Lilian’s finding the amount of work involved in being Chief Operating Officer for Peggy’s Trust tiresome, but she admits it’ll be fascinating to see the presentations.
Testing Jim, Lilian’s impressed with his classical knowledge, but notes his popular culture falls short. She points out that to be a Brainbox he’ll need a broader range. She’ll have to get him match fit. Having watched a little reality TV Jim declares it an abomination. However losing is not an option, so he sees he’ll need to continue with it. And if he’s to get some serious research in, he’ll need an incentive. How about free coffee at the Bull for a month, Jim suggests. You’re on, agrees Lilian.
Clarrie cooks a meal for Will, and tries to reassure him about Poppy’s health. Perhaps Bev could see her again soon? Will’s adamant Poppy’s not going anywhere, and he won’t return to work, until she’s properly better. Clarrie’s bemused by Emma’s behaviour. Will points out she’s just hurting.
Phoebe’s trying to run through her bid presentation but is getting barracked by Pip and Rex. She’s frustrated that Pip’s splitting her time with Brookfield. Phoebe needs her commitment. When she discovers Pip hasn’t told her parents she’s involved in Rewilding Ambridge, she’s furious. If Pip doesn’t tell them before Friday, she will.
Ed apologises to Jazzer for the shearing debacle a few weeks ago. No need, says Jazzer. Ed feels revenge against Tim would be sweet, but Jazzer counsels it might make things worse. Hard to see how, replies rueful Ed. He’s hurt Emma badly, and he’s not sleeping or eating. Jazzer encourages him not to give up; he and Emma are meant to be together.
As Emma prepares for the sale of all her items from Beechwood, Susan can’t help but ask her if she really wants to go through with it. She disapproves of Tracy’s encouragement of it; none of this feels right to her. Susan overhears what she perceives to be Shula and Jazzer gossiping about Emma’s plight, and gives them short shrift. But later when Shula buys some brandy glasses at the sale, Susan apologises. Shula understands; Emma’s going through a tough time. At a time like this the community needs to rally round. Without Emma knowing, Ed asks Will if he’ll buy up all the unsold items so that Emma can keep the money and perhaps get them back in the future. Will agrees and Emma’s touched when he does so. Amongst the spoils is Emma’s beloved coffee table. Afterwards it dawns on Emma that there’s nothing left – but maybe that’s what she deserves. She feels like she’s nothing.
Jazzer approaches Shula to try and find out Harold Jayston's address. She admits Jim's spoken to her about the issue, and she’s worked out what happened. Jazzer just wants justice, but confesses he doesn’t know what he'd do if he confronted Harold. Jazzer becomes upset as he vents his frustration. Shula won't disclose Harold's address, but counsels Jazzer to lean on his friends for support.
Jazzer’s unscheduled visit makes Shula late for her meeting with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands. He asks why she wants to be ordained. She tells him she definitely feels a calling, but also a sense of inadequacy. The DDO declares this should be no obstacle. He recommends she visit a church at which she wouldn't feel as comfortable as she does at St Stephen's. And she needs to write down her own life story.
Susan's not impressed with Tracy. The house is a mess and so is Emma. Susan can't understand why Emma's talking to everyone except her own mother. When she finds out Ed's secured a job at the market, she makes to go and let people know that he's a criminal. Neil stops her; Ed could end up arrested. This is gossip and they should all be pulling together. Instead Susan is being spiteful. Shocked Susan listens as Neil asks her to think about why she's always the last to know about her family's problems.
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.