A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Helen has to drag Lee away from Tony and his model railway. Later, Lee brings Tony a coffee and quizzes him some more. He’s envious of the escapism the hobby affords. Tony lets Lee have a go with the controls, and Lee reveals his superhero collection probably developed from childhood gifts from his much absent dad. Tony gets it; this model railway started with the discovery of The Flying Scotsman that had been John’s. Helen interrupts them, wondering where Lee has got to. She’s pleased he and her dad have been having fun.
Alice assures Susan again that the christening arrangements are all in hand. When Susan hears that Chris will be looking after Martha this evening while Alice is out, she jumps at the chance of putting them both up for the night.
Harrison gets a call from Alice. She’s drunk in her car, but stationary. Harrison tells her not to move; he’s coming to find her. When he finds her she’s inconsolable – she’s never going to stop drinking, she’s not worth it, why would Chris want to come back from his parents to her? Harrison tries to snap Alice out of it but she only gets worse – she doesn’t want to be sober, the christening is all fake, it’s only a matter of time before Martha is taken away from her. Harrison impresses on Alice that so many people care about her, including himself. As he leans over to do up her seatbelt, she tries to kiss him.
At the shop Jim takes on the assembly of a tricky display box that’s stumped Susan. She bombards him with community ideas – she’d like to run for parish council. Jim is relieved to inform her that she’s missed the deadline for putting herself forward.
Tracy apologises to Jazzer for lying to Susan about their date. She explains now she’s told her children and her dad, Susan can be told. With Susan gossiping about Martha’s godparents, Tracy suggests Jazzer should have been in the running, seeing as he delivered her. Susan doesn’t hold back in pointing out exactly why Jazzer is not godfather material, only for Tracy to announce that he is now her boyfriend. Susan does her best to put a new spin on the things she’s just said about Jazzer!
Fallon manoeuvres professionally around Jennifer’s requests in the Tearoom kitchen. Jennifer admits she owes Fallon an explanation for Kate’s behaviour yesterday, but stops short of an actual apology. She complains she hasn’t had an apology herself from Kate. Fallon softens towards Jennifer slightly when she comes to understand how much she misses her kitchen at Home Farm.
Jazzer solves the display box challenge before telling Jim he’s dating Tracy. Jim’s pleased; he’s won a bet he had with Alistair. When Jazzer asks if Jim thinks it’ll work, Jim declares that’s not for him to say. Later Jim and Susan mull over the pairing of Tracy and Jazzer. Both of them are good people but together how much chaos might they cause?!
Kate rages to Jennifer about Brian giving her a hard time over her interest in moving Spiritual Home to rewilding land. Jennifer wants to concentrate on planning the catering for Martha’s christening – with Fallon a godparent she’ll be busy on the day. This is news to Kate which only riles her further. Fallon arrives to chat christening menus with Jennifer but finds herself caught in the crossfire between Jennifer and Kate. As things escalate Fallon makes her excuses and leaves.
Harrison bumps into Alice and thanks her for choosing him and Fallon to be godparents. Alice misunderstands his reference to having spoken to Chris, who Harrison thinks is looking shattered. Alice starts to divulge too much and then quickly tries to row back, but Harrison presses her and she comes clean about drinking the bottle of wine that Brian brought. Harrison comforts Alice; he’s seen people let their kids down a lot worse than her. Alice is grateful. She can’t talk like this to Chris. Harrison tells her he’s always around if she needs him.
Fallon reports her hellish Aldridge experience to Harrison. He tries to cheer her up with photos of Martha. Fallon wonders if he’s getting broody. He insists he isn’t, he’s just looking forward to being a godparent again – the best bit is you can hand them back!
Kate calls Alice and digs at her for not choosing her to be a godparent. Alice defends herself but angry Kate swiftly hangs up, leaving Alice shaken and bewildered.
Jazzer’s out to impress while christening plans leave Alice ragged.
Kirsty’s had a brainwave after receiving a letter from Philip’s solicitor. Philip wants Kirsty to keep living in the Beechwood house for now, but she doesn’t want to, so she suggests Helen, Lee and the kids move in and rent it. Lee and Helen are excited as they tour the garden, planning veg patches and climbing frames. Helen worries it’s too good to be true, but Kirsty reassures them it’s all legal and above board, and they accept her offer.
Alice is repentant but Chris is unforgiving; he spent hours last night trying to get Martha to take the formula he bought. When Martha wakes up crying he refuses Alice’s pleas to let her feed Martha herself; how can he be sure there isn’t still alcohol in her system? Alice insists the baby’s crying for her but angry Chris has no sympathy. Alice tries to explain she was exhausted and thought she could handle one glass of wine but didn’t have the willpower to stop. Later Chris is sarcastic when Alice says her detox buddy praised her honesty when she spoke to her. How can he trust Alice? Alice insists she loves him and Martha, and promises never to drink again. Chris needs time. Alice persuades him a christening would be good thing to do. Chris admits he’ll never stop loving Alice, and falteringly believes her when she promises to make things right.
It’s George’s sixteenth birthday and Emma grumbles to Chris she hopes he’ll be back in time for the dinner she and Clarrie have slaved over. Will appears as they wait for Alice to arrive and together they reminisce about their own teenage tearaway years. As Martha sleeps, Chris admits he feels anxious for her but Emma says that’s normal with a first baby. When Alice still doesn’t arrive, Chris becomes nervous; she isn’t replying to his texts. He jumps when a phone pings but it isn’t Alice, it’s George saying he’ll be late; he’s busy planning a lads’ holiday. Chris slips off to find Alice while Will and Emma discuss their crafty son who reminds them of Joe.
Phoebe doesn’t have the same vision as her mother about her yurt plans, and doesn’t want her advice. Phoebe talks to Brian about her plans and although he’s initially complimentary about Kate’s ideas, he’s furious when he understands she wants to move Spiritual Home to Phoebe’s site. Her refusal to adapt in the past cost them so much family heartache. She should back off.