Week Beginning: Sunday 26th March, 2017
Sunday 26th March
There is a difference of opinion at Bridge Farm, while at Grange Farm the cracks start to show.
Tom, Tony, Clarrie, Emma, Ruth, David
- Tom and Tony inspect their cows and worry about imminent outbreaks. They must inoculate the remainder of the herd but Tom reminds Tony that he has an afternoon appointment at the hospital with Kirsty to investigate the cause of the miscarriage. Tom encourages Tony to complain at Brookfield; the IBR had to have come from there. Perhaps Tony might go over in a neighbourly fashion to inquire about their herds, though.
- Clarrie and Emma have their hands full with lodger complaints of lumpy porridge and split sauces. They were trying to offer fancy breakfasts but now the hollandaise sauce is ruined, there can be no eggs benedict. Emma points out the kedgeree seems burnt as well. Much wailing from Clarrie. Emma takes charge and notes that the kedgeree is bad only on the bottom and they can use shop bought hollandaise. Give the porridge a good stir and all will be good to go.
- Ruth worries that the new herd they bought last year may be the cause of the disease. Tony called and reported his outbreaks and this caused Ruth to check the records. The new herd was supposed to be guaranteed IBR-free but the last batch from Somerset weren't certified. David is livid but Ruth reminds him that this may be the cause but not necessarily so. An upset Tony appears and asks if they are certain that their new cows were all IBR free.
- Emma doesn't want to have the B&B guests any longer. The house doesn't seem like home; they are only cooking and cleaning and it's Mothering Sunday as well. Emma complains that Keira wants an expensive party for her birthday but it is out of the question. That is it, Clarrie decides. No more fancy breakfasts. It's boiled eggs or full English or nothing.
- The atmosphere has turned tense once Tony finds out a small number of cows hadn't been checked for IBR before being brought on David and Ruth's farm. Ruth insists that it isn't their fault; none of their cows have been anywhere near his farm. But now Tony faces large expenses and must test his whole herd. He also must cull any who carry the antibodies. After Tony leaves, David rants a bit. They go over all the issues present at the time they bought the new herd.
- As Tony relates all the news to Tom, he is inclined to blame Ruth and David. Tom claims that the Bridge Farm name will be tarnished by this outbreak. Tom wants David to cough up for their vet's bills. One thing they can say for sure, Tony proclaims; David is not the farmer his father was. This would never have happened in Phil's day.
Summarised by Cynthia Curran
Monday 27th March
Toby shares his advice, and Kirsty adjusts to new information.
Pip, Ruth, Toby, Jill, Kenton, Kirsty, Tom
- Ruth talks with Pip about being responsible for the disease of the cows. Pip tries to reassure Ruth that it was not her fault. Ruth specifically asks Pip if she remembers any broken fences and cows who managed to escape. Pip doesn't answer truthfully.
- Pip catches up with Toby and tells him the cows mixing with Tony's herd is how the disease was spread. Pip wants to confess but Toby talks her out of it. There is nothing to be gained from owning up, counsels the shameless Toby. Keep quiet because it won't help things. Jill stops in and addresses Pip's request to borrow money. Jill thinks it is wonderful that Pip is so positive and she believes that Pip is a wonderful investment; she wants to lend Pip the money. Pip refuses the offer (because of guilt). She tells Jill that with the IBR this is not the time to start a new enterprise.
- Kenton tells Toby that he has decided to serve an artisan gin but he is going to go with another label. Toby blames everyone else but himself for not being on top of things. Kenton laughs at his excuses and brings Toby to a distillery that has been up and running for 5 years.
- Jill tells Ruth that she was ready to lend Pip the money but Pip turned her down. Pip's excuse about IBR doesn't hold water because IBR had already been diagnosed when Pip asked for the funds. Ruth speculates that perhaps Pip has had a row with Toby?
- Toby is depressed after visiting the artisanal gin distillery. He sees that the other people have worked hard, invested their own money and produced a much better gin. Kenton tells Toby that his has promise and if he listens to Carol Tregorran's mystical advice, who knows?
- Kirsty and Tom discuss the results of the meeting with the consultant. She has reassured the couple that the miscarriage was a one-off event which had no biological origin. Tom is very positive and tries to convince Kirsty that this is good news and she will be able to have a child in the future.
Summarised by Cynthia Curran
Tuesday 28th March
Usha rallies the troops, and Jill does a good deed.
Lynda, Jill, Usha, Jennifer, Susan, Kirsty
- On her cycle going to work, Lynda is almost wiped out by a speeding lorry. Jill comes to the rescue and agrees that something must be done.
- Usha tries to convince Susan to come to a meeting. We don't hear what the meeting is about and Susan is lukewarm until she hears who else is attending. She gives a lackluster promise to come. As Usha leaves the village shop, Jennifer enters to buy some stamps. Susan is quite eager to gossip about Lilian and Justin with Jennifer. Jennifer keeps saying she is late and must go; when Susan continues to press for inside information on the romance, Jennifer claims ignorance.
- Kirsty talks to Jill and reports about the meeting with the consultant. Kirsty brings up her failure to bake an acceptable cake to thank her co-workers for their support. Kirsty tells Jill with a sigh that she must buy a shop-bought cake after all.
- Lynda discusses the traffic speeding issue with Usha. Lynda tends to blame Harrison for the speeders; she wants a speed gun and high viz jackets. Harrison claims that Darrington is using the equipment all the time and nothing can be spared for Ambridge. Usha is suddenly interested when Lynda brings up Harrison's name. Usha tells Lynda that she is trying to organise a meeting for women in their 40s and 50s to oppose discrimination. Lynda asks if women over 60 are to be discriminated against by not being invited to the meeting. Usha is flustered and says of course she must come.
- Kirsty can't face the meeting but asks Lynda to give everyone her best. Lynda's special Mothering Sunday went very well with masseurs from Kate's business. Lynda sniffs when Kirsty mentions that the Grundys' weekend visitors caused chaos and ill-tempers all round. Jill enters with one of her cakes and gives it to Kirsty. When you have baked as many cakes as Jill, it isn't difficult. And, Jill adds, she can guarantee it is better than shop-bought.
- Usha notes that young women are attending the meeting as well to support the older women. It turns out that Usha is angry because Harrison has kicked her off the team. Susan interjects that surely this is Harrison's job to select the players. But Usha points out that there are several older men who can't even run and they are on the team. She is convinced Harrison is being ageist and sexist. The time for direct action has come. Harrison Burns needs to learn what the women of Ambridge are made of.
Summarised by Cynthia Curran
Wednesday 29th March
Lynda has to explain herself, and Harrison is in the doghouse.
Thursday 30th March
Pip is on edge, and Justin plays it cool.
Friday 31st March
Lilian bares her soul, and there is a barney at Brookfield.
Credited scriptwriter: Caroline Harrington