Week Beginning: Sunday 18th June, 2017
Sunday 18th June
Pip insists she is fine and Tracy makes her mark
David, Ruth, Pip, Lilian, Justin, Tracy, Anisha.
- At Brookfield, Ruth and David are discussing Josh's university decision, at full volume. They can't believe that he has only just let them know. Ruth wonders where they went wrong as parents. Yet more lies from their children! Pip, on the other hand, is working herself to a frazzle to make up for past transgressions. David heads off to take her some lunch, only to find her at the kitchen door. In Josh's absence, she offers to help David with the sheep after her bite to eat. He accepts, reluctantly.
- Lilian and Justin are enjoying the afternoon sun after their visit to Arkwright Hall. The building work supervised by Lewis was superb. Lilian hopes that Shula's recommended builder comes up to scratch for the Dower House improvement. Lilian managed to avoid Lynda at the Hall but now wishes that she'd made the first move towards a reconciliation. What she had said to Lynda really was unforgivable. Justin suggests going to apologise. Lilian is unsure, but his second suggestion, dinner at Grey Gables, works wonders. What if they happen to meet Matt there? Justin insists that it will be of no consequence. After all, she's with him now.
- At the cricket match, Tracy and Anisha are padded up and ready to go. Roy and Johnny are batting. It's 119 for 7 as Lilian and Justin turn up. He admires the two women's appearance. Tracy is annoyed about the screen that Harrison has put up in the changing room to protect the players' modesty. She reckons that they should build a separate room and that Justin might like to sponsor it. Just then, Roy is out and Anisha takes to the field. Justin feels that he may like to stay and watch the women play but changes his mind when Anisha is out for a duck. As they leave, Justin looks forward to discussing his land deal with Tom tomorrow.
- While tackling the Brookfield sheep, Pip tells David that she feels that she is going to enjoy her new contract-milking job. The family are very pleasant. David takes the opportunity to tell her how much her parents admire her fortitude but he's very concerned that she is becoming overly tired. Pip, of course, insists that she's not and that she is perfectly able to continue.
- The cricket match is closely contested. Anisha and Tracy are fielding. As a new batsman takes his place, Tracy tells Anisha of her new tongue in cheek money raising scheme. Why not charge the men to watch them change? Before any further suggestions crop up, the opportunity for a match winning catch appears and Tracy takes it. Ambridge win by 11 runs and Anisha rapidly works out that without the women's runs, wickets and catches, the men would have lost. The time for a celebration is nigh.
- With work finished for the day, Pip makes to leave. Ruth offers dinner but Pip apologises. She's eating at Lower Loxley with Lizzie and the family. Ruth tells her that she's always welcome at Brookfield; Pip can't escape their clutches so easily. Pip explains that with Josh's recent exploits, she feels that she's not the only "bad guy" around. Ruth hopes that Ben gives them all an easier ride; Pip reminds her that it's not in the job description. "Well, it darned well should be" is her mother's retort.
Summarised by David Clark
Monday 19th June
Justin's hackles are raised
Tom, Helen, Justin, Kirsty, Jill, Lilian.
- As Tom leaves for his meeting with Justin, Helen passes the message that Tony would like to see him for a few moments. He's pressed for time and is confident that he needs no pep talk. Despite Helen's protests, he starts his journey.
- Justin offers Tom an option to buy, thirty thousand pounds that will be Bridge Farm's to keep if planning approval isn't gained. Tom puts a question. Is Justin willing to "up" the price? He's been advised by other developers that the land is worth more than the offer price. Justin is furious. He had made a fair offer in good faith, hinting that his future family relationship had more than a small part to play in his decision-making. He's very disappointed. When Tom asks the question again, Justin suggests that he looks elsewhere. Their deal is off.
- Kirsty is helping Jill with her bees. Jill admits to missing Pip about the place but Kirsty suggests that it may have been the right time for her to spread her wings. Jill reckons that Josh's decision not to try for a university place has come as a blow but feels that somehow Pip seems to be happier in herself as a result. Kirsty wonders if his actions may have taken some of the family pressures off her.
- Justin tells Lilian that he just can't believe how Tom has behaved. He's furious and her offer of a Pimms is gratefully accepted. She has to admit that it doesn't seem like Tony and Pat's way of doing business and suggests that she should have a quiet word with her headstrong nephew. She can see so many advantages on both sides, it would be a shame not to go ahead. Justin wonders if it had anything to do with him re-employing Rob. In any event, as far as Justin can see, the deal is well and truly off.
- Kirsty confirms Jill's attendance at the wildlife event on Friday and fills her in on what her duties will be. Jill hasn't forgotten that it was Kirsty's due date last week and was upset to hear that she and Tom had fallen out. They've grown apart, more than Kirsty ever thought possible. His beliefs, views on globalisation and thoughts on the environment are so changed. Kirsty still thinks that these are things worth fighting for. Clearly, Tom doesn't.
