Things are getting back to normal at Brookfield. The scars left by Ruth’s miscarriage are healing rather quickly thanks to David, Jill and Heather’s enforced intervention. Just what would they do without Jill. It seems the void left by Pip’s departure has been neatly filled – with added extras. Jill has gone the extra mile at Brookfield to keep things running smoothly. Its at least meant David and the boys can enjoy beautifully cooked offerings. Plus peanut butter cookies. It hasn’t taken much to persuade David and Ruth that Jill returning permanently is the only way forward. I can’t see Ruth being overly troubled about giving up control of the kitchen! Well, there was only going to be one way of finding out whether or not Jill wants to stay or not. Ruth and David will surely be alarmed at Jill’s thoughts about moving back to Glebe!
Inevitably though, it finally comes to a head at Brookfield, and David is hit with the disastrous news that Jill is packing, preparing to go back home to Glebe. Cue a panicky phone call to Ruth! Its amazing that Jill hasn’t seen it coming really. Ruth’s trying to play the cool game has backfired in a big way. Just come right out with it at tell her. Incredibly it comes as a shock for Jill, but we knew where this was going weeks ago. A result all round! At least now Ruth and David have their Personal Assistant, housemaid, cook etc, etc. Time is moving on for Jill, and the realisation that she misses Phil terribly has finally come to her.
I’d not be too obsessed though if I were Ruth about what to wear at Tom & Kirsty’s wedding. Just hold on a bit until we see if the wedding actually goes ahead. Tom and Kirsty’s lack of enthusiasm might help them decide there’s no point in worrying about the right outfit. There are more than enough obstacles getting in the way. Maybe everything put together is a huge sign? The screw up with the invitations, now the photographer decides he’s got a better offer elsewhere. Doesn’t the fact that the new man is available at short notice worry them? Don’t worry Tom, ploughing ahead with the wedding could well be an even bigger disaster. Its still full steam ahead for Tom & Kirsty. The house is underway and they have their dreams. Its all consuming but there’s still the TB shadow looming over them, currently unseen. Will disaster there leave Tom saddled with debt and a business in pieces?
Over at The Stables, Shula is going all out to convince Dan to abandon his plans to make a difference. She needs to look at the fact that Afghanistan isn’t the only part of the world where the Army is deployed. To me, Shula is showing us a typical Christian attitude. Dan wants to help those who are in no position to help themselves. What real help does Shula give anyone other than being typically judgemental? They should be proud that Dan wants to help others. Will Alistair and Shula really go right behind his back? Do they want to maintain their relationship or cut it off completely? Sadly for Shula, Daniel has been there. It seems there one hope is a false hope. Dan is right, they should be proud but as always, Shula is thinking about Shula. Still, she does give Dan a fair hearing and at last appreciates that he’s committed and has given it some thought.
Tony and Pat are in reflective mood. Tom’s moan that Tony is threatening the future of Bridge Farm really is ridiculous when you consider that it was at Tom’s insistence that they took on a mortgage to secure the future of the farm. With Tony in better mood, will Pat persuade him to involve himself in the May Day festivities? Not likely really, but Helen isn’t holding back. Susan and Clarrie – expert bakers – aren’t good enough for her. Is anything good enough for Helen? Its rather odd that the pagan May Day celebrations involve committed Christians in the village, but its Easter that is still a big focus. The organ at St Stephens is almost back in working order! Well, that’s money well spent. If only the Christian spirit would extend up to Bridge Farm. No family spirit in evidence there!
Alan has his own worries though. Still no Jesus for the Passion Play, and worse than that, there’s donkey trouble! I suspect that Shula has other things on her mind. But the game is back on with the Passion Play will Will surprisingly trying to get Chris onside as Jesus. Let’s just get the squirrel killing out of the way first!
May Day though is getting all sorts involved though. Fallon’s success at organising Sport Relief has really fired her up, and its keeping Jill occupied. Jill really must be Wonder Woman somewhere. She’s not just keeping Brookfield running, keeping May Day ticking along, but she’s also on hand for Shula. Shula isn’t getting what she wants from Jill. Does she honestly think that the Army isn’t really what he wants? Dan is focussed and dedicated. She’s walking a thin line if she goes full-on about opposing Daniel’s plans. It seems that Shula is looking for any support to put a spanner in Dan’s works. Alan is right though, and Shula doesn’t like it. He may well be a pacifist, but Shula doesn’t like the fact that Alan tells her that we’re not here to force our views on others. But somehow Shula manages to blame herself. She’s just a professional martyr. Shula’s forced happiness for Dan at least gave him some level of support. Can’t she be pleased for someone other than herself?
There are other battles to be fought though over at Home Farm, with Brian battling for his position of power at Borcester Land. I’m sure Jennifer does think that Brian has done a great job there but the fact a venture capital firm that buys under-performing companies suggests otherwise. Brian is in no mood for pleasantries though. It looks like the knives are out for Brian though with some of the board members. The New Kid in Town is baffling the board with science and figures but he’s getting the support. Poor old Brian is being done like a kipper. Its looking like he’s going to have plenty of time on his hands fairly soon – but stitched up by his closest partner in crime? What goes around, comes around for Brian. But the question surely remains, who is really behind Demara? Its left Brian feeling all rather got at and feeling his age but his chilling little warning for the future of Ambridge marks interesting times ahead – will anyone believe its out of Brian’s hands?
Love me, love my cheese for Helen but Rob doesn’t seem overly interested in Kirsty’s problems. Rob didn’t seem to keen to go into any discussion about their own wedding. Anything that involves others with Helen just isn’t what Rob would find welcome. His labour are starting to bear fruit though. Helen not picking up a call from Ian? When would she have ignored time with Ian? He’s playing the long game and its working. That’s going well but seeing Kirsty being there for Helen doesn’t go down well. It didn’t occur to Helen to ask permission to have a friend round. At least Rob was partially honest. He is selfish, and he does want Helen all to himself. Or rather, he wants Helen to have no one else but himself. She’s not the only Archer feeling jealous though. Jolene is going to any lengths to wind up Kenton. Is she so free with the flirting and wind ups thanks to the silent Calum being gay? How much longer will she be carrying on with it?
For a change, we’re not ending up the week at Brookfield. Shula is naturally concerned but Dan knows his own mind. Shula won’t like being reminded of Mark’s death, but the world can be a dangerous place right outside your front door.
Week Ending 4 April 2014