have one life, and that both he and Jazzer need to trust Alistair to do the right thing.
Later at a packed Bull, Jazzer’s chickened out of the parkour and left Jim to explain to the assembled crowd that Jazzer’s ‘injured himself’. Then Jazzer takes to the floor to make an emotional speech, indirectly telling Alistair that life is short and that he trusts Alistair to make the right decision.
Kenton’s testing out quiz questions on Jolene and Tracy when Jazzer comes into the bar and takes Tracy to one side, checking she’s okay. Tracy reckons he’s a wally for worrying too much. Meanwhile, Kenton’s excited about his return as Quiz Master, but needs a lie-down first. Jolene is cheered when Fallon arrives with cakes for the quiz, but then expresses how pressurised she feels running a pub. Fallon and Tracy do their best to reassure her, but when it comes to quiz-time only two teams have turned up, despite their best efforts to get the whole village to be supportive. They can’t understand it – last time with Jim the place was rammed. The Carters promised they’d come but haven’t turned up and there’s no sign of Harrison and Fallon either. They delay the start, hoping for late arrivals, before Jazzer tells Tracy it might be his fault - he’s been telling everyone to be careful about going to the pub. Tracy says he’s an idiot and he’ll have to fix it by rounding people up, starting with Brad, Chelsea and Bert.
Harrison pre-empts Harry putting in a formal complaint by confessing to Inspector Norris about the information he'd shared with Alice. She’s glad he’s come clean but reminds him how he breached confidentiality before, in the Philip Moss case. She’s got no choice but to refer this incident for investigation. Norris says she will support Harrison, but she can’t guarantee he won’t lose his job. When he gets home Harrison’s in no mood for the quiz and tells Fallon why. This could be it for his career.
Having brought presents for Alice and Martha to The Nest Harry enthuses about a horse he’s seen in Carlisle. Alice brings him up short, asking if he had a drink while he was away. He says not, but when pushed, confesses he does sometimes have a few too many. Alice susses that’s why Harry’s mother, Eve, was so off with her, when she found out about Alice’s drinking. Harry disagrees but Alice insists, before hitting him with some home truths about being in denial, like she used to be. Despite admitting the strength of their feelings, Alice tells Harry she cannot risk staying with him. Harry guesses it must have been Harrison who told her about his drinking, but Alice didn’t know he’d arrested Harry for being drunk and disorderly. This reinforces her conviction that Harry has to go now and she doesn’t want him to come back.
At The Bull Jazzer and Alistair discuss yesterday’s false alarm. Clearly the attack on Kenton has really shaken Jolene. Jazzer thinks they should warn people about dodgy looking characters, though Alistair thinks that might be overreacting. Alistair then admits he’s feeling out of sorts and is about to confess what’s going on with Denise, when Neil interrupts them. Alistair asks about the helicopter ride Neil’s going on with Susan this week. Neil then supports Jazzer’s idea of warning pub regulars to watch out for suspicious types. After Neil goes Jazzer guesses that it is Denise Alistair’s fallen for. His advice is to leave well alone, as she hasn’t actually left John and it could all go horribly wrong.