An intense and gripping week of events unfolds in Ambridge. Listen to all the drama here. Mehr
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Brian has the rug pulled from under him, and Freddie is feeling restless.
Emma finds Susan cooking George a full English breakfast. He clearly has Susan wrapped around his little finger. Emma tells Susan the charity George is fundraising for is called Follow Your Star, providing opportunities for foster children. George insists he has a plan to raise money. Later, Lee chats to Emma at the Tearoom about Henry’s his first detention, after forgetting his homework. But he kept quiet about Keira and some others getting detention too. Emma remarks on the trouble George used to get into at school. Working at Berrow is great for him. George and Susan arrive to discuss fundraising and it turns out George doesn’t have a plan after all. They come up with the idea of a sponsored hay bale stack. George wants Emma to do the admin, but Emma insists, if he’s going to show Oliver he’s sorry for breaking Caroline’s bench, George needs to put in the graft himself.
Tom’s delivering breakfast ingredients for the campers at Rewilding Ambridge. He thanks Kirsty for the emotional support she’s given Helen recently. Tom reveals he bumped into exhausted looking Lee earlier, who told him about Henry’s detention. Lee’s worried Jack and Henry are picking up on the tension at home. Later, Lee visits Tom. He thinks he may have overstated his concern about the boys. He doesn’t want Helen to know he’s been worrying about them. Lee then reveals he heard Helen crying in the bathroom last night. He wishes he knew how to help her. There must be more they can do.
Freddie is getting excited about the DJ gig he’s got tomorrow evening in Birmingham. Ben has been persuaded to come. Freddie’s enthusiasm reminds Elizabeth of his dad. Later, she tells Freddie how much she appreciates having him at Lower Loxley. She’ll be only too pleased when Freddie inherits, so she can be shot of dealing with the trustees. Elizabeth reiterates, they need Freddie there for their summer activities. But right now Freddie’s focus is on tomorrow night’s gig. He can’t wait!
Adam hasn’t time to stop and chat with Alice. With Stella gone, he’s taken up the slack at Home Farm. Alice thinks it was out of character for Brian to fire Stella and worries he’s not coping. Resolving to check in on him, Alice later finds Brian busy worming the deer. She steers the conversation around to Stella, but Brian insists he can no longer trust her with Home Farm’s finances. As for his health, he’s fighting fit. He assures Alice he’s more than capable of managing the farm.
Meanwhile, Adam confides in Lilian. Brian clearly can’t manage Home Farm in the long term, but Adam hadn’t expected to be dragged back quite so soon. He’s worried working relations with Brian will be just as fraught as they were before. Over dinner at Honeysuckle Cottage, Justin suggests it’s in Adam’s interest to have a safe pair of hands managing Home Farm until Brian retires. Adam feels guilty about Stella and thinks it will be a challenge to replace her. Justin agrees, which is why he has a plan…
Neil calls George into his office to talk about George’s bad attitude towards Hannah. She’s his boss and deserves respect. George promises to do better. Later, Emma drops into Ambridge View with a bag of George’s things. Neil assures Emma that George is being a good houseguest. He’s got Susan hooked on a computer game. However, Neil is concerned about George backchatting Hannah. Emma says she’ll have a word. When she does, George insists it’s just banter. Hannah’s got it in for him, just like she used to with Neil. Nonetheless, Emma encourages him to be polite. She wonders if George has had any more thoughts about fundraising for Caroline’s favourite charity, but George evades the question, leaving Emma frustrated.
Tony is still ruminating over the CPS’s decision not to charge Rob. He and Tom talk about their own decision to pull out of Open Farm Sunday. With everyone feeling so anxious, it would be too much to take on. As for Rob, Tony thinks all they can do is wait for his next move. Later, Kirsty tells Tom that Helen has gone to speak to her solicitor, Dominic, about Rob’s application for access to Jack. It’s the first Tom has heard of it. He thinks it will hit Pat and Tony hard. Kirsty reassures Tom, if it pulls the family together then Rob will have failed. Tom seeks Tony out, who dreads the possibility of having to supervise Jack’s contact time with Rob again. Tom tells Tony they have to stick together. That way, they take away Rob’s power.
Ben has just finished serving a B&B guest her breakfast. He and David talk about Open Farm Sunday next weekend. Ben is surprised to hear that Bridge Farm are not doing it, although neither he nor David know the reason why. Ben is really looking forward to it and is confident Brookfield has everything under control. David’s just pleased to see Ben looking so happy. Later, Freddie drops by and shows Ben his new DJ Freddie P website. Freddie tells Ben he’s given up hope of the Lower Loxley trustees ever appreciating his hard work. DJing is all he cares about now. Later, Freddie calls Ben. His website has already succeeded in attracting a last-minute booking from a club in Birmingham. Ben should come too. Ben says he’ll think about it, but admits to David that he’s worried he won’t be able to handle it. He’d prefer not to go.
Bumping into Stella in the yard, Ruth can see she’s upset. Only now does Stella reveal that Brian’s sacked her. Ruth is the first person she’s told. Stella explains the circumstances of her dismissal. She insists that Adam knew he was authorising her to purchase the disc drill when he told her she was in charge. But he’s claiming he only meant the day-to-day running of the farm. Ruth is furious with Brian and expects him to quickly realise his mistake. Stella isn’t so hopeful. She’s considering getting legal advice. She’s put her heart into the management of Home Farm and she’s not leaving without a fight.