- Helen can't see how jeopardising Justin's offer makes any sense. She is mortified. Their parents will be furious that Tom has gone off on his own track without any consultation. He insists that Justin's offer fell short of the going rate by half a million and that he's waiting for offers from two other interested parties. Helen must not worry. Much better offers will be on the table tomorrow. They have one thing on their side which puts them in the driving seat... they own the land. He insists that he's doing business in the right way. Everything is up for negotiation. They must forget about going back to Justin. He was only happy to deal when he was winning. Helen and his parents must trust him. He knows what he's doing. Ah well!
Summarised by David Clark
Tuesday 20th June
Freddie finds a new vocation
Freddie, Elizabeth, Rex, Anisha, Adam, David.
- Elizabeth is annoyed to find Freddie still at home and not where he should be, at college. He claims to have missed the bus and it's a waste of time going in. He wants to live a life, see the world, get a job and be a "free spirit". Elizabeth tries to explain the rules regarding earning a living but he's in no mood to listen. She takes decisive action; no college, no allowance. How free can a spirit be with no income? Has Freddie met his match?
- Rex phones Anisha at the surgery to confirm their date for the evening and sort out food choices. Talk turns to Peggy's new cat, Hilda Ogden. Anisha reckons that there are few in the village who haven't been at the working end of its claws. Jennifer has apparently suggested permanent sedation but Peggy won't hear of it.
- Freddie bumps into Adam, having walked from Lower Loxley. Freddie is down in the dumps but his mood lightens as Adam asks about his Festival experiences. He mentions Bonnie (aah!) and her philosophy of epicureanism, a sort of upmarket hedonism. He'd love to give it a go but doesn't quite know how. Adam mentions that he's a picker short due to illness. Paid work? Freddie's in there like a shot.
- David drops in on Lizzie. She sounded morose on the phone to Ruth about Freddie. Lizzie is at her wit's end. She regrets letting him go to the festival, life's not just about dancing and freedom. She feels that she's not been tough enough with him. David praises her parenting skills, bringing up both children without Nigel's help. She asks him to have a word with Freddie, as a male authority figure. He agrees but adds that as a brilliant mother, it would come much better from her.
- Anisha has finished her work at Brookfield. David goes off to find Josh as Rex appears on the scene. It's bad news. He has an urgent and profitable taxi job tonight which he can't really afford to turn down. Despite his honesty, Anisha accepts the cancellation with ill-concealed bad grace. They'll sort another date out at nets on Thursday.
- At Lower Loxley Freddie is basking in the knowledge that Adam will offer him holiday work, as long as his mother agrees. And, of course, she doesn't. She wants him back at college and has made an appointment with his Head of Year to get him back on track with his maths and A2's. She is offering him no choice in the matter. She makes it quite clear that this is his final chance.
Summarised by David Clark
Wednesday 21st June
Tom is ready to seal the deal
Tom, Tony, Pat, Helen, Justin, Lilian.
- In the kitchen at Bridge Farm, the family hang on Tom's every word. The news is bad. One developer has withdrawn, the other wants 10 acres for over 60 houses. Tony is beside himself. Pat and Helen are of one voice. No! Tony asks Tom to go back and conclude the deal with Justin. When he finds out how Tom had left matters, Tony approaches meltdown. He insists that he will go and try and smooth ruffled feathers. Tom, however, wants the chance to put things right and Tony bravely agrees to one last meeting.
- At the Dower House, Tom is treated to a masterclass in business behaviour. Justin feels let down, he had an agreement and Tom welched. The landscape has now changed. While Tom can see no reason why the previous offer should not be resurrected, Justin can. He offers £850,000. Tom is left almost speechless but is given some good advice. He should go and talk his answer over with his parents before turning the revised offer down.
- A glum Tom walks in on Tony and Pat at Bridge Farm. He's very sorry and he'd tried his best but Justin has dropped his offer to £850,000. He won't budge. Tony is again furious and won't sell for less than the land's worth. Tony insists on speaking to Justin and Tom lopes off with his tail between his legs. As Tony leaves, Lilian calls round with tile samples. She was shocked to hear that Pat and Tony had turned down Justin's offer, but soon caught on to the fact that it was Tom's doing, not theirs. With the atmosphere becoming frostier, Lilian leaves.
- Tony opens discussions with Justin who insists that the land is worth only what the buyer wants to pay. Tony agrees that Justin may look elsewhere locally for land, but may find it difficult to find such a favourable spot. In addition, he would be unlikely to get it at anything less than the original offer of £1 million. Tony hints that rumours spread like wildfire in such a small community. Justin takes his point. The bargaining begins with Tony's suggestion of £950,000 being rejected. After a few fraught minutes, Tony agrees to £900,000. The deal is done.
- Lilian catches up with Tom at Bridge Farm. She feels that she knows what's been going on. Tom says that he was given advice and developer contacts. Lilian suspects the culprit was Matt. She's certain that Tom has been used to teach others a lesson. As Lilian makes for home, Helen turns up to offer a sisterly shoulder to cry on and to say how upset she was to hear of his argument with Kirsty. He doesn't want to talk about it, but of one thing he is certain. He won't be taken for a fool again.
Summarised by David Clark
Thursday 22nd June
Adam has an eventful birthday and Anisha draws a line
Friday 23rd June
Matt is on the prowl and Jill calls on experience
Credited scriptwriter: Paul Brodrick