Rank #1: 29/10/2020
Driving back from Felpersham, Ben takes a call from Ruth. She wants to get Ruairi a shirt for his 18th birthday but Ben thinks it’s a terrible idea. Ben’s feeling sorry for Ruairi about the birthday dinner party that Jennifer’s hosting – he’s turning 18 not 80! Suddenly Ben spots cattle all over the road. Once they’re all safely returned to the field Ruth and Ben discover the padlock securing the gate has been smashed. Ruth immediately connects the break-in with Ben’s radio interview, but he plays it cool, saying it could have been anyone and was probably a one-off.
Rex questions Pip about how she will benefit from he and Toby leaving Hollowtree. He’s annoyed she let him believe that she stood up for the Fairbrothers when her family were weighing up the decision to take back Hollowtree. Pip tries to explain but Rex is too angry. He no longer sees her friendship as genuine. Pip accuses him of taking the moral high-ground which he has no right to do. Her family’s duty to the farm and its future is paramount. Rex should stop wallowing in self-pity.
Oct 29 2020
Rank #2: 28/10/2020
At the eco-office, Alice snaps at Jennifer as she tries to find the details she needs for a meeting about the venison. Jennifer encourages her to take it easy as she doesn’t look well. Alice insists she’s fine. But during the meeting she was sick, and Jennifer has had to drive her home. Alice gets even grumpier with Jennifer when she suggests getting help with morning sickness. Alice then calms down and Jennifer offers to get her anything that she needs. Alice replies that Jennifer can’t do that; she’s got to deal with this on her own.
Oct 28 2020
Rank #3: 27/10/2020
Chair of the Lower Loxley Trust, Bernard, quizzes Elizabeth about Freddie undertaking a Christmas show. He warns her that Freddie needs to show he is suitable to become custodian of Lower Loxley and this will be a very public test. Elizabeth vents to Lily about Bernard’s warning, which strengthens Lily’s concerns about Freddie’s capability. But Elizabeth has every faith that Freddie will show the trustees what they need to see. Meanwhile their Halloween event, organised by Lily, is looking great.
Susan and Keira call on Alice. Alice tries to drop hints that she’d like to be alone but Susan gets teary remembering her mum, and Alice softens. They share memories of Ivy, and Alice gives in to Susan’s company for a while. Susan complains about her dad and then goes into detail about her brother, Stewart. He has a history of problem drinking. Unsympathetic Susan points out that these days he’d be called an alcoholic and told it’s a disease. She comments that if it was herself or Alice in his position, they’d see the hurt and damage they were causing, wouldn’t they?
Oct 27 2020
Rank #4: 26/10/2020
With Pip feeling bad about ending Rex and Toby’s tenancy at Hollowtree, Josh points out it’s necessary in order for Brookfield to survive. Pip thinks it’s too soon with Josh’s egg business not yet off the ground. But Josh has a meeting with the bank. Since his machinery business trouble he’s doing everything properly this time. The meeting is tough but Josh is approved for a loan. Now they really do need to give notice to Rex and Toby. Someone’s going to have to tell them.
Oct 26 2020
Rank #5: 22/10/2020
Things start awkwardly between Vince and the twins, before Vince takes charge of the situation. He couldn’t care less what they think of him but he thinks it looks bad on them to be judging him based on gossip. Freddie and Lily report back to Elizabeth on their chat with Vince. They’re both still concerned about their mum dating him, but Elizabeth is sure she can handle Vince.
Ruth reports that the archaeology students haven’t unearthed any finds from their investigations at Brookfield. Pip rolls her eyes at Ben chasing after Evie. Later, Pip and Josh argue over the use of a field – Josh says David gave him the OK to move his hens there but Pip needs it for heifers and she overrules Josh. Josh explains he needs space to expand his egg business as it’s the only way to stay afloat. There’s an impasse. They take the problem to Ruth who considers both of their needs as equally important – they just need to find the space. It looks like the only option is to use Hollowtree for the hens – which would mean evicting the Fairbrothers.
