Week Beginning: Sunday 13th May, 2018
Sunday 13th May
Brian tries to do the right thing
Justin, Brian, Alan, Shula, William, Jake
- As Justin waits outside St Stephen's for Peggy, he is amused to see that Brian has been in attendance, and can't help teasing him about it. Brian admits that he is doing it to try and regain his place in Jenny's good books, though so far he has had little success.
- Jake gives Will a hand checking the birds. Will intends taking him to Birmingham in yet another attempt to win Jake's affection. The girls will stay with Clarrie. Seeing Harrison approach, Will reverts to surly mode, saying he has no intention of playing Cricket. Jake begs him to reconsider; he loved watching the game last Sunday, and would like Will to give him some practice. A surprised Will agrees to play; he will ring Harrison, and will then give Jake the practice he wants.
- Having failed to catch Shula at church, Alan finds her in the churchyard tending a neglected grave. Alan offers to find her some gloves and tools, and is unsurprised when Shula admits to avoiding him. He persuades her to walk with him to the Vicarage, and says he will try to talk to Alistair too. Does Shula think she might be making a mistake? Surely something is salvageable.
- At the Cricket match Brian asks Justin if BL will buy the land he needs to sell. Justin will put the idea to the board, but fears the price will be less than Brian paid. They watch Alistair walking back to the pavilion. He looked defeated even before he played, muses Justin, and that's how you are looking.
- Will is Man of the Match to Jake's delight. Jake can't wait to tell Mia. he's had so much fun. Alan spots them, and comments on their smiles. Will admits it's the first time since Nic died that he's felt like smiling. Alan suggests that it's all right to smile, especially for the children, and Will agrees. It's all for the children now.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Monday 14th May
Susan has concerns. Freddie is put on the spot
Helen, Susan, Jolene, Harrison, Freddie, Eddie
- Because Poppy is ill, Clarrie has had to take time off from the dairy, and Susan is feeling the strain. Helen chats about Open Farm Sunday, and Josh's idea for a farm machinery competition, but Susan is more inclined to moan about workload. Helen mentions Hannah's move to The Green; Susan thinks it isn't safe after the brick incident. Pat is busy researching accommodation for the homeless, i. e. Olwen, which does not please Helen, who thinks it's a waste of time. Susan, however, can see where Pat is coming from.
- As Jolene decorates The Bull for the Royal wedding, Harrison drops by in search of childhood photos of Fallon. The happy couple are off to a wedding fair.
- Susan is upset, and it's not workload that is upsetting her, but the sight of Mia in tears at the shop because she didn't have enough money for a food shop, and she wanted Poppy to have her favourite biscuits. Helen wonders who sent her. Susan decides to speak to Will about it, but Helen thinks it might embarrass him, so Susan has a re-think.
- Having missed his Sunday pint for a spot of tiara-making for Poppy, Eddie takes his seat in The Bull. Both he and Clarrie are exhausted, and with Will returning to full-time work, things can only get worse. He wonders how they will cope.
- Freddie is also heading for The Bull, but first he has to negotiate a rather difficult conversation with Harrison. Does Freddie know Ellis? Certainly not ... well.. he might know OF Ellis, but doesn't actually KNOW him. That's odd, muses the PC, because Johnny seemed sure he was behind it. And what about that scuffle you had with Ellis? Freddie assures Harrison it was the Edgeley boys who were behind the brick-throwing. Harrison will look into it.
- Before investigating the latest Ambridge crime, Harrison regales Jolene with the horrors of a wedding fair. He is touched that The Bull is to cater for the reception, and bowled over by Jolene's offer to make the wedding cake. Freddie seems unduly anxious to get himself a drink. Susan tracks Eddie down, and tells him about Mia. Eddie is genuinely upset, and again says how exhausted he and Clarrie are. Enjoy your pint and leave the problem to me, says Susan. I've got an idea.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Tuesday 15th May
Jennifer is unimpressed
Helen, Pat, Olwen, Brian, Jennifer, Adam
- Up early after a bad night with Jack, Helen is surprised to see Pat up and about. The reason for this is that Pat heard a noise. It was Olwen, leaving the laptop Pat gave her on the doorstep. Realising that Pat is hurt by Olwen's rejection, Helen tells her of another way she can help others - by going on Susan's rota for childcare, to help Will. Pat sounds less than enthusiastic when Helen says she has put their names down.
