Week Beginning: Sunday 13th August, 2017
Sunday 13th August
Alistair is being secretive and Will gets a flea in his ear
Anisha, Alistair, Rex, Clarrie, William, Emma, Keira.
- Anisha phones Rex to explain that she may be delayed for their meal. Rex gives her two hours... tops! She makes her excuses and hangs up as Alistair blusters in. He's out of sorts because a recent supplies order has been made up wrongly. Anisha's request for anaesthetic help with some horse surgery on Friday doesn't help his mood. He agrees, with very little grace and stomps off.
- Will has called in at Grange Farm and tells Clarrie that he's had a note of thanks from Oliver in which he says that Caroline has left him £1000 in her will. Clarrie is so happy for him. Caroline was so generous. She says that Ed was surprised when he had a similar note. Will can barely speak but manages to ask how much Ed was left. He can't believe the answer, a similar £1000.
- Alistair is still complaining about the order as Anisha confirms that the horse surgery has been booked in for Friday. He then drops his bombshell. he asks her for cover for tonight. It's something that he can't put off. Anisha's furious, she had expected an apology for everything that had gone wrong recently. She reckons that his mind is just not on the job recently. He takes a call from Shula, barking that Anisha should stay until he's finished.
- Will moans to Clarrie that he wonders why Ed should receive anything from Caroline especially as he's already Oliver's favourite "charity case." Clarrie angrily recalls Will's good fortune with his inheritance from Aunt Hilda. He attempts a grudging apology and leaves as Emma arrives. She asks Clarrie what the problem was; clearly, there was one. She replies saying that it was "nothing worth repeating."
- Alistair finishes his call to Shula. Anisha hadn't realised that they had something planned for Friday. She offers to cover for him tonight providing that he explains why he needs the time. "No" he says, "it's none of your business." With that, he leaves. When she meets up with Rex later, she phones Alistair and leaves a message. She will cover tonight, but tomorrow they really must talk.
- Keira and George are having tea in the garden at Grange Farm. Emma suggests that she and Clarrie could do something similar. Keira is spotted rummaging through her mother's handbag, getting tomato ketchup everywhere. She apologises and is sent to clean up. Emma attempts to clean up a small scrapbook she keeps. It's an attempt to follow an internet video she saw some time ago. It advised that attempting to visualise what you want your life to be like in the future, you dream just may come true. Her book is full of images of her future home, just enough for her, Ed and the children. Ah well, let's hope Emma.
Summarised by David Clark
Monday 14th August
Anisha will not back down and Adam is out of his comfort zone
Alistair, Shula, Anisha, Helen, Ian, Henry, Adam.
- Shula manages to persuade Alistair to have a bit of a lie in. He apologises for how things have gone recently. Shula says that she's with him all the way, but he really must speak to Anisha and tell her the whole truth. He can't help feeling that it will put their partnership at risk. Shula insists that he must take control of the situation rather than be driven by Matt Crawford.
- Helen, Ian and Henry prepare for a spot of kite making to go along with their picnic. As an excited Henry goes to get ready, Ian tells Helen that he is now the official caterer for Lilian and Justin's big day. Helen is pleased that Lilian is out of Matt's clutches. Ian is happy that they have found each other in their later years.
- Anisha traps Alistair before his visit. He thanks her for covering for him but still gives no indication of his "meeting." To his total surprise, she jumps into the car in readiness to go with him. A real "captive audience." She wants to know his story. Meanwhile, Adam joins Helen's picnic as Ian and Henry are playing. As they are on the proposed building plot, talk turns to the meeting to be held on Wednesday; Lynda is fully armed. Just for a few moments, Helen joins in the play, leaving a bemused Adam literally holding the baby Jack.
- Anisha is shocked by Alistair's revelations about his gambling past, especially with regard to how close he came to losing everything. She's worried that he may be relapsing and wonders what's brought on his recent problems. When he mentions Matt, she's even more perplexed. At Bridge Farm, Jack has gone to sleep and Helen looks back to where she was a year ago... in the mother and baby unit awaiting trial. Adam congratulates her on a job well done with the children. Last night she saw a hint of Rob in Jack's features, but other than that, she hadn't thought of Rob all day.
