This Week in The Archers – Week Ending 21 March 2014

The start of the week sees us still at Brookfield with Ruth still sounding frazzled and Jill still walking on eggshells around her. Still, Jill is brave and bold, and there’s no telling her to give Ruth any space, although I’d suggest to Jill that buying your daughter-in-law a pregnancy testing kit is a huge liberty! Jill is a shrewd character though, and always gets to the point. She’s as good a mother-in-law as they come for Ruth, and is a great shoulder for her. Jill’s instinct of course was always going to be proven right and Ruth gets the shock of her life. Not as much as a shock as it might be for David! He is shocked of course, but predictably delighted that he’s “still got it” no doubt. I think its easy to tell who’s actually having the baby!

Ruth is in shock over it all, and David’s fussing over her isn’t helping even though Ruth would surely regret going on with her life as if nothing had happened. Interesting timing though. Just as Jill had been pondering a return to Glebe, the baby news will surely result in Jill staying put at Brookfield for the foreseeable future. Maybe not the way Ruth wanted to persuade Jill to stay, but it will be job done. But the baby news has Ruth pondering the future as the passage of time is clearly having its effect. David is in reflective mood though and manages to reassure Ruth nicely.

Tom is starting to take Sport Relief seriously, and there’s an outbreak of competitive spirit all over the village. Will and Ed, Emma and Nic and more are locking horns, but its Lynda’s hackles that are raised the most. A village event happening without her being at the forefront of it? She’s not happy! But Lynda has her ways of getting involved, whether anyone likes it or not. Lynda may be in for a surprise with the celebrity guest, but she does manage to come up with the goods to involve the less athletically able of the village. Maybe Lynda was trying to step on Fallon’s toes, but it turned out their unexpected team up came up with the goods. Helen does notice that the competitive spirit has brought Ian and Rob together nicely. Is she entirely blind? Well, when it comes to Rob, of course she is! At least its all getting Ian outdoors for a change although he’s still fizzing about Rob’s treatment of Helen at their supper evening and Rob’s little sexist remarks over Helen’s place being (more-or-less) in the kitchen really doesn’t help Ian’s mood. Adam is way too laid back about it for Ian’s liking. Adam is close to Helen but trusting her heart hasn’t exactly worked out before for her. Adam, until she uses her head, listen to Ian!

Tom though is still being a titanic pillock up at Bridge Farm. His obsession to get away from there, no matter how much it costs him (or is that how much it costs Peggy?) But his reaction to one of Tony’s cows dying was completely over the top. No thought whatsoever about Tony or his feelings, and always with Tom, its me, me, me. It certainly made the middle of the week a low point for listeners having to put up with Tom’s ridiculous moaning. Thanks go to Kirsty for setting him off again but Tom’s comments about Tony being incompetent were utterly ridiculous. Tom sure does have a short memory about competency when he’s been bailed out on numerous occasions. I’m still at a loss as to why Peggy considers him to be such an astute businessman. He just throws money at things until they work. Doesn’t take much genius for that. Still. he and Kirsty are ploughing on with their plan to move away from Bridge Farm. Will there be more trouble coming for Tom if they do? He never stops mentioning the financial struggles it’ll bring. He maybe realises its a bad idea but he is so ready to cut off his nose to spite his face over Tony that he’ll risk it all. Well, either it’ll go pear-shaped for him, or he’ll think again. Money is still on the former! Pat cast reasonable doubts on their plan – seeing the danger of it – but Tom is so blinkered that even any reasonable objection is seen as outright opposition and hostility to their plans. Must everyone instantly – and blindly – agree with him? He’s beyond childish, and its a mystery why he thinks he knows best.

Alice is right in the swing of it with Kirsty’s wedding plans – even though Kirsty still doesn’t sound overly excited. There’s no stopping Alice, and will Tom and Kirsty regret getting her involved when they survey the cost of their bash particularly when Tom is obsessed with how much the wedding, house, honeymoon will all cost him. Kirsty is persuaded into her £2000 dress and Alice’s insistence. It seems money is no object for them at the moment, but when Peggy finally says enough is enough, what then? Who will bail out Tom yet again?

Kitchen Wars are still raging at Home Farm. How is Jennifer going to entertain Alice & Chris, let alone the movers and shakers of Borsetshire society with her aging kitchen? She needs Kingsley’s magic touch! Alice, its and Albion, don’t you know anything? If Alice’s reaction to the quote is anything to go by, then David won’t be the only one getting a shock this week in Ambridge. Predictably, Brian is choking, and its not over hot coffee after he see’s Kingsley’s quote. Sadly for Brian, Jennifer is in no mood for being denied, and her only recourse is industrial action. No hot meals for our Brian, and Jennifer’s description of her meal out with Lillian hits hit where it hurts. Jennifer definitely knows the way to Brian’s wallet is through his stomach!

Inevitably though Brian is suffering the effects of Jennifer’s strike, and he resorts to almost begging Adam for some chocolate. Its not long before he caves into Jennifer’s demands for her Albion. But despite Brian’s objections, maybe it can go ahead – but only if he can have a beer fridge, wine cooler and ice dispenser. He’ll be thanking Kingsley in the end!

Sport Relief finally arrives, and the competition between Fallon and Lynda is almost as intense at that between Ian and Rob. Ian can’t keep it in anymore and finally lays it out to Rob. Rob’s reaction more-or-less gave the game away and confirmed Ian’s suspicions. Will Helen see it? Right now, there’s no way. But the competition gets to Ian. His determination to beat Rob to the finish line finally extends to physically beating him after it with him landing one on Rob right in front of Sir Wiggo. Ian is caught between fury at Rob, embarrassment in front of Wiggo, and horror at actually belting Rob. Wiggo’s arrival was the big moment for Fallon though, and Lynda can only land on her backside! But with a little bit of help from Lynda, Fallon’s big day is a huge success for her and Ambridge. Lynda is thrilled to meet Wiggo, and is so full of that – and her win – that she’s handing out deserved praise for Fallon’s efforts.

The week ends though where it started, with Ruth and Jill. The day has infected Ruth and she’s finally come to the realisation that the baby is the blessing David thinks it is. Jill is thrilled with her realisation, and you can bet that it will anchor Jill at Brookfield for a while now. A satisfactory outcome for all involved!

Week Ending 14 March 2014

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