- Jennifer finds Brian fixing a leaning shelf. He wants to make himself useful now he has time on his hands. Next comes fixing the kitchen tap, though as there is nothing wrong with it, and Jennifer wants to use the kitchen for her elder-flower cordial making, Brian's DIY is not well received. Jennifer can take no more. She rings Adam, begging him for help.
- Pat announces that she is going to The Elms. They may know where Olwen is. She will take her some food and the laptop. Olwen is so stubborn... yes, muses Helen. She's not the only one. Pat refuses to listen. She has some great sites for Olwen to look at, and even some job possibilities.
- When Adam arrives there is a shout from the kitchen. Water is gushing everywhere, including into the elder-flower cordial. Jennifer is verging on hysteria, so Adam takes Brian off to look at the wheat while Jennifer clears up. She will get someone in to look at the tap, which wasn't broken in the first place. Adam seizes an opportunity to talk to Brian about the picker shortage. Brian offers to ask David to follow up NFU leads. In return, Adam offers to speak to Jennifer when they prepare the caravans about the situation between her and Brian.
- Pat finally discovers Olwen in her car, but gets an aggressive response. Olwen has been assaulted, but is vociferous in her rejection of all Pat's offers of help. She orders Pat to leave her alone, and when Pat persists, asks if this is what she did to Helen. Olwen declares that she likes Pat less and less every time she sees her. Pat responds in kind, but finally has to accept defeat.
- At Bridge Farm Helen is despondent over the poor take-up for her courses. With Olwen's cutting remarks still smarting, Pat tells Helen she is proud of her. Did you find Olwen? enquires Helen. No, says a subdued and untruthful Pat. She'd already gone.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Wednesday 16th May
Alistair confesses all. Will has a change of heart
Susan, Clarrie, William, Eddie, Alistair, Shula, David, Ruth
- Susan signs Ruth up to her rota for helping Will and slips in a coy reference to Ruth's imminent half century. Shula appears, looking for Alistair, who is not answering his phone, and needs to know about a cancelled appointment. She then asks where Jill is, but before Jill can be found, Shula disappears. Having found a lost post-it note, David is forced to reveal that he has ordered a chocolate fountain for Ruth's birthday party. Peals of faux laughter ensue.
- As Susan explains her plan to Will, she is taken aback by his ungracious response. He claims he scarcely knows some of the people who have signed up, and can't see how it could help. he is not a charity case, so thanks but no, thanks. Susan accepts that she may have misjudged the situation, and leaves. Eddie is cross with Will, but Clarrie takes his side; how would it look if it came to court and Will was seen to be failing to look after the children himself?
- A dishevelled Alistair turns up at The Stables, claiming that his phone battery was dead - it then pings as a message comes in. Shula is appalled to see that he is still in yesterday's clothes.
- Eddie tries to make Will see sense. Susan is offering help, not charity. can't Will see how exhausted Clarrie is? She needs help even if Will doesn't. Will thinks it is none of Susan's business. She was only trying to help, says Eddie gently.
- Clarrie finds Susan in tears, and tells her she is a true friend. Clarrie doesn't know how to thank her. She is thoughtful and generous - Will is simply scared because of the possibility of having to go to court. Will then appears, and offers an apology. Has Susan still got the rota? Of course she has.
- Shula accuses Alistair of gambling again. His phone pings repeatedly, so he tells her where he was; in the bed of one of the hunt members. Chris Carter was there this morning, so saw him leave. As Shula becomes ever more recriminatory, Alistair reminds her that she was the one who wanted to end their marriage. Maybe now she has got what she wanted.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Thursday 17th May
Adam has a brainwave. Shula is left reeling
Adam, Freddie, Shula, Alan, Jennifer, Johnny
- Adam asks Freddie about doing some fruit picking, but Freddie claims that exams and revision must come first. He's seen lots of ads for pickers around the college. Everyone seems short of labour. Freddie makes a quick exit when he gets a text message - he must 'pick some stuff up from a mate.'
