The dust is finally starting to settle in Ambridge after the week of Jack’s funeral. Emma feels its not a problem to unload her problems on Peggy, who is always full of good advice, and she’s probably wise to mention Ed and Will’s continuing bickering. Not that Peggy hasn’t got anything else on her mind. Peggy is the only one with Jack’s will on her mind. Tony is seeing pound signs floating in front of his eyes. And Matt & Brian aren’t covering themselves in glory with their eyeing up of Peggy’s nick-nacks. Great to hear them both nipping at each other. Matt is such a great character, and an episode is always better off with him in it. But with any death, some of the interplay between Peggy & her family was nice. Her little chat with Tony was short, but quite touching. Peggy has relied on her family so much over the years, and her advice to them all that family should stick together is important. Her love for her family was lovely to hear. Shame it immediately preceded the shock of the news on Hazel getting such a huge wedge of Jack’s estate. But its not Jack’s will that was the surprise. Haven’t Helen and Tom done well? Helen did nicely with the Lodge, but Tom’s long game in being so close to Peggy has really paid off. I do think that some of Tom’s affection is genuine, but her really has played a blinder over the years. Emma though wasn’t keen on Peggy’s advice when it came, but Jennifer’s tuppence worth wasn’t the best thing she’s said, was it? Implication of “Will is good with dogs” was clear – she may well have said, “but Ed shoots dogs”!
Tom continues to work hard though. Its what Peggy admires most in him, although she’s made sure he won’t always have to. Its more than that for Tom though I think. He appreciates that Peggy believes in him that a way Pat and Tony don’t. Pat though needs to learn to accept the good fortune of Tom – and Helen. All Pat’s moaning managed to do was bring back bad childhood memories for Tony, and how Peggy obviously hates him by reminding him. Maybe it is Peggy’s backhanded way to telling Tony he disappoints her, although she did speak to him warmly. Tony does seem to be taking it to heart, and might be reading too much into it? But will it be Helen’s bequest that pushes Pat too far? The promise of the Lodge is a good one for Helen, making sure she and Henry will always have a roof over their heads – when Peggy snuffs it that is. Rob is already smelling blood on that front. He’s already preparing the ground with a proposed visit to Peggy. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes. Pat is still on the warpath over Rob, and is kicking up a storm over Peggy’s will. If Helen lets slip that Rob is visiting Peggy with Helen, you can be sure that Pat will be right round to the lodge first to tell Peggy the whole story – although its incredible she’s not heard village gossip. But Rob let slip his controlling nature. Already making decisions for Helen over the lodge?
Normality is resuming at the Dower House. Lillian is coming out of Jack’s death well, and Matt is at full speed. Their reconciliation after Lillian’s affair with Paul seems complete. With both of them only just settled, Pat’s appearance could have been timed better. She’s on the search for allies over Peggy’s will, and it looked like she may have found one in Lillian. Maybe Matt would have been aghast at Lillian turning down the chance to change Peggy’s will in her favour, but she rightly refused, leaving Pat just looking greedy. Trying to paint Peggy as being unstable following Jack’s death was laughable. With her rants over Helen and Rob, and her moaning over the will, she should look closer to home for signs of instability. Talking about stability, it seems Tony is back on form. New Tony really starting to sound like the old one! Despite telling Pat to leave Peggy alone over her will, it would seem that he’s well miffed at being left out. He’s saying the right things though to Tom. I suspect Tony is happy enough, all the more looking like Pat is just grasping. It looks like Tony might be alright after all, although it was exceptionally patronising of Tom.
Brian is back on to Rob though over the dairy. Brian is quite accepting of Rob seeing Helen. I wonder what Jennifer will think of that. And its hardly likely to go down well over at Bridge Farm. Just the timing for Rob leaving as Pat continues on her attempt to gain allies to further her plan to get Peggy to change her will. Not the closest of chums, Pat and Brian are often a recipe for disaster. But that is put aside when like Lillian, Brian sounds like he’s in agreement. But its Jack’s will he has a problem with, not Peggy’s. Brian is right though in that Peggy is being logical, calm and level headed. Its a reasonable thing to do to bypass immediate family and pass it down a generation. But Pat just sounds greedy. Pat of course takes immediate offence and just has to take it out on Brian. Well Pat, you go to Peggy. Its a mistake, but its yours to make.
Things at Ambridge View are up/down depending on whether you look at Neil or Emma. Neil is all action with the promise of a Caribbean holiday on the horizon. But it seems that Emma’s excitement of Susan’s £500 gift has worn off quickly, all thanks to George. He’s taking Will’s line and is running with it. He’s creating division wherever he goes. Buying a dog in an attempt to buy George’s affection – and ease his guilt at shooting Baz – was a huge mistake by Ed. But now he’s wanting to use Emma’s £500 in another attempt to buy off George. It won’t work Ed. But it seems that George is finding out that grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. He’s back with Will and Holly, but it seems that Nic doesn’t have much time for either George or Holly. Nic has shown willing to hit George in the past, and it wasn’t long before she gave him the sharp end of her tongue. George isn’t happy at being separated from Holly, and he knows exactly what to do about it. It might be what Will wants, but I suspect that Nic wouldn’t be keen at having George back full time with Will. It’ll definitely end in tears. Will Nic raise her hand to George again? Ed didn’t take to kindly to that before, but is he too busy moaning about Emma spending £2 for a hat for him. He needs to listen to Emma more. She’s right about telling Ed to keep his mouth shut. Ed’s too much like Will, were he ever to admit it.
That’s all in contrast to Neil and Susan and their holiday preparations. Susan’s been treating herself, and Neil can’t wait to see her in her swimming costume! It certainly gave Jazzer more of an eyeful that he was expecting at Ambridge View. Jazzer is always one to take opportunity, and at least it lands him a lunch out of Susan. Oddly enough, Susan isn’t hungry.
Jill still continues to struggle after the burgulary at Glebe Cottage. Although Kenton and the rest have secured her house, she is still understandably paranoid at every little noise she hears. Elizabeth does her best to get Jill back to Lower Loxley, but her independent streak just won’t let her admit it. Meanwhile, Lynda’s self-imposed exile from contributing to village life is well and truly over. Her return to her Christmas production was cemented by the poor review in the Echo. Now the project commemorating the start of the Great War has fired her imagination. She’s wasted no time in roping in Joe. He’s a wealth of knowledge, and it will complete his recovery from his accident. Lynda is right though about one of Robert’s own projects. Darrell had better take care of his new gaff or maybe he’ll have Lynda to answer to? But its secondary for Lynda right now. She’s back running at full steam again – but bird watching with Robert & Jim? Jim Lloyd is a great character for me – lovely the way he shared the blame for their mistaken bird identity!
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