Elizabeth’s attending a final counselling session. She feels ready, and has come off her anti-depressant tablets. She knows she can re-visit this in the future, but for now she feels like she’s making progress. She’s facing situations and her feelings about Nigel with more positivity and perspective. Her next challenge is to move Lower Loxley towards Christmas with some fresh ideas. She’s looking forward to leading her own life again.
Peggy’s efforts to find Hilda are proving fruitless, and Tony offers to help. But even with the whole family on the case and a social media campaign, there’s still no sign.
Jazzer turns up at Grange Farm with some cans to toast Joe; he’ll miss the old ‘un. He reports Cecil Jackson is sounding off about some cribbage money that Joe owed him. Ed and Eddie are appalled. Eddie confirms Jim’s offered to play at Joe’s wake. Jazzer double checks whether Jim seemed okay with the idea of playing in front of a crowd. Eddie assures him he seemed to be looking forward to it. They’re all shocked when Alf drives into the yard.
Eddie and Will prepare for a log delivery. As they chat about Joe’s bete noir Gemma Hawkins, Clarrie joins them, reminding Eddie he really needs to find Alf. Yes he’s trouble, but family’s family. Later Eddie reports he’s had no luck tracing Alf despite trawling the county. If he doesn’t turn up to the funeral, it’s not for want of their trying. Clarrie has a moment over a bottle of brown sauce, Joe’s favourite.
Will returns the last of his gamekeeping chattels to Brian, to be passed on to Martyn Gibson. He’s cleaned out the cottage and locked up. They reminisce over Joe – Brian will be forever grateful for his advice over the pollution case. Will admits life got on top of him a while back, but now he’s beginning to imagine a little bit of a future. He offers his advice for when the new guy takes on the shoot, and wishes him luck.
Unenthused Peggy receives a visit from Joy, whose chatter and bonhomie gets in the way as Peggy slowly realises she’s lost Hilda. As quiet panic rises in Peggy, Joy sticks like glue, and is a Job’s comforter with reminders of busy roads and careless drivers.
Jennifer’s grateful to Elizabeth for alerting Brian to Ruairi’s feelings over Siobhan. Now that it’s in the open she can see a weight’s been lifted. She feels she shouldn’t have been so blinkered, but Elizabeth points out Ruairi was trying hard not to let them know anything was amiss. Jennifer wishes Brian hadn’t been so tactless in making it obvious he still thinks of Siobhan, but acknowledges it’s the prices she pays for staying with him, something she doesn’t regret. Elizabeth reminds Jennifer Ruairi thinks she’s a wonderful stepmother.
Jim has a dilemma. He made a promise to Joe that he’d play at his wake, but now finds himself uneasy at the prospect of being watched. He goes for a walk with Jazzer, but they’re accosted by Joy, who’s found an injured crow. They manage to get it to Alistair’s surgery, having endured being talked at the whole way by oblivious Joy. Alistair’s for putting the bird down, but Jim persuades him to take a closer look. They chat about Jim’s reluctance to play at the wake, but Jim’s still equivocal. Later Alistair reports to Jazzer that Denise the practice nurse knows a corvid fanatic, so the crow’s had a reprieve. They speculate as to which way Jim will jump regarding his dilemma over Joe’s wishes.
Clarrie’s settled the details of Joe’s funeral with Alan. She’s touched that Jennifer’s brought them a steak pie. The fridge is now groaning with food. Later Neil calls in with a flower brochure from Susan. They’re very expensive. Eddie counsels Clarrie to use her judgement; Joe would say keep it simple. Clarrie reminds Eddie he still hasn’t called Alf.
There’s a new hybrid batch at Berrow – Neil reckons they’re mad as a box of frogs. Hannah thinks he could keep an open mind about new developments in pig farming. As they spar Neil notices the gate to the feed alley’s been left open, and they need to round up errant pigs. Neil reports later to Eddie and Clarrie that Justin arrived in the midst of the chaos, though with credit to Hannah, they covered well and all went smoothly. Though he does think Hannah has some funny ideas about looking after pigs.
Brian carefully broaches the subject of Ruairi’s attitude to his mother’s death with Jennifer. They present a united front to a reluctant Ruairi. Eventually he admits he feels his mother’s still a mystery. That’s why it was so great talking to Elizabeth about her. Jennifer feels they should have shared more memories earlier, but Ruairi assures her she’s been amazing. When he’s gone, Brian acknowledges that it must have brought up some bad memories. Jennifer just cares that Ruairi’s happy, that’s her duty.
Emma brings George and Keira to the Grange Farm field with a homemade card for Joe. Emma regrets that her last few encounters with Joe were awkward, since her split with Ed. Ed assures her Joe thought she was one in a million. He reports that Oliver’s allowing them to stay on at the farm a while longer. Ed recounts a familiar ‘Joe and ferret’ story to amused Keira. The mood’s broken when she declares she liked it when Ed came home every night. Emma hurries Keira away, leaving downcast Ed with his sheep.
David admires Adam’s steers. Brian wonders whether it’ll be worth staying in beef. They laugh that the only certainty is that Adam’s about to bombard David with Xander photos.
Selina at Hassett Hills has found an abattoir to tide them over, but Vince refuses to meet with her. David says he only wants to talk to him and Adam. They reluctantly acknowledge Vince is calling the shots; they’ll have to agree to a meeting. They’re less than impressed when later the meeting’s arranged all on Vince’s terms.
Elizabeth tells Brian about her afternoon of reminiscences with Ruairi. Brian agrees Ruairi shouldn’t be bottling things up, and that Jennifer should be aware of this too. He’ll need to find the right way of raising it with her.