- Alan finds Shula frantically cleaning more old grave stones, and begs her to take a break. She finally agrees, and it's clear that she is full of anger at Alistair's revelation. Her anger appears to come less from his infidelity and more from the fact that Lavinia Rafferty is a Hunt member. Shula will be the laughing-stock of the district. Shula admits she said something awful to Alistair when he told her, but it's increasingly clear that Shula can see the situation only from her perspective, which is that of the wronged party. She claims that she sits home alone while Alistair has a dalliance, conveniently forgetting who initiated the rift.
- Freddie bumps into Johnny, whose head is mending well. nervously, Freddie mentions that Harrison told him Johnny had told him that Ellis was a likely suspect. Has Harrison got back to him? To Freddie's relief it appears that Harrison hasn't. From the number of text messages Freddie is receiving, Johnny feels sure he has a new girlfriend - but then one arrives from the Deputy Principal of the college, summoning Freddie to a meeting tomorrow morning. What does he want? I've no idea, lies Freddie.
- Adam wonders if local labour might be the answer. Jennifer agrees; her piece on the village website attracted interest; even Auntie Chris offered! Adam is less sure, but thinks inviting locals and especially local youth to the BBQ might be a good idea. Jennifer is all for it and will take care of the catering. But then, keeping his word to Brian, Adam tackles the subject of the Aldridge marriage rift as he and Jennifer prepare the caravans. Realising that this is a ploy by Brian to regain his position in her good books, Jennifer rounds on Adam. If Adam's 'pal' thinks he can impress her with a bit of DIY he can think again. he has betrayed her trust, he chose to leave the marital bedroom... so he can just put up with it.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Friday 18th May
Lily's secret is revealed and Justin helps a friend
Johnny, Freddie, Lily, Justin, Brian, Jennifer
- The day of Freddie's interview with the Deputy Principal dawns, and Freddie is anxious not to be late. Lily is markedly unpleasant to him, while Johnny attempts to calm the atmosphere.
- Brian tells Jennifer that BL are interested in buying the land, though he might try for a better price elsewhere. Meanwhile he is anxious to get back into her good books and indeed her bed. Jennifer coldly reminds him that the decision to leave both was his, not hers. She sees him as a child throwing toys out of its pram.
- Freddie is on time, but Russ, the DP is a little late. He wastes no time in coming to the point; he has been told that Freddie is drug dealing. Is it true? Freddie emphatically denies it. Is Freddie being threatened or coerced? Again Freddie denies all. Russ tells Freddie that he can talk to him at any time, an offer which Freddie palpably ignores. Freddie seems to have won the day.
- Out on Aziz, Justin encounters Brian picking elder flowers (which everywhere apart from Ambridge have yet to boom.) He teases Brian, who is not in the mood for jokes. It was Justin's advice about DIY that got Brian into trouble in the first place. Justin is dragged in to help, but, in a scene of the utmost hilarity, Brian gets stuck up the tree and has to be rescued by climbing down onto Aziz. Justin now owes Brian several pints.
- Outside Russ's office, Johnny waits for Freddie, who claims the interview was all about falsifying course work. He insists on going straight home, where he marches into Lily's room and accuses her of telling Russ that he was dealing. Freddie continue to deny any involvement apart from ' a few Pro-Plus.' Lily finally admits that she did tell Russ, who is sensitive and knows how to deal with such matters. The penny drops for Freddie. The jacket... Russ was wearing it this morning. He's old enough to be Lily's father and he's married. Lily brushes this aside, and admits complacently that they are 'in a relationship.' However, if Freddie mentions it to Elizabeth, Lily will mention the drugs.
- Somewhat merry after his drinks with Justin, Brian brings the elder flowers to Jennifer. Is she delighted? Is all forgiven? No. she hands Brian clean linen for his bed.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Credited scriptwriter: Naylah Ahmed