A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
It’s the day of Martha’s christening, and outside St. Stephen’s Pip and Rex bicker like children and wind each other up over Rex’s successful move from Hollowtree to Lower Loxley. Emma knocks their heads together. She’s a godparent too, and they’re not setting a great example right now. Rex and Pip are duly chastened, apologise to one another and agree Rosie makes them family. They’ve missed each other. And they won’t fight again – Emma’s terrifying!
At the Nest anxious Alice waits as Jennifer mends a tear in Martha’s christening gown. She’s thrown by a gift of a bottle of champagne, and urges her mum to have it – she and Chris aren’t drinking right now. But later suspicious Chris finds miniatures in Alice’s bag. He’s disgusted. She’s already drunk. Maybe after some coffee she might be able to come to the church. Alice begs him; she needed something to help her cope. She has to be there. When they arrive at the church Alice almost drops Martha. Chris tells Emma she’s drunk. The truth about Alice tumbles from Chris, and appalled Emma pieces together the events of the last few months. A crowd gathers and friends and family begin to hear what’s going on. Chris gets Emma to take Martha away from the scene. Alice is distraught and begs Chris not to leave her there. But he declares he has no choice; Martha’s not safe with Alice. He walks away, leaving Alice weeping for her husband and her little girl.
Fallon struggles to keep quiet while Mia discovers two’s company.
Alan helps with a spiritual crisis and Susan’s ideas miss the mark.
Lee is confronted with the naked truth while Brian slams the door for Adam.
Writers, Sarah Mcdonald-Hughes and Daniel Thurman
Director, Peter Leslie Wild
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Ben Archer ... Ben Norris
David Archer ... Timothy Bentinck
Ruth Archer ... Felicity Finch
Lilian Bellamy ... Sunny Ormonde
Lee Bryce ... Ryan Early
Alice Carter ... Hollie Chapman
Vince Casey ... Tony Turner
Ruairi Donovan ... Arthur Hughes
Justin Elliott ... Simon Williams
Rex Fairbrother ... Nick Barber
Ed Grundy ... Barry Farrimond
Eddie Grundy ... Trevor Harrison
Mia Grundy ... Molly Pipe
Jakob Hakansson ... Paul Venables
Joy Horville ... Jackie Lye
Kate Madikane ... Perdita Avery
Kirsty Miller ... Annabelle Dowler
Elizabeth Pargetter ... Alison Dowling
Freddie Pargetter ... Toby Laurence
Eddie wants Ed to give him a lift to collect something, but he’s cagey about what it is. Mia thinks Eddie and Clarrie’s relationship is lovely – soulmates. Ed detects a problem and offers to chat. He reckons teenage boys are pretty simple to work out. Mia admits the boy she’s thinking of doesn’t even know she exists. How can she talk to him? Ed suggests she starts with a topic she’s passionate about, like climate. She just has to be herself. Mia won’t divulge the object of her attentions.
Later Eddie’s secret is revealed as a limousine – he wanted something special to transport Clarrie to their vow renewal. Ed declares his dad’s full of surprises.
As Justin winces in pain post-dig, Lilian reckons it’s his pride that’s been wounded as much as his shoulder. It serves him right for treating Ruairi like he did. Justin wants Lilian’s help to search for the capsule. When she refuses he threatens to go public with unflattering photographs of her. Armed with Eddie’s metal detector, which Justin had to pay to borrow, Lilian reluctantly assists. They find the capsule, and Justin tears up the offending photo of him dressed as a daffodil. Lilian discovers some more objects placed in the capsule before they’re sprung by David. His shock turns to amusement as they confess their mission, and he misinterprets the subject of the photo they were after. After he’s gone Justin observes Lilian looks a sight. As they childishly throw mud at each other Lilian reminds Justin she still has the negatives in the loft. That’s karma.