Week Beginning: Sunday 11th June, 2017
Sunday 11th June
Bridge Farm's secret is out, and Pip faces difficult questions
Helen, Tony, David, Pip, Jim
- It's Open Farm Sunday, and both Brookfield and Bridge Farm are opening their doors. Tony lends David his Fordson tractor for a display and comments favourably on Josh's display boards for his farm machinery business. Despite Johnny's absence at the festival, they will have plenty of family on hand to show what Bridge Farm has to offer. At Brookfield, Pip worries that the visitors will ask about the IBR outbreak rather than what is going well.
- Just as Tony is about to return to Bridge Farm, David asks about plans for a large housing estate on Bridge Farm land. Ruth heard all about it from Susan. Flummoxed, Tony can only say that rumours of 100 houses are complete nonsense.
- Angry and worried, Tony tells Helen what David said about housing. He wants to know who leaked the information. Helen tries to deflect him by talking about Kirsty and the possibility of having a talk from the Borsetshire Wildlife Trust next year. Tony consoles himself by carrying on with farm work.
- At Brookfield, visitors are treated to talks by David on the dairy herd, by Pip on the beef herd and by Josh on sheep - and farm machinery. Pip copes well with a question from Jim about the effect of Brexit on British farming, but admits to her father that she coped less well with a question about the IBR.
- When Tony discovers a visitor wanting his photo taken with Helen because of her notoriety, he quickly orders the visitor to leave. He is upset on Helen's behalf, but she seems calm and controlled. When Jim asks about plans for another Milton Keynes, details of which he has heard from Susan, however, the Bridge Farm family become flustered. Jim takes their reaction to mean that there is some truth in the rumours. As Jim leaves, Helen insists that a decision must be made quickly, before Justin finds land elsewhere. It seems that Susan will have an uncomfortable time when she next sees Pat.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Monday 12th June
Lower Loxley's prodigal son returns
Johnny, Freddie, Lily, Elizabeth, Justin, Lilian, Pat, Susan
- Back from the wonders of the Isle of Wight festival, Johnny and the newly-pierced Freddie make their weary way back to Ambridge, but discover on reaching Borchester that they have no money for the bus fare and neither has a working phone.
- As the wanderers consider their next move, a frantic Elizabeth imagines all manner of calamities befalling her son. Lily does her best to calm her mother, whose focus is Freddie's impending Maths exam.
- Freddie spots Justin's Borchester office and goes to try and phone for a lift home, but the redoubtable Anthea gives him short shrift. The duo then bump into Justin himself, but he, too, is initially impervious to all Freddie's false charm. Relenting at last, he phones Elizabeth himself before handing the phone to Freddie, who quickly receives the full force of his mother's fury.
- Meanwhile someone else in Ambridge is in trouble. Pat summons Susan to the house where Clarrie is unable to hear them, and accuses Susan of spreading rumours. Susan stands her ground, pointing out that if Pat had lowered her voice when speaking to Justin, she would not have overheard the conversation. In any case, he claims triumphantly, a housing development would affect the whole village, so someone has to let people know. Fortunately for Susan, they are interrupted by the return of a dirty but happy Johnny.
- Justin relates the Johnny and Freddie saga to an amused Lilian, but he is furious because Emma called to see him, asking about the possibility of low-cost housing for her and Ed. Icily, he rings Pat to ask whether she is aware that their recent conversation has become public knowledge. Pat informs him that she is addressing the source as they speak. Justin makes it clear that he wants a decision very soon. Having heard her end of the conversation, Susan comments that Pat and co will be accepting the offer. It's for the good of the village, rejoins Pat. Not everyone will see it that way snaps Susan.
