A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Ed receives a surprising offer and it’s a momentous day for Adam.
Robert goes to meet Jim at the bird hide but frets about Lynda being OK on her own. Robert’s surprised to see Jim has brought another person with him - Edmund. Robert is put out about this intrusion. He leaves the hide because with three people inside safe social distancing isn’t possible. Edmund, a new resident in Ambridge, has been boasting about the rare sightings he’s had.
Alice panics when she discovers Josh can’t haul grain this week because she didn’t confirm the work with him. She finds Brian’s whisky to add to her coffee to help calm herself. She decides to call Ed as a last resort.
While gardening, Lynda’s back goes and she can’t move. It makes her feel terrible – every time she thinks she is making progress, something knocks her backwards. She screams in frustration which scares off Monty. Lynda hauls herself up through the pain to get to her bed. On the way she sees Robert but she hides her pain from him. She doesn’t want to spoil things for him so she will manage on her own.
Lynda looks forward to some time to herself while Robert takes Monty for a long walk. Her doctors are pleased with her recovery. About a month ago she had a very sore back but all seems well now. While gardening she muses on the plans for this year’s Flower and Produce Show and how Emma is running things as chairperson. Lynda prefers Fallon’s idea over Emma’s. She’s going to join the next (virtual) committee meeting for the Flower and Produce Show. When she gets a stab of worry about her appearance she talks herself into being confident.
After not getting the answers he wants from Alice, Adam tries to get up to visit Home Farm but it causes him too much pain and Ian insists he’s not going anywhere. He accepts he’ll just have to trust Alice; Brian had to keep the harvest going somehow in his absence.
Feeling guilty for drinking beer with Ed at Little Grange, Chris calls Alice but can’t bring himself to come clean. She’s working late and tells him to start making dinner without her. Chris doesn’t want to admit he’s fallen off the wagon first. Alice appears to have not drunk anything since their pact to not drink during the week. Even on weekends she refuses to have a single glass. He decides to ask Emma to keep his beer with Ed a secret.
Alice calls Brian about an unhappy farmer that Home Farm has an arable contract with and he reassures her that she can handle it. Brian’s pleased he convinced Alice to step in while Adam is recuperating, she’s doing really well. Meanwhile, Alice has to tell herself she’s up to the job even if she doesn’t feel like she is.
Brian’s visited Adam at home and thinks he looks worse than when he was in hospital. He tells him he’s drafted in Alice but that doesn’t lift Adam’s spirits, which Brian puts down to sibling rivalry. Brian thinks about his sister and how they’re no longer in touch. He doesn’t want the same thing to happen with the next Aldridge generation. At the end of the day, Brian relaxes with a drink. It’s been a good day on the harvest, Alice is off to a good start and Adam looked happier when he told him that the work is doing Alice good – giving her a sense of achievement by helping Adam when he really needs it.
Chris rings Alice at the Home Farm office. He wants to tell her that he’s thinking of her but she cuts the call short saying she’s too busy. He decides to cook something special to celebrate delivering the tree sculpture and Alice’s first day at Home Farm. Alice is pleased with how her first day has gone. She wants to celebrate and her heart sinks at the thought of Chris’s plans for the evening. She calls Chris to say she’s working late and will miss dinner. Chris understands there can be a lot to get used to in a new job. He loves Alice’s determination. He leaves the dinner in the oven and the table laid for Alice for when she gets home.
Emma emails the Flower and Produce Show committee with some video clips that Ben put together for her to prove her point that an ambitious live streaming plan will backfire on them. Chris has rung Emma on Alice’s behalf about giving up being on the committee for the Flower and Produce Show.
Alice hides in the old shed from Brian when he calls round. She wishes she was on holiday and remembers happy times with Chris in Valencia. Alice gets a message from Brian to be at Home Farm tomorrow morning. She doesn’t feel qualified for the work but then thinks about the eco-office which makes it more appealing.
Emma doesn’t know why Fallon is avoiding Natasha. Emma thinks Natasha is nice and seems happy, though she can’t be as happy as Emma is with her family and job – she feels like she’s really making a difference at the Tearoom. Meanwhile, Fallon has Natasha’s message of the Tearoom ‘embracing change’ on her mind as she does a stock take. If business at the Tearoom doesn’t improve, Fallon only has one option; Emma’s job will have to go.
Brian has asked Alice to take over running the Home Farm office while Adam is out of action but Alice is not keen. Chris thinks it’s a good idea but she’s annoyed with him for encouraging her to volunteer for the Flower and Produce committee. Alice moves some bottles of alcohol out of the house to an old shed. She sees it as a way of helping Chris because he can’t handle temptation whereas she can take control. When she goes to turn down the Home Farm work over text, Alice sees Brian has already messaged to say Home Farm needs her and she has to accept the job.
Fallon has an email and then a visit from Natasha. Fallon’s got two weeks to come up with a plan to improve the Tearoom business. Fallon thinks that’s unrealistic but really has no other option. She doesn’t tell Emma as she doesn’t want to burden her with these problems.
Chris prepares for a shoeing customer, Mrs Parkinson, he hopes by doing a good job it will off-set the negative things Thandi has been spreading about his work. Chris gets a call from Alice but instead of clearing the air after their row last night, tension between them remains. Alice insists she was only drinking tonic water and she tells Chris he’s boring.