Writer, Nick Warburton
Director, Julie Beckett
Editor, Jeremy Howe
David Archer ….. Timothy Bentinck
Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch
Kenton Archer ….. Richard Attlee
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett
Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin
Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman
Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding
Clarrie Grundy ….. Heather Bell
Emma Grundy ….. Emerald O'Hanrahan
Will Grundy ….. Philip Molloy
Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett
Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell
Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden
Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe
Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly
Kate Madikane ….. Perdita Avery
Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence
Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd
Roy Tucker ….. Ian Pepperell
Peggy Woolley ….. June Spencer
Jakob Hakansson ….. Paul Venables
Ray Hepburn ….. David Holt
Peggy’s at Brookfield to see Pip, who’s out checking the herd. The announcement of the Trust shortlist is scheduled for ten o’clock. David tries to wheedle information out of Peggy regarding the Brookfield bid, to no avail. Later they find out they’ve been shortlisted, along with Adam, but not Josh. David surprises Ruth by declaring he’d like tickets to a gig for his 60th birthday.
As the clock strikes ten at the Lodge, Kate discovers her friends’ vegan project didn’t make the cut. Peggy explains their proposal was simply shoddy.
As Kate arrives for her date with the ‘friend’ of Alice and Chris, she spots Jakob seated at her table. Confusion ensues until they twig that it’s a set up. Kate’s outraged, but Jakob persuades her to stay for the meal. They enjoy themselves, teasing each other mercilessly. Jakob observes Kate’s out for what she can get, but she counters that if that was the case she wouldn’t be making sacrifices in order to care for her grandmother.
Tracy’s arranged a girls’ night in, with games, at Ambridge View. At first, as they invent outlandish cocktails and arrange the sale of Emma’s Beechwood bottom drawer, they have a good time. But making a list of Ed’s shortcomings has the opposite of the desired effect, and Emma is reduced to unhappy tears.
Jim sets Alistair a quiz conundrum. Alistair’s delighted Jim’s considering being on the Brainboxes team at the Bull, and feels ready to mingle again. Their good mood is shattered when Jazzer arrives and admits he’s been to Harrison about Jim’s plight. He assures them he kept Jim’s name out of the conversation but nevertheless Jim and Alistair are horrified. What Jazzer sees as opening the door, Jim views as the whole nightmare being dredged up again. He was coping in his own way. He feels betrayed by Jazzer, and leaves for the hide.
The atmosphere in the dairy between Susan and Clarrie is toxic. As they jostle and snipe in disharmony Susan spills a whole batch of curds. After informing Helen, they return to their work having been roundly told off for their unprofessional behaviour. Clarrie concedes it’s not fair on Helen to let their differences affect their work. Susan sees it as more than just differences, but she’ll comply – though there’ll be no friendship between them.
Panic stricken Will’s taken Poppy to A and E, terrified that her spots will lead to sepsis. Clarrie joins him, and gently persuades him to bring Poppy back to her own bed at Greenwood. She offers to help him care for her, but he’s adamant he’s not leaving Poppy’s side until she’s better.
Will’s working a little too hard for Clarrie’s liking. He’s determined to do all the work at flood damaged 1 The Green himself, as well as holding down his job and caring for Poppy. He regrets the situation Ed and Emma are in; he feels Ed wouldn’t have been fired if he, Will, hadn’t sounded off.
Tracy’s found out she got the job at Grey Gables. She’s gobsmacked, and surprised by how nice Oliver was. She updates languid Emma on Shula’s ambition to become a vicar, and opens her bedroom curtains in an attempt to get Emma to take an interest in the outside world. What Emma needs is a party! Instead Emma agrees to go for a walk, during which she bumps into both Will and Clarrie. Awkwardly she sympathises with Will over Poppy’s suspected chickenpox, pledging to take some of Keira’s soothing lotion over to Greenwood. She wants to leave the lotion on the doorstep, but Will intercepts her and invites her in. He puts the kettle on. He could do with some more reassurance about Poppy. Emma offers to look in every now and then. They discuss Clarrie’s fierce desire to protect Ed. Emma doesn’t blame her. Will expresses his guilt over Ed’s job loss, but Emma doesn’t hold it against him. Maybe her new house just wasn’t meant to be. Right now, she needs Will as a friend.
Susan’s still deeply hurt by Clarrie’s words last week. Neil believes Clarrie just flew off the handle and it will be forgotten, but Susan can’t forget, or forgive. She’s focussing on getting Emma out of her room and into the shop to help her; but once again Emma doesn’t show up. Susan despairs; she's not sure what else she can do. With reluctance she suggests to Neil that Tracy might be the one to help.
Freddie anticipates his interview for the receptionist post at Grey Gables with apprehension. Shula hopes they’ll snap him up. She reports she too has an interview, for her ordainment. Freddie’s pretty pleased that he might have had some input into Shula’s decision. She should go for it! Later Shula announces her decision with some trepidation to Kenton. He’s not averse to the idea, but as predicted makes one too many jokes for Shula’s liking.
Lynda really doesn't want Tracy to get the Grey Gables job, and does everything in her power to put her off. However her efforts are to no avail, and she learns later to her horror that Tracy is to be appointed. She can’t believe this was a joint decision, she declares to Roy. How could he? Roy insists it was Oliver’s decision in the end. And he wants Lynda to be Tracy’s mentor.