Week Beginning: Sunday 21st May, 2017
Sunday 21st May
Lilian is keen to help and Johnny is in need of a companion
Lilian, Justin, Ruth, David, Johnny, Kirsty
- Lilian and Justin are out on a hack when Justin brings the conversation around to the divorce settlement, his favourite topic. Lilian is grateful that Justin managed to hold onto the two Arabians. When Justin brings the conversation around to Miranda's visit to the Dower House, Lilian is determined to change the subject. Since the assistant who keeps Justin's social diary has caused him to miss out on a local opportunity, Lilian offers to keep his schedule once again. Justin doesn't think it an appropriate task for his fiancée. In any case, he has advertised for a personal assistant and has had a gratifying response. Lilian suddenly shows a great interest and suggests that she might conduct the preliminary interviews.
- Ruth and David are cutting grass but David is annoyed that Josh is not available to help the silaging because of his farm machinery wheeling and dealing. Josh has also wound up his father by complaining that Brookfield isn't doing Open Farm Sunday this year. David continues his rant until Ruth interrupts with plans for a walk. If David doesn't calm down, he will have a heart attack, Ruth declares.
- Johnny accompanies Kirsty on a walk through the country park and they have a laugh over the new cat who seems to have scratched or bitten everyone but Henry and Peggy. Johnny has received a ticket to the Isle of Wight Festival and Kirsty is envious. Johnny is very grateful to his parents for such a generous present for his graduation. Kirsty asks who Johnny is taking to the Isle of Wight.
- Lilian and Justin enjoy the return to the village with their horses and Lilian asks what plans are being considered for Berrow. Justin is thinking of many ideas but has made no plans as of yet. Lilian doesn't know what to advise but Justin has given himself a deadline for his decision. This is an important decision and he wants to ensure that this project is a success.
- Kirsty notes there will be a professional team to trim the wood and maintain the paths of the Millennium Wood instead of relying on volunteers. Johnny is reluctant to ask his friend to go to the festival but Kirsty points out that perhaps he should reconsider. It is a big step and he should think about it carefully. They meet Ruth and David; Johnny asks about Open Farm Sunday and notes that Tom figured they would want to keep their heads down and not join in. Ruth steps into the awkward pause and tells Johnny there are several reasons why they have decided not to join in this year. Johnny takes his leave and David mutters that Johnny must be in a rush to get to diplomacy school!
- Lilian reminds Justin about her turn on the speed patrol Wednesday. Justin laughs and notes that he will be extra careful when driving through the village. Kirsty walks up and thanks Justin for the forestry contractor. It is very good news. Lilian praises Justin's determination to get this approved by the BL board. Kirsty takes her leave and Lilian teases Justin about earning brownie points with the locals. Justin seems very happy with his new home village and notes that he is getting more interested in local projects.
Summarised by Cynthia Curran
Monday 22nd May
Josh makes an executive decision
Pip, David, Ruth, Ed, Rex, Josh, Toby
- David is annoyed again about Josh's absence when time is essential for the silaging. Ed shows up expecting to work because Josh has paid him up front to do the hauling. More explosions from David.
- Josh and Rex argue about whether a rusted cultivator can be put into proper working order in a matter of days when Josh gets a call. Guess who this can be? We don't find out because Josh refuses the call. Josh figures that by fixing the goods themselves, they can cut out the middleman and make more money. Rex grumbles because Josh has promised this wreck can be ready by Friday but Rex finally gives in. Josh's mobile rings again and he refuses the call once more.
- Of all people, Ed criticizes Toby's personal hygiene and dress. Ed observes that Toby looks as if he is imbibing all his Scruff Gin in an effort to portray the brand.
- Josh argues with David and brazenly admits he deliberately didn't answer his phone; Josh paid Ed with his own money because he will make more on his business than helping out with silaging. David tells Josh he is missing the point; he isn't pulling his weight on the family farm. Josh points out that he will make 50% more if the cultivator is ready and online for Friday. The argument degenerates into a disagreement about Pip. Josh declares he is always in the wrong and Pip is the star since she broke up with Toby. Josh brings up the shared bedroom issue and how he is now in the dining room while Pip has her own room. Because Pip doesn't want to do Open Farm Sunday, Josh can't advertise his business at that important time. David notes that Josh uses farm tools and space for free but Josh isn't impressed and won't back down.
- Toby surprises Pip and the conversation is stilted. Pip also comments on Toby's appearance and makes a quick exit. Toby sighs in despair.
- Rex tells Josh that taking the rust off the cultivator is a slow business and he is taking a break. David calls and demands that Josh come now and spell Pip. Josh needles Pip about being the family favourite and he takes the opportunity to complain about the bedroom situation to her. Rex brings sandwiches to Toby but Toby refuses to stop working to eat. Rex complains about the Josh and David disagreements but Toby isn't interested. He only wants to exclaim how beautiful Pip was when they met and how terrible Toby looked. Rex tells him he should clean himself up but Toby asks what is the point? After today, he has no chance of ever getting back with Pip.
Summarised by Cynthia Curran
Tuesday 23rd May
Neil waxes lyrical and Tom has high hopes
Wednesday 24th May
Toby has a turn of fortune and Kenton needs reining in
Thursday 25th May
Pip needs some distance and Johnny strikes gold
Friday 26th May
Justin sets out his stall
Credited scriptwriter: Adrian Flynn