A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Tony makes an emotional discovery and David finds himself backed into a corner
Eddie runs his plan to infiltrate a meet-up of the detectorists he’s been talking to online past David. David insists on coming with him. Meanwhile, David complains about Roman’s directorship of the Christmas Show and thinks Eddie has lucked out having not been cast.
Elizabeth is pleased to see Jill talk warmly about Leonard and tells her mum that she’s been on a few dates recently. Jill has no problem with Elizabeth doing online dating but her tone changes when she hears the name Vince. David walks in on Jill and Elizabeth discussing Vince, and David doesn’t hold back on what he sees as Vince’s misgivings. Elizabeth tells him that she’s dating Vince. David apologises for his strong words on Vince but Elizabeth isn’t fussed. She thinks if David really talked with Vince he might be surprised – but that’s never going to happen.
Eddie stands David down when Will insists on going with his dad to the detectorist meet up. Eddie explains their alter-detectorist-egos. They observe the group before going over to meet them. Afterwards, Eddie is pleased with how well they fitted in and Will is impressed at his dad’s acting ability. Eddie hopes he can catch someone red-handed at Brookfield.
Rex calls Neil for advice after he loses a piglet from a new litter. They meet up and Rex is down about all the effort he’s putting into his business when he could be winding it up soon. Neil explains he’s been in Rex’s position more than once over his lifetime. He then lifts Rex’s spirits with the news that a nearby council farm is coming available. Neil thinks he’s got a good chance even though the competition will be stiff. Their conversation turns to Berrow Farm. Neil’s starting to create the outdoor sow unit which is due to launch in spring next year. With this on the horizon, things seem to be better between him and Hannah.
Alice and Chris get their cover story straight as they prepare to leave for Alice’s residential detox. Everyone thinks she’s taking a break because she’s finding the pregnancy hard. Before they leave, Alice tries to back out but Chris insists she goes – they can’t do this on their own. They arrive at the residential detox location and Chris asks if he can talk to Emma about where Alice will really be for the next two weeks. Alice flatly refuses – she couldn’t bear Emma knowing this secret. Chris will just have to find another way of making up with his sister. As they part, Chris tells Alice he’s never loved her more, which Alice doesn’t feel she deserves.
Roman gets stuck into planning rehearsals for the Christmas Show – Freddie has happily accepted Roman’s offer to take on the directing. Roman’s grateful for Tracy for suggesting it. Tracy wishes they had more opportunities to be alone but her home is never empty.
Roman meets Oliver and David for a social-distanced rehearsal and is keen for them to play an ice-breaker game which ends up taking up all of their allotted time much to David’s frustration. Tracy’s keen to hear how the rehearsal went and Roman reports her reservations about David held true. Tracy’s eager to hear what hidden truths Roman will extract from other villagers.
Eddie’s bothered about mislaying his phone because he wants to follow any updates on a detectorist forum he’s signed up to. He tells Will that George helped him set up a fake profile. He wants to win the confidence of the other people on there and he’s posted the Jetton found at Grange Farm years ago as a recent find of his at Brookfield.
Will returns Eddie’s phone which had been taken to school by Poppy. Eddie’s excited to see the response he’s had to his Jetton post. Will gets cross when he discovers that Eddie’s promised to get Poppy a phone. Later, Will puts his foot down – his seven-year-old is not having a phone. Meanwhile, Eddie is invited to a detectorist meet up on Thursday. Will’s concerned for his safety, but Eddie’s defiant – no outsiders are going to get their hands on Ambridge treasure!
When the wrong materials are delivered to their site, Blake takes the blame for Gavin with Philip. Philip scares Blake saying the police know he’s behind the Grey Gables explosion and are looking for him. He’s confiscating the Playstation as punishment. Gavin is stunned to learned that Blake has taken the rap for him, and he’s truly grateful. Later, Gavin delivers an old gaming console to Blake, Kenzie and Jordan to replace the Playstation. Gavin lets Blake in on a secret that Philip’s retiring soon and Gavin will be taking over.
Elizabeth finds Freddie sifting through possible material for his Christmas Show. She thinks he should at least have a shortlist for the first rehearsal later, but Freddie doesn’t think he can narrow it down until he’s sure who’ll be taking part.
Freddie’s surprised by how keen everyone is at the first rehearsal and starts to doubt his ability to be the director. Tracy tries to lift his spirits and then is struck with inspiration. She goes to Elizabeth with Roman and proposes that Roman becomes the director while Freddie manages the production’s logistics. Elizabeth doesn’t want Freddie to feel side-lined and asserts that the ultimate decision rests with him.
Freddie spots Eddie trying his luck with a metal detector in Marney’s. They chat about how quiet Grey Gables is, giving Freddie more time to focus on his Christmas show. Eddie’s been waiting confidently for his nod, but discovers Freddie has no plans to include him in the cast. Lynda’s radio appeal filled the parts quickly. Eddie’s shocked, and reels off his credentials. He’s not impressed with the people Freddie’s chosen, but Freddie puts his foot down – the casting is done, he’s sorry. Later however, Lynda recommends Freddie reconsider and hand Eddie a part. He might be troublesome, but he’s often the glue that holds the cast together. Freddie’s lost a valuable member. Freddie’s gutted. He’s really upset Eddie. Lynda declares that’s Freddie’s problem to solve.
Alice and Chris tell the doctor about the events surrounding her confinement to the bathroom, and her hallucinations. Alice is desperate to get well and will do anything. The doctor explains gently that Alice won’t be able to come off alcohol suddenly. He suggests reducing her intake slowly, in a safe way. It would be a two-week residential medical detox. Alice doesn’t like it, and considers refusing. The doctor warns her that if she continues as she is, Child Services may need to be involved. After a mental tussle, Chris makes Alice see sense, and she agrees to the programme. Chris suggests private treatment, to speed things up. Afterwards Chris reminds Alice of their time in Las Vegas and his promise to love her forever. She’s worth the fight.