- Anisha is totally taken aback by Alistair's story. His gambling and horse doping have shocked her to the core. His portrayal of Matt as the manipulator in his past cuts no ice with her. The fact that Matt bought Alistair's debts and that he and Shula had to remortgage to buy him off is apparently of little consequence. As far as Anisha is concerned, Alistair is the law-breaker and the gambler. She feels that she's been drawn into a partnership under totally false pretences. Partnerships are built on trust and she has clearly lost all faith in him.
Summarised by David Clark
Tuesday 15th August
Phoebe has an anxious wait and Clarrie gets to grips with a new recipe
Lily, Phoebe, Clarrie, Susan, Roy.
- Phoebe is recounting her tale of woe to Lily on the phone. She feels no better and is still vomiting. She's convinced that her emergency contraception can't have worked and has no idea what to do. When she returns to fruit picking, she realises that she'll have to face Constantin. Lily tells her to stay put. She's on the way, with a plan!
- As Clarrie and Susan take an early break at Bridge Farm, Susan just can't help trying to squeeze information out of Clarrie about her family's inheritance from Caroline. Sadly for her, she gets no further. However, Roy turns up looking for Tony and he's fair game, especially as he tells Susan that Lynda has been remembered by Caroline. Susan can cope no more and asks the direct question, "how much?" Clarrie is rightly embarrassed.
- Lily turns up with a variety of pregnancy testing kits, much to Phoebe's annoyance. It's far too early to test yet, but Lily has other ideas. At Bridge Farm, Susan and Clarrie finish bottling the kefir. Susan is still grumbling about the stuff but begins to change her mind when Clarrie suggests that Tom will probably need their expertise to continue the manufacturing process. Could this mean additional cash?
- Phoebe leaves the lavatory having done her test. Lily is being particularly annoying and asks if she will keep the baby if she is pregnant. She gets a resounding no in response. Because of what happened to her friend, Lily suggests leaving the test for six rather than three minutes. Better safe than sorry. Then...Roy comes in from work. In total panic, Lily offers to say that the test is hers to get Phoebe off the hook. Oh what a tangled web!
- As the kefir is put into a warm place to, "brew" Susan suggests a further tasting and deems it to be "not as bad as it first seemed." Clarrie sarcastically suggests that it could be a tag line for Bridge Farm's marketing push. Seeing a financial future in it, Susan chides Clarrie. She has always been an ideas woman whereas Clarrie has always been a bit of a plodder. Anyway, she plans to do some research on the health benefits of kefir, just to keep up to date.
- Roy, in a state of near apoplexy, demands to know why there is a pregnancy test underway in his bathroom. Phoebe is reduced to a state of mere acquiescence as Lily takes off on a gigantic flight of fancy. To cut a long story short, the girls end up by saying that the test belonged to Lexi, that she had just left as Roy came in and that it needed to be done because of a mad moment of passion with Constantin. Roy leaves, confused but somewhat relieved. Phoebe is furious, saying that Lexi was her friend and Lily has done nothing but make matters much worse.
Summarised by David Clark
Wednesday 16th August
Rex blows away the blues
Susan, Lynda, Jennifer, Anisha, Rex, Justin, Emma, Neil.
- Susan chases after Lynda to return a copy of Moby Dick that she'd left in the café. After some prompting, Lynda admits that reading it is akin to wading through treacle. Discovering that Lynda is off to the village hall to look at the building development proposals before the meeting, Susan offers to accompany her and quickly turns the conversation round to the fact that Caroline had remembered Lynda in her will.
- Jennifer finds Anisha standing by a dead deer on the main road. It's clearly been hit several times. As Anisha starts to move it out of harm's way, Jennifer apologises that she can't offer help but her shoes aren't up to the job and she's also on her way to the Parish Council meeting. In the twinkling of an eye, she's gone. Anisha takes a call from Rex who senses that it's not a good time to arrange a date for tonight. However, Anisha suggests that he may like to join her for a night in.
- Justin joins Lynda and Susan at the meeting. He makes a literary reference to Lynda's book, which is lost on Susan. He comments rather airily about the wonderful job done by his architects, Lynda of course, is in no mind to agree. He's pleased however that they both share a love of a good book; mistake number two. Emma joins the group just as Neil calls the meeting to order, the first item being the planning application.
