There are first day nerves at Berrow and Shula has reservations.
Stressed Tom relays his worries about the lack of picking labour to Tony. They’ve promised Bridge Fresh customers seasonal fruit and veg this autumn, and they have to get on with the harvest. Tony offers to help though it’s not enough to fully meet the shortfall. Later, Tom’s stress levels rise further when he has to stop apple picking to sort a problem with the Bridge Fresh platform. Then it starts to rain and all picking is halted. Tony remains calm but Tom warns they’re rapidly running out of time to get the crop in.
Ruth shows Stella round Brookfield and then they clarify where Brookfield sheep will graze at Home Farm so there’s no more miscommunications in future. Over cups of tea they get on well, and Ruth invites Stella to the Harvest Supper. It’s a great way to get to know more people in Ambridge.
Adam’s walked out of his new job at Danforth Barton Farm and heads straight to Grey Gables to tell Ian. Christian had ordered Adam to fire a labourer and Adam had refused. He’s worried how Ian will react but Ian’s understanding; he recounts his own experience with a nightmare boss. Later they talk it over. Adam’s sorry for failing to provide. Ian reassures him. Adam’s keen to find other work fast – they need the money – though it won’t be easy with his short spell working for Christian and no hope of a reference from him.
Lilian is thrilled that Shula’s open to the idea of her and Justin investing in The Stables and assures her the spirit of the place will be maintained as they make improvements. Shula asks if Justin feels the same and then twigs that Lilian hasn’t yet told him about it. The pair present the idea to Justin together. He instantly dismisses it and is rude about the Stables being small fry. After Shula leaves, Lilian is furious with Justin but he insists Shula gave a bad pitch. He’s clear that he’s not prepared to invest his money based purely on sentimentality, but then the cogs start to turn on how The Stables could be a viable investment.
David and Kenton compare notes on the Harvest Supper. They’re both looking forward to it after last year’s was cancelled. Things are looking up after a difficult time for business at both the Bull and the Brookfield Barn. Jazzer joins them, pleased he’s convinced Blake to take up accommodation at The Elms, plus there’s some work lined up for him at Berrow Farm. David and Kenton run through the plans with Jazzer and realise they both have their sights set on being the compere. They bicker about who would do it best. Jazzer suggests a double act to which they agree. They know they won’t be able to prepare together but perhaps they could combine their individual routines. Game on, says David.
Writer, Keri Davies
Director, Marina Caldarone
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch
Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie
Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
Alan Franks ….. John Telfer
Amy Franks ….. Jennifer Daley
Martyn Gibson ….. Jon Glover
Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett
Chelsea Horrobin ….. Madeleine Leslay
Russ Jones ….. Andonis James Anthony
Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden
Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly
Lily Pargetter ….. Katie Redford
Johnny Phillips ….. Tom Gibbons
Stella ….. Lucy Speed
Lilian’s regretting her snappiness with Ruth yesterday. She confesses to Shula she was disproportionately ratty over the Harvest Supper arrangements, and reveals it’s because she’s given up smoking. It’s proving hard, and Justin’s getting the thick end of it. Shula admits she’s not feeling great either since her fall from a horse, and the two arrange to have supper together. Later Lilian’s in better heart, having explained everything to understanding Ruth. Shula shares that she’s lost some of her resilience recently; the Stables is getting on top of her. There are hefty repairs to be done and she wishes she had someone to share the burden with. Lilian has a brainwave – why not her? She’s looking to invest and she would be the ideal business partner for Shula. Shula cautions that it wouldn’t be a money maker, but Lilian’s ready to celebrate.
Lily tries to encourage Chelsea to become a canvasser for Felpersham Kitchens, but Chelsea isn’t interested. They chat about how her studies are going, and Chelsea admits to struggling with an essay deadline. When Lily makes a vague offer of help, Chelsea bites her hand off. Later as they work Russ weighs in with some pointers of his own. Lily suggests two coaches will confuse Chelsea. Russ agrees, and asks Chelsea to choose. Chelsea picks Russ, and his tuition proves a big hit. Lily gets her revenge when Chelsea insists on offering Russ a haircut when he can’t get an appointment. Great, growls Russ.