Oct 22 2020
Rank #6: 21/10/2020
Harrison and Rex run up Lakey Hill, both feeling unfit. They agree that Chris is going to be a great dad. Harrison talks to Rex about Fallon not wanting children. He admits he probably does want kids but he’s not sure how much he wants them. Later, Harrison tells Fallon that he doesn’t want a child if it means he will not have Fallon.
Lily had spotted Vince whispering to Elizabeth at the seminar, but Elizabeth’s cross that Lily went to spy on her. Freddie and Lily aren’t complimentary about Vince, but Elizabeth says she’s having fun. Lily says she just wanted to save Elizabeth from any extra stress but Elizabeth points out that Lily’s actions have merely increased it. She’s having lunch with Vince tomorrow so that she can apologise for Lily’s behaviour.
Oct 21 2020
Rank #7: 20/10/2020
Fallon and Harrison have an afternoon off together. Harrison notices Fallon’s not her usual self. Eventually Fallon admits that the news of Alice’s pregnancy has made her realise that she never wants kids herself. Fallon’s keen to know how Harrison feels. He’s sanguine. He thought they might have children one day but he’ll get over it. Fallon is apologetic but Harrison tells her to stop – they both love one another and that’s all that matters. Later that night, Fallon tells Harrison she would understand if he wanted to leave her to find someone who did want kids. He assures her he has all that he wants with her, but she makes him promise to give it some more real thought.
Oct 20 2020
Rank #8: 19/10/2020
Philip shows Kirsty some cottages he’s been looking at after their conversation about getting away last week. Kirsty’s surprised but Philip lays out his argument – he’s had enough of the building business and her work isn’t all that secure.
While waiting for her date to arrive, Elizabeth is accosted by Vince. He offers to buy her a drink. They discuss business seminars. Elizabeth confronts Vince about his reputation for ruthlessness. Vince insists he’s a different person at home. On her return, Freddie and Lily quiz Elizabeth but she tells them to mind their own business. Although she does reveal she thinks she will have a second date with the person she’s met this evening.
Oct 19 2020
Rank #9: 15/10/2020
While at work, Philip fondly remembers camping trips when Gavin was a kid. But Gavin tells him he remembers those times very differently – he didn’t enjoy them as much as Philip thought. Then, as now, Gavin is always having to do things Philip’s way and he’s fed up. Philip defuses Gavin’s frustrations by telling him he’s proud of him and grateful for him taking all the flak.
At the end of the day Elizabeth catches up with Ben. He’s a little fed up; the students are a bit too focused on their task. Elizabeth suggests he just needs to get to know them better.
Kirsty is reporting the litter situation to the Wildlife Trust board. Philip is feeling down and asks Kirsty when their luck is going to change. Philip floats the idea of making a fresh start somewhere else. He doesn’t think he can take life as it is at the moment for much longer.
Oct 15 2020
Rank #10: 14/10/2020
Gavin meets Alistair but feels like he’s wasting his time. When Alistair asks about Gavin’s gambling he struggles to answer so Alistair outlines his own experience. He says he can trace back what lay behind his gambling addiction to the death of his mother. Alistair then goes on to his relationship with his dad and how he’s tried to do things differently with his son, Dan. Gavin doesn’t reckon he deserves the happiness of fatherhood. Gavin admits he’s been living a certain way that’s made him easy money but he’s realising it’s wrong and it’s got to change. Alistair reassures him that once he’s made that decision to change things do get easier. Gavin is buoyed by their chat – he knows what he has to do now.
Alice calls Emma to try to make up with her but Emma is still angry. Alice apologises and asks to put their differences aside for Chris’s sake; he’s really looking forward to being a dad. Emma admits that she doesn’t like Alice but accepts they don’t have to be at each other throats. Then Alice comments that making peace is important for the baby. This inflames Emma who thinks Alice has an agenda; she warns Alice that she will have her to answer if she drinks during pregnancy.
Oct 14 2020