- Home at last, a 'hideously disfigured' Freddie feels the full weight of Elizabeth's fury. He has humiliated her, stolen from her and lied to her. As Freddie goes upstairs to shower and sleep, Elizabeth asks Lily what punishment she should mete out; stop his driving lessons? No, that will just punish you, says Lily. And there is no point making him sit the exam because having missed one paper he can never pass it now. It would be flogging a dead horse.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Tuesday 13th June
Lynda has troublesome guests, and Kirsty is keen to recruit
Lynda. James, Leonie, Kirsty, Jill
- As the final preparations for Lynda's birthday are in train, James and Leonie arrive, but quickly resort to bickering. As the evening wears on, this becomes arguing, and culminates in a blazing row.
- In the somewhat calmer atmosphere of Brookfield, Kirsty calls on Jill. She noticed how engaged Jill was by Patrick's talk to the WI, and wants Jill to come with her to see Adam's herbal leys. Since everyone else has gone out, Jill agrees, and is overwhelmed by what she sees, with wild flowers in all their glory on Adam's grazing land. Kirsty points out the profitability of the scheme and the well-being of the cattle. Jill is won over, but defends David and Ruth's methods out of loyalty.
- Jill and Kirsty return to an empty Brookfield. Kenton has left some Scruff gin for David, as a token offering to replace debt repayment, which Kenton is unable to make at present. Jill is surprised to hear that the brothers' difference of opinion over Kenton's failure to repay the loan is common knowledge. Kirsty wonders if Jill would like to come and man a Wildlife Trust stall in Borchester, but Jill insists she has too much to do. Kirsty senses Jill's sadness at finding a note to say that David and Ruth have gone for a drink with Alan and Usha before going to Lynda's party, and realising that none of the children will be there to eat the casserole she has cooked, so presses Jill to consider her offer.
- Lynda attempts to calm the situation between James and Leonie by taking Leonie into another room. She is shocked to hear that blazing rows are an everyday occurrence, and that after James stormed out, Leonie had the locks changed. James finds them and announces that he is going to stay at the Dower House. Desperately, Lynda begs them to think of Mungo, but Leonie declares that everything between them is over.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Wednesday 14th June
Lilian chooses her side, and Elizabeth sees history repeating itself
Freddie, Lily, Elizabeth, Ruth, Lynda, Lilian
- As Lily dresses Freddie's septic eyebrow piercing he tells her that he would repeat the whole festival experience all over again, especially Bonnie. Lily quickly latches on to this and teases her brother, who is awaiting his mother's wrath once again.
- As Lilian makes coffee for James, it quickly becomes clear that he intends staying for some time. He is annoyed when Lilian discovers she does not have the ingredients of the cooked breakfast he wants, and claims that he needs it to cope with the stress of selfish Leonie's behaviour. When Lilian suggests he should make do with the in finished bathroom, James' mood does not improve.
- Meeting Ruth, Elizabeth expresses admiration for the way Pip is trying to make amends. Ruth is worried that she will burn out, and wants her to return to Brookfield, but Elizabeth says she will keep an eye on Pip. They return to Brookfield for lunch, but Elizabeth has little appetite. She admits that she can see Freddie replicating all her youthful mistakes. Pip can only recall the days of Pip and Jude. Elizabeth just misses Nigel, who would have coped so much better than she did.
- As Lilian shops to feed her son she runs into Lynda, who is in chilly mood. She is deeply embarrassed by the behaviour of James and Leonie, but gets little sympathy from Lilian, who can see only good in her son, and calls Leonie an emotionally incontinent harpy. Lynda retaliates with a jibe about Lilian's poor parenting revealing itself. That, declares Lilian, is a subject on which Lynda is unqualified to comment, and sweeps off home with her sausages.
- Lilian's sausages fail to meet with filial approval. James is not a road mender, apparently. He is also not a lavatory handle mender nor a car mender, since both need attention. James would prefer devilled kidneys. And while he is at it, he will need some new clothes. This cuckoo will not be leaving the maternal nest in a hurry.