- The meeting gets underway with Lynda and Justin speaking as expected. However, temperatures are raised when Jennifer speaks of the kind of residents they may end up with in the affordable housing; riff-raff with limited means and unsavoury habits. Emma can stand no more and lets rip with a heartfelt tirade. Does Jennifer mean her, someone born in the village, working in the village and desperate to give her children the chance of a decent life in the village? She claims that Jennifer's words smack of snobbery and come from someone who married into money, whose words of sympathy for young families mean nothing. Emma's contribution is well received by her audience.
- Anisha complains to Rex that she's discovering that Ambridge is a "picture book world hiding a maggot infested carcass." Her partner, who she once admired, is a gambler and horse doper and her client has done time for fraud. Rex, ever the peace-maker, suggests that she should talk things through with Alistair and not be too quick to judge. She needs to see life rather more in grey tones rather than black and white. He suggests a distraction, a midnight run up Lakey Hill. The view from hill works its magic spell, as it has with many others over the years. Anisha sees only beauty, with not a rotting carcass in sight.
- Neil calls in to see his daughter at Grange Farm on his way home. The Parish Council approved the application, which should help it to clear other hurdles. He's quite sure that it was down to Emma's impassioned words, they changed many minds. He reckons that she should be proud of herself. After all, he is.
Summarised by David Clark
Thursday 17th August
Susan has been doing some maths and Freddie spectacularly fails
Lexi, Phoebi, Freddie, Roy, Lynda, Oliver.
- Phoebe confides in Lexi that all is well. Her period has started. Lexi says that perhaps telling her father would be a good idea. He'd be sure to understand. Lexi leaves as Freddie appears with some news. Lily has achieved straight A's in her AS levels. As usual, his best efforts result in straight F's. At Grey Gables, Lynda tells Roy that Emma spoke well at the meeting, much to Jennifer's annoyance. Lynda has a plan to use Caroline's gift to buy a memorial bench for the hotel. Roy thinks the idea is excellent and offers to chip in and feels that Ian may like to contribute too.
- At the shop, Susan is bending Oliver's ear about how her kefir is infinitely superior to Tom's. Of course, hers was made with flair and attention to detail. She's sure that Tom will need help to manage the enterprise come launch day. Oliver is miles away though, having spotted a packet of Caroline's favourite biscuits. He tries to pay for his shopping but only has euros and his plastic cards won't work. Susan kindly suggests payment later but he refuses and hurries to leave, without taking his shopping.
- Phoebe needs to see Adam and asks Freddie to keep an eye out for Roy and keep him away from Lexi. Her reason? They had an argument the other day about the graffiti incident. His payment is that she should put a good word in with Sonya on his behalf. She agrees but warns him again to keep Lexi and Roy apart.
- Lynda gets short shrift when she tries to talk to Oliver at Grey Gables about her idea for a bench in Caroline's name; his mind's clearly elsewhere. Meanwhile, at the shop, Susan tells Roy rather furtively that she believes that Oliver is financially ruined following the incident in the shop. "It's as a result of Caroline's gifts" she says, listing beneficiaries and amounts. Roy just can't believe his ears.
- Freddie tries unsuccessfully to keep his charges apart. However, pretty soon things begin to take on the shape of a Whitehall farce with Roy inevitably meeting Lexi. He explains that he's taking Phoebe to the cinema and almost invites her to join them but is cut short when she has to go and reprimand Constantin. Phoebe turns up and Roy comments that Lexi and Constantin don't really act like a couple. With that, they go off to see their film, "Rosemary's Baby". A lucky escape or what?
- Back at the shop, Susan's rumour mongering slips smoothly into top gear. Though closed, she lets Lynda in to buy breakfast things and then sets about telling Roy her latest theory. "Posh but poor" the Stirlings were, Oliver had a button hanging by a thread from his shirt earlier. Lynda, who couldn't help overhearing, disagreed. She's seen the "frayed edges of grief" before. But Susan has more tinder to throw on the fire. Oliver's so poor that he will have to sell the hotel, evict the Grundys and move back to Grange Farm. So there!
Summarised by David Clark
Friday 18th August
Emma's resolve is broken
Credited scriptwriter: Naylah Ahmed