Elizabeth and Lily are reeling from Hugh’s sudden resignation. Freddie admits to Lily that his shift as a Kitchen Porter was really tough. Ian gave him a real roasting before he’d even started. Lily tells Freddie how proud she is of him, getting a job outside of Lower Loxley is a real achievement.
Kate passes by Brookfield on her way to see Phoebe. She rounds on Ruth about her lack of support for the rewilding. Pip jumps in to defend Ruth, Kate doesn’t need to be nasty, and she doesn’t need Kate’s help. Ruth thanks Pip for standing up for her. The mood lightens between them, and they laugh about David’s leather jacket, which has just shown up on Bert’s scarecrow again. David must have had an attack of good taste.
Kate’s in a quandary about Jakob. He keeps ending their dates early so that Kate can get back to look after Peggy. She’d like him to be able to come home with her sometimes. Peggy says she can always take out her hearing aids. Peggy thinks Kate would be in less of a fix if she hadn’t misled Jakob in the first place. Later, Kate prepares for a night at Jakob’s. Kate needn’t worry about leaving her frail grandmother alone though, she’s organised a companion for her – someone Jakob met in the shop. Her name’s Joy Horville.
Half way through harvesting the quinoa, Adam receives a text to say he and Ian’s midwife’s appointment has been brought forward. He leaves in a rush and Brian agrees to take over for him with Josh’s help. Brian’s unimpressed when he discovers that all of the grain needs to be dried and the dryer has run out of gas; Adam’s really taken his eye off the ball.
After a successful meeting with the midwife, Ian seems preoccupied. He confides in Adam that he’s worried there won’t be a job for him when he returns from paternity leave. He’s dumbfounded that Oliver has hired Freddie to work in the kitchen. He hopes whoever Oliver and Kathy hire to cover his own post is competent.
Later, Brian and Eddie decompress at the pub. Eddie admits how worried he is about Will. He doesn’t feel as though he can leave Will alone. One thing’s for sure, Will shouldn’t be around guns again. Eddie’s determined that Will should give up his job, he even goes as far as asking Brian to get him fired. Brian worries that unemployment might make Will worse, but Eddie’s at his wits’ end and just wants to save Will from himself.
Sensing that David is down in the dumps, Pip suggests that they take a detour on their way to the cricket. As Bert’s umpiring, she takes David round into his garden and points out David’s leather jacket on a scarecrow. David’s mood lifts when he’s reunited with it, but Pip decides she won’t accompany him to the cricket while he’s wearing that crime against fashion. Later, David’s mortified to see Derek Fletcher wearing the same jacket.
Lynda’s cricket enthusiasm has reached new heights, and she sets up a video camera at the side of the pitch to analyse the match afterwards. Just as Darrington think they’ve won the match, Lynda declares a no ball and insists on showing Bert the evidence from her video camera. Thanks to her video evidence, Darrington’s play went downhill and Ambridge came out victorious. Over celebratory drinks at The Bull, Lynda has an idea, perhaps she could train as an umpire.
Oliver was inspired by Tracy’s suggestion of themed dinners at Grey Gables and has got two tickets to one. Perhaps they could go together in the name of research? Oliver is keen to give Freddie a chance as a kitchen porter in the Grey Gables kitchen. Ian is totally against the idea, but is persuaded to give him one trial shift.
Kate’s frustrated with Peggy pretending to be frail and taking up all of Jakob’s attention. She’s sure Peggy’s taking advantage of him. She tells Jennifer her vegan chocolate torte isn’t adventurous enough for the Flower and Produce show, and as soon as it’s in the oven, she takes over the kitchen and cooks up a storm. Kate decides to enter the vegan cooking category herself. The only thing standing in the way of her and first place is Jenny. Perhaps she’d be kind enough not to enter…
Brian tries to get to the bottom of why Jennifer is putting all her energy into baking. Jennifer admits she’s worried that Lexi is distancing herself from Adam and Ian.
Eddie tries to persuade Will to get a sick note from the doctor; Martyn Gibson wants to know how long he’ll be off work for. Will returns from the doctors with a sick note to give to Martyn and two weeks off work. Eddie tries to persuade him to open up a little more, but Will is sick of talking. He’s sure he’ll feel well enough to return to work in a fortnight, but Eddie thinks he should find a new job that doesn’t involve guns. Will resists, being a gamekeeper is all he’s known. It’s what he is.
Alistair, Eddie and David cross paths at Borchester Market. David tells them of the rock bottom prices Vince Casey bought his sheep for. Eddie warns him of the perils of crossing swords with Vince. David is furious to discover Vince blocking him in in the carpark. After an altercation with Vince, David suggests that Hassett Hills steps in to buy Crowthers, giving the co-op control over processing their animals. Later, David tells Brian that the other Hassett Hills members are in favour of buying Crowthers, but they’d need a partner. Brian has no interest in working with Vince again, and suggests that he persuades Borchester Land to come in on the deal. Vince Casey will find himself with some serious competition.
Tracy struggles to explain in detail the laws of cricket to Lynda, so she invites her along to nets, where Lynda gets in the way. After the practice she arrives at The Bull with her notebook to give Alistair a few tips on his technique, based on her observations at nets. Elizabeth tells Tracy how grateful she is that Oliver is considering giving Freddie a kitchen job; she’d like to thank him with a Sunday lunch. Tracy points out that hiring Freddie was actually her idea, and talks Elizabeth into inviting her for lunch instead.