- Elizabeth tries again to make Freddie see the value of education, but makes little progress. He just wants to see the world. he had an epiphany at the festival and now sees his life differently. Poor Elizabeth fails yet again to keep her cool. She won't let him throw away his education and that is final.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Thursday 15th June
Tom puts himself forward, and Rex is feeling bold
Josh, David, Rex, Tom, Helen, Anisha, Tony, Pat
- David admires a drill that Josh and Rex are doing up in order to sell it. Rex asks if David knows anything about the proposed housing development; he has heard rumours that it will be huge.
- Building is under discussion at Bridge Farm, too, where Tom and Helen look at some deigns for an environmentally friendly timber frame building to replace the pack-house and provide classrooms. Tom has concerns about the cost; just increase the overdraft says Helen airily.
- Rex and Anisha go for a run, and Anisha tells Rex about the puppy show which the hunt will be running. being no lover of hunting, Rex says initially that he is not interested, but Anisha manages to persuade him. The only problem is that he has a ticket for Silverstone on the same day. As they part, somewhat awkwardly, Rex tells Anisha that there is something between them and they should go on a proper date. Anisha agrees, somewhat surprised, but rejects the suggestion of the cinema. She wants to go for dinner. Rex agrees and leaves Anisha to book for Tuesday evening.
- Tom and Helen sit their parents down and show them their plans. To everyone's astonishment, Tony is quite won over, and they agree to go ahead with accepting Justin's offer. Half the money will go to Pat and Tony's retirement fund, the other half to the new pack house and education centre. Pat and Tony can be involved as much or as little as they wish.
- Having met Brian, David is none the wiser about Justin's plans. All he knows is that Lilian has asked Brian to accommodate James at Home Farm, an idea which did not appeal to Brian. David then turns the conversation to what Josh will do with his business when he goes to university. I'm not going, announces the cocky Josh, because I have no university place. I've told them I'm not going.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Friday 16th June
Justin smooths the way. Matt sticks his oar in
James, Lilian, Justin, Tom, Kirsty, Matt
- Like a sulky teenager, James insists that his mother drive him to Felpersham to pick his car up. Because she has other plans for the day, Lilian refuses, but manages to force Justin's hand and make him ferry James. Justin is less than pleased, finding James irritating and boring, but he has little choice.
- Anxious to press ahead with plans for Bridge Farm, Tom has been trying unsuccessfully to contact Justin to make an appointment to talk things through. Justin tells him to ring Anthea, claiming untruthfully to have 'Singapore on the other line.' Doing as he is told, Tom succeeds only in reaching Anthea's voicemail.
- Kirsty calls by as she and Tom have agreed to spend time together on the date their baby was to be born, and overhears the tail-end of Tom's call. She presses him for details, but he will not be drawn. As they set off for a walk, Kirsty lets Tom know how she feels about Justin's plans for the village. She will do all she can to oppose the pig unit. Tom seems keener than previously to side with Justin. Kirsty accuse him of being under the spell of powerful men with no principles, which Tom hotly denies. Angry with Tom's apparent lack of principles, Kirsty storms off, just as Tom's phone rings.
- Far from being Justin or even Anthea on the line, it is Matt, whom Tom has no wish to engage in conversation, but when he realises that matt knows all about the housing plans, Tom reluctantly agrees to meet him in Edgely. When he does, matt informs the gullible Tom that several of his friends would be prepared to offer one and a half million for land Justin wants. Matt will put Tom in touch if he likes.
- Justin duly prepares to run James into Felpersham, but they encounter Matt, whose Bentley arouses much envy in James. he accuses Matt of frittering his mother's money on it, and very soon tempers are aroused. Justin sternly orders James to the car, and tells Matt in no uncertain terms to stop behaving like a child in the playground where all he does is to embarrass himself. As Matt feebly protests, Justin informs him that what affects Lilian affects him too. Matt's behaviour is unacceptable. He needs a bit of class.
- Justin gives James a lecture on the need to patch things up with Leonie and to consider Mungo. James is not minded to listen until Justin suggests that a little financial help might not come amiss. James takes the bait and is quickly packing the car to return to London. Did you offer an incentive? asks Lilian. No, just advice, lies Justin.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Credited scriptwriter: Keri Davies