A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Lily tries to find out if Elizabeth has any more dates with Vince planned and then appeals for her mum’s help in getting Freddie to share his ideas for the Christmas show. Elizabeth prepares for a meeting with the Lower Loxley trustees and bats away Lily’s requests.
Chair of the Lower Loxley Trust, Bernard, quizzes Elizabeth about Freddie undertaking a Christmas show. He warns her that Freddie needs to show he is suitable to become custodian of Lower Loxley and this will be a very public test. Elizabeth vents to Lily about Bernard’s warning, which strengthens Lily’s concerns about Freddie’s capability. But Elizabeth has every faith that Freddie will show the trustees what they need to see. Meanwhile their Halloween event, organised by Lily, is looking great.
Susan and Keira call on Alice. Alice tries to drop hints that she’d like to be alone but Susan gets teary remembering her mum, and Alice softens. They share memories of Ivy, and Alice gives in to Susan’s company for a while. Susan complains about her dad and then goes into detail about her brother, Stewart. He has a history of problem drinking. Unsympathetic Susan points out that these days he’d be called an alcoholic and told it’s a disease. She comments that if it was herself or Alice in his position, they’d see the hurt and damage they were causing, wouldn’t they?
Ben’s glum now the archaeology students have finished their project at Brookfield. He’s not keen to get in touch with Evie without a reason and jumps at Susan’s enquiry for her radio show, but Ruth says no. Ben’s day goes from bad to worse when he learns he’s not part of Ruairi’s birthday plans. Ruairi’s sorry – it was organised by a school friend. Ruairi suggests to Ben that he finds a way to get round Ruth’s refusal to let him go on Susan’s show. Ben decides to talk about the dig on Susan’s show, agreeing it with her and planning to be ‘surprised’ by the question. Ruairi thinks it’s a terrible plan, but Ben’s oblivious. He’s got the result he was after; he and Evie are now in touch.
With Pip feeling bad about ending Rex and Toby’s tenancy at Hollowtree, Josh points out it’s necessary in order for Brookfield to survive. Pip thinks it’s too soon with Josh’s egg business not yet off the ground. But Josh has a meeting with the bank. Since his machinery business trouble he’s doing everything properly this time. The meeting is tough but Josh is approved for a loan. Now they really do need to give notice to Rex and Toby. Someone’s going to have to tell them.
Elizabeth and Vince meet for lunch. He’s not bothered by Lily’s outburst yesterday. It shows she cares at least – his children don’t take any interest in him. Back home, Elizabeth suggests to Lily and Freddie that could put any questions they have about Vince to him directly. To Lily and Freddie’s horror, the doorbell rings…
Things start awkwardly between Vince and the twins, before Vince takes charge of the situation. He couldn’t care less what they think of him but he thinks it looks bad on them to be judging him based on gossip. Freddie and Lily report back to Elizabeth on their chat with Vince. They’re both still concerned about their mum dating him, but Elizabeth is sure she can handle Vince.
Ruth reports that the archaeology students haven’t unearthed any finds from their investigations at Brookfield. Pip rolls her eyes at Ben chasing after Evie. Later, Pip and Josh argue over the use of a field – Josh says David gave him the OK to move his hens there but Pip needs it for heifers and she overrules Josh. Josh explains he needs space to expand his egg business as it’s the only way to stay afloat. There’s an impasse. They take the problem to Ruth who considers both of their needs as equally important – they just need to find the space. It looks like the only option is to use Hollowtree for the hens – which would mean evicting the Fairbrothers.
Lily quizzes Elizabeth about where she’s going and gets out of her that she has met a man who is single. While Elizabeth is at a seminar, Lily wonders why she isn’t answering her phone. She declares she’d going to find her. Freddie tells her to stop freaking out. Lily explains that she is concerned about their mum because of the time she cared for her during her depression. Freddie’s sympathetic. He’s pleased Lily told him how hard that time was. Lily hopes Freddie will now come with her to the seminar but Freddie refuses.
Harrison and Rex run up Lakey Hill, both feeling unfit. They agree that Chris is going to be a great dad. Harrison talks to Rex about Fallon not wanting children. He admits he probably does want kids but he’s not sure how much he wants them. Later, Harrison tells Fallon that he doesn’t want a child if it means he will not have Fallon.
Lily had spotted Vince whispering to Elizabeth at the seminar, but Elizabeth’s cross that Lily went to spy on her. Freddie and Lily aren’t complimentary about Vince, but Elizabeth says she’s having fun. Lily says she just wanted to save Elizabeth from any extra stress but Elizabeth points out that Lily’s actions have merely increased it. She’s having lunch with Vince tomorrow so that she can apologise for Lily’s behaviour.
Whilst no more coins have been found, Ruth’s surprised to hear that Pip would give up farming if they got rich from the discovery of a hoard on Brookfield land. Pip’s struggling with Rosie’s behaviour at the moment. Ruth outlines her idea of expanding the dairy herd which Pip thinks is a great idea. Meanwhile, Pip is confident that they have secured funding towards their rewilding project. Rex’s urgent meeting with Tom has gone well too. They plan to celebrate but Pip gets a text from Toby who’s having a bad time with Rosie and needs Pip’s help.
Fallon and Harrison have an afternoon off together. Harrison notices Fallon’s not her usual self. Eventually Fallon admits that the news of Alice’s pregnancy has made her realise that she never wants kids herself. Fallon’s keen to know how Harrison feels. He’s sanguine. He thought they might have children one day but he’ll get over it. Fallon is apologetic but Harrison tells her to stop – they both love one another and that’s all that matters. Later that night, Fallon tells Harrison she would understand if he wanted to leave her to find someone who did want kids. He assures her he has all that he wants with her, but she makes him promise to give it some more real thought.
Lily ponders Halloween while Elizabeth gets ready to go out. Freddie invites himself and Lily along but Elizabeth politely turns them down. Freddie tells Lily it’s clear that their mum has a date. He moves on to his thoughts for a Christmas Show but Lily’s preoccupied with the thought that Elizabeth is on a date. Freddie reassures her that their mum will be fine. They watch a DVD of village pantos from the 1990s that Lynda lent Freddie. They agree panto isn’t the right thing to do this year.
Philip shows Kirsty some cottages he’s been looking at after their conversation about getting away last week. Kirsty’s surprised but Philip lays out his argument – he’s had enough of the building business and her work isn’t all that secure.
While waiting for her date to arrive, Elizabeth is accosted by Vince. He offers to buy her a drink. They discuss business seminars. Elizabeth confronts Vince about his reputation for ruthlessness. Vince insists he’s a different person at home. On her return, Freddie and Lily quiz Elizabeth but she tells them to mind their own business. Although she does reveal she thinks she will have a second date with the person she’s met this evening.
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